I absolutely ADORE Postal History Items.
With all stamps, from the humblest to the most rare, condition is everything and I do get surprised by such items as the Queen Victoria Surface-Printed Issues where a grotty example might only fetch 5% of Catalogue Price and yet a truly magnificent specimen (especially with light and attractive cancels) of the same stamp can go for maybe 200% or even more of the Catalogue Price.
With Postal History the sheer history dominates – and burned, mangled crash covers are way more intersting than many others. Great stories of brave aviators flying across the Andes, Seaplanes landing in the Atlantic, Tin Can Posts, Zeppelins, Stephen Smith’s Indian Rockets – the list is close to endless.
The downside?? Wheras my team and I can get 100 items a day on this site or EBay if the material is straightforward and easily described (as most stamps are) – it might take all day to list 20 rare covers with a description detailed enough to do them justice. Strangely, however, that is the absorbing side of this wonderful hobby.
And now to my headline.
Currently we are sitting on around 4000 items of Air Mail Postal History, including Zeppelins, First Flights to Africa and even some of the Stephen Smith Indian Rocketry collection (we even have some of the Rockets & Baloons!!). Many are from the dawn of the Air Mail era. The earliest I have so far researched is 1919. To add to that we have over 2000 items of early (Queen Victoria from 1840) GB Postal History, including an amazing group of Penny Red “Plates” on cover. Rounding up the storage problem are several thousand early Empire items.
Get my problem? Will any of us live long enough to sort this lot out.
A Sale? Why not! Even better – give me your wants list