The Harris’ Quattrino

by Roberto Quondamatteo Rear Admiral Frederic R. Harris U.S.N. passed away July 20th, 1949, at the age of 74 (Fig. 1). In addition to having served his country with honor and devotion, Frederic Harris was a great collector and passionate philatelist. His famous collections of Ancient Italian States and...

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1879. 20 Rubles from Daghestan to Jerusalem

by Lorenzo Carra Unusual and strange letters have great charm and have always aroused my curiosity. How could I resist this one, which still has inside the long original text? Without further ado let me show it to you immediately, beginning with the content. You too will be conquered.So...

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[Mail bag] Italian Castles definitive series: a Journey through its colours and distinctive traits

by Giorgio Migliavacca A book written by Ketty Borgogno, Asti 2019, perfect bound, colour cover, 160 pages (A4), colour illustrations throughout, in Italian. Bibliography, glossary and codification of the colours of the Italian Castles Definitive series. €39 + postage & handling; payment and postage queries to info@filateliaperpassione.com; members of...

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Philatelic trade in nineteenth century Italy

by Emilio Simonazzi In Italy philatelic collecting began to develop soon after the national unity (1861), thanks also to the large number of postage stamps issued beforethe unification by the Italian States. These – with the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy – were merged in Turin under the...

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Mail bag, Vol. 0

by Giorgio Migliavacca New books presented on Post Horn Magazine, vol. 0 La parola ‘pesante’ (The ‘heavy’ word) by Francesco Giuliani, Foggia, March 2018, in Italian, perfect bound, 306 pages of which 27 have coloured illustrations, 5½” x 6¾”, €20 + shipping; available at the publishers’ website Edizioni del...

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One century of royal affairs: the communication between the Royal Household of Great Britain and of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies

by Martino Laurenzi Few places in the world can boast a rich past like the south of Italy. In particular Sicily, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean sea, has been home to many different populations, falling under different governance, including, in chronological order, Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman, Vandal, Ostrogoth,...

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Sealing the letter in 19th century Great Britain

by Arthur H. Groten What constitutes a letter? A letter is the reason for the existence of the covering that contains it. From the earliest days through the mid-19th century, the vast majority of letters were sent folded and sealed, first with wax and later with wafers. What was...

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The Gambetta Telegram

by Lorenzo Carra On July 18th , 1870, the French Emperor Napoleon III declared war on King Wilhelm I of Hohenzollern’s Prussia, but after suffering defeats at Sedan on September 1st and 2nd he had to capitulate. The French Empire ended, and on September 4th, 1870 the Republic was...

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The Emerald Collection

by David Feldman Readers of this article, at least some of them, may know my company and its international auctions in the philatelic world spanning the last 50 years. It is difficult, if not impossible that steering the helm of such operations can leave one without deep life impressions...

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