A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar
A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Tale of Two Big Blue Editions:1969 and 1997
1) There were NO changes in 25 countries. Nil Nada Zilch. So much for major substantive editing.
Note: I took a peek at Denmark , and the wildly out of place image cut Scott 26 4 "ore" slate & blue from the 1875-79 numerals, and it is still in the 1933-40 Engraved Caravels.
2) As I suspected earlier, the country Anjuoan,and it's seven stamps- is gone.
3) The presentation has been s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d. What took 36 double-sided pages, (72 pages) in the '69, now has 62 double sided pages (124 pages) in the '97. Each stamp category has its own heading. Barbados's War Tax stamp-(singular,not plural)- gets its very own page.
The good news is the paper does seem better than other editions and presumably archive friendly.
Big Blue Bottom Line
With 28 years between editions, I would have liked to see more substantive changes-specifically more stamps and more enlightened stamp coverage. Scott, don't you think you could revisit your choices from 70 years ago to see if they still make sense? How about a "real" change next time? Sadly, perhaps the era of standard printed albums is over anyway, with the "design as you want" computer printed albums available today.