Stampa 2015 Guinness FDC

Is Stampa is failing Irish philately ?

Is Stampa is failing Irish philately ? Having been actively involved in Irish philately since the 1960’s, I am of the opinion that we have been slowly going backwards since the 1970’s and rapidly going backwards since the 1990’s. One only has to look back to the 1950s and 1960’s to see what could be…

Collectibles & Historical Memorabilia from the Siege of Mafeking (Boer War)

There are countless scholarly papers and articles about the Siege of Mafeking – arguably the most famous British action in the Second Boer War.  This blog post is about how modern-day collectors can reach out to the past by collecting historical memorabilia and researching the connections.  In this post, I am particularly focused on the Irish connections to…

USA inverted Jenny stamp error

Rare Stamps: the “Inverted Jenny” of the USA

Background to Airmail Stamps As commercial aviation developed and postal authorities considered flying the mails, a new collecting theme was born – airmail stamp collecting and airmail postal history.  As far back as 1870-72, during the Siege of Paris and the Franco-Prussian War, balloons were used to carry messages in and out of the besieged…

Stamps & History: Oil Rivers Protectorate (to Nigeria)

Stamp collecting opens up a world of history, geography, economics and politics.  The former British colony of Oil Rivers is one such example.  When Germany annexed Togoland and Cameroon, the British and French realized that decisive action was required before they started losing more of their colonial territories in Africa.  A major Conference was held…

Marketing philately is different

I have collected stamps for the past 45 years and I have been trading (buying & selling) for the last 35 years.  During this time I have witnessed stamps dropping from one of the biggest hobbies in Ireland to being a minority interest – with no young collectors and only a handful of elderly gentlemen.…