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