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May 2019

  • Stamps and collecting as therapy (9 comments)

Archives for March 2019

  • Understanding Canadian (small sized) definitive stamp series (3 comments)
  • Canadian 1983 World University Games postage stamp - perforation variant or something else (8 comments)

Archives for February 2019

  • Poste Maroc stamps of 1907/1909 - bogus, cinderella or something else?
  • Moroccan Cherifian Post stamps (4 comments)
  • Modern(ish) African postage stamps - what's their true value/price/cost?
  • Some new (unlisted) perforation variants on stamps of Cameroon (3 comments)

Archives for January 2019

  • 10th anniversary of SCB - a retrospective (6 comments)
  • AOF 1947 definitive stamps - perforation mystery
  • Unlisted variants on Cameroon fruit definitive stamps (3 comments)
  • Some variations on common Cote d'Ivoire stamps
  • The cost of running SCB - 2018 financial summary reviewed (4 comments)
  • Boite Mobile postmark and other musings with stamps of French Madagascar

Archives for December 2018

  • Merry Christmas folks (6 comments)
  • Of Portugal / Azores 1925 "Padrões da Grande Guerra" postage stamp varieties and forgeries (1 comment)
  • Forgeries of 1946 Syrian Qanawat airmail stamps (2 comments)

Archives for November 2018

  • German (Reich) hyperinflation era postage stamps - fake vs. genuine postmarks (4 comments)
  • Forgeries of 1940s Japanese definitive postage stamps (3 comments)

Archives for October 2018

  • Misuse of free trial - and why it has to end (21 comments)
  • From acquisition into stamp collection (or oh, how I hate hinge remainders and other gunk on the back of postage stamps) (9 comments)
  • Book review - Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840-1975 (3 comments)

Archives for September 2018

  • The great watermarking fluid experiment (and why it failed) (9 comments)
  • Dienstmarke vs Dienstmarke: the story behind two kinds of East German (DDR) official stamps (2 comments)
  • Anatomy of acquired Spanish stamp collection - when 1+1 makes 3 (3 comments)
  • Long postage stamp series of Spain (2 comments)

Archives for August 2018

  • Those green lines on back of Brazilian postage stamps...
  • Bahrain definitive stamp series of 1976/1980 - varieties (2 comments)
  • Random notes and observations about postage stamps of modern day Algeria
  • Misc observations and notes from postage stamps of French Algeria
  • British postage stamps with discount backprints (underprints)

Archives for July 2018

  • If you love maps and history lessons - What every stamp collector should know of evolution of nations (2 comments)
  • Printmaker's abbreviations on postage stamps (2 comments)

Archives for June 2018

  • Summer break (3 comments)
  • Fiume postage stamp forgeries (2 comments)
  • 8 tips for scanning awesome stamp images (5 comments)
  • Follow the money - or what's wrong with philatelic publishing of today (2 comments)

Archives for May 2018

  • A review of Michel Southeast Asia (ASEAN) 2017 stamp catalogue (4 comments)
  • Many faces of Indonesian Suharto definitive postage stamps of 1980/1987 (or quick peek into world of various meshes and screens in photogravure printing)
  • Indonesian 5-year plan (PELITA) postage stamps (5 comments)
  • Mosden postage stamps of Philippines (2 comments)
  • 💎 Stamp Gems for May 2018 (6 comments)

Archives for April 2018

  • SCB Reader project: Funny stamps (9 comments)
  • Postage stamps of Kingdom of Sedang (Deh Sedang) (3 comments)
  • The unwritten laws of stamp collecting (10 comments)
  • How accurate are stamp catalogue perforation details - a study (3 comments)
  • The difficulty of fully automated stamp perforation measurements (and why gauging manually is still leading the pack) (2 comments)
  • 💎 Stamp Gems for April 2018 (13 comments)

Archives for March 2018

  • Croatia that never was - postage stamps of NDH Government in Exile (9 comments)
  • 💎 Stamp Gems for March 2018 (18 comments)

Archives for February 2018

  • No article in week or two (10 comments)
  • Australia 2004 Red Lacewing stamp - new perforation variety surfaces
  • A classic forgery of Van Diemens Land Chalon postage stamp (4 comments)
  • Have you ever seriously considered selling or pawning your stamp collection? (10 comments)
  • France 2011 Precancelled postage stamp - unlisted variant or forgery (4 comments)

Archives for January 2018

  • A general rant on stamp catalog editorial quality (3 comments)
  • Papua New Guinea Commonwealth Games / ANPEX82 postage stamp - new perforation variety
  • How accurate (or inaccurate) are traditional stamp perforation gauge results (3 comments)
  • Paraguay 1937 Church of Incarnation airmail postage stamp - genuine or fake (4 comments)

Archives for December 2017

  • Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018 (4 comments)
  • A Christmas tale (7 comments)
  • Random notes on Guatemalan postage stamps (2 comments)
  • Finland Independence Day Sweepstake: win stamp catalog & stamp mixtures (40 comments)
  • Saint Petersburg local make-up postage stamps (1 comment)

Archives for November 2017

  • Beauty and the Beast: Inventorying not just quantity, but also quality of stamps (8 comments)
  • Working with Machin stamps (18 comments)
  • "Technik und Landschaft" Series (3 comments)
  • A review of Spink Maury Timbres de France 2016 (Kindle edition)
  • "Eidgenössisches Kreuz" Series (10 comments)
  • Postal tax stamps always have got a purpose (2 comments)

Archives for October 2017

  • Chalky vs ordinary stamp paper (11 comments)
  • Sometimes old stamp catalogs are better than new ones (and vice versa) (9 comments)
  • Twice the fun with two-part postage stamps. Or why half the stamp is sometimes better than none! (4 comments)
  • Algerian Setif,Guelma,Kherrata stamps of 1975 (2 comments)

Archives for September 2017

  • Every postage stamp tells a story or more (4 comments)
  • Thank goodness, they're all Cancelled-To-Order (5 comments)
  • What do you do with hundreds of duplicates of uncommon postage stamps? (5 comments)
  • Small philatelic mystery from Umm-al-Quwain
  • Introduction to Belgian precancels (5 comments)

Archives for August 2017

  • Non-governmental stamps - whats your take with them? And where to draw a line what is a postage stamp and what is not? (2 comments)
  • From crown jewel to pariah: a postage stamp filled history lesson from Aden to Yemen (2 comments)
  • To hell with stamp catalog values (10 comments)
  • Finland 2002 Lion definitive postage stamp - original vs. reprint
  • Beautiful Stamps of the World – August 2017 edition (6 comments)

Archives for July 2017

  • Forgery of 1944 Barcelona postal tax stamp (Ayuntamiento de Barcelona) (2 comments)
  • Stamp Smarter: Buying stamps online internationally (7 comments)
  • Beautiful Stamps of the World – July 2017 edition (18 comments)

Archives for June 2017

  • Crash Boom Bang! (Or how stamp collecting has moved to 21st century digital world) (5 comments)
  • What keeps you motivated with stamps and collecting? (6 comments)
  • Sincerely yours - the lost art of letter writing and it's effect on stamp collecting (4 comments)
  • Type Duval postage due stamps of France (2 comments)
  • Hamburg 1864 2½ schilling postage stamp: unusual brownish khaki color, genuine or not? (6 comments)
  • Beautiful Stamps of the World - June 2017 edition (24 comments)

Archives for May 2017

  • Review of Lape Finland Concise stamp catalogue 2015 (2 comments)
  • German ATM stamps (aka. Klüssendorf) - rethinking how to organize (9 comments)
  • Review of 'Forgeries of common stamps after World War 1: Eastern Front, Balkans,Caucasus' (3 comments)
  • New Zealand KGV definitive postage stamps- how different stamp catalogs approach the stamps, and what you can learn from it (10 comments)

Archives for April 2017

  • Choosing proper storing and housing solution for worldwide stamp collection - the grand cost comparison, 2017 edition (27 comments)
  • Perforation varieties on Polish postage stamps of the 1950s (5 comments)
  • Hungary 1962 Birds of Prey postage stamp - inking EFO (2 comments)
  • Some new discoveries on postage stamps of Sri Lanka (7 comments)

Archives for March 2017

  • Netherlands Antilles postage stamp series "Disberg" (12 comments)
  • Poll: Stamps or knowledge. Which should come first? (38 comments)
  • A more detailed look into anatomy of color shifts on modern postage stamps (32 comments)
  • The dreaded dash as stamp catalogue value (5 comments)
  • Agency stamps - the good, the bad, and the ugly (10 comments)
  • Siam 1914 postage stamps: overprint types (4 comments)

Archives for February 2017

  • You can now listen SCB (4 comments)
  • The insanity of collecting for completion (or why most stamp collectors simply draw a line on the sand) (21 comments)
  • Poll: How big is your stamp collection, and what is your cut-off date? (58 comments)
  • Czechoslovakia EXPO58 commemorative stamp: perforation variety or something else? (10 comments)
  • Down the rabbit hole no more. Or how I learned about some highly illogical twists in the way I collect stamps (6 comments)
  • How common are forgeries of classic postage stamps? And why are they so plenty?  (5 comments)

Archives for January 2017

  • Some observations on Saudi Arabian 1949 airmail stamps (12 comments)
  • Is collecting a complete worldwide stamp collection possible? Take III - the final word - money and catalog values (26 comments)
  • Stamp collecting / philately is..? (13 comments)
  • Lithuania 1992 Olympic postage stamps - perforation woes (5 comments)

Archives for December 2016

  • Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017 (12 comments)
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017 (14 comments)
  • Forgeries of Lebanese postage stamps (2 comments)
  • Perforation varieties on Sudanese 1962/75 Sennar Dam postage stamp (12 comments)

Archives for November 2016

  • Argentina UP stamps (2 comments)
  • Malawi CANCELLED postage stamps (3 comments)
  • Peruvian Pro Desocupados postal tax stamps (6 comments)
  • Stamp data visualization - or how to review postage stamp related data in fun and visual way (4 comments)

Archives for October 2016

  • The Power of Few (in philatelic publishing) (7 comments)
  • Definitely Definitive (11 comments)
  • Latvian definitive postage stamps series of 2014/2016 "flowers" (2 comments)
  • Swedish discount postage stamps

Archives for September 2016

  • A business 101 lesson on stamp collecting: Why making an extra buck with stamps is so easy, but why it rarely scales up as proper business (9 comments)
  • Postage stamp identification tricks and tips (4 comments)
  • Polish Post Insured Mail Seals (6 comments)
  • The Red and Black postage due stamps of Hungary (16 comments)
  • Czechoslovakia 1976 Use Zip Code coil stamps (8 comments)

Archives for August 2016

  • Fifteen-thousand different worldwide postage stamps for 40€ - a deal too good to be true? (6 comments)
  • Heaven and Hell - a postage stamp soaking experience (9 comments)
  • Indore postage stamps of 1904/08 - engraved, litho, or both? (7 comments)
  • Charkhari pictorial stamps of 1931 (2 comments)

Archives for July 2016

  • Charkhari stamps (2 comments)
  • Special speck of dust - what makes us (stamp) collectors tick (4 comments)
  • A Nabha postage stamp with fake overprint - possible a Hialeah forgery (4 comments)
  • Soviet 50th anniv. of October revolution EFO (4 comments)
  • The anatomy of 100,000 stamp stamp collection (or Is a completing a world collection possible, take 2) (19 comments)

Archives for June 2016

  • Postal forgeries of modern Chinese stamps (6 comments)
  • SCB Reader Survey 2016 - your feedback (or should I say Letters to the editor)
  • SCB Reader Survey 2016 - the results
  • Stamp № 100,000 (14 comments)
  • Marginal notes about postage stamps of Israel (4 comments)
  • Marginal notes about postage stamps of Finland (6 comments)

Archives for May 2016

  • Does anyone collect stamps anymore (or what any aspiring philatelic blogger/writer should know about human search behaviour) (10 comments)
  • Marginal notes about postage stamps of Germany (3 comments)
  • Marginal notes about postage stamps of Italy (6 comments)
  • Marginal notes about postage stamps of Spain (2 comments)

Archives for April 2016

  • Artifacts of war - when philately / stamp collecting and military history collide (4 comments)
  • Dutch Armenwet (poors law) postage stamps (4 comments)
  • Some South Vietnam varieties that major western stamp catalogs omit (and a small give-away) (15 comments)
  • Nordia 2016 stamp show - and why I won't be going (5 comments)
  • French postage stamps: Marianne by Decaris - types I and II (17 comments)

Archives for March 2016

  • Three practical tips every stamp collector can use to supercharge the way they collect (19 comments)
  • How do you deal with collector's block? (20 comments)
  • Space Oddity on Ecuador 1966 postage stamps (6 comments)
  • There is something terribly, terribly wrong with this postage stamp (4 comments)

Archives for February 2016

  • Review of Edwin Delsing's 'Qualität von Briefmarken' (6 comments)
  • SCB's Free Digital Perforation Gauge is here (13 comments)
  • SCB 2016 update is here (16 comments)
  • Sri Lankan "Postal Facilities for the Hon. Members of Parliament" - stamps. What are they, and why are they not listed on the catalogs? (7 comments)
  • Rare modern postage stamp - a difficult but not impossible combination (4 comments)
  • Pakistan 1994 definitive postage stamp series "Muhammad Ali Jinnah" and its varieties (4 comments)

Archives for January 2016

  • Lucky seven (4 comments)
  • Updating the philatelic theory of relativity (4 comments)
  • A review of AFA Denmark Special stamp catalog (2 comments)
  • New Zealand 1960 pictorial postage stamps - mystery after mystery unravelled (13 comments)
  • Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016 - End of an Era (22 comments)

Archives for December 2015

  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016 (8 comments)
  • Genuine color varieties that stamp catalogs omit
  • Philippine definitive postage stamp series of 1991 "Flowers" - what the major catalogs don't tell you about it (7 comments)

Archives for November 2015

  • Stamp misidentification made easy - a case of Canadian 50c Prairie Town Main Street stamp (9 comments)
  • 1970 Bulgaria Boats at Albena stamp - unlisted variety and other tidbits (2 comments)
  • Why most stamp collectors could benefit from becoming polyglots (7 comments)
  • Sharjah Post Day 1969 postage stamp unlisted in Michel. Why? (23 comments)

Archives for October 2015

  • A more scientific view on color variations and changelings on postage stamps (6 comments)
  • How to check if a stamp is a forgery or genuine, lesson 3 - North Korea 1967 postal forgery (4 comments)
  • Philatelic vocabulary (4 comments)
  • Musings of a stamp collecting tv-loving history buff (7 comments)
  • Is SCB making it or breaking it? (29 comments)
  • Overinking or something else on North Korean 1963 Orange Catchfly postage stamp? (2 comments)

Archives for September 2015

  • North Korea 1976 postage stamp - unlisted perf variety (7 comments)
  • How to check if a stamp is a forgery or genuine, lesson 2 - a case of 1870 Spanish Allegory of Hispania (3 comments)
  • Making sense of plates, dies and watermarks of KGV postage stamps (of Ceylon)
  • How to check if a stamp is a forgery or genuine - a case study of Spanish 1854 Una Unza official stamp (2 comments)

Archives for August 2015

  • What do you consider a common postage stamp? (29 comments)
  • Forgeries of Spanish State 1936 definitive postage stamps
  • SCB Facebook page now open (6 comments)

Archives for July 2015

  • Is the cost of becoming a stamp collector too high for the kids of today? (26 comments)
  • Puzzled by size difference in pair of 1906 Liberian OS (Official Service) postage stamps

Archives for June 2015

  • Men who changed postage stamp design forever (2 comments)
  • From British Southeast Asia to Brunei, Singapore and Malaysia - traveling through history with postage stamps (5 comments)

Archives for May 2015

  • Five things you should know about stamp blogging (16 comments)
  • A Quick Review of Michel Russia Specialized stamp catalog (6 comments)
  • How to identify litho from photogravure in postage stamp printing (2 comments)
  • The real value of Elvis and other celebs on stamps - what pop culture on postage stamps has left us with? (8 comments)

Archives for April 2015

  • Cancellation forgeries on Finnish stamps
  • Color variations on Zambian 3 ngwee National Dancing Troupe postage stamp (9 comments)
  • How to implement a postage stamp that is an utter catastrophe from stamp collector point of view (9 comments)
  • Few minor print flaws on Turkish postage stamps (4 comments)

Archives for March 2015

  • Constant variations on 1970 Ecuadorian butterfly postage stamp
  • Microprinting varieties on Ukrainian definitive postage stamps
  • Yet Another Epic Failure From Stanley Gibbons (21 comments)
  • Unlisted perforation varieties on Ecuador Timbre Escolar postage stamps (2 comments)
  • The mystery of Peru 1874/79 Postage due stamps without grills (5 comments)

Archives for February 2015

  • War of the Pacific: overprints on Peruvian postage stamps (2 comments)
  • SCB visits Aland Islands (10 comments)
  • When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who's to blame? (25 comments)
  • Serbian 1918 King Peter I and crown-prince Alexander stamp - a bizarre print variety (3 comments)
  • Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it's forgeries (3 comments)
  • Interesting print varieties on 1988 Bulgarian postage stamps (4 comments)

Archives for January 2015

  • SCB turns six - a new look and some new features (8 comments)
  • Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps (2 comments)
  • Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III postage stamp (6 comments)
  • Towards 100,000 stamps and other plans for 2015 (23 comments)

Archives for December 2014

  • Merry Christmas everyone (9 comments)

Archives for November 2014

  • Swiss 2009 Pro Juventute postage stamp - die cut error
  • Greek Landscapes postage stamp series of 1927 - separating different (re-engraved) prints from each other (9 comments)

Archives for October 2014

  • If you are a postage stamp catalog publisher, the most stupid thing you can do is... (14 comments)
  • Greek tragedy in perf thirteen and one quarter (or why modern postage stamps are worth checking in detail) (3 comments)
  • Unlisted perforation varieties on classic Montenegro postage stamps

Archives for September 2014

  • Montenegro 1896 Cetanje monestry postage stamp - genuine vs forgery by Fournier (7 comments)
  • Automated stamp recognition / identification software - why it is such a BAD idea to allow a machine do all the fun (work) for you (9 comments)

Archives for August 2014

  • A modern Soviet stamp forgery (7 comments)
  • Missing color on Guatemalan 1960 Spring Fair postage stamp (4 comments)
  • Is it OK to give negative feedback when you receive subpar grade postage stamps (from stamp exchange, stamp dealer etc)? (17 comments)

Archives for June 2014

  • SCB Summer Camp: Filling spaces project (10 comments)
  • Some unissued Russian Civil war era postage stamps from Armenia (8 comments)
  • The unidentifiable uglies - or how I deal with postage stamps of Indian states (8 comments)
  • Indian Capital of Asoka Pillar official postage stamps (8 comments)

Archives for May 2014

  • New perforation discoveries on Liberian postage stamps (7 comments)
  • Good stamp buy vs. bad stamp buy (14 comments)
  • Salt department revenue stamps of Egypt (7 comments)

Archives for April 2014

  • Albanian Mirdita stamps (10 comments)
  • What makes a BOB stamp a BOB? (17 comments)
  • Klaipeda postage stamp forgeries (8 comments)

Archives for March 2014

  • Review of Stamp Mate 2014 (6 comments)
  • Some useful tidbits about Hong Kong definitive postage stamps (21 comments)
  • Photographing places and locations behind postage stamp designs (10 comments)

Archives for February 2014

  • Difficulty of collecting Chinese stamps (30 comments)

Archives for January 2014

  • Definitive postage stamps of Japan: "Animal, plant and national treasure" series (15 comments)
  • Annotation techniques for stamp stock books (23 comments)

Archives for December 2013

  • Happy holidays to readers of SCB (2 comments)
  • You always learn something new from the stamps... (8 comments)

Archives for November 2013

  • Color variations on modern Cuban postage stamps (2 comments)
  • Reprints of 1950s Romanian postage stamps (8 comments)
  • The driving force behind specialization, and why so many of stamp collectors become flyspeckers (13 comments)

Archives for October 2013

  • Life, Postage Stamps and Everything (7 comments)
  • Postage stamps of Caribbean (commonwealth) - part II (4 comments)

Archives for September 2013

  • Postage stamps of Anglophone Caribbean (5 comments)
  • Guyana flower stamp with (Michel) unlisted overprint (2 comments)
  • Postage stamps of Haiti -The Audubon birds series (15 comments)

Archives for August 2013

  • Reprints or forgeries of Haitian postage stamps of 1904 (5 comments)
  • Venezuela 1896 Apoteosis De Miranda postage stamp forgeries (5 comments)
  • Few unusual postage stamps from the 1970s Trucial sheikdoms (4 comments)

Archives for July 2013

  • Forgeries (or reprints) of Ajman postage stamps (7 comments)
  • More about perforation varieties on Dubai postage stamps (8 comments)
  • 1959 Nicaraguan postal tax stamp with unknown overprint (7 comments)

Archives for June 2013

  • Azerbaijan stamps of 1923: forgery times two (5 comments)
  • Fake postmark on German occupation of Macedonia stamp (2 comments)
  • Happy stamp dad (updated) (45 comments)
  • My special stamp exchanges of 2013 (50 comments)
  • Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.4: other designs with double border frames (6 comments)

Archives for May 2013

  • Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt.3: portraits (8 comments)
  • Is this the future of self-adhesive postage stamps? (12 comments)

Archives for April 2013

  • Belgium 1882/1894 Parcel Post stamp forgeries (8 comments)
  • Which stamps are worth money? (7 comments)
  • Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt2: Jose de San Martin (10 comments)
  • Transjordan 1942 postage stamp - possible forgery (4 comments)
  • Argentinian definitive stamp series of 1954/76 pt1: introduction (16 comments)

Archives for March 2013

  • How often do you view Your stamp collection critically? And what actions do You take if You notice anything alerting? (36 comments)
  • Argentina 1908 San Martin definitive stamps (8 comments)

Archives for February 2013

  • Yugoslavia definitive postage stamp series of 1971/1989 "Tourism (city views)" (12 comments)
  • Philatelic tidbits of modern Ecuador stamps (7 comments)
  • Romanian definitive postage stamp series of 1991 "Hotels, lodges and resorts of Romania" (25 comments)

Archives for January 2013

  • Forgeries of classic Ecuador postage stamps (11 comments)
  • Ecuador 1916 stamp variety: wet printing or something else? (19 comments)

Archives for December 2012

  • Forgery of Camp Post Hanau charity seal (8 comments)
  • Merry Christmas and Happy new Year 2013 (24 comments)
  • Unknown Bulgarian cinderella stamp (9 comments)
  • Some observations on postage stamp printing practices of Central American nations

Archives for October 2012

  • History and culture of Central American nations on postage stamps (40 comments)
  • A review of Michel's Valuable Stamps of the World catalog (13 comments)
  • Soak US - what US stamps You can soak, and what not (13 comments)

Archives for September 2012

  • A primer on organizing US Washington-Franklin stamps of 1908/1922 (27 comments)
  • A review of Unitrade Specialized Catalogue Of Canadian Stamps (14 comments)
  • Glimpses of Africa through postage stamps (14 comments)

Archives for August 2012

  • South African definitive postage stamps of 1926/1954 - meet the Springbok and other iconic designs (3 comments)
  • Equatorial Guinea - a country with lost philatelic reputation (33 comments)
  • 75,000 stamps and counting, and other misc tidbits from the summer (14 comments)

Archives for June 2012

  • Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps – pt. III (10 comments)
  • Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps - pt. II

Archives for May 2012

  • Stamp collector, do you have an exit strategy? Or what happens with your stamps and collection when you kick the bucket! (12 comments)
  • Postage stamps of colonial Nigeria (19 comments)
  • Sharing your passion to stamps, stamps collecting and philately (7 comments)
  • Some revenue stamps of Egypt - need ID help (7 comments)
  • Some interesting variations on modern Egyptian postage stamps
  • King Farouk of Egypt postage stamps obliterated (5 comments)

Archives for April 2012

  • The many faces of stamp collecting (33 comments)
  • Print flaw on Italian Alti Valore definitive postage stamp
  • Definitive postage stamps of Italy: Italia Turrita aka. Syracuse coin (28 comments)
  • Austria 1908 jubilee stamp series - perforation woes (12 comments)
  • Portuguese definitive postage stamps series of 1972/74 "Landscapes and Monuments" (12 comments)

Archives for March 2012

  • Portuguese definitive postage stamp series of 1953/55 "Cavalinho" (20 comments)
  • Środkowa Litwa - postage stamps of Central Lithuania (20 comments)
  • 1955 General Franco stamp series of Spain (35 comments)

Archives for February 2012

  • My exchange & blog take a break because of health issues (again) (67 comments)
  • A sad day (23 comments)
  • Security features of Canadian high value mammal definitive postage stamps (10 comments)
  • Soviet Court Fee stamps and an early Russian revenue (8 comments)

Archives for January 2012

  • Third anniversary - happy birthday SCB! (10 comments)
  • Unlisted perforation variety on 1969 Dubai postage stamp - real or fishy? (18 comments)
  • Slurred printing on modern Brazilian definitive postage stamps (6 comments)
  • A Sweet Bite of Brazilian Stamps (4 comments)
  • Possible plate flaw on Brazilian 1961 Ouro Preto stamp (4 comments)
  • Brazilian definitive postage stamps of 1920-1941 "Série vovó" (93 comments)
  • State of my stamp collection 2011/2012 (15 comments)

Archives for December 2011

  • Hermes and Iris definitive postage stamp series of Greece (8 comments)
  • Perforation varieties of Guatemalan 1960 Spring Fair postage stamp (3 comments)
  • Season's greetings (18 comments)

Archives for November 2011

  • Some Chinese postage stamps - cancellation forgeries or something else? (18 comments)
  • About USA 60c Rickenbacker stamp (12 comments)
  • Taxe Percue postmark (6 comments)
  • Japanese New Year's postage stamps (5 comments)

Archives for October 2011

  • Japanese hometown (Furusato / prefecture) postage stamps (24 comments)
  • About early Japanese postmarks (18 comments)
  • A new, more detailed look into number of different worldwide postage stamps issued (62 comments)
  • Harvesting season in postage stamps (12 comments)
  • Unlisted perforation variety on Afghan airmail stamp (12 comments)

Archives for September 2011

  • Some intriguing Soviet postage stamps (14 comments)
  • The art of coloring postage stamps

Archives for August 2011

  • What do You do with stamps that have foxing / rust? (55 comments)
  • About pricing of online stamp catalogs (49 comments)
  • Private perforations on Czechoslovakian newspaper stamps (5 comments)

Archives for July 2011

  • Czechoslovakian 1945/47 definitive postage stamp series: Portraits (17 comments)
  • Czechoslovakian Masaryk postage stamps of 1925 -1927 (22 comments)

Archives for June 2011

  • Japanese 1898 parcel post revenue stamp (12 comments)
  • Summer break 2012 (14 comments)

Archives for May 2011

  • Postage stamps of Azerbaijan throughout different periods in history (21 comments)
  • Confessions of an aging stamp collector. (58 comments)
  • Australian Fine Art stamp series high values - color variation and specimen overprint (22 comments)
  • Revolution and evolution - the role and challenges of technology in stamp collecting (17 comments)

Archives for April 2011

  • Swedish TuristPorto / tourist postage stamps
  • What makes a happy stamp collector? (33 comments)
  • Finnish Parliamentery ballot cancellation (4 comments)
  • Philatelic safari to Burundi (7 comments)
  • Investing in postage stamps - further thoughts (27 comments)

Archives for March 2011

  • Poland 1950 Rebuilding of Warsaw postage stamps (11 comments)
  • Causes of bad teeth (on postage stamps) (8 comments)

Archives for February 2011

  • Persian mystery - 1906 Provisoire postage stamps with unlisted overprint (13 comments)
  • Mounting stamp collections digitally (53 comments)
  • Misdated postal markings and a Finnish Zeppelin cover (6 comments)
  • 65 Degrees North (2 comments)

Archives for January 2011

  • USA "A partridge in a pear tree" Christmas postage stamp - EFO or color changeling? (45 comments)

Archives for December 2010

  • Merry Christmas (3 comments)
  • Progress and satisfaction you get from organizing your stamp collection (6 comments)
  • Argentina 1862 Coat of Arms stamp - a common counterfeit (3 comments)

Archives for November 2010

  • A short review of Gibbons Stamp Monthly (5 comments)
  • Finnish Christmas postage stamps 2010 (7 comments)
  • Unidentified Spanish fiscal revenue stamp (8 comments)
  • Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1973-) – United Arab Emirates (6 comments)
  • Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1963-1973) - the stamps of sheikdoms of Abu Dhabi, Ajman and Manama, Dubai, Fujeira, Ras al-Khaima, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain (4 comments)
  • Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1892- 1963) - British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia, Trucial States (6 comments)

Archives for October 2010

  • Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction (42 comments)
  • eBooks are the future of stamp catalogs and other philatelic literature (39 comments)
  • Stamp collecting, the Hobby of Kings - is it truly for the rich? (14 comments)
  • Of common good and volunteer work in stamp clubs and philatelic societies (5 comments)
  • British Wilding stamps with Christmas Island BFPO postmark (10 comments)
  • Using high resolution scans as an aid in philately (15 comments)

Archives for September 2010

  • Fairy tales for stamp collectors (19 comments)
  • The more I learn of stamp collecting, the less I realize that I actually know (7 comments)
  • A simplified anatomy of my BRD stamp collection (2 comments)
  • Unlisted doubleprint variety on German postage stamp (10 comments)

Archives for August 2010

  • Revenue stamp from Ticino (6 comments)
  • Best of British stamp design (12 comments)
  • Swiss "Schweizerische Landesausstellung" postage stamps of 1939 (2 comments)
  • How deep to go when building a stamp collection? (16 comments)
  • Time and devotion (7 comments)
  • Hungarian 1986/1991 definitive postage stamp series: "Castles I" (12 comments)
  • Confessions of a philatelic hoarder (24 comments)
  • Long postage stamp series - how to keep track of what You have / need? (13 comments)

Archives for July 2010

  • Marca da Bollo and other Italian fiscal stamps (4 comments)
  • Milan 1906 World Fair cinderella stamp
  • A quick review of Norma 2010, a specialized catalog of Finnish stamps (2 comments)
  • I'm back...With review of SOTW 2010 and misc stamp related tidbits (4 comments)

Archives for June 2010

  • Se-tenant pairs of South African postage stamps (9 comments)
  • 1977 South African (RSA) definitive stamp series "Protea plants" (22 comments)
  • Postage stamps of South African homelands (1 comment)

Archives for May 2010

  • Top 5 free online stamp catalogues reviewed (89 comments)
  • Nigeria 1973 definitive postage stamps (8 comments)
  • Collecting airmail labels (2 comments)
  • Swaziland 15/45c overprinted butterfly postage stamp - why is it so valuable? (7 comments)
  • The die cut postage stamps of Sierra Leone (14 comments)
  • Collecting stamps from Africa (11 comments)
  • Angola bogus stamps - and a story behind Fournier forgery (9 comments)
  • Happy May Day (1 comment)

Archives for April 2010

  • The US 4c Dag Hammarskjold invert stamp error (17 comments)
  • Unsolicited stamp trader listings - beware of stamptraders.org (12 comments)
  • Minor variety on 1971 Kenya postage stamp
  • Building philatelic knowledge (12 comments)
  • My favorite postage stamps (25 comments)
  • 1877 3d red Samoa Times Express stamp (10 comments)
  • Hungarian souvenir sheet for European Football Championships (2 comments)
  • UK 1971 strike mail letter from Malawi (4 comments)

Archives for March 2010

  • Stamp stockbooks: Black versus white background on pages - not just a matter of visual preference (21 comments)
  • A story of a dinosaur stamp (5 comments)
  • The Camel Postman stamps of Sudan - evolution of a classic (8 comments)
  • Collecting stamps in 2030 AD (20 comments)
  • 5:13AM (6 comments)
  • Breaking the mold - mixing the world of traditional stamp album pages with stockbooks (15 comments)
  • Random stamp stories (1 comment)
  • Winter holiday 2010 feelings (3 comments)
  • Shifted overprint on Congo (Kinshasa) stamp (2 comments)

Archives for February 2010

  • The Faberge stamp booklet (1 comment)
  • Golden era stamp collectors and philatelists (4 comments)
  • Goddess of plenty - more about Seebeck postage stamp reprints (4 comments)
  • And a case of good luck :) (2 comments)
  • A case of bad luck (14 comments)
  • About difference between a stamp collector and philatelist (42 comments)
  • Sewing machine roulettes on Vietnamese stamps (7 comments)
  • Doubled gold frame error on Vietnamese stamp
  • Stamps, quality and grading: Quality of cancel / postmark (39 comments)

Archives for January 2010

  • Stamps, quality and grading: Quality of print (4 comments)
  • Stamps, quality and grading: The basics (4 comments)
  • How to remove cigarette smell from postage stamps (or any other paper product) (14 comments)
  • Besides stamp collecting what other hobbies do you have? (9 comments)
  • Seebeck postage stamp reprints (3 comments)
  • Demystifying CTO (Cancelled To Order) stamps (40 comments)
  • Five-year Plan definitive postage stamps of East Germany (DDR/GDR) (38 comments)

Archives for November 2009

  • Finnish Christmas postage stamps 1973-1996: feels like Christmas (4 comments)
  • My Stamp collection (20 comments)
  • How to create perfect cross-references between Scott, Michel, Stanley Gibbons etc. stamp catalogue - legally (66 comments)
  • A review of Stamp Albums Web (aka Steiner pages) (34 comments)
  • The anatomy of (stamp) fun (30 comments)
  • Investing in postage stamps (10 comments)

Archives for October 2009

  • Keeping a worldwide stamp collection in order (63 comments)
  • International Year of Astronomy m/s from Canada (4 comments)
  • Keeping a stamp collection safe from dangers of natural surroundings (19 comments)
  • Cross shaped self-adhesive stamps from Finland (8 comments)
  • October 2009 Survey - long or short articles? (9 comments)
  • How to get youth and young adults into stamp collecting (30 comments)
  • Hungarian 1973 definitive postage stamps with dark green color omitted (2 comments)
  • 1946 Hungarian stamp - color error or changeling? (4 comments)
  • 1954 Hungary Aviators Day stamp plate flaw
  • Canadian Save the Polars and Glaciers miniature sheet (4 comments)

Archives for September 2009

  • I hate when postal service ruins a beautifully stamped letter /card / parcel (6 comments)
  • Competitive stamp exhibiting stinks (12 comments)
  • Spanish double impression stamp: double print, kiss print or simply overinked? (7 comments)
  • Giro Nacional cancels on Spanish postage stamps (2 comments)
  • Spanish ATM stamps (23 comments)
  • Cyprus ATM stamps (4 comments)
  • Stamp trading should be equally beneficial (3 comments)
  • Introduction to collecting ATM stamps (6 comments)
  • Collecting stamps on a budget (19 comments)
  • Rural postmarks on Cyprus stamps (3 comments)
  • Cyprus 1993 "Mufflon" error postage stamp (4 comments)
  • Setting a value for worldwide stamp collection (21 comments)

Archives for August 2009

  • Damn unsoakable (American) postage stamps. Or if you can't soak them, then... (86 comments)
  • Lundy Puffin postage stamps (47 comments)
  • Herm Island local stamp -1961 Europa(CEPT) (2 comments)
  • The unusual stuff found on kiloware (5 comments)
  • Which of these postage stamps went up in value? (2 comments)
  • Singapore MyStamp promotional card (8 comments)
  • A short commercial break (5 comments)
  • India 1924 Mount Everest Expedition label (8 comments)
  • I'm not a postcrosser (16 comments)

Archives for July 2009

  • Numbers game - or how the number of postage stamps issued has grown massively after the 1910s (6 comments)
  • Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt7): summary (31 comments)
  • Stock cards for stamps - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt6)
  • Stock pages for stamps - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt5) (32 comments)
  • Blank stamp album pages - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt4) (3 comments)
  • DIY stamp album pages - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt3) (62 comments)
  • Pre-printed (commercial) stamp album pages - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt2) (12 comments)
  • Stamp stockbooks - Choosing a proper storing and housing solutions for worldwide stamp collection (pt1) (20 comments)
  • A matter of storage - this is how I try to keep my worldwide stamp collection in order (15 comments)

Archives for June 2009

  • In search of perfect stamp exchange recipe (10 comments)
  • Non-inverted Jenny - the less rare counterpart of worlds best known postage stamp error (4 comments)
  • US 40c Philip Mazzei airmail stamp (6 comments)
  • Keeping track of stamp collection (299 comments)
  • US First Man on the Moon stamp (29 comments)
  • Introduction to United States Precancels (20 comments)
  • Coloring book with images of Finnish postage stamps
  • German Morgenpost stamps (5 comments)
  • Is a complete all-era worldwide stamp collection possible? (57 comments)
  • How to soak kiloware - kitchensink philately basics (59 comments)
  • Green matter: how we stamp collectors can support more sustainable and environment friendly solutions
  • Customs duty cancel on Norwegian definitive postage stamp (4 comments)
  • Bogus stamps: Isö, Sweden (21 comments)
  • Master stamp engraver Czeslaw Slania (2 comments)

Archives for May 2009

  • The fine art of Ivan Aguéli on stamps (4 comments)
  • Swedish Landstormen semipostal postage stamps
  • The beauty of socked on the nose (5 comments)
  • A swedish coil stamp mystery (10 comments)
  • Interview with Romaniastamp.com’s Mats Blückert (8 comments)
  • Polish dogs on cover (7 comments)
  • Swiss postage meter stamps (5 comments)
  • Swiss T-cancels on postage stamps stand for postage due
  • A matter of color - identifying stamp colors accurately (26 comments)
  • Stranger on a strange land - Swiss postage stamp cancelled in UK (6 comments)
  • Starting a stamp collection - my story (5 comments)
  • Casual stamp collector in Helsinki (12 comments)
  • Interview with Rainbow Stamp Club's Jeevan Jyoti (12 comments)
  • Postage stamps people use (2 comments)
  • Beautiful La Semeuse (the Sower) stamps of France (25 comments)
  • Precancels on French stamps (15 comments)

Archives for April 2009

  • A French mystery stamp (Exportation Qualité Réglementée) - export quality control stamp (19 comments)
  • Vive la France – some good reasons to collect French stamps (4 comments)
  • How much is my stamp collection worth – straight talk about real world stamp values and prices (127 comments)
  • Spring at last - Finnish spring flowers on postage stamps (2 comments)
  • Classic Austrian / Austro-Hungarian postage stamps (40 comments)
  • Beautiful Austria (Schönes Österreich) definitive postage stamp with strange cancel (9 comments)
  • A quick review of Linn's Stamp News Digital edition (4 comments)
  • A short review of Michel online stamp catalogue (5 comments)
  • Why most stamp collecting / inventory software solutions suck? (525 comments)
  • Christian Easter in postage stamps of Equatorial Guinea (2 comments)
  • Of Sahara OCC RASD stamps (9 comments)
  • Of Somali Republic stamp (11 comments)
  • Nordic mythology on Norden miniature sheets
  • Lighthouses of Finland miniature sheet (3 comments)

Archives for March 2009

  • Finland 2007 Eurovision song contest miniature sheet
  • The Imperial Winter Egg by Carl Faberge - Finland Miniature Sheet
  • German colonies Yacht postage stamps
  • CTO cancelled Wurttemberg stamps (3 comments)
  • The story of Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (2 comments)
  • Some early Bavarian postage stamps (3 comments)
  • Private local postage stamps of Hamburg (4 comments)
  • Good ol' time adventure and mystery (3 comments)
  • High values of Hong Kong 1997 Skyline definitive postage stamps
  • 1945 China postage due stamp with double perf
  • Queen Victoria era Hong Kong postage stamps with perfins & company markings (2 comments)
  • British Post Offices in China (3 comments)
  • Finland Friendship Miniature sheet 1998
  • Interesting Japanese postmark (16 comments)
  • Some classic revenue stamps of Japan (updated) (3 comments)

Archives for February 2009

  • WW2 Christmas seals (2 comments)
  • Old christmas seals from Denmark (4 comments)
  • Some interesting Danish postmarks
  • Some Denmark postage stamp perfins (23 comments)
  • US 8c Eisenhower stamp misperf error
  • 1997 American Holly greeting stamp color error
  • Used US stamps high values (1 comment)
  • 1912 US Parcel Post stamp
  • Great Britain 1902 King Edvard VII stamp with KLD perfin (2 comments)
  • Q&A: Help I inherited a stamp collection. What should I do with it? (184 comments)
  • Q&A: stamp albums, stock books and other storage methods (144 comments)
  • Q&A: stamp catalogs and other publications (74 comments)
  • Q&A: stamp software (58 comments)
  • Q&A: what stamp is this? (323 comments)
  • Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (66 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Austria and Austrian areas (61 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of BENELUX (Belgium, Netherland, Luxembourg) (41 comments)
  • Q&A:Stamps of Britain and Commonwealth (132 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Bulgaria (18 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Canada (38 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Chile (4 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of China (20 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Czech, Slovakia & Czechoslovakia (24 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Denmark (23 comments)
  • Q&A: Stamps of Finland (30 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of France & colonies (48 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Germany and German areas (144 comments)
  • Modern forgery of classic postage stamps: Industrial Exhibition in Madrid (Spain) of 1907 (8 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Hungary (25 comments)
  • Too much sun is harmful, even for stamps
  • Q&A: stamps of India and Indian states (19 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Italy and Italian colonies (30 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Japan (16 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Norway (9 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Pakistan (2 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Philippines (6 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Romania and related areas (16 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Russia and areas (64 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Spain & Spanish colonies (42 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Sweden (22 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of US and related territories (80 comments)
  • Q&A: stamps of Yugoslavia and related areas (8 comments)
  • Feedback for the blog (76 comments)
  • Suggest a topic for blog entry (26 comments)
  • Introduce yourself (90 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions Nov 2013 - Aug 2015) (91 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions Nov 2012 – Sep 2013) (57 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions May 2012 - Oct 2012) (79 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions Jan 2012 – May 2012) (73 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions Sep 2011 – Jan 2012) (65 comments)
  • Q&A archives : Ask anything about stamps, collecting, life (Archived questions Jan 2010 – Aug 2011) (75 comments)
  • Ask anything about SCB newsletter (22 comments)
  • Misc updates, notices etc. (66 comments)

Archives for January 2009

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