National Stamp Collecting Month: The Birth of Collecting & Philately

With the issuance of the world’s first postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Two Penny Blue, in early May 1840, came the birth of the hobby of collecting postage stamps and related objects. However, revenue stamps had been collected since the previous century with John Bourke, Receiver General of Stamp Dues in Ireland often credited as the first collector. In 1774, he assembled a book … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Birth of Collecting & Philately

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Before we can get to stamps, we should have a brief look at the final steps that brought about the world’s first postage stamp, the famed Penny Black. I have but one in my collection — a three-margined copy with a cut angle on the lower left corner but with my initials (“MJ“) as the control numbers. That stamp was featured on A Stamp A Day in December … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Postage Act of 1839 and Uniform Penny Postage

Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

May 6, 1840, is a date well known to most philatelists and stamp collectors. It was on this day that the world’s first pre-paid adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system was officially released. This was a one-penny stamp printed in black ink with an elegant engraving of the young Queen Victoria (whose 21st birthday was celebrated that month). Released by Great Britain, … Continue reading Sir Rowland Hill & the Birth of the Pre-Paid Postage Stamp

Great Britain #1 (1840) - control letters "MJ"

A Brief Blogging Break

No regular post with a lengthy history today. Your humble host spent most of today at Phuket Immigration Office here in southern Thailand, obtaining a new one-year extension on his Non-Immigrant (Business) visa. Tomorrow, I will make appearances at the Education Department and the Labour Office for my one-year work permit renewal. Bureaucracy! Thus, I’m much too tired to try to put together 3000 or … Continue reading A Brief Blogging Break