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Harrison and Sons 1866 Revenue Stamps of Montserrat

It was commonly thought that Harrison & Sons had not tendered for a stamp printing contract before the 1911 definitive series of Great Britain, so when a fellow collector notified your author late last year of the existence of a Victorian sheet with a Harrison marginal imprint, it set him on the research trail. The ‘stamp’ is an 1866 Inland Revenue issue for Montserrat and not a postage stamp, but there is no difference between types, other than intended use; methods employed in pre-press, printing and finishing invariably follow identical procedures. Assuming that earlier issues do not exist, and there appears to be no evidence that they do, 2016 commemorated 150 years of Harrison first producing stamps.

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Captain Henry Hudson & The Quest for Asia

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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