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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, April 30, 2017

Kimble's May Postmark Calendar

Kimble's May Calendar
Into the Deep Blue
As a collaborative project, Dan and I are presenting a postmark calendar for all 366 possible days of the year, represented by interesting appropriate date cancellation stamps from the Kimble collection.

We are publishing, during 2017, a monthly blog post with the date postmarks for that month for everyone's enjoyment.

The introduction, dedication, and links to the other months that have been published, is included with
the January post.

May Postmark Calendar

May 1
Austria 1908 Scott 111 2h blue violet
"Maria Thersea"

May 2
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"

May 3
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold II"
Brussels Quittances Depot

May 4
Canada 1873 Scott 37 3c orange red "Victoria"
Peterborough, Ontario. Nickname is the "Electric City", is first town in Canada to use electric streetlights.

May 5
USA 1893 Scott 231 2c violet brown
Landing of Columbus"

May 6
USA 1918 Scott 525 1c gray green
"George Washington"

May 7
Belgium 1905 Scott 85 10c dull rose
"King Leopold"
Probably ANVERS (SUD). Thanks Axel for the identification.

May 8
USA 1918 Scott 525 1c gray green
"George Washington"
Grand Central Station, New York.

May 9
Austria 1875 Scott 56 5kr brose "Franz Josef"
Fine Print

May 10
USA 1948 Scott 961 3c blue
"Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge"
State College, Pennsylvania. Note the finely placed postmark? I suspect this ten year old stamp, at the time of mailing, was from correspondence of the American Philatelic Society, which was located in State College then.

May 11
Austria 1883 Scott 43 5kr rose 
"Coat of Arms"

May 12
Belgium 1905 Scott 85 10c dull rose
"King Leopold"
Ghent, Belgium

May 13
USA 1864 Scott R15 2c Internal Revenue orange

May 14
Costa Rica 1923 Scott 118 2c yellow
"Harvesting Coffee"
San Jose, Costa Rica

May 15
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"

May 16
Portugal 1882 Scott 60 25r brown
"King Luiz"

May 17
Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika 1935 Scott 49
15c red & black "Mount Kilimanjaro"
Tanga, on the north coast of Tanganyika. Thanks Gene for the identification.

May 18
Belgium 1884 Scott 52 10c rose/bluish
"King Leopold II"
Dison, Belgium is a small town, a Walloon municipality, in the province of Liege.

May 19
USA 1853-55 Scott 11A 3c dull red, Type II
"George Washington"
New York

May 20
USA 1913 Scott 424 1c green "Washington"

May 21
Austria 1863 Scott 19 5kr rose
"Coat of Arms"
"May 21st is about a postmark from Mödling, Austria - the capital of the Austrian district of the same name located approximately 14 km south of Vienna." - Thanks Catalin!

May 22
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"

May 23
Great Britain 1887 Scott 111 1/2p vermilion

May 24
Austria 1875 Scott 57 10kr blue "Franz Josef"
Fine Print
Rzeslow, Poland?

May 25
France 1892 Scott 103 15c blue, Quadrille paper
"Peace and Commerce"
Rue du Colombiers post office. Could be in Orleans, Tours, or Angers. Thanks Axel for the identification.

May 26
Guatemala 1945 Scott C128 5c deep rose
"Allegory of the Revolution" Type

May 27
New Zealand 1915 Scott 159 1sh vermilion
"George V"

May 28
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"

May 29
Netherlands 1894 Scott 36 2c olive yellow
"Numeral of value"
Leiden, Netherlands

Of interest, Scott labels the "olive yellow" color (which this appears to be) to have been issued in 1894. The postmark, though, is May 29, 1893. ;-) The stamp was issued earlier (1876?) in a yellow color (Scott 36a). This stamp, then, was available in 1893, but what color in 1893, is what we see, unless there is a bit of chemical changeling going on - certainly possible.

May 30
Chile Revenue stamp

May 31
Belgium 1902 Scott Q36 50c pale rose & violet
"Winged Wheel"
Brussels. Post Office: Chaussee de Louvain (Road to Louvain). Thanks Axel for the identification.

Denmark  1927 Scott 195 30o ocher "Caravel"
Out of the Blue
Some of the postmarks are identified, others are not. Help from readers is appreciated. ;-)

Note: all of the stamps featured for the post are part of the Kimble collection.

Comments appreciated!


  1. The postmark on the KUT stamp is I think "TANGA" on the north coast of Tanganyika

    1. Thanks Gene for the I.D. I gave you credit, and added the information. :-)

  2. thanks for the May Calendar, the May 31 postmark from Brussels, has even the location of the Post office : Chaussée de Louvain, Road to Louvain.

    The May 7th, troubles me: it seems to me it has (Sud) between () so i was thinking of Brussels, but then on the top of the stamp it looks like it has an inverted AN so might be ANVERS (SUD)? Just a guess.

    The May 25th postmark from France is a big ???, it seems there's just a mention of the specific post office : Rue du Colombiers.
    But there exist a lot of Rue du Colombiers like in Orléans, Tours, Angers, Paris has a rue du vieux colombiers.


    1. Thanks Axel for the detailed information and speculation. I added the information, and gave you credit. ;-)

  3. By the way I tried to print the calendar, thought it was an original way to check my calendar this month, the image was not really sharp? Maybe due to scan resolution?

    PS please bear in mind that the Antwerp and French cancel are really guesses...

    1. Axel - I know they are guesses, but they are good ones. ;-)

      Each individual stamp for the calendar is scanned @ 1200, and therefore should give a very detailed image indeed. But the entire calendar pic needs to cover a large area, and therefor the individual stamps within the pic will look pixelated with enlargement.

  4. Hi, Jim! For May 21st is about a postmark from Mödling, Austria - the capital of the Austrian district of the same name located approximately 14 km south of Vienna. Warm regards, Cătălin

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    2. Thanks for the information, Catalin!
      All the best, Jim