New book looks at history through the postage stamps of the time
By leading economist and philatelist Ruth Lea CBE
Despite the growth of emails and the decline in the number of people sticking stamps on envelopes, over 5 million people around the world are still passionate about stamps. However, there is far more to stamps than meets the eye. Stamps tell a story about their times and of particular moment is history. Amazingly, with so many books on the history of stamps themselves, there are no books on the history that the stamps themselves commemorate.
Ruth Lea CBE has filled this gap with such a comprehensive book on the subject that it will probably never be equalled. At 600 fully illustrated pages, “Stamps as witnesses of history” (Filament Publishing) will appeal not just to philatelists but also to lovers of history.
Since Rowland Hill invented the first adhesive postage stamp in 1840 have “witnessed” the seismic global political and historical developments over the years. This book is a guide to political philately, which aims to show how stamp issues have reflected and have related to key political and historical events.
“Stamps as witnesses of history” is arranged geographically, covering the whole world. For each country entry, the major political developments are listed chronologically on the left hand side with contemporaneous stamps, supported in some instances by relevant commemoratives, on the right hand side.
Author Ruth Lea CBE, a professional economist, is currently the Economic Adviser to the Arbuthnot Banking Group. In her extensive career she has also worked at the Centre for Policy Studies, the Institute of Directors, ITN, Lehman Brothers, Mitsubishi Bank and Thames Polytechnic (now the University of Greenwich) and was a civil servant for 16 years, including postings at the Treasury, the DTI, the Civil Service College and the Central Statistical Office. From an early age she was intrigued by “stamps as witnesses of history”.
Title: Stamps as Witnesses of History
Author: Ruth Lea
Size in mm: 297 x 210 x 35
Pages: 608 Full colour
Book categories: WCG: Stamps, philately
JP: Politics and government…
Publication date: 30th May 2018
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