UK Small QV Mourning Cover, Stockton to Darlington, 14JUN1867, Plate #72-AH
It seems our friend Mr. Powell knew a lot of dead people...
Don't we all....
How did you get into collecting mourning covers, anyway? (I'm assuming these are part of such a collection.) Is this something that took off after the death of Prince Albert, or was mourning stationery a "thing" earlier?
I collect US, Canada, Great Britain; interested in Commonwealth
Post by I.M. DeBear on May 27, 2021 12:09:01 GMT -5
bethg, Mourning covers are scattered throughout my collections, but I don't collect them as a topic. I collect small-size stamps (because I like to chase the varieties). When the practice of mailing mourning covers was popular, there weren't many large-size stamps around.
Post by coastwatcher on Jun 22, 2021 15:26:21 GMT -5
I was looking through the September 13, 1999 issue of Stamp Collector this afternoon and ran across an article entitled “Pursuit of smallest cover never ends.” In it, author Wayne L. Youngblood states that the current (1999) record for the smallest cover to actually go through the mail was an 1890 handmade British postcard with a total area of 1.75 square inches. I wish that he had also given the dimensions, but he didn’t. Another cover, of which there is a photo, measured 2.3 square inches.
EDIT - After posting the above and rereading the article, I noticed that it said that the 1.75 square inch British postcard was pictured in the August 2, 1999 issue, so I dug through and found it.
“The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.” ~ Gracie Allen
I collect US, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Canada & Provinces, Rhodesia, British Virgin islands, British Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Iceland, Third Reich Germany, Scott International Part 1 and whatever catches my eye.
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