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...

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Caroline Islands - Bud's Big Blue

Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
More German colonial yacht stamps!

Two cancels, if they’re authentic, are interesting. The first is a “Deutsche Seepost, Sydney to Hong Kong” cancel on the 10pf. Mail-carrying steamers, operated first by Reich Mail Steamer Lines and after 1902 by the Jaluit Company, made regular stops in the Carolines. Ponape, The 1901 postmark on the 20p, is the largest island in the archipelago.

A great deal is made of the angles of the “Karolinen” overprints on the 1899-1900 issues. See Jim’s main blog. On the 3pf in BB’s designated space, the angle is 56° while it’s 48° on the 10pf and 20pf shown on the supplement page.

Census: seven in BB spaces, one tip-in, three on supplement page.

Jim's Observations
The 1899 issue was overprinted at a 48 degree angle (Scott 1a-6a); while the 1900 production was overprinted at a 56 degree angle (Scott1-6). Big Blue labels the one illustrated stamp space "1899", but it is clearly a 1900 issue with the overprinted 56 degree angle. Good thing, as the 1899 issue stamps are quite expensive.

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  1. Hi, We absolutely love your blogs.May we get your permission to Link it on our Canadian stamp club website- Peace Arch Stamp Club [https://www.peacearchstampclub.com/] for the benefit of our 63 + members. thank you mcjardine@telus.net

    1. Of course, no problem. I see you are up north a bit on the Canadian side. Enjoy! Jim

  2. How bizarre. As I am reading this post I am killing time between rainy ballgames, just blocks from the Peace Arch Stamp Club. They are actually just a couple miles from the US border, the site of The Peace Arch.