Gustamps was posed a question by a young stamp collector visiting Gustamps Sussex shop with his parents. The boy asked Gustamps manager if it’s true that the Queen is a stamp collector. Gustamps manager confirmed that it was certainly the case that Queen Elizabeth II had one of the finest stamp collections in the world. Gustamps manager explained to the boy that she had inherited it from her grandfather King George V who was truly a great philatelist. Whilst at Gustamps shop the boy discovered from Gustamps manager that other Royals were also philatelists including King Farouk of Egypt and Princess Maha Chakri of Thailand. Before leaving Gustamps Brighton shop the young philatelist was presented with a complimentary packet of Gustamps Royalty stamps by Gustamps manager.
Thanks from Gustamps to Mr and Mrs Boyd and their son Geof for allowing Gustamps to publish their experience at Gustamps stamp shop in Brighton.
Gustamps are often asked for help from philatelists to identify unusual stamps. Here are some stamps which Gustamps identified recently.
Stamps overprinted CARCHI.
Gustamps say these are overprinted on Italian stamps for the Aegean Island of Karki.
Gustamps were also quizzed about German stamps overprinted BOFTGEBIET.
Gustamps identify these stamps as Lithuania.
Gustamps quizzed on the phone
A stamp collector new to the hobby telephoned Gustamps and asked Gustamps to help him identify a stamp inscribed KORCA.
Gustamps explained the stamp in question was from Albania. The same person also asked Gustamps about a stamp inscribed LEVA.
Gustamps said this would be from Bulgaria.
One stamp which Gustamps was asked to identify last month was a stamp inscribed HEJAZ & NEJD.
This stamp was quoted by Gustamps as coming from Saudi Arabia. Gustamps also identified a stamp marked LAS BELA as originating from India.
Milly (aged 8) visited Gustamps famous Brighton stamp shop with her mother. Gustamps heard that Milly was new to stamp collecting and had only recently joined her school’s stamp club. Mrs.Foster, Milly’s mother explained that Milly wanted to collect cartoon stamps noticing a display of Disney stamps in Gusamps shop window. Gustamps soon discovered that Milly was a fan of the comic strip Peanuts.
Gustamps manager told Mrs.Foster and Milly about the stamp from the USA depicting Snoopy dog issued in 2001. Milly’s mother bought Peanut stamps from Gustamps issued by Japan and Portugal. Gustamps also gave Milly Peanuts stamps from Gibraltar free of charge. Pleased with her purchases from Gustamps, Milly’s mother asked Gustamps manager if there were any other peanuts stamps. Gustamps manager said the USA were about to release a new set of peanuts stamps depicting Snoopy and Charlie Brown and which Gustamps were hoping to be able to offer for sale soon. Mrs.Foster asked Gustamps manager to reserve a set for her next visit to Brighton and Gustamps.
With thanks to Mrs.Fosterand Milly for allowing Gustamps to share their experience at Gustamps and letting Gustamps publish it.
Mary Quinn telephoned Gustamps asking Gustamps to answer a strange philatelic question. Mary was curious to find out what was the most unusual item ever sent through the post. Gustamps answer to Mary was that many strange things have been posted and the Royal Mail restrict certain things which are deemed by the Royal Mail as dangerous or termed as ’embarrassing postal items.’ Gustamps went onto explain to Mary that pre-dating the Royal Mail when the G.P.O. (General Post Office) was in charge of the Mail lots of unusual things were sent through the post. Gustamps said one of the most curious cases was involving Mr W.R.Bray. Gustamps explained that Mr Bray obtained a volume of the official post office guide in 1898. Mr Bray was a bit eccentric and posted all sorts of things including a turnip and even a small dog! Gustamps added that the G.P.O. were shocked when Mr Bray actually posted himself. Gustamps believe that Mr Bray must be one of the most unusual postal items ever presented to the G.P.O. Gustamps comment that thanks to Royal Mail regulations such things are not allowed today. Gustamps add that Mr W.R.Bray was born in 1879 and died in 1939. Gustamps would like to thank Ms Mary Quinn for her interesting question to Gustamps and allowing Gustamps to publish it together with Gustamps reply.
A customer visiting Gustamps Brighton shop told Gustamps manager he loved the British stamps of the 1960s period and asked Gustamps Manger ‘who was the Postmaster General at that time?’ Gustamps manager replied ‘in the mid-1960s it was Tony Benn. Gustamps manager added that Gustamps have all the commemorative stamps issued by the GPO during that period available for sale at discount prices in Gustamps Brighton stamp shop.
Gustamps were asked about the popular post and go stamps issued by the Royal Mail. The question put to Gustamps is where can vending machines for post and go stamps be found. Gustamps answer was post and go vending machines are located at the British Postal Museum at Phoenix Place in London. Gustamps say other locations are at the Royal Navy Museum as well as the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport. Gustamps add that often Post and go vending machines are located at stamp exhibitions for a limited time. Gustamps also point out you can always go to Gustamps for post and go stamps.
Gustamps are often asked unusual questions by philatelists. One question put to Gustamps was ‘how many post boxes are there in the UK?’ Gustamps reply was that Gustamps do not know exactly but Gustamps estimate that there must be well over 100,000 post boxes and pillar boxes in the UK. If you have any stamp collecting related questions Gustamps would be pleased to try to answer them for you.