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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

Celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Penny Red stamp

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. […]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

The stories behind some of the most valuable and error-ridden stamps in the world!

We live in a digital age where the art of letter writing has been virtually lost and people rarely send traditional post any more. However, stamp collecting is still an interesting hobby for millions of people across the world. Rare and unique stamps fetch hundreds or even thousands of pounds across the globe. We have created a short list of some of the most valuable stamps in the world which have become valuable because of mistakes. Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the stories behind them. […]

By | February 26th, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments

The very first Christmas stamps

About two centuries ago, sending mail was free for the sender because in order to receive the mail, the receiver had to pay a small amount of money. However, this practice led to serious problems in post offices because there were many recipients that didn’t want to take their mail. That’s why, Rowland Hill, an English schoolmaster, suggested the use of stamps. The first stamps became available in 1840. There were actually two types of stamps – the blue stamps that were worth two pence and the black stamp worth one penny. They both featured Queen Victoria. Thirty years later, the British Post Office introduced the half penny stamp used exclusively for sending cards (Christmas cards were invented in 1843). What is interesting to point out is that people had to use scissors in the postal office in order to separate stamps in case they needed one or two stamps (they didn’t have to buy a whole stamp sheet). In 1854, the British Post Office introduced perforated stamps which simplified the process considerably. […]

By | January 7th, 2016|Stamp Info|0 Comments