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...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

New Classic 1840-1940 Blog Arrives!

There is a new exceptionally fine blog for the 1840-1940 era. 

It is called Philaclassic


It is published from Brazil, and in Portuguese. (Google Translator makes short work of any language differences, though.)

Rubens has started with Aden, and at this time appears to be adding a country a day. As of Sunday, he is already up to Algeria.

And Rubens includes a list of stamp spaces in the Steiner (Deep Blue) album, with those that he has in his collection marked in red.

It does remind me a bit of my own blog which covers the same era, and in somewhat similar format. So naturally I like it. ;-)

And Rubens illustrates some nice stamps. I've been unable to find any stamps from La Aguera - and the "La Aguera" post shows a whole set. ;-)

And we have similar organizational choices- collecting with the Scott catalogue, and using the Steiner album (Deep Blue).

I will be following the blog with much anticipation.

Check it out!


Update (January 9,2013): Sadly, the Philaclassic blog appears to have gone private, with no public access.  If the situation changes, I will update further.


  1. WOW, Thanks for the release! (:

    Postage stamps of «La Aguera» are hard to find, especially the first series with overprint. The second series, there are some copies for sale on Delcampe at very low prices, however auctions are up and I can not say what price usually get.

    I took about 10 years to complete the first series, and each of the 13 postage stamps was purchased at a different location. It is a country that is worth completing, given the difficulty of acquiring the 26 stamps.

    At first the blog was not going to submit text or images: Only my want list for more control over the collection, and for friends who make exchanges with me could see exactly what I was missing postage stamps.

    However, philately in Brazil is practically dead, and became a hobby of young 70 years of age or older. Philately has lost ground among the young, especially for video games and online games. Too bad, because philately is fascinating!

    There are few texts about philately published in Brazil, and for that reason I decided to devote myself to research and publish in Portuguese. I believe I can reach «Zululand»!

    Best regards,

    Rubens Bulad
    Goiânia, Goiás (Brazil)

    (sorry for my bad english: My french and german are the best)

  2. What's the point of a "private" blog that no one can read??

    1. Chris- it wasn't private access, then it was. ;-)

      The general point is blogs come and go, few seem to be successful for the longer term.

    2. Jim,
      All the more reason to think about compiling all the wonderful information in your blog into a book or some kind of permanent format. It would be an excellent resource and reference that would last beyond you and the lifetime of your blog site.

      You could "self-publish" it or approach APS regarding publishing it? You could even suggest donating the proceeds of sales to APS in exchange for publishing?

      Just something to think about.

    3. Thanks Chris. :-)

      I don't know what I will do, if anything yet. Much water needs to go under the bridge still. ;-)