Featuring The Wildings Collection
This season, The Philatelic Traders’ Society Limited & Stampex International will be celebrating the Wildings collection at the Autumn Stampex International 2018. This award-winning collection is owned by former President of The Royal Philatelic Society Frank Walton RDP FRPSL.
The collection comprises a series of definitive postage stamps featuring a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II taken by Dorothy Wilding. Wilding was the first lady to receive a Royal Warrant to be the official photographer for the King & Queen. This portrait of the Queen was used on definitive stamps from 1952 – 1971 1967. These were the first high value stamps and also the first to have regional emblems – in this case, flowers. In 1967 a decision was made by The Stamp Advisory Committee for The Queen’s portrait to be changed due to the angle of the photo and the stamps went out of circulation in 1967.
The award-winning collection was started by Frank Walton only a couple of years ago, as he wanted to expand his collecting into a GB topic. He picked a subject that hadn’t been a great focus to others, with the aim of exhibiting the collection at a future point. His stand-out pieces include the artist’s essay & proofs & the imprimaturs. In his collection, some values are harder to find on cover than others, including ½d & 11d.