Art: Precious Red Paper

A backward crown colony is British Guiana, sprawling just east of Venezuela over an area of South American forests, rivers and seacoast almost as large as Great Britain. But in 1856 British Guiana was even more backward than it is today. Georgetown, its capital, did not then boast two 40-bed hotels. That year the colonists ran out of stamps, printed a small issue on a newspaper press to tide them over until the arrival of a shipment of regular stamps from England. Only one stamp of that issue is...

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