Stanley Gibbons Would Be 'Philattered'
Williams is quoted as saying, " "Stanley was the forerunner of collectors. As sailors came into the Barbican, bringing their stamps with them, he would purchase them and that's how it started off."
According to the article, "Mr Gibbons was a colourful character, finally selling off his stamp business and travelling the world on the sizeable proceeds. Born in 1840 and dying in 1913, he did not only collect stamps during his life, but also wives. Sadly – and somewhat suspiciously to some historians – he outlived four of his wives, but passed away himself before his last wife, Sophia Crofts."
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