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

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hello, a change of topic today. I thought you might enjoy seeing this miniature sheet, especially for those collectors who like large stamps, as this certainly is. It was issued in 2016 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first stamps issued for the Republic of the Philippines, and for National Stamp Collecting month.

It shows the images of the three stamps that were issued in 1946 for the inauguration the what was termed the Third Philippine Republic. I show the 12c stamp (the other two stamps were the 2c and 6c values) so you can better see the actual 1946 design.

On July 4, 1946, the governments of the Republic of the Philippines and the United States signed the Treaty of Manila of 1946 which provided for the recognition of the independence of the Republic of the Philippines and the relinquishment of American sovereignty over the Philippine Islands.

The stamps were engraved by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They show a Filipino woman in native dress with a crown of laurel and holding in her hands the Philippine Flag. In the background were the flags of all the nations. The stamps, therefore, not only symbolised the independence of the Philippines but also heralded her new role in the great family of the nations.

As an aside, in 1946 the Manila Central Post Office, which I have written about before, was re-built after World War II.

Enjoy your stamps... Michael

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hello, one new stamp, one of 5 new Machins actually to be issued on 20th March.

This to let you know we are leaving for the UK in 5 days and all orders from our cddstamps online store will be mailed from the UK. So you will get VERY fast delivery if you are in the UK and much faster delivery for US, Canada and Europe. I think even Australian / NZ customers will get faster delivery.

AND if you collect GB we will be using the new rate Machins or RAF commemoratives (also to be issued on 20th March) on the letters.

AND we will be getting the stamps hand franked. Hopefully ensuring some nice stamps on your letters and not the scribbled pen cancels we so often see these days from Royal Mail. Hope to see a rush of orders before we leave :-) if you want Machins rather than RAf commemoratives (or visa versa) on your letters, just email me before we leave at

Perhaps you can fill a few gaps in your collection from us at

Best wishes, enjoy your stamps, and especially our online store. Michael cddstamps

Friday, March 09, 2018

Hello, I was in Manila these past few days and one "must do" was visit the Central Post Office. Apart from going there to get some stamps I also met a lovely man, a fellow collector. We both liked this beautiful sheet and I thought perhaps you would enjoy seeing it as well. It shows the evolution of the Jeep to todays modern version you see all over the Philippines. The four stamps in the issue show, left to right in a strip se-tenant are, the 1943 Willy Jeep, then the 1945 transformed Jeep, then the decorated Jeepney as it became known, and the fourth stamp shows what is called the modern jumbo Jeepney. The Jeepney was originally made from US military jeeps left over from World War II. As American troops began to leave the Philippines at the end of World War II, hundreds of surplus Jeeps were sold or given to local Filipinos. Locals stripped down the Jeeps to accommodate several passengers, added metal roofs for shade, and decorated the vehicles with vibrant colors and bright chrome hood ornaments. The word Jeepney is usually believed to come from the words "jeep" and "knee" because of the crowded seating, passengers must sit knee to knee. Hence, the word Jeepney. The stamps were issued in 2017. Rather nice to have in my collection, and for anyone wanting some, well the first 4 emails only, just email me at I can send four letters as I got an extra sheet. Best wishes enjoy your stamps Michael

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hello, I saw a post somewhere showing a couple of Great Britain GV stamps. One was the 1½d Red Brown, SG 441 (Scott 212 ) This (see image shown) is from the 1934-36 definitive issue and it, along with some others in this issue, offers something interesting for collectors to look for. Well in my view anyway.

In addition to watermark differences (ie sideways, inverted and sideways inverted) there are also various colour shades and printing flaws and three “formats” to this stamp and the 1d Scarlet. (NB The ½d and 2d were printed in only two formats and all other values in one format) These are termed Large Format, Intermediate Format and Small Format. The sizing refers to the size of the design on the stamp.

The Large Format has a stamp design of 18.7 x 22.5 mm thus there is a very small white edge around the design. The Intermediate size is 18.4 x 22.2 mm and the Small format has a design of 17.9 c 21.7, thus a wider and more pronounced white edge around the stamp. This is also a simplified view because there are watermark varieties and various flaws. All in all, an interesting issue to collect and study.

I have one stamp missing from my GV 1934-36 definitive collection, one I have been searching for, on and off, for 20 years: the 1d Large Format inverted watermark in Used condition. It is not actually catalogued, as far as I can tell, and is reported to have only been used at two Post Offices in 1934.

I mention this because every time I see a 1d Scarlet I always check it - such a basic issue yet one stamp that eludes me. Check yours – it is worth a few Pounds!. A mint never hinged copy is catalogued at £175 for example

As for the 1½d shown, the Large format is catalogued at 60p used, the Intermediate at £2 used and the Small format at 50p used. That is assuming very fine condition of course, so not really of any value, but interesting to have in your collection.

Enjoy your philately. Michael

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Hello I hope everyone is having a great philatelic weekend.  I found this booklet sheet and thought I would continue with my Machin and phosphor band theme.   Perhaps of interest to some.

This is from the 1988 Financial Times booklet, SG 1006l.   It is interesting because it has some harder to find Machin side band and 2 band varieties and is printed Litho by Questa.

The 13p value is quite common in the Harrison printing with 1 center phosphor band but these are Litho printings with left and right phosphor bands as I hope you can see from the images.

The 18p value (SG 1010) is a 2 phosphor band printing and, with a catalogue value of £8 is far more collectible than its more common Harrison printing,  SG X955 which has a catalogue value of 60p.

The 22p is similar. It has a catalogue value of £9 (SG X1015) compared to is Harrison printing (SG X963) of £1. The 34p, as you can see from the image, has 2 bands  but I do not believe there is an exact colour comparison for this in the Harrison printings. The Harrison colour being described by SG as ochre brown rather than the bistre brown of the Questa printing. The Questa issue (SG X1021) has a catalogue value of £8 and the Harrison all over phosphor (SG X985) is catalogued at £1.75

So perhaps this is interesting?  Sometimes you might find a 13p Machin, or one of the other values and you won’t necessarily know if it was from a booklet sheet or regular counter sheet issue. They have been broken up for postage I believe - worth checking?.  

Have a great philatelic weekend.  Michael

Monday, February 05, 2018

Hello, perhaps you will enjoy seeing this from a 1989 booklet sheet.   In my view it is always worth looking out for these at stamp fairs and club tables because you can find a few of the more difficult to get Machin phosphor band variations from them.

 This one is the Scotland issue, SG S55l in the SG Concise catalogue.   One stamp in particular I will point out is the 23p value; the bright green one, which is listed as SG S68 with a catalogue value of  £12. I point this out because it has 2 phosphor bands, and the more normal counter issue SG S67, also bright green which is on phosphorised paper has a catalogue value of £1.10. Perhaps worth checking your Scotland 23p stamps if only to make sure you have both in your collection. And, so you don’t accidentally swap or trade a 2 phosphor band stamp without knowing it!

The phosphor bands should be easy enough to see under normal light but with the ultra violet light they show up clearly. Well I tried to picture that in the image below.You can see the two phosphor bands running from top to bottom of the left vertical line of stamps.  You can also see the left bands on the centre and right vertical strips. 

This booklet sheet with a lovely Inverness first day of issue cancel also contains  2 x S55 (the 14p dark blue value – actually this also has a  different phosphor band to the more normal issue as well;   2 x S63 (the 19p value, again 2 phosphor bands instead of phosphorised paper as found on the more common issue) and as I mentioned the S68 23p bright green with 2 bands. All in all a very useful booklet sheet to look out for I think.

Enjoy your stamps       Michael or visit our online store here  

Friday, February 02, 2018

February brings us Valentines day. Treat yourself as we are doing a Valentine special J   14% off all Canada stock - some 1500 items - from now until end of day of 14th February 

AND with every order of $25 and over including postage - what ever stamps are purchased -  even if not only Canada, you will receive a free pair of cddstamps tweezers.

I know many of you already have our tweezers but an extra pair will always come in handy.    Enjoy visiting our store, where we now have over 37,000 lots to help you fill some gaps in your collection.

Best wishes   Happy Valentines Day  ......  Michael

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