This book details the achievements of Sir Rowland Hill, the man responsible for numerous postal reforms in the late nineteenth century. The most notable of his postal reforms was the implementation of the adhesive stamp for postage purposes, which continues to be an intrinsic part of modern postal services today. 'The Adhesive Postage Stamp' is a fascinating book that will greatly appeal to both discerning philatelists and those interested in the history of the adhesive stamp and the postal service in general. Chapters contained herein include: 'The Penny Postage Scheme of Sir Rowland Hill - Not Original', 'The Impressed Stamp', 'The Adhesive Stamp', 'Sir Henry Cole's Papers and the Adhesive Stamp of Mr. Chalmers', 'The Encyclopaedia Britannica', and 'Value and Importance of The Adhesive Stamp'. This book was originally published in 1886 and is proudly republished here with a new introduction to philately.
Patrick Reginald Chalmers (1872-1942) was an Irish writer and banker.. His work covered many different areas, including horse racing, hunting, and field sports. Although he is not often credited with it, Chalmers coined the phrase "Roundabouts and Swings", which has become a common phrase in the English language. His most notable works include: "Green Days and Blue Days" (1912) and "A Peck of Malt (1915)". "Pancakes" is a charming and moving poem that is not to be missed by fans of Chalmers work and poetry lovers in general. Contents include: "The Return", "The Little Young Lambs", "The Undefeated Dryad", "Nausicaa Speaks", "Fancy Dress", "Chiron", "Pott or Pan", "The White Boy", "Hyacinthus", "Helen", "The Idle Shepherdess", "The Sandals", "Pegasus", "A Fallen Star", and "The Faun". Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.