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, February 12, 2011


Scott International Volume 1 - 4 parts (1997)
Scott International Vol 1 (1969) Backup album and for reference
Scott International Vol 1 (1947) reference
Scott Junior Album (1941) reference
Scott Big Brown International albums circa 1925-1939- 5 volumes up to mid 1938 . Reference

1840-1940 Classic Specialized Catalogue 2011 Main reference
Scott Standard Catalogue 1947 reference



  1. Jim

    I came across a site the other day that you may know but that in case you don't you may want to check out: http://www.populstat.info/. A site with historical population statistics. On countries and minor entities within countries. Since you have population figures in your posts - that I upon occasion have 'borrowed' - it may be useful.

  2. Thanks Gerben! That will be helpful. !!!

    I probably need to use the reported "historical" figures with a degree of caution. For colonial countries, do they just include European settlers or everybody? The data isn't clear.

    1. Jim

      The historical data are in many cases definitely to be considered a 'best estimate' as the author of the site will be the first to acknowledge - see the many footnotes in the tables he provides. The figures have been researched quite thoroughly though when you check on the resources used. That being so, I see the site as a resource providing the 'best available' data I've come across so far.
      I actually started adding population figures to my profiles only after coming across this site. Before there were just to many open ends.

      As a reference see also this page from the University of Pittsburgh: http://pitt.libguides.com/c.php?g=12439&p=66002

      As far as the numbers for colonies is concerned: the site does not provide an explicit answer but I would think that we can safely assume that the stats for 'the whole country' include the indigenous people. Again with the limitation that date for the earlier years are 'best estimates'. A simple example: Indonesia is quoted to have to have a population of 42M in 1900. The Netherlands are quoted to have a population of 2M in the same year. I don't think 42M Dutch relocated to the Netherlands Indies leaving behind the 2M....... The same applies to Great Britain and India where the numbers - again in 1900 - are 271M for India and 35M for the UK.

    2. Clearly, it is a very useful site- I only questioned the demographics because, back then,- for many colonies, they were able to census the Europeans fairly easily, but had no good way to get an accurate estimate- if they were even interested- for the indigenous population.