Adventures in Philately Webinar Series

Adventures in Philately Webinar Series

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.

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It’s a Long Long way to Muscat

It’s a Long Long way to Muscat

“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.

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The Sweet and Bitter of the £5 Orange

The Sweet and Bitter of the £5 Orange

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.

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Jargon Buster – Word of the Month: “Bisect”

Jargon Buster – Word of the Month: “Bisect”

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.

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Adventures in Philately Webinar Series

Adventures in Philately Webinar Series

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!

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The Boy Swept up by the Balloon

The Boy Swept up by the Balloon

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.

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Time Lord of Philately – Patrick Maselis

Time Lord of Philately – Patrick Maselis

The ancient race of Time Lords are extraterrestrial people who have a command of time travel and a non-linear perception of time. One of the most famous Time Lords is Doctor Who, and the eleventh incarnation of The Doctor, once went on record as saying, “1482 is a hard year to time travel to, as it is full of glitches”.

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The Happy in a Sad Story

The Happy in a Sad Story

It’s a sad story if you start digging around the history of the Congo Free State (1885 to 1908) and there aren’t many, if any, happy stories to lift the gloom of atrocities perpetrated in the colony under the personal rule of King Leopold II. It’s easy to forget that two sets of stamps were created for use in this Central African country which was supposed to be an humanitarian and philanthropic project.

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The ‘Solferino’ Cover

The ‘Solferino’ Cover

What’s great about history is that events are named after something logical. For example, the 1859 Battle of Solferino takes its name from where the conflict actually took place – Solferino in Italy.

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