Notes from the Past

Stanley Edward Gibbons - Part II
Famous Philatelists Series

Soon having outgrown its provincial home, Gibbons moved his firm to Clapham, on the outskirts of London, but he did not stay in Clapham long.  With in a short time, he was filling mail orders from an address on Gower Street in West Central London.

Not in the best of health, Gibbons decided to retire in 1890 and sold his prosperous firm to Charles J. Phillips for £25,000, whereupon it was made a private limited company, with Phillips as Managing director.

Then, in 1893, came the move to a London address that is still familiar to collectors around the world -- 391 Strand.

Since then, a steady flow of stamps, catalogs, albums, and all manner of philatelic equipment has come from that store just along the Strand from Trafalgar Square.

The Gibbons catalog is now the standard for much of the world, and the 1979 purchase of the Marc Haas postal history collection for a sum said to exceed $11 million is a measure of the progress made since a table was set up to sell stamps in that chemist shop so many years ago.

Whenever I see the name "Gibbons" on a catalog, album or the Monthly Journal, I have a vision of two sailors pouring thousands of Cape triangulars onto that shop counter and walking out happily with their £5 note.
  


- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G - P
Van Dahl Publications 1982
Posted December 4, 2000

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