Part of my collection consists of quite a few pieces of Postal Stationary. This is apparently something that many people, even collectors, are unfamiliar with. I've never met anyone else who collects these.
Postal stationary is envelopes - air and regular, letter sheets - air and regular (also unfamiliar to many), post cards - air and reguar, newspaper wrappers (huh?), non-profit orginazitions and official mail pieces which have the postage device either embossed and colored, or simply printed flat on the envelope or sheet. Very little of this is seen today other than an occasional post card, but at one time these were seen and used almost as much as envelopes with stamps affixed.
These peices are collected as either entires - the full postal piece, or as cut squares - a 2" square containing just the postage part. Most desirable are unused entire pieces. All of mine are unused entires.
Not being a popular collectable, many of these items are relatively inexpensive but some are...
The National Postal Museum received a major Smithsonian grant to digitize its certified plate proof collections. Watch a video — "Out of The Vault: The Certified Plate Proof Collection" — as it tells the story from start to finish.
This article was in the APS March Member Newsletter. Thought it was interesting.
While watching "The Kings Speech" in the early hours of this morning as I could not sleep it was mentioned by King George VI (Bertie) that he always wanted to build models, but his father King George V would not allow it, as he had to carry on with his stamp collection so I thought Ii would look it up, and although there is far too much to put into 1 posting on here it made for an interesting read i have to say.
The Royal Philatelic Collection is the most comprehensive collection of Great Britain and the Commonwealth Stamps in the world, and was started by Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, the second son of Queen Victoria, and King George V in the early 19th Century and is still added to up to today and beyond.
The collection iused to be housed a Buckingham Palace but was moved to St James Palace where it is still housed today.
King George V was elected Honorary Life Vice-President of the Royal Philatelic Society on March 1893, and once wrote to a colleague say “I want to have the...
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