Att: Mr. John Ray - More on Dr Latto

Att: Mr. John Ray - More on Dr Latto

Post by Rodne » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 08:02:38



GREAT BRITAIN
One of the finest collections of Great Britain stamps ever formed, the property of
well-known Harley Street Gynaecologist Dr. Douglas Latto, M.B. CH.B., D.Obst.,
R.C.O.G. and M.R.C.O.G., went on display at Stanley Gibbons' Strand Gallery from
March 1-30.
Dr. Latto's collection ranks among the finest in the world and includes many fabulous
gems of philately. With it he has won a large number of gold medals and awards at
both national and international stamp exhibitions.
His display of twelve frames at Stanley Gibbons included two of line-engraved issues
and ten covering surface-printed stamps.
Among the many outstanding and valuable items on display was an example of the
world's first stamp, the Penny Black, from the first position (corner letters A-A) from
the first sheet from the first printing plate used to print the stamp, and sent on a cover
posted on the first day of stamp issue, May 6th, 1840. He acquired this item from a
local estate agent, who found it among his files.
Dr. Latto, who lectures and writes extensively on stamps, is a member of the Reading
Philatelic Society, the Great Britain Philatelic Society and the Royal Philatelic
Society of London. He is also a member of the Council of the Soil Association and
Chairman of the British Safety Council

SN 21-7 19  July 1974

 
 
 

Att: Mr. John Ray - More on Dr Latto

Post by John Ra » Sun, 08 Dec 2002 23:12:14


Quote:

> GREAT BRITAIN
> One of the finest collections of Great Britain stamps ever formed, the property of
> well-known Harley Street Gynaecologist Dr. Douglas Latto, M.B. CH.B., D.Obst.,
> R.C.O.G. and M.R.C.O.G., went on display at Stanley Gibbons' Strand Gallery from
> March 1-30.
> Dr. Latto's collection ranks among the finest in the world and includes many fabulous
> gems of philately.

(snip)

Thank you, Rodney.

In one of his displays at my local club he showed us the 2/- brown of
1880; this stamp is catalogued by Gibbons nowadays at around 7,500
mint, and he had (if I remember correctly) a block of 20 of them.

He also showed the same stamp used on cover, saying that there were only
four examples known on cover ... "here are the other three".

It was that kind of collection.

--
John Ray, London UK.

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