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Random notes and observations about postage stamps of modern day Algeria

Random notes and observations about postage stamps of modern day AlgeriaMoving forth with last weeks post, here are some random notes and observations about stamps of modern day Algeria. Once again I unfortunately have more open questions than answers about these varieties. ...(431 words,4 images, 0 comments)

Misc observations and notes from postage stamps of French Algeria

Misc observations and notes from postage stamps of French AlgeriaWhen it comes to general worldwide collecting, one of my pet peeves is that there are so many unanswered questions with less popular areas.  For example I recently moved all my Algerian and Tunisian stamps into a new stockbook, and while in the process I tried to re-study some of the varieties I had collected over the years. ...(962 words,8 images, 0 comments)

Sometimes old stamp catalogs are better than new ones (and vice versa)

Sometimes old stamp catalogs are better than new ones (and vice versa)Progress is a double-edged sword. Look no further than any stamp catalog at your bookshelf . Though a lot of things (like paper quality) have improved in stamp catalogues over the years, I am confident that you (like me) also miss a lot of things that publishers have wiped out in name of progress. As an example here I've chosen Algerian stamp from 1966/71 featuring Emir Abdelkader and two editions of Michel catalogs with 17 years in between. ...(1155 words,4 images, 9 comments)

Algerian Setif,Guelma,Kherrata stamps of 1975

Algerian Setif,Guelma,Kherrata stamps of 1975In 1975 Algerian Post issued seven stamps in commemoration of the the 30th anniversary of uprising against the French colons (settlers) in provinces of of Setif, Guelma and Kherrata. In addition, a surcharged version of one of the values was released in 1978. Though general stamp catalogues don't tell much on these stamps, there's once again much more than meets the eye. ...(460 words,4 images, 2 comments)

Precancels on French stamps

Precancels on French stampsTo continue with last weeks theme with France, I'll be talking about precancels - or préoblitérés as French say - on French postage stamps. In short, a precancelled stamp is a stamp that has been cancelled before being affixed to mail. Precancels are typically used by mass mailers like newspapers and advertisers. The postal administration will typically offer an incentive in the form of a reduced price for precancelled stamps in volume. ...(258 words,3 images, 15 comments)

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