Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Internet and Philately - Part 2

My Ten Favourite Online Resources

One of the joys of the internet is finding out that someone else has done the research and put it online for all to see. I especially enjoy websites that go beyond the standard references and broaden a subject.

My list of bookmarks runs into the hundreds, but these are my Top 10. Needless to say, but I will anyway, my collecting habits are reflected in the sites I've selected

1. King George V Silver Jubilee - without doubt the best online reference for the 1935 Jubilee issues. It includes the omnibus series issued by 44 colonies and territories, and the separate issues of 10 that didn't hop aboard. The listings, and illustrations, of the multitude of varieties is superb. To aid the postal historian, there are also details of the postal rates for each territory.

2. The Philatelic Database - definitely the place to go when you don't know where to start, the Philatelic Database contains a host of articles on all things philatelic, and they're archived

3. Philatelics.Org - a brilliant site for collectors of Great Britain. It has numerous downloadable PDF's on a range of subjects, and an excellent postmark database

4. The TPO and Seapost Society - another fantastic site for postal historians, covering Travelling Post Offices and maritime mail

5. Letters From the Past - one of my absolute favourites! Items of postal history are dissected, transcribed, and analysed. A real labour of love that has helped me to transcribe difficult writing and to better understand the postal history of the 18th and 19th centuries

6. What Day Was It On...? - if you've ever looked at a letter or a postmark and wondered what day it was written or sent, this is the resource for you. For example, did you know that 12 June 1812 was a Friday?

7. Censored & Military Postal History - the name says it all. This site is a goldmine of information and illustrations

8. Australian Postal History - written in detail and profusely illustrated, this site is clearly a labour of love. It's been considered good enough to be archived by the National Library of Australia, so it is well worth a look

9. Bookfinder - looking for a book? This site has been called the "Google of books". Try it by typing Stanley Gibbons in the author search!

10. Stamp Albums Web - affordable and printable album pages. Another labour of love that I highly recommend

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