In 1936. Switzerland issued a set of 27 different official stamps with a nine hole perforated cross. Scott Catalogue has a paragraph about this but does not list them.
Does anyone have an alternative catalog that could look up the number and CV. Thanks
(If you’re looking for more, you’ll probably be best served consulting European catalogs: the two-volume Zumstein Spezialkatalog Schweiz, or the Michel Schweiz-/Liechtenstein-Spezial-Katalog. Both are in German, and each has a wealth of information on paper and gum types, plate flaws, re-entries and more, along with the illustrations you’ll need to make sense of them.
You’ll also be well-served by the excellent graphic presentation of the engraved 10c by the American Helvetia Philatelic Society in the second edition of its Philately of Switzerland: An Introductory Handbook, available on CD for $10 from the society. For more information, visit the society’s website.)
If you think I have any knowledge other than what Scott tells me, forget it. I just stole the above info from google.
Post by I.M. DeBear on Jul 3, 2020 14:52:47 GMT -5
The Embassy of Imperial Coldland has obtained some of these new International Covid stamps. To celebrate, we're giving away 3 pieces of International Plague Mail. Since you were the inspiration for the idea, I offer you the first one. When we have 3 takers, we'll send the runner.
A couple of questions that I wondering while I was working on my collection.
1. Why didn't Honduras issue stamps between 1944 and 1984? They issued Airmail stamps between that time but not regular issues. Honduras was the country for which the phrase "banana republic" was first used (apologies, as it didn't quite mean the same thing back then as it does today -- back then is was primarily used as a criticism of supremacy of influence of US capitalism on an agricultural "tropical" country). The reality was very little need for postal services by the general population, and very little philatelic demand after all the fallout from the Seebeck issues. The huge oversupply of pre-1940 stamps meant a huge selloff of inventory in 1933, followed by a roughly 2 decade period dominated by overprinting previous printed stamps and very limited stamp issues. You will see that even the airmails of that period were very roughly 1-2 sets per year, and even those at times were overprints. I assumed they focused on airmail stamps because the bulk of the mail during that period was either international, official, or commercial. I'll leave it to the Central America collectors to confirm/correct/elucidate.
The slow rise in issues starting in the late 1960s corresponds to the increased focus on poverty-reduction strategies with a wider international involvement beginning in the early 1970s. What I find interesting, is the long term-transition from a largely philatelic-driven postal agency to a economic-based post office. This paragraph is my opinion/observation.
2. Why does Scott list stamps that were never placed in use. Case in point, Honduras Official Stamps, Scott# O1-O22. These are "Seebeck" issues. Produced/sold by the printer, but never delivered/sold to/in Honduras. They were sold directly to dealers (in this case, via New York). Any "cancels" you see on these particular official sets are fake.
3. How many times have you stuck your fingers in your mouth while hinging stamps? Didn't the CDC recommend not to during this pandemic? Practice squirting saliva between your teeth at the hinge. I saw a friend do that in elementary school, and thought it was the coolest trick. Practice enough, you can get really good aim and also control how wet you get the hinge. That way you don't have to bring your fingers close to your mouth unless you are drinking .
Of the non-Caucasian collectors of Central/South America that I've encountered (small sampling), I sort of lump them into 2 big boxes:
1. Those who are justifiably bitter at those Americans responsible for messing up their country's early philately (of course, don't forget the country's government also signed off on the contract -- money speaks) 2. Those who go with the flow and will collect/study anything little piece of colored paper with their country's name on it.
For some honest bittersweet comments, you can read the "opinion" on the homepage of www.hondurasstamps.com/. Opinions aside, I have found this site to be great info for pre-WWII Honduran stamps.
As long as I avoid getting the selvedge wet, I'm at peace in my heart.
Couldn’t you avoid using hinges all together by moistening the selvedge a bit and using it to hold the stamp in place?
“The President of today is just the postage stamp of tomorrow.” ~ Gracie Allen
I collect US, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Canada & Provinces, Rhodesia, British Virgin islands, British Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, French Polynesia, Great Britain, Iceland, Third Reich Germany, Scott International Part 1 and whatever catches my eye.
All those CTOs I had in packets of mixed stamps from Stanley Gibbons as a child. I disliked hinges, so just licked the gum and stuck in my world builder album!
I am a letter writer, snailmail addict. I send therefore I receive. I also manage a letter writing/correspondence forum called A World of Snail Mail and have a blog (link is in my profile). I sometimes post pictures on Instagram (username morgaine_does_snail_mail) Stamp themes - science, nature, postal history, maps, nice stamps.
Mia, you brought back some interesting memories. I remember one young collector, when she showed me her stamp collection. The stamps well very well arranged on the page. Every single stamp was completely taped over. I mean completely taped over! Each stamp was very well placed/arranged.
I said nothing until near the end, and just enjoyed seeing her joy in showing her collection. Only mentioned in passing that there were others ways to hold her stamps. To which she replied "I know, but I like it better this way." To which I replied, "That's great that you know how to enjoy your stamps so much!".
Every time I fret over damaged selvedge, I remind myself that I need to learn to enjoy the selvedge instead of ruin my hobby by imposing external standards.
Enjoy your collection the way you want, because it is your collection, not someone else's!
It was the most eastern province of the Spanish territory in the Ameericas.
Under the Treaty of Tordesillas of 1494, Portugal and Spain agreed that all lands and seas 370 leagues west of the Cape Verde Islands would belong to Castile and all those east of that longitudinal line would belong to Portugal. As a consequence, Uruguay would become the most easterly province of the Spanish territories.
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