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

Friday, April 26, 2019

Hello, I hope you enjoy seeing this stamp. One of the things about philately that I enjoy is the reading and learning that goes with a stamp. Take this one. Do you know who Nellie McClung was? April 24th was the date in 1928 that the Supreme Court of Canada made its initial unanimous decision in what later became known as the Persons Case.

Here is an article to help you. Click this link And think, wow!! this is how some people thought back in 1927 / 1928. I find it hard to believe but they did. Really quite amazing isn't it.

Enjoy your collecting and all we enjoy and learn from it. Have a great weekend


Friday, April 19, 2019

Sometimes you just have to say, ok! so they were desperate for a stamp design theme - maybe this is one of those times. 10 years ago, issued in 2009 to commemorate “Roadside Attractions”, yes they were desperate for a topic I guess, or someone had just visited Australia and seen the 2007 stamps issued to commemorate “Big Things”.

I am not making this up. Seriously, Australia issued a stamp set in 2007 of 5 stamps with the theme “Big Things”. Embarrassing as far as I was concerned.

Anyway, Canada Post obviously wanted to out-do the Aussies but only found 4 Big things in their 2009 issue.

And this “Giant Easter Egg” found on the roadside in Vegreville in Alberta was one of them.

Don’t believe me read this actually very interesting

I used to live in Canada, then Australia, now Philippines. Surely Philippine Post will not follow suit!

Don’t eat too many chocolate Easter eggs and have a lovely and safe holiday weekend.

Best wishes Michael

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Hi, I have not written for a while. Actually I haven't found anything to write about to be honest. But I just saw this. Listed in an auction with the other three in the set, as "Fine Used".

Sorry, this is "damaged" and a "spacefiller" at best. Please, new collectors especially or collectors with not that much experience of the stamps in these early QE II issues:

1) please read the stamp condition guide at the front of your catalogue and learn the correct quality grading descriptions. It upsets me that someone will buy this perhaps thinking it is as described by the seller. and,

2) please get yourself a decent catalogue. This is listed with the other three in the set as Scott 371 - 374. That makes this Scott 374. Actually there are two printings in this set, De La Rue and Bradbury Wilkinson. The Stanley Gibbons Concise catalogue shows both. SG 598 for this £1 value for the De La Rue printing with a 2018 catalogue value of £12. The Bradbury Wilkinson printing is SG 598a with a catalogue value of £8. Without seeing the actually stamp it is hard to tell but I suspect this is the BW printing. Oh, and I am assuming the seller did actually check the watermark on all the stamps as there was a different watermark for the 1955 issue of this design and value, but that is another aspect.

So you have a stamp (in a set) listed by a catalogue number you really do not know what it is and in a condition that is just so totally incorrect. To the person who wrote to me that dealers are cheats, well you are spot on in this case. But one bad apple does not make all apples bad!

Have a great philatelic weekend. Michael

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