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 by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. In addition, "Bud" offers commentary and a look at his completely filled Big Blue. Interested? So into the Blues...

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Azerbaijan - Bud's Big Blue

Azerbaijan in Big Blue
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Unusual lithography makes the 1919 Azerbaijan stamps stand out; it’s almost like silk screening. The five-ruble example (second row, second stamp) is a later Soviet reprint, as evidenced by the inverted left column ornament. Some white paper varieties are in this row, too. Counterfeits are common, although they sometimes command prices higher than the genuine. Soviet era stamps (1922 and thereafter) appear in the supplement pages. Acid in the paper makes them tend to crumble. Old feeder albums commonly have chaotically displayed Azerbaijanis, especially from the Soviet era.

Comparison of left column ornaments on five-ruble stamp...

Census: 10 stamps in BB spaces, no tip-ins, 25 on supplement pages (all Soviet era).

Jim's Observations
Big Blue has 100% coverage of the National Republic, while 0% coverage of the Soviet era.

The National Republic issue is on thin white paper, while the Soviet re-printing is on thick grayish paper. In my experience, the thick grayish Soviet re-issue is far more common in collections.There was also a design change on the 5r & 10r stamps for the Soviet issue, as noted by Bud.

The early white issues are valued by Scott @ 5X usual catalogue.

Azerbaijan Blog Post and Checklist

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