It might surprise a few people to learn that in December 2020 Thailand became the world’s number one ranked country for fixed broadband internet speeds*, beating 175 other countries to the top spot.
The abbreviation ‘EKD’ is frequently used in auction catalogues, exhibits and reference books, and means ‘Earliest Known Date. In philately, and in particular Postal History, it relates to a particular stamp, cover, postmark or other associated aspect of the delivery being the earliest date recorded, whether that be an issue, country, region or service.
In the wake of the exciting news that the Museum of Philately will be participating in the upcoming Stampex International Show in Islington, London, at the end of the month – bringing the virtual realm into focus in the physical world – we take a closer look at what this means and what visitors to our stand can expect. And “shhh!”, don’t tell, this will include a world exclusive announcement.
The Museum of Philately teamed up with Stamp Collector Magazine and the allaboutstamps.co.uk website to deliver the first in a new five part webinar series, called ‘Adventures in Philately’, which explores and explains the world of stamps and celebrates stamp collecting.
“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” is a famous music hall song, often sung by soldiers during the wars of the early part of the twentieth century. But it’s an even longer way from Ballymackey in Tipperary to Muscat. You might wonder why we mention this fact. There isn’t much, if anything, to connect Ballymackey and Muscat.
In Britain around the year 1876, a £5 Orange stamp was equivalent to about £1000 in today’s money. It makes you think what on earth could anyone send that would cost that amount of cash? But that’s not the half of it, because one of the key inspirations and ultimately the driver behind the Post Office in Great Britain producing these tangy adhesives was that someone wanted to send a telegram costing £32. 2s. 0d., which in today’s money amounts to a whopping £6000.
The word ‘Bisect’ in philately refers to a stamp which is cut into two ‘equal’ halves, both of which are used for postage and crucially each half of the bisect has a postage value of half the original face value of the stamp.
Experts from the Museum of Philately in partnership with Stamp Collector Magazine brings you a new and exciting webinar series.
Register today for the first Webinar on Fakes, Forgeries & Funnies, 19th July 2021 at 6.30pm!
In the realm of postal history, dates are fundamental. Ask any collector and they will tell you that in order to understand the importance of a cover, you need to know the chronological context and historical timeline. Arranging the important events into the order in which they happened is a skill the world’s greatest philatelists possess, among other talents.