The Stamp Atlas Author:W. Raife Wellsted, Stuart Rossiter It is almost impossible to assemble a collection stamps without some knowledge of or interest in the political history of the country or countries by which the stamps were issued. Moreover, the introduction of an increasing number of commemorative and other special issues will lead the student and general collector alike to an interest not only ... more »in the stamps but in the postal and social history of the territory or area concerned.
For the postal historian, a knowledge of geographical changes and history is an essential part of his study, and this calls for an understanding of the political changes and military intervention which have led to changes in boundaries and allegiance. It was this problem of locating the relevant information which led the late Stuart Rossiter and John Flower who had collaborated on the famous Blue Guides to propose a Stamp Atlas.In particular, Stuart, who was a student of the postal history of East Africa, recognized the difficulties which face many collectors because of the frequent and apparently unconnected changes which took place in the stamp-issuing territories of the African continent. As a result he developed his ideas and began to prepare a manuscript on a country by country basis detailing the boundary changes and the political pressures which gave rise to them. These first thoughts were committed to paper and it was intended that they should be supported by maps prepared by John Flower and stamps or covers from Stuart's collection.
Sadly, in 1982 Stuart died and for two years the project lay fallow with only three of the continents completed. In 1984 the work began again when the outstanding sections were completed and the others were brought up to date. Thus the project as an idea in 1978 has been completed; it is hoped that the volume which has resulted will be a valuable addition to the general research library of many collectors.« less