Oswald Marsh
Oswald Marsh was a London stamp dealer
Stamp dealer
A stamp dealer is a company or an individual who deals in postage stamps and philatelic products. It also includes individuals who sell postage stamps for day to day use or official stamps for use on court documents.-Stamps on Approval Basis:...

 who specialised in cut-out
Cut-out (philately)
In philately a cut-out is an imprinted stamp cut from an item of postal stationery such as a postcard, letter sheet, aerogramme or wrapper and used as a normal stamp....

s. Many Marsh covers
Cover (philately)
In philately, the term cover pertains to the outside of an envelope or package with an address, typically with postage stamps that have been cancelled and is a term generally used among stamp and postal history collectors. The term does not include the contents of the letter or package, although...

 have addresses created using addressograph
An addressograph is an address labeler and labeling system.In 1896, the first U.S. patent for an addressing machine, the Addressograph was issued to Joseph Smith Duncan of Sioux City, Iowa. It was a development of the invention he had made in 1892. His earlier model consisted of a hexagonal wood...

 plates. Oswald Marsh was not related to Victor Marsh.

Stamp dealing

Born in Belfast, Marsh moved to London around 1900 where he had several addresses in the suburb of Norwood
- Australia :* Norwood Secondary College, Secondary School in Ringwood, Victoria.* Norwood, South Australia, suburb of Adelaide**Electoral district of Norwood, a state electoral district in South Australia...

. He also briefly had offices at 1 Exeter Street, London W1, around 1914. Marsh appears to have started his stamp business some time after 1900. He is thanked in the preface to Herbert L'Estrange Ewen
Herbert L'Estrange Ewen
Herbert L'Estrange Ewen was a British stamp dealer and philatelist in Swanage, Dorset and later in Norwood, London who was an authority on railway stamps....

's Priced Catalogue of the Unadhesive Postage Stamps of the UK 1840-1905 which was published in 1905 and was well established enough to publish a book by W.H. Bertram Poole
Bertram William Henry Poole
Bertram William Henry Poole , of Los Angeles, California, was a student of philately, and wrote numerous monographs on various aspects of the hobby...

 in 1906. Marsh and Ewen must have been well known to each other as Norwood stamp dealers who both had an interest in "unadhesive stamps", or cut-outs as they are now known.

Marsh specialised in British and Commonwealth stamps, controls, and cut-outs from British postal stationery
Postal stationery
A piece of postal stationery is a stationery item, such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, postal card, lettercard, aerogram or wrapper, with an imprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid...

which adorned much of his outgoing mail. He also ran a new issue service.


Marsh continued in business until his death in 1951, after which it was taken over by his son Herbert and daughter. The stock was eventually dispersed through a series of sales continuing up to 2008.

Oswald's obituary was published in The Philatelic Journal, July/September 1951, p. 66.

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