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Thread: To be or not to be?
08/08/2017 18:59:07

"C" category? If you mean Cinderella - very many were gummed.

Some postage stamps were issued without gum. The catalogue should tell you. If issued like that then fine, no reason for a refund. If gummed then M or UM (=MNH for the USA) would be an appropriate description. Stamps which don't have gum but should are definitely worth less. Depends what it is, but this is generally true.

One to look out for are some of the Commonwealth EVII / GV high values which were used for revenue purposes (so often cancelled with a pen stroke) where the cancel has been removed or bleached out giving the appearance of "mint no gum". Sometimes too these have been regummed. It may be possible to tell if the gum goes over the edge of the perorations and is visible on the perf tips or edges. Almost all stamps were gummed before being perforated!


Thread: Is this an unusual Postmark
30/07/2017 19:58:59

the bit at left of the crown is an E for Edward, R = Rex or King Edward (VII) - part of a machine cancel - so not unusual I'm afraid. DG by the way, seems to have been used by Diconto Gesellschaft, London. The perfin was produced by Sloper's company and delivered in 1902 according to Tompkin's catalogue.

Thread: Foreign branch postmarks
26/07/2017 22:09:50


- they cancelled newspaper wrappers and other non-standard things like "large flats" in the modern parlance. Undated like most printed matter / book post materials. To quote John Parmenter "This reduction in charges (in 1870) led to a great increase in the number of newspapers and circulars the Post Office handled. The increase in demand coupled with the tradition in the Post Office that there was no dispatch date stamp on these items, led to a proliferation of single obliterators. They were made of a soft material, wood, cork or felt, which facilitated the cancelling of rolled newspapers. The frequently wore out and the replacements were often of a different design".

(from J Parmenter, "Barred Numeral Cancellations of London", British Philatelic Trust, London, 1999. pages xxix - xxx.)

There are also precancels used by volume mailers such as WH Smiths and these are well worth finding.

FB = Foreign Branch, FS = Foreign Section - the name changed.

Hope that answers the outstanding questions!


26/07/2017 18:20:15

Hi Trev

FB = Foreign Branch in London. Mostly used on newspapers and the like.

Parmenter shows some also with numbers and some with letters. They used many different concurrently. Certainly a collectable area and better on something also struck with a datestamp on receipt which makes them worth double or thereabouts.


Thread: Landmark Buildings
25/07/2017 22:35:38

Welcome Sonia.

I agree, but then so does the building - quite accurate really!

25/07/2017 22:33:07

Hi Julian,

Customs is not the issue, providing you don't contravene any limits. The PO at the receiving should collect whatever the UK puts on the envelope. If nothing then nothing! I believe there is an exception in cases of obvious error, but given the confusion apparently suffered by RM on this it is hardly obvious! You may get more luck talking to someone from Revenue Protection than Customer Services. Problem is to get put through to someone in the right department.

You could always get one of the BBC consumer programmes to take a look at a privatised concern offering postage valid in perpetuity and not "delivering". Maybe they would have more luck?


Thread: Unknown stamps - Boss Level Challenge !
08/07/2017 21:02:06

OK - to tidy up the answers

1) South China. SG: CC201, 202 They get a CC number because SG list South China under Cental China.

2) Turkey. SG M164 (may be one of the remainder stock). I haven't seen this perforation variety though. May be worth checking further. They usually look like no 7.

3) Japanese documentary revenue.

4) White Russian as Alex says.

5) Central China. SG CC75

6) People's Republic from 1961. SG 1988

7) Turkey SG M165 (again maybe remainder)

8) China Hubei Province SG CC79

9) Japanese documentary revenue

10) Japanese Tobacco duty revenue.

I haven't added catalogue numbers for the Japanese revenues. I can if you tell me which catalogue you want to use! Barefoot in English or Shimomura in Japanese. They are, however, common. The Turkish stamps have a catalogue value of a couple of pounds each but the reprints or forgeries are less. Sadly the China are only 10p - 30p each...

Edited By Paul Davey 1 on 08/07/2017 21:02:42

Thread: Any information on this unknown stamp ?
05/07/2017 18:55:43

The goodly SG part 10 says, under a set issued Apr-June 1961, that the 6k value was issued in sheets with se-tenant labels in red and blue inscribed in Russian with part of Mr Krushchev's speech after the flight, SG2577A is the number. It is, sadly, detached from its stamp!

04/07/2017 20:13:43

Nope, it doesn't like the "fake-url" bit in the address of the link I think. Even trying to open the link in a new tab shows nothing....... The forum approved way adds the html to show the picture on the page. No clicking off-site.....

04/07/2017 19:54:36

No picture visible. This has been discussed several time on the forum. In summary, create an album, add the scan, add the link to your post. Simples!

Paul (welcome to the forum btw)

Thread: Postal Stationery Labels
24/06/2017 21:44:10

Indeed you could have pretty much anything stamped to order in "the old days". They were yours so not sold by the PO, but were postally valid. Much stationery was done like this,

Thread: German cover 1950 with unusual stamp ?
19/06/2017 18:55:47

I agree Trev. Nice cover none the less!

Thread: Norway stamp 1858
19/06/2017 18:51:11

OK then, my arguments:

SG catalogue says 12 April 1904 for the first booklet.

The FACIT catalogue (Scandinavia specialised) agrees with this date with a 30x5öre booklet.

For me the most telling text was printed inside the cover of the 100th anniv booklet, issued by the Swedish PO in 2004. It says "The first Swedish stamp booklet was produced in 1904. It was made by hand and contained five unfolded sets of six stamps. The motif was King Oscar II 5 öre green. The sets were torn from sheets and stapled into the cover. The stamps were perforated on four sides". It says the same in Swedish. They should know!

The Bennett & Watson ref (as quoted on Wiki) says 1898, I agree. I just think they are wrong. Unfortunately my copy of the book is back in the UK but I don't think they quote a source.

17/06/2017 15:31:33

The 9 öre was issued 1858-1872. First Swedish booklet came out in 1904.

I note however there are no part perf examples on the internet from this set. There are a few that are clearly trimmed on one or more sides being offered. There is even one supposedly completely imperf but so closely trimmed I think it was originally "normal". The issued stamp was comb perf 14 so the spacing between vertical columns of perfs should be the same. Good to compare it with a normal example.

Data taken from the Facit catalogue of Scandinavia.

14/06/2017 23:01:07

I think these were imperf at the edges of the sheet. Not my field though!

Thread: German cover 1950 with unusual stamp ?
14/06/2017 19:17:58


I agree - it's not the issued stamp. There were no booklets or the like & it is West Berlin so nothing to do with the Russians.

For info there were 101,892 miniature sheets and 164,105 30pfg stamps issued.

14/06/2017 18:22:22

OK - the Michel catalogue says the stamps Julian illustrated (issued for West Berlin) were invalid after 30.6.1951, so the non-acceptance is not for this reason. It also comments that forgeries are known. My guess would be a forgery. Doesn't look like enough perf holes to be perf14. Trev?

13/06/2017 22:41:54

Hi Trev,

the blue stamp at top right has not been accepted. Drawing round a blue line indicates this. There is much on google, found by searching briefmarken berliner währungsgeschädigte. Most of the useful sites do require a proficiency in German though! The stamps in this design are quite expensive so worth a bit more research.

If you find any more, please post a follow-up to let us know the answer

Thread: Stamps from Red China
13/06/2017 22:32:13

He left the forum and deleted his images. Why I could not say!

Thread: Postage due official card.
30/05/2017 17:25:38

Hi Alex

I think mail for "abroad" was just sorted that way in the main. It was only at the offices of exchange that staff were trained to deal with such matters as underpayment. London FS was the biggest of these.

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