>A-stamping we will go


I’d warned you that there’d be another stamp-spam post and – ta-dah! – here it is. And, yes, I did go overboard with them this time. Let’s call it stamp therapy, considering the other demands – not in toddler form – howling at me during work time.

How geeky have we become since we started sorting out our boxes/books/envelopes of stamps? I’d estimate super-geeky…

Voila, the stamp below is a King George VI definitive or, as Collect GB Stamps would say:

King George VI
December 11 1936 – February 6 1952
Yellow Green
ID 2642
Issued on March 3 1942

And another one of King George VI – a commemorative St George + Dragon stamp (1951):

The Dutch sure know how to design cool stamps – two below are from the same series, released somewhere in the 1940s (couldn’t track them down properly):

A 1935 pre-decimal Kiwi stamp from New Zealand:

1952 pre-decimal Papua & New Guinea stamp:

One of the few we have from Sudan. This is a little narrative about the design I found on this page: “The Sudan camel post definitive was issued in 1898 and continued in use for 53 years (with one seven year break). The design by Bimbashi (Captain) E.A. Stanton, a prominant British philatelist, featured an Arab postman riding a racing camel. At the time when the design was done, the cities of Khartoum and Berbera which are named on two of the mailbags were still in the hands of the Mahdi. The design was eventually adopted as the national symbol of Sudan.”

The Swedes sure know how to design stamps, too. I’ve loved so many of the engraved ones. Below is a Swedish (1918-1921?) lion stamp:

S. laughed at one of our childhood albums because ‘Ceskoslovensko’ was scrawled along the top of the page in uneven felt pen. He’d assumed it was riddled with typos. Well, the joke’s on him, eh? It is, of course, otherwise known to us as Czechoslovakia. The stamp immediately below has another variation of the name, ‘Ceskoslovenska’:

Set of two relatively recent stamps from China. I just like the monkeys:

And to finish off, a beautifully tri-coloured stamp from France:

I’ve also found a fanatastic stamp-blog (yes, you read that right): akphilately. The blogger obviously loves the design and look of stamps (his images are sharp and gorgeous), and his stamp narratives and observations are great fun to read. It was nice to find a site that didn’t just list a bunch of numbers/codes; an astonishing number of stamp websites are as ugly as sin, with awful images of the stamps themselves. AK’s enthusiasm is contagious, and he has cool stamp stories, too!


3 thoughts on “>A-stamping we will go

  1. Adrian 10/10/2008 / 8:03 am

    >Hi Tseen, Thanks for the write-up here and the comment you left on my blog! Great to read you like my blog so much! You just made my day (and I needed that as I’m being battered down with gales and rain here)!As far as images is concerned: I just scan them at 400dpi and sharpen them a little. What does help, though, is to scan them against a black background, makes them come out better!Oh and by the way; those Cool Dutch stamps are from a set of Old Germanic Symbols stamps, issued in 1943. They were ordered and designed by the Germans, so everybody hated them but what could you do? The ones with the Queen’s head on had been taken out of circulation years before….:-)Adrian

  2. tseen 11/10/2008 / 10:41 am

    >Hi Adrian! Hey, the thanks goes to you for having such a great resource, and how thrilled was I with your post yesterday? What fun! :DHope the gales are less battering!Tseen

  3. tseen 11/10/2008 / 10:43 am

    >Oh, and I forgot to say: How ironic that I was cooing about the cool Dutch stamps when that was the backstory for them! Thanks for filling in the gaps.

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