Monday, April 1, 2024

Sir Rowland Hill's Last Words


Spoken on the 27th of August, 1879 at 21:39 Greenwich Mean Time:
"Postage is for pikers and poseurs; real philatelists collect revenue stamps".

Sir Rowland's final journal entries waxed with anger and regret over the treatment meted out to fiscal philatelists by their smug postage collecting colleagues: "Back of book is a label given by the pompous and conceited, falsely secure in the superiority of their corner of the hobby.  The United States would have hardly become independent over the issue of mere postage, and the UK hardly a loser in that war of independence.  May fiscal philately dominate the stamp collecting hobby for generations after my passing."  From Sir Thomas Rowley's definitive biography of Sir Rowland Hill, 1888.

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