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Postage stamps and philately of Trucial states

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Small mystery from Umm-al-Quwain

Small mystery from Umm-al-QuwainI know Sand Dunes, especially the 1970s stamps,  are not everyone's cup of tea. But please bear with me as I find items such as these Umm-al-Quwain stamps great edutaiment when it comes to many faces of modern errors, freaks and oddities. ...(306 words,3 images, 0 comments)

Sharjah Post Day 1969 - 5 riyal m/s - unlisted in Michel. Why?

Sharjah Post Day 1969  - 5 riyal m/s - unlisted in Michel. Why?Here's a truly oddball item that's got me puzzled: ...(312 words,1 images, 23 comments)

Few more unusual stamps from the 1970s Trucial sheikdoms

Few more unusual stamps from the 1970s Trucial sheikdomsI acknowledge a lot of us western stamp collectors have certain assumptions about the so called 1970s 'Sand dune stamps', and with this entry I try overrun some of these beliefs by sharing few more or less unusual items. ...(596 words,5 images, 4 comments)

Forgeries (or reprints) of Ajman stamps

Forgeries (or reprints) of Ajman stampsIt's the last day of my summer holidays, and I've spent it with one of my favorite topics: the stamps of Sand Dunes. I know, I know... They're 'wallpaper' stamps. But trust me, they do have their appeal. If yesterday's topic of unlisted perforation varieties on stamps of Dubai, stamps didn't get You measuring some perforations, then hopefully this post about Ajman stamps does. I assume the following stamps are either forgeries or reprints (by issuing agency). The common characteristics for all is that they are of perforation other than stated on the catalogs. ...(547 words,5 images, 7 comments)

More about perforation varieties on Dubai Stamps

More about perforation varieties on Dubai StampsRemember the Dubai fish stamp perforation variety I blogged about 18 months ago. Since then I've accumulated quite a lot of new stuff into my 'Sand dunes' stamp collection, and now possess several Dubai items that match similar characteristics. Here's one of them: a 1968 commemorative series displaying various flowers. ...(291 words,3 images, 8 comments)

Unlisted perforation variety on 1969 Dubai stamp - real or fishy?

Unlisted perforation variety on 1969 Dubai stamp - real or fishy?  Whilst adding some new stamps to my Middle East stockbook, I noted something funny on 1969 set of Dubai fish stamps. The stamps have two very different perforations. According to general catalogs I have, this series should exist only in perforation of 11. But I also have a set in perforation of 14 :shock: ...(246 words,2 images, 18 comments)

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1973-) – United Arab Emirates

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1973-) – United Arab EmiratesThe final era in collecting stamps of Trucial States is UAE, United Arab Emirates. Unlike its preceders, UAE has been highly conservative stamp publisher. Topics of stamps are usually national, and only approx.1,000 face different stamps have been issued from 1973 to date. As my collection of UAE stamps is highly limited, I'll focus on what I have - meaning mainly various definitive stamp series. ...(151 words,4 images, 6 comments)

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1963-1973) - the independent sheikdoms

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1963-1973) - the independent sheikdomsOn early 1960s the political treaties between UK and sheikdoms were about to expire. Amongst other things, this lead to situation where the sheikdoms took over the local postal operations and began their own stamp production. Below is a short summary of what each Trucial state issued (please note, the figures are based on my personal counts/notes based on Michel. There is likely some level of errata involved): ...(794 words,6 images, 4 comments)

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1892- 1963) - British PAs in Eastern Arabia & issues of Trucial States

Collecting stamps of Trucial states (1892- 1963) - British PAs in Eastern Arabia & issues of Trucial StatesThe Trucial States were a group of sheikhdoms in the Persian Gulf on so called "pirate coast" of eastern Arabia (between Oman and Qatar). The location of sheikdoms is displayed on below world map: ...(251 words,2 images, 6 comments)

Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introduction

Collecting stamps of Trucial states - a short introductionAn issue I feel great deal of interest, anguish and anger at the same time is collecting stamps from Trucial states. And no, I'm not talking about the recent Trucial countries, but the small sheikdoms like Ajman, Fujeira, Sharjah and Um-al-Qiwain that issued huge amounts of postage stamps (mainly for collectors, not for real postage needs) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ...(617 words,3 images, 42 comments)

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