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Dorothy Wilding was born on January 10, 1893 as the last of a large family of 10 children who lived near Gloucester. She was passed on to a childless aunt and uncle in Cheltenham, aged just four. Her initial ambition was to be an actress, but…
Master stamp engraver Czeslaw Slania received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Royal Mail on March 19, 2002. Slania’s connection with Royal Mail goes back over 20 years. In 1982 he engraved the portraits of Henry VIII and four of the outstanding personalities in the history of…
In July 2002 the tiny island in the Irish Sea – the Isle of Man – sprang a philatelic surprise with a set of stamps designed by the musician Sir Paul McCartney. Philatelic bureau officials on the island had discovered that the former Beatle had spent…
The modern artist and stamp collector/designer Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Vienna on December 15, 1928 as Friedrich Stowasser. Hundertwasser's fame was cemented by a mid-1970s world tour of his work through museums in the five continents. In 1969 Hundertwasser bought an old wooden sailing boat…
David Gentleman’s stamp designs have been inspirational for over 40 years and 100 different Grat Britain designs. His father was Tom Gentleman, who was a very good artist and was noted for his work in watercolours and oils, particularly for posters and children’s books. His mother,…
One of the most wonderful pieces of USA philately resides amongst the superb philatelic collections of the British Library in London. It's the Air Special Delivery stamp, which was designed and annotated by Franklin D. Roosevelt (US President from 1933 to 1945). Roosevelt was a great…
Charles Bridoux was born in Paris on January 21, 1942 amidst the worst years of World War II. Despite the carnage and hardship of the time Bridoux recalls being attracted to stamps from very early age. He particularly liked the African countries with exotic animals, which…
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