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Campbel Paterson - Specialists in NZ Stamps & Postal History / Philatelic Publishers
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Our founder, Campbell Paterson, entered the business of philately in 1941 when he joined the well-established firm of Pim & Company in Auckland. “CP” as he came to be known throughout the philatel

Campbel Paterson - Specialists in NZ Stamps & Postal History / Philatelic Publishers

Our founder, Campbell Paterson, entered the business of philately in 1941 when he joined the well-established firm of Pim & Company in Auckland. “CP” as he came to be known throughout the philatelic world had worked in the Auckland Savings Bank but had found that deteriorating hearing had made advancement in banking an impossibility. Although he volunteered for service in World War II, this impediment prevented him from serving in the Forces as well.

As a lifelong philatelist and specialist particularly in the early Recess Engraved issues of Great Britain, the idea of “enjoying yourself and making a living at the same time” was something that appealed to him and he settled quickly into writing notes for the “Pacific Stamp Journal” and designing and producing for Pim’s his first highly specialised Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps. Cataloguing came to be his forté and over his long career he used this gift to simplify the field of New Zealand stamps and inform and enthuse all those collectors who came into contact with it and him.

The 1935 Pictorials were his early “stamping ground” and he, together with the many specialists in the field in New Zealand and overseas made this magnificent “Second Pictorials” issue one of the best documented and researched in the world.

In 1949, he left Pim’s to commence his own business, Campbell Paterson Ltd. The business developed rapidly and in 1952 he produced the first CP Specialised Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps. The following year this was extended into loose-leaf format, a relatively slim volume compared to the big two-volume book that it is today in full colour. Nevertheless, collectors took to the idea of updating their catalogue without buying a new volume every year and the Catalogue has continued to be updated in this way ever since, a period of sixty years. In 1956, CP travelled to Britain with his family to establish the UK arm of our business. He returned within three years to New Zealand but from 1960 – now back in the UK – continued to establish and enlarge both the business and the field of NZ stamp collecting in Britain, encouraging the formation of the New Zealand Society of Great Britain – the “Kiwi” Society – which flourishes to this day. Several years before his death, CP was honoured by the Queen with the MBE, for services to New Zealand and to Philately. He died in 1993 at the age of 83.

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1 Ngaire Ave,
Newmarket, Auckland, 1141,
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