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, October 26, 2017

Denmark - Bud's Big Blue

Denmark Christmas Seals
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Denmark’s early stamps tend to be small and monochromatic. Numerals in ovals and solemn, if not somber, kings predominate. Perhaps as a remedy to this bleakness, the Danes invented the Christmas seals. They’re often found in feeder albums brightening Denmark pages.

Star postmarks added a bit of sparkle between 1866 and 1929 (page 1, row 5- Scan 1c). But in 1929 the Danish post office ordered that the stars should be chiseled out, leaving empty circles (page 3, row 3 -Scan 3b). Too much twinkle, I suppose. The star cancels (aka, mill wheels) make an interesting specialization, but forgeries abound.

Census: 206 in BB spaces, six tipped-in, 42 on supplement pages, 29 Christmas seals (17 showing above).

Jim's Observations
There are eleven spaces in BB for the 1870-79 Numeral stamps (Scan 1b). For each of these stamp spaces, one can find a normal or inverted frame candidate. Then there are a number of color variations for these stamps, adding to the possibilities. But we have seen this before, as BB often telescopes several choices into one space: fair enough. What is disconcerting is by setting the "date" parameters to 1870-79, BB excludes the 1895-1901 and the 1902-04 Numeral re-issues. A number of these stamps are less expensive than the choices in BB. Many BB albums will have a healthy dose of 1895-1901, and 1902-04 stamps in these spaces for the good reason that they are more common and less expensive.

So a choice for BB collectors:  Adhere strictly to the date requirements, fill the spaces with the (generally) more expensive 1870-79 issue, and put any "orphan" 1895-1901 and 1902-04 issues on supplemental pages, OR change BB's dates to "1870-1901" or "1870-1904", and welcome the later issues into Big Blue.

If you do decide to keep the 1895-1901 and 1902-1904 out of BB's pages, there is a simple way to identify them. They all are perforation 13, while the 1870-79 issue is 14 X 13 1/2. Now, if you elect to keep them in, then one will need to look at watermarks to separate the 1895-1901 issue (wmk 112- rounder Crown) from the 1902-04 issue (wmk 113-more narrow Crown).

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Comments appreciated!


  1. In the 3 row on the first page you have sk(skilling) mixed with the later(after 1872) øre. In 1872,skandinavia went from skilling(1/96)to øre and krone (1/100)

    1. You are right of course about the denomination sequence. But the "Big Blue" album places these stamps as they are showing. See the Denmark checklist.