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Adrian08/03/2013 09:00:37
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I recently received some interesting information about the CartoPhilatelic Society (that’s Maps on Stamps for you and me).


The Society has about 120 members including several from the UK. They have their own website which you will find HERE. There you will find information on new issues, Society news, and membership details. Have a look, because it is a fabulous website!


The journal now frequently has 20 pages to accommodate the articles being written by our members. It is available either hardcopy ($20 to non-US addresses) or by download for $15. The hardcopy is published using HP Magcloud; this produces a high quality publication on heavy semi-glossy paper.


Members can also purchase the Maps on Stamps Checklist which has about 37,000 entries.


We also have a blog on the subject, which you will find HERE. And of course we’re looking forward to you showing your own maps on stamps in this thread!

Alex09/03/2013 11:42:42
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Here is a German 3 pfg. stamp, part of the 1935 Ostropa miniature sheet. It shows the castle at Allenstein and has a map of old Prussia in the background.


som ghatak16/03/2013 19:39:13
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NewFoundland  on Map

From Newfoundland Coronation series 1937

David Wolfersberger 118/03/2013 13:19:17
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South American countries have issued many excellent map stamps. Several of the stamps relate to various border disputes that arose when these countries became independent from Spain and Portugal. Most can be traced back to the legal precedent uti possidetis juris, which means the borders of the newly independent countries were those defined when they were colonies. Unfortunately these borders were not clearly defined and essentially none were actually surveyed. It is easy to see how this would lead to conflicts.

A book, Miniature Messages: The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps by Jack Child, has been written about how the stamps were used as propaganda to support one side or the other of border and other disputes. It is interesting to note that Bolivia issued stamp in 2012, almost 125 years after they lost some 120,000km2 and access to the Pacific Ocean in a border war with Chile, usually referred to as the War of the Pacific.

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Julia Lee18/03/2013 13:23:16
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Here's an article on Nicaragua's map stamps which nearly caused a war with Honduras, which was one of the earliest on our site.

And welcome aboard, David!

Adrian18/03/2013 15:57:04
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Hi David! Good to see you've made it to the forum!

Yes, propaganda is one of the more interesting characteristics of many map staps, which is what makes it such an interesting theme. Like you once suggested to me, the whole Falkland Islands/Islas de Malvinas question is one which is partly fought out in our stamp catalogues. Many maps to be found on those, pity though that one of the most outspoken one on the Argentine side, stating Las Malvinas son Argentinas, does not contain a map. A rather outspoken one from the British Commonwealth camp does, it being the recent referendum issue. Great design!


Ian Gibbons11/07/2013 23:41:37
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I only have a couple of these, but I do try and get them when I see them, re-used WWII maps folded into paper envelopes to recycle paper after the war.

This particular portion is a map of Senderhorst in Germany.

Re-used on a Belgian envelope in 1946

Adrian12/07/2013 08:08:41
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That is a fascinating take on the theme, Ian, thanks for showing these!

Bob Corrigan08/12/2013 22:41:27
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Don't forget Pierre Bequet's maps of the various territories associated with the French Antarctic & Southern Territories.

Adrian09/12/2013 11:12:22
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Hi Bob and welcome to the forum! I was rather intrigued which stamps you meant for I hadn't a clue, so I took out my catalogue. I presume you mean that long-running series which started in the late 60s and ran at least until the early 90s?


They're glorious stamps and I'm very tempted to try and get them all in!

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