Royal Mail has announced that it has found one of the first postcards to be sent with a stamp as part of its Letters of Our Lives campaign.
The rare card, which is postmarked 1 September 1894, states ‘This is the first day that a written postcard with a half-penny stamp affixed is allowed to pass through the Post Office. This will be a curiosity one day.’ It is addressed to a Mr Andrew Puer Esq of West London. Before this date, all postcards were issued with pre-printed postage. [Read more…]
At the Spring Stampex show in London Christopher Brunstrom noted that a customer at a dealer’s table inquired about a stockbook labelled ‘Cinderellas’, a word whose philatelic connection was unknown to him. The dealer explained that Cinderellas are all those stamp-like labels which are not listed in our general stamp catalogues. [Read more…]
It is always encouraging to both collectors and the trade to see a new stamp show launched at a new venue. The Southern England Stamp Show took place on 11 and 12 March at the Farnborough Leisure Centre situated about ten minutes from the M3 motorway in Hampshire.