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The online catalogue of all definitives sets of stamps of the world

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Color in Philately

Alex Rogolsky - 19/04/2012

Pantone di colori

This is a reproduction of the article Color in Philately by Alex Rogolsky, initially published on Stampselector on 19th October 2011. This article is written here with the permission of its author. Every once in a while, a collector may be confronted with the problem of classifying a stamp according to its color. While this is usually quite easy, there are certain instances in which rare color shades exist, and the price difference between a common shade and a rare one may be quite extreme. What does one do when it's necessary to...

The first stamp

Fabrizio Ameduri - 13/10/2002

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La nascita del francobollo ha origini del tutto casuali. Si narra che sir Rowland Hill, uomo di indubbie doti pratiche e dotato di eccellenti capacità di analisi, durante un viaggio in Irlanda assistette ad una scena che lo indusse ad un attenta riflessione. Durante una sosta della corriera venne consegnata una lettera ad una ragazza di un villaggio; ella guardò a lungo la lettera, la soppesò e poi la riconsegnò la portalettere dicendo di non avere lo scellino per il pagamento del "porto". Sir Rowland Hill mosso a compassione pagò la tassa e consegnò la lettera alla giovane: con enorme sorpresa, la ragazza non parve per nulla contenta del gesto di generosità ricevuto. Rowland Hill...

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