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Thursday, November 28, 2013

I am back online. No internet since Sunday and while I can hotspot from my phone that is just not the same is it.

So to celebrate I thought I would show you this lovely cover. Well a bit dirty but nice all the same.

As you may know I collect GB GV Downey Heads and GV has always interested me. A little bit of history ( courtesy wikipedia of course)

George was a grandson of Queen Vistoria and Prince Albert and the first cousin of Tsar nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser wilhelm II of Germany.  From 1877 to 1891, he served in the Royal Navy.  On the death of Victoria in 1901, George's father became King Edward VII, and George was made Prince of Wales. On his father's death in 1910, he succeeded as King-Emperor of the British Empire.  
As a result of the First World War, other empires in Europe fell while his expanded to its greatest effective extent. In 1917, he became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. The Parliament Act 1911 established the supremacy of the elected British House of Commons over the unelected House of Lords. In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations
Of course one of the notable aspects of his life was his interest in stamp collecting. He was a well-known stamp collector,and he played a large role in building the Royal Philatelic Collection into the most comprehensive collection of United Kingdom and Commonwealth stamps in the world, in some cases setting record purchase prices for items.
Why Canada issued a cover to celebrate the 72 anniversary of his birth I have no idea. Perhaps I am missing the obvious. Any readers know this? 
Enjoy the history to your stamps.   Michael


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