A History of Britain in Thirty-six Postage Stamps

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Britain has a rich and detailed history, integral to the fortunes of the world – but so rich and detailed it may be a little intimidating. Fortunately it can be more easily assimilated in small bits, and this lovely little book focuses only on the past one hundred fifty years, from the reign of Queen Victoria through the modern day.

The British Postal service began during Queen Victoria’s reign, and the author, a dedicated philatelist, chronicles various eras, sovereigns, wars and conflicts by looking at different stamps that have been issued in this time period. Each one he chooses is indicative of prevailing attitudes and culture of its era. For example, the stamp issued for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee shows a departure from previous issues, reflecting the Victorian vision of grandeur and forward-looking optimism. As the country evolved, so did the stamps, and this excellent history touches on many themes that the British have encountered during the last century and a half. The story is well-written and conversational, and an excellent overview with a philatelic twist, which is charming and rather fun. The author loves his country and loves his hobby, and in this book happily and expertly combines the two.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 288 pages
Publisher Picador 
Publish Date 2013-Oct-22
ISBN 9781250035509
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Issue February 2014
Category History


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