British Guiana’s 1c Magenta by L. N. Williams

For the first time since the record-breaking auction in June last year, the famous British Guiana 1c Magenta will be on display on behalf of the new owner for at the prestigious Monacophil 2015 in December. Below is an article about the 1c Magenta taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.2, pp.23-30, […]

Ultra-Rare Hungarian Bisect Cover

Sometimes, despite the best intentions of the postal administration, things happen… In the small Hungarian town of Szigevar, at the end of January 1873, the post office ran out of the 5 Krajczar postage stamps – crucial to prepay inland single weight letters. So, in at least one case, someone (whether clerk or sender is […]

Cape of Good Hope: The C.L. Pack Bisect Cover

The 4 pence value of the Cape was often used in multiple form on legal correspondence. In fact, the largest known franking of this stamp, 22 examples, was used on an internal package of legal papers. However, the usually meticulous performance of the post office at the Cape was, in a few cases, unable to […]

Bermuda’s Postmaster Provisionals by L. N. Williams

This is an article taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.1, pp.5-10, by L. N. Williams, published by David Feldman in 1992, with updates since its publication. Perot’s First Issue All the Bermuda Postmasters’ stamps are classic examples of stamps first discovered and recorded many years after they were issued. All have […]

Brazil’s Bull’s Eyes by L. N. Williams

This is the third extract in a series of articles about philatelic rarities taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.1, pp.11-12, by L. N. Williams, published by David Feldman in 1992, with updates since its publication. The first issue of Brazil – the Bull’s Eyes, so nicknamed from the design’s resemblance – […]

British Guiana’s Cottonreels by L. N. Williams

This is the first extract in a series of articles about philatelic rarities taken from the Encyclopaedia of Rare and Famous Stamps, vol.1, pp.13-23, by L. N. Williams, published by David Feldman in 1992, with updates since its publication. The crudest classic issue by a government Post Office in what used to be called the […]