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...

Friday, October 7, 2016

Allenstein - Bud's Big Blue

Allenstein in Big Blue
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Were it not for all the boundary changes, national identity referendums, and mandated governing authorities in the wake of World War I, BB would be a much slimmer volume. Add to that all the propaganda stamps aimed at influencing plebiscite outcomes, such as those of Germany overprinted for Olsztyn/Allenstein. World-wide philately following 1919 from Samoa to Silesia, from Syria to The Saar, was transformed by the Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations.

Allenstein stamps are easy to find, with the possible exception of #18, 15pf violet brown.  Cancelled examples, such as those shown on Jim’s blog page, tend to be more collectable.

The propaganda worked. Allenstein voted overwhelmingly to join Germany rather than Poland. But it’s now part of Poland.

Census: 28 in BB spaces, no tip-ins, no supplement page

Jim's Observations
Nice propaganda stamps, and 100% coverage including a $20 valuation (Scott 18). 

What is curious about Big Blue is the inconsistency from country to country. C'est la vie.

Allenstein Blog Post and Checklist

Page 1 (Note: Click on page to enlarge for examination.)

1a - See post header scan



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