Centenary of Birth of Czesław Słania

Czesław Słania (1921–2005) is considered one of the world’s most productive and accomplished engravers, as he engraved over 1000 postage stamps for 32 different countries and was known for the precision, speed and sophistication of his work. His output ranged from portraits to landscapes, buildings and nature, working across a variety of engraving techniques. In what would have been his 100th birthday year, a number … Continue reading Centenary of Birth of Czesław Słania

Private Versus Public Ownership of Philatelic Treasures

In private communications, I’ve visited with several different collectors and dealers, some of whom expressed the desire that rarities, such as the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta and the 24c. Inverted Jenny plate block currently owned by Stuart Weitzman but due to be sold at Sotheby’s on 8 June, would be picked up by museums, such as the US National Postal Museum branch of the Smithsonian … Continue reading Private Versus Public Ownership of Philatelic Treasures

My Favourite

Sébastien Delcampe, philatelist and founder of delcampe.net, reveals one of his favourite philatelic items. One of my philatelic interests consists in collecting the first stamp of each country on cover. I am still far from having a cover for each country, and I remain attentive to any possible addition I can make to this collection. Last year, I was browsing my website (Delcampe.net) to check … Continue reading My Favourite

Virtual Stampex Returns

This week, the Philatelic Traders’ Society are once again presenting a Virtual Stampex show. As with last October’s event, Virtual Stampex, which runs 25–27 March, will connect the world’s philatelic community 24 hours a day for three days, with the aim of bringing together collectors from all over the globe. Virtual Stampex is driving the philatelic revolution, capitalising on the resurgence of the hobby due … Continue reading Virtual Stampex Returns

Channel Crossing by Air

The Smithsonian National Space and Air Museum remembered the first Channel crossing by air in a webpost titled ‘Crossing the Channel in a Balloon’. Tom Crouch explained that the arrival of pioneering French exhibition balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753–1809) to England in 1784 sparked excitement over ballooning. Boston-born John Jeffries MD, an American loyalist living in England, supported Blanchard’s plan to fly across the English Channel. … Continue reading Channel Crossing by Air

If Postcards Be the Food of Love, Write On…

Trying hard to find an upbeat story to cheer you up, I’ve gone back to the tried-and-tested February formula of romance, brightening a cold February with the heat of postcard passion. For the collector, there is no shortage of material to alight on, and it’s mostly in the budget price bracket. Pride of place goes to the various designs aimed at St Valentine’s Day, which … Continue reading If Postcards Be the Food of Love, Write On…

Postal Card Rarity Rediscovered

A US postal card so rare that only four known examples have surfaced in more than a century has been uncovered in a collection inherited by non-collectors. The card, called the ‘Mitchell’ card (for the collector who discovered it) has not been seen in decades. Mitchell (1877–1960), who was one of the country’s foremost experts on postal stationery (stamped envelopes and postal cards), was also … Continue reading Postal Card Rarity Rediscovered

An Oasis in a Troubled Europe

It’s currently impossible to ignore the concept of Europe and our departure from it politically on 31 December 2020. The idea of most of a unified continent working in harmony was never quite completed and now, thanks to Britain’s exit, may be unravelling. Relations between different countries are complicated and have led to numerous wars, so any lessening of bonds is a retrograde step. This … Continue reading An Oasis in a Troubled Europe

New Find After 75 Years

An exciting and very significant new find was offered by Philas Stamp Auctions in Sydney in mid-November, as lot 2208 in their auction no. 136. A set of three die proofs of the 1945 Duke and Duchess of Gloucester issue was of a type not previously seen for Australian die proofs in collector hands. They were invoiced for near $AUS8000. As the proposed stamp design … Continue reading New Find After 75 Years

PTS Launches Awards

The Philatelic Traders’ Society have launched the PTS Awards 2020, which will celebrate, champion and support philatelic companies. Their aim is to highlight unique entrepreneurs and businesses within the industry, showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity within the hobby. More information is available on the website (thepts.net/awards). Philatelic Exporter is proud to partner the PTS in these awards to support the industry in what has … Continue reading PTS Launches Awards