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 Article

Gelber, Steven M.
Free Market Metaphor: The Historical Dynamics of Stamp Collecting
Comparative Studies in Society and History
vol. 34, October 1992, pp. 742-69

I came across this article late in the writing of my book, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gives a good overview of the beginnings of stamp collecting, examines gender roles, particularly in the American sphere, the psychic rewards of stamp collecting, muses on constructing a serious pastime, the marketplace for stamps, and looks at investors and speculators.