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...

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kimble's August Postmark Calendar

Kimble's August 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.

August Postmark Calendar

August 1
USA 1908 Scott 336 6c red orange "Washington"

August 2
France 1900 Scott 117 15c orange
"The Rights of Man"

August 3
Belgium 1893 Scott 65 10c orange brown "Leopold"

August 4
USA 1934 Scott C19 6c dull orange
"Winged Globe"
San Francisco, California

August 5
USA 1932 Scott 707 2c carmine rose

August 6
Netherlands 1876 Scott 35c 1c green
"Numeral of Value"
Megen or Nijmegen, Netherlands?

August 7
USA 1917 Scott 498 1c green "Washington"
Wyandotte, Michigan

August 8
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"

August 9
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold"

August 10
France 1898 Scott 104 5c yellow green
"Peace and Commerce"
Dijon to Lyon?

August 11
Great Britain 1887 Scott 111 1/2p vermilion "Victoria"
Jersey, a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom, off the coast of Normandy, France?

August 12
Austria 1875 Scott 37 10kr blue "Franz Josef"
Fine Print
Rudolfeovo ( now Novo Mesto) in Slovenia?

August 13
Canada 1897 Scott 53 3c bright rose
Jubilee Issue
Galetta in western Ontario. (Thanks Catalin)

August 14
Netherlands 1876 Scott 34 1/2c rose
"Numeral of Value"
Rotterdam? (Thanks Lexman)

August 15
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"
Jersey, a Crown dependency of the United Kingdom, off the coast of Normandy, France?

August 16
Netherlands 1928 Scott 180 12 1/2c ultramarine
"Queen Wilhelmina"
Soest, Netherlands near Ultrecht

August 17
Denmark 1948 Scott 306 15(o) green
"Frederik IX"

August 18
Egypt 1884 Scott 37 1pi ultramarine

August 19
Great Britain 1887 Scott 111 1/2p vermilion "Victoria"

August 20
Victoria 1890 Scott 172 2 1/2p brown red/yellow
"Southern Cross"
Probably Melbourne

August 21
USA 1898 Scott R164 2c carmine rose "Battleship'
Revenue Stamp

August 22
Belgium 1905 Scott 85 10c dull rose
"King Leopold"

August 23
USA 1917 Scott 498 1c green "Washington"
Flint, Michigan

August 24
Belgium 1907 Scott 84 5c green
"Coat of Arms" 
Hasselt, Belgium, the capital of the province of Limburg.

August 25
Austria Newspaper 1880 Scott P10 1/2kr blue green

August 26
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold"

August 27
Bavaria 1900 Scott 62 5pf dark green
"Coat of Arms"
Fuerth, Bavaria?

August 28
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"

August 29
Switzerland 1882 Scott 87 1fr claret

August 30
Russia 1889 Scott 46 1k orange
"Imperial Eagle and Thunderbolt Post Horns"
Dvinsk (Daugavpils), Lithuania?

August 31
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Accrington in the Hynburn borough of Lancashire. (Thanks Catalin)

Great Britain 1890 Scott 121 10p carmine rose & lilac
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.

Have a comment?

Friday, July 28, 2017

Costa Rica - Bud's Big Blue

Costa Rica Surcharged Overprints
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Currency changes generate album space fillers, early Costa Rican stamps being a prime example. Beginning with the 1863 reales, then moving to centavos and pesos (1883), and finally to centimos and colónes (1901), BB gives good coverage to these changes, except for the overprints required to use up the otherwise superannuated. Examples of the later appear in the header (above) and the supplement pages, some of which may bear favor cancels. These abound in feeder albums. Moreover, the supplement shows only one Guanacaste overprint, but I have several awaiting hinges.

The colón, named after Christopher Columbus (Cristóbal Colón), was also a currency denomination used by El Salvador from 1892 until recently. Rapid currency changes almost always indicate economic upheavals. Overprints mark times of suffering.

The last Costa Rican BB space filled in my album is the 55 centimos official (page 5, bottom row) -- a cheap stamp, although fugitive and shy.

Jim's Observations
In 1838, Costa Rica declared itself sovereign over the loosely developed Federal Republic of South America based in Guatemala, and since then has been reluctant to affiliate itself strongly with other Central American nations. The first stamp in 1863 featured the National Coat of Arms.

The country has enjoyed a long period of democracy, and the army was constitutionally abolished in 1949.

Costa Rica Blog Post and Checklist

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