Now that I have my computer and scanner operational... lookout!
As promised, here is the beginning of a long series on the collecting and study of the stamps of The British Empire & Commonwealth of the Reign of His Late Majesty King George VI.
This is the main focus of my stamp collecting interests, and has been so for the past 10+ years.
His Late Majesty:
I shall post a topic under the title KGVI - Part I
. We'll ask questions, etc., beat it to death, and then move on to another section.
Why King George VI? Well, he reigned from 1936 (starting with the abdication of his brother HM King Edward VIII) to his death on February 6th, 1952. The stamps essentially cover a period of 15 years. Wartime printings (as one printer was bombed out in the Blitz and another assumed the printings), shortages, sunk ships, etc. all contributed to many plate, colour, shade, paper, and printing varieties. There is some wonderful postal history (we'll explore that), the change from Empire to Commonwealth, and a look at some of the social history of the reign.
For me, personally, King George VI was Colonel-In-Chief of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (M.G.). That was the regiment in which I served.
A bit about my collection...
1. I use the Stanley Gibbons fastbound King George VI Stamp Album. I place the first (ie. 1938 printing) in that album.
2. I have ten 1" three-ringed binders with varieties, postal history, etc.
3. I also collect the postal stationery of Canada, Newfoundland, and Great Britain.
4. I use a postcard on the title page of each binder. The portrait of The King is a real photo postcard, on the title page of Volume I.
5. I only collect used stamps.Some of this may get really technical, either philatelically or historically... so...
I will assume a few things...
1. You have a working knowledge of the Stanley Gibbons Part I of the British Commonwealth Catalogue.
2. You have a working knowledge of the Scott Catalogue.
3. You understand the British system of currency.
4. You have a basic understanding of the history of the Empire & Commonwealth of the reign (ie. You know the basic players, Queen Elizabeth and the members of the Royal Family, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, etc.)
5. You have an understanding of the major events of World War II (1939-1945).
Get a basic understanding of these from the internet, and we'll discuss them in this introduction.
As we get into it, please post questions. I want to make this a learning experience for everyone. Much of what you will learn will transfer to other collecting interests you may have. Much of our focus at the Ottawa Philatelic Society has been teaching and learning. I hope this is an extension to it.
Let the fun begin...