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Collegiate Philately from Oxford and Cambridge

— The printing of stamps, like the coining of money, is usually a privilege reserved for states. But there have been some exceptions: the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, for example. For a time in the late 19th century several Oxbridge colleges issued their own postage stamps, and these are featured on a webpage by collector Vincent West. I have no doubt that a few clever residential college students today could take an idea like this and run with it.

Now, once upon a time in my residential college we didn’t print stamps, but we did print money. But that’s a story for another day…

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