Deep Sea diver’s trip to Gustamps

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During his trip to East Sussex, Keen philatelist and deep-sea diver Jack Marino looked into Gustamps stamp shop in Brighton. Whilst at Gustamps shop, Mr Marino bought several sets of shells and marine life stamps from Gustamps. Mr Marino told Gustamps he was a deep-sea diver and was looking particularly for stamps depicting divers. The salesman at Gustamps showed Mr Marino a postcard bearing ‘waterproof stamps’ on postcards with embossed postmarks. Gustamps salesman explained the postcards had been posted at an underwater post office off the coast of Hideaway Island (Vanuatu). Gustamps salesman went on to explain the underwater post box allows divers to post letters out of normal post office hours. Jack Marino asked how many of these postcards Gustamps had in stock. When he found out that Gustamps only had 9 available Mr Marino bought all of them from Gustamps.

Pleased with his postcards from Gustamps, Jack Marino said that Vanuatu is now top of his list of ‘must visit places’. Gustamps would like to thank Mr Jack Marino for letting Gustamps share his experience at Gustamps with other collectors.

Did you know that Gustamps price for 1st Class postage stamps is much cheaper than the Royal Mail price?

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Hector Braham visits Gustamps

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Specialist stamp collector Hector Braham looked into Gustamps shop in Brighton last month. Mr Braham who specialises in Victorian Chalon Head stamps of New Zealand was chatting to the manager at Gustamps, whilst looking through Gustamps stock of New Zealand stamps. Mr Braham told Gustamps manager how he remembers seeing the original portrait of Queen Victoria by Chalon from which the iconic design of early N.Z. stamps originate. Gustamps manager heard the portrait was a Mezzotint engraving by Samuel Cousins, based on Chalon’s portrait of the Queen which was on display at the museum of New Zealand. Gustamps manager told Mr Braham that he remembered hearing how the engraving came to light after disappearing for many years until it was discovered in 1995 at an antiques auction in New Zealand. Mr Braham heard from Gustamps manager that stamp enthusiast W.Paterson bought the portrait and donated it to the museum. Mr Braham told Gustamps manager he had thoroughly enjoyed his memorable visit to Gustamps shop and his chat with Gustamps manager. He said he was delighted with his purchases of Chalon head stamps whilst at Gustamps shop and that he was looking forward to coming back to Gustamps during his proposed trip to Brighton next year. Gustamps would like to thank Mr Hector Braham for allowing Gustamps to publish his nostalgic experience whilst visiting Gustamps Brighton stamp shop.

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Gustamps discovers a historic letter

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Gustamps manager was sifting through some old philatelic covers when he came across an old cover with a dutch stamp postmarked ‘Amsterdam 1907’. Gustamps manager said the postmark was a scarce pictorial postmark for the international philatelic  exhibition of the Netherlands in 1907. Gustamps manager went on to say, the cover contained a letter from a philatelist visiting the exhibition in which he said there were “about 80 exhibitors, and many English tourists”. Gustamps manager who is a specialist in early philatelic exhibitions said the next big exhibition after this one was held in Berne (Switzerland) according to Gustamps manager, over 170 exhibitors were present at the Berne exhibition (twice as many as the previous international exhibition). Gustamps manager said King George V had a special section for his own collection which was decorated with English flags. Gustamps manager went on to mention that Mr H.J.Duveen of London displayed two of the rarest stamps in the world, the post office 1d and 2d Mauritius stamps. Gustamps manager said these were regarded as the most valuable stamps on display and were valued at £2,000 each at the time. According to Gustamps, these two stamps now have a catalogue value of £2400000.

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Gustamps support the Royal Mail

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Gustamps totally support the Royal Mail’s intent of the protection of Post Boxes.

Gustamps are aware of Post Boxes being stolen and according to Gustamps as many as a hundred post boxes are stolen every year in the UK. Gustamps are pleased to hear that the initiative launched by the Royal mail is intended to not only protect but also repair boxes which have been vandalised and damaged. Gustamps point out there are less than 116,000 pillar and post boxes remaining in the UK. Gustamps believe we cannot afford to lose any more due to theft. Gustamps are pleased to hear that the Royal Mail may introduce ‘tagging’ the post boxes. Gustamps think this could have been done sooner but it’s not too late to  save the post boxes which we have left.

Gustamps point out that the iconic pillar boxes and post boxes in the UK are an important part of British postal history.

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Nostalgic time at Gustamps

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During John Bertrum’s visit to Gustamps stamp shop in Brighton, Mr.Bertrum came across an old cover in Gustamps stock. Mr Bertrum bought the cover from Gustamps and told Gustamps manager how it reminded him of a newspaper article he had read. Gustamps manager heard that the article was about Edmund Blampied, the Jersey artist who stayed in Jersey during the German occupation of World War II. Gustamps manager was told he was forced by the Germans to design stamps for them. Blampied included the King’s initials GR as part of the design. Gustamps manager was pleased to hear how the islanders were delighted and how the German occupation forces failed to notice what Blampied had done. The cover which Mr Bertrum bought from Gustamps had one of Blampied’s 3d Jersey stamps postmarked during WWII. Mr Bertrum pointed out the GR initials on the stamp to Gustamps manager, who was quite impressed.

Thanks to John Bertrum from Gustamps for allowing Gustamps to publish his nostalgic memories of Jersey’s history, which he recalled during his visit to Gustamps shop.

Boy Scout visit to Gustamps

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A group of boy scouts looked into Gustamps stamp shop whilst on a visit to Brighton. The Scouts were buying various Boy Scout and Girl Guide stamps from Gustamps, when one of them told Gustamps he had been given a set of the Czechoslovakian Scout stamps of 1918 and asked Gustamps to confirm to his friends that these were the first Scout stamps ever issued in the world.

Unfortunately Gustamps had to point out that the first Scout stamps were issued in 1900 by Lord Baden Powell. During the Siege of Mafeking Gustamps said that the Czechoslovakian Scout Stamps were in fact the first Czechoslovakian stamps pre-dating all others. Before leaving Gustamps stamp shop, all the young Scouts received some free Scout stamps from Gustamps. Gustamps presented all of them with a set of the Jubilee Jamboree stamps issued in the U.K. in 1957.

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Millionaire stamp collector at Gustamps

A recent visitor to Gustamps was amazed that he could buy German stamps which originally cost millions of German Marks for only a few pence each at Gustamps. The stamps issued in the 1920s at a time of raging inflation in Germany were on sale at Gustamps shop at only 10p each. By the time the customer had spent £1 on the stamps at Gustamps Brighton shop he was a multi-millionaire. Unfortunately the stamps could not be cashed in at a bank and merely had curiosity value. Pleased with his purchase at Gustamps the man said they would make a great talking point with his friends. Gustamps have lots of pre-war inflation stamps for sale. For example, a one-million Mark stamp would cost only 10p at Gustamps. Gustamps manager said other inflation stamps were on sale at Gustamps including Argentinian stamps with denominations expressed in massive amounts. Gustamps manager pointed out that inflation has affected other countries. As recently as 2006, Roumania reformed and revalued its currency when 10,000 old Leu’s became worth only 1 new Leu overnight. If you want to become a ‘philatelic millionaire’ pop into Gustamps of Brighton and achieve your goal for only a few pence.

 

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Gustamps cheaper than the Post Office!!!

News of Gustamps discounted postage stamps has got round fast, with lots of local people popping into Gustamps Brighton shop to buy their postage stamps, instead of paying more than necessary, by buying first class postage stamps from the post office in Brighton, people are realising they can buy first class postage stamps much cheaper at Gustamps shop. The Royal Mail price for a 1st Class stamp is 63p each whilst Gustamps sell 1st Class stamps for only 45p each. Callers to Gustamps shop can buy 10 1st Class stamps for only £4.50 instead of paying £6.30 at the Post Office. Anyone buying in bulk at Gustamps can make a great saving on their postage costs. Buying 100 1st Class stamps from the Royal Mail costs a massive £63 compared to only £45 for 100 1st class stamps from Gustamps, giving you a massive saving of £18 on each purchase of 100 stamps from Gustamps of Brighton.

 

Pink Floyd at Gustamps

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Gustamps have heard that next year the Royal Mail intend to issue Pink Floyd stamps. Gustamps already have previous Pink Floyd Royal Mail stamps available at their Brighton shop, these say Gustamps were issued previously in 2010. Gustamps hope to have the new British Pink Floyd stamps available for sale at Gustamps Brighton stamp shop by July next year.

Gustamps stamp shop is located in central Brighton near Brighton town hall, close to the seafront and the Brighton lanes.

Gustamps say get a preview at Darlington

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Gustamps invite philatelists with an interest in locomotives to visit the exhibition at Darlington Railway Museum. According to Gustamps, if you get there before the end of November 2015, you can preview the Royal Mail Rail Network exhibition prior to the official opening next year to the general public.

Stamp collectors with an interest in Railway stamps should remember that Gustamps of Brighton carry a stock of railway and locomotive stamps. Gustamps also have a great selection of railway covers and First Day Covers. Gustamps selection of railway stamp miniature sheets and other locomotive related items are always available at Gustamps stamp shop in Brighton, Sussex.