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. Interested? So into the Blues...

Friday, December 29, 2017

Epirus - Bud's Big Blue

Epirus Local Chimarra Stamp
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Danger! 

That, of course, is what the skull and crossbones mean. Originally the printers of these scarce stamps wanted to threaten enemies of Epirus, a war-torn and short-lived Balkan country. 

Now the warning applies to anyone who is thinking of collecting local Chimarra stamps, of which eBay usually has several on offer. Don’t buy them! Or buy fakes (about $5 or so for all four). Don’t be a victim collector. BB doesn’t provide space for them anyway.

The same might be said, sadly, of most Epirus cancels, errors, and some of the overprints.

Census: 20 in BB spaces, 22 on supplement page.

Jim's Observations
What a convoluted history- see blog post. Naturally the provisional government stamps show fighting ( Infantryman), and a call to nationalism ( Epirus flag). The flag design borrows the white cross on blue image of Greece with the double headed eagle overlaying.

Epirus Blog Post and Checklist

Page 1 (Click and enlarge for examination)

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Supplements
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