03 March 2017
Stamp and stamp collecting are set to be celebrated every May, thanks to the launch of National Stamp Celebration Day to be held for the first time on 4 May, 2017
Stamp and stamp collecting are set to be celebrated every May, thanks to the launch of National Stamp Celebration Day to be held for the first time on 4 May, 2017.
The Day will be held on 4 May to commemorate the world’s first ever adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black.
The stamp was first issued on 1 May 1840 and officially used from 6 May 1840.
National Stamp Celebration Day is aiming to promote the hobby and engage people in one of the UK’s biggest inventions.
To launch National Stamp Celebration Day this year, The Royal Philatelic Society London – the oldest extant stamp club in the world – is opening its doors to welcome non-members into their world, giving people the chance to bring in their ‘Stamps in the Attic’ collections and have them reviewed by a collector.
Frank Walton President of The Royal said:
‘We are absolutely delighted to be taking part in launching National Stamp Celebration Day and inviting people into The Royal.
'It is important to us to increase the awareness for the hobby and to showcase what we do as a Society. We have a wonderful history and are excited to share that.'
The ‘Royal’ will open from 10am to 4pm on 4 May, but it is strictly RSVP only (contact the Secretary of The Royal Philatelic Society London for more information).
To celebrate National Stamp Celebration Day, the May 2017 issue of Stamp & Coin Mart will include a special feature on the hobby, revealing how the hobby is being promoted, and interviewing the 'movers and shakers' helping to bring stamp collecting to new audiences.