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, October 25, 2016

Algeria - Bud's Big Blue

Algeria in Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
BB’s Algeria selection follows a familiar pattern for countries connected with France: 

1-- Initially French stamps are used with only cancels to identify their country of origin (BB has none for Algeria), 

2-- These are followed by French stamps overprinted with the dependent country’s name (Algeria, page 1, rows one and two), 

3-- Then come stamps of obvious French design, but with the country’s name inscribed (the rest of page 1), 

4-- And finally, usually in the 1930s, comes a shift to larger stamps with scenic, cultural and political characteristics of the country (the rest of the Algeria BB pages, except the postage due sections). All bear the RF insignia or “Republique Francaise”. Algeria’s stamps show greater variety of subject matter in the 1930s than those of most French colonies.

I found Algeria easy to collect. It was the first African nation completed in my album.

Census: 114 in BB spaces, eight tipped in, 47 on supplement pages.

Jim's Observations
In reviewing the 81 stamps described in the 1840-1940 catalogue that Big Blue does not carry,  61 of them could be added by the Big Blue collector who doesn't blanch at a catalogue value up to $4.

Algeria Blog Post and Checklist

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