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...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Cape Juby - Bud's Big Blue

1984 Chad commemorative souvenir sheet*
Rusting Monument*
 Unsold clothing with Cape Juby labels*
*Remains of Aéropostale’s Cape Juby Line
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
All Cape Juby stamps are provisional overprints of other nations’stamps. Some are hard to find, and expensive, too, even when the CV is low.  Most feeder albums have only a few or none at all. Cape Juby was one of the last four countries completed in my BB: even now it would have gaps had I not tracked down the last fugitives at a Spanish online auction.

Why so difficult? US collectors in the last century apparently had little interest in small, short-lived Spanish colonies. The same can be said of some Italian and Portuguese colonies.

Moreover, there are far fewer cancelled stamps than mint from these countries, and such cancels as are offered on auction sites tend to be suspect. Cape Juby likely never had more than 10,000 inhabitants and, apparently, they didn’t post many letters.

Gerben van Gelder mentions a moment of glory in Cape Juby’s postal history. In 1927 French Aéropostale built a desert airfield to refuel planes carrying mail to Senegal. See World Stamp History: Cape Juby. It didn’t last long, though; newer planes carried more fuel. Much the same demise befell a US mall-based clothing store named Aéropostale with a line for teenagers called “Cape Juby”, now in bankruptcy.

Census: 68 in BB spaces, three tip-ins, eleven on supplement page.

Jim's Observations
This obscure territory has yielded two expensive stamps for Big Blue. Forced by a blank space choice, the first expensive stamp is a 1934 overprinted Spanish Morocco Scott 50 1p yellow green for $50+. (Bud elected to put in the Scott 49 50c red orange @ CV $80 - see Page 1c.)

The Scott 1947 catalogue values Scott 50 @ $1; which is about $10 today based on inflation rates. So clearly, the stamp price has increased much more.

The second expensive entry is a 1935 overprinted Spanish Morocco stamp, Scott 57 25c crimson, for $130/$100 mint or used respectively! (Bud's example is a specimen stamp ("Muestra" overprint) -see Page 2a.)

The 1947 catalogue values this @ 75 cents, or ~$7.50 in today's prices. 
Again, a large increase above inflation. But since only 40% of the spaces in my virtual Big Blue presently have Cape Juby stamps, it will be awhile before I  need them. 

Cape Juby Blog Post and Checklist

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