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...

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kimble's November Postmark Calendar

Kimble's November 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.

November Postmark Calendar

November 1
1898 U.S. Revenue Scott RB20 
1/8c yellow green "Battleship"

November 2
Belgium 1882 Scott Q11 50c carmine
Parcel Post/Railway
Hoogstraten is  a municipality in the Belgian province of Antwerp.

November 3
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Croydon  is a large town in south London.

November 4
Japan 1915 Scott 151 10s ultramarine
Enthronement Hall, Kyoto
Issue intended for the enthronement of  Emperor Yoshito

November 5
Trinidad & Tobago 1922 Scott 23 1 2/p rose red
"Britannia and George V"
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

November 6
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Suspect Dublin.

November 7
Canada 1868 Third Issue Federal Bill stamp FB40
3c green "Victoria"
 Van Dam Canadian Revenue Catalogue

November 8
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Charing Cross railway station?

November 9
U.S. 1861 Scott 65 3c rose
Grand Rapids, Michigan?

November 10
U.S. Revenue 1898 Scott R164 2c carmine rose

November 11
U.S. Revenue 1898 Scott R164 2c carmine rose

November 12
Canada 1873 Scott 37 3c orange red "Victoria"
St. John, New Brunswick

November 13
Australia 1924 Scott 26 1 2/p scarlet "George V"
Tenterfield, New South Wales?

November 14
Portugal  1899 Scott 117 25r carmine rose
"King Carlos"
Urros, Portugal (Thanks Gene!)

November 15
Austria 1875 Scott 37 10kr blue "Franz Josef"
Fine Print

November 16
New Zealand 1916 Scott 163 2p yellow
"George V"
Ranfurly, New Zealand?

November 17
Austria Newspaper 1876 Scott P9B (1kr) violet
Metilka, Slovenia (Thanks Gene!)

November 18
Austria 1875 Scott 36 5kr rose "Franz Josef"
Fine Print
Klagenfurt? (Thanks Gene)

November 19
Sweden 1891 Scott 58 10o carmine
"King Oscar II"
Kristianstad, Sweden

November 20
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold"
Laeken is a suburb of Brussels.

November 21
Canada 1927 2c green
"The Fathers of the Confederation"

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

November 23
Austria 1875 Scott 56 5kr brose "Franz Josef"
Fine Print
Brno, Czech Republic (Thanks Gene!)

November 24
Guatemala 1964 Scott C312 5c orange
"Enriquez de Rivera"

November 25
Austria 1875 Scott 56 5kr brose "Franz Josef"
Fine Print

November 26
Germany 1880 Scott 39 10pf red
"Coat of Arms"
Interesting cancel. In Schleswig-Holstein? Is this now in Denmark because of the 1920 Schleswig plebicite? I don't think so, but "Norburg" was clearly in Germany in 1888.

November 27
USA 1930 Scott C12 5c violet
"Winged Globe"
St. Louis, Missouri

November 28
Netherlands 1894 Scott 41 5c light ultramarine
"Princess Wilhelmina"
Zwolle, Netherlands

November 29
Canada 1868 Third Issue Federal Bill stamp FB40
3c green "Victoria"
 Van Dam Canadian Revenue Catalogue
?, Ottawa

November 30
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Enfield. (Thanks Gene!)

Romania 1893 Scott 126 25b violet
"King Carol I"
Bucharest (Buceresci) Thanks Catalin!
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!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Denmark - Bud's Big Blue

Denmark Christmas Seals
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Denmark’s early stamps tend to be small and monochromatic. Numerals in ovals and solemn, if not somber, kings predominate. Perhaps as a remedy to this bleakness, the Danes invented the Christmas seals. They’re often found in feeder albums brightening Denmark pages.

Star postmarks added a bit of sparkle between 1866 and 1929 (page 1, row 5- Scan 1c). But in 1929 the Danish post office ordered that the stars should be chiseled out, leaving empty circles (page 3, row 3 -Scan 3b). Too much twinkle, I suppose. The star cancels (aka, mill wheels) make an interesting specialization, but forgeries abound.

Census: 206 in BB spaces, six tipped-in, 42 on supplement pages, 29 Christmas seals (17 showing above).

Jim's Observations
There are eleven spaces in BB for the 1870-79 Numeral stamps (Scan 1b). For each of these stamp spaces, one can find a normal or inverted frame candidate. Then there are a number of color variations for these stamps, adding to the possibilities. But we have seen this before, as BB often telescopes several choices into one space: fair enough. What is disconcerting is by setting the "date" parameters to 1870-79, BB excludes the 1895-1901 and the 1902-04 Numeral re-issues. A number of these stamps are less expensive than the choices in BB. Many BB albums will have a healthy dose of 1895-1901, and 1902-04 stamps in these spaces for the good reason that they are more common and less expensive.

So a choice for BB collectors:  Adhere strictly to the date requirements, fill the spaces with the (generally) more expensive 1870-79 issue, and put any "orphan" 1895-1901 and 1902-04 issues on supplemental pages, OR change BB's dates to "1870-1901" or "1870-1904", and welcome the later issues into Big Blue.

If you do decide to keep the 1895-1901 and 1902-1904 out of BB's pages, there is a simple way to identify them. They all are perforation 13, while the 1870-79 issue is 14 X 13 1/2. Now, if you elect to keep them in, then one will need to look at watermarks to separate the 1895-1901 issue (wmk 112- rounder Crown) from the 1902-04 issue (wmk 113-more narrow Crown).

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Comments appreciated!