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Introduction - Mill-Ford Stamps

Stamp Collecting

What started as a schoolboy collection of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Great Britain and USA stamps, along with 300 odd postmarks, this hobby has changed considerably over the years.

On leaving home during the late teens at the end of the 70's, this collection was packed away in cartons, stored and basically forgotten about for some 30 years, due to business committments, raising a family, and many other interests.

Then, on inheriting my father's extensive collection in around 2005, my interest in philately was rekindled again, but it was to be another three years before I did anything with it. An air-conditioned, fire-proof and monitored secure area was set aside for assembling and permanently housing the combined collections. This year, further renovations are planned, and the area is to be doubled in size, as more room is desperately required.

My partner is convinced that this "hobby" has become something of an obsession! Ya know, I just can't seem to understand this type of thinking!

In order to focus on collecting NZ Postal History - specifically NZ Post Office Postmarks, it was decided to sell several collections of interest, namely:

Complete collection of New Zealand Stamps (sold 2008)
The Vanguard (pictured) - Stamps prepared for sale but withdrawn (sold 2009)
Government Lighthouse collection - Approximately 170 album pages in 4 albums (for sale)
Collection of flaws and printing errors - 2 albums


The real big "Clayton" the - 1949 Royal Tour

This stamp (is one of a set of four), was produced to commemorate the Royal visit by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, as announced by Buckingham Palace on 6th March 1948.
The tour was cancelled November 1948 owing to the ill health of the king, who for a period made a good recovery, but died on the 6th February 1952.

The stamps were printed but not marketed, and all were supposed to have been destroyed in a furnace.

This particular stamp was advertised by Stanley Gibbons in Melbourne Auction in March 1999. It was purchased by my late father, and was described as one of only three or four known, but we know that one in Christchurch has been lost - presumably burnt with rubbish.

In order to concentrate on postal history, it was decided to sell this stamp in November 2009

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