My first fan mail!! Actually, this was probably in response to my postcard-only blog and that is where I will publish a full write-up. Must not let this go to my head… Nah, my ego needs stoking on a rainy day such as this. The fact that I’m receiving mail on consecutive days is all the stoking I really need, however.
The remaining two items received today a bits of philatelic reading material. I’ve collected paquebot covers off and on since my teens, mainly those of Cunard liners or originating from favorite ports. I’d long been looking for a copy of Philip Cockrill’s classic Ocean Mails and at last I found one on eBay. I’ve been buying a few of these types of older philatelic literature over the past couple of months as the price is often reasonable and shipping costs low. I plan to scan those that are out-of-print and (probably) offer the resulting PDF’s as free downloads via Scibd if they are in the public domain.
Last, but certainly not least, in today’s mail was a 50-page Stanley Gibbons compilation of articles published in their excellent magazine marking the 40th anniversary of Guernsey’s and Jersey’s postal independence in late 2009. While I corresponded with a famous author who lived on Jersey in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, I never really collected their stamps (I recall that my “penpal” sent me the Jersey presentation pack for the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana but these are all I had, aside from those affixed to the numerous envelopes). It’s only been in the last couple of years that my interest was piqued by a February 2013 article in The Philatelic Missive, by the Central Florida Stamp Club. It concerned the German occupation of the Channel Islands and the stamps issued by Guernsey and Jersey during the occupation.
I now have a complete collection of the Jersey wartime issues and am working on those of Guernsey. I also have a number of stamps released by each of these islands since their postal independence in 1969, as well as a few from Alderney (see my “Stamp Issuers” write-up) not to mention a few local post stamps from islands such as Herm and Jethou. This book looks to improve my still somewhat limited knowledge on the subject.
I wonder what tomorrow’s mail will bring?