Commonwealth Postal History

Postal History from around the Commonwealth.

Read about when each Country's first stamps were issued, when Post Offices were open and about early postal services along with notable events

 

 

  1. Mauritius 1859 1s Vermilion SG34

    The 'Post Office' Stamps of Mauritius and the Story Behind Them

    Mauritius is known for having issued the most famous and sought-after stamps in the world, highly prized by collectors. The Mauritius ‘Post Office’ stamps rank amongst the most notable and important of all philatelic rarities, read the story behind these stamps ..

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  2. Barbados 1861 SG17 Perkins Bacon Hand Cancelled Stamp

    Jacob Perkins & The Perkins Bacon Cancelled Handstamps

    Jacob Perkins & The Perkins Bacon Cancelled Handstamps. The story behind them and the new discovery by Empire Philatelists
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  3. Cape of Good Hope pair of triangles

    Cape of Good Hope Postal History

    A look at the Cape of Good Hope's postal history, the post office stones, the famous Cape Triangular stamp and its connection with the birth of Stanley Gibbons as a stamp dealer
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  4. Rocket Mail: The Postage Revolution That Never Was

    Rocket Mail: The Postage Revolution That Never Was

    Rocket mail. No, this isn’t the name of a fancy new email service. Rather, ‘rocket mail’ is the term used to describe any attempt to deliver mail via a rocket or projectile.

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  5. Printing Processes of Postage Stamps

    Printing Processes of Postage Stamps

    Eggs are eggs, as the old saying goes. However, you can’t really say the same thing for stamps. Because while stamps all serve to pay for postage, they vary in many, many ways. And one of the subtler ways in which stamps differ is through the printing processes and techniques used to produce them.

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  6. Most Valuable Stamps of the British Commonwealth

    Most Valuable Stamps of the British Commonwealth

    The British Commonwealth has produced many valuable stamps over the years. Some, obviously, are more valuable than others, with rarity usually being the most important factor in deciding just how much a stamp is worth.

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  7. History of The Postage Stamp

    History of The Postage Stamp

    Compared to the letters and documents they're ordinarily affixed to, the postage stamp is a relatively new invention.

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