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Monday, December 05, 2016




Hello, two stamps and a bit of history before I leave tomorrow for a week in Australia.

These from Tanganykia although as you will see it is a stamp originally issued from the Nyasaland Protectorate.  The issue was sanctioned for use by the Nyasaland – Rhodesian Force during the operations in German East Africa,  Mozambique and Nyasaland in 1916.

German East Africa was a German colony in East Africa, including what is now Burundi, Rwanda and Tanganyika.  It came into existence during the 1880s and ended during World War I, when the area was taken over by the British and Belgians, and later as the League of Nations Mandate Territories.

After the colony was occupied by Belgian and British troops, each issued its own provisional stamps. This was issued for Tanganyika in 1916, when at the request of Brigadier General Edward Northey to the Governor of Nyasaland, Nyasaland stamps were overprinted "N.F. The overprint was intended to be N.F.F for Nyasaland Field Force but the telegraph operator omitted one “F.” when sending the request to the Governor.

The stamps could only be used by troops of the Nyasaland Rhodesian Field Force. Although they were primarily intended for use in German East Africa, they were also used from field post offices in Nyasaland and Mozambique. They were not issued to any civilian post office nor could they be used by any civilians

I will be back around 15th December but please don’t let that hold you off placing orders from the cddstamps online store.  May not get to you for Christmas but still treat yourself anyway. 

Enjoy your stamps  Michael cddstamps.com


Saturday, December 03, 2016



Hello, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. With perhaps some time for your stamp collecting.  Perhaps even looking at the specials in the cddstamps online store  or click here for the list of countries we stock (over 25,000 listings) as this weekend we are having a 10% discount special. A first because our prices are always very competitive we think, and perhaps this will help you get a few stamps for your Christmas present to yourself.

Anyway while sorting some stock the other day I found these two. The difference is obvious isn’t it J 

Rather interesting gentleman. Willem de Vlamingh was a Dutch sea-captain who explored the central west coast of Australia in the late 17th century. The mission proved fruitless, but Vlamingh charted parts of the western coast and did leave us with something. Do you know what?

The stamps were issued in 1996 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his  voyage. In December 1696  he landed on what is now Rottnest Island. He saw some local wildlife and believing they were rats he named the island Rats’ Nest (Rattennest in Dutch) because of them.
The following year, in January, he traveled up what is now the Swan River. He saw Black Swans and so named the river the Swan River.

Stamps are interesting to collect for many reasons and learning the history portrayed through stamps is certainly enjoyable for me. I hope the same goes for you.

Have a great weekend and please, if you want to fill a few gaps in your Australia collection we have over 3000 Australia lots listed in the Online Store. Just click that link to start searching


Best wishes   Michael  cddstamps.com 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016



Hello, Hope you enjoy seeing these. Showing them because they are different and if you have a few, perhaps it is worth checking the perforations

Not a big catalogue value difference but always nice to have both copies in your collection.

SG 1199 is perf 14 while there is a perf 13½ x SG 1199a.

Issued in 1989 commemorating Botanic Gardens.

Lovely stamps in my view. These show Nooroo Garden in Mount Wilson, New South Wales, which was established in 1880. Nooroo is a cold climate garden with a wide variety of European and native plants for visitors to enjoy.

Enjoy your stamps; they give us so much pleasure don't they! and oh yes, if you don't have both copies why not visit cddstamps online store where we have over 2500 Australia stamps for sale.

best wishes Michael cddstamps.com

Tuesday, November 22, 2016



Hello,   I hope readers get to see the feedback I receive. I am always grateful for comments and the one from Ian Norvic is worth noting. Thanks Ian. I always value your guidance and advice.and am looking more closely at what I post and the hundreeds of the "self adhesives" I am studying.

Yes, I am still studying 2nd class self adhesive Machins and while not wanting to bore you with the complexities I am reading about, and the hours it is taking to study the stamps ( very enjoyable hours I should add) I thought these two would be nice to see. First issued in 1993 as a trial and then these in 1997 with Die Cut perfs and one elliptical hole on each perforation.
SG cat is 1976 and 1977 with quite useful cat value.   

Enjoy your stamps


Michael   cddstamps.com

Saturday, November 19, 2016




Hello,   How nice to get some comments from readers. One reader pointed out that the perforations were different on the stamps I showed the other night. Yes that was correct and I did not mention that did I, so to remedy that here are two more images and a few words on what to look for when it comes to trying to identify the stamps by the perforations.
First, just a reminder that I am only looking at the 2nd class self adhesive light blue stamps with elliptical perforations issued between 1993 – 2001.

The two perforations shown are the Enschede die-cut perforation on the bottom image (left stamp) and a Walsall die-cut perforation on the top image (right stamp). The difference is very obvious. The Enschede perforations are rounded and the Walsall perforations are square cut.

If readers have more precise details, rather than my general view, please let me know and I will share.

The challenge I have found sorting the 2nd Class self adhesive Light Blues is the number of varieties, given the number of printers, the paper types, gums, engraving methods, printing methods (ie Lithography or Photogravure),  different use and types of phosphor (for example the colour, position, width size, and colour intensity of the  bands) and the perforation sizes  -  and on the subject of perf sizes I have found over 100 perf 14½ by 14 but none are listed in any of my readings – thoughts????

Anyway, I am trying to compile for myself a listing that will allow me to catalogue used material, and create a small portfolio of (within reason)  some stamp varieties in used condition – Rather than just SG 1664, 1664a, 1665, 1620 and SG 2039 (It is a lot easier I think with Mint stamps if the stamps are in the original booklet. I may be crazy you are thinking but I think it would be nice to have for collectors. Anyway I have great sources to help me -  SG Concise, Deegams and perhaps the best as far as I am concerned given my scope, Great Britain Machins ( by “The Machin Nut”)

Anyone offer any further thoughts? (Polite ones please)   I have the 1st Class to do next!

Enjoy your stamps. Best wishes   Michael


cddstamps.com  -  where you can fill a few gaps in your Machin collection from the 1700 we have listed, with more to be listed as we get organised.

Thursday, November 17, 2016



Hello,  following on from the other nights post I thought perhaps this might be of interest. Two more differences for you to look for, if you have the patience and an eye for the detail, in the 2nd class Machin NVI (No Value Indicated) stamps.

The crown on the stamp to the right has a larger distance between the edge of the crown and the right hand edge of the frame.

From my reading this is because the right hand stamp was printed from a chemically etched process and is from a 1995 issue, while the left hand stamp was printed from an improved computer engraved method and is from a 1996 issue. 

The most obvious difference perhaps is that the Queen’s head image is much sharper with a higher degree of definition on the left hand stamp.  I welcome comments and correction perhaps from readers with more knowledge than I have.

Anyway, perhaps like me, you enjoy and find it interesting to look for such differences.


Enjoy your stamps..  Best wishes….. Michael      cddstamps.com

Monday, November 14, 2016


Hello,  another  piece on sorting Machins.  I must have about 1000 of these and trying to decide what they are is very difficult. Are they from a sheet, Booklet, or coil for example. And what issue? 1993 - 2008 or 1998 - 2001 issues?, covering SG 1664, 1665, 1670,  or 2039.   

The above is just one page of 64.  Some lighter shades, but that really doesn’t help. Or does it?   I have sorted by perforation – 15 x 14,  some 14½ and I even found a few perf 14.   I won’t bore you too much but if any reader has any helpful tips and tricks to distinguish even just 1993- issues from 1998- I would be interested to hear from you. you can write to me at cddstamps@gmail.com

And, if you look at the image below you will see one way to start to differentiate some of the stamps. 

The Phosphors bands show differently, for example – very bright white, duller white, greyish and yes, yellow.  From 1997 onwards for example both Questa and Walsall used long wave phosphor which gives a violet response viewed under ultra violet light.    I have not found any yet but in the image below you will see two stamps with Yellow flour. The others show Blue flour – actually white to the naked eye -  The yellow is from a 1993-  issue so I know that is SG 1664.  The Blue flour is from the 1998- issue ( I think) so SG 2039.

A good catalogue does also help.  Must get my Deegam CD out and get reading.

Enjoy your stamps. Best wishes   Michael


cddstamps.com  -  where you can fill a few gaps in your Machin collection from the 1700 we have listed, with more to be listed as we get organised.


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