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Non-governmental stamps - whats your take with them? And where to draw a line what is a postage stamp and what is not?

Non-governmental stamps - whats your take with them? And where to draw a line what is a postage stamp and what is not?Universal Mail. DX Mail. MorgenPost. Fastway Post. DCS. Pete's Post Ltd. TNT International Mail. Easy Post International... If you have not been living under the cave for the past two decades, then you have likely found, seen or at least heard on some of the non-governmental stamp issuers above. I find it interesting how little factual information on these alternative postal service operators and their labels and stamps is out there. With all the postal services deregulation worldwide, it is not as if the number and variety of these alternative postal operators would go down, but maybe some day in the future there will really be a situation where some countries will no longer have their own postal service, but instead fully rely on third party run 'hired gun' to take care of national and international mail collecting. ...(1178 words,10 images, 2 comments)

New Zealand KGV definitives - how different catalogs approach the stamps and what you can learn from it

New Zealand KGV definitives - how different catalogs approach the stamps and what you can learn from itJack of all trades, master of none holds very true with us worldwide collectors.  I got reminded on this when sorting up with small batch of New Zealand King George V stamps recently. Though I believed I had pretty good working knowledge on the stamps, I decided to re-read various catalogs at my disposal before digging any further, and I actually learned quite a lot new stuff while at it. The fun part is that all catalogs provided a slightly different angle for these stamps. ...(1196 words,4 images, 10 comments)

New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials - mystery after mystery unravelled

New Zealand 1960 flower pictorials - mystery after mystery unravelledThis story began during the Boxing day when I started sorting a small pile of duplicates of 1960s NZ definitive stamps. As regular readers of the blog know, one of my habits is to compare copies of common stamps lined up side by side as it's one of the fastest ways to notice abnormal specimens. And whilst doing so I noted that few 3d and 8d stamps had 'weird' vertical perforations that didn't seem to match with the other specimens. Since these stamps should not have any perforation variants (besides the coil version of 1d and 3d - which these weren't) I knew something weird was going on. So I started digging up a bit further, and found a pretty interesting story to share. ...(565 words,3 images, 13 comments)

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