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

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

cddstamps Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt in cddstamps store – win $100 of stamps from our store - join the fun

Do you want to win $100 of stamps?  Just buy $10 of stamps from our store over the Easter weekend,  starting now until close of business  Easter Monday 18th April –  yes we have a long “Holy Week” here -  and you are qualified to enter the Easter Egg Hunt.  

Hopefully you will enjoy looking through our store as well.  Find the Easter egg, send a message  to  us with your order, however you wish  or using the  Hipstamp  Question  button and tell us the Listing ID of the stamp with the Easter Egg.  There is only one correct answer. Think carefully. :-)

On Tuesday 19th we will draw one winner from all entries. Sorry, but anyone posting the answer on the Hipstamp Message Forum or here will be disqualified so please don’t ruin  the fun of the search for us or others.

The winner can then buy $100 of stamps and get an immediate refund of $100.  Buy $80 and get an $80 and keep the extra $20 for a future purchase.

Have a peaceful, happy,  perhaps even chocolate filled and philatelic, Easter.


Saturday, March 12, 2022

The Ides of March … 20% off Special   from cddstamps a brief interruption to normal programming / posting

Buyer Beware – well actually you do not need to worry.    Supposedly one needs to worry about the Ides of March.   Well Julius Caesar should have, according to history….. but don’t you worry ……  unless you want to worry about missing out on a cddstamps Ides of March special offering.  

20% discount for every order place by 15th March.  Start building your wants list now in your Cart and then when 15th March comes around in your time zone just click the Proceed to Check out.

Cool and easy…….. and with apology to Shakespeare…………  

Caesar: What collector is that? Set him before me, let him see my stamps.

Don’t be dismissed  as Caesar did,

Caesar:  He is a dreamer; let us leave him to miss our stamps.

Don’t be that dreamer, come, please enjoy visiting our store

Sunday, March 06, 2022

Hello,  back again and  today we will look at Pahang.  Pahang joined the Federated Malay States in 1896 and in the first few years the stamps of the Straits Settlements were used,  as we have seen for the other Malay States I have  shown.

The first stamps inscribed Pahang were issued in 1891 and yes you will notice they are the same as the Negri Sembilan ones I showed in the previous piece, and  also for the second issue in 1895.

When collecting this State we do see repetition in the designs of the other States so I will  not show too many of the designs I have shown before.  This one is from the 1935 issue and show the Sultan Sir Abu Bakar and then the 1950 issue shows  him again in a different frame.  

The issues of the 1950 and the 1960s  also shows the designs we have seen before  from Kedah and Johore for example, so just one more stamp from the 1965 issue.  Same as Johor but with the  portrait  of the Sultan Sir Abu Bakar again.

Enjoy your stamps and all they bring us.         Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.


Saturday, February 26, 2022

Hello, let’s look at another Malay State. This time Negri Sembilan. 

Negri Sembilan was a federation of smaller states and included Sungei Ujong which was absorbed into Negri Sembilan in 1895.  You might find Straits Settlement stamps on mail from Malaya in the early 1890s with Sungei or Ujong cancels, overprints or surcharges.  All covers with have rather expensive catalogue values.

Negri Sembilan was placed under the British control in 1887. The first stamp was issued in August 1891, overprinting "Negri Sembilan" on stamps of the Strait Settlements, and then in  1891 came a stamp with the drawing of a jumping tiger. In 1896, a series of stamps with the image of a tiger's head was issued – Note: not necessarily the actual stamps shown as various values were issued between 1896 and 1899.

In 1896, the Federated Malay States were formed. The first stamps of the Federated Malay States began in 1900, when the stamps of Negri-Sembilan and Perak were overprinted "Federated Malay States".

Federated Malay States ceased in 1935 and were replaced by stamps of the individual states.

As we have seen from previous States I have shown, the stamps of Johore were used from 1965  with the Arms of Negri Sembilan and inscribed NEGERI SEMBILAN on the orchid issue and  from 1971 we see the Malayasia butterfly issue again with the inscription but in lower case for  “negeri sembilan”

I hope these images help a little.

Certainly an interesting area to collect.   Enjoy your stamps   Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

  Hello,  welcome to the blog if you have just found it, or welcome back to regular readers.

  A couple more from Malacca today.

This first stamp is from the 1960 issue  Remember this design from the Kedah issue I showed a few days back?.  Here it is again and this time with no QE II portrait or Sultan portrait but an image of the Meleka tree and mouse deer. The name Malacca is actually derived from the word Melaka but why the change I do not know -   I welcome comments please.  As a footnote.  I think it was in 2017 that the name of the State actually did officially change to Melaka. 

And finally, the last  stamp from Malacca but now as you can see Melaka.  All very confusing perhaps? but such interesting history, and from as way back as the early 1400s.

 If you have this stamp do check it carefully. There is the basic issue as in this image

And then there is a flaw issue with the yellow missing, and another flaw with the red missing.    Check your catalogues for values, and  enjoy.

Enjoy your stamps   Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

 Hello,  now let’s  look at another State, this time Malacca.

Malacca was one of the Straits Settlements that joined the Federation of Malay in 1948. The capital is Malacca City and it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The history of the State makes for interesting reading I think.    Enjoy it if you have the time. This is one places on my bucket list of places to visit one day.  Conveniently situated between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

This first stamp is appropriately enough from the Straits Settlement issued in 1952 and  inscribed Malacca instead of Straits Settlements

This second stamp is the same Straits Settlement stamp, issued in 1955 and as you can see with the portrait of QE II. Notice how she is looking to the left whereas GVI was presented looking to the right.  This does not happen by accident, and is in fact based on a tradition associated with the way the monarchs profile faces on coins.

Since the time of Charles II tradition has dictated the monarchs profile on coins alternates with each new monarch and this has been carried forward with the issue of stamps.  So with GVI facing right it means, as tradition was followed, the portrait of QE II would be to the left, as generally it is.  I should note there are a few exceptions on more modern GB stamps.

This third stamp, issued in 1957, is perhaps just what you expected. Yes the same design we have seen before, and with the portrait of QE II now in place of a Sultan. 

Enjoy your stamps   Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Hello,  two more from Kelantan . Do you recognize this first one?  Yes we saw it in the Johore issue. 

Here it is again, from the 1961 Kelantan issue, this time with the portrait of the Sultan Yahya Petra.  Lovely design, as I may have said before, and I think it makes for an interesting collection to get one from each State. 

This second stamp you will also find various copies of. 

This is the orchid issue of 1965. Just 7 in the issue but with two others issued in 1970 with the watermark sideways. This is a set that I have been guilty of getting the watermark wrong. Do look carefully. The watermark upright, that is the 1965 issue, has a 2021 SG cat value of 25 pence for a  good quality used copy. The 1970 issue of the stamp with watermark sideways is £10. Not the sort of error one wants to make too often.

Next we will move to Malacca. Hope you join me.

Enjoy your stamps   Michael

and  with thanks to my friend at  British Commonwealth Album  here   -  and you might enjoy a visit to his online store  the Used Stamp Collector here.

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