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The Stamps and Postal History of Great Britain

Great Britain stamps is one of the world's most popular stamp collecting fields, both individually, and as collections. This is probably because of the historic background and story of their origin. Rowland Hill's reform, introduced in 1839–1840 changed communications for ever. The most significant contribution being that a uniform postage rate should apply to all parts of the kingdom. Also, increments of cost being dependent on the weight of the item and not the distance travelled with payment being made by the sender. Consequently, this led to the introduction of a brilliantly simple devise, the world’s first postage stamp, the so-called Penny Black. This was issued on 6th May 1840. 

To this day Britain does not put the name of the country on GB stamps. A portrait of the current monarch being seen as enough, and as the issuers of the first postage stamp, this is therefore an accepted international convention.

Great Britain Stamps

Stamp collectors will often collect the entire period from 1840 onwards. The most comprehensive and popular stamp albums being the specially-printed ‘Windsor Series’. Other philatelists choose to collect their favourite reigns. For example Queen Victoria 1837–1901; King Edward VII 1901–1910; King George V 1910–1936 also King Edward VIII 1936. Similarly, King George VI 1936–1952 or Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the present day.

Great Britain stamps have long been appreciated and collected the world over. Some of the most popular GB stamps include the Queen Victoria Penny Reds, the Edward VII and George V definitive issues in their myriad shades, the superbly engraved 'Seahorses', the 1929 PUC £1 and even the long running QEII Machin issues, in use for over 50 years to date.

Collectors of the stamps will often subscribe to the Post Office new issues service, whilst continuing to obtain older stamps. There are areas of great specialization with many outstanding stamp books and catalogues to aid the philatelist collector. These contain the sum of years of diligent research by generations of philatelists. If there is a specific area you would like to specialise in please let us know and we will do everything we can to assist.





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