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Heligoland Info from Gustamps
 
Ivan wanted info about Heligoland stamps from Gustamps.
Discovering Gustamps online, Ivan told Gustamps his Dad had several Heligoland stamps. Ivan wanted info from Gustamps about them and asked Gustamps why they had Queen Victoria's head on them. Ivan told Gustamps, "I'm sure Heligoland is part of Germany." Gustamps reply to Ivan was of course he was correct in saying Herligoland is part of Germany. Gustamps said that in fact it was an island off the north coast of Germany. Gustamps said that the first stamps of Heligoland depicted the head of Queen Victoria or the arms of Heligoland. Gustamps added that they were issued between 1867 and 1875. Gustamps told Ivan that Heligoland was ceded by Great Britain to Germany in 1890. Gustamps said after 1890 German stamps were used there. Gustamps told Ivan that original Heligoland stamps are quite valuable, however Ivan was warned by Gustamps that many stamps were reprinted in Berlin and Hamburg. 
Gustamps told Ivan that these reprinted stamps were of much less value than the originals. Gustamps thanked Ivan Kruger for his queestion and thanked him for letting Gustamps publish it.
 

 
Mr Kruger's Second Question
 
Thanking Gustamps for the Info about Heligoland, Ivan asked Gustamps for an extra bit of Info. Ivan asked Gustamps "Could Gustamps tell me if there is anything more recent to do with Heligoland which could be added to my Dad's collection. Gustamps answer to Ivan Kruger's second question was "yes, a special cover was issued in 2014 for the centenary of the battle of Heligoland." Gustamps told Ivan that the cover commemorated the first naval battle of World War One. Gustamps added "This was the first British Naval Victory of WWI." Explaining to Mr Kruger, Gustamps said "The German Cruiser S.M.S. Coln was sunk in the battle of Heligoland by British Cruisers." Gustamps said that "three German light cruisers and one destroyer were sunk." Gustamps recommended the cover to Mr Kruger and said it was available from Gustamps. Thanks again to Mr Ivan Kruger for his second question and letting Gustamps have the opportunity to publish it for the benefit of other readers.
 

 
Gustamps and the Victorian Schoolmaster
 
Sarah contacted Gustamps for some historical info about stamps. Sarah said she had read about the Victorian lady who had decorated her walls with British 1d Black and 2d Blue stamps - the first British stamps ever issued in 1840 on Gustamps wordpress pages. Now Gustamps was asked by Sarah, "who was the first person to promote stamp collecting as a hobby?" Gustamps congratulated Sarah on her most interesting question. Gustamps said to Sarah that the truth is that no one can be sure, however said Gustamps "many people think it might have been a schoolmaster in Belgium in the early 1850s." Gustamps explained that the schoolmaster encouraged his pupils to collect foreign postage stamps.  Gustamps said his idea was that they might become more interested in geography. 
Gustamps told Sarah "it is understood that the schoolmaster told them to decorate their atlases with the stamps. Gustamps said that the habit became popular with children in other schools and helped the hobby grow." Gustamps sent Sarah a mini atlas adorned with stamps as a free gift to keep as a souvenir.
Thanks to Sarah Perlis for her info request from Gustamps. Gustamps also thanks Sarah for allowing Gustamps to publish it together with Gustamps reply for other stamp collectors to read.