Postal Fraud in the Modern Era

August 22, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons
Over the past 50 years or so the Post Office has gone through numerous developments in order to streamline the flow of mail and to cut costs. Unfortunately, as the Post Office developed new practices and embraced new technology, so too have those people eager to defraud it of valuable revenue.

Over the past few decades there have been several key changes in the way that the post office operated.

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Captain Henry Hudson & The Quest for Asia

June 28, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons
Very few people are aware of the impact of Captain Henry Hudson in American history. Even down to names of landmarks, the English navigator’s name holds weight: Henry Hudson trail, Henry Hudson route, Henry Hudson bridge and, perhaps more importantly, the 1991 Bruce Willis caper Hudson Hawk.

His claim to fame is in some sense a “failure”. But this failure was a significant reason for settlement of what is now considered “the greatest country in the world”.

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Dr Bernhardt Assmus: Britain’s First Convicted Stamp Forger

May 22, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

On 8 February 1892, Dr Bernhardt Burghardt Assmus was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court, London, for unlawfully obtaining money by false pretenses by selling forged stamps as genuine to London stamp dealers Theodore Buhl and Morris Giwelb. After being found guilty for this crime, he was sentenced to three years penal servitude. This was the first prosecution of this sort in Great Britain.

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New Collector: King George VI Definitives from GB & Dominions

May 08, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Eighty years ago, on 12 May 1937, King George VI was crowned at Westminster Abbey and the first stamps of his reign went on sale in April and May 1937. George VI was ‘catapulted’ onto the throne by the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII, five months earlier. Edward had reigned for less than a year, having only succeeded his father, George V, in January 1936. The coronation of Edward VIII had been fixed for 12 May 1937 and it was decided to go ahead with this date for the coronation of George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

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National Stamp Celebration Day

May 02, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

A new, annual National Stamp Celebration Day, held in association with The Philatelic Traders’ Society, is being launched this year to celebrate and promote philately. The celebration will be held on 4 May to commemorate the world’s first ever adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, which was issued on 1 May 1840 but officially used from 6 May.

**Stanley Gibbons invites you to celebrate this historic artifact with 20% OFF all items in store, with the exception of bullion items and Pink Zone items. As well as this, you can post any letter from our shop on the 4th – 6th May (standard letter sizes only – no packages).**

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The Omnibus Design Issue of King George VI Coronation Commemorative Stamps

April 25, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

On 11 December 1936, just one day after the abdication of King Edward VIII, the four stamp printing firms (Harrison and Sons, Waterlow and Sons, Bradbury, Wilkinson and De La Rue), together with the Crown Agents, attended a meeting at the Colonial Office in order to discuss designs for a Colonial Omnibus issue marking the coronation of the new monarch, King George VI. With only five months before the Coronation, and because of shipping times to some of the most remote colonies, the firms had just one week to prepare initial essays for the new issue. We describe the frantic race to produce this omnibus issue: from the initial essays and die proofs to the final issued stamps.

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Racehorse Legends

April 06, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

Royal Mail will release eight stamps today depicting some of Britain’s greatest Racehorse Legends. This issue will be the first commemorative stamps to be released following the 2017 Royal Mail tariffs introduced on 27 March.

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Music Giants: David Bowie

March 13, 2017 by Stanley Gibbons

On 14 March Royal Mail’s Music Giants series will make an encore with a set of ten stamps honouring one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time – David Bowie. In July 2016 Royal Mail released a similar set dedicated to the music and live performances of progressive rock legends Pink Floyd. In a similar format to the Pink Floyd issue, the David Bowie release will comprise six sheet stamps depicting some of his most admired and defining albums, along with a four-stamp miniature sheet showing Bowie performing live on stage across four decades.

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