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Last thursday I managed to get a copy of “Norma 2010 – a specialized catalog of Finland postage stamps” from nearby public library. So I decided share yet another short catalog review. Some background In short, there are two major stamp catalogs in Finland – LaPe and Norma. Both have very long backgrounds with annual editions. Thick specialized catalogs are issued 3-5 times in decade, whilst rest are slimmed down basic editions. Though both catalogs cover pretty much the same stamps, they do it in somewhat different styles. LaPe is heavy about details on stamp subjects and backgrounds (though the latest editions are far away from the 1980’s information packed encyclopedias). Norma on the other hand has always been very compact, and focused more about listing basic stamps as well as known varieties in simple and consistent style. Table of contents The 2010 edition of Norma doesn’t contain big surprises. […]

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