In 1965 Hungary issued a set of stamps depicting birds of prey to commemorate 65th anniversary of Agricultural Museum. The 60 filler stamp features Western Marsh Harrier in its natural habitat, and the below illustration displays two copies of this stamp. Like most of my stamp stories there's a twist: the left side copy features an unlisted variety. ...(257 words,2 images, 2 comments)
One of my all time favorite stamp series is the iconic 1958 Hungarian postage dues which the Hungarians call very descriptively as 'Vörös Fekete Porto' - meaning 'red and black postage dues'. The design and implementation of these stamps have got all the aspects of a classic: a simple yet elegant bi-colored design repeated with 16 different face values in two different perforations. Sadly a lot of advanced collectors show no love for these stamps as they, like most Hungarian stamps, are usually found as CTOs in stamp mixtures aimed for the new collector. What I am about to show will hopefully change your mind. ...(1062 words,9 images, 13 comments)
When I wrote shortly about these stamps last week, I had no idea what kind of thrilling research adventure I'd be taken into. I thought I had picked a somewhat simple series to play with for upcoming weekend (as well as for blog topic), but boy I was wrong. I did have a superb weekend when digging up resources and researching stamps from the series. This post contains updated bits and pieces, as well as more detailed information about the series. And then there are plenty of scans from my collection. ...(774 words,17 images, 12 comments)
Here's something not so ordinary I found while soaking Hungarian kiloware during the Easter. It is a used 1972 souvenir sheet issued to commemorate Football European Championships in Belgium. ...(91 words,1 images, 2 comments)
And to finalize this week's "freakshow", here's a 1973 Hungarian 3 forint definitive postage stamp with dark green color omitted. The most noticeable difference is when looking at the trees on the hills, but it does affect other areas too. ...(117 words,1 images, 2 comments)
Moving on with EFO's, next on the line I have a 1946 Hungarian definitive stamp ("Industrial worker") with somewhat dramatic color change. It's possible that one of the colors has been omitted during print, or this is some sort of chemical changeling. ...(193 words,2 images, 4 comments)
It's been a while since I showcased some of the interesting EFO's (Errors, Freaks, Oddities) from my collection. Recently I came across with this easy to notice plate flaw with Hungarian 1954 Aviators Day postage stamp. ...(90 words,2 images, 0 comments)
Do you have a question about stamps / philately of Hungary (and related territories)? Your questions answered. ...( 25 comments).