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The clue is in the stamp!

2016 seems to be a year of commemorations and celebrations what with the centenary of The Great War and Shakespeare’s 400th birthday anniversary and it also happens to be the centenary of Agatha Christie writing her very first detective story – The Mysterious Affair at Styles. To mark the occasion, the Royal Mail have issued [...]

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. […]

A guide to inheriting stamps – what to do with your inherited collection

If you are already a stamp collector then I’m sure you’d be delighted to find out that you have inherited a stamp collection. However, if you have never practiced such activity, you may be wondering what to do next. There are basically three options for those who have inherited a stamp collection. These three options are: […]

New Zealand Celebrate HRH With a Commemorative Stamp

Monarchy in New Zealand has a long history and dates back from the early 19th century. According to the Constitution Act from 1986, the Queen, the Sovereign in right of New Zealand is actually the Head of State. This is one of the reasons why the New Zealand Post has recently revealed a set of stamps dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II. The inspiration was found in the fact that Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in the history of New Zealand….and of the UK for that matter! […]

How a Stamp Led To Murder

Rare stamps are coveted throughout the world and because of the monetary value that can be placed on them, the desire to own a valuable stamp can lead to a sinister outcome. Such was the case for Gaston Leroux in 1892. Gaston lived in Paris, France and was a man of considerable wealth. With a passion for stamp collecting, Gaston had amassed an impressive and valuable collection of stamps. So valuable in fact, that it turned out to be too much of a temptation for one of his friends and associates. […]