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Random notes on Guatemalan stamps

Random notes on Guatemalan stamps

This week I’ve worked my way through a pile of stamps from Central and South American countries, and above all the stamps of Guatemala have once again caught my interest.

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Finland Independence Day Sweepstake: win stamp catalog & stamp mixtures

Finland Independence Day Sweepstake: win stamp catalog & stamp mixtures

Finland celebrates it’s 100th anniversary on December 6th, and though I am far from being a patriotic person, I do want to commemorate this special event.  So I am organizing a small sweepstake for readers of SCB.  In addition this is a great opportunity for me to clear some clutter from my stamp desk 😉

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Russian Federation 1992 Saint Petersburg local make-up stamps

Russian Federation 1992 Saint Petersburg local make-up stamps

Upgrading a stamp catalog is always a double-edged experience where you win some, lose some. When I upgraded to more recent edition of Michel East Europe catalog, I was very pleased to see that Michel now lists Russian St. Petersburg and Leningrad local stamps of 1992. These were previously listed only with Stanley Gibbons Russia catalog, and as such a lot of collectors (yours truly included) didn’t know what these are, and as such they were often falsely classified or thrown away as bogus stamps.

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Beauty and the Beast: Inventorying not just quantity, but also quality

Beauty and the Beast: Inventorying not just quantity, but also quality

What are the odds of discovering a nicely cancelled British stamp? Or Sri Lankan stamp with non-obtrusive postmark? Or Canadian stamp with something other than machine slogan? I am sure most worldwide stamp collectors do agree with me that all above examples are possible, but somewhat scarce creatures. On the other end of the line are stamps from countries such as Switzerland, Germany or Denmark, which are almost always nicely cancelled.

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Working with Machin stamps

Working with Machin stamps

Machins. You either love them or hate them.  I have experienced both phases, and I would describe my current relationship with Machins as ‘deep fondness’. My first touch with Machin occurred as a kid when my uncle’s fiancée was in London and sent some mail that were franked with 10½p yellow Machins.   Since then my collection of Machins has grown to fill a single 32 page stockbook.

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“Technik und Landschaft” Series

“Technik und Landschaft” Series

Date of  Issue: Aug 01, 1949. Stamps from this series can be found anywhere. One reason for this is that large numbers of some of the denominations have been produced, and another might be that these stamps never expired and can still be used today (this also serves as a reminder that the Swiss currency has been very stable over many decades).  Some of these stamps were amongst the first ones in my childhood collection. I liked them then, and I still do today. I do think that they are beautifully crafted, and in my opinion the design is timeless – it still works today, almost 70 years after they were first introduced.

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A review of Spink Maury Timbres de France 2016 (Kindle edition)

A review of Spink Maury Timbres de France 2016 (Kindle edition)

I admit I have got very mixed feelings against technology. As a geek I love building and trying all sorts of new and shiny digital things. But as an end user however I am likely more preserved and demanding than most casual users. A good example of this are eBooks. I have had Amazon Kindle subscription for some time, but I really have not used it that much besides few random titles. I just find it slightly awkward to use when compared to traditional touch interface (of pen & paper). As such I’ve been holding back for some time on writing this review of Spink-Maury ‘Timbres de France’ 2016 eCatalogue which I acquired earlier this year  to learn more about Type Duval postage due stamps.

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“Eidgenössisches Kreuz” Series

“Eidgenössisches Kreuz” Series

The stamps in this series are considered “classic stamps of Switzerland” (note after #27 in the 2008 Zumstein catalogue). The classic period ended in 1907 with the first three values of the “Tellknabe”. Many of these stamps are common; however, a number of different versions exist which differ greatly in value. Zumstein as a specialized Swiss (and Liechtenstein) catalogue provides the best classification.

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Postal tax stamps always have got a purpose

Postal tax stamps always have got a purpose

A common source of moaning and groaning with many modern era stamp collectors is that there are way too many stamps without a purpose, and they are mostly nothing more than pretty pictures. No doubt there is certain truth to it, but there is one group of stamps which defies the sheer blandness of commercialization. Postal tax stamps are, as their name suggests, a tool of taxation and their issuance and usage is often times strictly governed by legislation and real world needs. With this post I’ll dive in with the history of Chilean postal tax stamps.

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