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Malawi CANCELLED stamps

Malawi CANCELLED stamps

It is somewhat unusual that my research on something specific gets totally blocked, but so has happened with the the below Malawi stamps having CANCELLED marking. I have checked all my usual resources, and none of them even hints why such one line marking was used on postage stamps. I have got two such specimens (and one duplicate) in my collection, all dating mid 1970s. When trying to seek information, I ultimately went through both eBay and Delcampe listings for Malawi (closer to 10,000 items), only to learn that

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Peru Pro Desocupados stamps

Peru Pro Desocupados stamps

Postal tax stamps often times reflect major difficulties in history of a country, and the Peruvian Pro Desocupados stamps make no exception. As the title of these stamps suggests, the stamps were used to collect a tax ‘in benefit of’ the unemployed’ (Pro Desocupados in Spanish) in the aftermaths of great depression. Use of these stamps was mandatory from April 1931 to 1965 for all postal matter. A total of 17 different stamps (including few overprints) were released in three decades. Interestingly, the face value of these stamps always remained the same 2 cents despite inflation, and as such the true value of these stamps was somewhat non-existing at the end. Instead of going through these stamp by stamp, I’ll show/share few observations and amendments to what general catalogs tell.

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Stamp data visualization

Stamp data visualization

For anyone collecting worldwide stamps in depth, one of the biggest challenges is likely understanding the big picture. Sure – I can look at a pile of stockbooks or catalogs, and say there it is. But it really doesn’t describe anything else than the sheer amount. Thus I’m constantly trying new ways to visualize various stamp data to make deeper understanding easier. Lately one of my work projects required use of D3 data visualization library (a free tool for software developers), and after some playing with it, I realized that I definitely want to try it on some of the statistics I’ve gathered to build My Collection. And I think the results of my tests are worth sharing, at least I haven’t seen anything as such on stamps ever before.

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The Power of Few

The Power of Few

Few weeks back I finished reading ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’ by Elizabeth Kolbert. It is Pulitzer awarded book about the ongoing sixth mass extinction of world’s flora and fauna, and the role of human actions upon the change.  True, it is not light stamp related reading, some might even consider it more scary than the books of Clive Barker, but the book got me thinking about the so said extinction of stamp collectors/collecting and the similarities between the events.

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Definitely Definitive

Definitely Definitive

I acknowledge I might be splitting hairs with this one, but one of those things I’ve started questioning more and more is the stamp catalog (in this particular case Michel) defined division into definitive and commemorative stamps,  and stamp exchanger contributed division into large vs. small stamps. Both might have been a working systems in the old days, but in these days of various special and annual stamps they seem like a non-working approach.

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Varieties of Latvian flower definitive stamps of 2014/2016

Varieties of Latvian flower definitive stamps of 2014/2016

I don’t usually write about ultra modern definitive stamps as the series are still under production, and new varieties and reprints can come up any time. But the Latvian flower definitive stamps (or ‘ sēriju Ziedi’ as called locally) have definitely caught my interest. They are not just pretty looking topical stamps, but also provide a challenge for technical flyspecker like me.  So far the simplified overview of the series is as follows:

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Swedish discount postage stamps

Swedish discount postage stamps

General catalogs often provide only limited basic information about stamps, and as such at times they can omit or simplify specifics that can make a world of difference from collector perspective. One such example are the Swedish discount postage stamps (or ‘rabattfrimärken’ as they are called in Sweden) issued from late 1970s up to early 1990s. Many worldwide collectors are familiar with these, especially the ones reading “PRIVATPOST” are notorious for misleading a number of worldwide collectors to think they would be local stamps of some sorts.

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