Trams and Buses on Stamps

A Collector's Guide

Howard Piltz

Date Published :
August 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Transport Philately Series
Illustration :
250 color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473871946

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 120
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In this, the fourth edition of the Transport Philately series the author looks at the treatment of transport using roads rather than rail or air. There have been some particularly attractive and colorful issues of stamps over the years ranging from a trio of beautifully presented illustrations of Israel’s early buses to the well-known issue of double-deck buses produced by the Royal Mail in 2001, and who incidentally have seen the commercial opportunity by accompanying many issues with other paraphernalia, including a gentleman’s tie featuring many of the bus illustrations. A well-known colleague in the Public Transport world still wears his!

Buses certainly are not as popular in the world of stamps as possibly aviation or wild-life, and trolleybuses even less so but the author has succeeded in finding a few, some of which are illustrated. Tramways, on the other hand, are a blessing to any collector with selections many and varied, some featuring trams from the beginning of the 20th century for their heritage interest to others providing an outlet of national or local pride at the inauguration of today’s systems in developed and developing countries across the world.

Never a year goes by without a new issue appearing somewhere in the world and the author likes to keep an eye on several sources of information including regular publications from the renowned Stanley Gibbons organisation, the fount of all knowledge concerning philately, as well as other equally valuable contemporary publishers. Then there are regular stamp fairs held throughout the UK and the world where dealers compete for your business, and at some of the bigger occasions – the postal authorities themselves. On your computer are the various internet sites and auction platforms where there can often be some real surprises and bargains to be found.

About The Author

Howard Piltz was born in Rose Grove, Lancashire, where his bedroom looked out across the railway. He is a life-long transport enthusiast with a special interest in railways and buses. For many years Howard has collected transport stamps, which has now grown into an extensive collection, covering most forms of land, sea and air subjects. This series of books is the result of many years research into the stamps and their origins. Howard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, being awarded chartered status ten years ago. His other hobbies include model railways, narrow gauge railways and gardening.

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