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Is the cost of becoming a stamp collector too high for the kids of today?

Is the cost of becoming a stamp collector too high for the kids of today?

A while back SCF discussions had a statement that stopped me. “The thing is, it took weeks of researching how to collect to even discover Steiner’s pages. And I still had to invest $100 into a Scott catalogue, $100 into mounts (I refuse to use hinges), and then the cost of the stamps. The barrier of entry to the hobby was just so high that I can’t imagine kids these days being willing to go down the route of building albums.“. I acknowledge the author had written the statement from ‘adult american perspective’, but is it genuinely so?

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Puzzled by size difference in pair of 1906 Liberian OS (Official) stamps

Puzzled by size difference in pair of 1906 Liberian OS (Official) stamps

Recently I’ve been working with backlog of African stamps, and there I’ve found few stamps that have made me puzzled. For recent stamps I can understand the lacking and contradicting catalog information, but with items of 100 years of age not so much. Surely somebody else must have noticed the same differences that I’m seeing; so why isn’t there anything in the catalog pages. Let’s take a look for the brain-buzzler of the day: a pair of Liberian OS (official) stamps from the 1906 series.

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Men who changed stamp design forever

Men who changed stamp design forever

Dynamic duo, designer Koloman Moser and engraver Ferdinand Schirnböck revolutionized stamp design in the early 20th century. One of their most recognizable works is the 1906/1912 pictorial landscapes series for the Condominium of Bosnia and Herzegovina. These stamps are big, bold and beautiful in every sense (and of course there are forgeries involved as well).

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From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia

From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia

One of those reasons that I love stamp collecting is the fact that it teaches me historical and geographical tidbits time and again. When I started working up with the stamps and history Malayan peninsula way back in late April, little did I know that I’d be spending the following month digging in deeper and deeper with the topic. The story of how British Southeast Asia evolved into Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia is a story full of historical twists and complexity that easily rivals with what many associate with history of Germany or Indian states.  So get yourself a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and prepare to be amazed.

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A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog

A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized Catalog

During my latest business trip to Helsinki, capital of Finland, I had a day off between the meetings, so I headed to local library. Though most of the philatelic books were something I’ve got copies on my bookshelf, there was one particular item that I had never seen, namely Michel’s specialized Russia catalog Michel Rußland /Russland Spezial. So here’s a quick look / review of the catalog.

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How to identify litho from photogravure – reprints of Singapore 1994/97 Marine Life definitive stamps

How to identify litho from photogravure – reprints of Singapore 1994/97 Marine Life definitive stamps

Lately I’ve been doing some Singapore stamps, and the various reprints of it’s definitive series have caught my radar. They seem like an daunting area where general stamp catalogs provide very little details. Take for example the 1994/97 Marine life definitive series.

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The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps – what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with?

The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps – what pop culture on postage  stamps has left us with?

Today’s the 175th anniversary of Penny Black and the postage stamp, but instead of talking about ‘the Queen’, I thought I’d write about the ‘the King’ and his companions. For us stamp collectors any reference to ‘the King’ often times means King George V, one of the greatest stamp collectors of all times, but for rest of the world the King usually equals Elvis.  So what do You think King George V (or for that matter Queen Victoria) would have said if he was displayed the stamps of today featuring Elvis and other pop culture characters? Would he had become the great collector he was, or is he turning over in one’s grave? Here’s my few cents worth about about it.

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Cancellation forgeries on Finnish stamps

Cancellation forgeries on Finnish stamps

Possibly the most dangerous forgery type involves fake postmarks. With them you’ve got 100% legit stamp, but the postmark on top of it is either complete fake or fraudulently used genuine canceller. Many of you readers may know that for example the German inflation era stamps are a minefield for cancellation forgeries, but how many of you did know that the same applies for classical stamps of independent Finland as well?

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