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. Interested? So into the Blues...

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Status of My Deep Blue & Big Blue Collections

1908 Austria Offices in Turkey 1 Piaster
Deep Blue on Blue
Into the Deep Blue
There might be some curiosity among readers about the status of my collections. And so here is the country numbers for both Deep Blue (Steiner), and my virtual Big Blue (which is also housed in the Steiner).

Recall that Deep Blue (Steiner) covers the 1840-1940+ era, with additional coverage of British Commonwealth countries to 1952 (George VI); Big Blue covers 1840-1940.

For each country, the total number of (major number) stamps in the Scott catalogue (Cat. Ct.), the filled spaces in Deep Blue (DB) (Steiner), the total spaces in Big Blue (BB), and the filled spaces in Big Blue are presented.

For general, and specific comments (indicated with an *), see the explanations below the statistical table.

Updated as of September 5, 2017 (This table will be updated from time to time)

Country……………/Cat. Ct./DB/Filled//Spaces/BB/Filled

Grand total…………./83,458/ 48,102  // 34,903/ 30,177
(58% filled Deep Blue/ 86% filled Big Blue)

United States………/0950*/DB/793//0627*/BB/0601

Total…………………../82,518/47,309//34,276/29,576

Aden-Ethiopia-BB-8250
Falkland Islands-Latvia-BB-6875
Lebanon- Quelimane-BB-7219
Reunion-Zululand-BB-7103

Aden…………………./100/DB/070/////019/BB/019

Afghanistan………../389/DB/058/////036/BB/020

Aguera…………….…/026/DB/011/////007/BB/004

Aitutaki..………...../031/DB/017/////022/BB/016

Alaouites…….……./073/DB/033/////030/BB/025

Albania………….…./403/DB/186/////113/BB/070

Alexandretta……./031/DB/009/////008/BB/008

Algeria……….……./191/DB/151/////115/BB/109

Allenstein….……./028/DB/028/////028/BB/028

Andorra…….……./149/DB/032/////038/BB/018

Angola…..….……./307/DB/286/////113/BB/112

Angra…….….……./035/DB/030/////007/BB/007

(Anjouan)….……./030/DB/004/////007/BB/004

(Annam & Tonkin)/006/DB/003/////000/BB/000

Antigua….….……./106/DB/049/////039/BB/035

Argentina….……./951/DB/582/////226/BB/226

Armenia….…..…./318/DB/105/////027/BB/027

Ascension….……./063/DB/031/////031/BB/022

Australia…………./335/DB/216/////090/BB/086

Austria*….….……./1226/DB/999/////755/BB/746

Azerbaijan.….…./098/DB/042/////010/BB/010

Azores….….….…./0340/DB/0303/////176/BB/167

(Baden)….………./025/DB/021/////007/BB/005

Bahamas….……./132/DB/094/////052/BB/046

Bahrain….…..…./091/DB/053/////017/BB/014

Barbados………./245/DB/114/////057/BB/055

Barbuda……….../011/DB/002/////005/BB/002

Basutoland……./050/DB/035/////021/BB/019

Batum………..…./065/DB/022/////012/BB/012

Bavaria…………./361/DB/306/////289/BB/283

Bechuanaland./153/DB/059/////036/BB/032

Belgium………../971/DB/869////549/BB/534

Benin……………./049/DB/002/////007/BB/002

(Bergedorf)…../005/DB/005/////003/BB/003

Bermuda..……./147/DB/084/////060/BB/053

Bolivia……….…./361/DB/290/////164/BB/164

Bosnia & Herzegovina/193/DB/173//152/BB/152

Brazil……………./669/DB/475/////274/BB/272

British Central Africa/073/DB/015///007/BB/007

British East Africa/096/DB/008///008/BB/007

British Guiana./276/DB/079/////048/BB/044

British Honduras/155/DB/073////063/BB/055

British Solomon Islands/092/DB/038//034/BB/028

Brunei…………../057/DB/024/////024/BB/013

Bulgaria………../490/DB/399/////315/BB/298

(Bremen)………/016/DB/003/////003/BB/002

(Brunswick).…./025/DB/008/////006/BB/005

Burma……..…./140/DB/119/////026/BB/019

Cameroun……./355/DB/145/////117/BB/100

Canada…….../417/DB/312/////211/BB/211

Canal Zone..…./183/DB/112/////104/BB/076

Cape Juby….…./140/DB/031/////068/BB/029

Cape of Good Hope/068/DB/034///030/BB/027

Cape Verde…../287/DB/226/////121/BB/110

 (Carinthia)*…../-----/DB/-----/////-----/BB/-----

Caroline Islands/023/DB/010/////007/BB/007

Castellorizo.…./085/DB/023/////020/BB/017

Cayman Islands/139/DB/072/////051/BB/039

Central Lithuania/053/DB/060/////043/BB/033

Ceylon……………/310/DB/146/////078/BB/075

Chad………………/085/DB/033/////059/BB/028

Chile………………/366/DB/206/////166/BB/166

China*……….…/909/DB/253/////214/BB/154

(China-Offices Abroad*)/?00/DB/?00//031/BB/000

(Cilicia)……….…/145/DB/040/////0016/BB/014

Cochin China…/005/DB/001/////004/BB/001

Colombia………/450/DB/273/////206/BB/184

(Colombia States)/414/DB/180///203*/BB/184

(Confederate States)/014/DB/001//006/BB/001

Congo, Belgian./266/DB/142/////138/BB/120

Cook Islands…./115/DB/032/////037/BB/015

Corfu………….…/014/DB/007/////006/BB/005

Costa Rica…..…/384/DB/201/////154/BB/153

Crete………….…/144/DB/060/////065/BB/048

Cuba………….…/462/DB/335/////234/BB/228

Cyprus…………/150/DB/083/////065/BB/062

Cyrenaica……/137/DB/050/////093/BB/036

Czechoslovakia*/620/DB/557///336/BB/330

Dahomey……/143/DB/105/////084/BB/083

(Dalmatia).…/014/DB/003/////005/BB/002

Danish West Indies/066/DB/041///037/BB/037

Danzig……..…/431/DB/334/////260/BB/258

Denmark……/399/DB/328/////206/BB/206

Diego Suarez/063/DB/003/////008/BB/003

Dominica……/112/DB/068/////048/BB/041

Dominican Republic/474/DB/231///222/BB/187

Dutch Indies./361/DB/260/////174/BB/163

East Africa & Uganda/071/DB/012///019/BB/012

(Eastern Rumelia)/040/DB/006////007/BB/005

(Eastern Silesia)/061/DB/053/////028/BB/027

Ecuador……/773/DB/405/////279/BB/277

Egypt………./390/DB/297/////198/BB/194

Elobey, Ann. & Cors./060/DB/013///007/BB/004

Epirus……../068/DB/025/////020/BB/018

Eritrea……./313/DB/196/////181/BB/148

Estonia……./197/DB/162/////114/BB/111

Ethiopia.…./323/DB/124/////078/BB/062

Falkland Islands/142/DB/074////037/BB/025

Far Eastern Republic/065/DB/014///008/BB/001

Fernando Po./176/DB/014/////023/BB/011

Fiji.…………../164/DB/061/////058/BB/036

Finland.…../281/DB/237/////160/BB/160

Fiume.……./262/DB/163/////070/BB/066

France*.…./1932/DB/758/////752/BB/549

French Colonies/080/DB/038///020/BB/019

French Congo/052/DB/012////018/BB/011

French Equatorial Africa/167/DB/090///063/BB/055

French Guiana/208/DB/135/////125/BB/110

French Guinea/212/DB/131/////139/BB/118

French India/141/DB/064/////084/BB/062

French Morocco*/300/DB/186///196- Listed in France/BB/147

French Polynesia/154/DB/100///104/BB/086

French Sudan/147/DB/074/////107/BB/065

Funchal.../034/DB/028/////014/BB/013

Gabon.…./183/DB/124/////111/BB/100

Gambia.../146/DB/077/////041/BB/036

Georgia.../036/DB/029/////028/BB/023

German East Africa/100/DB/037///033/BB/030

German New Guinea/023/DB/005///014/BB/004

German SW Africa/034/DB/014/////013/BB/011

Germany: North German Conf./035/DB/023//014/BB/014

Germany*../1101/DB/898/////765/BB/740

Gibraltar../135/DB/056/////040/BB/034

Gilbert & Ellice Is./065/DB/032////028/BB/022

Gold Coast../154/DB/080/////061/BB/054

Grand Comoro/029/DB/013/////017/BB/013

Great Britain/911/DB/406/////276/BB/205

Greece…..../812/DB/490/////281/BB/251

Greenland./020/DB/008/////007/BB/007

Grenada…./189/DB/070/////057/BB/044

(Griqualand West)/102/DB/003//000/BB/000

Guadeloupe/201/DB/120/////124/BB/109

Guam…..../014/DB/005/////005/BB/005

Guatemala/454/DB/366/////291/BB/285

Haiti…….../339/DB/214/////188/BB/180

(Hamburg)./022/DB/006/////007/BB/006

(Hanover)../025/DB/009/////007/BB/007

Hatay…...../050/DB/031/////013/BB/013

Hawaii….../091/DB/046/////033/BB/031

Hejaz (Saudi Arabia)*/453/DB/060//026/BB/018

(Heligoland)/026/DB/007/////007/BB/004

Honduras../579/DB/286/////211/BB/191

Hong Kong./214/DB/132/////075/BB/068

Horta…...../034/DB/021/////007/BB/007

Hungary*../1427/DB/1000////622/BB/612

Iceland….../327/DB/260/////161/BB/161

India*……./2958/DB/859/////244/BB/204

Indo-China/365/DB/225/////198/BB/167

Inhambane/101/DB/062/////037/BB/036

Inini……….../058/DB/047/////048/BB/039

(Ionian Islands)/003/DB/001////001/BB/001

Iraq……….../167/DB/061/////054/BB/036

Ireland…..../133/DB/081/////034/BB/031

Italian Colonies/087/DB/024////054/BB/021

Italian East Africa/054/DB/044///039/BB/033

Italy………../1554/DB/844/////617/BB/511

Ivory Coast/194/DB/104////128/BB/096

Jamaica….../170/DB/145/////078/BB/078

Japan………./388/DB/251/////230/BB/205

Jordan……../271/DB/051/////038/BB/013

Jugoslavia../583/DB/459/////340/BB/319

Karelia……../015/DB/015/////006/BB/006

Kenya Uganda/108/DB/056////050/BB/034

Kiauchau…./042/DB/008/////008/BB/007

Kionga……../004/DB/003/////004/BB/003

Korea…….../055/DB/015/////026/BB/014

Kuwait……../199/DB/009/////024/BB/004

Labuan……./135/DB/064/////059/BB/044

Lagos…….../059/DB/014/////014/BB/010

Latakia……./035/DB/014/////025/BB/013

Latvia…….../400/DB/259/////150/BB/136

Lebanon…./294/DB/087/////083/BB/055

Leeward islands/116/DB/053///044/BB/036

Liberia……../521/DB/446/////144/BB/140

Libya………../266/DB/139/////195/BB/109

Liechtenstein/249/DB/103////127/BB/079

Lithuania…/495/DB/283/////163/BB/128

Lourenco Marques/176/DB/124///046/BB/045

(Lubeck)…./014/DB/011/////005/BB/005

Luxembourg/582/DB/351////268/BB/239

Macao….…/372/DB/215/////148/BB/116

Madagascar/265/DB/150////144/BB/140

Madeira…./068/DB/037/////025/BB/020

Malaya*…/1314/DB/321/////257/BB/122

Maldives Is/030/DB/007/////013/BB/005

Malta……../263/DB/163/////069/BB/064

Manchukuo*/167/DB/100////079/BB/043

Mariana Is/027/DB/007/////013/BB/007

Marienwerder/042/DB/014////012/BB/006

Marshall Is/027/DB/013/////013/BB/011

Martinique./217/DB/115/////098/BB/081

Mauritania./145/DB/081/////081/BB/058

Mauritius…./261/DB/122/////081/BB/069

Mayotte…../031/DB/010/////016/BB/010

(Meckln. Schwerin)/008/DB/001///002/BB/001

(Meckln. Strelitz)/006/DB/002////003/BB/000

Memel……../237/DB/171/////051/BB/044

Mesopotamia/075/DB/014////009/BB/007

Mexico……../1299/DB/605/////369/BB/335

Middle Congo/123/DB/050/////097/BB/044

(Modena)…./019/DB/002/////005/BB/001

Moheli……../021/DB/007/////008/BB/006

Monaco….../272/DB/140/////143/BB/109

Mongolia…./057/DB/011/////021/BB/010

Montenegro/145/DB/110/////115/BB/102

Montserrat./130/DB/045/////043/BB/024

Mozambique/430/DB/328////137/BB/132

Mozambique Co./275/DB/216///122/BB/116

Natal………./132/DB/033/////025/BB/022

Nauru……./038/DB/030/////022/BB/022

Nepal……../043/DB/025/////014/BB/014

Netherlands/506/DB/441/////307/BB/301

Neth. Antilles/187/DB/094////073/BB/068

Nevis……../033/DB/004/////004/BB/002

New Brunswick/011/DB/006////006/BB/006

New Caledonia/266/DB/108////125/BB/081

Newfoundland/285/DB/256/////153/BB/151

New Guinea/140/DB/029/////068/BB/026

New Hebrides/164/DB/057/////047/BB/025

New South Wales/198/DB/038///052/BB/027

New Zealand*/505/DB/351/////147/BB/137

Nicaragua/1715/DB/1062////569/BB/510

Niger……../120/DB/077/////102/BB/076

Niger Coast Prot/064/DB/012////006/BB/005

Nigeria…../075/DB/058/////038/BB/035

Niue…….../103/DB/027/////030/BB/015

North Borneo/409/DB/136////127/BB/089

North Ingermanland/014/DB/011///009/BB/008

North West Pacific Is/149/DB/013///007/BB/005

Northern Nigeria/051/DB/011////019/BB/009

Northern Rhodesia/057/DB/036////033/BB/025

Norway..../290/DB/261/////183/BB/180

Nossi Be…/057/DB/007/////007/BB/003

Nova Scotia/013/DB/005/////005/BB/005

Nyasaland Prot./103/DB/054///036/BB/026

Nyassa……/141/DB/092/////085/BB/071

Obock……./083/DB/010/////012/BB/003

(Oldenburg)/024/DB/005/////003/BB/003

Oltre Giuba/066/DB/030/////035/BB/027

Orange R. Colony/077/DB/025////031/BB/020

Pakistan*…/032/DB/023//////000/BB/000

Palestine.../093/DB/049/////061/BB/038

Panama..../383/DB/213/////152/BB/146

Papua......./126/DB/045/////065/BB/036

Paraguay../584/DB/502/////357/BB/357

(Parma)..../015/DB/002/////002/BB/000

Penrhyn Island/030/DB/013///019/BB/010

Persia......./784/DB/472/////412/BB/387

Peru………./629/DB/388////314/BB/309

Philippine Is/564/DB/495////217/BB/217

Poland....../683/DB/530/////355/BB/344

Ponta Delgada/034/DB/030///016/BB/016

Portugal..../1031/DB/554////465/BB/409

Port. Africa/011/DB/011/////005/BB/005

Port. Congo/137/DB/123/////035/BB/034

Port. Guinea/309/DB/237////146/BB/129

Port. India../501/DB/210/////155/BB/133

Prince Edward Is/016/DB/013///009/BB/009

Prussia*...../026/DB/018/////006/BB/005

Puerto Rico/195/DB/055////121/BB/54

Queensland/164/DB/031////034/BB/022

Quelimane./040/DB/039/////020/BB/020

Reunion..../217/DB/137/////135/BB/121

Rhodesia../143/DB/053/////053/BB/039

Rio de Oro/149/DB/035/////024/BB/013

(Romagna)/009/DB/003/////003/BB/002

Romania.../931/DB/763/////530/BB/513

Roman States/025/DB/017////006/BB/006

Rouad....../016/DB/006/////008/BB/006

Ruanda-Urundi/071/DB/023////031/BB/017

Russia….../1415/DB/764////617/BB/542

Saar…….../237/DB/168/////133/BB/125

St. Christopher/029/DB/007////005/BB/004

St. Helena./143/DB/073/////045/BB/045

St. Kitts-Nevis/111/DB/049////043/BB/037

St. Lucia..../167/DB/068/////056/BB/049

St. Pierre & Miquelon/260/DB/134//162/BB/124

St. Thomas & Prince Is/423/DB/263///140/BB/132

St. Vincent../191/DB/090/////044/BB/038

Ste. Marie de Madag./013/DB/003///006/BB/003

Salvador..../1166/DB/790////582/BB/558

Samoa…..../173/DB/090/////070/BB/060

San Marino/345/DB/146/////146/BB/113

Sarawak…../215/DB/091/////050/BB/032

Sardinia….../017/DB/006/////007/BB/006

(Saseno)…../008/DB/004/////006/BB/003

Saudi Arabia*/----/DB/-----////-----/BB/00*

Saxony…..../020/DB/012/////008/BB/007

Schleswig../042/DB/024/////021/BB/021

(Schleswig-Holstein*)/025/DB/014///000/BB/00

Senegal…../250/DB/140/////165/BB/129

Senegambia & Niger/013/DB/004///008/BB/004

Serbia…..../224/DB/128/////104/BB/099

Seychelles/175/DB/065/////066/BB/036

Shanghai../183/DB/017/////031/BB/016

(Siberia)…../070/DB/007/////006*/BB/003

Sierra Leone/194/DB/063////059/BB/047

Somalia…../355/DB/118/////156/BB/086

Somali Coast/210/DB/130/////130/BB/104

Somaliland Prot./142/DB/034///030/BB/012

South Africa /237/DB/186////084/BB/048

South Australia/243/DB/037////032/BB/019

Southern Nigeria/056/DB/014///014/BB/008

Southern Rhodesia/078/DB/050///051/BB/036

South Russia/055/DB/020////010/BB/009

South West Africa/217/DB/089////103/BB/046

Spain…….../1171/DB/621////567/BB/478

Spanish Guinea/319/DB/077////104/BB/056

Spanish Morocco/251/DB/109////134/BB/095

Spanish Sahara/047/DB/047/////043/BB/043

Straits Settlements /310/DB/132////092/BB/086

Sudan…..../180/DB/085/////061/BB/046

Surinam…./243/DB/151/////155/BB/133

Swaziland./055/DB/034/////024/BB/019

Sweden…../426/DB/365/////211/BB/211

Switzerland/637/DB/430/////321/BB/314

Syria……..../524/DB/229/////141/BB/117

Tahiti……../065/DB/007/////003/BB/003

Tanganyika/044/DB/018/////020/BB/016

Tannu Tuva/141/DB/091/////020/BB/017

Tasmania…/123*/DB/044////027/BB/ 024

Tete……….../040/DB/036/////021/BB/ 020

Thailand (Siam)/286/DB/108////118/BB/ 085

Thrace……../135/DB/048/////022/BB/ 018

Thurn and Taxis/054/DB/037///015/BB/015

Tibet……..../018/DB/008/////010/BB/ 008

Timor…….../296/DB/127/////143/BB/ 088

Tobago….../031/DB/011/////005/BB/ 004

Togo……..../226/DB/080/////109/BB/ 067

Tonga……../109/DB/032/////027/BB/ 012

Transcaucasian F.R./031/DB/017///004/BB/ 004

Transvaal../293/DB/070/////052/BB/ 044

Trinidad…./134/DB/026/////026/BB/ 019

Trinidad & Tobago/108/DB/078///038/BB/ 037

Tripolitania/154/DB/066/////119/BB/ 054

Tunisia……./336/DB/230/////151/BB/ 133

Turkey….../1303/DB/806////394/BB/ 372

Turkey in Asia/108/DB/027////012/BB/ 012

Turks Islands/058/DB/005/////007/BB/ 004

Turks & Caico Is./130/DB/129////051/BB/ 051

(Tuscany)../024/DB/004/////002/BB/ 000

(Two Sicilies)/027/DB/003/////006/BB/ 002

Ubangi….../109/DB/031/////079/BB/ 029

Uganda…../076/DB/005/////010/BB/ 004

Ukrainia…./111/DB/047/////030/BB/ 030

Upper Senegal & Niger/050/DB/020//040/BB/ 020

Upper Silesia/090/DB/054/////036/BB/ 032

Upper Volta/089/DB/028/////075/BB/ 028

Uruguay…../843/DB/574/////298/BB/ 266

Vatican City/109/DB/099/////091/BB/ 089

Venezuela../511/DB/400/////251/BB/ 251

Victoria……./260/DB/107/////060/BB/ 053

Virgin Islands/113/DB/050////046/BB/ 030

Wallis & Futuna Is./119/DB/053///104/BB/ 052

Western Australia/104/DB/053/////027/BB/ 023

Western Ukrainia./119/DB/012/////019/BB/ 009

(White Russia)*/000/DB/010/////010/BB/ 010

Wurttemberg../251/DB/195/////180/BB/168

Yemen…….../040/DB/026/////009/BB/ 004

Zambezia…./105/DB/048/////037/BB/ 029

Zanzibar…../238/DB/065/////066/BB/ 043

Zululand…../024/DB/005/////014/BB/ 005

Comments and Explanations……

Total catalogue  count 
All major number stamps in the Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue are counted, (with some exceptions - see below), and covers World Wide 1840-1940+, and British Commonwealth countries 1840-1952. (“Cat. Ct.”)

(“Cat. Ct.”) will be somewhat less than actual Scott Classic Specialized catalogue major number count. I excluded specific categories (U.S. cut squares, Canada Air Post Semi-Official stamps, French Parcel Post, Australian States Postal-Fiscal, Russia Postal-Fiscal etc) in which I had no interest.

I did not count any of the Great Britain stamps identified with an obliterator (Scott “A” prefix) that can be found for the British colonies prior to that colony’s first stamp issue. Some smaller “entire” countries are missing (British Columbia, New Britain, Oman, Stellaland etc ) that are expensive, or have never been included in the Big Blue album countries.

I did count spaces in Steiner rather than major numbers for Austria for total Austria count (update- Sept, 2015)

OTOH, the count is inflated if one is comparing strictly 1840-1940 issues. The British Commonwealth countries are covered to the end of the George VI era (1952), and some country’s definitive issues continue into the 1940s. Basically, if the stamp is in the Scott Classic Specialized catalogue- even if issued after 1940- I included it.

A word about the numbers.. ..I combed through each page of the 2011 Scott Classic Specialized, noting catalogue numbers missing (decreasing the count), and noting suffix major numbers (i.e. “35A”- increasing the count). No minor numbers (whether bolded or not) were counted. Of course, a one time count of a country will have errors around the edges.

I think comparing between catalogues and their “numbers” is useless (except in a most general way)- as there are too many variables between catalogues.

A comment: For the WW classical era collector, one needs to take the total number of stamps “available” very lightly indeed. I include the total number of stamps for a country, so one has a general idea. I do not focus on that number as a “goal”.

Deep Blue (Steiner) spaces filled
I enjoy having a designated space for every Scott major number stamp I have. My collection- some 39,000+ classical era stamps at the time of the blog post (January, 2015)- is housed in 44 binders (1 ½”), and some 6,500 70 lb acid free pages. 

Thank you Bill Steiner!

Steiner usually follows the current Scott catalogue with layout and presentation.  But with certain countries, he might offer spaces, (no doubt influenced by that country’s collectors, and perhaps, a “rival” catalogue), that, in Scott, are minor numbers. If Steiner offers a space, I count it.

Total Big Blue (BB) spaces
First, I need to acknowledge Joe Lill, who independently counted all the spaces in his ‘97 edition BB, and sent the results to me. Although I also count the spaces, he has been more accurate. Thanks Joe!

If you would like an Excel file of Joe’s list, he has graciously placed it here…..


And that brings me to a specific goal- how complete can I get a virtual Big Blue?.... Yes, difficult, and most challenging, but possible.  As many are aware, I have been compiling a “checklist” of stamps that can be put into a BB space. With that, I can compare the checklist to my current collection- which yields a “want list” for the missing stamps that could fill a BB country. The advantage is the stamps tend to be modest in cost, and I will eventually have a “representative” collection for that country.

This is a “virtual” BB, so, besides the stamp spaces found in the ‘69/’97 editions (identical in content- almost), I've added back a number of smaller country stamp spaces – designated with a (     ) around the country- from the earlier 1940s BB editions that was removed by the ’69 editors.

Filled spaces in Big Blue (BB)
If I was putting my stamps directly into BB, a simple glance would let me know my status for a country or page. So keeping track of filled spaces- and a want list- is, admittedly, more difficult with a virtual BB. But the advantages are I can have my cake, and eat it too. ;-) I have a "virtual" Big Blue housed within Steiner pages that includes all the additional stamps not found in BB.

Note: When all the spaces in BB for a country are filled, I note that by underlining the number count.

*Austria (Sept 2015 update)- count includes Lombardy-Venetia. Total count is based on number of spaces in Steiner (some minor numbers)- while “old” number (917) was based on major numbers. There are still  minor numbers, though, that do not have a space in Steiner.

* Carinthia- 15 Austria stamps- found in the 40s editions under "Carinthia"- were transferred to Austria in the '69 edition.

* China- total count includes the Provinces (Offices abroad) category. Of interest, the "classic" Steiner files do not include the Provinces pages- these need to be taken out of the World Wide Steiner files.

* China-Offices Abroad- the total count is included under China.

* Columbia States-203 spaces in “47BB- includes 38 now de-listed stamps (165 + 38).

* France- 752 + (Morocco- 196- broken out separately)= 948

* Germany- Does not include North German Confederation, or Turn and Taxis

* India- BB has 244 spaces, but also a “Convention State” blank page, where an additional  ~42 Convention States stamps could be put in (mix and match). The page for Convention States was not added to the cited 244 space total.

* Malaya- was listed under Straits Settlements in the 1940s editions.

* Manchukuo- Steiner includes all the 1940s era issues.

* Pakistan- the 1947-49 regular/official “Pakistan” OP on British India (George VI issues) are included in the Scott Classic 1840-1940 catalogue. There are spaces in Deep Blue (Steiner) for them also. Pakistan, including the 1947-49 OP British India issues, is found in Part II (1840-49+) of the Scott Internationals.

* Prussia- Besides the 6 Prussian spaces, there are 7 spaces for local (Prussia) Official stamps of 1903. These Official stamps are located under the German section.

* Saudi Arabia stamps (Nejd) are listed under Hejaz.

* Schleswig-Holstein- Has never appeared in any BB editions.

* Siberia 6 spaces in 40s BB- actually Czechoslovak legion Post stamps

*Trinidad & Tobago- added 21 stamp spaces from 1940s editions

* United States 723 ( with cut squares) total in BB rather than 729- the 6 stamps for the Confederate States is listed separately. . I've actually removed the cut squares from BB (count 79)- I’m not interested- so my own “count” for U.S. BB is 644. And I removed the cut squares (count 550) from the U.S. Steiner count, which leaves 950 spaces.

* White Russia- no longer in the catalogue,

Comments appreciated!

35 comments:

  1. Yes, I was wondering exactly that. From time to time I'd take a look at the number and quality/relative rarity of the stamps you used to illustrate each country and drew some ballpark conclusions about the extent of your collection. But this lays it all out, straight up and clearly.

    We are all in your debt and wish you well.

    Oh, by the way, where do you go from here? Yes, we eagerly await the remaining country summaries, but where do you, as a collector, go from here? More of the same? Or some new twist? Or rest on your laurels? Enquiring minds wish to know.

    Dennis

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  2. Thanks Dennis - very much appreciated.

    For the coming year I will continue to collect the classic world, with emphasis on the stamps in BB. At some point, I might favor some particular countries or areas, but frankly it is too hard to choose at the moment. ;-)

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  3. 39.6K out of 83.3K is really impressive. Just curious when you started back up collecting did you have to start from scratch or did you have a base from your earlier collecting phase that you could build upon? DJCMHOH.

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  4. Hi DJCMHOH, and Thanks.

    Good questions. ;-)

    I started out in 2011 with a couple of BB albums bought from ebay to jump-start the WW collection. As I recall, there were ~8,000 and ~4,000 stamps in the albums.

    Later, there were two more BB albums I bought locally that had around 12,000 and 15,000 stamps respectively in them.

    I have had good luck in also acquiring country collections- mostly locally.

    At this point, I have a better outcome with wantlists using local and an occasional national dealer. Also APS stampstore is a source.

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  5. Holy cow :) You've definitely build up something magnificent (in relatively short time span).

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    1. Thanks Keijo. :-)

      And thanks for the great blog on general WW collecting - and your own count - which is truly inspirational.

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  6. Just returned to the hobby. Thankful to find this site and thankful to find Deep blue.

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    1. Glad you enjoy the posts Joseph, and nice to find someone from the Pacific Northwest.

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  7. What part of Oregon are you from? I went to school in Salem.

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  9. An impressive and informative post and blog. It doesn't' get much better than that! Can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2015.

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  10. Thanks Bob. :-)

    As I'm sure you can appreciate, getting all the data together took about a year of effort. Now that it is in place, should be fairly easy to update.

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  11. Jim,
    Very impressive! Given the large number of binders required for such a large collection in Steiner pages, I'm curious as to how you label your binders so you can keep track of and/or find what you are looking for? If you are someone who prints out the pages as needed, then the specific countries in any particular binder is a moving target, right?

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  12. Hi Chris

    The counties in a particular binder is not a moving target because I essentially printed out all the pages in Steiner's Classic set- all some 6,500 of them. ;-)

    Started printing Aden, and, as it took about two years, finished with Zululand.

    So the binders naturally filled up, although some have more pages than others.

    As far as labeling the spine, I have tried putting two (not needed) stamps there- the first country and the last country in the binder. A glance tells me then which countries are in a binder, as all countries are in order by alphabet.

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    1. Thanks Jim, that's an interesting idea about using the stamps to label the spine. There was a post on one of the discussion groups from someone who did a similar thing by printing out a stamp image and sliding it into the holder in the binder's spine to identify what's in the binder.

      I might think about doing this too, but I'm not inclined to print out all the Steiner pages at once, rather going the route of only printing out what I need at the time.

      Given the fact that going this route, the countries in each binder will be a moving target for me, I had once thought I’d just number each binder sequentially. Interestingly, I saw somewhere online that the “Red Albums” of George V were housed in 328 volumes, which were just labeled with “Stamps” and numbered 1-328.

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  13. Chris- printing out as you go should work. True, you may have to shift pages to new or different binders as you continue to print out, but that is a trivial issue. You may have to temporarily label the spine with the countries you have in the binder at the moment.

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  14. Jim- I took another tip from you and before I got too 'deep' into the Deep Blues, switched my paper from the Staples 67lb cover stock to 60lb paper. Wow, what a difference! I just started printing out a couple of countries now using "Cougar SMOOTH Text - NATURAL - 8.5 x 11 Paper - 24/60lb Text"

    A stack of 500 sheets of this stuff was about the same height as a stack of 250 sheets of the cover stock I was using previously, thus it should require half the number of binders and the price was more than 3x cheaper!

    Thanks for giving me the idea, the cover stock never felt right to me, was just to stiff, but now this paper feels more like the newer Scott International pages or because the pages are smooth, they kind of have a feel similar to the Palo album pages.

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  15. Chris - That is the reason I switched from cover to paper because I wanted the same characteristics as the Scott International Album paper.

    I've been happy with the results even with all the mounts on the page.

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  16. Jim,

    Quick question. I assume you are using an inkjet printer to print your Steiner pages? Can you give us an estimate of the cost you spent on ink to print all the Steiner pages?

    I'm using an Epson WF-3540 and it seems to be sucking up the ink after only printing out a few countries.

    Thanks!

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  17. Hi Chris

    I have a HP Officejet 4500 3 in 1 printer that is a bit long in tooth. I actually don't know how often I replaced the ink cartridges- I probably should have kept track. But not often enough so it raised alarm bells. Sorry I can't be more specific.

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  18. Ok, thanks Jim.
    I think one of my issues may be that I modified my pages by adding a "fancy" boarder and increasing the font size and bolding the country name on each page. Maybe I will unbold the country names, which may help a bit.

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  19. @Chris... Actually this is pretty easy to check and calculate. Just about all printer makers specify the average ink consumption for their models. For example Epson website tells that for WF-3450 the averages are:

    High-capacity Black (T126120): About 385 pages

    High-capacity Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (T126220, T126320, T126420): About 470 pages per color

    Extra High-capacity Black (T127120): About 945 pages

    Extra High-capacity Cyan, Magenta and Yellow (T127220, T127320, T127420): About 755 pages

    Your actual mileage may vary if you modify the printers default settings on ink consumption, or use different ink. But they give a pretty solid guideline on what you can expect.

    Hope this helps!

    -k-

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  20. Thanks Keijo, that gives me a nice ballpark figure to think about.

    Jim: I have another off the wall question for you. Have you done the analysis (or have a sense of) to see how or if the BigBlue coverage varies over the years (1840-1940)? In other words, is the coverage worst for the 19th Century stamps as compared to the later years (1930s)? Or perhaps the other way round?

    My thinking is that if this is the case, one could (initially anyway) supplement their BB with one volume of the Brown’s and have a nice WW classic album with “moderate” coverage, but still be in the 5-6 binder range.

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  21. Chris-
    No doubt BB's coverage gets generally better through the years. The worst would indeed be prior to 1900. So your idea has merit.

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  22. Hi Jim,
    First, thanks very much for all your work. Very interesting and educational.
    I don't understand what you mean by a "virtual" BB collection housed in/with Steiner pages. Do you mean you supplement Big Blue with Steiner pages? If so, is that your actual, physical storage of stamps? Thanks.
    Corbin

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  23. Hello Corbin
    It is a little confusing. ;-)
    My entire collection is housed in Steiner pages, which I call "Deep Blue"

    But I collect, for the most part, by using the checklist for Big Blue - that is my "virtual" BB- makes sense?

    Jim

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  24. Got it! Thanks. Been reading different parts of the blog and can't seem to tear myself away. Great stuff! I really value your insight on the Scott and Steiner comparisons. As with every hobby, one must choose his/her own path. I think "collecting to the album" is where I'm heading.

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  25. At present, I'm definitely "collecting to the album", that is the checklist. Collecting the world- even if it is just the classical time slice- is like swallowing all the water in the ocean. By "collecting to the album", one only has to swallow a lake. ;-)

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  26. Jim,
    I hit the 10,000 mark today! 30% complete, too. I started by collating my original Junior into the 1997 version, as you know, and finished that move in May 2012 with 6841 spaces filled. Collated in two more Junior albums (affectionately known as Juniors 1 & 2), finishing that in July 2015 with a total of 9584. Halfway through Junior 3 I've hit the 10,000 mark, and Juniors 4 & 5 are sitting on deck upstairs. Thanks again for all your help!

    Joe

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    1. Joe- Great! 10,000 is a healthy number.

      Thanks again for the use of your spreadsheet for spaces. It has been most valuable.

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    2. Jim, another great read!

      I've browsed many of your past postings, searched the countries of my interest, and notice you do not have the small Suez Canal Company issues listed.

      Could be due to the fact that they too were a highly forged group. I acquired one in an old time collection at auction some years ago. References are non-existent from what I've found, only private studies. From those I found my lucky find was a forgery.

      The only printed reference to the issues I found was in a 1938 Stanley Gibbons Stamps of the Word catalogue. The section was deleted from Gibbons catalogues a year or so later as the section is not in my 1946 catalogue.

      Just a thought for a future entry and perhaps a challenge for you too.

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    3. Appreciate the kind words about the blog jdp!

      Actually, you will find the Suez Canal Company issue of 1868 under the Local Stamps section in Egypt with Scott numbers L1-L4 in my Scott 1840-1940 catalogue. The catalogue value for genuine is $35-$275. As you said, though, there are plenty of forgeries. Perhaps for a future post?

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  27. Jim,
    No need to post this. I went through all the totals from this list to cross-check mine. Most of the difference between your total and mine is that you include the totals from the '69 that aren't in the '97.
    There are some errors, though, all of which you corrected on the country pages. All these comments pertain to this Status List.
    Bremen is listed twice.
    French Polynesia should be 104 per your page (PYP).
    Germany should be 765 PYP.
    Hungary should be 622 PYP.
    Yugoslavia should be 340 PYP.
    Libya should be 195 PYP.
    Manchukuo should be 79 PYP.
    Rio de Oro: check your spelling.
    Trinidad & Tobago should be 38 PYP.
    All your other numbers match what I have. I can't speak to your total number for your '69 Big Blue, as the '97 is definitely different for certain countries. The 17 stamps on my Saudi Arabia page, for example.
    I did cannibalize the Colombian States pages from an older Big Blue, but I don't count them in my total. Glad to have the pages, though!
    Joe

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    1. Joe - I did post this, as I need to document the changes. If I find other changes you don't mention, I will document below.
      Thanks so much for this corrected list!

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    2. Say Joe, is there an email address I could reach you at? Mine is
      jkjoregon
      ..and now some words so an email bot doesn't pick this up...
      @comcast.net

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