first became interested in postal stationery in 1952 while still at school. Progressively concentrating on this area over the years at the expense of other collections of adhesive stamps and postal history, he built highly specialised and very comprehensive collections of Great, British Levant, Mauritius and Sweden as well as representative selections from other countries. He has displayed or exhibited various sections of these collections locally, nationally and internationally and was formerly President of the F.I.P. Postal stationery Commission. Over the years he has written extensively about postal stationery, both in numerous articles, and as author or joint author of British Postal Stationery (1970), Specimen Stamps and Postal Stationery of Great Britain (with Marcus Samuel 1980), The Telegraph Stamps and Stationery of Great Britain 1851–1954 (with Peter Langmead 2003), Collect British Postal Stationery (with Colin Baker 2007), Great Britain, The 1840 Prepaid Parliamentary Envelopes (with Edward Klempka 2013) and The Mulready Postal Stationery (with Alan Holyoake 2015). Widely involved in philately at society, national and international levels, he is a Signatory to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists, Honorary President of the Federation of European Philatelic Associations (FEPA), Past President of the Great Britain Philatelic Society, the Postal Stationery Society, and The Royal Philatelic Society London, of which he is an Honorary Fellow and Curator of the Society’s philatelic collections.
interest in stamp collecting was first stimulated when he was given a stamp album by his Grandfather at the age of eleven. Although his philatelic activity was initially intermittent, he concentrated on the stamps of Great Britain for over thirty years, progressively focussing on early postal history. In particular he developed a primary interest in the 1830s campaign for Postal Reform, which finally came to fruition with the introduction of Uniform Penny Postage in 1840. He studied and researched this area and built up a fi ne collection of material associated with the period which he exhibited both nationally, and at the London 2010 International Exhibition, where it was awarded a gold medal.