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The Postage Stamp in War   By: (1882-1940)

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In "The Postage Stamp in War" by Frederick John Melville, readers are treated to an intriguing exploration of a seemingly mundane object and its profound impact on warfare. Melville's in-depth research and keen attention to historical detail provide an enlightening perspective on the role of the postage stamp during times of conflict.

One of the standout features of the book is the author's ability to emphasize the often overlooked significance of a postage stamp. From the earliest uses of stamps in military campaigns to the innovative ways they were employed in clandestine operations during World Wars, Melville thoroughly examines how this small artifact became a powerful tool for communication, intelligence, and propaganda.

Furthermore, Melville skillfully weaves together war anecdotes and personal accounts to breathe life into the history of postage stamps. Through captivating narratives and extensive interviews, readers gain a genuine sense of the soldiers' reliance on stamps to maintain morale, keep in touch with loved ones, and facilitate a sense of connection to the world beyond the battlefield.

In addition to providing historical context and engaging storytelling, Melville delves into the intricate world of stamp collecting. He delves into the passion and obsession that envelopes collectors, unraveling the intricate web of philately and its intersections with war. Readers are sure to appreciate the author's efforts in shedding light on this unique intersection of hobbies and military history, making the book an intriguing read for both novices and seasoned collectors alike.

Though the book predominantly focuses on the British wartime experience, Melville ensures a broader perspective by including sections on stamps from various nations and their different uses during conflicts. This diversity enriches the narrative, making it a well-rounded exploration of the subject matter.

However, it must be noted that at times, Melville's meticulous attention to detail slows down the pacing, perhaps overwhelming readers with a surplus of information. For those less interested in stamps or collector culture, these sections might come across as overly dense.

Overall, "The Postage Stamp in War" is an enlightening and comprehensive work that sheds light on a unique and often neglected aspect of military history. Melville's research prowess and storytelling finesse make for a captivating read, stretching beyond the boundaries of philately and delivering a wider perspective on the untold role of stamps in warfare. Despite some sections feeling overly detailed, this book offers a fresh and engrossing look at the interplay between a seemingly mundane object and the tumultuous world of war.

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Transcriber's Notes:

In this Plain Text version of the book only symbols from the ASCII and Latin 1 character set have been used.

Italic typeface is indicated by underscores . Small capital typeface is indicated by UPPER CASE.

Irregular ordering and duplicate figure numbering has been retained as in the original. Minor inconsistencies in punctuation and formatting in the original are retained. Detailed corrections and observations on the text are listed in further Transcriber's Notes at the end.

The Postage Stamp in War.

By the same Author.

A new work on the postage stamps of the new British Protectorate of


in the Melville Stamp Book series ( No. 20) is now on the press and will be published in January, 1915, by Stanley Gibbons, Ltd., 391 Strand, W.C. Price 6d. Post free. 7½d.







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