Monday, July 3, 2017


The Observer's Book of Stamp Collecting by Anthony New was published by Bloomsbury Books of London.

This edition is the "Reprinted with revisions" of 1989. It was first published in 1986.

Chapters are as follows:
The Appeal of Stamps
The Appeal Widens
The Specialist's View
The Uses of Stamps
How Stamps are Printed
Ways to Collect
Values and Prices
Aids to Identification
Suggested Subjects and Miscellaneous Topics

There also is a Glossary of some philatelic terms.

An informative book!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Enjoy Stamp Collecting

This introductory booklet, published by Stanley Gibbons Ltd., "was first written by James Negus, Editor of the Gibbons stamp catalogues, 1977-81" and "revised by John Holman, former Editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly" magazine.

This is the fifth edition (1990). It was first published in 1980.

There are 15 topics covered:
Welcome to stamp collecting
The first stamps
Different types of stamps
Getting started
Finding more stamps
Preparing your stamps
Sorting stamps
Mounting stamps
Stamp albums
The stamp catalogue
Stamp prices
Covers and postmarks
Useful philatelic terms
Stamp countries and currencies
Learning more about stamps

A delightful read!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

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Monday, May 1, 2017


These 19th century stamps were issued to be used in Cuba and the Philippines, which were then colonies of Spain.

The cancellation determined whether it was used in Cuba or the Philippines.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

USA postmark Warsaw

Warsaw is a city in Illinois with a population of just a little over 1,600 in 2010.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Faroe Islands paintings

The top stamp reproduces a painting by Ingálvur av Reyni and bottom pair is by Hans Hensen, both of Faroe Islands.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Faroe Islands Europa

"The Temptations of Saint Anthony" is an artwork of William Heinesen, a painter from the Faroe Islands.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Faroe Islands parade

Clergymen and politicians on parade for Ólavsøka, the biggest summer festival in the Faroe Islands.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Faroe Islands lay

Two stanzas with illustrations from Brynhild's Ballad, a long Faroese narrative poem referring to myths.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Faroe Islands film

A set of four stamps was issued in 1997 picturing scenes from a film based on a novel.

Shown here is the 6.50kr value.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Faroe Islands orca

This stamp was actually issued in 1998 and pictures a killer whale for the Year of the Ocean.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Faroe Islands coat of arms

The 600th year of the Kalmar Union was commemorated in 1997 with a Faroese stamp depicting the coat of arms of Eric of Pomerania.

You have to read up on the history of the Nordic countries to know more about these names.

Faroe Islands children's drawings

In 1996 a set of three stamps and a souvenir sheet were issued illustrating children's drawings for Nordatlantex 1996, a stamp exhibition.

Shown above is one of the stamps.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Faroe Islands rocks

Here's a view of Risin and Kellingin, the giant and the giantess.

Nice socked-on-the-nose cancel.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Faroe Islands birds 1

The common crossbill and the waxwing are the birds pictured on these 1996 stamps.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Faroe Islands church 2

The Church of Hvalvík is the oldest wooden church still in existence in the Faroes.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Faroe Islands stained glass

A stained glass window of a Catholic Church is depicted on this 1995 stamp.