Postal History

Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak - The Face in Royalty Stamps

Sarawak is the largest Malaysian state, one of two states situated on the northwest part of the island of Borneo. Sarawak was ruled by the White Rajas for more than a century. One of the rulers was Charles Brookes, the second among the three successive rajahs of Sarawak. He was born Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke on June 3, 1829 in England. His parents were Emma Frances and The Rev. Francis Charles Johnson. He received his education from the Crewkeme Grammar School and soon enrolled at the Royal Navy.

Hand Stamped Two-Headed Eagle of Albania

The independence of Albania from the Ottoman Empire was officially announced in November 1912, immediately after the Second Balkan War. Albania may have been a newly independent state back then, but territorially, the country was scattered and partially controlled by Serbian, Montenegrin and Greek forces that set stations in the contested border areas. The new government, on the other hand, was taking control of the southern region of the country. A postal service was also in existence, but it was run by foreign providers, including Austro-Hungarian and Italian Post Offices.

The History of Transjordan and Palestine Stamps

Did you know that the life story of one of Britain’s most popular heroes can be told by Transjordan stamps? Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, or as he is affectionately called ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, was a trained archaeologist who participated in numerous expeditions and excavations throughout his life. But his trip to the Middle East was considered the most significant, occurring in conjunction with the onset of the First World War. He was a well-known archeologist at that time, and was thus commissioned to lead the military survey of the Negev Desert.

A Kangaroo in a Map - the First Australian Commonwealth Stamps

Government-issued stamps, particularly those that are issued to commemorate new governments or the development of a new postal office often make use of portraits of leaders and important figures. But this is not the case with Australian Commonwealth - for its Australian Commonwealth stamp; the authorities took on a more novel approach. For the first edition of stamps, the authorities decided on a kangaroo embedded within the Australian map. Its debut was met with great interest, discussions and loads of controversy.

Tracing the Postal History of Muscat

The Sultanate of Oman, one of the well-known sultanates in the Middle East, was formerly known as the Sultanate of Muscat and Oman, named after the Capital and most important city in the Sultanate. Found on the east of the Arabian Peninsula, the sultanate is composed of two regions known as Oman (or the interior part) and Muscat - the coastal region. For years confusion was widespread regarding the distinction and location of Muscat and Oman and what these places stand for.

The Mafeking Siege Stamps

At the height of the Siege of Mafeking (1900), considered a decisive British action during the Second Boer War, the government issued special photographically produced 'local' stamps done in blue - the 3d Baden-Powell stamps and the 1d Cadet Sgt-Major Goodyear ‘Bicycle’. A similar procedure was used to creat siege banknotes.

Why not start a Postal History Collection?

Before the start of the 15th century, letters were used for communications and carried personally by messengers, mostly in the circles of the nobility and government. It was during this time when the modern Post Office that people know today started to bloom. Drafting and sending letters then was reserved to the elite and nobility since they were the ones who could compose and write letters. So if one takes a good look at the surviving letters from this period, it becomes apparant that most of these correspondences were done by merchants, clergy and nobility.

King Fuad Stamps

Speculation on Stamps

Stamp collectors may recall the interesting history chapter of August 18, 1966, when the ‘England winners’ World Cup 4d stamp reprints went on sale. It may be surprising to learn that while more than 150 million copies of the original stamp were printed, only 12 million copies of the second printing were issued at the post offices. When this fact became known to the public, speculation ran riot.

Postal System in Korea

The use of modern postal system in Korea started on a rough spot complete with arson and an armed conflict. Right now, stamp collectors love the stamps that come out of Korea, but only few people know the real story behind the stamps and what happened in 19th century Korea, a time when an official stamp system was about to be started.

The Stamp That Made the Panama Canal in Existence Today!

It is rather unusual that one of the worlds’ greatest engineering marvel - the Panama Canal - came into existence with the help of some small pieces of adhesive papers. In truth, it was not just some mere pieces but rather postage stamps made during the period. Originally, the plan in the construction of the navigational link to connect the Caribbean Sea towards the Pacific Ocean was not in the Panama area, rather it was in Nicaragua. This is the story of how the diversion came to be.