specially. It came as part of a bundle, as in ‘You can have all that lot for a fiver, love.’ Well, yes please; you never know what you’ll find. Although the stamps inside are usually little use to me, I like just looking at these old albums and seeing what the junior collector of the 1920s and 30s put in them. Answer: a lot of old stamps in poor condition. The albums themselves are fascinating; full of information and with pages for countries which have vanished from a world turned upside down by war. At the time though, all was proud and confident. Here’s the page for Great Britain. First in the book, naturally.
Area - 94,798 sq.m. Pop. about 44,360,000.
Capital - LONDON
Sovereign - GEORGE V.
King of Great Britain and Ireland and all the Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India.
Stamps first issued, 1840.
‘dominions beyond the seas’ sounds so romantic, doesn’t it? Positively Elizabethan. I was writing around Remembrance Day that I still felt connected to the First World War because my grandfathers took part in it. My connection with the vanished empire of George V is knowing that when my mother was a schoolgirl, Empire Day was celebrated every year. Such confidence! How strange to be taught that you live in the greatest country in the world!
Reel thorts: it still is of course, just no longer Top Nation.