08.02.2017 - Legendary Postal History Author Ted Proud dies
(wm) Anyone who has anything to do with the postal history of the British colonies in the last decades will inevitably have encountered numerous books written by Ted Proud. It is therefore very sad to report that Ted has died early in the morning of 6 February 2017. In terms of volume, Ted Proud was undoubtedly one of the most prolific authors: he could boast of a production of sixty different books.
Ted Proud was born on 18 April 1930; his full name was Edward Wilfrid Baxby Proud. From 1961 on, he acted as a stamp dealer for the Proud Bailey Company Ltd., which he himself had founded. He managed to become a household name amongst connoisseurs, thanks to his publications about postal history, hand stamps and international postal routes. Proud was temporarily President of the International Federation of Stamp Dealer Associations. He founded the magazine "Postal History International" (1972) and was a member of the Board of the British Philatelic Traders Society. In March 1987, he sold his company to Stanley Gibbons for an estimated £1.6 million, after which he preferred to confine himself to publishing and exhibiting. He won a Gold medal for his exhibit about Aden (2004). In the Court of Honour of the Singapore exhibition his collection "India used in Malaya" could be admired. In 2008, he had the honour to sign the famous Roll of Distinguished Philatelists of the Royal Philatelic Society of London. He published no less than 61 books, divided over three separate series: “The Postal History of the British Colonies Series“ (43 titles), “The Army Postal History Series“ (5 titles) and “General Postal History“ (13 titles). His immense out will keep the memory him alive; people will remember him as one of the best experts and writers the philatelic world of Great Britain had to offer.
Photo: Ted Proud (thanks to Chris King, RPSL).