I'm Alan Wishart from Law, Scotland.
I began trading in 1989, and I specialise in the
postal history of Europe from earliest times to 1870. I occasionally
attend fairs in the UK, France and the Netherlands and have worked as an
auction agent for Postzegelveiling Rijnmond in Rotterdam and
Postzegelveiling Hoes in Tilburg. I took time out from trading in 2011
to set up the eBay accounts of several leading postal history dealers,
and I’m now working with a major postal history dealer and one of the
largest postcard dealers in the country.
I’m editor of the Scottish Post and the Netherlands Philatelist. I was the main contributor of articles on postal history in Stamp & Coin Mart from 2007 to 2010, writing over 70 articles. I have also written for De Postzak in the Netherlands and The Collector’s Club Philatelist in New York.
In recent years I have been putting together a collection of the pre-stamp postal history of Europe and give talks on the history of letter carrying.