Netherlands: Coming of Age

Queen Wilhelmina succeeded to the throne of the Netherlands in 1890. Her father, King Wilhelm III, had featuring on the first adhesive stamps of the Netherlands issued on New Years Day, 1852. On succession, Wilhelmina was just 10 years old and not of age to reign alone. Her mother and second wife of Wilhelm III,Continue reading “Netherlands: Coming of Age”

St Lucia: A Case of Unfortunate Timing

The 1936 King George V definitive issue was to be the first St Lucia definitive set for more than 20 years, replacing the portrait illustrations that had dominated for half a century. It was an impressive pictorial set of 12 pictorial designs in values from ½d to 10/ and each featuring a portrait of theContinue reading “St Lucia: A Case of Unfortunate Timing”

Guide: Removing Self Adhesive Stamps from Covers

It’s been a mainstay activity of the philatelist since the dawn of the adhesive stamp … the removal of used postage stamps from covers. Many of us will have commandeered the kitchen sink to soak our on-paper stock before peeling off the stamps and leaving to dry on a neighbouring work surface. Traditionally, the gumContinue reading “Guide: Removing Self Adhesive Stamps from Covers”