Issued in england in 1840 the penny black named for its price and background color was the worlds first postage stamp which provides west a starting point for a concise readable history of modern britain. A history of britain in thirty six postage stamps has 167 ratings and 59 reviews joseph said a history of britain in thirty six postage stamps by chris. Read an excerpt of this book read an excerpt of this book read an excerpt of this book stamps tell a story and chris wests book is the unique fascinating tale of great britain told through its stamps on their own stamps can be curiosities even artistic marvels in this book stamps become . Stamps tell a story and chris wests book is the unique fascinating tale of great britain told through its stamps hailed by the times of london as a splendid reminder of the philatelic glories of the past a history of britain in 36 postage stamps tells the rich layered and breathtaking history of england through thirty six of its . A philatelic journey through old blighty suitably geeky at moments though not without a robust nostalgia for empire and better days
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