Adelaide Lucy Fenton's Book
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Adelaide Lucy Fenton was a philatelist and journalist. She was among the first to adopt a scientific approach to philately. Miss Fenton became a contributor to The Stamp-Collector's Magazine and The Philatelist. Her contributions were noted for their philatelic scholarship. She joined the society in 1879, but she found journeys to London difficult and remained a member for only one season. She possessed a philatelic library, including complete sets of The Stamp Collector's Magazine and The Philatelist. These sets were acquired by RPSL in 1909. In them, Miss Fenton had pasted letters received from other philatelists, clippings from contemporary newspapers and annotations with additional information. She pasted at the back of The Stamp Collector's Magazine the facsimiles of postage stamps and labels that had been given away with each issue. These contained Miss Fenton's bookplate which showed her family crest, the name 'Adelaide' enclosed in a border and the Latin inscription 'Virtue brings its own reward'.