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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Great Britain [4th Post]

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I have stored some British Queen Victoria stamps in the last few years ,but I only have classified those of the Jubilee issue ...I haven't tried yet to complete any of the many series available,but only stored them as they come ...two days ago I've decided to finally start to classify them...like many other stamps from early days,these QV stamps need some reading to began entering in their world,full of complex and simple details...
As always I'll use the Sc catalog codes,but this time I will use the SG as reference to the size of the series, varieties, etc...

When we are standing in front of a British QV stamp, we have to mentally give a number of small and easy steps :
A) to see if the stamp has letters in the corners...
AA) in the 4 corners
AB) just in the lower 2 corners
AC) no letters
AD) Large letters
AE) small letters
AF) white letters
AG) colored letters


small colored letters 2 corners
Large colored letters in the 4 corners















No Letters
Large white letters in the 4 corners













Before continuing I must remember that I am a World collector, so my urgency in having the best items is not great.. In my collection there is plenty of space for others "garbage" ,so You must not be surprised by rust spots or stamps sometimes in very bad condition...Another important thing to remember is that a well centered stamp has increased value...
The use of letters in the corners of the stamps begins with the famous "Penny Black" and only ends with the QV Jubilee Issue of 1887... during this time the rule was to have letters in the corners, yet,a few stamps do not present them but are very well identified and known... 

B) other distinctive mark presented in many of QV stamps is the plate number..this number sometimes increase the value of the stamp...it is known that catalogs show us in general the lowest value possible, but stamps of some plates will have it's value highly increased.

 
White letters and Plate Number

Colored letters and Plate Number
















No letters, No Plate Number

Perforations only have a major role in the first QV issues (from 1858 until 1887 the perforation is 14 ,with 2 or 3 exceptions well known..),but the "Key" distinctive fact is the Wmk (C)..there are 14 possible wmks in all QV issues from 1840 to 1887 and it is crucial that we are able to identify them correctly ...fortunately ,it seems that in most cases it is very easy to see the wmk without instruments or chemical processes...

Now ,some words about another famous QV stamp : the "Penny Lilac" 


this stamp differs from the other famous Penny stamps (Black, Red and Venetian Red) not only on the form of the vignette's frame (squared frame in the previous..) but in the labels surrounding the portrait.. (instead of the 'Postage' and 'One Penny' labels , the Lilac Penny presents ' Postage and Inland Revenue' and 'One Penny')..It is known that the lilac ink used in these printings was very fugitive ,so it not strange to find all these different shades in used and washed stamps...in my opinion ,from this five stamps the one that is closer to the original,but yet very far is the first one...the color used was darker and brighter...






Two different types exist ,depending on the number of full 'Perls' (white circles) in each angle of the stamp... those I have here to present you have 16 and it's cv is minimum...if the stamp has 14 'Perls' then it's cv increases...  




I will present the Sc codes and other technical data of all these stamps in the end of the post... let's now entering in the last two groups of QV stamps :



[Left] As I said before , I'm following a SG catalog and there these stamps belong to the same series, but looking to them we will find that the only common fact is the Queens portrait and the absence of Plate numbers... [Right] one of the few QV surcharged stamps... in fact, when we are talking of common postage stamps,there is just one more ,both issued in 1883...

Now , I have some new entries for the Jubilee issue of 1887...



The only real new entries to the collection are the 5p and 1sh stamps... But I have to remember that the 4p stamp is just "Good".!.. to have a "Good" QV stamp is already a victory for me...in fact the stamp is in reasonable general condition,but it is very well centered...at this time ,the centering factor is not so important as in the early days ,but not all the stamps I have here are so good as this one...
To end the post , and before all the technical data, I have two QEII Commemorative series ,both from 1965...




The commemorative series from Great Britain,are in most cases [Photo] printed,but they continue to be "nice to the eye"...I don't now why , but it must have something to do with the designers... the first QEII series are very beautiful and already in 1965 they continued to surprise us with their appealing simplicity...

1) 1855 "Queen Victoria" (2) [small Crown] [Perf 14] SG(24) Sc(11) [/ This is a very simple approach to the Penny Red,one of the most complex stamps in the world...when I have more of these stamps, I will spent some time learning a more detailed way to classify them/]
2) 1872 "Queen Victoria" (2) [Typo] [Rose Wmk] [plate 16] SG(122b) Sc(59b)

3) 1865 "Queen Victoria" (6) [Typo] [Large Garter Wmk][plate 13] SG(94) Sc(43)
4) 1856 "Queen Victoria" (2) [Typo] [Heraldic Emblems wmk] SG(70) Sc(27)
5) 1867 "Queen Victoria" (6) [Typo] [Rose wmk][plate 9] SG(103) Sc(49)
6) 1880 "Queen Victoria" (6) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk][plate 22] SG(157) Sc(82)
7) 1880 "Queen Victoria" (5) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(167) Sc(80)
8) 1881 "Queen Victoria" (2) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk] (SG (171) Sc(89)
9) 1884 "Queen Victoria" (10) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(187) Sc(98)
10) 1884 "Queen Victoria" (10) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(188) Sc(99)
11) 1884 "Queen Victoria" (10) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk] SG (191) Sc(102)
12) 1883 "Queen Victoria" (5) [Typo] [Imperial Crown wmk][plate 21] SG(159) Sc(94)
13) 14) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(197) Sc(111)
15) 16) 1900 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(213) Sc(125)
17) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(198) Sc(112)
18) 19) 20) 21) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(201) Sc(114)
22) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(205) Sc(116)
23) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(207a) Sc(118)
24) 1887 "Queen Victoria / Jubilee Series" (14) [Imperial Crown wmk] SG(211) Sc(122)

25) 26) 1965 "700th Anniversary of the Simon De Monfort's Parliament" (2) [Des (S.R. Black 6d)(Prof. R. Guyatt / after engraving of 1647 2.6sh)][Photo] SG(663,664) Sc(422,423)
27) 28) "Salvation Army Centenary" (2) [Des (M.C. Farrar Bell 3d)(G. Trenaman 1.6sh)][Photo] SG(665,666) Sc(424,425)

Well, I hope you liked this post... it was very amusing to classify these 32 stamps yesterday...


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

India [6th Post]

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If you ever have opened a catalog of India stamps , You will find that the number of single stamp series is enormous and the commemorations are not only of Philosophers, Artists ,Politicians or important people in general.. some of  those who gave their best to the general cause or to the Community are sometimes honored too... I think this is a very important differentiating aspect between different countries Philately's , because for example in my Country , Portugal, the list of people honored with a stamp is very small and in contrast we have a small number of personalities who are honored several times , just because they represent the country's Golden Years...I don't have nothing against it, but I do think that the high level of those who are honored ( most of them belong to the World History and not only to the country itself) left behind a vast "legion" of very good, competent and deserving people....we should have many more of these single series, if We want to bring again Philately to Reality and assure a happy and long future to it... 
Today's post has a lot to do with this previous introduction ,because i have some India's Commemorative stamps to show...it will be a post with lots of [Photo] or [Litho] stamps, so there will be no talk about quality of engravings , etc...

Let us start with some stamps from 1948 and 1950...



This stamp was still missing in my 2nd India Series, representing the Great Gandhi....of course , together with the 3 stamps I already have (everybody has them..!), the 10R stamp is still missing.. it is a very expensive stamp (cv £ 130.00 Used)  and somehow difficult to find in the market...perhaps one day I'll have it ..!
1948 "1st Anniversary of Independence" (4) [Photo (Courvoisier)] Sc(204)



1950 "Inauguration of Republic" (4) [Des (D.J. Keymer & Co.)][Litho] Sc(227,228)

 [Left] This is a beautiful stamp, and I have something to talk about it... the Artist responsible for the Design of this stamp was Mr. C.R. Pakrashi... well,one day I was wondering through the Net looking for data about his work,for my other blog, when I discovered that he wrote a book about his stamps...I bought it, some days latter and it is called "A stamp is born"...it is a very nice book offering us the author's perspective into his own work , his doubts and problems during the creation of each one of the stamps , and at the same time it is a retrospective view of his stamps where many original material is also presented to the reader...it is a nice book to read and a helpful tool to initiate us into a stamp Designer world...
The stamp itself commemorates the "Buddha 2500th Birth Anniversary" ... Here are some thoughts of the Artist when he was starting the design of this stamp...

"While looking for ideas, I studied various publications on the subject, including a Archaeological Survey of India magazine where I saw a Mohenjo-daro Seal.. The idea of the tree and the arrangement and shape of the leaves in the seal led me to associate the same with the bodhi Tree , which had a great bearing on the life of Buddha...He attained Salvation after meditating under the Bodhi Tree..(..) I thought of the Tree as the main component of the design and (...) to make it more meaningful I let the effect of the full Moon light fall on it because the Moonlight night had also a great significance in the life of this Great soul... Buddha was born, attained 'Nirvana' and died on Full Moon nights.. (...) The stylized Bodhi tree , ajanta caves entrance shape and Buddhist decorative motif were integrated into the design in a balanced composition..."

As We can see Designing a stamp is not so simple as we sometimes think... it requires , knowledge,concentration, study, imagination and above all to think with our own heads....
1956 "Buddha Jayanti" (2) [Des (C.R. Pakrashi 2A)][Photo] Sc(272)


 

[Left] 1957 "19th International Red Cross Conference, New Delhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(291)
[Right] 1958 "50th Anniversary of the Steel Industry" (1) [Photo] Sc(298)


two stamps from the two consecutive "Children's Day" of 1958 and 1959...
1958 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(322)
1959 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(326)









 This is a group of 7 stamps issued in 1961..the 5th and 6th stamps are part of the same series.. it is now time to remember that I used a image resolution of low detail , because in this post ,most of the times, we are in presence of [Photo] stamps....
1) 1961 "Silver Jubille of All India Radio" (1) [Photo] Sc(342)
2) 1961 "India's Industry Fair, New Delhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(346)
3) 1961 "Centenary of Scientific Forestry" (1) [Photo] Sc(347)
4) 1961 "Birth Centenary of Prafulla Chandra Ray (Social Reformer)" (1) [Photo] Sc(343)
5)6) 1961 "Centenary of Indian Archeological Survey" (2) [Photo] Sc(348,349)
7) 1961 "Birth Centenary of V.N. Bhatkande (Composer)" (1) [Photo] Sc(344)

 continuing now with our review of some of the India's Commemorative stamps , we have two stamps issued in 1962...


[Left] 1962 "Inauguration of Gauhati Oil Refinery" (1) [Photo] Sc(351)

[Right] 1962 "Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarti Commemoration" (1) [Photo] Sc(355)






1963 "Freedom From Hunger" (1) [Photo] Sc(372)
1963 "Children's Day" (1) [Photo] Sc(378)
Oh, the elephant stamp..! in a previous post about India's stamps, I showed other stamps from this series, and I was decided to buy this one, that was still missing..well ,here it is , it come when I least expected it, in the meddle of many stamps of Nicaragua, but I'm very happy to receive it in the collection...now , the only missing is the lower value of the series...it is not so easy to find (well, I'm not actually looking for it, I'm more in a 'wait until it appears' mode...) 
1963 "Wild Life Preservation" (5) [Photo] Sc(364)


 Two more portrait stamps, this time from 1964...

[Left] "85th Birth Anniversary of Sarojini Naidu (Poetess)" (1) [Photo] Sc(385)


[Right] "20th Death Anniversary of Kasturba Gandhi" (1) [Photo] Sc(386)








A last group of stamps, just to end the post...
1967 "Bicentenary of India's Survey" (1) [Photo] Sc(449)
1974 "Birth Centenary of Marconi" (1) [Photo] Sc(646)
1978 "Syama Prasad Mookerjee (Politician)" (1) [Photo] Sc(799)

the next post will be about Romania and Turkey stamps...I hope you've liked this one and until next time

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