Monthly Archives: June 2015

When Is A “Used” Stamp Not A “Used” Stamp?

I have a firm belief that Philately involves three compomnent parts. There is the Stamp Collector. There is the Stamp Dealer. There is the Post Office. Inevitably there is a degree of tension. But Philately works best when there is … Continue reading

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Archie Peake…The Man Behind The Postcard

One of the interesting aspects of collecting Irish Postcards in the years between 1900 and 1922 is Propaganda cards. As the crisis over Home Rule escalated, both unionists and nationalists used postcards as a means of promoting their cause. So … Continue reading

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Friday…Is “Markets Day”

Over the past three months, I have become a regular at the (Friday) market at St Georges’s Market in Belfast. This was always the “Markets Area” of Belfast and is situated just a short distance from the Central (train) Station. … Continue reading

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Internet Message Boards

It seems that joining an Internet Message Board is a bit like joining the Mafia. You can join…but you can only leave if you are weighed down by cement filled shoes and dropped in the East River. To some extent, … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Five. Commercially Used Covers.

Commercially Used Covers and Postcards have actually passed thru the postal system. I find the authenticity much more interesting than covers posted by someone¬†with one eye on a stamp album. This first¬†cover was sent from County Donegal to an Irish … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Four. First Day Covers.

I am not a big fan of First Day Covers. I can certainly appreciate how the accidental discovery of a stamp posted on its first day of issue would have added value. Genuine Postal History. Certainly Irish FDCs from the … Continue reading

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Postal History…Part Three. Slogan Postmarks.

A Slogan Postmark is the message, advice or advertisement that appears on a cover when it is machine-cancelled. No doubt there are avid collectors who have a comprehensive list of all slogan postmarks. I would not be so keen but … Continue reading

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