Tuesday 24 September 2019

Stamps and collecting on the BBC

By coincidence there have been three (at least) mentions of stamps and collecting on the BBC recently.

1. In the excellent '50 Things that made the Modern Economy' series, Tim Harford explains how Rowland Hill introduced the pre-payment system of postage and the postage stamp.


2. Under the headline Tech-savvy stamp collectors energise an old hobby and published in time for Autumn Stampex,

explore the history behind a random stamp.  These are much more interesting than many 'stamp' videos on YouTube. Some of the other 'how to' videos are positively dangerous to stamps!

The article also cites Stanley Gibbons "renowned for its collector catalogues, the recently launched My Collection app enables collectors to store and manage their collection virtually"

3. Lastly, for now, as part of their We are Stoke-on-Trent broadcast event, a web story mentions a few 'Stokies who made their mark' - including Stanley Matthews, RJ Mitchell (spitfire), Oliver Lodge, who invented the spark plug, and of course Arnold Machin.


  1. Hi Ian. A nice aside from the purely philatelic posts. However, there may be a few readers who don't know who (Sir) Stanley Matthews is!

  2. There must be a case for Royal Mail to issue a stamp commemorating Sir Stanley Matthews. It's rather strange that they haven't up to now, given the wide range of football related stamps that have been issued since England hosted the 1966 FIFA World Cup Finals:


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