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Vignettes in Early Aviation

Shortly after the Wright Brothers made their historic flight in 1903, pioneering aviators around the world, in particular Europe, took to the skies in a variety of machines to perform demonstration flights for the public. John F Roe, Philatelic Coordinator, Bath Postal Museum, examines the stamp-like vignettes that were produced to advertise and promote these early aviation events. … [Read More] “Vignettes in Early Aviation”

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Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s first stamps appeared in 1862, when seven stamps, with a top value of 96c., were issued (SG 1/7). All are desirable in mint condition with the three top values (24c., 48c., 96c.) classifi ed as very scarce to rare. Used are somewhat easier to obtain, although really fi ne examples are exceedingly scarce. … [Read More] “Stamp Hunting: Nimrod suggests some stamps worth looking for”

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Panorama : Alison Boyd looks at the stories behind some new and recent issues

World War I flying ace

On 11 September France released a €5.10 stamp honouring World War I flying ace Georges Guynemer (1894–1917). Following a sickly childhood, Guynemer tried to join the French Air Service at the outbreak of war but was rejected on health grounds. However, he persevered and began training as a mechanic on 23 November 1914. After finally being accepted for flight training, his first flight behind the controls was on 26 January 1915. He joined the French squadron Escadrille MS.3, based at Vauciennes near Villers-Cotterets, and flew a two-seater Morane-Saulnier L monoplane. It was at this time that he experienced his first aerial victory. … [Read More] “Panorama : Alison Boyd looks at the stories behind some new and recent issues”

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Our mysterious stamp hunter ‘Nimrod’ suggests stamps worth looking for

Rhodesia

We commence with the British South Africa Company (BSAC) issue of 1892–93 (SG 1/13). Although the cheapest stamps in the set (as a result of much postal usage), I’ve found used examples of the 1d. and 6d. deep blue (1, 3) to be distinctly scarce in fine condition, especially with clearly dated postmarks. Look out also for the 2s. (5) which I believe is just as scarce as the 2s.6d. grey-purple in used condition. … [Read More] “Our mysterious stamp hunter ‘Nimrod’ suggests stamps worth looking for”

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