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  • 2014-07-26 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    OK, I'm back from the summer camp, and there were five exchange lots (#35-39) waiting for me. I'll work my way through these during the next couple of days, and will mail the responses to all by Monday (or possibly Tuesday) afternoon. I'll update the list below as I progress:

    #35 from Pawel... Nice mixture as usual. Sadly I already had many of the stamps.

    #36 from Jurgen... Another very nice mixture with stamps from Romania, Hungary, Germany and Austria. I spotted number of nice new items :) Sadly about a quarter of the lot was 'unwanted stuff' (plenty of mint stamps from Romania and Hungary + number of damaged ones from Hungary). But all in all I'm very happy with this exchange :)

    #37 from Franz... Nice mixture with worldwide stuff (that Franz allowed me to pre-pick from scanned photos). About 40 items with random minor faults (mostly minor folds, thins or tears).

    #38 from Franz... Another nice mixture with mostly DDR (postally used and CTO).

    #39 from Cecil... Sadly I had most of the German stamps; thus such a low swap ratio.

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  • 2014-07-26 Keijo wrote on The many faces of stamp collecting
    @Rene... Thanks for sharing the story.

    Re, the 'lost sheet'... That's really curious. If it was not an accident, at least the ill-doer had the courtesy of steaming it off nicely instead of simply pulling/ripping it off (as it usually happens). So there's a silver lining in that gray cloud as well...

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-25 Rene wrote on The many faces of stamp collecting
    Hi there Keijo

    Not sure if this belongs here or not, but recently there have been a some articles about weird things that happen in the post offices with stamps, or souvenir sheets on letters that come through, such as scribbling all over the stamp(s) with a pen to cancel them... (this has happened more than once in Canada recently on some souvenir sheets, disgruntled worker I guess). This next one however is a new on to me. I buy Bulgarian stamps from a dealer in Sofia Bulgaria. I have developed a good relationship with him (chatting, sharing recipes from our respective countries etc) and recently I sent him a letter on which I put a beautiful souvenir sheet of the Centennial of the Empress of Ireland Sinking in the St Lawrence River in Canada. I included in the letter an article describing both the event and the stamp.

    A few weeks later he emailed me to tell me that he received the letter but was wondering if he was missing the point of something. The letter had arrived at his house without a stamp on it, no postmark nothing, just his address and my return address. He did say that the enveloped looked like it had gotten wet but that was all.

    The thought is that someone in the post office in Bulgaria saw the souvenir sheet and liked it so much they steamed it off.

    Go figure. My local post office no longer has any more souvenir sheets of the issue. Rather disappointing, and it also means that if I want to do something like that again I will have to put the sheet in the envelope and then pay for another overseas stamp to mail it.

    Just another little weirdity in the world of philately

    Rene

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  • 2014-07-24 Keijo wrote on Some revenue stamps of Egypt - need ID help
    @Abed... Thanks for the additional information.

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  • 2014-07-24 Abed wrote on Some revenue stamps of Egypt - need ID help
    The stamps that you posted is according to my knowledge is mostly used for revenues on consular purpose affixed in passport pages, specially the last single stamp picture of course used for consular revenue & general revenue purpose, I've got some of those stamps on passport pages refers date of early 1980s.

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  • 2014-07-24 Ian Gibbons wrote on Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed
    Hi Keijo,

    Interesting comments from all. I think all these 'site types' are work in progress, the people who say there is not enough on them are more likely to be the ones not giving their time to the sites in creating data/information on them. Collectors have to realise that there is a world of information out there to hand and sites rely on user input to make them what they are.

    That said, a few recent changes at Stamps of the World (one of your 5 mentioned) needs updating a bit, not the largest of databases yet it is however one of the better and innovative sites for users who want to do just a little bit more than just put up stamp images of sets of stamps and their details. Current projects underway are plotting of Postmarks on google maps and creating informative pages on the towns, a more 'bloggy' style to its input allowing users to add envelopes to images that lead off to articles about the image; also we have opened up the wiki to allow users to display their exhibits.

    Hopefully these user led initiatives will enhance the site going forward and give a sense of enjoyment for users as well as having experienced collectors giving their valuable knowledge in helping others. Plug over, just thought it needed updating a bit.

    Regards
    Ian G

    [Message edited by admin/keijo to add some line breaks as well as make it a bit more 'concise')

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  • 2014-07-23 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi Ralph,

    and thanks for sharing the good news. Thirty-five days of delivery is real disgrace for postal system, but I'm just happy it finally pulled through. Would give an arm and leg to know what's holding some of the US lots this extend.

    Re, bogus Equatorial Guinea... No need to be sorry. I'm more than happy to add them to my ever-growing collection of worldwide bogus stamps. Who knows, I might use them on a future blog post ;)

    And yes. It's definitely OK to send another batch :)

    All the best,
    -k-

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  • 2014-07-23 Ralph Covino wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014

    Keijo wrote :
    Hi Ralph,


    Yes, as stated on exchange listings it's been sent back to You the very same day (Jun 17th) it arrived. The Finnish Post website says mail from Finland to US takes about 10-15 working days for deliver, so it should have arrived your place. But I'd dare to say that anything within 3-30 days is more realistic depending on how USPS takes cares of it's service.


    If it's not in your place within the next week or so, then it's likely gone missing in the 'black hole'. Sometimes (like in Cecil's case above) these bounce back months and months later with no 'reasonable' explanation, or sometimes they're simply gone.


    But please, do keep me posted on how things proceed.


    -k-



    Hi Keijo,



    I am happy to say that your package of exchanged stamps arrived today safe and sound. It only took 35 days! No wonder the USPS is going out of business! However I am happy they are here. I am sorry for all the "damaged" stamps. I guess you have a much keener eye than I do. I am also sorry for the bogus stamps from Equatorial Guinea. I did not realize that they were considered bogus. I would like to send you another selection for exchange - maybe not as much as before. Is that o.k.?

    Ralph

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  • 2014-07-21 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Cecil... That is great news :)

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  • 2014-07-21 Keijo wrote on Bogus Sahara OCC RASD souvenir sheets
    @Harold... From the sounds of it, I think I got most of those too.

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  • 2014-07-21 Keijo wrote on UK 1971 strike mail letter from Malawi
    @Ronnie... The ones with a 'moustached skull'? Anything from few quid north should be in the proper ballpark for a simplified mint set, used ones are notably tougher. But like with anything outside the 'mainstream' philately, their value is more about supply and demand (and correct timing/location) than of anything else.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-21 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) - DIY stamp album pages
    @Steve... Actually the best combo would be "archive grade acid free lignin free buffered paper".

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  • 2014-07-21 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    The posting that you resent arrived today :). Sent another batch your way last week. Enjoy

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  • 2014-07-21 Harold D. Smith wrote on Bogus Sahara OCC RASD souvenir sheets
    I too have some of these BOGUS (Cinderella) stamps. A bird set from 1992

    an animal set also from 1992, a flower set also dated 1992. All of the above

    stamps are 10 ptas. I also have a set of portraits dated 1992 & imprinted

    "Exposicion Mundial de Filatelia". The value on these is 10, 15, 40 & 60 ptas.

    Hope this is helpful.

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  • 2014-07-21 Ronnie Ponder wrote on UK 1971 strike mail letter from Malawi
    I have obtained many different kinds of partial pages' as well as full pages of British pirate stamps that came about during the 1971 postal strike. are they worth anything

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  • 2014-07-21 Steve Goodwin wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) - DIY stamp album pages
    I hope that's acid-free, colour-fast black craft paper there Allan ... ?

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  • 2014-07-20 Keijo wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps
    @Karen.... Thanks for the praise and questions.

    Re, Hungary and Romania... Yes. All 'Eastern Block' countries produced loads and loads of CTOs from 1950s onwards up to fall of Soviet Union. After that, it's a really mixed bag: for example Romania still produces loads of CTOs, but Hungary doesn't.

    As for should CTOs be included in mixtures that are sold/ traded... That's a real pandoras box. Personally I'd say it should depend on how the lot is described. If the description states 'used' or 'postally used', then I would not include them as many collectors don't consider CTOs as used stamps. But... If you go to stamp shop / dealer, and buy a packet of topical stamps or a 'kids mixture', there's a pretty good change that most, if not all the stamps will be CTOs. So in a way they are 'acceptable standard'.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-20 Karen Raver wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps
    Your blog was a real education! There were some countries I never even realized used CTOs! Are Hungary and Romania also countries that used a lot of CTOs? And should CTOs be included in mixtures that are sold or traded? Thanks!



    Karen Raver

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  • 2014-07-19 Keijo wrote on eBooks are the future of stamp catalogs and other philatelic literature
    @ikeyPikey... Yes. I've seen those earlier. Not cheap, but not too bad/expensive either (assuming you collect those areas).

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  • 2014-07-19 Keijo wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    @Holger... Ouch. I can only imagine the money you've poured into that. It's got to be hugely expensive set (as most volumes retail around 80€ a piece).

    Compared to 1990s editions, some 1978 issues (or so I call recall) were de-listed in the 20-something editions of Michel. Not sure what's in the current/upcoming edition, but I'm sure that it will be an interesting one.

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  • 2014-07-19 ikeyPikey wrote on eBooks are the future of stamp catalogs and other philatelic literature
    Several ePublications on postal stationary are available from:

    United Postal Stationery Society

    http://www.upss.org/



    Cheers,

    /s/ ikeyPikey

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  • 2014-07-18 Jan wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics
    Yes, Keijo, you are correct, that's the stuff! And no, don't smoke when using "pharmacist benzine"!

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  • 2014-07-18 Holger wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    I've recently purchased 13 Volumes of Michel-Übersee catalogues (the coloured ones from 2012 onwards), still missing the 6 Volumes which will be released in the second half of 2014 and in 2015. This is a very expensive issue, but my previous ones were from 1995 to 1999 and so a bit dated. I hope the Equatorial-Guinea section will be extended enormously. But i'm a little afraid there will be only one illustration per set, as for most of the sand-dunes. My Eq.-G. collection has been reached a 50 % completion level, as you know there are some strange sets/editions, we all would be thankful for useful illustrations.

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  • 2014-07-18 Keijo wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    @everyone... A short update relating to article... I just received Michel catalogue newsletter stating that the new MICHEL-Zentralafrika-Katalog 2014/2015 (ÜK 6/1) will contain illustrated catalog listings for stamps of Equatorial Guinea for the period 1972-1979. Hooray :)

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  • 2014-07-18 Keijo wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics
    @Jan.... Thanks for sharing. If I'm not badly mistaken, I believe that 'wazbenzine' is same as pharmacists benzine’ (or ‘Petroleum ether’ in US). It’s the same stuff as most lighter fluids, though purified better (less smelly, and less oily IMHO).... It should be somewhat stamp friendly (as it's been used by philatelists for watermarking checking pretty much from day one), but as it's highly flammable and highly toxic, It should be used with precaution.

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  • 2014-07-17 Jan wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics
    Hi Keijo,I've been reading your story about soaking stamps and may have a simple solution for soaking the self-adhesive stamps from France, USA, Singapore, etc.

    I have tried various techniques, but the one that I have been using succesfully for the last few years is the following:

    - fill a glass jar with a 1cm layer of "wasbenzine" (I am trying to find the right translation for this Dutch word ...);

    - put a max. of 10 stamps in the jar for a max. period of 30 mins. Close the jar ("wasbenzine" is volatile);

    - after 30 mins. you can peel off the stamps;

    - put the stamps with their backside up (it is still sticky!);

    - the stamps will dry quickly and once they are dry you take an earbud and lightly "rub" some talc powder on the sticky back of the stamp;

    I have done this now for the last few years (with several 100's of these type of stamps) and I have not noticed any negative consequences yet!

    Best regards,

    Jan

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  • 2014-07-15 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @everyone... I've gone to 10 day summer camp with my younger kids, and will be back on Jul 26th. In the meantime misses (and rest of family) will be taking good care of any incoming exchange lots.

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  • 2014-07-13 Keijo wrote on eBooks are the future of stamp catalogs and other philatelic literature
    @Larry... Thanks for the link. I think I've been there before. It's well worth a visit if you're into Australian stamps.

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  • 2014-07-13 Larry Bailey wrote on eBooks are the future of stamp catalogs and other philatelic literature
    I was so sick of catalogues that cost more than I was prepared to pay I produced my own for Australia, Australia Post even sponsored it for the first couple of years, currently every stamp most booklets , miniature sheets and sess sheetlets are listed, along with many overprinted stamps, and miniature sheets. The catalogue is free and the plus is if you can't find an Australian stamp in my catalogue, email me and I will advise where you can find it, I know my stamps that well, currently all stamps from 1913 to 2008 are listed, I am currently listing all Territories and 2009 issues. Please have a look and tell me what you think you can see it at: http://australianstrampcatalogue.com ,and yes it's says stRamp it was a typo I went with as it solved a number of domain name problems. The numbering system is my own and is registered along with the website.

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  • 2014-07-13 Keijo wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection
    @Marios... Thanks. This was good presentation and I'm sure it will help a lot people to make up their mind whether or not SRS might work for them.

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  • 2014-07-12 marios wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection
    Hi Keijo,



    I have uploaded a new video on utube which demonstrates the abilities of SRS to identify used stamps without much trouble. I have shown some very heavily cancelled stamps as well as regular cancels and most were found right away. The MOST important thing to SRS is a CLEAN scan with a clean black background. The video is here for your viewing pleasure

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmGtU0C3s08

    If you have any questions, we are always here to help



    sincerely

    Marios Theodossiou (www.ezstamp.com)

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  • 2014-07-12 marios wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection
    Hi Keijo,

    it's very difficult to say with any definitive certainty when the SRS engine will fail to recognize a stamp. My experience has been that if you have more than 50% of a stamp with a HEAVY cancel, it will likely fail. Roller cancels are not a problem nor are date cancels. Big blobs of ink ocer a major portion of the stamp will cause issues. I will post some samples shortly for you to see. I am also working on a DEMO version of SRS for 4 countries so people can see for themselves.

    The SRS algorithms use artificial intelligence & fuzzy logic to make decisions. I will post links to images or maybe a video to show what can fail to be recognized



    regards

    Marios

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  • 2014-07-12 Keijo wrote on Great Britain 1967 3d Christmas stamp colour shift
    @Richard... Thanks for sharing the 'dealer perspective'.

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  • 2014-07-12 Richard Farrow wrote on Great Britain 1967 3d Christmas stamp colour shift
    Errors on used stamps are far less popular with collectors of errors. I think the collectors who mostly buy such stamps are those who like to collect errors but cannot afford the much higher prices of mint stamp errors. I would think that the stamp shown above would sell retail for £5 - £10.

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  • 2014-07-12 Keijo wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection
    @marios.... Nice to see software producer stepping up for questions / support :)

    Re, SRS... I've got a request / question. Would you be willing to show images of cancelled stamps that will NOT pass SRS? In other words, I'm interested in knowing where s does your algorithms draw a line before they consider a cancellation a too major hindrance? Will light/heavy wavy-lines pass? Or duplex-cancellation? Or SOTN? For people who collect used stamps this is a significant question, because a majority of used stamps are far from being 'nicely' (non-obtrusively) cancelled with exception of CTOs.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-12 marios wrote on Keeping track of stamp collection

    Stephen Cole wrote:
    Please email me your excel templates/material. I am soon to inherit a collection of ~10,000 stamps. EZ Stamps looks fine in its ads but am concerned it has not been updated since 2010. Most software programs update more often than every 4 years. I was impressed with the ability to scan existing album pages with multiple stamps which the program would categorize, and enter data. Obviously I am trying to minimize the work of getting the collection into a database.


    Thanks in advance,


    Stephen



    Hi Stephen,

    not sure why you think EzStamp has not been updated since 2010. EzStamp is CONTINUALLY updated every day. We currently have 407,000 stamps listed in the program with 284,000 stamp images supplied & 391 databases available. We are always adding new countries & images so it will continue to grow. ALL our databases are complete & up to date.



    re Keijo's comments on SRS: SRS will find pretty much any face different stamp in a heartbeat ( provided you supply a good image ). Cancelled stamps are not a problem, as long as the major portions of the design are not obliterated. SRS does not claim it will find ANY stamp . It does claim to be able to find any stamp from the SUPPLIED databases we provide as that is what the image comparison uses to compare. We are addding more & more databases & images all the time. For example, if you scan a stamp from Japan, SRS will identify it for you in less than 1 second. Try that with a catalog or any other software.

    If you have any questions, you can certainly email me . My contacts are on my website at www.ezstamp.com

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  • 2014-07-11 Keijo wrote on Lundy Puffin postage stamps
    @StampEde... If I'm not badly mistaken, I believe I don't have any duplicates of Lundy puffins right now. Sorry :|

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-11 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Update on the exhange lists...

    Received lot #33 from Markus, Austria. Yet another highly useful selection of this and that including several Austrian definitives and some very recent Malta I can use :) Spotted about 20 stamps with minor faults; these are placed in separate glassine.... All in all lots of great fun :)

    Received lot #34 from John, Illinois US... Very bold move to include this much 1930-80s US stamps which I've got almost complete. Fortunately I found a couple of 'upgrade specimens' (better cancellation / color / centering etc) as well as couple of worldwide stamps from the mix. Quality wise an A-grade performance with very few damaged stamps :)

    I will be placing response letters to both on the mail later today.

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  • 2014-07-11 StampEde wrote on Lundy Puffin postage stamps
    Big thx for your blog. Quite revealing.

    Can we exchange some dimensions of the imperf Lundy issues, plz?

    I'm tightly related to Bristol and can't believe to have boguses.

    I wouldnt love to spread counterfeits, trying to take stamps somehow serious.

    Shot me an email, if interested.

    kindest regards

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  • 2014-07-10 Keijo wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    @everyone... Sorry for slow updates with the above lists. The weathers have been so great lately that I've been focusing entirely on non-stamp projects for a while. Reached halfway with the 'timber-project' earlier today, and of course had to 'celebrate' it with a photo. That's one heck of a lot of timber (and a barrel of rusty nails pulled out), LOL.

    My non-stamp summer project

    But I'll get back to stamps sooner or later.... ;)

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-10 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi Ralph,

    Yes, as stated on exchange listings it's been sent back to You the very same day (Jun 17th) it arrived. The Finnish Post website says mail from Finland to US takes about 10-15 working days for deliver, so it should have arrived your place. But I'd dare to say that anything within 3-30 days is more realistic depending on how USPS takes cares of it's service.

    If it's not in your place within the next week or so, then it's likely gone missing in the 'black hole'. Sometimes (like in Cecil's case above) these bounce back months and months later with no 'reasonable' explanation, or sometimes they're simply gone.

    But please, do keep me posted on how things proceed.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-09 Ralph Covino wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi Keijo,

    Ralph Covino from Boston, MA here. I am anxiously awaiting your exchange for the stamps I sent you in June. I saw on the website that they arrived and that you chose what you wanted. Have you sent the exchange back to me yet? I have not received anything as of July 9, 2014.

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  • 2014-07-09 Keijo wrote on Collecting stamps from Africa
    @Johnny... Your guess is as good as mine . Over the years I've managed to create a couple of good exchange relationships 'down there', but they've all been created by chance and good luck. No secret source or pool of exchangers...

    As for the trust/reliablity, that's a global issue with stamp exchanges.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-09 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Cecil... Thanks for the note. I'll keep you posted if it bounces back for the 2nd time.

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  • 2014-07-09 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Received the letter from last trade today in the post :), still waiting on the earlier one you reposted after it was returned - Fear its lost in the black hole that the USPS is becoming. LOL Hope you enjoy the stamps will send another batch from recent soaking soon.

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  • 2014-07-08 JOHNNY LOWIS wrote on Collecting stamps from Africa
    Any idea where I can get a reliable AFRICAN stamps exchange partners? If you know any other than RSA, please recommend.

    [MSG edited by Keijo... Publishing your email address, and names or other details of other collectors than Yourself in public comment / web is never a good idea.]

    Thanks

    JOHNNY LOWIS

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  • 2014-07-05 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Pawel... Excellent. Hope you'll enjoy the stamps :)

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  • 2014-07-05 Pawel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    I am glad that my letter arrived and at the same time I would like to inform you that your reply was delivered yesterday (in just 2 days!). Thank you very much!

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  • 2014-07-05 Keijo wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy
    @Lindsey... AFAIK only type I watermarks with vertical position are 'rare' as they're the ones used on experimental coils. Everything else is somewhat common.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-05 Keijo wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    @mack... Thanks for sharing. I'm a bit surprised that methanol works in softening the gum. But I guess why not; it's pretty 'sturdy stuff'.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-04 Lindsey wrote on Italia Turrita – Syracuse coin definitive stamps of Italy
    My grandmother gave me one of these Syracuse Coin stamps earlier this week. It is the 15 lire stamp with the Type III stars watermark (size 17x21mm). I see that you wrote the Type I stars watermark with 15 Lire printed are more rare. Is this one that I have more common or more rare?

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  • 2014-07-04 mack strathdee wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    adhesive treatment : methanol applied to on-paper sample saturate from back for 3 mins / with stamp face down on glass carefully roll back the paper

    while holding stamp face-down... keep tongs away from stamp during this process

    the adhesive gum is still active, so place item in a mount or cut clear actetate ; allow to dry





    cheers

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  • 2014-07-04 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    @Fred... That's simply the nature of the beast (technology)... It's kind of funny (and amazing) how the Internet has revolutionized things (in good and bad) in less than two decades.

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  • 2014-07-04 Federico Muguruza wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    Damn!... such people send you rubbish because they get your e-mail from other sources...is like you have an open window/door and they get in your life...find whatever they want! there's no privacy at all! ...Thanks a lot Keijo!

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  • 2014-07-04 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    @Allan... Sadly I don't have any information about the causes. One thing that naturally matters is the storage conditions and materials used.

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  • 2014-07-04 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    @Fred... If I they have sent something, then it's in the junk bin (just like every bit of email from unknown senders). But I do notice they're following me on Twitter... Seems like YASNC (Yet Another Social Network for Collectors).

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  • 2014-07-04 Allan Ward wrote on Q&A: stamps of Hungary
    hello Keijo,

    I'm working on some Hungarian definitives, and the one thing that has struck me is the enormous variey of shading for just one stamp. Moreover, this seems to go back to even before 1940! Do you or any of your readers know the reason for this? Is it simply poor printing quality and poor printers?

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  • 2014-07-03 Federico Muguruza wrote on Q&A: stamp software
    Keijo...have you received an e-mail from Kolektado?...hmmm!... yes hmmm!!!

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  • 2014-07-03 Keijo wrote on About StampCollectingBlog.com
    Hi Hendriks,

    actually I'm a quite active (=daily) reddit-reader, but mostly on work related (non-philatelic) branches. I do check the /r/philately few times a week though.

    As far as submissions go, I've thought about it couple of times, but my Karma really sucks (as I almost exclusively read, and don't comment or participate otherwise). And secondly I've tried to avoid the route of 'self-submissions' because it very easily gets repetitive and somewhat boring. But I'll give it some more thoughts... In the mean time, please feel free to submit any entries on the blog you feel worth sharing.

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-03 Chris wrote on Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost reputation
    I was looking for a more complete list of Equatorial Guinea stamps than my SG catalogue has and stumbled across this blog. Was a very interesting read and I would like to thank Suzanne for the comment about freestampcatalogue. just had a quick look and have bookmarked the site. Hopefully it will help with other countries whose stamps are not fully listed in the catalogues.

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  • 2014-07-03 Hendriks wrote on About StampCollectingBlog.com
    Hi Keijo,

    I'm a moderator of the philately sub on social news site reddit (www.reddit.com/r/philately). We have over 500 (and growing) active readers. Please think about submitting new blog posts (or old good ones) there. It will bring you some traffic, and will give us interesting things to read.

    Submitting a post is very easy, you just need a URL and a title.

    Thanks,

    Hendriks

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  • 2014-07-03 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @coolteddy... I do know how hard it can be. And I'm not looking for perfection ( or even the 'standard quality' which catalog values are applied). All I'm seeking is 'general physical soundness' of the stamp - no thins, no tears, no foxing/rust, no folds/creases.
    I'm still more than happy to take up specimens with bad centering, smudgy cancellations, toned paper/background, or single short perf tip (though I've been thinking about tightening my criteria on that part as well).

    The purpose of the 'education for all' is simply to make everyone participating aware of the quality that is worth sending for exchange, and what is not.

    It's about making my life easier... I get to see thousands of damaged stamps each year. They are 'waste of my time' (sounds awful, but it's also true)... It's not about single exchange or exchanger, but more about one stamp here, few more there, and some more from that one. It all adds up... With this campaign my goal is to get everyone aware of the issue, and get everyone to 'weed out the junk' (or even some of it) before sending the stamps to me.

    It's about making things more cost efficient. Better quality = more exchanged stamps. Additionally, as the 'junk' is gone, the postage costs should go south as well.

    And above all, it's nothing new... My quality criteria has been stated on exchange terms (Slideshare presentation on top of the page) for some good time. I'm now simply reinforcing the policy by being more 'open' about the reasons why some exchanges did well, and some others not so well.

    But please, bear with me and my peculiarities ;)

    Enjoy the day,
    -k-

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  • 2014-07-02 coolteddy wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi, just receive the exchange slip. It's actually quite difficult to get the 'perfect' ones that you will like, especially for older issues. It's always hot and humid here, so flaws such as foxing is present in most stamps kept here.

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  • 2014-07-02 Keijo wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics
    @Allan... We got those in Finland too. That said, can't (still) imagine myself using a towel for stamps. Must be something what my mother thaught me (or the fact that misses K would likely 'murder' me if I started using towels for stamps), LOL.

    But all in all it's interesting to see how many 'alternatives' we collectors have come up with.

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  • 2014-07-01 Allan Ward wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) - DIY stamp album pages
    I gave up buying stamp albums and quadrilled paper because they are all too expensive. My solution was to buy a box of 4 hole ring binders and a box of A4 black craft paper. I wish the paper was a bit thicker, but that's the only regret. Even the most uninspriring definitive stamp takes on a new life when mounted on black. So for people on tight budgets and parents having to support their childrens' hobbies, this I think is the answer for you. And I honestly believe if you give it a try, you'll think "Why didn't I do this before????" Your stamp collection will look great. Trust me.

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  • 2014-07-01 Allan Ward wrote on How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics
    Hi Keijo,

    I use clean tea towels (UK blog readers will know what I mean straight away!) to put the wet stamps on. A 'tea towel' is a small linen or cotton towel you use to dry the cups and dishes after washing. They are highly absorbent and will take the excess moisture off the stamp next to immediately. Then I place the stamps between 2 sheets of cheap white printer paper, and slip the stamps and sheets into a telephone directory. I place a couple of heavy books on top of the directory and leave for a couple of days. It's worked perfectly for me so far and I don't think I'll change in the future. It's a really cheap way of drying stamps - no expensive drying books needed at all. Parents take note! Best wishes, great blog.

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  • 2014-07-01 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    And another update for the day (had to fetch the letter from the post office as it was sent registered)...#32 from Pawel, Poland... Excellent mixture of Polish (and few related areas) stamps. Loving every bit - it seems my Polish collection will improve a lot this year :) Response letter will be mailed tomorrow morning.

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  • 2014-07-01 Keijo wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps
    @Alan...

    My problem is how to distinguish between a stamp that carries a machine cancellation and the cancellation incorporated into the very design of a stamp at the time of printing.


    The easiest way is to check if there is gum on the back of the stamp. If there is, then it's with great likelyhood either a cancelled-to-order (CTO) or favor-cancelled specimen.

    BUT... Gum can be soaked away (if it even was there on the first place), and after that distinguishing boils down to experience and knowledge (and going through large quantities of stamps). Sadly there's no magic trick.


    Secondly, if the cancellation has been incorporated into the very design of a stamp at the time of printing, then the stamp itself has undergone a change and is different from the original. Would this make it a label?


    That's a question many like to debate. There's a lot of the same as in chicken vs. egg dilemna.

    I'd say a lot depends on how it was implied... The upper (Angola) is 100% unauthorized bogus release, the latter (Nicaragua) is 100% authorized, valid postage (in addition of CTO, these are available in mint and postally used condition).

    Angola stamps

    Nicaragua CTO

    -k-

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  • 2014-07-01 Keijo wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    @Steven...

    Patiently awaiting the German list


    That might take for a good while . Next stop will be Ireland, then I was planning on doing UK, and... But it's the ever so usual 'So much to do, so little time'... I just spend yesterday cleaning up my stamp desk, and now I've got a 'full tube' of stamps (mostly from incoming letters) to soak for the evening/night. And when/if the weathers are good, I've got a GIGANTIC pile (actually an old house) of 100 year old timber to saw and chop. And... I wonder who ever said that summer for time to relax. Bah, humbug. It seems I've got more going on than when I'm not at holidays.

    I won’t mention the Finland C1 used that I got from my dealer, don’t tell Keijo.

    That's it... Your Finnish collection has outperformed mine :lol: Congrats for getting the crown jewel of Finnish stamps...

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  • 2014-07-01 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Update on the exchange list...Received lot #31 from Cecil, US.... A lovely mixture of mostly Indian states with few Indian service stamps. Apart from a dozen slightly damaged specimens (mostly folds, two with rust/foxing) this was a spot on performance :)

    Will be placing the response on the mail tomorrow morning.

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  • 2014-07-01 alan sequeira wrote on Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps
    Keijo Hi,

    "I am informed that certain stamps have the cancellation incorporated into the very design of the stamp at the time of printing".

    How are you and your family? With regard to the above line, it occured to me that I have no information on this. My problem is how to distinguish between a stamp that carries a machine cancellation and the cancellation incorporated into the very design of a stamp at the time of printing.

    Secondly, if the cancellation has been incorporated into the very design of a stamp at the time of printing, then the stamp itself has undergone a change and is different from the original. Would this make it a label?

    Can you advise me about these 2 situations.

    Thanks and regards.





    Alan Sequeira

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  • 2014-07-01 Steven Reed wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    Patiently awaiting the German list :) I purchased 2 Lighthouse albums with Germany from 1966-1990, with Berlin, MNH, and am replacing everything from that time period. (I won't mention the Finland C1 used that I got from my dealer, don't tell Keijo.)

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  • 2014-07-01 Keijo wrote on The unidentifiable uglies - or how I deal with stamps of Indian states
    @John... Happy to be of assistance :)

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  • 2014-07-01 John Fejszes wrote on The unidentifiable uglies - or how I deal with stamps of Indian states
    Azad Hind - I purchased a large lot of Indonesian stamps which had this issue with them I always thought the were Indonesian. Thanks for the heads up.





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  • 2014-06-28 Keijo wrote on Introduce yourself
    @John... Welcome aboard.... Great tune. Love it. Always makes me happy ;)

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  • 2014-06-27 John wrote on Introduce yourself
    Why Stamp Collecting is Good Therapy ...









    http://clevelandohiousa.tripod.com/stampcollecting/









    John

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  • 2014-06-27 Keijo wrote on New perforation finds on Liberian stamps
    @JLowe... Thanks for another thoughtful comment.

    If all the documents were to be available it would not be secure and the privacy required by the agencies, countries, philatelic groups involved ect; would be compromised.


    That is something I have not thought of much before. But it makes a lot of sense.

    It is about 200 pages worth! Just think….all for just one set of stamps!

    Sounds a lot like the usual 'project documentation' (which stamps are for stamp printers). But yes, there's likely some fascinating (philatelic and non-philatelic) information besides the 'project BS'...


    As you and many know my research in many ways is very controversial to what has been established in the stamp community for years. Some even hate me for what I am doing.

    That's their problem / loss :lol:


    ...what I show on my site is backed with evidence not word of mouth. If something is by word of mouth….I state it is.

    You'd make a great Finn (which is part why I may like your 'style' so much).


    . It is up to the collecting community as a whole to demand that the major catalogs note or list these things so that future generations have the knowledge...
    As shown here….at present….they are not being a reliable source of information when such a major difference can go unnoticed for so many years.


    Yep... Catalogs should not be treated as unmistakable holy books, because they're not.

    Enjoy the day,
    -k-

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  • 2014-06-27 Keijo wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    @Jim... Sure. No problem :)

    Will be sending you email...

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  • 2014-06-27 JLowe wrote on New perforation finds on Liberian stamps

    Keijo wrote :
    @JLowe.... I knew there's a reason why I love Your research / website (that sounds bad, but it's strictly platonic, LOL).


    Some very good points about the origins of CTOs.


    -k-

    Thank you Keijo for accepting and posting my comments.There is a lot of information about stamp printing and production that the majority of collectors, dealers and yes even the experts do not know and do not understand because in the majority of cases all documents are destroyed soon after they are issued and released. It is standard practice with all security printers to do this. This standard is set for just that reason.....security.

    If all the documents were to be available it would not be secure and the privacy required by the agencies, countries, philatelic groups involved ect; would be compromised.

    What happened to Format in the trials was that this documentation was confiscated and used in the trial. Thus it reveals the true working of a major security printing company.

    An example would be: I have in my possession the complete documentation on the Falkland Islands 1986 issue for the Ameripex SS Great Britain. Scott# 446-9. From the conceived idea by the Falkland Islands philatelic club, to the acquisition of the genuine photos held in the SS Great Britain museum, to the designing of the stamps, to the production of them and the FDC's and even orders for the gutters in limited numbers.

    All done through the British Crown agents. It is really fascinating stuff! A subject I have not even been able to delve in because of the many other subjects I am working on at present and for the last couple years. It is about 200 pages worth! Just think....all for just one set of stamps!

    As you and many know my research in many ways is very controversial to what has been established in the stamp community for years. Some even hate me for what I am doing.

    This is because I am either devaluing their stock or showing major rarity factors on varieties some have been calling "wallpaper" for years.

    All I have to say is that what I show on my site is backed with evidence not word of mouth. If something is by word of mouth....I state it is.

    Getting back to the subject of Liberian stamps, I suspect that the above set is not the only set that you will find to have differences from reprinting. I show on my site other types of reprinting such as the 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus series produced for 16 countries. The perfs are the same but the colors are different. Very hard to discern and so close that even next to each other...they look the same, until you magnify them. Possibly some Liberian sets will have this same difference.

    There is a lot still to be discovered not only for Liberian stamps but many other countries as well. In my "one man show" I try to show all collectors, dealers and specialists what to look for. Some will be very rare and others like this set will be very common. It is up to the collecting community as a whole to demand that the major catalogs note or list these things so that future generations have the knowledge.



    As shown here....at present....they are not being a reliable source of information when such a major difference can go unnoticed for so many years.

    Your friend and fellow researcher.

    John

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  • 2014-06-26 jim jackson wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    Keijo..May I just send you some Austria extras to fill some of your holes without participating in your formal exchange?

    I would consider it a small measure to repay you for your educational and entertaining blog. ;-)

    Jim Jackson

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  • 2014-06-26 Keijo wrote on SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project
    @Bump.... Added Danish definitives to the list. Next stop will be Ireland (during the weekend or early next week).

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  • 2014-06-26 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Update on the exchange lists... Received 3 lots yesterday:

    #28 from Konstatinos... This was a HUGE lot. Likely the biggest one ever sent to my exchange, and basically I spent several hours last night going through it. That said, I picked only 398 stamps (roughly 20% of the lot) for three reasons:

    - There was LOT of damaged stamps in the mix. If my counts were right, 570 stamps (28% of the entire lot) had faults of varying degrees;

    - And there was heavy duplication (tens, if not 100s of specimens) for some stamps;

    - And finally there was quite a many (96 stamps, or 5% of the entire lot) mint or unused stamps. Again, these are something I'm interested and there is no use for including them into exchange lots.

    So about 40-50% of the lot was 'dead weight'... All in all a very good mix of stamps, but please, weed out the 'extras' and damaged stuff from future mixtures, and I'm sure we'll do some great exchanges.





    #29 from Mitoiu, Romania... A very nice mixture of CTO's worldwide. Nothing to complain; only two damaged stamps (2% of the lot).

    #30 from Chua, Singapore... A mix of Singapore and Malaysia; sadly I could use only a few of these as my collection of these has become better and better (mostly thanks to You). Some stamps with minor damages on the mix; but nothing to worry about.

    Responses to all three will be mailed today, but due to 'postal strike', they will likely leave the country during the weekend/early next week.

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  • 2014-06-25 Keijo wrote on New perforation finds on Liberian stamps
    @JLowe.... I knew there's a reason why I love Your research / website (that sounds bad, but it's strictly platonic, LOL).

    Some very good points about the origins of CTOs.

    -k-

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  • 2014-06-24 JLowe wrote on New perforation finds on Liberian stamps
    The perf 14 stamps are indeed reprints. The Format Printers changed perf sizes many times for reprints for many countries. Many times reprints had changes in color to identify them. Many times the screens in the printing process were changed. In my research on the printer I have discovered many such varieties that have gone unnoticed by collectors, dealers and experts alike.Yes, Format was the main printer of Liberian Litho stamps from 1969 to 1988. It is quite simple to prove. All you need is to find stamps with selvage that have part of the color guides on the edge. Formats color guides are unique from other printers as are theirs from each other. I am right now producing web pages for Liberia that shows the sets that Format made. It seems odd to me that studied philatelists for Liberia haven't figured this out....

    In regards to CTO stamps:

    CTO stamps are ordered by the philatelic agencies and or representatives of the given country. They are not produced by the stamp printers by their own choice but under orders to do so. To say that so many CTO's seem to lead to Format is to general of a statement. Tons of CTO stamps were produced by Questa, Fournier, De la Rue, Cartor and many other companies. It is a standard practice used by the majority of countries out there. It is the same with imperforate stamps and many other varieties. Orders are made and the printers make them.

    The only reason that Format gets blamed as if they were doing something wrong is because of the exposing of the orders to make them by the trials against the last owners. These same orders were and are to this day made and followed by the majority of stamp printing companies. Starting in the late 50's these standards were being made long before Format existed. The evidence.......the stamps themselves and what is available on the market. Simply look at older Liberian stamps to see what I mean. This includes made for collector errors.

    Yes, Format made a lot but guess what? So did Questa and others. The stamps are the evidence even though the records were destroyed long ago. Let me put it this way. How could a stamp printing company that claimed that they had 20 inspectors that wouldn't let a "flyspeck" get by leave so many "errors" like double overprints, inverted overprints, on and on behind? Interesting yes?

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  • 2014-06-24 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Cecil.... Thanks for the heads up. Sounds very promising :)

    @Allan... Excellent :)

    @Everyone... According to news last night, Finnish Posti's truck drivers are going on 'emergency strike' for rest of the week (something about changes in working conditions/terms). Mail transit is very be MUCH slower at least for the next 3-5 days. My apologies for the delays this might cause for mail going in / out.

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  • 2014-06-24 Allan Ward wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi Keijo,

    a quick message to say your stamps arrived. Many thanks, a really good exchange.

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  • 2014-06-23 Cecil Reams wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hello, just posted a envelope your way - should help fill some of your India Official slots - concentrated on the early dates from the listing you sent could not make sense of the latter dates as they did not match up to my SC or SG catalogs. Also included 30+ issues that I saw were not in the pictures from Cochin and a couple other India States. Hope you enjoy.

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  • 2014-06-23 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Axel... Ah, thanks for the explanation.

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  • 2014-06-22 Axel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014

    Keijo wrote :
    @Axel... Actually I'd say it was favor-canceled. It's sort of 'gray area' between CTO and postally used. They are usually created when a collector, or stamp club asks specific stamps to be canceled without ever putting them through the system... It's not postally used, but it's not 'mass produced' CTO either.


    -k-

    It was stamped by the Post for "a stamp in school" project...

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  • 2014-06-21 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Franz...

    What do you think? Would this work for you?



    Not a problem (as long as nobody expects me to start scanning what I'm about to send back. I simply don't have the time/resources for that).
    You know my email, just drop me a note where I can view any images you've got.

    won another East German lot about six weeks ago – a collection
    of maybe 50% postally-used and 50% CTO (I don’t mind), about 2,000 stamps in
    total, and very little duplication. I already know that this lot will fill many
    of the existing gaps, and again, I offer to send you my duplicates.


    Sounds excellent :)



    The other countries I have focused so far on are India and
    Belgium, and in the second half of the year I’ll focus on Poland and Hungary.


    Speak of small world... I just began sorting a small-ish batch of Belgia.


    So your recent articles on Indian stamps
    were right on target, though I certainly don’t consider the stamps of the
    Indian States to be ugly.


    Happy to hear you liked it... Ive still got material for one or two posts about India, but I think I'll share something bit different in between ;)

    BTW. As far as I know, the term 'ugly' was coined on the early 20th century on stamp literature. I guess it was the usual 'white man thinking', sigh.


    I have reread your article about your West German stamp
    collection, and wonder if you want to share your have-list in which case I can put
    aside any doubled that you are missing.


    It will take some time for me to update it (I don't keep specific wantlists updated all year, but more of an update them whenever the great spirit moves to, or when I've gained enough material to warrant major changes).... It might take anywhere from few days up to month or two, but eventually I'll email what I've got/what I'm looking.


    -k-

    PS: Sorry for short/non-detailed responses. We've been celebrating midsummer last night & today (and tomorrow)... Bonfire, barbeque, sauna, pulling rusty nails of 100 year old timber... Just enjoying the Finnish summer (10-15 degrees warm on days, and around zero at night time, but lots and lots of green and flowers, and birds everywhere :) ).

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  • 2014-06-20 Franz Feigl wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014


    Hello Keijo



    I am very glad to see that you have recovered. I have been
    busy the last few months, and the East German stamps await shipment – hopefully
    this weekend (though the World Cup doesn’t help).



    Postage has gone up significantly in Canada, and if I follow
    your instructions I probably should split the stamps I am planning to sell you
    into two lots. And so I have been wondering if I/we can somewhat modify the
    exchange – not your rules, but the way we are exchanging stamps. What I have in
    mind is to ensure that the percentage of stamps you keep approaches 100% - and
    for this to happen, I could scan the stamps I am about to ship and upload the
    scan (you recommended Photobucket). You could then identify the stamps you need
    or want to see.



    I propose to place my duplicates into numbered vario
    stocksheets. You could then tell me which stamps you want by telling me the
    vario stocksheet number; and the stamps you want by identifying them by
    position, such as stamps 1-2, 4, and 6 in row 1 etc, or by sending me back a
    copy of my scan with the stamps digitally circled or otherwise identified.



    What do you think? Would this work for you?



    I’d like to keep exchanging stamps with you, and as I am
    going through between 20,000 – 30,000 stamps a year I have lots of duplicates.
    In the past, I have simply placed them in cookie tins and re-sold them at
    auction at my local stamp dealer, but I don’t mind somehow first sharing the
    duplicates with you.



    My approach to collecting is probably somewhat similar to
    yours, as I focus on certain areas one at a time. This year, I have worked my
    way through my accumulation of East German stamps. I don’t have any stats yet,
    but I am quite certain that my collection is between 50%-60% complete. And as
    luck wants it, I won another East German lot about six weeks ago – a collection
    of maybe 50% postally-used and 50% CTO (I don’t mind), about 2,000 stamps in
    total, and very little duplication. I already know that this lot will fill many
    of the existing gaps, and again, I offer to send you my duplicates. However,
    either need to record what I have send you already and what you don’t need, or
    I ask you to tell me what you need. Frankly, I’d prefer the second option.



    The other countries I have focused so far on are India and
    Belgium, and in the second half of the year I’ll focus on Poland and Hungary. I
    had very few post-independence Indian stamps, but my patience finally paid off
    when a nice and almost complete collection up to 1980 of post-independence
    Indian stamps came up for sale - after all, there is a sizeable population of
    East Indian living here in Vancouver. So your recent articles on Indian stamps
    were right on target, though I certainly don’t consider the stamps of the
    Indian States to be ugly. Indeed, the featured stamp from Hyderabad is one of
    my favorite stamps – maybe because I spend hours with my copy, trying to
    identify it before the internet made things relatively easy. But beauty is in
    the eye of the beholder.



    I have reread your article about your West German stamp
    collection, and wonder if you want to share your have-list in which case I can put
    aside any doubled that you are missing. I have sold most of my doubles a couple
    of years ago, but accumulated more in the mean time as German stamps are my
    focus (I am German by birth). Again, the choice is yours.



    Anyway, please let me know what you think of my idea to
    pre-view the stamps I am sending. And thank you again for a most informative
    and entertaining blog



    Franz



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  • 2014-06-20 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Axel... Actually I'd say it was favor-canceled. It's sort of 'gray area' between CTO and postally used. They are usually created when a collector, or stamp club asks specific stamps to be canceled without ever putting them through the system... It's not postally used, but it's not 'mass produced' CTO either.

    -k-

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  • 2014-06-20 Keijo wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt1) - Stockbooks
    @Kostas... I buy most of them from Finnish representative of NordFrim (yes, they do ship worldwide).

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  • 2014-06-20 Axel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Keijo my minisheet was I think CTO? anyway no problem...

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  • 2014-06-20 Kostas wrote on Storage for worldwide stamp collection (pt1) - Stockbooks
    Keijo, I was wondering where do you buy your stockbooks. It seems that you are getting very good prices for them.

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  • 2014-06-20 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Axel... Excellent.

    Re, postally used minisheets... I'll keep You (and everyone else) posted when/if I receive any extras (and feel free to ask me about the situation as well). For the time being I can provide minisheets only in mint or CTO condition (and I would not expect a quick change for that).

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  • 2014-06-19 Axel wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    Hi, got your cover with stamps today, thanks for the swap... I'll put the minisheet away for a next time...

    Take care

    Axel

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  • 2014-06-19 Keijo wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    @Robert...

    I try to do this outside in the garden, not only to ease the fumes of the lighter fluid but to appreciate the garden.


    That is some good thinking :)

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  • 2014-06-19 Robert Fulton wrote on Damn unsoakable stamps (or if you can't soak them... )
    Hello,

    I have read all the advice above and come to my method of soaking the unsoakables.

    Firstly, I accumulate similar stamps together and select the best one for my collection (well centered, light postmark, etc).

    Then using a small flat plate put lighter fluid on the backing paper, letting it soak for 30 seconds.

    A very thin blade can then be slipped between the stamp and the paper, separating them with no trouble.

    Another squirt of lighter fluid on the back of the stamp, wait for 15 seconds, place stamp face down on a tile and use a thicker blade or a credit card to scrape off any remaining glue.

    Next, a few minutes boil in water to remove any traces of the lighter fluid, rinseand dry face down on a drying pad for a few days.

    Lastly, if a bit sticky sprinkle with ground up baking powder.

    This is a long process but will give good results to stamps that are going into your collection. I try to do this outside in the garden, not only to ease the fumes of the lighter fluid but to appreciate the garden.





    All the best

    Robert Fulton

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  • 2014-06-19 Keijo wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    @John... I know absolutely nothing of these, but I'll start with $1 :mrgreen: :lol:

    Seriously speaking, hopefully khj or some other 'US expert' will chime in to share their opinion sooner or later. Alternatively, you might want to post your inquiry on Frajola's Philamercury (that place is swarming with serious US classic era collectors).

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