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Stampex 2016

The UK’s largest stamp exhibition takes place in September from the 14th to 17th September. Taking place at The Business Design Centre (BDC) in Islington, London, it is the 60th anniversary of the exhibition and to mark the occasion, two UK music legends are being celebrated. Thanks to the The Postal Museum and Smithsonian’s National [...]

By | September 9th, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

Isle of Man Post Office issues miniature sheet to celebrate 100 years since the heroic Shackleton Expedition.

2016 is the year when we mark the 100th anniversary of the Imperial Trans-Antarctica Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. The Isle of Man have used this occasion to introduce a limited miniature sheet. This sheet consists of two 175p post stamps. One of them is depicting Henry Worsley, an adventurer who experienced the same route that Shackleton used, but one century later and the other is featuring the captain of the famous Endurance – Frank Worsley. Henry Worsley is said to be distantly related to Frank Worsley although there is no clear evidence to support this point. However, given that exploring was in their blood, the connection is likely to be more than co-incidental. […]

By | June 8th, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

Shakespeare 400th Anniversary Stamps

Shakespeare is renowned as being the most famous and celebrated writer of all time. His work is studied and praised all over the world and although he died exactly 400 years ago, his work today is as popular as it ever has been. So, in light of all the other celebrations that are taking place this year to commemorate the great bard, it is no surprise that the Royal Mail has decided to mark this important anniversary with a special collection of stamps. […]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

90th Birthday stamps for the Queen

At the start of the year we saw the brand new limited edition cover that was issued to celebrate the beginning of the Queen’s 90th Birthday year. Queen Elizabeth II has now surpassed Queen Victoria to become our Longest Reigning Monarch and this limited edition commemorative cover featured Royal Mail’s official Crown Jewels stamps, hand-stamped with an official one-day-only commemorative postmark dated 1st January 2016. […]

By | April 12th, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

A brief guide to postal history

Before the 15th century, the vast majority of letters were simply government official communications or royal communications delivered by official state messengers. Of course, only a small percentage of people were actually literate and knew how to write a letter and read a letter, so most of the letters that we can find today from that period were created by lawyers, judges, priests, merchants and aristocrats. In the 15th century the early origins of the postal network in Great Britain and Europe started and people had to pay a certain fee for receiving letters based on the distance between the sender and receiver and the weight. […]

By | March 20th, 2016|Other|0 Comments