War Bonds Slogan Postmarks of World War I

January 30, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

During World War I, the Post Office was reluctant to use slogan postmarks on its mail in order help with the war effort, despite being in the unique position of being able to get a message to almost every address in the county. It wasn’t until 10 December 1917 that the first ‘War Bonds’ slogans appeared on mail in London, with roll-out across the country coming soon afterwards. We look at the different types of slogans produced and highlight a few rarities to look out for.

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Top Olympic Champions of All Time

August 15, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

With the Rio Olympics well under way, we can expect to see further stunning athletic achievement in terms of Citius – Altius – Fortius (Faster – Higher – Stronger) after the excitement of London 2012. Some Olympic champions become millionaires following their successes whilst most retire to relative obscurity. Some become household names for a generation or more whilst others enjoy fame for a few days and then, outside their own specialist sporting bubble, once again become anonymous. More than that, every generation seems to indulge in the arrogance of the present, proclaiming that their sporting heroes or heroines are the greatest ever, forgetting about the amazing achievements of athletes of previous eras. [Read more…]

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The Humble Penny Pink

August 08, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

The year 2016 marks the 175th anniversary of the issue of postal stationery embossed with the One Penny Pink stamp. The Penny Black, Two Pence Blue, Mulready stationery, 1d. red and the 1841 Two Pence Blue have all celebrated their 175th anniversary – and fitting tributes were extended to them by the Post Office, philatelists and the philatelic press. Commemorative issues of stamps, postmarks and booklets have been made yet little (or no) reference has been made to the Penny Pink, which was issued to replace the Mulready stationery on 10 February 1841. [Read more…]

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“Machin” Definitives – Great Britain 1967

by Stanley Gibbons

Part of the Iconic Stamp series. Click here to see the full list of Iconic Stamps.

The Machin series was a definitive stamp series that followed the Wildings.

The Stamp Advisory Committee expressed a desire for a designer to focus on the Queen as a person, as opposed to a symbol of the Monarchy. Arnold Machin was commissioned for this work. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, he was a renowned artist, designer and sculptor, notable for his simple interpretations and designs. [Read more…]

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Postal Union Congress (PUC) £1 – Great Britain 1929

by Stanley Gibbons

Part of the Iconic Stamp series. Click here to see the full list of Iconic Stamps.

Issued in 1929, the £1 PUC stamp was the second commemorative stamp to be released after the British Empire Exhibition stamps of 1924/25. Designed by Harold Nelson, the £1 is regarded as one of the most striking stamps ever to have been issued – it features an intricate design of Saint George and the Dragon accompanied by a portrait of King George V. [Read more…]

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“Seahorse” High Value – Great Britain 1913

by Stanley Gibbons

Part of the Iconic Stamp series. Click here to see the full list of Iconic Stamps.

First issued in June and August 1913, on the cusp of World War 1, the definitive high value “Seahorses” remain one of the most iconic stamps to date. This is primarily due to their high quality engraving and intricate design, a depiction of Britannia on her chariot behind three horses on a rough sea, accompanied by a striking portrait of King George V. [Read more…]

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5 Simple Steps to Starting a Stamp Collection

April 16, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

STEP 1 – CHOOSING YOUR FIRST STAMPS

Starting a stamp collection is a lot of fun, learning all about the stamps which have been issued by the countries of the world over the years. The best advice to the novice is to buy the largest packet of whole-world stamps you can afford, together with a medium-priced album and some gummed stamp hinges to mount the stamps. This simple start will be your ‘apprenticeship’, and you will have the pleasure of sorting the stamps by country and arranging them in the album. You will be able to identify most of the stamps without hesitation: put aside any which you are doubtful about until you can trace them in the catalogue. To keep your interest alive, you will be seeking more and more stamps, and there are numerous sources of supply. [Read more…]

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The £5 Orange Stamp that wasn’t needed

March 22, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Part of the Iconic Stamp series. Click here to see the full list of Iconic Stamps.

“For any serious GB collector who has passed the stage of having a Penny Black, it is likely to be their next dream or certainly amongst their foremost philatelic desires.” These were the closing words of Dr. John Horsey when he recently gave a presentation to the Royal Philatelic Society London, on a stamp that wasn’t actually needed for postal purposes – the £5 Orange.

There are some remarkable stamps out there; printed on wood, cork, plastic and even stamps made from foil! However, there is one special stamp that many GB collectors aspire to have – the £5 Orange. Along with the Penny Black, £1 Seahorse and £1 PUC, the £5 Orange is a stamp that is a true emblem of Great Britain philately. [Read more…]

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