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 [...]
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. […]
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. […]
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. […]
The Penny Red Stamp is one of the most famous stamps in the world. In order to learn more about this stamp we must focus on the history of the Penny Black stamp and how this led to the Penny Red being created. The first Penny Black stamp was available in the Post Office on May 6th, 1840. This stamp could be cancelled at any post office where the letter was posted with the help of a Maltese cross (which was actually a type of obliterating stamp) form of cancellation. To do this, workers had to use ink based on a red colour so that everyone knew that the stamp couldn’t be used again. The post office workers even got instructions about how to prepare the red ink. They had to mix 1 lb of printer’s red ink, one pint of linseed oil and 0.5 pint of sweet oil’s dropping. The instructions were sent to all post offices on April 25th, 1840. […]