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...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Thurn and Taxis

Northern District 1852 Scott 6 2sgr black/rose
Quick History
The Thurn and Taxis Princely House (Tassis) has had a long history of providing mail and newspaper courier distribution services- originally since 1290 for Italian city-states, and then spreading by the 16th century to a postal route network encompassing Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Spain, and the Low countries (now Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg). They were named the Imperial Postmasters General for the Holy Roman Empire in 1748.

Thurn und Taxis Coat of Arms
The Thurn and Taxis private Post was active between 1806 and 1867.

Originally headquartered in Regensburg, it was moved to Frankfurt am Main in 1810.

1843 Postal Routes for Thurn und Taxis
Stamps were introduced in 1852. Since there were different denomination currencies in the Northern and Southern Germanic States, the stamp issues for the Northern Germanic States were in "Silbergroschen", while "Kreuzer" were used for the Southern Germanic States stamp issues.

There is a fine German States and Postal Service map developed and published by Stamp World History that shows the German State postal service areas covered by Thurn and Taxis until 1867. Thanks Gerben!

In 1867, after the Austro-Prussian war, Prussia took over the postal system on July 1, 1867. (Prussia paid three million thalers ($2,250,000) for the postal rights from the Prince of Thurn and Taxis.) This, in turn, was followed by stamps from the North German Postal District on January, 1, 1868, and finally the stamps of the German Empire on January 1, 1872.

By the way, the House of Thurn and Taxis is still very much alive and well.

Turn and Taxis Board Game
And there is a 2006  adventure board game- Turn and Taxis-  whose object is to string together a lucrative postal network by taking ownership of mailboxes in cities along the way.

Northern District 1859 Scott 10 1sgr blue
Into the Deep Blue
The 2014 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Thurn and Taxis 1852-1866 (under German States), 54 major descriptive numbers (Northern District-32; Southern District-22).

Of those, 18 are CV $1+-$2+, or 33%. All of the low value CV stamps are for unused condition. Clearly, the WW classical era collector can add some classical Thurn and Taxis stamps to the collection without much expense.

Most of the rest of Thurn and Taxis stamps are moderately expensive to expensive (CV $10+-$100+). Of interest, some stamps are much more expensive used. For instance, the Northern District 1866 "Rouletted in Colored Lines" Scott 31 2sgr blue is CV $1.50 unused, while CV $1,300 used! As one would expect, Scott has a note that, when stamps are much more CV valuable used, there are plenty of forged cancellations around.

Thurn and Taxis's stamps come in two major flavors: For the Northern District (valued in Silbergroschen), or for the Southern District (valued in Kreuzer). The districts tend to parallel each other in terms of issues.  But, for clarity, we will review each district separately in the next section.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
Northern District
30 Silbergroschen or Groschen = 1 Thaler
Northern District 1853 Scott 5 1sgr black/light blue
Between 1852-1858, a seven stamp imperforate typographic issue was used for the Northern District. The stamps are black, but imprinted on colored paper.

CV ranges from $20+-$60+ for five stamps.

There were reprints produced in 1910, and they have a "ND" in script on the back. CV = $6+. 

Northern District 1859 Scott 14 10sgr orange
In 1859-1860, a seven stamp imperforate issue in various colors was produced on white paper.

Note the posthorns in the design, which are found on all of Thurn and Taxis's stamps.

The 10 Silbergroschen orange, illustrated above, is CV $2+ unused, and CV $1,000 used!

Northern District 1865 Scott 24 1 sgr rose
In 1865, a six stamp rouletted issue was released. CV is $1+- $20+.

Northern District 1866 Scott 28 1/3sgr green
Rouletted in Colored Lines
The 1866 issue of six stamps was rouletted in colored lines, as shown. CV is $1+ unused for all the stamps in the issue.

Southern District
60 Kreuzer = 1 Gulden
Southern District 1852 Scott 43 3kr black/dark blue
A five stamp imperforate issue, printed in black on colored paper, was released in 1852-53 for the Southern District. CV used is $10+-$20+ for four stamps.

Southern District 1859 Scott 49 6kr rose
In 1859,  an imperforate six stamp set in various colors on white paper was issued. The numbers inside the concentric cancellation disclose which city the stamp originated from. I don't have the city code matrix, but it no doubt would be available in the philatelic literature if one wished to dig deeper.

Southern District 1862 Scott 53 3kr rose
In 1862, a three stamp imperforate set in new colors was released. CV is $10+.

Southern District 1865 Scott 58 6kr blue
A rouletted set of four stamps was issued in 1865. CV ranges from $1+-$10+.

Southern District 1866 Scott 60 1kr green
Rouletted in Colored Lines
Finally, a four stamp set, which was rouletted in colored lines, was issued in 1866. CV is $1+ unused.

The Thurn and Taxis stamps (both Northern and Southern Districts) were replaced by those of Prussia on July 1, 1867.

Deep Blue
Northern District 1866 Issue in Deep Blue
Rouletted in Colored Lines
Deep Blue (Steiner) has three pages for the Northern district and two pages for the Southern District. All of the major Scott numbers have a space.

Southern District 1852 Scott 42 1kr black/light green
Big Blue
Big Blue '69, one 1/2 page, shared with the North German Confederation, has nine spaces for the Northern District, and six spaces for the Southern District: (Total = 15 spaces). Coverage is 28%. Many of the BB spaces, though, can have multiple stamp choices.

The coverage for Thurn and Taxis is actually located and placed as the first page of Germany. The BB Table of Contents, consequently, does not list Thurn and Taxis separately- or at all. (That goes for the North German Confederation also.)

The 40s BB editions have fourteen spaces (12 blank spaces) for the Northern District, and seven spaces (5 blank spaces) for the Southern District: (Total = 21 spaces).

Remarkably, perhaps, there are no spaces in the '69 BB that require an expensive (CV $10+) stamp. 


Northern District – 9 spaces
1 or 8 or 15 or 21 or 27,
16 or 22 or 28,
23 or 29,
18 or 24 or 30,
(5 or any other choice not taken)
19 or 25 or 31,
20 or 26 or 32,

Southern District- 6 spaces
42 or 47 or 56 or 60,
53 or 57 or 61,
54 or 58 or 62,
55 or 59 or 63,

A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold): None

Southern District 1859 Scott 51 15kr lilac
Out of the Blue
I'm fascinated by the Thurn and Taxis postal history, but couldn't find as much detail as I would like in cyberspace about it. When I get a chance, I will visit a philatelic library and do some more research. 

Note: Map, and Coat of Arms scan images appears to be in the public domain, while the Thurn and Taxis Board Game image (copyright) is presented here for educational purposes.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016


1919 Scott N12 25s indigo & black - Issued under Allied Occupation
Bulgarian Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted in Red or Black
Quick History
Thrace (known by that name since Grecian times) now comprises Southeastern Bulgaria (Northern Thrace), northeastern Greece (Western Thrace), and eastern Turkey (Eastern Thrace).

Thrace within present day Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey
During the Balkan Wars and WW I, there were many military and  political changes, which are too complicated for a Quick History. ;-)

For detail, refer to Dead Countries Stamps excellent posts...

Thrace Region
The history of Thrace is reflected, however, in the stamp issues, which are covered in the next section.

1920 Scott N18 15s violet
Bulgarian Stamps of 1919 Overprinted
Into the Deep Blue
Thrace went through many political changes during the Balkan Wars and WW I. It was ultimately divided between Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria. The Scott catalogue reflects the rather messy conditions.

All of the Scott numbers in the catalogue for Thrace are preceded by "N": indicating "occupation" stamp issues.

During the Second Balkan War, several cities (Dedeagatch, Giumulzina) came under Greek occupation. There are Giumulzina District Issues (30 stamps) during 1913 that are surcharged on Turkish stamps, Bulgarian Stamps, and Greek stamps. There was also a 1913 lithographic issue with Turkish inscriptions (5 stamps). These Giumulzina District stamps are rather expensive, specialist territory, and forgeries exist. I don't have any, and will say no more.

There were then Allied occupation stamps (handstamped or overprinted on Bulgarian stamps) for 1919-1920 (33 stamps total). Bulgaria was forced to withdraw, and the Allied forces moved in and occupied Western Thrace. At the conference of San Remo on April, 1920, it was agreed that Greece would then control Western Thrace.

There were also overprinted stamps issued under Greek occupation and control and annexation (May 20) of Western Thrace for 1920 using Greek stamps (58 stamps) and Turkish stamps (9 stamps).

Total major number descriptions for 1913-1920 Thrace: 135.

Of those, 56 are CV <$1-$1+, or 42%.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
100 Lepta = 1 Drachma
40 Paras = 1 Piaster
100 Stotinki = 1  Leva (1919)
1919 Scott N7 1s black - Issued under Allied Occupation
Bulgarian Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted in Red or Black
There were six Bulgarian stamps of 1915-19 handstamped "Thrace Interalliee" in violet blue issued in 1919 under the Allied occupation of Western Thrace (not shown).

There was also, in 1919, a nine stamp overprint ( in red or black) of Bulgarian stamps of 1911-19 released by the Allied occupation forces (shown above). CV ranges from <$1-$10.

1920 Scott N16 5s green
Bulgarian Stamps of 1919 Overprinted
More occupation stamps were released in 1920. A four stamp set with a vertical overprint on Bulgarian stamps of 1919 was issued. CV is <$1-$1+.

1920 Scott N23 25s deep blue
Bulgarian Stamps of 1919 Overprinted
Another six stamp set with a "Western Thrace" overprint was issued in 1920 on Bulgarian stamps of 1919 by the Allied occupation. CV is <$1-$1+.

1920 Scott N28 3 l vermilion
Greek Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted
"Administration Western Thrace" in Greek
Greece was awarded Western Thrace, and hence an eleven stamp set of 1911-19  lithographic Greek stamps were overprinted as shown. There are an additional ten stamps from engraved Greek stamps overprinted and released. The collector may need to determine if the Greek overprinted stamp is lithographic or engraved to place it with the right Scott number.

I should mention that Scott has a note that all of the Greek occupation stamps can be found with counterfeit overprints. Caveat Emptor.

1920 Scott N56 2 l rose - Issued under Greek Occupation
Greek Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted
"Administration Thrace" in Greek
In 1920, the Greek occupation also released twelve lithographic stamps and four engraved stamps overprinted "Administration Thrace" for use in either Western or Eastern Thrace. The engraved stamps have the same design and the same or very similar colors as the lithographic stamps. Therefore, the collector will need to determine the printing method. (With some aluminum foil over the stamp, I rub the area with a soft eraser. An imprint left on the foil indicates an engraved stamp; no imprint indicates a lithographic stamp.)

1920 Scott N83 3d on 1pi deep blue
Turkish Stamps of 1916-18 Surcharged
in Blue, Black, or Red
Also in 1920, the Greek occupation surcharged Turkish stamps of 1916-20 in blue, black or red. These nine stamps were for use in either Western or Eastern Thrace. CV is <$1-$9+.

1919 Scott NJ1 5s emerald- Issued under Allied Occupation
Bulgarian Postage Due Stamps of 1919 Overprinted
The Allied  occupation of 1919-20 also overprinted Bulgarian postage due stamps of 1919 for use in Western Thrace. The three stamp set shown here is CV <$1-$2+.

Deep Blue
1920 Lithographed -Issued under Greek Occupation
Greek Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted
"Administration Western Thrace" in Greek
Deep Blue (Steiner) has eleven pages for the stamps of 1913-20 Thrace. There has been an upgrade in Scott numbers, comparing the 2014 catalogue with the Steiner pages, as about a half dozen numbers do not have a space in my current Steiner pages. Not that I have the missing stamps. ;-)

I penciled in some spaces for these additional numbers.

1920 Scott N24 50s ocher
Bulgarian Stamps of 1919 Overprinted
Big Blue
Big Blue '69, on one page shared with Transcaucasian Federated Republic, has 22 spaces.

Coverage is 16%.

The 40s editions have the same coverage.

There are no expensive stamps, save for the 1920 Greek occupation 30 l rose space, which has a CV of $35. See the next paragraph for an explanation.

1920 30 L Rose Space
30 l rose space - "N33" or N39C - The lithographic 1920 Greek occupation "N33" 30 l rose
is no longer in the 2014 Scott Classic Specialized catalogue, although it was listed in the 1947 Scott catalogue. However, the engraved 1920 Scott N39C 30 l rose is listed in the 2014 Scott catalogue @ $35, but this stamp is not listed in the 1947 catalogue.




N29,N30,N31,N32 or N39B, 30l rose- “N33” or N39C*,N34,N35,



A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold):
1920 Scott N29C 30 l rose ($35)
B) * 30 l rose - "N33" or N39C - The lithographic 1920 Greek occupation "N33" 30 l rose
is no longer in the 2014 Scott Classic Specialized catalogue, although it was listed in the 1947 Scott catalogue. However, the engraved 1920 Scott N39C 30 l rose is listed in the 2014 Scott catalogue @ $35, but is not listed in the 1947 catalogue.

1920 Scott N58 5 l green- Issued under Greek Occupation
Greek Stamps of 1911-19 Overprinted
"Administration Thrace" in Greek
Out of the Blue
I feel a bit out of my element with Thrace, with the complicated history, and the possibility that the overprints might be counterfeit. In my view, the entire stamp inventory for Thrace is really specialist's territory. Buried somewhere in the philatelic literature is, no doubt, help for the collector if one is truly interested in the overprinted issues.

Note: Maps appear to be in the public domain.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thailand (Siam)

1883 Scott 1 1 sol blue "King Chulalongkorn"
Quick History
Thailand is the only Southeast Asian nation that was never colonized, and served as a buffer state between French Indochina and the British Empire.  And Thailand has always had a king as head of state since Bangkok was established as the capital of the Chakri Dynasty under Rama I in 1782. Granted, the king sometimes had authority, sometimes not, depending which dictator or government was in power at the moment. A major change occurred in 1932 when the king lost his absolute monarchy, and there has been some nineteen constitutions/charters formed since then through various military dictatorships and democracies.

Siam (yellow) 1909
Then known as Siam, the country joined the UPU on July 1, 1885. (Siam was the official name until 1939, and again between 1945-49.)

Actually, Thailand's postal service was launched earlier on August 4, 1883, with the five definitive stamps of King Chulalongkorn in profile.

In 1909, Thailand lost their four southern provinces, which were mostly ethnic-Malay, to Malaysia.

Population was 15,700,000 in 1940.

During WW II, Thailand and Japan had a military alliance, although clearly Japan dictated the terms.

Dutch and Australian POWs on the Burma Railway
The Burma-Siam Railway (Bangkok-Rangoon) was built utilizing forced labor for the Burma campaign. 180,000 Asian "romusha"  (90,000 died) and 60,000 Allied POWs (13,000 died) were used during the construction.

After WW II, Thailand became an ally of the United States.

And King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX of the Chakri Dynasty, has reigned since 1946! (And, by the way, he is worth $30 billion!)

1908 Scott 111 2a on 24a lilac & blue
"King Chulalongkorn"
Into the Deep Blue
The 2014 Scott Classic Specialized 1840-1940 catalogue has, for Thailand (Siam) 1883-1940, 286 major descriptive numbers. Of those, 64 are CV <$1-$1+, or 22%. Thailand is somewhat more expensive than most countries for the WW classical era collector.

I should mention that "Siam" was the name on stamps until 1939 for the stamps of Thailand- essentially all of the classical era period (and again between 1945-49). But Thailand is the common and preferred country name now, so I will use it here.

A closer look at the stamps and issues
32 Solot = 16 Atts = 8 Sio = 4 Sik = 2 Fuang = 1 Salung
4 Salungs = 1 Tical
100 Satangs (1909) = 1 Tical = 1 Baht (1912)
1883 Scott 3 1 sio vermilion "King Chulalongkorn"
The first issue of August 4, 1883 was an engraved five stamp set by Waterlow and Sons depicting a profile view of King Chulalongkorn. The five stamps were denominated in solot, att, siao, sik, and salueng. It is referred to as the Solot series. CV ranges from $10+-$60+.

1887 Scott 15 8a green & yellow
"King Chulalongkorn"
As Thailand joined the UPU in 1885, stamps had to be redesigned with the country name. An eight stamp bi-colored issue printed by De la Rue & Co, which has design characteristics of the Malayan States of the era, was prepared. The 1887-91 issue has a CV of $2-$7 for seven stamps.

Note the denomination for the issue is Atts.

1894 Scott 40 1a on 64a lilac & orange brown
There were considerable (48!)  handstamped and typeset surcharged stamps issued between 1889-1899, all based on the 1887-91 issue. Some are CV inexpensive ($2-$3), while others are quite expensive ($300-$800). There are also counterfeit overprints.

1889 Scott 78 3a red & blue
"King Chulalongkorn"
Scott has a 1899 five stamp set with a full face view of the king listed for 1889 (Scott 70-74), but these were never officially released as the king rejected the design. Nevertheless, some were released by mistake. CV  ranges from $85-$500. (I don't have any.)

What was released officially was a fifteen stamp set between 1899-1904 with a profile view of the king -illustrated above. CV is $1-$3 for nine stamps.

King Chulalongkorn
Who was King Chulalongkorn? He was the fifth monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, and he was also known as King Rama V. He reigned between 1868-1910.

He was known as The Great Beloved King, as his policies and social reforms manged to keep Siam from being colonized by the French or the British.

1905 Scott 97 4a gray & red 
"King Chulalongkorn"
Between 1905-08, another fourteen stamp set was released with a portrait of the king, which is supported by two children- interesting! The stamps were printed in Leipzig.

1908 Scott 113 1a orange & green
Black overprint; "Jubilee Issue"
For the 40th year reign of King Chullngkorn, a five stamp overprinted in black or red "Jubilee Issue" was released. CV is $1+-$20+.

1909 Scott 137 14s on 9a blue, Surcharged
In 1909, an eleven stamp surcharged issue was released. CV ranges from $1+-$8+ for eight stamps.

1910 Scott 139 2s orange & green
"King Chulalongkorn"
The last six stamp issue for King Chulalongkorn was released in May and June, 1910.  He died in October of that year.

Coat of Arms 1873-1910
The Arms, introduced by King Chulalongkorn in 1873, was the Emblem of Siam until 1910.

1912 Scott 146 3s yellow green
"King Vajiravudh"
The son, King Vajiravudh (King Rama VI), reigned from October 23, 1910 until 1925. He promoted Siamese nationalism and increasing democracy. He managed to keep Siam out of WW I.

In 1912, a twelve stamp engraved issue with his visage was produced by the Imperial Printing Works, Vienna. Perforation is 14 1/2. (There will be a type of the 1912 issue re-engraved in 1917 that will be perforation 14.)

1912 Scott 151 1b blue & black
"King Vajiravudh"
The six higher denomination Baht stamps had this enlarged bi-color design for the 1912 issue.

1914 Scott 159 10s on 12s gray black & brown
Surcharged in Red
In 1914-15, four stamps from the 1912 issue were surcharged, as shown, in red or blue.

1917 Scott 166 5s rose red
Types of 1912 Re-engraved
The 1917 issue of King Vajiravudh was a type of the 1912 issue, and was re-engraved by Waterlow & Sons. The colors are somewhat different, and there are some minor design changes. Perforation is 14.

1912 Issue- four horizontal wavy lines
under "M" of SIAM
For the 1912 issue, there are four horizontal wavy lines under "M" of the Siam tablet.

1917 Issue- three horizontal wavy lines
under "M" of SIAM
For the 1917 issue, there are three horizontal wavy lines under "M" of the Siam tablet. There are other differences as well, if one looks.

1920 Scott 190 5s rose/pale rose
"King Vajiravudh"
A new issue with King Vajiravudh began in 1920, and ultimately twelve stamps were released. CV ranges from <$1-$2+ for ten stamps.

1921 Scott 198 50s ocher & black
The king had the talent of an artist, and he translated Shakespeare plays (Romeo and Juliet), and even Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot episodes.

1926 Scott 199 1t gray violet & green
"Throne Room"
The "Throne Room" issue of six stamps was intended to commemorate the fifteenth year reign of King Vajiravudh. But he died in November, 1925, and the"Throne Room" stamps were released as an ordinary issue on March 5, 1926.

1928 Scott 212 25s black & orange
"King Prajadhipok"
The King's brother became King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) on November 25, 1925. A fifteen stamps issue was released in 1928.

1928 Scott 218 3b yellow green & black
"King Prajadhipok in full royal guard uniform"
The seven higher Baht denomination stamps featured a bi-colored larger format design for the new king. The Revolution of 1932 changed his reign from one of an absolute monarch to the first constitutional monarch.

1932 Scott 230 25s violet & black
"King Prajadhipok and Chao P'ya Chakri"
An eight stamp issue with three designs was released in 1932 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Chakri dynasty, the founding of Bangkok (1782), and the opening of the memorial bridge across the Chao Phraya river.

The king found himself in growing disagreement with the People's Party government, and he abdicated in 1935. He lived the rest of his days in England, until he died in 1941.

1939 Scott 233 2s dull red brown
"Assembly Hall, Bangkok"
For the 7th anniversary of the Siamese Constitution, a five stamp lithographic issue was released in 1939. This is the last issue with "Siam" for the country name. (True, between 1945-49, "Siam" made a comeback.)

1940 Scott 242 15s dark blue
"Chakri Palace, Bangkok"
Note: "Thailand" !!!
Right at the edge of the 1840-1940 classical era for stamps, "Thailand" makes a belated appearance.

The 1940 typographic issue has five stamps. CV is <$1-$5+.

1918 Scott B1 2s orange brown
Overprinted in Red
The Siamese Red Cross society was the beneficiary of excess funds for the semi-postal 1918 eleven stamp overprinted 1917 re-engraved issue. Scott has a note that excellent counterfeit overprints exist.

1925 Scott C5 15s carmine "Garuda"
The first air post issue was released in 1925, and had an image of the "Garuda" on eight stamps. The Garuda is a large bird- like predator, highly intelligent. It is found in both Buddhist and Hindu mythology.

Garuda statues, Wat Phra Kaeo temple, Bangkok
Garudas are found adorning many Buddhist temples in Thailand, and the Garuda is the national symbol.

1930 Scott C11 10s black & orange "Garuda"
The 1930-37 six stamp air post issue is similar to the 1925 issue, but in perf 12 1/2 rather than perf 14, 14 1/2. CV is <$1-$2+ for five stamps.

Deep Blue
1883 Issue in Deep Blue
Deep Blue (Steiner) has  20 pages for classical era Thailand (Siam), and there is a space for all major Scott numbers. Steiner has three pages for the surcharged stamps of 1889-1899, and these will probably be sparsely filled by most WW collectors, as they can be expensive. The 1889 set (5 spaces) that wasn't officially released and are expensive (CV $85-$1100+), will probably remain blank also. ;-)

1920 Scott 186 10s on 12s gray black & brown
Red Surcharge
Big Blue
Big Blue, on five pages, has 118 spaces for the stamps of Thailand. Coverage is 41%.

The '69 BB still labels the country "Siam", and it is placed between Somaliland Protectorate and Sierrra Leone.

There are eleven stamp spaces requiring stamps @ CV $10-$20+. There are no "Most Expensive " stamps ($35+). See comments section below the checklist for specifics.











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1925-29 (Actually -30+)
C1 or C9, C2, C3 or C10, C5 or C12,

C6 or C13, C7 or C14, C8,

A) Expensive stamps ($10 threshold):
1883 Scott 1 1sol blue ($10+)
1883 (Scott 2) 1att carmine ($10+)
1887 Scott 18 64a lilac & orange brown ($20+)
1889 Scott 79 3a green ($10+)
1905 Scott 90 1a on 14a ($10)
1905 Scott 91 2a on 28a ($10+)
1908 Scott 103 18a red brown ($20+)
1905 Scott 105 1t deep blue & brown orange ($10)
1910 Scott 144 28s red brown ($10)
1912 Scott 150 28s chocolate ($10+)
1925 Scott C8 1b blue & brown ($10+)
B) (   ) around a number indicates a blank space choice.
C) *1912-17- mixture of original (1912) and re-engraved (1917)

1930 Scott 224 25s on 28s red brown
Surcharged in Blue;"King Chulalongkorn"
Out of the Blue
Thailand is high on my list of countries that I wouldn't mind "sub-specializing".

Note: Maps, Coat of Arms image, King Chulalongkorn pic, and  POW pic appear to be in the public domain. The Garuda pic is in the public domain, but acknowledgement is given to Supercarwaar.

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