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Dr Bernhardt Assmus: Britain’s First Convicted Stamp Forger

On 8 February 1892, Dr Bernhardt Burghardt Assmus was found guilty at the Central Criminal Court, London, for unlawfully obtaining money by false …

Crime

Humger Free Font by Graphic Pear - looking at new fonts - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Looking around for some interesting fonts to play with and found a grunge font that appeals to me. I want to redo the site logo and not …

Typography

Fire! The Hindenburg Disaster

• Home<br>• > Exhibit<br>• > Fire! The <i>Hindenburg</i> Disaster<p>At 6:25 p.m. EST on May 6, 1937, while approaching Lakehurst Naval Station’s mooring mast between storms,</i> …

A Canadian stamp that collectors dream of having - rare stamp emerged for auction - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Canadian stamp collectors had a rare chance to see the first British Columbia & Vancouver Island stamp go to auction last week. Daniel …

Royal Family

espresso fueled ramblings - Nifty present for stamp collectors - mail them a balsa plane

View Comments<p>Have any airmail stamp collectors on your Christmas list? I've been lurking on the Suck UK website again and found the ultimate …

GIBRALTAR 1933 SG102,113a Cover

£195.00<p>£650.00<p>£325.00<p>£225.00<p>£35.00<p>£85.00<p>£48.00<p>£45.00<p>£800.00<p>£2,250.00<p>£32.00<p>£150.00<p>£55.00<p>£225.00<p>£800.00<p>£295.00<p>£850.00<p>£50.00<p>£75.00<p>£2,500.00<p>£295.00<p>£325.00<p>…

The curious tale of Bhutan's playable record postage stamps

<b>Made of plastic and embossed with a melody, these tiny record stamps are among the strangest, most enchanting bits of vinyl out there. Chris May</b> …

Stamp collectors make Swindon their home in annual extravaganza

MORE than 500 stamp collectors packed into St Joseph’s College on Saturday for the Swindon Philatelic Society’s 27th Annual Swinpex.<p>Around 48 dealers …

espresso fueled ramblings - Before there were drones .... oat driven parcel post

View Comments<p>We read, almost daily, about plans to deliver everything from pizzas to parcels via drones. Forecasters see the skies filled with drones …

Canada's 1969 sad little stamp commemorating first nonstop transAtlantic flight - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Canadian stamp: First Transatlantic flight celebration 1919 issued June 13 1969<p>.15c Scotts #494 / SG #636 #494i (dull florescent …

Become a patron - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Support Bitter Grounds Magazine by becoming a patron.<p>With over <b>260 285 articles written and 12100+ 135,900 +views</b>, it's time to launch …

Canadian #philately - 1859 5c beaver stamp & some not so tortured Canadian history - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>July 1859 – pre-Confederation 5 cent Canadian beaver stamp<p>Cat #15 Scott’s & Unitrade Specialized Canadian and SG #31 (listed under …

Canada

Quercus suber stamps – magnficent cork stamps from Portugal - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>How much time do you spend thinking about the little stopper in wine bottles? Most of us don’t think about it, beyond the fact it’s …

Ireland

espresso fueled ramblings - BC Airways semi-official stamp & Canada’s first passenger plane crash

View Comments<p>Buckle up stamp fans, time for another foray into my favourite area - Canadian history and airmail.<p>If you are an airmail collector, you …

espresso fueled ramblings - Toronto's first post office & a little Upper Canada history

View Comments<p>Trivia time: Where is the first post office in Toronto located?<p>260 Adelaide Street East. It’s a small, lovingly restored building across …

espresso fueled ramblings - A little philately, climbing in Nepal & a trip down memory lane

View Comments<p>Over Christmas I was rooting around my book shelf, debating whether to get rid of some old text books I’ve had hanging around since my …

North Borneo State – where I torture a bit of history & show a few stamps - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Ready for a history lesson? Buckle up, this one gets confusing at times.<p>Some of the world’s beautiful stamps came from the State of …

History

Rocket mail – the attempt to ship postage via an explosive packed tube with mixed results - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>Over the years, attempts at using new technology to deliver messages has been tried. There’s nothing new about co-opting technology to …

SpaceX

George V St Helena Stamp Colony Badge – Cleft Rock Flaw - Bitter Grounds - espresso fueled ramblings

View Comments<p>George V St Helena Colony Badge <br>Scotts # 79 doesn’t list flaws <br>SG # SG 97c<p>St Helena is a tiny speck in the Pacific Ocean, best known for …

British Royal Family

Forged Stamps of St. Helena

Queen Victoria. 1856-1888. Six Pence, blue<p>Genuine vs. Forgeries<p>Genuine<p>Forgery<p>Forgery<p>Forgery<p>Taylor forgery<p>Forgery<p>Queen Victoria. 1856-1888. Six Pence, …

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Penny Black: the turbulent history of the short-lived stamp

The Penny Black, which emerged 175 years ago, had an influential but limited lifespan<p>It has become a stamp collector's holy grail: the little black stamp that made post affordable for a normal Victorian. But the Penny Black, which first went on sale in London 175 years ago today, had a troubled …

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