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  • 2014-12-18 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Hi Gerben,

    that is absolutely fabulous work :) I'm very sure this will be helpful list to me (and many others).

    Re, specialized catalogs... True, they pose somewhat endless run of locals and other stuff that's excluded in major catalogs.

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  • 2014-12-17 Gerben van Gelder wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Hi Keijo

    I have put some more effort in compiling the 'ultimate' list of stamp issuing entities. More specifically I did three things:

    Go through the index of the Michel catalog. A very useful exercise. Until now I would put a country on the list, break it down to it forms of government and then check at the back of the country for special issues. However Michel has listed many special issues in between the regular issues. These surface when you go through the index. We are talking some 150 extra entities.Go through the index of the Scott catalog. This resulted mainly in some 90 additional entities of United States/Confederate States/Postmaster issues. As Scott is I guess more of an authority on US stamps than Michel, I added these to the list.Go through the France and 'Pays d'éxpression francaise' parts of the Yvert & Tellier catalog. Unfortunately Yvert doesn't have an index - in the version I have - so I went through the catalog itself. This resulted in a small number of additional entities, mainly Moroccan local post.All this translated to numbers leaves me with the following:

    Major entity: Countries as per main listing of countries in the Michel catalog - 419 + 2 = 421

    Minor entity: Countries broken down to departments, regions, cities, companies, shipping companies, airlines, armies and so on that are listed in the Michel, Scott and Yvert catalogs as having issued stamps - 1610 + 265 = 1875

    Stamp issuing entity: Countries further broken down to their forms of government – principality, kingdom, republic, peoples republic and so on – and – where applicable – different periods in which stamps have been issued - 2326 + 278 = 2604

    What would be nice is to be able to go through the Stanley & Gibbons catalog so that I have all four worldwide catalogs covered. I will work on that once I have arranged access to a S&G catalog.....

    Of course if one were to delve deeper in specialized catalogs one would probably discover more stamp issuing entities. But for the purpose of a worldwide collector I think my approach is now getting pretty close to producing a comprehensive list.

    Here is a link to the latest version: http://1drv.ms/1sAbHtn

    Merry Christmas

    Gerben van Gelder

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  • 2014-12-17 Keijo wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    @Michael... Thanks. Actually I've been trying to watch years of back log of Doctor Who episodes ;) Though I don't 'enjoy' use of chemicals  (and plastics) with stamps, it was still nice to see a stamp related video. 

    @Franz... Yes. Children's books illustrations are sometimes fabulous. Not sure if you can find anywhere in Canada, but check out name of Rudolf Koivu (Finland has issued several stamps of his illustrations as well). 

    Merry Christmas to both of You :)

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  • 2014-12-17 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    Hi Sue,

    there's no perforation difference. What you need to look at is the 'characteristics' of typo vs. offset-litho. As I don't any typo stamps from the 1992 release, I'll show the difference using a 1994 series stamp instead:

    Typo vs Litho print on Australian Endangered species stamps

    The key is the 'edge' around numbers & letters. With typo stamps you should see it somewhat easily even with regular magnifier, with offset it's always missing.

    Hope this helps.
    -k-

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  • 2014-12-17 Franz Feigl wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Keijo, and I wish you all the best in the New Year.

    These are beautiful stamps - I have always liked children's books illustrations (and, to let you in a little secret, I have a small and select collection of children's books that I have chosen for their illustrations only).

    All the best,

    Franz

     

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  • 2014-12-17 Michael Storch wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
  • 2014-12-17 Sue Hardy wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    Keijo,

    I checked your piece about telling the difference between Typographed and lithographed stamps of Argentina, but the ones that are giving me fits are the threatened species stamps of Australia Scott #1288-1295. According to Scott, there is a perf difference, but not according to Stanley gibbons.

    My cat is saying "Merry Christmas!"

    Sue

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  • 2014-12-16 Keijo wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    Thanks Catalin! Merry wishes to You & Yours as well.

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  • 2014-12-16 Catalin wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    The Suomi stamps are among my favorites! Merry Christmas and may 2015 be a good year for you (both personally and philatelic). Best wishes!

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  • 2014-12-16 Keijo wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    @Luca... Merry Christmas to You and Yours too :)

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  • 2014-12-16 Luca wrote on Merry Christmas everyone
    Thank you Keijo,

    merry Christmas to you & your family too. I see Finland produces nice Christmas stamps too

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  • 2014-12-15 Keijo wrote on Casual stamp collector in Helsinki
    Hi Ivana,

    well, a visit to Sanomatalo will no longer pay off, as the store I wrote has been out of business since last year. There are still couple of stamp shops/dealers left in the area; check the 'yellow pages' for their contact details.

    Alternatively, you could simply take a bunch of photos and sell the lot as is in some Finnish online auction. If you're not familiar with stamps, then huuto.net might be the 'safest' route.

    -k-

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  • 2014-12-14 ivana wrote on Casual stamp collector in Helsinki
    Hello,

    I have a small collection of old post stamps and I want to sell them. What is the easiest way to do it? I live in Helsinki. Thanks for any answer.

    Regards.

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  • 2014-12-14 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
  • 2014-12-13 Andrew wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Sue Hardy wrote: Hi Keijo,
    ...23333333w sorry–that’s a message from my cat!

    Would Sue like to translate the message from her cat, please? And does it collect any particular country or theme? My dogs collected for kiloware as they were trainee guide dogs

    Seasons Greetings to all.

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  • 2014-12-13 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    Hi Sue,

    and thanks.

    Sadly the images didn't come through (not your fault; adding images is one area where I still need to improve/work up the commenting system). Anyway, I will send you email in few minutes time, so you can submit the images to me. Please check your Yahoo!inbox (if you can't see my message, please check your trash folder).

    Re, the cat... Say 'hi' from me ;)

    -keijo-

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  • 2014-12-13 Sue Hardy wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    I will send you some examples of the Mongolia overprints (on the back). I know I sent a postcard when I first found your blog, but I don't have a mailing address for you. Please either send it to me or answer the comment in you Ask anything section.

    Love your blog; my cat often adds a few characters, too.

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  • 2014-12-13 Sue Hardy wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Hi Keijo,

    I know how to scan, but then I'm lost. So I emailed scans of two different stamps I think are stamps that were intended for use in either Malaya  or the Philippines by the Japanese during World War II. I also emailed a scan of the back of Mongolia C79 with the overprint I wrote about previously. I scanned a souvenir sheet because it has the whole overprint on it. Parts of the overprint appear on individual stamps also. I'll send you an example.
    23333333w
    sorry--that's a message from my cat!

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  • 2014-12-13 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Spain & Spanish colonies
    @DaveP...

    In Michel the stamp is listed as 'brown violet. There are several footnotes about different types of forgeries for these stamps (but nothing about the 'carmine rose' color error).

    In Spanish Edifil it's listed as 'dark violet'. As I've got the 'simplified Edifil' only, it doesn't list shades. Nothing about the color error either.

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  • 2014-12-13 DaveP wrote on Q&A: stamps of Spain & Spanish colonies
    Investigating a Scott 268 (1889/99 King Alfonso XII 1p) VERY LIGHT RED-VIOLET. 

    Do the collectors or specialized catalogues of stamps from Spain put much emphasis on COLOR VARIATIONS?  For example, the 1889 Alf.XIII issue, namely the una pesata, does have some color variations from purple- some brownish, some no hints of brown, some dark, some more red, few light shaded. 

    (Scott lists a high price for 268a  1p CARMINE ROSE and I find no mention of it or have seen it.  Sorry, I don’t have the specialized catalogs.)

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  • 2014-12-13 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about SCB newsletter
    And newsletter #23/2014 is now being mailed to subscribers.  As usual, I hope everyone subscribing enjoys it. 

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  • 2014-12-12 Keijo wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941
    Hi Ron,

    I'm pretty sure that this topic has been covered somewhere (likely with specialized Brazilian articles/literatures), but sadly there's nothing specific about it on my bookshelf.

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  • 2014-12-12 Ron Webb wrote on Série vovó: Brazilian definitive stamps of 1920-1941
    A question for whoever may be able to help me. I wrote on you blog a little bit back, Keijo. Perhaps you can help me again. Does anyone know what titles/ names or whatever could be put to the various types of paper used in the printing of each issue in the series. By this I am not referring to the watermark but the paper itself. For example - Armas was a"laid"paper - thick in dimension. Has anything ever been written identifying the types of paper throughout the series.

    Ron 

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  • 2014-12-10 Keijo wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    @Robert... Many thanks for the wishes. A merry Christmas & Happy new year to You & yours as well.

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  • 2014-12-10 Robert Saikaley wrote on Stamp Exchange 2014
    May health and prosperity return to your whole family. You do donate alot of free time to your stamp exchange and even i appreciate all you do for the stamp community. Its a world of love and a hobby that keeps you busy in our free time. 

    Thank you for all that you do for all stamp collectors around the world. I have never participated in any of your stamp exchanges. If you do have time can you send me your template? Thank you. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Robert

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  • 2014-12-09 Rick Young wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    Keijo wrote :Love it. It's definitely an eye catcher :)

    The excellent stamps of Armenia website states the imperf inverted center it is 'plentiful as reprint, but rare as original.' Based on the roughness of details, I'd say yours is a reprint.

    Yes, a reprint. The one on the left seems to be an original. Thanks!

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  • 2014-12-09 Keijo wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    Love it. It's definitely an eye catcher :)

    The excellent stamps of Armenia website states the imperf inverted center it is 'plentiful as reprint, but rare as original.' Based on the roughness of details, I'd say yours is a reprint.

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  • 2014-12-09 Rick Young wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    Rick Young wrote :I just found a few of the Chassepot issues. Thanks for the extra info beyond Scott's!

    Check out the error in the stamp on the right!

    http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/Armenia%20BOB

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  • 2014-12-09 Keijo wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    My pleasure. Lucky you ;)

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  • 2014-12-09 Rick Young wrote on Some unissued Russian Civil war era stamps from Armenia
    I just found a few of the Chassepot issues. Thanks for the extra info beyond Scott's!

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  • 2014-12-09 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    Keijo wrote: @Rick… They’re not included with Scott (excessive issuing policy / non-postal needs as with most Trucial postal administrations of the time). But fortunately Michel has got them fully covered

    As for where to store these… In my world order they’re stored under Aden Protectorate States along with – Aden (British Protectorate) 1937 -1964 – Kathiri state 1942-1968 – Mahra Sultanate 1967-1868 – Qu’aiti State in Hadhramaut 1942 – 1968 – Upper Yafa 1967-1967

    These all were abolished in 1967/68 bupon the founding of the People’s Republic of South Yemen

    Very helpful, thanks!

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  • 2014-12-09 Keijo wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    @Marcus... It's really all about condition with items of this value range.

    If they're above average specimens (ie. fault free: good centering, good color, no reperfs, no folds/creases/thins or other physical damages), then anywhere north of full catalog value will do them justice. And if they're of lesser quality, then head deep south.

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  • 2014-12-09 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Rick... They're not included with Scott (excessive issuing policy / non-postal needs as with most Trucial postal administrations of the time). But fortunately Michel has got them fully covered :)

    As for where to store these... In my world order they're stored under Aden Protectorate States along with
    - Aden (British Protectorate) 1937 -1964
    - Kathiri state 1942-1968
    - Mahra Sultanate 1967-1868
    - Qu'aiti State in Hadhramaut 1942 - 1968
    - Upper Yafa 1967-1967

    These all were abolished in 1967/68 bupon the founding of the People's Republic of South Yemen

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  • 2014-12-08 Marcus Howard wrote on Q&A: US stamps
    Hello, 
    I have own a 1893 Colombian Set (Full Set) in mint condition.   Any idea on estimated value?
    Thanks, 
    Marcus

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  • 2014-12-08 Rick Young wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    I have four stamps that indicate South Arabia and "Qu'ati State in Hadrhamaut" as their origin. I have tried looking under South Yemen, Yemen, Aden and South Arabia in Scott's. How would you classify them? Thanks! Photo:

    http://fisher.osu.edu/~young.53/South%20Arabia%20stamps

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  • 2014-12-08 Franz Feigl wrote on Misc updates, notices etc.
    Thank you, Keijo. This interface works very well.

    Franz

     

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  • 2014-12-07 Keijo wrote on Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III
    @Jeremy... I'm going to give you precisely the same answer as I gave on another different topic (about Central Lithuanian stamps) few days back: they're worth what somebody is willing to pay. Not a penny more, not a penny less.

    -k-

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  • 2014-12-07 Jeremy wrote on Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III
    Hi everyone,

     

    i've got 3 of the Yankari Game Reserve stamps. They are unused. Are these worth anything?

    Thanks,

    Jeremy

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  • 2014-12-05 Keijo wrote on Misc updates, notices etc.
    @Everyone... I've upgraded the comment writing box on the blog. Based on the feedback the old solution had some issues with those using Internet Explorer 9/10. I hope this new system works better for everyone.

    As always, if something is broken or doesn't work properly, please get in touch either by leaving a comment (or if that fails, send me a message through twitter, facebook or any other method you can). That is the only way problems get fixed.

    -k-

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  • 2014-12-04 Keijo wrote on Środkowa Litwa - stamps of Central Lithunia
    @Ona... Catalog value of Central Lithuania Scott #39 is U$0.60 mh or U$1.20 for used; Michel values are about 1€ despite the condition. So it's pretty much a minimum catalog value item..Mint or mint hinged stamp is very common (even as forgery); coming up with a genuinely used specimen takes a bit more trouble. But like I wrote earlier, real world value is what somebody is willing to pay...

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  • 2014-12-04 Ona Nass wrote on Środkowa Litwa - stamps of Central Lithunia

    Keijo wrote :

    @Ona... The value is what somebody is willing to pay for it. As simple as that.



    I really don't know if it is as I just looked in an album and I saw the exact same stamp there. I sold my large show Austrian collection years ago and have now come across some stamps that were missed. I no longer have any catalogs either. Someone recently approached me for stamps and asked for prices, so I'm in a quandary as to rough values and I'm now getting interested again.The stamp in question is number 39 in this album and is in beautiful condition. http://www.dcstamps.com/?page_id=4767

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  • 2014-12-04 jim jackson wrote on SoMe stamps - The Daily Frontpage of Stamp Forums
    Great idea Keijo!I need to check in daily to see what you have found- as that will be worth a read. :-)

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  • 2014-12-03 Keijo wrote on Środkowa Litwa - stamps of Central Lithunia
    @Ona... The value is what somebody is willing to pay for it. As simple as that.

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  • 2014-12-03 Ona Nass wrote on Środkowa Litwa - stamps of Central Lithunia
    I think I have one of those forgeries here. It is the same as the center stamp of your picture, but the ink is quite a bit darker. Has this got any value?

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  • 2014-12-02 Gerben van Gelder wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
  • 2014-12-02 Axel wrote on US First Man on the Moon stamp
    Keijo,
    thanks for this article, quite strange this obliteration. When in school, I had a class mate who made it a sport to send covers with stamps from another country. For example send a cover from France with a dutch stamp ....Anyway I like space stamps so your article appeals me a lot


    PRUDHOMME Arnaud wrote :

    Hello,


    I'm doing a brochure in France about Apollo 11 and stamps. I will make a chapter about US stamps and especially the 10 cents. Is it possible to use the image of this curious cancelled stamps in Germany ?


    Regards,


    Arnaud



    Arnaud, I'm living in France and am interested in your brochure...Can we get in touch...

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  • 2014-12-02 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    @Gerben...

    P.S. I would be happy to share my list with anyone interested.


    I think the easiest way to set this up is if you upload the Excel file into some filesharing service, and then simply share the link so that anybody can download the file. Since you already have got Excel, you very likely have access to OneDrive (free filesharing service from Microsoft).

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  • 2014-12-02 Gerben van Gelder wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Hi Keijo

    Since my comment on this thread last week I have been able to compare my list with yours, which was a very useful exercise resulting in some 95 additional stamp issuing entities and some 45 other corrections. This combined with an update on the political status of a number of countries now leads to the following statistics of stamp issuing entities listed in Michel:

    Major entity: Countries as per main listing of countries in the Michel catalog - 419

    Minor entity: Countries broken down to departments, regions, cities, companies, shipping companies, airlines, armies and so on that are listed in the Michel catalog as having issued stamps - 1532 + 78 = 1610

    Stamp issuing entity: Countries further broken down to their forms of government – principality, kingdom, republic, peoples republic and so on – and – where applicable – different periods in which stamps have been issued - 2202 + 124 = 2326

    Regards

    Gerben

    P.S. I would be happy to share my list with anyone interested.

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  • 2014-12-02 Keijo wrote on Montenegro 1896 Cetanje monestry forgery by Fournier
    @Dragonfly... The Fournier albums were made of leftovers of Fourniers unsold stock, so they don't include all the values/specimens known. Therefore your 15kr. stamp is not included. That said, the Serrana Guide states entire series was forged by Fournier.

    As for value... With forgeries it's pretty much what somebody is willing to pay or give in return for swap. So start with 0.10, and see where it goes.

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  • 2014-12-02 DragonFly wrote on Montenegro 1896 Cetanje monestry forgery by Fournier
    I have one cancelled. Keijo can you or some other tell me how much this forgery can worth, since this stamp cancelled have really high price (Michel 120 EUR) ? Also there are no any mention about this stamp of this value in Fournier album? How is it possible?

    Is this stamp really rare or what?

    Will the price be over or under regular (not foreged) cancelled 1896 15 kronen ?

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  • 2014-11-27 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @William... Excellent. If you mail me your address, I'll put your part of the trade on the mail as well (just trying to get it out before the holiday rush halts postal services).

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  • 2014-11-27 Keijo wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    @Gerben... I'd be to happy to have a look at it and compare it against the postal entities list I've been compiling. All in all your setup (continents, entity types, entities, predecessors, successors, current status etc. sounds a lot like the database that I've got).

    Anyway, please check your inbox for my message.

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  • 2014-11-26 William Webster wrote on The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other
    I definitely will check into making up a specialized collection of these stamps because the Romanian Hotels specialized series is making me cross eyed at times!

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  • 2014-11-26 William Webster wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Perfect then because I definitely have some and will be getting the envelope ready to go in the next couple days

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  • 2014-11-26 Gerben van Gelder wrote on A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide stamps issued
    Hi Keijo

    Always interesting, the discussion on the numbers of stamps and stamp issuing entities. You have done some great work on the subject. Recently I also compiled a list of stamp issuing entities. Also based on the Michel catalog. My approach has been slightly different than yours as you can see from the table below. Here are the stats:

    Major entity: Countries as per main listing of countries in the Michel catalog - 419

    Minor entity: Countries broken down to departments, regions, cities, companies, shipping companies, airlines, armies and so on that are listed in the Michel catalog as having issued stamps - 1532

    Stamp issuing entity: Countries further broken down to their forms of government – principality, kingdom, republic, peoples republic and so on – and – where applicable – different periods in which stamps have been issued - 2202


    The spreadsheet I set up in addition to the above holds columns for continent and continental sub region, start and end date of stamp issuing entities, the ''line of succession'': predecessor, successor and present status and finally of course what entities I have, want and have left out of scope. In case you are interested I'll gladly mail the sheet to you.

    Regards

    Gerben van Gelder

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  • 2014-11-26 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @William... In my books, yes :)

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  • 2014-11-25 William Webster wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Are these considered small countries:Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Rhodesia, Southern Rhodesia, british Carribean islands, and the small Pacific Islands such as Fiji?

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  • 2014-11-25 Keijo wrote on The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other
    @Kostas... Thanks. It's definitely good to have some Greek readers... ;)
    This is fixed now.

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  • 2014-11-25 Kostas wrote on The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other
    Very useful as usual Keijo. Just a small correction on the Thesseio stamp: there are Λ in ΕΛΛΑΣ, not Δ in ΕΔΔΑΖ.

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  • 2014-11-25 Keijo wrote on Misc updates, notices etc.
    @Everyone… OK folks. I’ve got ANOTHER IMPORTANT TECHNICAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

    SCB has now migrated to new server environment.

    The core functionality should be now up and running, meaning you can read and comment as usual.That said, I know some specific parts (such as newsletter subscriptions) are still failing, and I will start working with fixes ASAP (but please have a bit of patience). If you do notice something odd/misbehaving (such as page not loading properly, or missing images, or something that does not feel right), please do notify me by leaving a comment (or if that fails, please send me a message through twitter or facebook).


    All in all this went pretty smoothly. Apart from 15 minute downtime (my mistake with server configuration) this move pulled through without major outages.

    -k-

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  • 2014-11-24 Keijo wrote on US First Man on the Moon stamp
    Hi Trina,

    I'd suggest you give them to kids in your neighborhood, local preliminary school or similar. Monetarily speaking these stamps are not even wort the ink/paper they were printed on, and they are very common. But for a kid whose never seen a stamp, less to say a piece that's several times older than he/she, they might open up a whole new world...

    -k-

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  • 2014-11-23 Trina wrote on US First Man on the Moon stamp
    Hello I was curious if they were worth anything. I've came across three of these stamped and don't have use for them and would like to get them to someone who would be able to do more then I can with them

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  • 2014-11-22 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @William... Excellent.

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  • 2014-11-22 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    @Ron... You're the one with stamps ;) It's pretty much impossible to say anything without a good, high resolution scan/image of the area.

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  • 2014-11-21 William Webster wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Ok! I will start looking tonight!

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  • 2014-11-21 Ron wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    Looking at the stamps with the naked eye they appear to be solid. But under 8x magnification I can see some white dots in the solid areas at the top and bottom frames. So I guess I should assume 478-481?

    Thanks

    Ron

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  • 2014-11-21 Keijo wrote on Misc updates, notices etc.
    @Everyone... OK folks. I've got AN IMPORTANT TECHNICAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!!

    The hard drive on SCBs primary server is falling/crashing apart (the number of bad sectors and failed reads/writes is increasing at high velocity etc. nasty stuff) as I'm writing this.Very likely SCB will experience a major (and unrecoverable) crash within the next day or two; anything longer would be a miracle of sorts.

    I've got everything backed up, so nothing will be lost. You can even continue commenting/discussing the posts as usual, as everything is backed up on separate system real time.

    I will begin to transfer/migrate SCB to new enviroment the very minute I've got some free time (meaning Monday morning). I estimate that the process will take at least a day, very likely two, and during this period there might be some outages.

    And if the server crashes before I'm available/done... Well, c'est la vie.

    But worry not. This might be a bit bumpy road, but eventually SCB will be back to usual (and better than ever).

    -k-

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  • 2014-11-21 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    @Ron...
    Just look the background behind 'REPUBLIC OSTERREICH'.
    If the background appears rasterized, then the stamps are plate printed (Scott 478-481).
    If the background appears solid (ie. no dots/white space visible), then the stamps are rotary printing (Sc. 496-499)

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  • 2014-11-20 Ron wrote on Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas
    How can you tell the difference between the Austria Scott 478-481 and the Scott 496-499 stamps?? I have many sets of these, but don't which ones they are. Any hints at ID-ing these would greatly be appreciated.

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And offer #6 goes to Miguel. Will email you soon...

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  • 2014-11-20 Miguel wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Hello Keijo,I'd take nº 6, if it is still free.

    Best regards,

    Miguel

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And the last offer, #6 is now available. Hope it matches somebody's taste... ;)

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @Seth... I can live with that :)

    So offer #5 goes to Seth.

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @Seth... I can live with that :)

    So offer #5 goes to Seth.

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  • 2014-11-20 seth wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Could I take No. 5 please. It might take me a a few days to put the package together as I will be away for a conference, but if it is okay to wait a little I can send something towards the back end of next week.

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting
    @Franky...

    Thanks for the kind words :)

    Re, the age distribution... It's an truly interesting one. I have never polled the questions on my blog, but if Google ('the big brother' watching every we do on the web) is to be trusted, the 'readership' of this blog looks something like this:

    Age and sex distribution

    It's pretty evenly distributed between generations; even when limiting on return users (=regular readers) only. So yes, it would seem the new generation of collectors lives & flourishes on the web (look no further than those hundreds, likely thousands of facebooks groups that stamp collectors around the world have created/joined)....

    @Bill... Hear, hear... You've got some wise thoughts in there.

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  • 2014-11-20 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Offer #3 gone to Allan by lead of 22 minutes.Offer #1 reserved to William.

    Will be sending email to both of you later today.Email sent to both.

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  • 2014-11-20 Bill Rudd wrote on How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting
    I am one of the older ones and I don't like hanging out with the other old people either. So many collect covers, not stamps, so that leaves me out. I am a "stamp" collector. Even the literature is full of covers and stamps I will never be able to afford. Then the emphasis is on very serious research which I appreciate and respect, but am not that interested in. I think it has to do with ones expertise and knowledge which the older set has had many years to perfect and polish. I also agree that the majority, including the dealers, do not open up and socialize with those they do not know or know of. All of this can be uncomfortable for the younger ones. Not necessarily where you want to spend an evening or even a Saturday afternoon. I am not that proficient with computers but I do mange to get around on the stamp sites and purchase what I can find and afford.

    My suggestion for encouraging youth is to give freely from what you may have accumulated and where appropriate give advice, suggestions, and lots of encouragement. Don't be a sage, just share your own joy of collecting and set the example. Todays youth enjoy and need the interaction as much as we did. We also have to remember that stamp collecting is a solo endeavor not a group activity. We all find enjoyment and enrichment in those quite hours bent over our albums. Us older people just have more time to do so.

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  • 2014-11-19 William Webster wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Keijo can you hold #1 and #3 while I see if I have what you are asking for? it will take a couple days to check.

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  • 2014-11-19 allan ward wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Hi Keijo,

    I'd like special stamp exchange 3 please.

    Allan

    London UK

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  • 2014-11-19 Franky Leeuwerck wrote on How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting
    Dear,

    First of all, congrats on your blog. Further, I can easily recognize your feelings about the age of collectors. In my field of collecting, antique bonds and share certificates, we occasionally see young people, but we would like to see more of them. I also think that writing about collecting aspects illustrated with common material, also helps attracting young collectors to the hobby. Common material is cheap and easy to find.

    I've setup a poll on this topic among my blog readers, which yielded interesting results. You can find it here :http://leeuwerck.blogspot.be/2012/02/poll-results-age-of-scripophily.html

    Personally, I think, modern social media is certainly the way to help attracting young collectors. A interesting blog like yours doubtlessly helps too.

    Franky

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  • 2014-11-19 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And offer #5 is now available.

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  • 2014-11-19 Keijo wrote on Q&A: stamps of Denmark
    @Fred... If Michel and Facit are to be trusted, then it exists only on ordinary paper.

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  • 2014-11-18 Fred wrote on Q&A: stamps of Denmark
    Hi Keijo,My Minkus Scandinavian album has a space for a Denmark SC#394 on fluorescent paper. Multiple people have told me it doesn't exist. Can you confirm?

    Thanks!

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  • 2014-11-18 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @Axel... All yours. Will send you email in few minutes time.

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  • 2014-11-18 Axel wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Keijo, I'm interested in offer # 4 if still available...

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  • 2014-11-18 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And exchange offer #4 is now available....

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  • 2014-11-18 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    @steven... Spot on ;) Almost all the 2013/2014 stamps are from incoming exchange covers.

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  • 2014-11-18 Steven Reed wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    Some of those US stamps look very familiar :)

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  • 2014-11-17 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And exchange offer #3 is now available.

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  • 2014-11-16 Keijo wrote on Quick round of special exchanges before the holidays
    And exchange offer #2 is now available.

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  • 2014-11-16 Bill Wagner wrote on Seebeck reprints
    As far as the original and reprint Seebecks of Nicaragua and Salvador are concerned, the definitive work is that of Sousa and Hahn. The APS library should have it.



    Postmarks are not reliable, as reprints exist with impressions of genuine canceling devices furnished to Seebeck as part of the deal, and there are innumerable forgeries and fantasy cancels as well on these.

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  • 2014-11-15 Keijo wrote on Misc updates, notices etc.
    @everyone... My apologies for the unexpected downtime today (Nov 15th 2014) from 8:15 to 9PM EET. The outage was due to filesystem corruption that lead to database crash. All should function normally now and nothing was lost.

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  • 2014-11-14 Keijo wrote on How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting
    @George-Anne....

    I hope to have given them a beginning for a lifelong interest and occupation.


    At least you've tried. And that's the best any of us can do....

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  • 2014-11-14 Keijo wrote on What makes a BOB a BOB?
    @Fred....

    It seems one can’t be a collector of Danish stamps without also collecting DWI, Faroe Islands and Greenland or maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to collect more…


    LOL...

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  • 2014-11-14 Keijo wrote on The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other
    @Jim.... Thanks for the effort anyway. I'm pretty sure that one of these (when I least expect) I'll come up with a specimen somewhere.

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  • 2014-11-14 Fred wrote on What makes a BOB a BOB?
    Thanks, as atrocious as the Nazis were, it is hard to think of a more interesting period documented in stamps than WW2 and the stamps of the period capture the propaganda that was so central. My great uncle Knud Dyby is one of my heroes because he saved many Jews by smuggling them out of Denmark during the occupation. I don't know of any of my other ancestors who can compete with that story.

    On the subject of mixing BOB and regular stamps, I have been intrigued to see stamp albums that mix Greenland stamps with Danish, while my 1965 Minkus album includes the first 6 Faroe Island stamps within the Danish pages, without any notation. I also find it intrinsically pleasing to see the same king on the stamps of different countries with different currencies etc. It seems one can't be a collector of Danish stamps without also collecting DWI, Faroe Islands and Greenland or maybe I'm just looking for an excuse to collect more...

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  • 2014-11-14 George-Anne Kaines wrote on How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting
    Keijo, I am now 74 (one of the wrinklies!) and started collecting about age 9. Got started when a fellow at the local museum saw my interest and followed through by giving me clues as to what collecting was about. When I have been very involved in study, marriage, children, illness, etc., collecting has necessarily had to take a back seat, but has always been there to keep me intrigued and interested. I prefer to collect only postally used items, as this is their purpose,of course, and have preferred swapping rather than buying, due to a limited budget. While I was teaching I usually ran a stamp club for interested students, teaching them the basics, and following through on their particular interests (e.g. pets, space, etc.), So I hope to have given them a beginning for a lifelong interest and occupation.

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  • 2014-11-13 jim jackson wrote on The low values of Greek Landscapes series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other
    Keijo-So far no McDonald 2 drachma extras.... :-(

    But I'll keep my eyes out for a copy... ;-)

    Jim

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  • 2014-11-13 Keijo wrote on Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life...pt 8
    @Sue... Based on what you wrote, the stamp reads Образец' (or if in capitals ОБРАЗЦА), meaning 'a sample' aka. specimen'. A great find :) Would definitely love to see an image of it.

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