Stamp collecting, as pursued to-day, has become something more than an amusement for children. It affords instruction and mental relaxation to those who are older and more serious.
he glorious deeds of the past.
[Illustration: Stamp, "St. Vincent", 5 shilling]
[Illustration: Stamp, "République Française", 1]
[Illustration: Stamp, "Cape of Good Hope", 1 penny]
[Illustration: Stamp, "Trinidad"]
[Illustration: Stamp, "British East Africa", ½ Anna]
Quite a number of stamps have allegorical designs. One of the most beautiful examples comes from St. Vincent. Familiar figures to philatelists are those of Peace and Commerce on the stamps of France, Hope with her anchor on the issues of the Cape of Good Hope and Britannia on several of the British Colonies. The stamps of British East Africa bear a flaming sun and the legend "light and liberty," typical of the light of civilization and progress now dawning upon that part of the world. And on one of the late issues of Portugal is a beautiful allegory of the muse of history watching Da Gama's voyage to the East.
[Illustration: Stamp, "Portugal", 1498-1898, 23 reis]