The National Postal Museum's new William H. Gross Stamp Gallery exhibit of "A Stamp for Every Country" has inspired the creation of a new worldwide postage stamp album. The album can be downloaded directly from the museum's website and invites anyone to start their own collection of almost 800 stamps-one from every country in the world that has produced stamps, including many countries that no longer exist and selected stamp-issuing entities.
kacyds, thanks so much for the link. I downloaded the .pdf file and it's something I may look at tackling. I will also see if my friends at my stamp club want to start a one stamp for every country collection. Mike
Collecting Canada, US, UK, Ireland, Germany, France & Austria. Also collecting some classic era stamps of some British Commonwealth Island countries and topicals like WW2, Capt. Cook, Horatio Nelson.
Greetings Fellow SB Boarders . Collecting one stamp from every country will be a challenge alright. But why stop there? Why not make it a real challenge? I knew a collector that was going after every Number One from every country. I don't know if that feller is still alive or not, but I do know he was a rather frustrated old guy, even though he claimed he had 90% of that collection complete (he was a very edgy-type of person and gave me the willies). However, you would not have to collect the number ones. You can pick an arbitrary number out of the hat, say number 15 or a number 21 or whatever number, and try to collect all of those. Now, that would be a real challenge and certainly interesting. . Respectfully,
Hmm... I see Northern Ireland has been excluded (as it is not part of Great Britain....). Great Britain should instead read United Kingdom (which is made up of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).
Last Edit: Feb 10, 2014 6:07:29 GMT -5 by FairyFoot
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I also have downloaded this wonderful-looking album. I had already started a collection like this but was having trouble arranging it, as every time a new "A" country was added (for instance), I would have to move all the others down one! This has much more hope to it.
However, when I installed it on my computer, it seems to have shifted so that it will print sideways on the page, i.e. NOT portrait (I`ve forgotten the other term as I don`t use it very often and my Word document will not show me the "print" screen without having something to print!) I want it in PORTRAIT. Have I misunderstood something here? I don`t know the *.pdf system at all!
Mister Lee, some of us will have our work cut out for us just finding one single stamp for every country, and I know some of them are bound to be expensive - I was reading about one the other day - but I forget which one it was.
BTW, if you want to know about some of those defunct countries, I think it is the Smithsonian again, or one of the big stamp companies (can`t find the URL right now) (Scott or Stanley Gibbons) that has a list of all those countries alphabetically, with about a 200-word history of that country - which is just about the level that most of us want.
I think it's great for Kris to have posted the link. It's a pretty album. Thanks! But...
they are set up for landscape
Which, unfortunately, will be the main reason I will not be using that album.
It completely befuddles me why they would publish this album in landscape mode. I'm sure from a design point of view, it accommodates the most number of stamps for a fixed grid size. But from a usage point of view, it is not very practical.
If you want to flip the pages right to left, you would need to buy an expensive oversized binder.
And, if you choose to try to use a conventional binder and flip the pages bottom to top, you run the risk of losing stamps if you use open-top mounts and the risk of creasing stamps if you use hinges in the normal fashion (near the top of the stamp). You'd have to either use split-back mounts that are fully wetted, or you would have to use the hinges sideways. Besides, flipping album pages bottom to top is cumbersome (to me), and the binder won't sit well on my lap or fit well on my desktop arrangement.
You won't find many commercial or private albums in landscape format that enjoyed successful and popular use. And for good reason.
Pretty album, but alas in landscape mode they are not usable album pages. My opinion.
Post by crazyquilter on Feb 11, 2014 9:04:29 GMT -5
Thank you kacyds for sharing this info with us. That was very nice of you (
I already downloaded the 136 pages and printed them out and I must say I was surprised with the way they printed out. But I am not sure if I like the landscape pages. I am thinking of using sheet protectors and using a regular 3inch binder. Has anyone done this to their album pages? I am not sure if the plastic will damage the stamps or stick to the plastic when it gets to be Summer time.
I am a used World wide stamper. Always have been and always will bee.
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