A world of stamps and postal history

Welcome to Postal Pursuits

We have started our ‘live’ FIFA World Cup window. The first page of the display is up an ready for tonight 12 June 2014. By the time all first 16 matches are played the window will be completed. Take a look at our Facebook page to see what it looks like.

Change of opening times. As of 31 March 2014 Postal Pursuits will have new opening times. The most obvious changers are closed on Mondays except by appointment, late night opening on Thursdays and no Sunday opening. For more details please look at the shop calendar.

The current window displays have one side showing twists on “Something New” and an interesting display of the animals of Africa in French! We have been very active since the new year hosting Cubs and Beavers. We are pleased to announce that one troop of Cubs are taking up the gauntlet and will be doing a Group entry into next years Stamp Active competition.

Since July the Collectors Market has gone from strength to strength and we now have a nice mix of traders and visitors to the market. As the cold sets in we have seen an increase in those who traditionally do car boot sales but we have had to say farewell until the spring for the stamp dealers. For more information please visit:

www.letchworthcollectorsmarket.org.

In 2010 Postal Pursuits opened the first new Stamp shop in the UK in a generation. Although keeping the best of what is traditional about stamp shops we have undertaken to make stamp collecting and philately far more visible to the general public. From the informative presentations and single frame exhibits in the windows, currently showing a ‘starting to collect stamps’ guide, to the upstairs philatelic gallery, we openly welcome and encourage all ages to experience the joys of our hobby. In March 2011 we formally opened the upstairs library, browsing area and re-furbished meeting rooms which is open to use by societies and clubs to host meetings. In 2013 we have already seen a visit from the South African collectors club and on June 22  the National Philatelic Society will be holding a meeting here.

Our web site  incorporates an on-line shop and has a dedicated blog area for Postal Pursuits, local stamp clubs and collectors worldwide. As time permits a comprehensive events calendar will develop for fairs, meetings and exhibitions along with a searchable links page to show the best of what is available on the net. Help with this development would be very much appreciated.

Postal Pursuits has a positive educational policy and develops educational material for use in the shop and in schools. In conjunction with the North Herts Stamp Club and a local artist a Junior section will be starting in early 2013 bringing together stamp collecting/exhibiting and art based on the use of stamps.

Please find below some interesting philatelic items currently on eBay that we have filtered for your general enjoyment. Pop back regularly as we will be changing what type of material is presented here from time to time. The money from just your clicks on these items helps us support our social program.

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