Notes from the Past

Thomas Keay Tapling
Famous Philatelists Series

Thomas Keay Tapling (1855-1891) was a collector by 1865 and continued his interest in philately through his years at Harrow and at Cambridge University.

After completing his education, he joined the London Philatelic Society, later the Royal Philatelic Society, London, and became one of the early philatelic students.

He worked in a day when there was little literature to aid the philatelist, and collectors had to learn by gaining knowledge from the study of the actual material.

His will specified that after his death the enormous collection he had accumulated was to go to the British Museum and that it was not to be dispersed or sold by the museum.

The collection was mounted and placed on public display.

In addition to his comprehensive collection, the name of Tapling lives on in the form of the Tapling Medal, which is awarded by the Royal Philatelic Society, London, for the best paper read to the society during the two years prior to the award. 


- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Three Q-Z
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted October 29, 2000

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