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Ted Proud

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Name  Ted Proud

Role  Writer

Edward Wilfrid Baxby (Ted) Proud (18 April 1930 – 6 February 2017) was a British postal historian, philatelic writer, and philatelic dealer who, in 2008, was invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.


Early life and family

Ted Proud was born on 18 April 1930. His birth was registered in the Willesden district of London. Baxby was his mother's maiden name.

Proud married twice, firstly to Doreen J. Dolley in Bromley, Kent, in 1951, and secondly to Karoline U. Springer in Westminster, London, in 1966. He had a son, Hector, from his second marriage.


Proud won a gold medal for his display of Aden at Espana 2004 and exhibited "India used in Malaya" in the Court of Honour at Singapore. In 2005, he won the Webb Cup from the Hong Kong Study Circle for his work The Postal History of Hong Kong 1841-1997.

In 2008, he was invited to sign the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists.

Philatelic trade

Proud founded the Proud-Bailey Company Limited in 1961 through which he published handbooks covering the postal history of over eighty different British colonies and which illustrate more than 50,000 postal markings. He was a past president of the International Federation of Stamp Dealers Associations and was the founder of Postal History International magazine in 1972. He was on the council of the Philatelic Traders Society.

Proud-Bailey became a major postal history dealer. In March 1987, Proud sold the firm to Stanley Gibbons, as a result of which he became joint deputy-chairman of that firm. The consideration for the sale was £1.6m, satisfied by the issue of 13 million new ordinary 10p shares in Stanley Gibbons at 12.25p each.

Death and legacy

Proud died on 6 February 2017. He received an obituary from Patrick Pearson in The London Philatelist.

Selected publications

  • The Postal History of British Palestine, 1918-48, 1985. ISBN 1-872465-05-6
  • The Postal History of British Borneo, 1987. ISBN 1-872465-01-3
  • British Post Offices in the Far East, 1992. ISBN 1-872465-09-9
  • The Postal History of Kenya, 1992. ISBN 1-872465-12-9
  • The Postal History of Nigeria, 1995. ISBN 1-872465-17-X
  • The Postal History of Gold Coast, 1995. ISBN 1-872465-16-1
  • The Postal History of Basutoland and Bechuanaland Protectorate, 1996. ISBN 1-872465-11-0
  • The Postal History of Northern Rhodesia, 1997. ISBN 1-872465-21-8
  • The Postal History of Southern Rhodesia, 1997. ISBN 1-872465-22-6
  • The Postal History of British Honduras, 1999. ISBN 1-872465-27-7
  • The Postal History of British Guiana, 2000. ISBN 1-872465-26-9
  • The Postal History of Ascension, St Helena and Tristan Da Cunha, 2005. ISBN 1-872465-33-1
  • The Postal History of Aden and Somaliland Protectorate, new edition 2005. ISBN 1-872465-41-2
  • References

    Ted Proud Wikipedia

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