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Klaipeda forgeries

If you’ve not heard of stamps of Klaipeda before, worry not. It was new to me since late last year, when I landed with a small lot of Klaipeda forgeries. Shortly put, Klaipeda is Lithuanian name for what’s usually referred as the (German plebiscite territory of) Memel in stamp world. Lithuania occupied the Memel territory from the Germans during January 1923 and declared it as autonomous region of Klaipeda within Lithuania.

Published on April 5th 2014 | Read more.... | 6 Comments

Review of Stamp Mate 2014

Around August of last year I was approached by fellow software developer Tomaž Langerholc asking my opinion of about a stamp inventory product he was working. Little did I know that this simple request would lead into nearly six month involvement in testing and making of Stamp Mate.  Anyway, as Stamp Mate has been publicly available for few months now, I thought I’d share a quick review of it.

Published on March 23rd 2014 | Read more.... | No Comments

Some useful tidbits about Hong Kong definitive postage stamps

Recently I’ve been working with my collection of Hong Kong stamps: adding new items as well enhancing my knowledge of the ones I previously possess. All in all, the past week has definitely brought up the various definitive stamp issues of Hong Kong amongst my favorites even in worldwide scale.

Published on March 10th 2014 | Read more.... | 5 Comments

Photographing places and locations behind stamp designs

I’m a bit of a camera nut and over the years I’ve build a habit of taking snapshots of locations, scenes and topics I find familiar from stamps.  This entry is about sharing few random photos (and related stamps) from my collection.

Published on March 1st 2014 | Read more.... | 10 Comments

Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps

I’m about half-way through on working my stamp collection (or in this case, accumulation could be a more proper term) for China, and I got to confess, that I understand why many struggle with Chinese stamps. Collecting Chinese stamps is demanding, and if you have limited knowledge about the history and culture behind, some parts can easily become overwhelming. I’m by no means an expert of topic, but here’s how I approach Chinese stamps.

Published on February 17th 2014 | Read more.... | 15 Comments

Japan – Animal, plant and national treasure definitive series

Japanese postage stamps provide plenty of eye candy for the casual worldwide collector, and one of my personal favorites is “Animal, plant and national treasure” definitive series run from 1950 to date. As the name implies, the series doesn’t have a strict topic; instead it offers a broader view of Japanese heritage. Philatelically speaking the series looks easy, but as usual there’s a lot more to it.

Published on January 29th 2014 | Read more.... | 10 Comments

Stamp image gallery is dead, long live SoMe stamps!

Just a short note, that I’ve made the decision to bin the ‘Stamp image gallery’ section, and replace it with a new feature called SoMe stamps. The change is effective immediately, and you can find a link to new section on top of every page. I know some of you might miss the old gallery, but life/evolution goes onwards (especially on the web).

Published on January 18th 2014 | Read more.... | 6 Comments

Annotation techniques for stamp stock books

During the holiday season, several stamp related chats had discussions about write-up techniques people use for their stamp collections. As I find the topic interesting, this post is entirely about how I currently annotate my worldwide stamp collection stored in 100+ stock books.

Published on January 8th 2014 | Read more.... | 11 Comments

Happy holidays to readers of SCB

I would like to wish all the readers of Stamp Collecting Blog a merry and peacuful holiday season. As usual, I’m taking a small holiday breather from the online world for the next 3-4 weeks, and will primarily focus on spending time with my family and working with my stamp collection.

Published on December 13th 2013 | Read more.... | 2 Comments

You always learn something new from the stamps…

Under the working title ‘You always learn something new from the stamps…’ I represent you the following short (but hopefully) entertaining story:

Published on December 7th 2013 | Read more.... | 8 Comments

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