Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Aylesbury & District Philatelic Society.
Mail was carried by train as early as 1830 in the UK but it was in 1838 that the actual sorting of mail began on board while the train was in transit and the Travelling Post Office service, or TPO as we know it, begun.
Schedule of stamp fairs due to take place in September 2009. Wherever possible we provide contact information for collectors to confirm any details before travelling.
Schedule of stamp fairs due to take place in August 2009. Wherever possible we provide contact information for collectors to confirm any details before travelling.
Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Amersham & District Philatelic Society.
Meeting place, meeting times and contact details for the Aberconway (Aberconwy) Philatelic Society.
Thematic or Topical stamp collecting revolves around postage stamps containing a particular subject matter in the designs rather than the countries that issued them.
Lundy Island is located about 12 miles off the Devon coast in the Bristol Channel and, since 1929, has issued it's own stamps to cover the cost of carrying mail to the mainland before joining the regular British postal service.
It's obviously still early days for the GBStamp.co.uk website and we will steadily grow the content available as time progresses but I thought I should point out that you can help us grow a little faster if you would like to contribute relevant articles for us to publish.
Over the years I've heard many premature reports of the stamp collecting hobby's death but I do believe it's more difficult to attract youngsters to stamps now given all the other media driven attention grabbers around.
The first ever recorded mail carrying flight took place in Allahabad, India during February 1911. It was organised by Captain Walter S. Windham RN and, during September the same year, he also set up the first UK aerial post service which was also the first ever official scheduled air carriage of mail.
It's very easy to believe eBay is the only show in town when it comes to trading GB stamps reliably and successfully online. But there are some good alternatives like eBid that can prove effective venues in the right circumstances.
Now how's this for a first class service? A Public House licensee has supported her husband in opening a Post Office in her Isle of Wight pub!
The Prussian Blue came about because of a mistake at the printers, Harrison & Son, who used the wrong ink to print a batch of stamps. They realised their error and destroyed all but six sheets which had already managed to get included in 'good' stock.
Royal Mail launched the 'SmartStamp' on January 15th 2004 which enabled small businesses and home users to print postage directly on envelopes and account for payment online.
The Royal Mail Crimean War stamp set issued October 12th 2004 has so far yielded four errors affecting three of the stamp values making this the largest number of varieties emerging from a GB set of stamps since the sixties.