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
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