Reginald Phillips (1888-1987)

Having achieved success as a businessman Reginald Philips, who lived in Brighton, returned to his childhood hobby of stamp collecting in his fifties. He then set about assembling the most complete collection of Victorian stamps and meticulously cataloguing it. In 1965, Phillips donated his award-winning collection of British Victorian stamps to the nation. The former National Postal Museum was in part established to house the collection.