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

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

My Favourite…

Leading German philatelist Karl Louis, one of the shareholders in the Global Philatelic Network, comprising Heinrich Köhler, Corinphila, H R Harmer and John Bull, reveals a favourite philatelic item. Some years ago, at Stampex 2012 in London, I spotted an amazing mixed-franking cover bearing three different 2d. blue stamps at one of the dealer’s booths. The cover was addressed to the Reverend W W Phelps, … Continue reading My Favourite…

Over the Sea – Ship and Maritime Mail

Over many centuries, ships, boats and maritime vessels of all kinds have been used as a means of transport for mail along rivers, and over lakes and seas. In more recent decades, historic ships and boats used for mail transportation have repeatedly been featured on stamps, sheetlets and booklets. An important number originate from British territories, the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey or the … Continue reading Over the Sea – Ship and Maritime Mail

‘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’

Why Stamp Collecting is Back in Vogue

At least that’s the title of an editorial by Andrew Nelson that ran in the 5 June edition of the Wall Street Journal. ‘Of course,’ was my immediate reaction. Although it should come as no surprise to collectors, the hobby provides respite during troubling times (such as we are now experiencing on several fronts) and an opportunity to expend as much intellectual energy as you … Continue reading Why Stamp Collecting is Back in Vogue

Red Cross and Anti-tuberculosis Issues

The frequently cited ‘Spanish flu’ epidemic of 1918 has not been mentioned explicitly on European stamps, but I assume it was one reason (among others) for the numerous charity issues with surcharges for the benefit of the Red Cross and other welfare organisations. The most lethal disease affecting lungs until today is tuberculosis. The Global Tuberculosis Report of the WHO gives a number of 10 … Continue reading Red Cross and Anti-tuberculosis Issues