Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week #2016.14 and 15 on SébPhilatélie

Summaries of the articles on the French side of my blogs that weren't adapted over here.

Sunday 3 April: British machine stamp to Spain while a British empire is falling down
Correos, the Spanish postal operator, will start using Post & Go like machine next week during a national exhibition. More at Norvic Philatelics' blog.

But on, lots of people have been wondering what's happening to Stanley Gibbons since the group's current direction bought many philatelic businesses and an auction website whose refurbishment was costly. At the London stock exchange, this strategy seems not to attract investors...

Monday 11 April: rightless citizens of France in colonial Guyane
Thank to a France Culture programme, I discover historian Miranda Spieler who worked on how some inhabitants were living without their rights as citizens in French Guyana: freed slaves, former prisoners of the penal colony who cannot pay their trip back to Europe, etc.

What of their mail?

Tuesday 12 April: Fourth episode for RTÉ's Inside the GPO
This blog article is updated after every new episode of the Irish television on the Great Post Office of Dublin. In the fourth installment, last Tuesday, Christmas is almost near the postal employees, the clients and visitors of the music and carol happenings.

Saturday 16 April: Thursday 14th, a great USA day
On Thursday the American Philatelic Research Library announced the third stamp of the McCoy Inverted Jenny block of four have been found again on April 1st by the New York branch of Spink. Does that clear the mystery of the heist in 1955?

That same day at the Royal Philatelic Society London, Gordon Eubanks proposed a conference on the imperforated stamps of the United States from 1851 to 1856 - after the first two stamps of 1847. With a nice way of telling stories as well as describing classical stamps and their many types (my personal black beasts), he offered an introduction to these stamps and the postal history of the country, looking both at the West and to the British world economy.

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