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Fred Sellars08/07/2021 09:38:58
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It must have been during the 1960s when visiting a collectors fair as I recall when I purchased this philatelic magazine for the price of 2/- by the name of "Monthly Stamp Digest" issued during February of 1949 with a retail price of 6d.


When I look through it now the majority of advertisers have long gone into obscurity along with their prices that they quoted for their stamps.

Amongst its contents I came across what was then a new issue being that of the 1948 omnibus set of the Silver Wedding stamps basically comprising of two values per set for each country/colony, it was only 3 years since the end of world war II in Europe and the face value of the second stamp in the set was quite a high denomination with many of them being up to £1 or the equivalent, I guess with most ordinary collectors at that time they must have been financially 'out of reach'.

Here is one of the listed versions (Saint Vincent)


Fortunately for those wishing to acquire them the issue dates had been staggered, the first one being the British version (not listed) issued 26th of April 1948 and others being released as late as January 1949, some of the issues do not appear to have been included that had overprints such as Tangier and Kuwait etc

Here is the list as seen in the magazine at the time >


A handy reference guide giving release dates for this omnibus issue !


Fred Sellars09/07/2021 07:26:59
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You might have noticed that 3 of the release dates had not been inserted, this was due to the fact that the magazine was published in February of that year but the three omitted ones had not yet been released by then.

Therefore to bring you up to date the following release dates can now be given in order to complete the list >

British Solomon Islands. 14/03/49

Gilbert and Ellis Islands. 29/08/49

Pitcairn Island. 01/08/49

It would appear that all of these later released issues came from what are fairly remote islands located in the Pacific. Fred

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