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Articles January to April 2005

I show here several used multiples of this stamp: a horizontal pair, a vertical pair, a vertical strip of three, a vertical strip of six, and a block of six.
Here I show eleven Poland 3.40 ZL Aerogrammes. All of these covers are to a single addressee. Below is a single usage of this aerogramme, including, to the left, a detail of the stamp. Quick links point to pages for each of the aerogrammes, and the images are also thumbnails to these pages: lone usage, with stamps 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
The first issue of the local mail of the city of Havana consists of four very rare stamps. I show here the two printed with the taller, thinner Y. The thicker Y issues, also printed in these two colors, are considerably scarcer. The overprint plate consisted of 7 top rows of thin Y stamps, and three bottom rows of thick Y stamps. The plate consists of 10 rows of 17 stamps. Quick links here are for a page showing side-by-side the three carmine red specimens and the single orange specimen I have that I consider genuine. Each of the specimens also has its own page that enables to show the overprint under higher magnification: carmine red specimen 1, pictured below, bears a Habana circular postmark, and there are also carmine red specimen 2, and carmine red specimen 3, as well as a dedicated page for the orange specimen pictured here. I also include a filtered image of the overprint, and a page dedicated to forgeries, one dangerous, and one crude.
I show here the complete series depicting the Al Khafji facility.
All of the images shown here are selections from a small correspondence sent to X-Press Marketing in Berlin. An example of one of these covers (Berlin-Pankow, postal code 13187) is shown below. Except for a cover from Oranienburg-165X5, and one postmarked at Briefenzentrum 13, all of the covers shown here are postmarked in the various offices of Berlin. Quick links to these (implicit for all these numbers is that they correspond to Berlin post offices [postal code in bracket as read from cover]): 126 / 4 [10115] / 10 [10585] / 304 [10779] / 62 [10827] / 443 [12051] / 42 [12099] / [12101] / 427 [12105] / 480 [12279] / 47 [12539] / Berlin-Kopenick [12555] / Berlin-Hohenschonhausen-3 [13051] / Berlin-Hohenschonhausen-2 [13055] / Berlin-Pankow [13187] / 510 [13405] / 26 [13437] / 260 [13439] / 27 [13507] / 271 [13507] / 20 [13581] / 201 [13589] / 301 [13589] / 191 [14039] / 332 [14195] / Potsdam 90 [14482]
I show here the low values of the first issue of Israel. Beside each of the six values, I show a CTO block of four. I also have a representative postal usage cover.
This commemorative issue is very appealing. It has beautiful depictions of butterflies and fish. Below is a large image of the scarcest value of the series, the 20c Special Delivery. I include here quick links to the series mint, and used-mostly CTO since this issue saw almost no genuine postal use.
I show images for this series, with pages for the low and middle values, the high values, and the booklet and self adhesive values.
Shown below is a ADMON DE CORREOS marking from Santa Clara. The selections shown here are from the Chase Bank correspondence. These oval cancellers can be grouped into several types (D.F. stands for Mexico City, 'Distrito Federal') : ADMON DE CORREOS D.F. 20 / Santa Clara ; DESPACHO Y RECIBOS : D.F. 7 ; REGISTRADOS : D.F. 3 / D.F. 11 / D.F. 19 / D.F. 21 / D.F. 28 / D.F. 53 / D.F. 77 / San Luis Potosi 78000 ; REGISTRADOS INTERNACIONAL : D.F. 9 / D.F. 19 / D.F. 58 / Leon / Merida 97000 ; REEMBOLSOS : D.F. 17 / Merida 97101
Here I show some covers with the 250,000 Mark value, which is amongst the most common on cover, along with one cover with 2,000,000 Mark values. I am not an INFLA expert. Therefore, all of the items shown here are presumed fake before declared genuine. This is especially the case for a few blocks I am showing as well. Quick links are for the main page, covers with rates of 250,000 Marks (September 27, 1923), 350,000 Marks (Late September, 1923), 750,000 Marks (September 22, 1923), 2,000,000 Marks (October 6, 1923), 4,000,000 Marks (November 2, 1923: seems too late for such a "low" rate), two covers; 6,000,000 Marks (cover 1, October 2, 1923) (cover 2, October 8, 1923), 7,000,000 Marks (October 12, 1923), and a whopping 40,000,000 Marks (October 11, 1923), which stands out as suspicious for the date, and blocks of the 1,000,000,000 Mark value, and of the 10,000,000,000 Mark value.
The second series of Queen Elizabeth II definitives for Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika (K.U.T.) shows beautiful one color engravings of Kenyan nature themes. QE II's image is in an attractive medallion. Quick links here for the main page, the low values, the high values, and a cover.
Here is a range of specimens. The control on color, perforation, and paper manufacture for this issue is, to the delight of specialists, poor. Besides the main page, I include a page with two blocks of four, and a page with vertical strips.
I show pages for used specimens of the 20 cents, 25 cents, 30 cents, 50 cents and 1 dollar values, as well as a main pages with large images for each value.
The France Merson 1 Franc was in used between 1900 and the early 1930s. This stamp saw many printings-some shown in this article. Quick links are to: main page / a page with various shades / cancelled specimens / selected blocks / selected covers
This is the highest value of the Cuba First Issue. Both 1855 printings were surcharged for the Havana local mails, as I have previously described in an article. Follow the links and thumbnails for each image below to a page for each printing of this value. This issue was superseded in 1864 by the Cuba Second Issue. Here are quick links to this article: the main page / 1855 First Printing: bluish paper, watermark loops / 1855 First Printing Blocks ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 ) / 1855 First Printing with forged postmark / 1855 Second Printing: white paper, watermark loops / 1855 Second Printing blocks ( 1 / 2 ) / 1855 Second Printing paper and watermark / 1856, watermark crossed lines / 1857 First Printing Orange, clean plate / 1857 Second Printing Rust Red, worn plate / 1857 Third Printing Rust Red, bleached plate / 1857 Third Plinting block of eight
I show a page with the eight values from this issue. The 3D issues of Bhutan are the quintesential stamps for collectors. These stamps are at the opposite extreme of the high volume utilitarian definitive.
These early 20th century stamps have distinctive decorative designs. At a time (1917 and thereafter) Saudi Arabia did not have nearly the volume of mail it has today. Each of the stamps below is a thumbnail linked to a larger image. Quick links: 1/8 piaster / 1/4 piaster / 1/2 piaster / 1 piaster
These stamps were used after 1988, and throughout the 1990s. Each link and image thumbnail points to a larger image of the stamp. Quick Links: 1c / 2c / 5c / 7c / 10c / 16c / 18c / 20c / 21c / Standard Rate / 25c / 30c / 35c / 40c / 50c / 90c / 1 Rand / 2 Rands / 5 Rands
This issue was printed over the course of fifteen years. The specimens shown here are from a sample lot I came across a few months ago. I have a limited knowledge of this issue. A survey of these specimens shows that the first, or Belgian printing, can be clearly distinguished from later printings. The 50 Lepta page has some of these specimens. The later printings, except for the major color changes, are difficult to tell apart by the novice collector. I attempt to label the printing for each specimen shown here. However, I am only making a novice assessment. Quick Links: 1 L / 2 L / 5 L / 10 L / 20 L / 25 L Blue / 25 L Purple / 25 L Blue Purple / 40 L Purple / 40 L Blue / 50 L / 1 Drachma
This definitive saw extensive use during the 1980s and 1990s. I show a main page with examples from the edges of the sheet, and a page with various multiples.
I show three types of the very popular Mexico Exporta Definitives. Quick links: main page / Fresas - Strawberries / Mezcilla - Denim / Citricos - Citrics
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