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A review of Michel Southeast Asia (ASEAN) 2017 stamp catalogue

A review of Michel Southeast Asia (ASEAN) 2017 stamp catalogue

As some might have noted from my comment few months ago, I received new Michel Southeast Asia catalogue into my hands while back. As I’ve now perused the entire volume while working with Stamp Gems project, it is good time to share some of my impressions.

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Many faces of Indonesian Suharto definitive stamps of 1980/1987 (or quick peek into world of various meshes and screens in photogravure printing)

Many faces of Indonesian Suharto definitive stamps of 1980/1987 (or quick peek into world of various meshes and screens in photogravure printing)

Moving forth with the topic of Indonesian stamps, here’s one of my personal favorite stamp series: the Suharto definitives of 1980/87. The reason for my liking is very much personal one. One of my uncles worked in Indonesia at the time, and postcards sent to my family usually had few of these stamps on top. So in a way these stamps were among the first worldwide stamps that I ever faced and collected. According to Michel and other (western) catalogues these stamps have very little varieties. All values were printed in photogravure, there are no perforation varieties, no paper varieties etc.  The only difference mentioned in catalogues is that some values exist with two different years printed on the left side of the stamp.  But the reality is much more complex.

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Some interesting tidbits on Indonesian 5-year plan (PELITA) stamps

Some interesting tidbits on Indonesian 5-year plan (PELITA) stamps

Not sure why, but Indonesian postage stamps don’t seem to get much attention from us western collectors. In my opinion one of the most interesting aspects of Indonesian stamps are so called PELITA (acronym for Pembangunan Lima Tahun) stamps, which were issued in promotion of government 5-year plans. Besides South Korea and India, Suharto’s Indonesia was one of the few non-communist governments to adopt and use the 5-year economical planning method.

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Philippines Mosden stamps of 1968

Philippines Mosden stamps of 1968

An interesting marginal node in the history of Philippino stamps are so called Mosden stamps of 1968. Those recalling my various writings on stamp agency stamps might remember the name of Mosden. He was an US based stamp dealer running various philatelic agency activities internationally, and in late 1960s managed to get a deal with Philippines government on stamp production. These stamps are given roman numerals (never officially issued) in Michel, whereas Scott leaves them totally without recognition.

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💎 Stamp Gems for May 2018

Without further talks it is time to kick the monthly stamp gems extravaganza ahead. As always hope you enjoy 😉

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SCB Reader project: Funny stamps

As long time readers know, one of my long term goals is to make SCB less of me and more of you. So when Franz, avid blog reader and my dear stamp friend, suggested that SCB should feature a reader-driven feature of funny stamp images I became intrigued. So without further talks I challenge all of you to post at least one stamp picture that amuses you. If everyone reading participates, we will have over 100 good laughs in no time. And if you cannot post an image, well chime in otherwise.

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Stamps of Kingdom of Sedang (Deh Sedang)

Stamps of Kingdom of Sedang (Deh Sedang)

Kingdom of Sedang was a short lived (1888-1890), self-declared micro-nation in eastern French Indochina. It was created by officer, engineer, self-proclaimed adventurer  and wheeler-dealer Marie-Charles David de Mayréna aka.Marie I, King of Sedang. Possibly the most concrete legacy of this tiny state are the seven stamps inscribed Deh Sedang (meaning Kingdom of Sedang or more literally “Lord of Sedang”)  which are somewhat easily found in many old-time collections, but nowhere in traditional stamp catalogues. For many collectors the below stamps are possibly best known from philatelic literature of the yesteryear, where images of these stamps have been used as examples of classic cinderalla or bogus stamps.  But as always, the story behind these stamps is more complex and more interesting.

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The unwritten laws of stamp collecting

The unwritten laws of stamp collecting

I often times like to say that stamp collecting is not rocket science. And true,  all it takes is some persistence and devotion to learn the basics. That said, there is a more complex (and maybe a bit darker) side to it all when you get a bit further. I like to call these things as the unwritten laws of stamp collecting, as a lot of collectors moan and groan over these topics, but you will have hard time discovering any printed advice or knowledge regarding these topics.

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How accurate are stamp catalogue perforation details – a study

How accurate are stamp catalogue perforation details – a study

Here’s a question I want you think for a while: how accurate/creditable do you consider stamp catalogue given perforation data? Just pick any percentage you consider fair, and then proceed reading the result of below small study. Since I am now building the Stamp Gems database, I am not tracking down just catalog values of selected items, but also other metrics like actual perforation data – and how well it matches the (Michel and Scott) catalogue details.

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The difficulty of fully automated stamp perforation measurements (and why gauging manually is still leading the pack)

The difficulty of fully automated stamp perforation measurements (and why gauging manually is still leading the pack)

Below is a stamp some of you might seen on March Stamp gems page – British occupation of Faroe Islands. Say you had hundreds or thousand of stamps (or stamp scans) for which you wanted to quickly check perforations on all of them, would you gauge the stamps manually, or would you give some automatic perforation software a try?  As a geek I am always interested of the the lazy approach, and as such I thought it was time to revisit the topic whether or not stamp perforation measurement software could handle the challenge.

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