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  • 2014-04-17 Keijo wrote on Bogus Sahara OCC RASD souvenir sheets
    @Bryan... I think I know/have those ;)

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  • 2014-04-15 Bryan wrote on Bogus Sahara OCC RASD souvenir sheets
    I have 10 stamps bought in a used book fair recently, can be categorized into 2 sets. first one was issued in 1992, with images of plants; second set was of 1993, are four kinds of birds

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  • 2014-04-15 ikeyPikey wrote on Lundy Puffin postage stamps

    M David Nugus wrote:
    Regarding Lundy stamps with the overprint of an aircraft and "V" .


    ... The aircraft is a Supermarine Spitfire, although I agree some of the proportions may appear wrong, it should be remembered that this overprint was prepared under wartime conditions ...





    Wartime conditions are known to have included both censorship & deception.Providing the Luftwaffe with a correctly-scaled drawing of any Allied aircraft would have been, respectively, prohibited & a wasted opportunity.



    WW2 pilots & aircraft spotters & anti-aircraft gunners were all trained with silhouette cards of enemy & friendly aircraft, and I would be surprised if the artist was not on the receiving end of a friendly suggestion that misdimensioning the aircraft could save lives.

    Cheers,

    ikeyPikey

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  • 2014-04-14 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rene... A worthy reminder that is.

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  • 2014-04-14 Keijo wrote on Czechoslovakian Masaryk stamps of 1925 -1927
    @Rick... True, the Scott image of the watermark is not 'complete'. Here's a scan from Michel:

    Linden leaves wmk

    As a matter of fact, do you know of a single reference or catalogue of *all* watermarks?


    AFAIK no such 'beast' exists.

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  • 2014-04-14 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Dough... Happy to hear it arrived in good condition :) Definitely looking forward to the next trade.

    Re, UN... Actually it's nowhere on the listings for the time being because I'm transferring data from old inventory system to new (more detailed) one, and in order to avoid some issues I chose to disable the visibility of some areas and countries. This process has been going on for several years, and it will take at least the same to finish. But I can say that I've got <10% completion for each of the three UN offices and very few (if any) items from the various 'UN interim administrations' (Papua, Kosovo etc).

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-14 Rene wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Hi folks: Just a quick reminder to those of us that are cataloguing our collection on the computer. BACK UP YOUR FILES.... Last week my laptop went kinda weird on me so I took it to my local repair guy. I know the guy and trust him.. at any rate after having it for a day with no luck his suggestion was a complete refresh. He assured me that I would not loose any data but that I probably would have to reload my programs. Ok I figured that I could handle that, what I forgot was that the program I use to catalogue my collection (STamp Collection Organizer by Duck Software) and the data itself all resided in the Programs folder on my C drive.... to make a long story short. in the refresh the Programs folder was cleaned out... along with my software and data. I did have a backup from December so I didn't loose everything but I do have to re-enter about 2400 stamps from December on. My collection is now on a external hard drive and I will be more careful to make regular backups as I update my collection. Lesson learned. Just thought I would remind the rest of you ... do your backups.

    Rene

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  • 2014-04-13 Rick Huziak wrote on Czechoslovakian Masaryk stamps of 1925 -1927
    Hi Keijo,

    I`m going through my Masaryks ... bought about 500 a while back after reading your article. However, I find watermarking these is a bit confusing because Scott provides what I believe is only a small portion of watermark 107 (Linden leaves). Horizontal and vertical are easy enough, but the other 6 possible orientations are difficult to distringuish. Do you know of an image with a full version of Wmk 107? (As a matter of fact, do you know of a single reference or catalogue of *all* watermarks?)

    rick

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  • 2014-04-13 Doug Hadley wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Keijo, Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I received your exchange letter in perfect condition. Thanks for the stamps in trade and the examples of quality issues that I sent you on my end. It really helps, although I should have picked up some of these faults. The hardest to pick out were the foxing, but seeing the examples was useful. I'll try to get out of the "shame house" withmy next trade when you are up for it.

    Inblog section on your collection, I couldn't find your listings for any of your stamps from the United Nations. UN-New York wasn't in the Americas section, and the UN-Geneva and UN-Vienna were not in the Europe section. So either it is an oversight or your listing for the UN is in some place unexpected Doug.

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  • 2014-04-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @ikeyPikey...

    Keijo: after I redacted the quoted text, I could not get outside the quoted text box to enter new text. S


    The remedy is the same as it is on Microsoft Word: a quick doubleclick (or double-tap) on the area you want the carret (writing) to be placed. Unfortunately I have not come up with better fix (yet).



    ...
    - did *not* add a customs declaration! Instead, I added a note on the outside of the envelope in the language of the receiving country to the effect that the contents were ‘pictures’ and ‘personal’
    Bingo! This has now worked 2-3x; no delays, no troubles.
    ...


    True, the mileage can vary from country to country... I know that Finnish officials do check letters & parcels (even those with CN22) time to time. Last year I received 5 or 6 letters (out of roughly 200) that were inspected by customs. I also know that German customs are very heavy on doing inspections (not so long ago there was a topic on StampBoards stating the German customs 'inspection cue' is about 4-5 million letters :shock: ). Skipping the CN22 might make things easier for the sender (at least in US), but it might put the recipient into troubles with officials. So I would not advice it.

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-12 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Update on the exchange list... Received lot #19 from Sarah (US) on Thursdays mail. Plenty of nice stuff, will be mailing response back on Monday morning...

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  • 2014-04-11 ikeyPikey wrote on Stamp exchange 2014

    Doug Hadley wrote:
    ... Iput a piece of cardboard in the envelope to stiffen it ... $2.34 ... to send it via First Class International. This included the extra fee for a "non-machinable envelope" since it clearly would not bend ... the clerk ... told me I couldn't send it First Class International, but that it had to sent via Parcel Post, since the package was "rigid" from the cardboard, and therefore was considered a parcel, not a large non-machinable envelope! The net result was another $4.10 in postage required ...



    Keijo: after I redacted the quoted text, I could not get outside the quoted text box to enter new text. Sorry for extra cutting & pasting, and I hope this finds you completely recovered.





    Doug, Greetings:

    Been there, done that ($9.45 instead of $<5.00).

    "Count on indifference to make a difference." - me

    I decided to blow past the whole problem:

    - I put a stiffener in letter-sized envelope, and

    - added U$D 2.34 postage ($2.13 for <2oz + 21c surcharge), and

    - did *not* add a customs declaration! Instead, I added a note on the outside of the envelope in the language of the receiving country to the effect that the contents were 'pictures' and 'personal'

    Bingo! This has now worked 2-3x; no delays, no troubles.

    YMMV with the Finnish authorities; the receiving country, in my case, is not nearly as disciplined as the Northern Europeans but, on the other hand, has severe security issues& carefully inspects incoming mail & requires a customs declaration on 'parcels';I included my national identity number from that country in my return address, which may have helped them not care.

    Cheers,

    ikeyPikey

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  • 2014-04-09 Keijo wrote on Lundy Puffin postage stamps
    @M David Nugus .... Interesting tidbits. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 2014-04-09 M David Nugus wrote on Lundy Puffin postage stamps
    Regarding Lundy stamps with the overprint of an aircraft and "V" .

    These stamps were not issued to commemorate the anniversary of the airmail service in 1940, but as war propaganda in 1942.

    The "V" is not the Roman numeral "5", but "V" for victory, the set of stamps were issued on 1st January 1942. Britain had in 1940 fought an important air battlewith the German Luftwaffeover southern England (now known as "The Battle of Britain"). The aircraft is a Supermarine Spitfire, although I agree some of the proportions may appear wrong, it should be remembered that this overprint was prepared under wartime conditions, and it would have been no mean task to produce an accurate drawing to fit onto a postage stamp. Incidentally the bit sticking up behind the cockpit is its radio aerial. I hope this answers some of your questions.

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  • 2014-04-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Steven... Thanks for letting me know. Mysterious are the ways of snail mail....

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  • 2014-04-08 Steven Reed wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Keijo,

    Just a quick note to let you know the USPS (or somewhere between here and there) has done it again. Lordi arrived first, before the other two exchanges.

    Steven

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  • 2014-04-08 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Dave... Excellent :)

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  • 2014-04-07 Dave Hartley wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Keijo: thanks for your return trade, which arrived over the weekend. I now have my first stamp from the Åland Islands :)Best wishes for your recovery, and I'm getting some Middle-Earth stamps ready for you as soon as trading resumes ;)

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  • 2014-04-07 Keijo wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    @Ray... Happy to hear an expert opinion that I made a *good deal*. I was prepared to pay up to 10€ for these, but fortunately didn't have to :)

    Re, my health issues... Well,life happens. I just have to take things slow and easy for some time. Perhaps my greatest woe (right now) is that I'll miss most of the traditional easter treats (as if I could have enjoyed much of them otherwise, LOL). C'est la vie...

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-07 Ray wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    These Memel forgeries are definitely interesting. I also collect them (I'm more focused on postmark forgeries). You definitely got a good deal if it was just a few bucks!By the way, I'm sorry to hear about your health problem, I really wish you would get better soon.

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  • 2014-04-07 Keijo wrote on My stamp collection
    @Pete... Yep. I was thinking the same... I should be able to reach 90K this year (assuming my health allows me to sit and play with stamps), and then I've just got to push a bit harder to reach 100K next year :) Pretty likely I've already got all the stamps required for breaking the 100K limit, I just need the time to sort and put everything on their place :lol:

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-07 Keijo wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    @Charles... Yes, I'm still sharing it. Check the yellow box on the bottom of the article for instructions on how to proceed and obtain your copy.

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  • 2014-04-07 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Cecil... Right now I can say that I will keep the exchange on the break AT LEAST for the entire April, and will make up my mind about the next month in the early days of May... It would appear I'm over the worst part, but the next 2-4 weeks will show how things actually evolve. One of the sad parts of living with 'active Colitis' is that one really can't make plans further than the same day (and even that is optimistic) because condition can change so rapidly and recovery is very slow.

    Re, the Cochin stamps... I'll email you pictures of what I've got. Not today or tomorrow, not likely even this week (as I've got some sorting to do). But I'll try to get those to You this month.

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-07 Keijo wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    @Jim... Yes, I read that from Tyler's book as well.

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  • 2014-04-07 Pete Boulay wrote on My stamp collection
    Congrats Keijo in hitting the 85K mark. 100K isn't too far away now!

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  • 2014-04-07 Charles Smith wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Are you still sharing your template? Please forward me a copy with directions.

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  • 2014-04-06 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Looking forward to when the exchange reopens, currently going thru my India Cochin stamps. If you can send me a by Scott or Stanley number listing of what you have I will start to put aside duplicates to send your way. Should be able to make a good dent in that part of your collection. I expect it will take me a month or two to go thru this section :).

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  • 2014-04-06 jim jackson wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    FWIW, Varro Tyler (Focus on Forgeries- 2000) mentions the horizontally ribbed slightly yellowish paper as one of the distinguishing characteristics of the genuines. I believe my scan of the 1923 600m olive green "Seal" stamp illustrates that characteristic. Now, whether this is evident on all specimens- especially used ones, I have no idea. LOL

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  • 2014-04-06 Keijo wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    @Jim... Thanks. The ribbed paper seems like another tell-tale for genuine stamps. Not sure how well it applies to all specimens (especially used ones), as Michel does not mention it all (and it's usually very precise on details such as this, especially on German related stamps).

    Added... Here's few more genuine ones from CherryStone auctions.

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  • 2014-04-06 jim jackson wrote on Klaipeda forgeries
    Nice post Keijo! The typographic/lithographic differences between the genuine/forgery appears to be a nice determination.I have no forgeries, but I do have one genuine that shows the horizontally ribbed slightly yellowish paper.

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  • 2014-04-05 Keijo wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed
    @RIOTTOT.... Welcome to my blog. Hope you're enjoying it :)

    But is it possible to receive all people / collectors in only one place?

    That is a REALLY good question... I truly doubt it :| It's simply that the nature of man is what it is (likely the primitive instincts from the early days of human evolution taking over the rationale thinking). Often times I find myself wondering how/why we people can't simply live & co-exist in peace and helping each others. Should not be that difficult to pull the same rope, because in the end we're all aboard the same ship. If it goes down, we go along.... But as we all know, that's not how the world works. Sigh. :(

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-05 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick...

    Do you know anything about using Bestine as opposed to Ronsonol to remove self adhesive stamps from paper? I just read a letter to the APS that claimed Bestine left no residue on stamps.


    Likely true (I've not found a research paper on topic), but it would appear many museums/conservationists do use Heptane (which is more or less the same as Bestine) as part of their 'coctails' to remove gum and related residue from objects they don't belong. So based on that it should be 'better' choice in archival sense.


    ...but is there a general way to tell typographed from lithographed stamps?

    Oh yes... See this entry.

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-04 RIOTTOT wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed
    Hello collectors !
    I'm a French collector and like most of us, I search free catalogues online, and the first question you must understand is why?

    I collect lots of countries, possess few paper catalogues, read each month special book about stamps, but how to know more about all countries ? Just search on web an answer, and what happens? I discover most of the web places you tell, and like you use them to see number / more information (country / year / value or something like that) and the best picture...

    What i need too : a way to contact other collector from other country...

    I remember my first visit on the web year 1990, and if it was to see what was this animal ! I already found contact with collectors ! But what about catalogues... Nothing...

    Now I'm on colnect (ERONOVANN) and on Stampedia (beginner). I'm very satisfy with Colnect (even if I think it miss some things), and i can tell that I never receive add or webmaster contact?

    But !! I always ask me why YOU can't work on one place? Perhaps money? I don't know? But what I think: too much time lose by all those collectors on different places... But is it possible to receive all people / collectors in only one place? Do you know that you can find same collector who add their own collect on several places.

    To finish one word : THANKS for you who help some much collector as me and others in future (like this blog I give way to my friend who search to join us)

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  • 2014-04-04 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    1. Do you know anything about using Bestine as opposed to Ronsonol to
    remove self adhesive stamps from paper? I just read a letter to the APS
    that claimed Bestine left no residue on stamps.

    2. I have used your
    recommended trick of distinguishing engraved from lithographed stamps
    (and it works great), but is there a general way to tell typographed
    from lithographed stamps? I am currently trying to distinguish the three
    Yugoslavian Postage Due series some of which have individual stamps of
    the same color, and have not watermark or perforation differences.

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  • 2014-04-03 Rick Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    Keijo wrote:



    @Rick… Only now did I notice that the left side stamp has face value is in Marks So it’s O32., and the one on the right is O14.



    That explains the different styles of the number 3. Thanks!

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  • 2014-04-03 Keijo wrote on A quick review of Linn's Stamp News Digital edition
    @Drew... I can pretty well relate to the pros and cons you mention. Scrolling up & down is a nuisance (even with the current system, which is A LOT better than the one I reviewed). One option is to fit the page to screen (there's a button for that in the top menu), but it makes the the text somewhat small to read. Not sure why they are not 'breaking the mold' but instead follow the magazine layout so slavishly. It's like trying to square peg in a round hole :lol:

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  • 2014-04-03 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps
    @Drew M...

    and I think many also include the year issued at the bottom...

    True. The Chinese post has used several "numbering schemes" over the decades, but the current one has been going on since 1970s (or so I recall). The only major exceptions are definitives - they don't get year/numbering inscription.

    It would be useful to know which is really most comprehensive and accurate on China classic and modern.


    I can say that Michel is definitely way more detailed than Scott. And that those few images / scans of CSS catalogue pages I've seen online suggest that it's way more detailed than Michel.

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  • 2014-04-03 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    @Rick... Only now did I notice that the left side stamp has face value is in Marks :lol: So it's O32., and the one on the right is O14.

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  • 2014-04-03 Drew M in California wrote on A quick review of Linn's Stamp News Digital edition
    I also switched to Linn's digital edition recently after my paper copies started to accumulate in ever-larger piles. I'm not quite as happy with the digital edition as you are as I find the constant need to scroll up and down the page annoying. I also find, as with all paper vs. digital comparisons, that it is just much easier to flip back and forth from one page to the next or to locate an earlier or later page easily when I'm reading a paper copy than with digital. But then again it's cheaper digitally so I'll try to live with it, I suppose.

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  • 2014-04-03 Drew M in California wrote on Japan - Animal, plant and national treasure definitive series
    I agree with the suggestion about grouping or organizing stamps the way that makes best for you. Catalogue publishers often reorganize groups of stamps as new information develops, anyway, and there is something a bit silly about separating entirely logical sets of stamps simply because a catalogue does it that way. Including stamps in your album in the order issued often results in higher values coming before lower values which is another oddity. I'd wait until a set is finished -- although that can take many years -- before making a final decision about the "right" way to organize it, but in any case I'd do it the way that made best sense to me no matter what the catalogues say is the "right" way.


    As for Japanese stamps themselves, I find them extremely beautiful. The Japanese have a wonderful aesthetic sense and their stamp designs both contain attractive subject matter but they are also very well designed, as well. And unlike China, for example, most Japanese stamps, even many of the earlier ones, are not so difficult to find. Very nice article, Keijo.

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  • 2014-04-03 Drew M in California wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps
    Wonderful article, Keijo, about Chinese stamps. I've been "collecting" Chinese stamps for a few decades now, but really just storing them in stockbooks in no particular order (until I'm retired and have time to deal with them). I also find traditional Chinese stamps confusing. The modern PRC stamps are fairly simple to deal with, and I think many also include the year issued at the bottom, but I could be wrong. Chinese stamps have a fascinating history given what the Chinese have gone through in the last 100 or so years. But until recently the Chinese didn't usually collect or even save stamps, which makes the number available very small. Much of China is humid much of the year which hurts stamps and, as you say, Chinese mail is not cared for very well by postal workers. The upshot is that Chinese stamps are often worn out or dirty and often available only in small numbers. Compared to the very large population of China, many of whom collect stamps as an investment hedge against problems in China's strange capitalist economy inside a communist political system, finding good copies of many older Classic Era Chinese stamps is difficult. I've concentrated on collecting a representative few of the earliest stamps plus the easier later stamps. You use Michel's China catalogue, one of your commenters says he uses Stanley Gibbons, another recommends the China Stamp Society's catalogue, and I generally use Scott. It would be useful to know which is really most comprehensive and accurate on China classic and modern.

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  • 2014-04-02 Richard Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    Keijo wrote:



    @Rick… See German States -> Wurttemberg -> Official stamps, Scott numbers O2 and O14



    Okay, now I remember my dilemma; the numerals are different, and one was lighter brown, but Scott lists O2 as unwatermarked. Problem is, both are watermarked "circles and crosses"!

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  • 2014-04-02 Richard Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    Keijo wrote:



    @Rick… See German States -> Wurttemberg -> Official stamps, Scott numbers O2 and O14



    That was easy. wonder how I missed it? Thanks!

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  • 2014-04-02 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    @Rick... See German States -> Wurttemberg -> Official stamps, Scott numbers O2 and O14

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  • 2014-04-02 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @BrewDog... Thanks my friend. Feeling bit tired, but otherwise doing somewhat OK today. The good part of this is that I can finally (try to) sort some stamps I've been piling up :lol:

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  • 2014-04-02 Richard Young wrote on Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas
    Keijo, I could not find one of these items in Scott's catalog. Can you help? Thanks!

    http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/Wurttemburg%20stamps.jpg

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  • 2014-04-02 BrewDog wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Take care of yourself! I'm sure everything will be alright!

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  • 2014-04-01 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Everyone...

    It would appear my ulcerative colitis is having an (unexpected) flare, and as a precaution (of not knowing whether or not this will go the easy or the hard way) I'm shutting down the exchange temporarily and immediately as of April 1st 2014.

    Please DO NOT send any new exchange lots.

    If you have already sent stamps to me, please do know that I'm doing my best to handle them properly and in timely manner. If the situation gets 'bad' and I'm unable to process the lots, please do know that my family will return any such lots back to their senders unopened.

    I will try to keep everyone posted on how things proceed, but please be aware that treatment and recovery will (and usually does) take time.

    Sadly this is not an April fools story :|

    @Steven... One more lot (#18) from You in todays mail. Will send it out later today when going (or at least trying) for a small walk outside.
    -keijo-

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  • 2014-04-01 Keijo wrote on Feedback for the blog
    @Franz.... Browsing SCB on computer at work??? Now, now... :lol: OK. I'm pretty sure you're doing it during the breaks ;)

    But it's pretty hard to say anything without specific details. It could be simply that browser is too ancient /old to support all the technologies used. Or it could be that there's some firewall etc. setting preventing the download of some assets. Or...

    -k-

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  • 2014-04-01 Keijo wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps
    @Som... My pleasure :)

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  • 2014-03-31 Franz Feigl wrote on Feedback for the blog
    Keijo
    Leaving a response through your blog interface works from my home computer. Not sure what's going on with my computer at work - must be some weird setting.

    Franz

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  • 2014-03-31 som wrote on Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps
    Hello,I am Som from India..I read your blog quite often..But this article on my heart ..lots of information and very true untold truth..It shows a lots of research and work..Bingo!!!! Thanks a lot..Now people like me will be benefited while studying the Chinese stamps!!! luckily i dont have a mass of them only some on my topic railways:)Thanks anyways continue good work:)





    Som

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  • 2014-03-31 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick... Saw that one on SCF the other day. Was thinking 'not my kids, not my kids... ' ;)

    Interestingly, I was watching The Simpsons episode (with kids) few nights back. Talk about stamp collecting getting some mainstream visibility :lol:
    -k-

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  • 2014-03-31 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
  • 2014-03-31 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt1) - Stockbooks
    @Mike Dempsey...

    ...because they are not simply glued on – they go through a slit in the page and are glued [or somehow attached]on the inside. The only drawback is that the pages [being 3 layers thick] are very thick.


    I've seen these... I dislike how the stamps sometimes can "sink in" inside / below the strips in these. But otherwise really thick, heavy and durable books.

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  • 2014-03-31 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    @Bill..

    What i am looking for is a simple scanning program to specifically measure the (size) of the stamp, the perf. could included also.


    You could take a look of EzPerf or PerfoMaster3000 (this one has not been developed in years, and what I recall from my test drive 'eons ago' is that it was somewhat useless). Likely others exist too, but all in all I find it far quicker and easier to whip out the perf gauge, and physically check the stamp.

    If some dimension requires a more specific measurement than the precision of 1mm, then I usually take a 600-1,200 dpi scan of the stamp(s), and measure using the Ruler-tool found on just about ANY image editing application (even most free softwares have this). By default most image editing applications use pixels (px) as their unit, but the conversion to mm is pretty simple when you know formula behind (The unit of ppi stands for pixels per inch). For example in 600dpi/ppi scan a width of 1234 pixels equals (1234/600)*2.54 => 5cm 22.4mm.

    -k-

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  • 2014-03-31 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Franz...

    I wonder if you like to receive postally used copies of the Ulbricht and the various 5-Year-Plan issues? Do you use the specialized Michel for Germany?

    If it's not too much effort and it doesn't add unnecessary postage/weight, I'd always like to see them. It's always possible I could upgrade some of my specimens (and all in all, I'm still missing several values as postally used).


    Do you use the specialized Michel for Germany? There are 2 major types for the Ulbricht (and a couple of subtypes), and I can probably provide examples for both major types.

    Oh yes. But it's so old (1992) that there's nothing about Ulbricht variants (except different watermark positions + the coil stamps).



    Another day to spend inside … it’s raining heavily here in Vancouver today … even my dogs don’t want to go outside!

    Just gray & cold here... But definitely a good day to stay indoors (had some sorts of stomach flue/hick-up during the weekend, and am trying to recover from with it).

    -k-

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  • 2014-03-31 Keijo wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    @Andy...

    I imagine Scott has better coverage than Michel for US also.

    The greatest difference between Michel vs. Scott USA Specialized volumes (894 vs. 1168 pages) comes with the extras (revenues, stationaries, essays, proofs etc. are lacking in Michel) and how things are organized. But for the regular postage stamps (and their varieties) I'd say they're pretty much on the par.


    Could you comment on comparisons of Michel versus Scott for all the non US and non Germany countries?

    This sounds worse than it actually is, but Michel pretty much swipes the floor with Scott with the number of illustrations and details. Scott is 6 volumes + US Specialized + Classics Specialized; Michel is 25 volumes (18 volumes for the overseas + 7 for Europe excluding German parts) + at least a similar range of specialized volumes (Germany, Russia, UK, Switzerland etc). On the downside is the cost / space of things. No mortal collector can't afford to buy or upgrade their Michel's in one go these days. For example my Michel's range from 1990 to 2013 editions.

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  • 2014-03-30 Mike Dempsey wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt1) - Stockbooks
    You can't buy them any more but I have a couple of old ACE 2004 stock books with black pages that show no sign of the strips coming loose. That's probably because they are not simply glued on - they go through a slit in the page and are glued [or somehow attached]on the inside. The only drawback is that the pages [being 3 layers thick] are very thick. A 20 page [10 leaf] binder is thicker than a32 page [16 leaf]Lighthouse or Eidelweis book ... so there is a 'space' issue.

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  • 2014-03-30 Bill Blaser wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    Hi
    I'm new to this, and I have acquired a large cache of stamps mostly 1900 to 1925. What i am looking for is a simple scanning program to specifically measure the (size) of the stamp, the perf. could included also. This could cut the time consumed measuring, and possibly not accurately, the size in MM as with the worthless plastic gauge. I would like Your template to help me in determining some facts about my stash, and other aspects of the stamp world. Thanks for information provided unselfishly by informative persons like Yourself.
    Bill

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  • 2014-03-30 Franz Feigl wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Hello Keijo
    I just about have the East German batch ready to go. So far, I have limited myself to commemorative issues - I wonder if you like to receive postally used copies of the Ulbricht and the various 5-Year-Plan issues? Do you use the specialized Michel for Germany? There are 2 major types for the Ulbricht (and a couple of subtypes), and I can probably provide examples for both major types.

    Another day to spend inside ... it's raining heavily here in Vancouver today ... even my dogs don't want to go outside!

    Franz

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  • 2014-03-30 Andy wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    Good discussion here... and lurking not too deeply is the minefield of cross referencing numbers from different catalogue publishers (plus accompanying copyright legalities).

    It also raises the issue (again) of a numbering system that is actually independent of a single publisher!

    I can only compare Germany coverage in Michel's Germany catalogue which I own with Scott which I can get from my library and in my opinion Michel is much more comprehensive. I imagine Scott has better coverage than Michel for US also. Could you comment on comparisons of Michel versus Scott for all the non US and non Germany countries? (One of my dreams is to own a set of catalogues for my worldwide collection and your opinion would be valued.)

    I can only imagine the work that Mr. Steiner must have put in to his project; a tip of the hat to him for sure.

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  • 2014-03-30 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps from Africa
    @Ray... Likely the easiest route is to check the "usual places" (meaning eBay Stamps and DelCampe stamps, and then type for example "Africa" on the search box and filter the results to find a match). Both got huge quantity of auction and buy-it-now stamp lots around the world in varying price and size ranges.

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  • 2014-03-30 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Dave... Now that you ask, some more of Tolkien / Middle-Earth stamps would be kind of nice ;) But seriously speaking anything is welcomed for inspection. I've got a bit of this and bit of that, but hardly anything complete.

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  • 2014-03-30 Ray OWEN wrote on Collecting stamps from Africa
    I want to buy a bulk collection of old and modern African stamps, prefer Sub Sahara. Can anyone help me? It is basically to start a collection for a child to sort and file.

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  • 2014-03-30 Dave Hartley wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Keijo—glad you liked the cover, the Middle Earth stamps are always popular :)I'm starting to organise the next trade for you ... are there any New Zealand stamps in particular you are missing?

    Looking forward to getting your return parcel! ;)

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  • 2014-03-30 Keijo wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    @Edwin....

    ...But compare this to a well-filled antique Schaubek Album of Grandfather’s era….


    How true. Likely the paper within any old album would not even match the common office paper in quality.

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  • 2014-03-30 Keijo wrote on Premium membership information
    @Jody... On todays (March 30th 2014) exchange rate it's approximately 17.05US Dollars.

    In other common currencies, it equals approx.:
    - 18.43 in Australian Dollars, or
    - 18.85 in Canadian Dollars, or
    - 10.24 in British Sterling

    -k-

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  • 2014-03-30 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Franz... :lol:

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  • 2014-03-30 Edwin Delsing wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    I'm very happy with Bill Steiner's "Stamp Albums" which I have been using since about 10 years now. Together with a full release of the Scott CD's it is a good basis for a worldwide used stamp collection, which is IMHO the classical and best way of collecting. This vast collection of album pages is a man's lifetime achievement. If there would be distinctions or medals in philately, I think Bill would deserve one.What I regret is that the years after 2000 are dominated by stamp sheets, and the number of different stamps is exploding. This causes album pages with tilted sheets and not enough room for texts etc. Our dear postal authorities are to blame for it. While Bill definitively contributes to keep philately alive, the postal authorities do everything to kill it.

    A nice spin-off is that the remaining few hinge producers will most probably benefit from Bill's hard work. I remember I bought a stamp shop's whole daystock of hinges (some 15 packets). In the meantime I've mounted over 60'000 stamps - on office copy paper in about 50 nos of 2-hole binders. The "small" country collections I still keep in stockbooks. And Keijo, you're right, the oldest pages (printed about 10 years ago) already turn a bit yellowish. And the pages warp a bit. But compare this to a well-filled antique Schaubek Album of Grandfather's era....

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  • 2014-03-29 Jody Cross wrote on Premium membership information
    Approximately how much is a premium subscription for US customers? In other words, in dollars.

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  • 2014-03-29 Franz Feigl wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Hi Keijo
    Well, yes, I know ... habit I guess - have a great day TOMORROW then.

    Franz

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  • 2014-03-29 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Franz... Thanks
    (BTW. We're preparing for late night & sleep on this side of the globe ;) )

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  • 2014-03-29 Franz Feigl wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Hello KeijoI am so sorry to see that the postal service ruined one of the covers, but glad to see that a good percentage of the stamps I sent for exchange was useful.

    I will sent you my duplicate DDR stamps I promised as soon as I have a chance, now that I am (almost) done with picking from the pile what I needed.I had picked a bag of maybe 400g of postally used stamps two years ago at a flee market in Austria, and it was a great mix with some light duplication only (usually not more than 3 identical stamps). I replaced many of my CTO's will postally used, and also filled many of the holes I had in my beginner's collection of East Germany. I think you will like the extras I am going to send your way.

    Have a great day.

    Franz

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  • 2014-03-29 Larry Lunduski wrote on Some useful tidbits about Hong Kong definitive postage stamps
    Your post was very interesting. You mentioned that finding the watermark can be done as the stamp was soaking. I have found that for some reason the watermarks show better if you are using warm water and the pan is black.This is great if the stamps are still on paper as it is very cost effective. I still use the watermark detector fluid on stamps that are not on paper as it evaporates very rapidly and allows for immediate mounting into the album. Hong Kong is not one of my specialties, but after reading your blog, I can see where it could be challenging and rewarding to begin collecting stamps from Hong Kong.





    Larry L.

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  • 2014-03-29 Keijo wrote on Introduce yourself
    @Cathy... Welcome aboard :)

    Re, your question/challenge of finding some kind of listing of stamps involved... You might want to try Michel's online catalog. Admit, it's in German language and it costs some money to get access. But all in all, it's likely the easiest and most precise way to get a listing of ALL stamps related into any specific topic.

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  • 2014-03-29 Keijo wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    @Eric... That's not my website, so I can't say what's specifically wrong in there. But it would appear that the link between the DNS and hosting server is 'broken'. There are several reasons why this can happen, so your guess about what's going is about as good as mine.

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  • 2014-03-29 Cathy O'Connor wrote on Introduce yourself
    Keijo- this is Cathy from a small town in southern Maine, US. SO HAPPY I FOUND YOUR BLOG! I started my collecting at the age of 47. It started out with stamps I got in Italy attending the 2006 Olympics and has blossomed. Now I have 4 3-ring binders of stamps, postcards, postcards with stamps, FDCs from around the world for those Olympics. I am now expanding to collecting topical stamps for ice hockey. My biggest issue is finding some kind of listing or stamp pages so I know what is out there, and helps me know what I already have.

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  • 2014-03-29 Eric Werner wrote on A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages)
    i have just joined to down load some albums i have down loaded parts of two i went to login 29/03/14 and keep getting the message that the name is invalid can you help please

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  • 2014-03-29 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Steven... If you can come up with Medals of Honor + Gossaert's Christmas sets, those would be nice. The rest I can use (even though the ink sprays are somewhat ugly, at least they prove the stamp went through the system).... It was still a valiant effort, and I'll definitely remember you by putting something extra special on top of the covers ;)

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  • 2014-03-29 Steven Reed wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    So were you able to salvage any of the stamps on the covers I sent? Let me know which ones were unsalvageable and which were uncancelled and I'll try again as I have entire sheets for the ones I used . The USPS has one job to do and they still can't do it right. And to think, I paid an extra 21 cents (non machineable fee) for the USPS to screw it up.

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  • 2014-03-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Doug... I'm sure it will be alright (I still haven't opened it; I'm just making my way through one cover/contents at a time).

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  • 2014-03-28 Doug Hadley wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Keijo, I am so pleased that the cover turned out well and arrived in good condition.I also add SOTN cancellations to my collection whenever possible as this is my preferred condition for a used stamp. There should be a few SOTN stamps in the packet for trade.I hope you find some useful stamps in the trade offer that you can use.
    Doug

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  • 2014-03-28 Mel wrote on Stamp exchange 2014

    Keijo wrote :
    @Mel... No problem. Check here (the bottom most is what I got on top of letter, the rest are some I picked from my collection).



    Thanks Keijo :) :) :)

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  • 2014-03-28 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Mel... No problem. Check here (the bottom most is what I got on top of letter, the rest are some I picked from my collection).

    @ikeyPikey... To throw in a bit more 'water' in to the discussion... In this case, the Finnish Post did not treat this as a parcel. If it was deemed as such, I would have received a notification of a parcel that I have to fetch from my post office. Instead, it was delivered straight to our mailbox - just like any regular incoming piece of letter mail.

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  • 2014-03-28 ikeyPikey wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Douglas, Keijo, Greetings:I have been thru the same argument with the US Postal Service.

    I posted an 8x8" bubble envelope with a stiffener & collectibles for the grandchildren (cards, stamps, Wall-E cd) overseas. Width was now just over 1/4", which should have upgraded me from letter to flat but, either way, cost U$D ~5. Clerk insisted I pay the parcel rate, eg, U$D ~10.

    Being an accommodating sort, I next shipped a 6x9" photo mailer (same sort of contents), which I expected would travel at the letter rate (much less than 1/4" thick) plus the non-machinable charge. Different clerk, different post office, different *county*, same result: the clerk insisted it be rated as a parcel at, again, double the price.



    "But a letter can be rigid" says I, "and that adds only 21 cents."



    "Yes, but that is for 'rigid', and this is actually STIFF."



    I got stiffed, in more ways than one.



    Plan C is to write the USPS on my letterhead, asking for a ruling on their letterhead.



    Cheers,



    ikeyPikey

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  • 2014-03-28 Mel wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    For the LotR fanatic, would it be too much to ask for you to post a scan of the Middle Earth stamps please Keijo? :)

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  • 2014-03-27 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Mike... Sorry, I'm not interested in buying anything (well, except some new stock books) for now.

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  • 2014-03-27 Mike wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Greetings -I have full sheets of the 1920 bogus stamps printed in Italy. Do you have any interest?

    Mike

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  • 2014-03-27 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Everyone... I'm now back, and currently there's 12 exchange lots on the cue. I'll start pushing these out one by one later today, tomorrow and during the weekend. Hopefully I manage mail the responses to all by Monday morning.



    @Dave (#8)... Nice cover. You can never go wrong with these Middle Earth stamps ;)

    @Franz (#9-10)... Nice stamps on top. The other cover was canceled so nicely and neatly, but look what they did to the other :shock: Sigh...





    @Seth (#11)... The Royal Mail strikes again. Maybe these will be as desired as the Finnish 'Norring' pen cancellations some day:lol:



    @Steven (#12-16 + 2 covers not for trade)... Excellent selection of stamps on covers. Despite all covers were stamped "Non-machinable", five were 'killed' with smudgy inksprays and the remaining two were fully uncancelled. Interestingly, one of the covers had a (German) "postal label" I had never seen:



    @Douglas (#17)... Superb cover with excellent SOTN cancellations. Thanks :)

    -k-

    PS. Did some updating with the numbers, as two covers turned up to be not trade-related.

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  • 2014-03-25 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @ZM... I'm very much into stock books and use stock sheets only random purposes (exchanges etc. where I need to hold/swap material frequently). Here's an entry I wrote several years back about the costs of various storage models. Please do take it with pinch of salt, as the prices/costs might vary on different parts of the world. But it should give everyone an idea how big the differences can get over the years.

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  • 2014-03-25 ZM wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Hi Keijo,

    I simply wanted to know how you preserve your stamps. do you use stock sheets?

    I am really finding them to be expensive and I was wondering if there could be a cheaper method of preserving stamps?

    do you have any advice?

    Thanks.

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  • 2014-03-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    @Doug....

    When I gave the envelope to the clerk for a hand cancellation, she told me I couldn’t send it First Class International, but that it had to sent via Parcel Post, since the package was “rigid” from the cardboard, and therefore was considered a parcel, not a large non-machinable envelope!


    I've heard this one few times. Likely it's true and the cover should 'flex' a bit. But apparently some clerks pay more attention to this than others, as I do receive totally 'stiff' letters mailed as First Class International about as often as I get those marked as parcels.

    This is my first trade in over 30 years, and I hope you find something of use to your large collection.

    It's about time you got involved with the trading fun ;)


    @Everyone... Just talked to misses on the phone earlier on, and there are few covers from the last week waiting on the 'stamp den', and mail lady had brought 4 thick letters today to start this week. So it seems I'll be more or less buried with stamps when I get back home on Thursday :lol: But don't worry, I'm not going to start sitting on them for extended periods. My goal is to push out the responses as fast as I can.

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  • 2014-03-24 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    @Douglas...

    He stores his stamps in glassine envelopes that are in drawers.

    Wow :shock: That I would have never guessed. But I guess each collector has their own style / solution for storage. One size simply does not fit everyone.

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  • 2014-03-24 Doug Hadley wrote on Stamp exchange 2014
    Keijo,
    I just mailed you an exchange from the US. I followed your instructions to the letter. But I had a somewhat different problem with the US Postal System.

    I put a piece of cardboard in the envelope to stiffen it, and attached enough postage, ( $2.34 franked with the complete set of five Muscle Car series) to send it via First Class International. This included the extra fee for a "non-machinable envelope" since it clearly would not bend. I attached the C22 Custom Form with a value of $5. When I gave the envelope to the clerk for a hand cancellation, she told me I couldn't send it First Class International, but that it had to sent via Parcel Post, since the package was "rigid" from the cardboard, and therefore was considered a parcel, not a large non-machinable envelope! The net result was another $4.10 in postage required! After a bit of discussion, I ended up adding two $2 Inverted Jennys (sorry, I had no Uninverted Jennys:)). It made the envelope a bit too crowded for my taste (the muscle cars alone looked awesome), but it should be a nice cover for you.

    This is my first trade in over 30 years, and I hope you find something of use to your large collection.
    Doug

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  • 2014-03-24 Douglas wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Keijo - yes, he does pay attention to shades, perforations, etc. so where I might see one stamp, he will have 5 to 10 variations. He stores his stamps in glassine envelopes that are in drawers.

    Another collector, that was a friend of the one I mentioned, passed away years ago and left 160 cartons full of stamps. So there are large collections out there that people don't know about.

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  • 2014-03-24 Hrishi wrote on Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck?
    Its indeed informative article Keijo and second thing is that I learn more from the discussion for that. Wonderful response by you and all members. Thank a lot for sharing.

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  • 2014-03-24 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    @Douglas... 70 years is a long time, and can surely build up a *nice* collection over the years if collecting very actively all the time. The 2 million figure is possible to reach if counting perforation variations, shades, perfins etc. stuff; all it takes is time and devotion (and some $$$ especially with storage).

    Re, 3500 trading stamps... That's very admirable. I think I've got only a few so far :lol:

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  • 2014-03-24 Douglas wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    I have a friend who has been actively collecting stamps for 70 years. Once I asked him if had 200,000 stamps collected and said he had 10 times that number. He collects postage stamps, revenue stamps, perfins, cinderellas and perhaps others that I don't know about. Perhaps he has a lot of duplicates in that number.

    After 5 years of knowing him, I finally got him to trade some stamps and we have traded about 85 cinderella stamps over the last few years. It is hard for me to find stamps that he does not have.

    My main hobby is collecting trading stamps (like S&H green stamps)and I have about 3500 different types issued between 1893 and the present.

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  • 2014-03-22 Keijo wrote on Some useful tidbits about Hong Kong definitive postage stamps
    @Rick... Thanks for the comment & tips. I did take a peek of modern HK stamps with UV when I wrote the entry. Especially the glowing "Hong Kong" gives a very nice touch.

    Hope You have successful watermarking session ;)

    -k-

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