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Thread: game of thrones
17/01/2018 15:30:29

Well good luck with that. Just a question, what size page are you using? A5?

17/01/2018 15:17:47

Nice to hear something from you, Julian. Sorry to hear about your health, but here's to the future.

Nice prize that you won. It is a nice set for sure. Though I didn't grow up in the UK I had similar toys when I was a kid, for example I didn't have a Action Man but instead a GI Joe (same thing, really, just better quality and better range of stuff to go with it).

Keep your chin up and get better.......


Thread: German stamps query
17/01/2018 15:07:39

It is a 1920 Germania definitive stamp, printed in carmine / black and it will have the lozenges watermark. It is catalogued SG 152 / Michel 153. As you say, it is a type I printing. As you can clearly see, the Deutsches Reich inscription is not centred within the frame as would have been the case with the type II printing.

As to the date, it looks correct: these stamps became invalid at the end of October, 1922. (The 5-6N refers to the collection time of between 1700 - 1800 in the evening, BTW)

As to the perfins, no idea! There were thousands of them in the Reich period. I can tell you, however, that it is from a private company as the governmental departments didn't use perfins. They had dedicated official stamps for official use.


Edited By Alex on 17/01/2018 15:27:05

Thread: Regiment stamps
09/01/2018 21:27:21

Yes, I did notice that but wasn't sure whether the actual image was reversed.

Does seem unusual that they were printed in reverse. Is the other side gummed? Could be printers waste, possibly offset prints, perhaps. Or maybe they are transfers.


09/01/2018 19:49:39

Well, they're not postage stamps.

They look like stickers for children to stick into some cheap album on British military badges. Possibly mid 20th century as the crowns appear to be George VI.


Thread: Help identifying this stamp
30/12/2017 18:53:50


Your stamp was first issued in 1922 in a set produced between that year and 1932.

There are some varieties to watch out for, such as the 1929 type II issue or the 1923 19.75 X 22.25mm issue.

Early American stamps can be a minefield and it is best to consult a good stamp catalogue such as SG.


Thread: Help identifying Irish stamp
17/12/2017 13:10:25


These appear to be fund raising labels or 'cinderellas', rising funds for a good cause in Ireland. They're not official stamps for postal use. Probably from the first half of the 20th century when a million pennies (£10000) was a lot of money!

The central phrase and symbolic tree is, I believe, of Irish Protestants origin in Ulster but that doesn't necessarily mean they're not from the Republic. I guess you can research the background further with that scant information.


Thread: Machines and stamp packs
09/10/2017 17:46:16

Sorry to hear you've been under the weather.

That is a nice item you have won, good for you.


Thread: Stockbook without interleaves
10/09/2017 08:03:25

I agree.

I also had one of these older stock books when I first started collecting stamps. I found that the perforations of the stamps caught so every time I opened the book some would be pulled out and I even had some that tore.

If you do want one, however, there are some still in production, cheaply made for children in the PRC.


Thread: Canada 5c
31/08/2017 19:21:14

Ha ha, I see you beat me to it.

See, you're doing great. You don't need me at all.

Keep up the good work.......

31/08/2017 19:18:03


I think that it may be a perfin for the Canadian Bell Telephone company, hence BT.

Sorry, I don't visit the cemetery here very often these days but I have been busy elsewhere with my other interests. But I'll pop in now and again to make sure you're looked after.


Thread: Minxy Carmen Country Canada
19/08/2017 11:09:09

Hmmmm, the upgraded 'plane stamps were the first thing I noticed! I have loads of these types of postal upgrades from places like new Zealand to Rhodesia. Loved them as a kid, still do.

Thread: Unusual Ceylon Bistre Ed VII 5c.
19/08/2017 11:06:15

What is the paper like?

It appears to be cut out of a Ceylon postal stationery post card or such like. They had a range of this design In various postal rates, including this 5c one.


Thread: Minxy Carmen Country Canada
18/08/2017 19:23:30


The perforations are common for North American (USA and Canada) stamps and are called Line Perforations. There is, as can be seen in your examples, little co-ordination at the corners where the lines meet.

The cancellations were made by what were once termed Cork Cancellers, though I've no idea what you folk here would call them. Though termed cork cancellers, they were often made out of wood, metal or hard rubber, as well as cork. That is the name in my treasured old The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia and that is what I still call 'em.


Thread: Great rarity
29/07/2017 18:25:03

You're so right, Trevor.

It was actually a pleasant surprise to see the stamp on my mail. And it is a good design, too.

I felt like a kid again soaking the stamp off the paper and drying it before putting it into an album.

How can children experience this joyful little activity if they, or their parents, never see a real, non Machin, stamp on their mail. They have no chance of getting the 'stamp bug'.

29/07/2017 17:49:00

A rare event for me today, indeed.

I actually received a letter with a fairly recent commemorative stamp on it. A normal letter, not from a stamp dealer or such like. WOW, my first one of the year, and its only the 29th of July! And, as an added bonus, it has a real cancellation on it rather than the usual pen scribble. I'm so blessed...........!



Edited By Alex on 29/07/2017 17:54:38

21/07/2017 08:27:43

I used to buy stamps every month from an approvals guy who supplied an SASE (how many modern folk even remember that abbreviation?) covered in a variety of stamps to cover the registered fee. And he wrote the value on the envelope too.

Every month, for about four or five years, held the same old frustration and stress.

First the huffing and puffing about the stamps as the counter staff didn't recognise them! And these were some fairly recent stamps from the mid 1990s we're talking about (though, of course, many looked like a child's label by then) and no NVIs as far as I recall.

Then came the monthly ritual of taking out the calculator from under the counter and adding up all the values, one stamp at a time. Of course, for added spice, the staff would make a mistake now and again and with a gloating smile they would state "you're underpaid or overpaid!". Well, I'd point out the written value at the top of the envelope and with another, bigger, huff they would start again, getting the correct value second time round.

With that they would cancel the stamps, punching down hard on them as they, I suppose, wanted to punch me hard on the nose!

I was a pain in the a** for them, they were complete dumb a**** to me!

Off course the ordeal wasn't finished yet as I still had to walk the 'walk of shame' past the hundred people behind me waiting in the line, each of them hating ME for holding them all up!

Oh, the joy of stamp collecting.....



Edited By Alex on 21/07/2017 08:31:28

Thread: Thermochromic Stamp USA
11/07/2017 19:28:52

There are a few out there, mostly of recent issue.

My favorites are the thermo - aromatic stamps though. There is one that smells of coffee and I have some German stamps with strawberries printed on them - you gently rub the image with your finger and the stamps gives off a strawberry like aroma (relevant to the tennis season we're in!).

Thread: Mystery stamp from Minxy Carmen :-)
10/07/2017 16:44:26

No mystery.

This is a Japanese Government of the Philippines stamps, one of a pair issued in 1943

Check Philippines catalog.

Note the Japanese national flag (under the cancel).

Scott numbers N26 & N27 / SG J29 & J30.



Edited By Alex on 10/07/2017 16:50:02

10/07/2017 15:36:42


It is a Japanese stamp from their occupation of the Philippines and it was issued on the first anniversary of the occupation (issued 7th May, Showa 18 (1943) as shown on the stamp).


Edited By Alex on 10/07/2017 15:42:53

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