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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Just a special note to any reader who collects Australia. Over the next 6 days we have a special offer - 20% off all Australia at our online store

We will also be mailing all orders from Sydney - as we are going there early next week.

Great saving and great chance to fill a few gaps in your collection and - the orders will obviously arrive very fast for Australia and New Zealand customers and much quicker to other overseas customers - quicker than we usually see from where we live in the Philippines (we are a bit remote but is it brilliant here :-)

There are over 9000 Australia stamps to chose from and all recent listings have both Scott and SG catalogue references. Lots of perf differences, various printing varieties and more. Please enjoy looking and we hope adding to your collection.

Best wishes Michael for GB and British Commonwealth.

Hello, a longer piece but I hope you enjoy it and the stamps.

Royal Mail recently issued a set of 6 stamps in se-tenant pairs to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia and New Zealand. I rather enjoyed seeing the designs. They came across to me as fresh and innovative. Certainly, to me anyway, a credit to the designers for capturing many aspects of Cook’s travels. I did think I saw a few similarities with past Cook related stamps, although perhaps that is not surprising.

I also wondered how many Cook issues there had been, why I thought this I have no idea. But I did. So after 2 minutes of research I discovered there are over 600 stamps, pre-stamped envelopes and private labels. It must be over because the materials I read were dated 2011. All credit for this goes to Brian Sandford and some excellent research documented in his publication here I found this link from The Captain Cook Society website . You can see it here I recommend a read if you want to learn more about the many Cook issues. My thanks for the very interesting body of work the Captain Cook Society have made available to us all.

You will also find a listing (dated 2000) of over 400 stamps, provided by the late Ad de la Mar, of the Flora, Fauna and Birds seen during Cook’s voyages.

But, as I say I thought I saw in the new Royal Mail issue some designs I had seen before, or at least aspects of the designs I had seen before, so here are a few. I guess with so many issues over the years it is not surprising and also interesting, perhaps? to see how design styles have changed. Obviously with over 400 stamps I have only chosen a few to show. I show these not with a critical mindset but because I see the Royal Mail designs to be far more inspiring and pleasing on the eye.

To start with here are two from Australia, from the 1970 commemorative issue and one from Laos. The sharp eyed among you will note the Laos stamp is from a 1983 issue commemorating explorers and their ships, in this case HMS Resolution (Cook’s second ship) , not Endeavour, the ship Cook sailed in 1768 -1771 to Australia and New Zealand. I include it just to show the design content.

And these below I think are interesting because of the similarity in the portrayal of the Maori chief.

The Royal Nail 1st Class stamp shows a portrait of a Maori Chief with full facial moko (tattoo) while the Tuvalu stamp from the 1988 Voyages of Captain Cook commemorative issue is described as showing “a Maori Chief”. Not surprising they should have similarities of course but that the subject as used on the Royal Mail issue is in the same positional style. Or perhaps not?

Finally two stamps to show the flora, to which the credit goes to Joseph Banks for the research and the artist Sydney Parkinson for the illustrations, is represented on one of the 2nd Class stamps. The specimens found and illustrated made up the first major collection of Australian flora, many were new to science.

There is very little similarity in the design of the stamps but I am showing them because I think the Royal Mail design best captures the theme.

In summary, to my eye at least, from all the Cook issues I have looked at while reading about this commemorative theme I think the Royal Mail issues are far superior to anything produced before and a lovely set to add to any Cook collection.


Friday, August 03, 2018

Hello, just one stamp to show tonight. I hope you like it. It shows Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I have never been and one day would like to see this. Strikingly beautiful by all accounts.

Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones. It is a dormant volcano, the last eruption was some millions of years ago I think. It is the highest mountain in Africa at about 19,000 feet above sea level and part of the Kilimanjaro National Park.

For now I will just enjoy the stamp and dream of travelling there to see it.

Have a great philatelic weekend. Michael

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Hello, I have not written about Australia stamps for a while so just a short piece on these two shown. One of the reasons for writing this, is because I was sorting and found a few stock cards with hundreds I had accumulated some years back and forgotten I had. Another reason, I was looking to see what sort of price sellers are asking for these and realized how many were not correctly identified by the sellers……….. and also how many list really bad quality copies – but that is another topic :-)

They are not expensive by catalogue value but nice to have to complete a collection, at least I think so.

They were issued as part of the 2005 Australian Wildflower series. Actually the 1st issue in that series. They were issued with ordinary gum perf 14 x 14½ (not shown), and as self adhesives, perf 11½ left hand stamp SG 2534 Scott 2397, and perf 13 right hand stamp, SG 2534e Scott 2401.

To complicate things for the collector the self adhesives were also issued in different booklet values with 10 stamps and 20 stamp respectively and as a sheetlet, and could be collected as a sequence of the 4 different flowers in the issue from rolls (coils is also used to described a roll) But I think just one of each above will be nice for a collection.

Enjoy your stamps. Have a great weekend


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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Hello, very short piece and one stamp. I am so lucky to have such knowledgeable readers. One of whom has written to tell me that this stamp shows a LMS Coronation class locomotive at Euston Station. You know who you are and a very big thank you to you. So there you go, Euston station can be found on a GB stamp. I learnt something new today. Stamps are so educational :-) Michael

Friday, July 20, 2018

Hello, random thoughts, although to be honest there is little to link the stamp with the thought but it was the best I could come up with :-) once I had found this stamp. I hope this is interesting. Today 20th July in 1837 Euston Station opened. Mainline railway station in London UK. The stamp shows a Stephenson’s locomotive from 1825 and from the Stockton and Darlington railway. SG 984 from the 1975 Anniversary of Public Railways issue.

Euston station was for the London to Birmingham railway. So really no connection what so ever, except around the same time period, And, did you know, there has never been – please correct me if I am wrong here – a GB stamp with an image of Euston station. A new theme for Royal Mail perhaps? British Railway stations. Now I think I would like that.

So, a stamp close to fitting the 20th July opening of Euston, and an event close to fitting the stamp.

Anyway, I wonder what Euston Station looks like today? It was rebuilt in the 1960s. Certainly no open carriages. Look carefully at the carriages below

Enjoy your stamps and have a great weekend ..... Michael

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We have been having plenty of rain these past few days so I got to spend some time looking at a few stamps. Actually, I needed to get some space back from the mess my stamp room is in. I cleaned out a few small boxes, all old glassines and some reasonably new ones and all sorts of surprises. Why do I hoard things I ask myself. Anyway I created some space again. Just a little. And also found some nice stamps I had forgotten where they were

I hope you enjoy seeing this block with the barbed wire variety SG 29a also with a SG 29 pair. Made the afternoon very enjoyable. Hope you day was just as good


Friday, July 13, 2018

Hello, It is Friday 13th. Considered lucky or unlucky depending on your point of view I guess. We had 13 new applications for the IPDA (Internet Philatelic Dealers Association ) this week, I found these stamps and realised one was missing from the set, then saw the values added to 13, 40+30+15=85 8+5 = 13. this has to be spooky right? So I bought 13 lottery tickets :-) And guess what stamp is missing from this set. Yes the Soccer stamp. How topical is that right now with the World Cup going on in Russia. Now will England lose 13 0 to Belgium. Surely not! Have a great weekend Enjoy your stamps Michael

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