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STAMP STORIES TO REMEMBER
HARVEY MORGAN

WHAT NOT TO DO WITH YOUR RARE STAMPS

There are many stories told about stamps, like the one about the retired major in the Swedish Army who searched all his life for the rare Swedish 4 Skilling Banco error of colour and eventually found one (only one or two are known to this day) and decided to soak the stamp off the fragment of paper to which it had been stuck so many years earlier. The tale goes on to tell of how he sat in front of the fire, fell asleep only to awake, thirsty, and drank his rare stamp! I'm not sure that one is true, but even, worse is the article which appeared in "THE LADY" magazine in the 1840's which suggested a way to entertain your children was to get them to make a "STAMP SNAKE". You did this by cutting stamps off envelopes and old letters and threading them through with cotton, the red stamps making the body of the snake (GB PENNY RED STAMPS) and the black ones making the head. Your little darlings could then frolic gaily in the drawing-room with their stamp snakes. Yes, you've guessed it, the black stamps would have been PENNY BLACKS (the worlds first postage stamp) and you can still find lovely-looking copies of the Penny Black to this day which have pinholes right through the centre. And that story, sad to say, is well documented.

Any comments please to Harvey Morgan (the sane one)
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