Friday, October 05, 2007

David Beech and The Legendary Grinnel Missionaries

David Beech, Head of Philatelic Collections of the British Library has a streaming video, The Legendary Grinnel Missionaries, available on the National Postal Museum website.

Produced in 2003, it is somewhat old and outdated in light of new information and authetication techniques. But it does provide some interesting background on these Hawaiian rarities.

Stanley Gibbons Magazine has written, ..."storied Grinnells will always exist in limbo. Though the provenance appears to lack a clear and undisputable chain of title, this tale, no matter how it turns out, is a great fireside yarn, bearing the essential themes of great philately."

David joined the British Library Philatelic Collections as a Curator in 1983 and became Head of the Philatelic Collections in 1991. He is a Fellow and the President of The Royal Philatelic Society London and joint founder of the International Philatelic Libraries Association. David is a member of The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada, the Collectors Club New York, the American Philatelic Research Library and Académie Europeénne de Philatélie. He is a Trustee of the Revenue Philately Trust and Trustee and Chairman of the Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund.

To see the Beech video, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM