Philatelic Literature Specialists

Smith, W.J.

James Chalmers, Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp

Publisher: David Winter & Son, Dundee, 1970

First edition, hardback, dustwrapper, 148 pages + plates + facsimiles, in VG condition.

An interesting look at the Chalmers-Hill controversy, supporting the claim that James Chalmers, a Dundee bookseller, was the first to propose, in 1834, the adoption of adhesive ‘stamps’ to indicate the prepayment of postage. It reprints the pamphlets published by Patrick Chalmers, son of James, in defence of his father’s claim, and includes facsimiles of some of the documentary evidence.


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