Iconic stamps of Great Britain and the British Empire

December 20, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons
Who knew that the first ever adhesive stamp, the Penny Black, would not only instigate a communications revolution but also a much loved global hobby? It is estimated that there are 60 million stamp collectors worldwide. Stamp collections and the passion for stamp collecting have been passed down from generation to generation and they now form part of our history. But what makes a stamp iconic for the collector? Is it the design, the story behind the stamp or simply the value? [Read more…]

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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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New Collector – Post Office Commemorative Covers and the New York Exhibition

June 27, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

The below column is taken from the June issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. Writer, John Holman takes a look this month at Post Office commemorative covers and New York exhibitions.

Commemorative covers

Most collectors are well aware of first day covers, and indeed for some collectors they have greater appeal than mint or used stamps. Less collected, but not necessarily less collectable, are commemorative covers, produced for an event or anniversary rather than for the first day of issue of new stamps. Commemorative covers are produced by postal authorities, also by philatelic and other societies, event organisers, commercial firms, charities and other organisations. The article explores some of the many commemorative covers produced by the British Post Office and, later in the year, at those produced by stamp exhibition organisers and others. [Read more…]

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1964 Tenth International Botanical Congress Edinburgh

June 19, 2016 by Stanley Gibbons

Edward Klempka looks at the stamps issued to mark the Tenth Botanical Congress in 1964. Illustrated with a collection of sketches, essays and finished designs, Edward’s article provides a unique insight into the huge amount of work involved in creating the first day cover,  presentation pack and the stamps as issued. [Read more…]

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