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mikeg
04-12-2006, 07:00 AM
For reasons lost in the mists of time, the UK is the only country not required to put the country of origin on its stamps intended for overseas use.


If you notice, none of our stamps have ever had the country name printed on them. It's because we invented the things. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postage_stamp_design.

Cheers

Mike

Mick Fagan
04-12-2006, 07:29 AM
I'm not too sure about the British inventing postage stamps. That article goes on to say the "First official adhesive postage stamp".

I have been through the Deutches Museum in Munich, at the time my wife was interested in paper and it's origins. That museum has an unbelievablely excellent (maybe had as this was 21 years ago) section on the invention and manufacture of paper. Included somewhere among the history was a reference to postage stamps being printed for letter delivery systems.

If I remember correctly, these stamps used glue, as opposed to an adhesive, (there is a difference).

The timeline was the very late 1700's. Perhaps some more fluent German speakers on the board, may be able to access the German Wikipedia and see what turns up.

Mick.

mikeg
04-12-2006, 08:26 AM
OK, maybe the phrase needs clarifying a bit! We invented the first adhesive postage stamp which was the Penny Black in 1840. Before that, it was usual for the receiver of the letter to pay instead of the sender. About.com has a bit more info: http://coins.about.com/library/weekly/aa083102a.htm

It concludes:
"Finally, it is of interest to note that, in honour of the U.K. having issued the world's first adhesive postage stamps, the Universal Postal Union grants it an exemption from its rule that the name of the issuing country must appear on a stamp. No British stamp to date has ever had the country name on it."

Why am I taking a sudden interest in stamps? I've never collected or been interested in them before!!

Cheers

Mike

BWGirl
04-12-2006, 09:53 AM
Mike!

This is very interesting! Thanks so much for the brief bit of info. I had also wondered about that! Cool! :)

simulatordan
04-13-2006, 02:11 PM
Hello All,

Two more cards have arrived. Thanks to BobF for a nice shot of London's River, and SteveH for an interesting 'still life'.

Regards Daniel

Mick Fagan
04-13-2006, 07:38 PM
Mike, very interesting, shows what a bit of innovation can lead to!

With a bit of thinking though, the word "Adhesive" appears to be a bit incorrect. Gummed paper as I understand it means paper that has had gum arabic applied. This is a natural substance that is edible, as in gumdrops and the like.

Later on, adhesives which are synthetic, or man made, became the choice of manufacturers.

In the graphic art house where I worked for a fair while, we had a gum maker whose job was to apply gum, to just scrubbed glass plates, immediately after, another worker applied the emulsion. Although by this stage the materials used were synthetic, we always referred to the process as gumming. As a footnote when things went wrong the term, "Gumming up the works", was applied.

Mick.

Nicole
04-19-2006, 11:28 PM
My goodness this is sooo much fun, I've been loving everyone's postcards. I've recieved so many I don't know who to thank first - so I'll thank everyone. You've all gone to such an effort, incredible workmanship. Mine are finally finished and off to everyone today, YAY! A little late again but I come through. :)

BWKate
04-21-2006, 02:01 AM
BobF,

Received your postcard today. Thanks, enjoyed it very much. I really liked the view that you photographed! How do you get the nice, even, white borders on your postcards? I guess it helps if you have a small easel.

BWKate

glbeas
04-24-2006, 07:05 PM
I got Victors cyanotype in the mail today, that is fantastic!

Nige
04-24-2006, 08:30 PM
Got Nicoles yesterday... very nice! Guess most of you guys will have to wait for a few more days to see... one benefit of living on the same continent! :)

Derek Lofgreen
04-24-2006, 11:42 PM
I've been wait'n for hers.

D.

simulatordan
04-25-2006, 12:07 PM
Hello Nicole,

Your postcard arrived this morning 25th April. Very nice, and I like the way you hid away - almost.

Regards Daniel

mikeg
04-25-2006, 03:02 PM
Mine arrived today as well. Many thanks Nicole. Excellent! Wonderful tonality as well. I'm sorry I never got to try the Agfa paper.

Cheers

Mike

toddstew
04-27-2006, 12:20 AM
Hey all,
I want to thank everybody for the excellent cards, first and foremost! Also I finally got mine off the other day. A profuse apology to everyone!
Todd

Derek Lofgreen
04-27-2006, 10:04 AM
I got Victors yesterday. That's a ton of work for a post card x 30! I love it though. Thanks Victor.

D.

Shmoo
04-28-2006, 12:16 AM
I got Victors yesterday. That's a ton of work for a post card x 30! I love it though. Thanks Victor.

D.

Boy! No kidding! Thank you for the cyanotype...my very first!

Also got Nicole's Agfa print. Beautiful image...

S

glbeas
04-28-2006, 02:54 PM
Got Nicoles card today, beautiful work!

mikeg
04-28-2006, 04:15 PM
Victor's cyanotype arrived here in the UK today. Excellent, I love it.

Many thanks Victor for all the hard work that must have gone into producing that work of art for us all.

Cheers

Mike

Shmoo
04-28-2006, 05:16 PM
Just got Todd's today and courtesy of the USPS it had a little tear. Luckily it was in the border, though. Nice image!

S

Rob Skeoch
04-29-2006, 01:18 PM
Great shot Nicole.. I got it today.
-Rob Skeoch