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Matthews and Son (M&S) Philately was created by father and son philatelists, William and Nigel Matthews, who have developed a lifetime passion for stamps and postal history.

Between them they have more than 90 years philatelic experience with specialisation in issues from Great Britain, British Commonwealth, Caribbean, Denmark, France, Netherlands, Spain and United States.

William and Nigel share their passion through the publication of a blog and the provision of philatelic services to both experienced and novice philatelists alike. If you like our content, don’t forget to subscribe below.

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Egypt: 1921 French Overprint Variations

In an earlier blog, we introduced the French issues of the Egyptian Ports of Alexandria and Port Said. The blog explored the postal issues of the British and French Post Offices and in particular, considered the French key plate designs of ‘Blanc’, Mouchon’ and ‘Merson’. The French continued to use French currency on these stamps…

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Crete: Protecting French Trade

Protecting trade across the Mediterranean has been a common interest of imperial states for thousands of years. The Mediterranean has supported direct trade routes between Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as opening routes to Asia and the Far East. This continuing well into the 20th century and can be evidenced through the establishment…

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Germany: Holy Land

The featured stamp commemorates the 50th anniversary of the cession of Heligoland to Germany. The significance of this anniversary is indicated by the date of issue 1940 and the inscription ‘Deutsches Reich’ – an issue of the German national state during World War II. The stamp is an historical example of postage stamp propaganda and…

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Puerto Rico: Spanish Definitives

Puerto Rico is today recognised officially as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and an unincorporated territory of the United States of America. As such, it adopts the US federal stamps for postal services. However, between 1873 and 1900, Puerto Rico issued distinctive stamps unique to the island. Puerto Rico is the most easterly of the…

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