Dublin Find (subtitled The Most Important Stamp Find in GB Philately)
by Don Madden and Karl Louis. 45 pages. Published in 2006 by Mike Jackson
Publications. Saddle stitched. The find comprises the very first issues of GB
postage stamps and the Mulreadys for the years 1840 to 1841 and the 10d and 1s
embossed issues of 1847/48. lt includes notices, proofs, specimens, VR
officials and issued; mostly in large blocks and (almost full) sheets. In this
book, two very experienced philatelic experts review the find. The book is
very roughly split 50/50 between the background to find (Madden) and the
stamps themselves (Louis), with slightly more space devoted to the stamps. The
book is fully illustrated throughout. The first section includes people,
places and documents and the second covers the philatelic items, with
excellent research information given for both sections.
Postal Markings of the Gambia, 1858-2000
Stewart P Duncan and Oliver Andrew. Published by The West Africa Study Circle,
2005. This scholarly and up-to-date work is a companion to The Stamps and
Postal History of the Gambia, edited by Oliver Andrew and published in 1985.
The format adopted gathers together for the first time every mark known so
far, and shows them in alphabetical order of office of use with illustrations
and a flexible decimal numbering system.
chapters deal with the handstamps of Post Offices and Agencies; machine
datestamps and obliterators; town and village registration labels; the
Travelling Post Office - in this case not on trains but on the Government
boats which travel up and down the Gambia River; official franks and seals;
instructional markings and labels, including airmail cachets and labels;
military postmarks, cachets and labels; slogans, first day cancels, other
labels and cachets; and forged postmarks. There are 12 colour plates and
numerous black and white illustrations showing the use of the marks on cover.
This book is thus of interest not only to Gambia collectors but also to those
who specialise in registered mail, airmail etiquettes and many other fields.
In the world of philately, there is always more information out there, and the
authors have appealed to anyone with information that extends the data in the
book to contact them. It is to be hoped that anyone with Gambia covers in
their collection will check them against the book and see if they provide
additional data, so that the second edition can be even more complete.
Royal Marines Home and Abroad a Postal History 1664 - 1994 by Bob
Swarbrick 162 pages. Published 2006 by The Stuart Rossiter Trust. This is a
book about postal history without tabulated lists of places, postmarks and
dates. It comprises a selected assortment of mail connected with or
originating from Royal Marine deployments throughout the world. While the
postal markings on the mail are of interest the letters and explanations of
the circumstances of their posting are fascinating and in many cases poignant.
Sadly, the stories behind the fronts of the letters written during military
operations are rarely mentioned in collections but this work seeks to bring
them to light. This is postal history with a difference.
Mauritius The Hunt for the World�s Most Valuable Stamps
by Helen Morgan, 320 pages. The book belies its title as it deals
with the both the one-penny and the two-penny �Post Office� stamps of
Mauritius. Their history begins with the ball held in 1847 by Lady Gomm the
wife of the Governor when the one-penny orange stamp was used for the despatch
of admission cards.
stamps were not differentiated by collectors from the 1848 �Post Paid�
issues until 1865 and the hunt was then on. No more than 27 copies were
eventually to be found and the nineteenth century philatelists with deep
enough pockets were to make philatelic headlines by their competing efforts to
add a copy to their collections. The author has given the reader a fascinating
and detailed insight into this early era of philately and has shown that the
stamps hold their attraction to the present day. A description of the stamps
believed by some not to be genuine closes the story told in this volume in
which, for the first time, facts, legends and mysteries are joined together.
The account is supported by biographies of each of the surviving copies of the
�Post Office� stamps, and the extensive lists of notes and sources should
delight any reader with an enquiring mind.
2005, Band 1.
pages, A4 paperback. It is
good to see a catalogue dealing with modem issues, the amount of which can be
rather overwhelming. Indeed this second edition was necessitated by the number
of new discoveries following the first edition of 2002. This catalogue covers
the post-1950 issues of Berlin and the DDR and will be of interest to thematic
collectors and aerophilatelists as well as postal stationery collectors, as it
provides large clear illustrations of each item and includes first flight
covers and cards issued by Lufthansa and Interflug. Although there is no
subject index, each section (Berlin covers, Berlin aerogrammes and wrappers,
Berlin postcards, DDR covers, DDR postcards) is arranged in order of the stamp
issues, which are listed at the front, and the illustrations make it easy to
use by those with minimal German.
Squared Circle Postmarks 2nd edition
S F Cohen, M Barette, J Hine and
1 The Provincial Offices 415 pages. Part 2 The London Offices 215 pages.
Collectors of �squared circles� will welcome this new edition of what is
regarded as the definitive work. The discoveries listed in the four
supplements to the first edition have been added to extensively and every
hammer is now illustrated, largely reproduced from the proof impressions in
documents held in the Post Office Archives. Many revisions have been made to
the type scarcity values and, most usefully, a rarity factor has been given to
every hammer listed.
in Part 2 is a section on the Fancy Geometric postmarks which were used
concurrently with Squared Circles in a few of the London offices; this is an
updated summary of an study by Maurice Barette which appeared in 1994 and fits
well into the subject of the current work.
New Postal Stationery Catalogue. Latin America
Hans Eriksson. 140 A4 pages. In English. This is a postal stationery catalogue
of Latin American countries containing stationery with railway and tramway
motives is available. There are 550 different items from 22 countries listed
with more than 400 illustrations.
Glenn Morgan FRPSL. 19 A5 pages. Full colour. This is the 12th in a
series of Bulletin Publications from Royal Mail. The booklet starts with a
brief, but very welcome introduction on how a stamp is conceived and the
methods of printing. It then covers a wide variety of printers of British
postage stamps from the pioneers of 1840 through to the current leaders in the
field. A potted history of each printer is given. The list also includes
British printers of overseas stamps. This brief listing aims to alert
collectors of the vast range of stamp printers.
of Philatelic Armenia by S. Arakelov and M. Arakelyan. 260 pages in
a limited edition of 300 copies (issued in softback or in hardback with CD). A
bibliographical description of philatelic books, catalogues, brochures and
handbooks, as well as articles and information in periodical press, devoted or
connected with Armenian themes in philately. More than 1100 bibliographical
descriptions of documents, published in Armenia, Soviet Union, Russia, United
Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Canada, Argentina and other countries for the
last 90 years are included in this really original encyclopaedia of Armenian
Beuthel�s Topical Helpline - Collecting and Exhibiting Tips.
Printed in USA March 2006, with an Introduction by Ray E. Cartier, Executive
Director of the American Topical Association. Don Beuthel, a former President
of the American Topical Association (ATA), wrote a series of articles from
1996 - 2001, which were featured in Topical Time, the journal of the ATA.
These articles have been retyped and collated by Karen Cartier, an officer of
the ATA, to form a handy 72-page reference book for Thematic/Topical
the author states there is no right or wrong way to form a Topical (Thematic)
collection, this little book provides helpful guidelines and hints for the
novice on the best way to start collecting, and how to avoid some of the
pitfalls that can frustrate the delights of forming a pleasing and satisfying
collection. The author touches on virtually every aspect of Topical collecting
and exhibiting, including Getting Started; Conducting Research; Acquiring
Material; Preparing Pages for the Collection; & Writing up the Theme.
There does not appear to be much disparity between Topical (American) and
Thematic Collecting (Rest of the World), and so it should be of interest to
anyone thinking of forming a collection of stamps and other philatelic
material based on their design rather than the country of issue.
Gibbons Great Britain Concise Stamp Catalogue. 2006 edition. Published by Stanley Gibbons Publications. 372 pages. This is
probably the catalogue that appeals to the majority of Great Britain
collectors, for it provides the right balance, not too specialised but equally
not too simplistic. It also has the advantage of a listing that is relatively
easy to follow. The use of �relatively� is deliberate, since these days
unravelling the issues from Royal Mail is far from easy. Not the fault of
Stanley Gibbons, more the fact that issues are becoming far more complicated
as a particular designed stamp might turn up in normal sheets, miniature
sheets and booklets, each with different technical specifications, over a
period of months, even years.
fact that all the illustrations are in colour, with every design-different
stamp illustrated, is of great benefit. This is especially so in the
comprehensive section on stamp booklets, where the various cover types are
illustrated, again in colour. Very helpful are the page headers, as they do
make finding a particular stamp, if you know the year of issue, that much
easier. This was not a problem a few years ago, but bearing in mind that the
Queen Elizabeth II section alone occupies nearly 300 pages, is now very
Lines to the Caribbean Volume One by Michael R. Rego. British West
Indies Study Circle, 2005. A4 paperback. 228 pages, 20 colour plates. This
first volume deals with the two largest companies - the Royal Mail Line and
the Hamburg�America Line (HAPAG). For each one the author gives a general
history and fleet list down to 1980 (not confined to West Indian operations),
a list of company agents, a catalogue of the markings applied to mail by both
ships and agents, and an account of the stamps issued in the nineteenth
century for inter-island mail. The numerous illustrations also show
advertisements, ships, company offices, and covers. The bibliography covers
both postal and maritime history, together with early guides to the islands.
The index covers ships, companies, and places.
Jesuiten in der Philatelie by Waiter Nissel and Wilhelm Remes.
Although written in German, this work is a useful checklist, even for those
who do not speak the language. It covers nearly 800 items relating to the
Jesuit Order - stamps, postal stationery, postmarks and metermarks, all
illustrated in colour. Most commemorate members of the Order, but stamps
depicting the work of Jesuit artists and architects are also included. The
items are arranged by the person commemorated, with 143 short biographies, and
there is an index of issuing countries. Stamps are identified with Michel
by Brian Kearsley. Approximately 300 pages and over 380 illustrations (some in
colour). Published Great Britain Philatelic Society. Claimed to be the first
comprehensive study of the King George V Seahorses stamps, the book describes
the creation and printing of these popular stamps which were issued by the
British Post Office about 90 years ago. The research took about six years and
explains why and how the many changes occurred. The plates are identified, the
quantities printed and the numerous varieties are disclosed, many of which are
expected to be listed in the next Specialist Catalogue to be published. In
addition a whole section is devoted to the overseas overprints.
devoted to shades and varieties are also included.
Early Postcards of Zanzibar.
Published by the East Africa Study Circle. 230 pages A4, perfect bound.
Profusely illustrated and a fascinating book to those interested in these
islands and this part of East Africa. The earliest card Listed illustrates a
drawing of the Sultan�s palace and was posted from Dar es Salaam on 27th
April 1897. Over
1,000 postcards are listed from 1897 onwards. These have been categorised with serial numbers, which in turn indicates that many
cards have still to be traced and identified. It is hoped that readers who
have collections of their own which contain any items not listed will be able
to provide the author with information on these. Over the years the island was
served by many shipping lines and was a stop�over anchorage where passengers
often went ashore and acquired a selection of postcards for souvenirs or to
post to friends and families.
arrangements following the Liberation of Prague in May 1945
by Robert J Hill. Published by Czechoslovak Philatelic Society of Great
interesting book, written 60 years after the liberation. Covers, stamps and
cancellations are generously illustrated and the events of the liberation are
very well described, with a Forward by Peter Kleskovic who was present in
Prague at the time.
Paul II by
Hans G Schoen. 240 pages in colour. Hardback. This colourful book reproduces the very wide range of stamps and miniature sheets, which depict the
late Pope and were issued between 16th October 1976 and 2nd April
2005. There are many superb illustrations. Text in German.
on Stamps by Donald Wright Jr (American Topical Association Handbook No 150). The
latest in this series of topical handbooks. This huge 460-page work covers
insects on stamps
issued from the beginning of 1992 until the end of 2002 with most of the
issues of 2003. It picks up where ATA Handbook 123 left off. Part one of the
new book is a listing by country and part two lists these small life forms by
Taxonomic Order and Family. The book covers stylised, unidentified and implied
insects in addition to those that are identifiable. All legitimate stamps and
US postal stationery are included, but because many collectors have shown an
interest in knowing about so-called �stamps� from some parts of the former
Soviet Union and other illegal issues from various countries, these labels are
also included �for the record�. Not listed are locals, revenues,
cinderellas non-USA postal stationery or seals. Insects that are depicted in
the areas surrounding stamps are identified with the word �border� to
indicate the marginal� area within the perforations and �margin� to
indicate areas lying outside the individual stamp(s).
Hitler Stamps - A philatelic study on a disputed stamp issue by
Wolfgang Baldus. This study deals with the American forgeries and parodies of
the German 6 and 12 pfennig Hitler head stamps that were produced for
propaganda purposes during World War II.
Written in English this work looks at all sides of the arguments in an
attempt to discover the truth behind the �fakes� and the �authentic
stamps� Incontestably genuine stamps and copies from the disputed issue are
compared in enlarged illustrations, having been scanned under the same
Ideal Stamp and The Ideal Postcards. Two booklets by Tim Rusden. When the first one-penny
stamp was issued for the reign of King George V it received much public
criticism. The Junior (now National) Philatelic Society decided to organise a
competition to give the public, especially artists, the opportunity to design
what was known as the �Ideal� stamp (or label). The winning design was
printed in considerable quantities for the 1912 Jubilee International
Exhibition as a souvenir of the Exhibition and for a recruiting campaign
for the Junior Philatelic Society. This stamp (or label) has fascinated many
collectors of Great Britain stamps for nearly a century and this year two new
booklets or catalogues have been produced entitled �The Ideal Stamp� (16
pages) and The Ideal Stamp Postcard (8 pages). The main booklet lists all the
different colours in which this stamp was printed, together
with cylinder numbers. The
Postcards catalogue reports that these were sold at 1d each or seven for six
pence. They were on sale at the International exhibition, but were unlikely to
have been printed on location. They advertised the Show and included a two
colour enlargement of the �Ideal stamp' This booklet also lists
the colours used for printing.
Gibbons How to Identify Stamps. 40 pages, card cover with coloured illustrations. A most
useful book for the novice or less experienced collector, as it aims to assist
those who need help in identifying the inscriptions on some of the stamps in
Gibbons Stamps of the World Catalogue. There is also information on
recognising unfamiliar script used by some countries.
Postal History of the Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in East Asia
during the Second World War (Volume 3 - Burma, Thailand, and Indochina,
1942-46 � The railway, the river and the bridge). By David Tett. Published by B.E A.Publishing,
Wheathampstead, Herts. With a
Forward by Terry Waite CBE, the book contains 380 pages of text and is very
well illustrated, mainly in colour. This volume concentrates on the postal history of the POW�s and civilian internees
in Burma, Thailand and Indochina, most of whom were British, Dutch,
Australian or American. There are numerous reproductions of covers and cards.
In addition lists are included of cards sent by POW�s, while POW
�Letter� parties in Singapore and Malaya in 1945, are also mentioned. A
massive bibliography of published books and articles is another feature.
Overprints on Stamps of the Gold Coast 1915-1920 By Peter Duggan. Published by West Africa Study
Circle. 136 pages, A4 size, hardback, with some illustrations in colour. This
is an in depth study of a dozen Gold Coast stamps bearing the head of King
George V which were overprinted Togo Anglo-French Occupation in 1915 after
French and British troops had occupied the German colony in World war I. The
overprints were produced 1915 at Accra, Gold Coast, by the Government Printing
Press. The printer made many variations in the style and position of the
overprints and this book is a detailed study of the typefaces used for the
overprints and the varying positions of the overprint on each stamp. A full
set of the current Gold Coast stamps overprinted �Togo Anglo�-French
Occupation� was also ordered from the well-known London printer Dc La Rue.
There were fewer problems with this supply and the book contains data on how
to distinguish between the stamps produced in London and those in Accra.
Aerogrammes of the Union of South Africa 1942-1961
by Eddie Bridges. Published by the South
African Collectors Society. 96 A4 pages, card cover with many colour
illustrations. In addition to the Introduction, the book contains eight
chapters packed full of information on the origins of the Air Mail letter
cards; stampless Air Mail letter cards; special Air Mail letter cards; the
Springbok letter card; Military Air Letters; Civilian Air Letters; Inland Air
Letters and unfranked commercial Air Letters. There is also a Bibliography
plus Checklist and Cross Reference Listing.
and Stamps � Volume 3
by Mark A. Shamp, Ph D. and Robert Kyle, M.A. Published jointly by Mayo
Proceedings and Dowden Health Media Inc. 216 pages, hardback. An interesting
volume containing over 200 pen-portraits of well known personalities who have appeared on stamps from many countries worldwide This book will form a
very handy reference guide for collectors specialising in stamps issued to
record achievements in medicine.
Victorian Era of British Stamps. An interesting 8-page paper published by the
Postal Heritage Trust which provides basic notes on the reform of the postal
system by Rowland Hill from 1837, the first stamps (1d Black and 2d Blue); perforations; a
unified system; recess and letterpress stamp printing.
Stamps and Postal History of Nineteenth Century Samoa by
Robert P Olldenweller RDP, FRPSL. Published by The Royal Philatelic Society,
London and RPS, New Zealand. 416 pages, case bound with over 225 illustrations in
colour. A mine of information covering the pre-post era (1836-1877); the Samoa
Express and the Palm Trees issues; postage rates; manipulated and otherwise
altered covers; two different catalogues; challenges for future students;
Appendices; plus bibliography and a very thorough index.
Motor Vehicles on Stamps, 1st edition. 212
pages, black and white illustrations. An interesting thematic catalogue.
Mail Road Across Land & Sea
by Bo Andersson & others. 123-pages.
An English language historical travel guide
through three regions in Sweden. The book covers the postal history of three mail
routes from the founding of the Swedish Post Office about 1636. The routes
comprise the mail road between Stockholm and Grisslehamm, the mail road over
Aland, and along the mail road to Turku/Abas.