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, March 5, 2011


1922 Scott 2 1p rose red, overprinted 
On stamps of Leeward Islands 1912-22
Quick History
Now part of the State of Antigua and Barbuda in the Leeward islands,  Barbuda in 1922 had the 1912-22 issues of the Leeward Islands overprinted for use. It was a dependency of Antigua, and had a population of 1,000 in the 1940's. Codrington is the main town.
Trivia: Barbuda has a sanctuary set aside for the Frigate Bird.

1922 Scott 1 1/2p green  "George V"
Leeward Islands Stamps of 1912-22
Into the Deep Blue
The 2017 Scott Classic 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Barbuda 1922, eleven major number descriptions. Of those, five are CV $1+ (45%). Raising the bar to CV $2+, yields two more stamps, for a total of seven (63%). Clearly, although there are not many stamps for classical Barbuda, they are not particularly expensive.

However, unused is less expensive than used.

A closer look at the 1922 issue
12 Pence = 1 Shilling

The July 13,1922 stamps consists of Die II George V stamps from the issue of 1912-22 Leeward Islands. They were overprinted in black or red. Eight of the stamps were Wmk 4, while the 3p, 1sh, & 5sh denominations were Wmk 3.

There are forgeries extant, especially used examples dated June 1, 1923 (Ju 1 23).

The overprinted stamps were used up by October, 1925, and then the issues of Antigua were used in Barbuda until .1968.

Codrington, Barbuda today
Big Blue Picture
On one line of one page, Big Blue(1969) has 5 stamp spaces.
The 2011 Scott Classic Specialized catalogue has 11 major descriptions for stamps.
Big Blue's coverage is 45%.
Reviewing the one issue, there are several stamps that could be added. 
Scott 10 and 5 ($1+-$2+)

Big Blue Checklist
1922 George V issues of Leeward islands 1912-22 overprinted
9 ($2+)
Barbuda is the most northern of the Leeward Islands
Kinds of Blue
The 1997,1969,1947 and 1941 editions are identical for content.

Big Blue Bottom Line
Short and sweet.
Actually, finding Barbuda stamps in a general collection is fairly rare.
Note: Map and pic appear to be in the public domain.

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