Postage Stamps (Railway Topical)
I am no philatelist, and this page defers to those who are. Nevertheless, as did so many youngsters of my generation, I did collect postage stamps in my early teens - and I regret to say I sold them all for the then princely sum of £3 to enhance my Hornby-Dublo trainset of the day. I still have mixed feelings about that transaction, because it included many stamps so generously bought for me by my grandad - but he must have been wise in the aspirations of youngsters, and for their need to learn to make their own decisions.
Then in my more mature years, I inclined again to stamps featuring railways and street/tram cars, and I offer here some of my favourites in homage to an era when stamps adorned our mail with interesting quality-engraved designs, and treasured features such as legible cancellations that actually informed you of where and when the cancellation was made..
The stamps shown here are by no means a complete representation from the countries concerned, only what I was able to acquire during my period of interest. A publication such as the Stanley Gibbons Thematic Catalogue (Collect Railways on Stamps) provides a complete summary.
Where available, each stamp caption is prefaced with the Stanley Gibbons catalogue number and the year of issue.
BRITISH ISLES and IRELAND
Isle of Man
EUROPE - Western - Continental
Belgium Parcel Post
Germany (Deutsches Reich, West Germany, Bundesrepublik)
EUROPE - Eastern
Germany (East Germany DDR)
FAR EAST, ASIA and PACIFIC OCEAN
Korea - North
Korea - south
CENTRAL and SOUTH AMERICA
Belgium is unique in its issue of many series of parcel post stamps. Featured here are some representative issues, although some series are by no means complete. In the case of tableaux, the lead catalogue number is identified. There were some re-issues (in different colours) and some surcharges. For more information, the reader is advised to consult a stamp catalogue. Some of the high denomination and most mint stamps are rare and command high prices.
Addendum (not in my collection)
Far East, Asia and Pacific Ocean