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, December 8, 2019

A Big Blue visit with Bud

Bud, relaxing in his stamp lair
Into the Deep Blue
I (Jim Jackson) originally began the blog in 2011, initially putting stamps into Big Blue (Scott International Part I 1840-1940 album), while developing a checklist for Big Blue's contents. (Later, I would move the collection to Deep Blue (Steiner pages), but continue with the BB checklist.) Very early on in the process, Bud introduced himself, and encouraged the checklist. He had a more advanced collection than myself, and he would send me "want list" stamps that were his extras.

I improved my 1840-1940 collection over the years, whereby I now have some 50,000 stamps for the era, of which some 31,000 have a space in Big Blue. (See Status of my Deep Blue and Big Blue Collection.) But Bud advanced his collection even further, and by 2016, he filled every space (34,000+) in his Big Blue, as well as adding many blank pages with extra stamps not given a space.  This is an accomplishment indeed, as the collectors who have managed this can probably be counted on one or two hands. Moreover, the stamps he has in Big Blue are correct for the spaces, as he followed the BB checklist.

Bud happily accepted my proposal to show off his completed Big Blue through this blog, and so began the "Bud's Big Blue" posts on September 10, 2016. (See Bud's Big Blue - an Introduction and Index.) As of this date, Bud is halfway through the presentation, having recently posted "Libya" and "Some Thoughts at the Midpoint".

But alas, although Bud and I have had lots of correspondence with each other, we had never actually met. You see, I live on the west coast in Oregon, and Bud resides on the east coast - some 2700 miles away.

.......until NOW!!!!

As it happened, my spouse and I were going to visit our daughter who had recently moved east. And Bud invited us to visit, which wasn't too far out of the way, and so we did!

Bud's chair, placed strategically close to a standing desk filled with Big Blues
As it turned out, Bud and I and our spouses had much more in common then simply stamps, and our stay with them was wonderful on so many levels.

As any reader knows who reads Bud's comments about stamps, he is a warm generous witty man with deep knowledge about history, geography, languages, philosophy, religion, ethics, and culture. Their travels were not simply as tourists, but reflected a humanitarian purpose. Naturally, the house is filled with artifacts and mementos from their adventures.

And not least, a stamp room to die for!......

Bud's Stamp Room
Bud took me upstairs where he has a room devoted to stamps. It is lined on two sides with floor to ceiling bookshelves housing books of wide ranging interest, and volumes of stamp albums. The couch is laden with seven! binders of his completed 1840-1940 Big Blue collection. It is quite neat and tidy, all the more impressive for a world wide collector.

Bud at his Work Station
While stamping, Bud sits in his comfortable chair, and has his Big Blue open to the country of interest. Surrounding him is a new feeder album or group of stamp pages, and he can quickly spy which stamps he needs for his Big Blue collection. He has his laptop handy as well.

Are you interested in how many stamps Bud has in his collection? Well, we already know that his 1840-1940 Part I Big Blue is complete. But he actually collects through ~1965, and so he also has Part II - Part V Big Blues. He tells me that there are 95,000 spaces in the Part I-Part V (1840-1965) Big Blues, and he is actively seeking some 3,000 stamps for the 1940-1965 era. That means 92,000 spaces are filled (97% complete)! In addition, he has 29,000 more stamps that do not have a space in the Big Blues. In total, he has 121,000 stamps for the 1840-1965 time period. !!! Remarkable!

Tibet, Edward VII India 1 Anna, on cover to London
with Postmark "Lahssa" (sic) 19 August, 1904
Naturally, Bud has a number of stamps with a high CV. But I asked him if he had any stamp usage that was out of the ordinary.

He showed me this cover from Tibet with letter included from Herbert J. Walton, a medical doctor accompanying the Younghusband Military Expedition (Dec, 1903-Sept, 1904).

The cover and letter are of historical significance. Moreover, the post office authorities had used a temporary postmark spelling of "Lahssa" rather than Lhasa. Value (based on past eBay results): four figures.

Jim and Bud examining Bud's collection
Out of the Blue
I have known Bud through correspondence for a good period of time, but he and his collection is even more impressive in real life. !!!

Readers will have the opportunity to enjoy the rest of Bud's Big Blue over the next several years.

Thanks Bud for sharing your collection and wisdom with us!

Comments appreciated!


  1. Great post! And what a lovely stamp room. Of course, I had to share with my wife that Bud stores his Big Blue album on the sofa in the room as she has been giving me a hard time about storing mine on a twin bed in my current stamp room which has its on WiFi access point, large format printer, flat bed scanner, and computer as I, also, find it to be an important tool. The main collection covers Parts 1A1-1B2 plus parts I through V but I finally decided to stop at 1963 so gave up on locating a Part VA page set for 1963-1965. It has been quite interesting seeing Bud's collection and the background information on the stamp issues as well as your progress notes and I hope to enjoy them for many more years as my collecting journey continues as well. Currently I have been trying to slow down the acquisition process by concentrating on mint stamps only but not worrying about whether the stamps are MNH, MH, or MNG (especially for the oldest issues). Currently I have a stack of stamps on pages that is about 11 inches thick from which to extract additions to the albums and recently passed 17,000 unique stamps for 19.9% completion.

    1. Enjoyed the journey you have taken with your own Big Blues. Similar, yet different.

  2. Slowly continuing to make progress on my mint International Part I - V collection for 1840-1963 and am currently sitting at just under 50% complete for the period (and just passed 50% for Parts 1A1-1B2) although the 1950-1955 time period in the Part IIIA and IIIB albums seems to be in stasis at just under 43% complete. We are having a new house constructed which will have a designated stamp room area following a cross country move from Washington to Alabama last year. Drove by the site today and they have started bricklaying for the exterior walls so we are very excited.