‘The Stamp House’

‘The Stamp House’ was a well-known building (a pub actually) in North Bersted, near Bognor. The ‘Rising Sun’ pub’s owner, Richard Sharpe, collected postage stamps, and this was to form the basis of his future fame. As the years progressed, his stamp collection grew, and he began decorating a few picture frames with his spare stamps. Then, in 1882, a customer bet Mr Sharpe he … Continue reading ‘The Stamp House’

The World-wide Connection

If any style of picture postcards epitomised their worldwide appeal and transmission, it was those of ocean liners. Catering for rich travellers, hopeful emigrants and globetrotting business people, they arrived on the scene in a big way, just as the picture postcard was establishing its world media domination (otherwise known as the ‘Golden Age’). Postcards of liners were published in huge quantities during the 20th … Continue reading The World-wide Connection

APS Summer Seminar on Philately Posts Record Numbers

‘Out of an abundance of caution’, this year’s on-premises version of the APS Summer Seminar on Philately, held annually without fail since 1980, was cancelled, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic crisis. Typically, Summer Seminar would enroll between 65–85 students for a combination of week-long and shorter courses, ranging from Stamp Technology and Exhibiting, to specialist courses on Washington-Franklins and engaging with postal history. Utilising … Continue reading APS Summer Seminar on Philately Posts Record Numbers