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my thoughts on stamps, stamp collecting, philately in general and maybe a few other topics !

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hello, sometimes I think I get readers who are sellers as well as collectors....  but to sellers in a minute

First, collectors, you  might like to hear about the Internet Philatelic Dealers Association. After all if you collect and you buy stamps from internet stores  and auction sites surely you want to know you are dealing with a trustworthy seller.

Ok,  is the person you are buying from an IPDA Member. worth checking  I think

If you are an IPDA member have you promoted yourself, that you are a Member.  I do hope so.

and,  if you are a member, have you read the July issue of the Newsletter which I just published.

Finally, write to me if you are a seller or a buyer  and want to see the July IPDA Newsletter. I think you might find it interesting.  I will send to you. No problem

email me at

Best wishes.. enjoy your stamps.. Michel IPDA Director and Newsletter Editor

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sourced from the Hong Kong Post website:   I hope you enjoy seeing this Miniature Sheet.

Hongkong Post has been issuing stamp sheetlets of the World Heritage in China Series since 2012 to showcase our country’s natural and cultural heritage sites inscribed on the World Heritage List of the World Heritage Committee under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

In 2015, Hongkong Post continues the World Heritage in China Series with a fourth stamp sheetlet on the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, featuring Honghe’s magnificent terraced landscape and its distinctive Hani culture.
Added to the World Heritage List in 2013, the cultural landscape of the Honghe Hani Rice Terraces covers 16,603 hectares of land in southern Yunnan.

 It is marked by the spectacular terraces that cascade down the slopes of the towering Ailao Mountains to the banks of the Hong River. Boasting over 3,700 terrace steps, the massive Honghe Hani Rice Terraces have been continuously used and developed over 1,300-odd years of farming and ploughing. 

The Hani people have devised a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to the different levels of the terraces. The landscape reflects an agro-ecosystem formed by the four interwoven elements of forests, villages, terraces and rivers, demonstrating extraordinary harmony between mankind and the environment.

The stamp sheetlet depicts the picturesque scenery of the terraces of Laohuzui, Bada and Duoyishu at sunset and in the spring mist enveloping the seemingly endless layers of terraces that meander along the slopes and stretch across every ravine of the vast mountainous terrain. 

The capricious sea of clouds, which sometimes shrouds the forests, villages and terraced paddies, adds a dreamlike quality to the awe-inspiring landscape. 

The middle of the stamp sheetlet is decorated with a strip of cloth with colourful Hani motifs to add an ethnic touch to the stamp design.


Friday, June 26, 2015

Hello, TGIF, and time for some stamps. This is one stunning image I think.   A painting in fact.  Titled the The Dunedin  The ship shows the colours of the  Shaw Savill & Albion Line of London. The painting was by Frederick Tudgay (1841–1921),  and was oil on canvas, originally owned by the ship's captain, John Whitson.

Why is this ship commemorated? I am glad you asked. Because The Dunedin  was the first ship to successfully transport a full cargo of refrigerated meat from New Zealand to England and in doing so it provided the impetus to develop the capacity of  New Zealand as a major provider of agricultural exports, notwithstanding its remoteness from most markets.

The ship was built at Port Glasgow in Scotland in 1874.   She was one of six Auckland class emigrant vessels, each designed to carry 400 passengers. In 1881, still painted in her original colours of a black hull with a gold band and pink boot topping as shown, she was refitted  with a Bell Coleman refrigeration machine.  Fascinating reading about the achievements in those years.

The stamp, oh yes the stamp, I nearly forgot about it,  it is SG 3393, from the 2012 Great Voyages of New Zealand issue. Useful catalogue price at £5.50 VFU.

Have a great philatelic weekend. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

what have I been up to? well work and travel I guess and little time for stamps. But I saw this one tonight and thought,  that makes me think, where does the time go and why does it go so fast. I must slow down :-)

SG 2105 from the 1997 Insects issue, not that I would call a snail an insect!  It's a snail. right :-)

Enjoy your stamps


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello, unashamed advertising tonight.  Actually also because I like the stamps Stanley Gibbons chose to display

do enjoy. This was the SG MarketPlace Add for my online store which you can visit here 

Subject: Free pair of quality tweezers with all orders
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michaelatcddstamps here on the Stanley Gibbons MarketPlace, has a nice range of material from Great Britain, Guernsey, IOM, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Fiji, Papa New Guinea, the Rhodesia’s and Nyasaland.

All orders, there is no minimum order value, received during June will receive a free pair of quality tweezers. You don’t need a new pair? You will like these and anyway it is always worth having a spare pair I find.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Interesting stamp tonight because of the man it commemorates. Richard William Pearse.  He was a New Zealand farmer and inventor who performed pioneering experiments in aviation.

It is claimed Pearse flew and landed a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, some nine months before the Wright brothers flew their aircraft. The documentary evidence to support such a claim remains open to interpretation, and Pearse did not develop his aircraft to the same degree as the Wright brothers.  Pearse himself never made such claims, and in an interview he gave to the Timaru Post in 1909 only claimed he did not "attempt anything practical...until 1904".

Pearse made several attempts to fly in 1901, but due to insufficient engine power he achieved no more than brief hops. The following year he redesigned his engine to incorporate double-ended cylinders with two pistons each.  Researchers recovered components of his engine (including cylinders made from cast-iron drainpipes) from rubbish dumps in 1963. Replicas of the 1903 engine suggest that it could produce about 15 hp.

Verifiable eyewitnesses describe Pearse crashing into a hedge on two separate occasions during 1903. His monoplane must have risen to a height of at least three metres on each occasion.  Good evidence exists that on 31 March 1903 that Pearse achieved a powered, though poorly controlled, flight of several hundred metres.

What would he think today if he could see our 777s and A380s for example taking off and flying for as many hours as they do?

Enjoy your stamps and flying,   Michael

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hi, how can I not write tonight . The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. That reminds me,  I used to visit some fine pubs along the river at Runnymede - must go there again one day and see if my memories are re-lived.

I read a piece in a newspaper -  quote  - ..."  A lecherous traitor, a depraved tyrant and a hopeless leader in war.... " end of quote ....  and wondered, who I was reading about ... hahahahahaha ...   times haven't changed have they?  But philately can still bring us peace and joy I hope.

I found this stamp  - see above - in  my stock.  Issued on  6 July 1999 as part of the Royal Mail Millennium issue, celebrating, in that issue, The Citizens' Tale. Bit boring really, don't you think.

I have seen small images of the new issue to commemorate the 800th Anniversary. Nice work Royal Mail.  Be nice to see the real stamp. They actually look quite appealing to me.

Any reader from UK who wants to mail me a set on envelope, nicely franked please,  I will surely repay you and then some more. Just email me at and let’s arrange something.

Enjoy your stamps..... Best wishes... Michael   ... 

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