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...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Canal Zone - Bud's Big Blue

1924 Scott 74 & 1927 Scott 103 dark blue 
"Theodore Roosevelt"; Type A & Type B Overprint
A Man, a Plan, a Canal, Panama
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Bully for the Canal Zone!

One might have thought Teddy Roosevelt would have figured more prominently in early Canal Zone stamps than he has; there’s only one likeness of him among BB’s selections, and it’s an overprinted US definitive. True, there are two iterations (see above); different overprints.

Beginning in 1928 several lesser lights got immortalized on CZ stamps, some of whom have yet to earn even brief Wikipedia bios. Sad. Teddy had to wait until 1946 for proper commemoration. The US pre-depression political climate had shifted against him, probably rendering any postal recognition repugnant. No stamp glory. His cousin, a noted philatelist with the same last name, may have authorized the 1946 stamp.

So much for the rant.

I enjoy close study of the 1939 “before and after” anniversary series. It shows how the canal transformed Panama’s topography.

 I also like the classic palindrome.

Census: 104 in BB spaces, 1 tip-in, 18 on supplement page.

Jim's Observations
Interesting area and history; at least for the U.S. collector.

A bit on the expensive side also. The overprinted 1924-25 "Canal Zone" J14 U.S. 10c deep claret postage due is $50. 

On the other hand, Big Blue didn't include the 1933 and 1939 overprinted U.S. stamps (Scott 115 3c deep violet, Scott 118 1/2c red orange, Scott 119 1 1/2 bister brown ) for CV <$1. 

A curious omission for a U.S. customer based album.

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  1. I have series of Canal Zone stamps that are overprinted "Cristobal Canal Zone " that have not been able to identify yet. They are Scott No.'s. 105, 106,111, 112, 113, & 117. Your assistance is appreciated.

    1. These are precancels...