Blue Mauritius, book cover

Welcome to the Blue Mauritius Research Companion

This website contains biographical and bibliographical information about the Post Office Mauritius stamps and subjects related to them. It is based on my research for the book Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Stamps.

Journal Note

'Your Stamps or Your Life!'
Stamp Collectors' Fortnightly
vol. 8, no. 195, 30 August 1902, p. 97

The 2d. blue "Post Office" of Mauritius is another of the fatal stamps, as witness the following narrative:-

The 2d. blue, 1847, Mauritius stamp cost a young philatelist of Bradford his life. There are only twenty copies in existence, and this young man, named MacCory, made up his mind to secure one. By mere chance he found one in a shop in Lincolnshire village, and bought it for a shilling. Some time later he discovered to his dismay that it was a forgery. This so preyed upon his mind that he shot himself in the head.