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Keeping track of long and complex stamp series pt.2 - case of South African definitives of 1926/1954

Keeping track of long and complex stamp series pt.2 - case of South African definitives of 1926/1954It's been roughly two years since I shared some of my practices about keeping long and complex stamp series in order. As my techniques have matured a bit further, I think an update to the topic is well deserved. As a case example, I'm using the South African definitives of 1926/1954 that gave me hours of fun during the rainy summer days of June. ...(503 words,9 images, 3 comments)

English-Afrikaans se-tenant stamps of South Africa

English-Afrikaans se-tenant stamps of South AfricaOne of the peculiarities of philatelic world are se-tenant stamps of South Africa. Between years 1926 and 1951 (and a single set in 1955) all South African stamps were issued with an English inscribed stamp and an Afrikaans inscribed stamp alternating throughout the sheet. ...(139 words,3 images, 9 comments)

1977 South African protea definitive stamp series

1977 South African protea definitive stamp seriesIf I had to choose between commemorative and definitive stamps, then my choice would be definitive stamps. Take for example the 1977 South African Republic definitive stamp series displaying protea plants. I got hooked with these in late 1990's. ...(357 words,4 images, 22 comments)

Stamps of South African homelands

Stamps of South African homelandsAs a large part of the world is preparing to follow the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, I've decided to dedicate few upcoming posts to South African stamps and postal history. Let's begin the journey with so called homeland or bantustan (peoples land) stamps. In short homelands system was a territory set aside for black inhabitants of South Africa and South West Africa (currently Namibia) as part of the policy of apartheid. ...(189 words,3 images, 1 comments)

A short commercial break

A short commercial breakI was very suprised to find this very large cover in my postbox.  And even more suprised I became, when I opened the cover. ...(407 words, images, 5 comments)

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