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VOL.60 Number 7

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Australia is a country of changing landscapes and grand extremes. From the moist tropical north to the dry Central Australian deserts and the cool alpine regions of the south, Australia offers its road-trippers a wealth of terrain, destinations and experiences. This second issue in the Road Trip Australia stamp series puts rural ports of call into the rear-view mirror, turning the wheel towards some of Australia’s bustling urban hubs. The stamps offer colourful, offbeat cameos of Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, Adelaide and Canberra.

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Contents Articles

Woodchip Free Zone: Rod Perry ...................................................6 World Stamp Expo 2013: Gerard McCulloch ............................8 Cinderella Corner: Tony Presgrave ............................................ 12 Looking at New Zealand: Graeme Morriss ............................. 16 Vociferous plover: Christer Brunström..................................... 20 Stamps in the News: Margo Campbell .................................... 28 Collecting the KGV Penny Red: Dr Scott Starling ................. 38 Revenue Review: Dave Elsmore ................................................. 42 Introducing the APF: John Sadler .............................................. 50 Market Matters: Glen Stephens .................................................... 56

Information News.............................................................................................. 11, 15 Auction Diary .................................................................................... 27 Reviews ............................................................................................... 41 Trading Post....................................................................................... 66 Clubs & Societies ....................................................................... ......70 Calendar.............................................................................................. 73 Products & Services Directory............................................... ......74 Internet & Email Directory...................................................... ......78 List of Advertisers .............................................................. ..............82

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I originally intended to make this month’s column an overview of the state of the Kangaroo market, given the recent publishing of ACSC Kangaroos fifth edition, followed shortly thereafter by the sale by Phoenix Auctions of the Hardy Kangaroos. The plan was to make comparisons with the Gray (2007) and Morgan (2012) sales of our first stamp series. When one actually sits down to present such cross-comparisons, however, it is surprising just how little of the more highly priced items (upon which most readers would probably prefer the focus) conveniently lend themselves for the purpose of meaningful comparison. I was going to change direction of subject matter (read: I was going to totally cop out), but it would be remiss of me not to acknowledge the outstanding success of the Hardy Kangaroos auction, and to extend my congratulations upon that success to the Hardy Family, and Phoenix for a superb marketing campaign. So, an abridged version of what was originally planned is the compromise. The late Stuart Hardy was a willing contributor to the ACSC when I was proprietor. A confirmed Traditionalist, Stuart eschewed Essays and Proofs (with one notable exception – see later), developing a completely “coverless” collection. With a twinkle in his eye he once remarked, as I was wading through a volume of used Kangaroos in the stamp den, “Rod, you wouldn’t believe how many 4d Kangaroos I’ve removed from registered covers in my lifetime”. I didn’t want to know, particularly after laying eyes upon page after page of selected used 4d’s. Previously in this column I’ve mentioned that I believe Arthur Gray picked the peak of the modern

cycle when he sold his Kangaroos. Am I correct? Some of the comparisons which follow suggest I may be. The three collections, Gray, Morgan, Hardy, despite being of a common (unintended pun) subject, were structured to reflect the individual tastes of the respective collectors. Morgan was essentially a strategically constructed collection for exhibition purposes; Gray, prior to Australia 1999, was a closet collection, formed by a passionate collector, subsequently fashioned in to the knock-out collection of Kangaroos of all time. I cannot see this collection ever being exceeded, frankly. Hardy by comparison with the others was never a committed exhibitor; his was a collection assembled for pure self-indulgence, with an eye to future realizable value, and why shouldn’t it be? Firstly, an observation which became apparent as I sat through the Hardy sale (this will raise my stocks with the national auction houses immeasurably), is the power of what I’ll call: The Local Factor. Gray and Morgan were sold abroad, precluding most Australian collectors from participating in person, often the essential element if unprecedented sparks are to fly, most Auctioneers would agree. It was clear in Hardy, on numerous occasions, that there were bidder’s intent upon taking home items irrespective of price, purely because they wanted a part of this legendary collection. Exuberance in these cases often won over rationality; value for money was not necessarily a consideration. The Hardy sale also demonstrated the powerful marketing advantage enjoyed once an item is recognized in the ACSC tabulation. Some of the

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less exciting variations, in the eyes of this writer at least, such as the curious ½d “AUSTBALIA” (a Clayton’s variety some would argue), the bicoloured Duty and Vignette varieties, and the enigmatic “No monogram” strips (the philatelic world looks on in awe at Australia, the only country which values an unprinted selvedge more highly than one with a printed marginal feature), would be nothing without catalogue recognition. Let’s now examine some specifics: Essays/Proofs Hardy contained no Essays; these and covers did not appeal to Stuart’s Traditional collecting perspective. He did, however, acquire a single Die proof, of the £2 denomination, no less. This realized $72500 (excluding premium, as are all auction results mentioned). The Gray Die proof, for the 10/-, made US$32500 (then AU$41670. It was re-offered nearly two years later at Millennium with an estimate of $75000; unsold, but later sold privately for I believe $60000. The 10/- has a visible tear, and more pronounced foxing than the £2. There are five 10/proofs, and just two of the £2 (in grey or in purple, so essentially both unique) available to collectors. The Morgan unique Essay (Type 2) for the 10/-, by way of comparison, fetched £90000 (AU$137700). I had expected the Hardy £2 to realize in excess of $100000, and rate the purchase of this lot at $72500 as one of the greater value for money results in the sale. £1 Watermark sideways The $233000 realization (premium included) for the Hardy unused example (punctured “OS”) was an amazing result. Starting in the room at just $30000, it was unforgettable to sit there and watch the seemingly never ending duel between two collectors of great means push it to the gravity-defying $200000 hammer price, despite the “thin spot at base”. Unique unused, but twelve used are recorded; the Gray used realized just US$7000 (AU$8970), although it must be said this was not one of the finer examples.

This was Stuart’s favourite stamp in his collection, and he would have been chuffed with the result. From a more analytical viewpoint, albeit a personal one, I don’t see this as an important item; just an extraordinarily expensive one. The £2 Die proof, by comparison, I regard as a far more important item, and one that represented comparatively good value. Of the £1 Sideways price, I would go so far as to say that if there was a competition to establish the most unjustifiably highly priced 20th century stamp of the British Empire, this would be a serious contender. Superb marketing by Phoenix, and a text book example of the aforementioned Local Factor in play. £2 Small multiple wmk. imprint block A convenient item to make comparisons; only two blocks are in private hands. The Gray block made US$95000 (AU$121790); Hardy $62500. An irresistible example to support the contention that the marketing of his Kangaroo collection in February 2006, the peak of the modern cycle, was a masterstroke by Arthur Gray, one that rightly earned him the title “The Guv’nor”. £2 CofA wmk. imprint block Another convenient comparison unit; all three collections had one, much the same as one another. Results were: Gray (US$35000) $44870 Morgan (£20000) $30600 Hardy $37000 Phoenix appear to be gaining traction from the momentum which generally ensues following a series of successful sales, such as Hardy. For example, the recently discovered and thus far unique KGV 1d red Sideways wmk., and the 4d and 1/4d specialized studies from the renowned Pericles collection, have gravitated to Phoenix for an upcoming sale. The Pericles outstanding KGVI was sold by Millennium in February 2012. Back with some nice covers next month!

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World Stamp Expo 2013 Gerard McCulloch Approaching the regal dome of the Exhibition Building for World Stamp Expo 2013, I recalled a slightly-too-enthusiastic 11-year-old collector who dragged his whole family to Ausipex ’84 at the same venue. I largely ignored the exhibits, instead gathering as many freebies as I could. I filed my harvest away carefully. One day, I knew, those 1c Nauru stamps would be worth a fortune – after all, they were mint unhinged! That phrase could also have described me at the time. My collection was soon forgotten amid the distractions of teenage and adult life, until a new distraction was discovered 20 years later. The kangaroos so out of reach to Young Me now beckoned temptingly on eBay. Would it hurt to fill some gaps? Before I knew it, the old bug returned. Philately became my antidote to the stress of modern life. Kangaroos and gap-filling soon gave way to other specialities. I even mentioned it to friends. I only lost a few. Now I stood again beneath the arches of the grand old dame, not sure what to expect. A world of intellectual stimulation? Or a tedious nerdfest? I started with a treasure-hunt. I’m a convert to the Church of Commercial Covers, and there was fossicking to be done. Friendly dealers not only assisted me with their own stock, but were quick to suggest other dealers who might have had what I was looking for. Fellow fossickers, overhearing my enquiries, kindly recommended items they’d spotted. 8 - Stamp News

I returned the favours when I could. Competition for decimal commercial covers gets fiercer every year, and they’re not in the bargains that they used to be. Even the foreign dealers had cottoned on to the value of their stock. The cat’s out of the bag. Thanks, Rod Perry. Still, the decimal rivalries were nothing compared to the melees breaking out around the KGV albums. 85-year-olds can execute some impressive hip-andshoulders. I was amused to unearth one cover autographed by model Debbie Phin, in her role as Miss Philately 1974. I’m too young to know how successful Stamp Week 1974 was, but I recall Debbie Phin being a Channel 7 weathergirl. No doubt Miss Philately was a title much-sought by the glamour queens of the day. Covers safely in hand, I pulled out a collection I wanted to have assessed for a friend. He’d inherited it from his grandfather. A classic schoolboy effort, old-school Britain and Europe. Was my mate Justin sitting on a fortune? Anything could be in there! …Apparently, it wasn’t. “Keep flipping,” ordered a coffee-sipping European dealer. “I’ll stop you if there’s anything good.” It ended the same way at every stall: with the dreaded words, “Well, it’s a good start to a collection for your children.” But there was hope. I was told the early China overprints might have potential. The ladies at Zhao Online seemed to agree, chatting in Chinese, and consulting their computer. Finally, they told me the

page was worth perhaps a hundred yuan. Roughly sixteen Aussie dollars. “The good news: it’s worth a hundred yuan,” I texted Justin. “The bad news: it sounds better in yuan.” I toured the remaining stands, giggling at the postal administrations who were sharing booths. Azerbaijan and the Solomon Islands: together at last! New issues aren’t my thing, with one exception. The UK’s Dr Who issue had the gin’n’tonics of Old Dart philatelists rippling with umbrage, but this fan was only too happy to possess a Dalek on a stamp. Not a collector of new Australia Post issues, I was spared the long queues at the AP counter. But I was glad to see so many people queuing for the collectables; if it contributes to the health of the hobby and to the Expo’s bottom line, then all the better. I hoped the AP counter staff were doing OK wrapping their heads around the concept of ‘stamps’. At this Expo, attendees could have themselves printed on a stamp. Not on a tab, like in the old days; these mugshots were on the stamp proper. Aussie Post has swung a long way from its former ‘No Living Australians On Stamps’ rule. It’s now trying to put every living Australian on a stamp. We’ve been Living Treasures, Faces of Australia and gold

medallists; Expo provided the chance to tick off the last few unstamped stragglers. Traditionalists frown upon this (I might be one – is it showing?), but the Expo printers were kept busy. With concerns about the hobby’s future, a gimmick like this probably offers the look-at-me generation a more engaging pathway to collecting than would a display on KGV perforation varieties. And I’ll take a cover bearing a smiling photo of Joe Bogan over a

Doctor Who stamps and M/S from Royal Mail

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World Stamp Expo 2013 Gerard McCulloch thoughtlessly-applied dreary definitive any day. I wondered how much a beginner might have taken from Expo. Would they have been engaged enough by the displays, and encouraged by the enthusiasm of those present? Or might they have been confounded by the sea of stands, and these odd people who saw a secret value in the strangest of material? Do we even still have beginner collectors? Among the hardest rarities to find at the Expo were people under 30. But there were a few, and they didn’t all look like trainspotters. There weren’t many wandering around the competitive exhibits, but I spotted some in the AP queue, or sitting at the café. A hidden philatelic underground? Curious newcomers surfing in on a free ticket? Or had they been dragged along as packhorses for Mum or Dad? I didn’t ask. I was afraid that I’d freak them out and frighten them off. The Court of Honour was suitably impressive. Proof sheets, monograms, the kangaroo and map die. As I stared in wonder at the imperforate kookaburras for ten minutes, I realized my wife knew what she was doing when she declined my invitation. She wouldn’t have understood. It felt a little magical inspecting Australia’s first banknote. It’s not often one gets so intimate with something worth 3.5 million dollars. And you can’t even use it down the shops. The non-philatelic highlight of the show was the display of trophies won by Black Caviar, the champion racehorse honoured by a stamp release during the Expo. We can only hope that Black Caviar doesn’t go on to embarrass Aussie Post and the nation by acting disgracefully in retirement. Exhibiting is a world I’ve never known. Until recently I had no idea what Frames were, and I thought Palmares was one of the ethnic comedians from Acropolis Now. I must credit John Sadler’s recent comprehensive Stamp News column on the Australian Philatelic Federation for helping me ‘get it’. I must also mention the Expo’s iPhone App. It provided an excellent introduction to the hobby, the Expo, exhibition and judging, and the various classes. I listened to prior to the Expo, and even as a long-time collector, I learned much, and arrived at the Expo with my appetite whet. 10 - Stamp News

Armed with this new understanding, I set out to spend Sunday perusing the Expo’s near-record number of exhibitions. A whole day, and even then I had to prioritise. Among the many highlights, I could barely believe my eyes looking at Arthur Woo’s three WA inverted (“swan”) frames, plus the famous fake, plus the fragment that proved it was an inverted frame and not an inverted swan. A worthy winner of the Grand Prix National. Being more into moderns, I was particularly taken with Arthur Gray’s bird series exhibit, featuring beautiful original artwork from that late imperial/early decimal series. Peter Ronne’s Australian Photolithography exhibit made me want to give up. I mean that in the best way. It was the kind of exhibit I could never even begin to approach: full of decimal photographic proofs, misadventures and rejected designs. I was spellbound. Thematic collections make for interesting exhibits. Joshua Magier’s display on the history of land cultivation caught my eye with its diversity of material from around the world. Such an unusual topic too. In the youth section, I liked Mathilda Larsson’s inventive Harry Potter exhibit, while Fanny Durand commenced her feline exhibit stating that her aim was to convince her parents to buy her a cat. Who needs vermeils? The Open Philately class was livelier to the eye than the traditional exhibits. Luiz Paulo Rodrigues Cunha’s exhibition, ‘Let’s Go to the Beach,’ even included a few postcards of topless sunbathers. Bosoms at a stamp exhibition? Who’da thunk it? By Sunday night, I was a little surprised how much I’d enjoyed the Expo. Congratulations to the organizing committee and volunteers. Credit must also go to the sponsors, particularly the principal sponsor, Australia Post, whose support was much in evidence throughout the lead-up to the Expo and during the Expo itself. Now to explain the credit card statement to the wife. Gerard McCulloch is a Melbourne comedian and writer who came out as a philatelist a number of years ago. His friends and family have been very supportive.

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Grosvenor achieves strong results! The three June auctions held at Grosvenor between 4th and 6th June achieved a strong total of £969,326 with bids arriving from right across the globe. BRITISH EMPIRE & FOREIGN COUNTRIES was a three session sale beginning on the afternoon of Tuesday 4th June and, after the customary wellsupported section of Miscellaneous & Mixed Lots, one early lot to catch the eye was the pair of King George V master die proofs on pieces from the De La Rue archives (lot 91) which rose to £12,642 (est. £6,000-£8,000). This remarkable pair, the first being from Die I and the second from Die II, demonstrates the transition between the Dies that Lot 91 KGV occurred during the master die proofs use of Plate 10. The auction included a number of interesting and unusual country sections including the collection of Guadeloupe formed by the late Tony Shepherd and fine Samoa. A strong section of Gibraltar featured material from the exceptional Moore & Moore collection, including one of just four known examples of the King George V ‘Union Jack Essay’ (lot 434), appearing on the front cover and selling for an impressive £6,084. Never previously offered in such depth and quality in a major auction, the fascinating collection of Biafra formed by the late Dudley Prestedge achieved a fine total of £23,418 with all lots sold. The concluding session of this auction comprised a further notable offering of Falkland Islands

& Antarctica that opened with a small group of recently discovered early letters. A letter from Governor Moody, handcarried from Port Stanley in Port Louis in 1847 and now recorded as the earliest item of internal Falklands mail (lot 1190) achieved £4,013. The Tony Belfield collection of the 1944-45 Overprints for the Falkland Islands Dependencies received a warm response. Among notable results, the unique imprint block of four of the South Georgia 1/2d. watermark sideways (lot 1380) realised £9,391, whilst a mint example of the South Orkneys 1d. with watermark inverted (lot 1381), one of three known examples, rose to £3,492. Antarctica saw some strongly competitive bidding and high prices. A postcard of the ship Frijthiof sent by Olof Gylden, leader of the 1903 Swedish Relief Mission (lot 1433) rose to £7,465 whilst one of the Scotia sent in 1904 from the South Orkneys by Robert Rudmose-Brown, botanist to the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition (lot 1464) climbed to £6,261. THE JOHN DAHL COLLECTION OF THE REVENUES OF PORTUGAL & COLONIES received a disappointing response, suggesting that the market is not yet ready for an offering of revenues presented in such detail and depth. Top continued on page 15 Stamp News - 11

Cinderella Corner

The June column did not happen for some reason, I sent it off before I left for the Australia 2013 exhibition, but it must still be floating around out there in the ether somewhere as I found a message asking for it when I returned from Melbourne. I sent again it but it was too late for the June issue so what I wrote for the June issue has become July. The Australia 2013 exhibition was a huge show and a tremendous success from a philatelic point. Over 3400 frames of exhibits to peruse and only six days to do it. I certainly didn’t make it, but did manage to see the ones I considered most important to me. Being an FIP World exhibition there were no Cinderella exhibits on show in the competitive frames although I think there were some in the experimental Open class exhibits. The Revenue class was well represented but I will leave the comments on those exhibits in the hands of Dave Elsmore and his Revenue Review column. The Cinderella Stamp Club of Australasia held a joint meeting with the Cinderella Stamp Club based

in the United Kingdom with a good attendance of members. I presented a small display of some of the early private carrier stamps and there was plenty of discussion on subjects of mutual interest. I did manage to purchase a few Cinderellas at the show and they are included in this column. As I mentioned in the May column, I have been able to find time to try to set out the details of all stamps I have either seen on have had reported and using those lists provided by readers I can record the following details of the stamps; First Issue. Large block figures. (Fig. 1). 1/30 Girl with raised arms (10 points) 2/30 Grandfather kissing baby (10 points) 3/30 Boy on motor bike (20 points) 4/30 Children on beach (20 points) 5/30 Fisherman with stingray (20 points) 6/30 Child in water (20 points) 7/30 Girls in water at beach (20 points) 8/30 Man on motor bike with girl as pillion

Figs 1 & 2

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Advantage Australia

Tony Presgrave

passenger 9/30 Sheep feeding (20 points) 10/30 Three boys on roller blades 11/30 Two boys on beach (20 points) 12/30 Man in a car (20 points) 13/30 Children in playground (20 points) 14/30 Group of children (20 points) 15/30 Family on beach (20 points) 16/30 Boy in water 17/30 Girl surfer (20 points) 18/30 Four Aboriginal children (20 points) 19/30 Girl with calf (10 points) 20/30 Man holding a dog (10 points) 21/30 Man working on a sculpture (10 points) 22/30 Man and boy on beach (90 points) 23/30 Operating a harvester (5 points) 24/30 ? 25/30 Bricklayer (90 points) 26/30 Men in bush with 4WD (90 points) 27/30 Two smiling young girls building a chain (90 points) 28/30 Farmer holding a dog (90 points)

29/30 Two boys on roller skates (90 points) 30/30 Man with a box of mushrooms (90 points) Second Issue Large italic figures and not numbered. (Fig. 2). Toddler in pool (5 points) Smiling young couple (5 points) Child holding a basketball (10 points) Smiling middle aged couple (20 points) Fruiterer/greengrocer (20 points) Third Issue Pat Rafter Collection set. 0/30 Pat Rafter holding passbook in both hands. Two types (20 points) 0/30 Pat Rafter with arms aloft holding passbook in right hand (20 points) 0/30 As above but wording We can take on the world – and win (20 points) 1/30 Pat Rafter with arms aloft holding Advantage Australia passbook (2.5 points) 3/30 Cape Byron lighthouse - Nerada Tea (2.5 points)

Figs 3 & 4

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Cinderella Corner


I have had this flag cinderella, (fig. 3), in my collection for a number of years and it was not until I saw a part sheet of the flags of the states of the United States of America that I realised how close this South Australian flag was to the Hawaiian flag, (fig. 4). The origin of the South Australian one is uncertain but the makers of Zira and Nebo cigarettes in the early 20th century issued a ‘silk’ with this design on it. To my knowledge this flag design was never adopted by South Australia even back in the colonial days. The sheet from which the Hawaiian flag came has a printers imprint in the margin that tells me it was printed by H.E. Harris & Co. Boston and there is a date of 1975 as well.

Olympic Games

This label was sent to me by a reader who wanted more information about it. Apart from it probably being of either East or West German origin I don’t know anything more about it. Possibly a catalogue of Olympic Games stamps might help, but that is not something that I have in my library. Can any reader who specialises in this subject throw some light on

the stamp.

US Postal Savings Stamp

Another little item I had not seen before, (fig. 6). Scott did list the first issue and illustrated them, but after that there were no further listings. After a bit of searching I found a reference to them in the book “US Mail, The Story of the US Postal Service” by AE Summerfield. The Postal Savings system was put into effect on 1 January 1911, but as with Scott, this book did not go into detail about any later issues of the stamps. I suspect that this particular issue dates from around the late World War II era judging by the inscription “America on Guard” on the stamp. The Federation of British Industries. (FBI), yes they even had an FBI in the UK but not in the same business as the American one. A propaganda cum advertising label, (fig. 7), urging support for British Trade. The label was printed by Bradbury Wilkinson, London, but there is no date and as there is no sign of rouletting or perforation the labels were probably produced singly.

Figs 5, 6 & 7

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philatelic news Grosvenor achieves strong results! continued from page 11 price paid was for the font cover item, the 1861 De La Rue Experimental Postage essay in a sheetlet of nine printed in red (lot 2004) which sold for £1,806. A few of the Portuguese colonies bucked the overall trend, most notably, but not surprisingly, Macao. THE APOLLONIA COLLECTIONS OF NORTH BORNEO, LABUAN, BRUNEI & SARAWAK were well received, attracting enthusiastic bidding from around the world that filled the auctioneer’s book. Among the notable prices achieved, £10,836 was paid for the rare full strip of ten of the Brunei 1906 Labuan overprint 2c. on 8c. incorporating the surcharge double and “TWO CENTS” omitted errors (lot 3016). The attractive inverted frame variety on the Labuan 1901 postage due 8c. cancelled-to-order (lot 3119) rose to £4,212 and a set of five imperforate proofs of the North Borneo 1939 postage dues in their issued colours (lot 3310) rose to £4,680. Prices quoted include buyer’s premium and taxes. Full listings of prices realised at these auctions may be downloaded from the Grosvenor website www.grosvenorauctions. com. Please contact Andrew Williams at Grosvenor for further information. Rare full strip of ten of the Brunei 1906 Labuan overprint 2c. on 8c. incorporating the surcharge double and “TWO CENTS” omitted errors (lot 3016)

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Fourth National Scout Jamboree 1966 Trentham, a suburb of Lower Hutt, near Wellington, has a racecourse (pictured) which has been used as an army base and a prisoner-of-war camp during wartime. In 1966 it was the site of the fourth National Scout Jamboree. Following the formation of the Boy Scouts in Britain in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, troops were formed in various parts of New Zealand from 1908. A national administration developed which was loosely affiliated to the British organisation. This affiliation was formalised in 1923 and the New Zealand movement became a branch of the British organisation. The first National Jamboree was held in Dunedin in 1925-26. The slogan of the Jamboree was Progress and the logo was a modification of the traditional fleur-de-lis arrowhead emblem of the scouts to make it resemble a stylised space rocket. The race into space was a

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Graeme Morriss

Facing page: Top Fig 1; Bottom Fig 4 This page: Left Fig 2; Above Fig 3 Below: Trentham Racecourse

major focus of public attention in the 1960s and the main motivator of technological development. The stamp was designed by the Public Relations Division of the Post Office. It showed the jamboree logo on a pattern of diamonds with the words “Progress Jamboree Scouts 1966” around the margin. It was photogravure printed by Harrison & Sons in two colours – dark green and old gold. The

stamps were printed in sheets of 120 (6 rows of 20) on chalk-surfaced paper with the watermark ‘NZ & star’. The comb perforation gauged 14 x 14½. The cylinder numbers 1A 1A in the bottom margin and ‘traffic lights’ in the side margin were both at the lower right corner. The sheet value £2.0.0 was in the top right margin and the sheet number in the central bottom margin (figures 1 to 3). The temporary post office at the Jamboree used a pictorial canceller for the first day of issue, 5th January (figure 4) and a plain canceller after that. The stamp was withdrawn from general sale on 28th February but available by mail-order until 31st October. References: Catalogue of New Zealand Stamps, Auckland, Campbell Paterson, 1952 –. The Postage Stamps of New Zealand, vol. 6, Wellington, RPSNZ, 1975. Graeme can be contacted through his website, www. . Stamp News - 17

Exercise some common cents! First time ever offered, newly arrived off paper mix from overseas, at from just ONE CENT PER STAMP! Lowest price we have ever offered for this type of mixture. This is an all world mix, 99% postally used material from the 19th century up to quite recent; quite mind boggling at this price, and with minimal duplication. Pick the best for your own collection and trade the rest at 5c to 50c or even more per stamp! We simply weigh it out into unsorted lots. This is not all small definitives or “head” stamps - a good proportion will be large pictorial, commemoratives and thematics. With about 15-16,000 stamps to the kg, and at 1 cent per stamp you just cannot go wrong, especially as we offer a 14 day money back guarantee if this lot is not as described. OK here goes! Send in today, do not delay supplies necessarily limited, this mix is full of the “F” Factor. Tell us how many of the letter F you in the following paragraph you find and we will send you a special free gift if you are correct! Fun and frivolity for all with many fantastic finds to be found. Be sure to fone or fax us with details of fine finds that you find; failing that focus on finding fakes or forgeries if any that may be in this lot, anything is possible! This is an all world lot, though you may request Australia only if you prefer, this option will necessarily contain more duplication.

F1) 150 grams, or approx 2500 stamps $31 plus $5 postage F2) 300 grams, or approx 5000 stamps $59 plus $10 postage F3) 600 grams, or approx 10,000 stamps $115 plus $15 postage F4) 1200 grams, or approx 20,000 stamps $219 plus $20 postage F5) 3 kilograms, or approx 50,000 stamps $525 Postage FREE F6) 6 kilograms, or approx 100,000 stamps $999 Postage FREE Registration and insurance included in all prices for this offer. Do not forget our guarantee, full refund if returned within full days if you find that these lots are misdescribed. Super special, order 1 lot of Australia and 1 of World and get an additional 10% discount.

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Vociferous Plover

It would be interesting to know the most popular topic for the world’s thematic collectors. It is my guess that birds would occupy a very high position on such a list. Bird watching is quite popular and in my country (Sweden) many people feed their feathered friends during the harsh winter months. The arrival of the first cranes marks the beginning of spring in Northern Europe and the event frequently receives TV news coverage. I suppose birds are equally popular in the South American nation of Uruguay. Its unofficial national bird is the Chilian Lapwing or vanellus chilensis lampronotus in Latin. This bird is frequently found in Argentina and Uruguay. It is also the topic of this story. The lapwing can be found near rivers and lakes and in wetlands generally. The bird also seems to prefer cattle breeding areas. It is particularly wellknown as being extremely vociferous in addition to

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being quite aggressive. Many ranchers appreciate these two qualities as the lapwing warns against approaching dangers. Beginning in 1923, Uruguay issued a large number of definitive stamps depicting the ubiquitous lapwing. Over the next several years there were 22 denominations ranging from 5 milésimos to 5 pesos. The design is basically the same for all these stamps. The number of stamps doesn’t sound too impressive but it is only the tip of the iceberg. The very first set comprised 12 denominations and it was released on 25 June 1923. The stamps were printed by Barreiro y Ramos in Montevideo but this is not evident from the stamps themselves. Only 5000 copies were printed of the 5-peso top value. These stamps have a watermark in the form of a caduceus. Obviously Uruguayan letter writers liked the

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lapwing stamps as there was a new printing in 1924. The 14 stamps were issued on 26 July. The stamps are slightly smaller in size than those produced the year before and the name of the printers – A. Barreiro y Ramos – can be found in the lower margin. By this time they had run out of watermarked paper. The stamps are perforated 11½. The 2 céntimos, 36c and 50c values also exist perforated 12½. Only 2500 copies were issued of the 2-peso high value. In spite of the tiny printing, the stamp’s catalogue value still bears no relation to its scarcity. In 1925, the Imprenta Nacional was contracted to print the lapwing stamps. During 1925 and 1926 there were six stamps where the printing company’s complete name was placed centrally in the lower margin. All denominations are known perforated 11x11½ or 10½. The latter is somewhat scarcer.

During the 1926-1927 period, there were eight additional stamps in a slightly different version. This time the name of printers is given as Imp. Nacional but it retains its central position in the lower margin. Once again there were perforation varieties. On 4 May 1927, there were six additional stamps and once again the design had been changed somewhat. This time the name of the printers had been moved to the right in the lower margin. Of most values there are two different perforation gauges of which the 11½ is less common. As can be seen in the illustration nearby there were also other types of perforation varieties. The lapwing ruled on Uruguayan letters for most of the 1920s. In 1928, the Uruguayan Post Office apparently felt that a new design was needed and freedom fighter José Artigas replaced the boisterous bird on the nation’s definitive postage stamps.

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Vociferous Plover However, this is not by far the complete story. In 1928, a new railway line between San Carlos and Rocha was inaugurated. To mark this important event, the remainders of the 1924 12c stamp was suitably overprinted with commemorative wording and four new denominations. From 1924 until 1927 there were 17 different lapwing stamps overprinted with the word Oficial to be used as official service stamps. The 2-peso stamp of 1924 had a printing of only 1.998 stamps. Current catalogue valuations do not reflect the scarcity of this stamp. During the 1920s, Uruguay released special stamps in connection with the handling of newspapers. Basically they were ordinary postage stamps which had the word Prensa (or press in English) added by overprinting. In 1926, three newspaper stamps were thus produced using the lapwing design. The stamps were released

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imperforate and two of the values exist with double overprint. What from the onset looked like a very straightforward (albeit very long) stamp set turned out to be quite complicated. I have collected the Uruguayan lapwing stamps for many years but still lack many varieties. The margins of the stamps are frequently quite close. Also most stamps are off centre. Thus it is sometimes rather difficult to spot the name of the printers which is the easiest way of identifying the different printings. Most of the lapwing stamps are still remarkably inexpensive although some of the values are really difficult to locate. Unfortunately, Uruguay’s more modern stamp issues are not particularly popular among worldwide collectors. However, many of the country’s exciting stamp issues certainly deserve much more attention than what is the case today.

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ary Brown, newly appointed as the oficial Grosvenor representative for Australia, is your irst point of contact for clients wishing to take advantage of the strong global market based in London. Gary is a well known face in Australian philately, an International Oficer of the Australian Philatelic Federation and incoming President of the Royal Philatelic Society Victoria. He is an international judge and exhibitor, winner of the Grand Prix d’Honneur at Sharjah 2012.

For further advice and information please contact Gary at PO Box 106 Briar Hill Vic 3088

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Best Sellers July 2013 This is a list of our best selling items over the past 12 months, if you have not already tried these, then now is the time, because we are offering a 10% discount with all purchases over $100 this month on the items in THIS only. Previous list still current to end of July 2013.

Australia KGV Heads, all off paper a new lot just arrived, appears unsorted with plenty of 1d Reds, values to 5d. Check out the postmarks, watermarks, shades and varieties here!

Worldwide Unpicked Mixture Just Arrived!

KGV5) 500 mixed $255.00

This is just a massive lot, near 450kg, all unpicked mostly on close-clipped single paper, and with everything and anything from pre World War to very recent in here.

KGV6) 1000 mixed $495.00

Heaven knows how, where or why this was accumulated, but now it is sitting in our office, and we need the space! Many better and higher values seen with values to FIVE POUNDS or equivalent. We reckon there would be around 4000 stamps to the kilogram, and 3 cents a stamp seems like a fair price for the amazing variety you are going to get here. Many better countries noted too, just in a random handful we found: Guernsey, Maldives, France, Ghana, Canada, Botswana, Malta, Ireland, Norway, Great Britain, St. Vincent, Germany, Switzerland, Madagascar, Cyprus, Denmark, San Marino, Monaco, Korea, Bermuda, USA, Finland. Luxembourg, Isle of Man, Greece, Jersey, New Zealand, Italy, Austria, the list just goes on! Very little from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh it seems, you never know what is going to pop up in this mix! Ok so you really do owe it to yourself to take a look at this lot, and to make it easy we have broken it down into 4 different size parcels: MW1) 5 kilos, or about 20,000 stamps $595 MW2) 3 kilos, or about 12,000 stamps $359 MW3) 1 kilo, or about 4000 stamps $129 MW4) 500grams or about 2000 stamps $69

KGV1) 100 mixed $57.50 KGV2) 200 mixed $109.00 KGV3) 300 mixed $155.00

MSV7) Attention Steam Enthusiasts! Here is a collection of Train and Railway Postcards, mostly from the UK, but some Australia and other parts of the World. This is from a vast collection of around 1000 all different cards that would be priced at $20,000 if offered intact. Here is your chance to get your share, including many close up real photographic locomotive shots in superb quality! A lot of these cards date from pre-1920 but the condition is 1st class, the majority worth between $15 to $35 each if sold individually. Satisfaction guaranteed, we are sure once you see a sample you will want to return for more! 90 years of history here! Sample selection of 5 cards $99, 10 cards $189, 20 cards $349, 50 cards $849. 15AC) $2 a year gets you most of the past 20 years Australian Commemorative Stamps! This superb on paper close clipped mixture runs from about 1990 to right up to 2010, with maybe a few earlier. It is very wide ranging, and must include almost all the letter rate commems. issued during that period both sheet stamps and peel and stick! For $2 a year or around 1.5c per stamp you can fill a lot of those gaps! Also ideal for re-sellers, eBayers etc. Roughly 2000 stamps for $30! Big lot of 5000 for $69. Mammoth Clearance of Australia 1995 – 2010 Fine Used - Under 10% face value! Major stock reduction programme means we must clear a huge quantity of recent Australia. The array is vast, with many, many top values, internationals and se-tenants including strips and minisheets. All issued roughly in the past 15 years or so.

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Best Sellers July 2013 You will find values to $2.45 in the top value commemoratives plus International stamps all thrown into the mix.

Regular buyers of this mixture can get the new issues within a few months of their emission at a mere fraction of dealer resale price!

Each lot contains about $1000 in face value, and all stamps are neat corner cancelled cto quality!

Clearly with approx. 125,000 stamps arriving every month we need to move it quickly as it does take up a fair bit of space.

Plus we will throw in FREE of CHARGE to every lot a 1970 Cook Minisheet worth $15, and a pair of 1999 Navigators Imperf Minisheets worth $10. Also a recent PNC value $25 So as you can see the added extras are worth roughly half of the price of the entire lot! THESE LOTS ARE IDEAL FOR PART-TIME DEALERS, EBAY TRADERS, CLUB SHEETS ETC. AN EASY PROFIT TO BE MADE FOR THOSE WHO ARE SWITCHED ON! TAKE WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR OWN NEEDS AND SELL OR TRADE THE REST!

We have broken it down into lots of about 5000 stamps, ensuring that each lot is representative of the entire lot. As always, our 14 day satisfaction guarantee applies if not found as described. BN1) 5000 approx for $49, plus $10 postage BN2) 10,000 approx for $89 plus $12 postage BN3) 15,000 approx for $129 plus $15 postage

As usual every lot comes with our 14 day money back guarantee if not as described!

BN4) 20,000 approx for $159 POST FREE

MCA1) $1000 face value for $99, plus postage $5

They Just Do Not Make These Anymore!

MCA2) $2000 face value for $189, plus $10 postage

Ever tried going into a stamp shop and asking for a packet of old stamps, 50 up to 150 years old, for around only 5c per stamp?

BN5) Huge lot of 50,000 approx for $349 POST FREE

MCA3) $3000 face value for $269, POST FREE MCA4) $5000 face value for $429, POST FREE

You would most likely either get laughed at I reckon! At best you would probably be called a dreamer.

Mission Impossible? No Anything Is Possible In This Fabulous Mixture. KEEP YOUR COLLECTION UP TO DATE WITH OUR TOTALLY UNPICKED AUSTRALIA MISSION MIX FOR LESS THAN 1 CENT PER STAMP! This is the bees knees of mission mix, totally as supplied by leading church group. It is pretty well right up to date and includes high value commemoratives, high value definitives, regular commemorative and definitive issues, international stamps, a territories such as Cocos, Christmas and AAT, plus a bit of foreign and some earlier. Even those naughty stamps which escaped franking! It’s all on single close clipped paper, with even some already off paper. Take what you want for your own collection, and sell/ trade the rest, or even donate it back to a charity!

Well here you have it, we have just obtained an amazing lot of Worldwide old stamps mostly 50 plus years old, with some going back to the 1840s! All are off paper, unchecked as far as we can tell for watermarks, perforations, varieties or postmark. Most are postally used, with the odd mint. Also a few blocks of 4 here and there. As with any mixture there is bound to be duplication, but at this price‌.? Nothing we can see much later than 1963, and with a good deal pre World War II, and a nice smattering of Queen Victoria , Edward VII and KGV period. Now the vast majority of this comprises British Empire and Great Britain with some Australia, New Zealand and Australian States but there is also some foreign to be found with a wide range of countries albeit in smallish quantities.

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Best Sellers July 2013 Buy now in the satisfaction that can return within 14 days for full refund. TJ1) About 1000 stamps for $69 TJ2) About 2500 stamps for $159 TJ3) About 5000 stamps for $299 TJ4) About 9,000 stamps for $449 If you prefer British Empire, Australia and States, or Great Britain only, this can be done, just ask, we have a few bags of each. We challenge you to buy the following stamps elsewhere at TWO cents each! Great Britain 1840 1d Black , Catalogue value $525 Great Britain 1841 2d Blue, Catalogue value $125 Australia 1931 5/- Sydney Harbour bridge Catalogue value $300 Australia 1931 10/-, One Pound and Two Pound Roos Specimen Ovpts. Cat. Value $135 I guarantee you will get all of these stamps for the same low price of 2 cents each plus other better Great Britain, Australia and British Commonwealth with a total catalogue value exceeding $2000 when you buy my Gigantic Clearance Parcel! We have never offered better value, these parcels each contain upwards of 100,000 stamps all off paper, for the same low price of around 2 cents each! There obviously will be duplication, but imagine the trading/re-selling opportunities for profit, and remember no stamps on paper, yours to sort, not soak! PART ONE: High value Great Britain, Australia and British Commonwealth Stamps both mint and used to the catalogue value of your entire parcel, the biggest parcel will contain all of the above mentioned items. PART TWO: A genuine clearance parcel of unpicked Worldwide Stamps, mainly postally used, but some cto and some mint, 90,000 or thereabouts!

PART THREE: An amazing lot of Cinderellas, Reprints, Bogus/Illegal Stamps and Revenues, some dating back to the 1800s’ and including scarce NEW SOUTH WALES imperforate Laureates Issues, the originals of which are worth $1000’s in Mint condition…these are DANGEROUS reprints for the unwary of the key 6d Brown and 8d Yellow values, printed illegally from the original plates by an unscrupulous worker at the printers. 5000 Stamps here in total. PART FOUR: Really stunning lot of Thematics, mint and used, including some nice British Commonwealth mini-sheets, some complete sheets, others in all different packets, including Royalty, Space, Transport, Trains, Olympics, Animals, Birds, Fish, WWF issues, etc, etc. Another 5000 stamps here. The above lots are not to be broken into individual components, but we can offer smaller sized lots for whom 100,000 stamps would be overwhelming at this time. Order with confidence, 14 day refund guarantee if returned as received. IC1) Gigantic lot of 100,000 stamps as outlined above $1995 IC2) Half sized lot of 50,000 stamps $1000 IC3) Quarter sized lot of 25,000 stamps $550 IC4) Trial lot of approx 10,000 stamps for $249 There are many more offers in our previous list, most are still available. If you still do not see what you want please ask! We stock a wide range of accessories, catalogues, stockbooks and albums, plus full ranges of the following countries mint unhinged: Australia, AAT, Cocos, Christmas, Norfolk, Pitcairn, Papua New Guinea.

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Harmers Of London

39 Kalman Drive, Boronia, Vic, 3155 Tel (03) 9729 0082 Fax (03) 9758 7506 Next sale: see website for details

2 Loddon Park Farm, New Bath Road, Twyford, Berkshire, RG10 9RY Tel: 0011 44 208 747 6100 Fax: 0011 44 208 996 0649 Next sale: see website for details

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John Mowbray International

PO Box 2076, Ellenbrook, WA, 6069 Tel (08) 9297 3040 Forthcoming sales: see website for details

Private Bag 63000, Wellington 6140, New Zealand Tel: 0011 64 6 364 8252 Fax: 0011 64 6 364 8270 Next sale: see website for details

Auction house Christoph G채rtner

Millennium Philatelic Auctions

74321 Bietigheim-bissingen, Germany Tel 0011 49 7142 789 400 Fax 0011 49 7142 789 410 Forthcoming sales: 14-18 October 2013

Suite 25, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007 Tel: (02) 9281 4797 Fax: (02) 9281 4677 Next sale: see website for details


Velvet Collectables Group (formerly Mowbrays Australia)

5 Mosley Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1YE, UK Tel: 0011 44 191 232 7268 Fax: 0011 44 191 261 4130 Next sale: see website for details

Craig Chappell PO Box 521, Clayfield, Qld. 4011 Tel: (07) 3262 8810 Fax:(07) 3262 8816 Please contact for details of forthcoming sales.

Cygnet Philatelics 8 Clevedon Way, Karringyup, WA 6018 Tel: (08) 9325 4542 Next sale: see ad for detail

Suite 401, Level 4, 64-76 Kippax Street Surry Hills NSW 2100 Tel: (02) 9280 0086 Fax: (02) 9281 4053 Next sale: see website for details

Robin Linke Stamp Dealer 181 Jersey Street, Wembley, 6014, Western Australia Tel (08) 9387 5327 Fax (08) 9387 1646 Next sale: See website for details

Spink Tel: 0011 44 20 7563 4000 Fax: 0011 44 20 7563 4066 Next sale: 10, 17, 25 Jul 2013 (UK)

Stamps in the News - Globally! British postage haul, a turkey

Reported at Turkish police have seized four million fake British postage stamps and arrested 11 people in connection with the forgery operation on the European side of Istanbul. The suspected forgers, accused of printing the stamps and shipping them to Britain, were caught in 10 simultaneous raids across the city, which straddles Europe and Asia, police said on Monday. Nine of those detained were sent to court accused of forming a criminal gang to commit forgery.

Dublin is a culturally rich city closely identified with writing and writers, such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and James Joyce. Four Nobel Prizes for Literature have been awarded to writers associated with Dublin. In 2010 Dublin was designated a UNESCO City of Literature and this May a 60c stamp was commissioned to celebrate this designation. Designed by the Stone Twins, two Amsterdambased Irish designers, the bright yellow rectangle includes all 224 words of Dublin teenager, Eoin Moore’s short story which strives to capture the “essence” Dublin.

My Stamp – the positive

Turkey has one of the world’s largest markets for fake goods, such as handbags and clothing, and there are frequent reports of police targeting currency forgers.

Story on a stamp

Reported at An Post have recently issued a stamp to commemorate Dublin UNESCO City of World Literature.

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Reported at At a time when the internet is fast replacing snail mail, India Post has come up with a way to bring back the love of letter writing. Its scheme called My Stamp converts personal photographs into legally valid stamps. In the 20 days since its launch in Chennai, the philatelic bureau has received 80,000 requests from across the state. People can now choose thematic postal stamp sheets and personalise them with their own photograph. There is no public issue of these stamps, valued at Rs.5. All a person has to do is fill a form and get photographed/deposit a photo at the philatelic bureau at Anna Road head post office. To avoid misuse, the customer has to appear in

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person and present a request for the stamp along with proof of identity. Heritage buildings, tourist spots and wildlife, too, can feature on the stamp but not businesses. One subscriber is Ashok Anchalia, a lawyer, who commented “Post offices do not issue stamps to any Tom, Dick and Harry. You need to be a person with 125 years of distinctive existence to get your images printed on a stamp, which is impossible for a person like me. I feel personalised stamps are a privilege.”

My Stamp – the negative

Reported at Belgium’s postal service has complained to Azerbaijan’s embassy after reports in the Azerbaijani media suggested the company had issued an official stamp to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of late President Heydar Aliyev. The 0.90 euro stamp was launched earlier this month in a step that Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, said would “help immortalize Heydar Aliyev on the European level.” An English-language report in the Azerbaijan State Telegraph Agency on May 12 carried the

headline “Belgian post office launches stamp to mark 90th anniversary of Azerbaijani national leader Heydar Aliyev.” But a representative of Belgium’s postal service (bpost) clarified that the stamp is not an official bpost stamp. Instead, he said it was issued under a service the company offers called “My Stamp,” which allows customers to commission personalized stamps for a specific event, such as a wedding. The feature usually entails people sending in pictures of themselves or relatives, which bpost then makes into a limited number of stamps to be used for private purposes. A spokesman said bpost has contacted the Azerbaijani Embassy in Belgium to complain that the Aliyev stamp has been presented as an official stamp. The Azerbaijani Embassy as well as the country’s NATO mission in Brussels and various Azerbaijani diaspora organizations held a ceremony to celebrate the issuing of the stamp of the controversial leader earlier in May. The bpost representative also noted that the company vets images proposed for “My Stamp” to weed out those that “go against public order” -- for example, by showing nudity or well-known tyrants such as Adolf Hitler or Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. He said the company would continue to make as many background checks as possible in the future.

Museum sells spare stamps at Sothebys

Reported at Further to Sotheby’s announcement last month of a sale of stamps from The British Postal Museum & Archive in London in July 2013, it is now possible to unveil the contents of the sale. The auction will comprise material duplicate to the archive collection, with proceeds to benefit the new home of the Museum scheduled to open in early 2016. In the July sale, collectors will have a choice of selected issues from the reigns of King George V (Seahorse issues), King Edward VIII and King George VI (definitive issues). The auction comprises 191 lots and is estimated to bring in excess of £5 million. Commenting on the collection of stamps to be Stamp News - 29

Stamps in the News - Globally! offered, Richard Ashton, Sotheby’s Worldwide Philatelic Consultant, said: “This selection of material from the Museum includes numerous items that are of the utmost rarity. Many are the only examples of their kind ever to come on to the market.” Adrian Steel, Director of the BPMA, said: “Since we first announced our project to open a new first class home for Britain’s postal heritage in London last year we have received widespread support, and following last month’s announcement of this sale it has been great to receive encouragement from those who want to play their part in our fundraising campaign by participating in the auction.” KING GEORGE V – The “Seahorse” Issues, 1915 to 1934 (Lots 1-12) The “Seahorse” Issues, 1915 to 1934 are considered to be the finest stamps ever produced by Great Britain. The balance of design and the superb printing techniques employed converged to produce a series that is immensely popular with collectors. Designed by Bertram Mackennal with lettering by George W. Eve, the master die was engraved by J.A.C. Harrison. The “Seahorse” high face value stamps were in use for twenty-six years and involved four contractors. Variations in the paper, a plethora of shades and many different printing plates shaped their development during this time. The printers devoted much attention to the printing plates and this resulted in a host of re-entries, which are highly prized. With the Seahorse Issues, it is possible to form a simplified ‘one-of-each’ collection of each issue. Other collectors might like to concentrate on the pursuit of the beautiful range of shades within each

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issue, while yet others are beguiled by the challenges posed by the technical complexities. Proofs of the “Seahorse” stamps have always been sought-after by collectors. Relatively few have survived and these range from progressive Die Proofs through to Colour Trials, each in their own way exquisite in design and execution. Why some were rejected in favour of others can be difficult to fathom when faced with such exceptional material. Registration sheets and part-sheets: Lot 4 is a complete sheet of the 1923 Bradbury Wilkinson 10 shillings printed on ‘Joynson’ paper. Estimated at £100,000-120,000, it is extremely rare since no other examples exist on the philatelic market. Lots 7-12 comprise the 1934 Re-engraved issue sheets, printed by Waterlow & Sons. They are available in single sets, pairs and blocks of four, plus the Registration blocks of 24. Estimates range from £5,000-6,000 each for sets of 3 marginal singles from the right of the sheet (lot 7); £10,000-12,000 for a set of 3 vertical pairs; £20,000-24,000 each for sets of 3 in blocks of 4 from the upper left corner of the sheet; and £130,000-160,000 for the set of 3 in unique Registration blocks of 24. KING EDWARD VIII – Definitive Issues (Lots 13-40) King Edward VIII ascended the throne on 20th January 1936. A few days later, the Post Office took the first steps in preparing designs for the postage stamps of the new reign. The designer of the iconic issue has been acknowledged as Hubert John Brown and a very poignant story regarding the design emerged in the years that followed. H.J. Brown recalled how, when sitting an examination at the age of eighteen in 1936, his thoughts strayed and he

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began to wonder what sort of stamps there should be for the new reign. He sketched a rough design and submitted it to the Postmaster General. A letter of acknowledgement was received by return with the comment: “I should perhaps mention, however, that the design is usually chosen from the competitive designs of distinguished artists.” The King rejected all the designs for the stamps save one which was, in fact, the design submitted by Mr Brown. Though certain adjustments were made, the issued stamp was essentially the work of Hubert Brown. The establishment was thrown into crisis with the King’s abdication and only following extensive publicity in the press was a begrudging acknowledgment prised from the Post Office confirming the identity of the young designer of the new stamps. Sotheby’s met with Hubert Brown in 1998 and his original sketches and archive were offered by the company in July 1999. Mr Brown passed away in December 1998 and is fondly regarded as a man who broke the staid mould of British stamp design. Four values in the design were issued and Sotheby’s sale includes a single set, sets in pairs and blocks of four, and a set in blocks of six which have the printing Cylinder number. The star lot in this section is a set of four Registration blocks of 48, estimated at £100,000-120,000 (lot 18). KING GEORGE VI – The King George VI Issues, 1937 to 1947 (Lots 41-191) The first issue of King George VI’s reign comprises stamps from 1937 to 1947, known as the ‘Dark Colours’. This description has its origins in the superior German ink used in their production. They were issued as a series of 17 values, from a half-penny to one shilling and covered all the basic postage rates. The offering follows the practice of a set in singles, pairs, and blocks of four, Cylinder blocks and the sensational Registration blocks. Estimated at £400,000-500,000 – the highest value item in the sale – this unique set of 17 horizontal blocks, spanning the sheets, comprises blocks of 48, 36 and 24 stamps in different values (lot 47). The 1939 to 1948 ‘High Value’ series (lots 8286, lot 85) were first issued concurrently with the ‘dark colours’ low face value series and again used German ink for the first issue. They were printed in a smaller sheet. The auction will offer for sale larger multiples, including the Registration blocks

which come to auction with an estimate of £250,000300,000 (lot 86). The wartime issue of 1941 to 1942, a short set of six values, are known as the ‘Light Colours’. The stamps were printed in the same basic colour, but were much lighter, both because of a wartime economy measure – to save both wear on the printing cylinders and ink consumption – and the inferior quality of the inks. The designers of the stamps were Edmund Dulac (the King’s Head) and Eric Gill (the Frames) in the ½d to 3d values. Estimates range from £3,000-4,000 for a set of 6 marginal singles (lot 87) to £85,000-100,000 for a unique set of 6 horizontal Registration blocks (lot 94). For more information see mo9bbvk

Ads on Stamps to Save US Post Office ?

Reported at A number of US shock jocks have recently revived the idea of selling ad space on stamps. Phil Margo, co-host of the Its Time to Stop the BS Radio Show put it this way, “with the post office haemorrhaging money, it might be time to have a Coca Cola Stamp, a McDonalds Big Mac Stamp or an Apple Ipad Stamp. The possibilities are endless as companies seeking to increase their exposure might be able to take advantage of such a program”. Another, Stan Weisleder, says “why not, we have advertising everywhere in our lives 24 hours a day, wherever we turn someone is shoving some form of advertising in our face. So let’s do this and hopefully

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Stamps in the News - Globally! help the post office, keep rates down and maybe improve service.” Proponents of the proposal suggest retaining commemorative stamps with sponsorship, for example, a subtle logo (IBM, Verizon) on the bottom corner of the stamp. The stamps would be done with the proper artistic and historical guidelines and the costs should be geared to a percentage of a given company’s advertising budget so as to allow access to all. This concept, however, is unlikely to be adopted by the USPS. It was first submitted to the Post Office back in 1994 through Congressman Henry Waxman. It was then approved by the Oversight committee and was eventually thwarted by the then Postmaster General, Marvin Runyon because it would fail to “maintain the dignity and tradition of the United States postage stamp.” It was sent to Congressman Waxman again in 2012 and received the same response from a USPTO Government Relations Representative.

Stamps to the rescue

Quake relief donations made through China Post totalled 4.77 million yuan, with the donations going to the Red Cross Society of China. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Lushan County on April 20, leaving 196 dead, 21 missing and 13,484 injured.

Ducks redux

Reported at In Stamp News last month I reported the story of the 6-year-old winner of the 2013 US Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition having been disqualified. This month I can report her reinstatement: In April, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that a painting of a canvasback duck by Madison Grimm of Burbank had won the national contest, and would appear on the 2013-14 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The next week, it was announced Grimm had been disqualified because she copied her painting from a photograph. Then, on May 2, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restored Grimm’s win.

Reported at China Post have issued an earthquake relief stamp, with proceeds from sales of the stamp going to Lushan County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Some 10 million stamps have been produced and will be sold for 1.2 yuan (0.19 U.S. dollars) each, the group said. The group has also donated 6 million yuan to the quake victims.

“The Service’s decision to reinstate Grimm’s work was made in recognition of the fact that it was judged the winner during a fair and open public contest,” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a statement. “The Service respects the decision of the contest judges, and apologizes for any distress this process may have caused the top-placing artists and their families, teachers and friends.” 32 - Stamp News

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As a result, Grimm’s painting will again be featured on a stamp and she will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are refusing to comment further on the debacle.

Gibbons in Singapore

Reported at Jersey based Stanley Gibbons has opened a new office in Singapore, just 18 months after establishing its first Asia office in Hong Kong. The company opened the office in response to the growing demand from wealthy investors in the region who are looking to diversify their portfolios. There is also a strong base of prestige collectors in the region and of the estimated 60 million stamp collectors worldwide, over two-thirds are based in Asia. A Gibbons spokesman said: ‘Our investor base in Asia is growing fast not just to mainstream options but also to fine wine, art and most recently, gold. At present, Asian-based investors account for 18 per cent of the value of our portfolios under management. In my travels to Singapore over the last two to three years, there has been a growing demand for Stanley Gibbons to establish a presence in the island. We have found a maturing investment climate and a growing awareness of the need to diversify into. For Asia, integrity, authenticity and expertise are

also fundamental to doing business there – and with a heritage business like Stanley Gibbons, that all comes in our DNA.” One of Stanley Gibbons’ customers in Singapore bought what was the most valuable British stamp in 2010, the King George V 6d “IR” Official, which, is currently valued at £400,000.

Stamps fire an ambition

Reported at One young man’s dream of becoming a Swiss Guard began with a postage stamp.

Michael Odermatt said when he was a small child, his godfather gave him a stamp depicting the ornately dressed papal soldier, “and I was fascinated by that image and wanted to know everything about the Swiss Guard.” The allure was kept alive when his older brother became a Swiss Guard and Odermatt was able to see -- during visits to Rome from his home in the northern Swiss canton of Aagau -- how a papal protector really lived. “I went so many times to Rome to visit him that I was quite sure I would enter, too,” he told Catholic News Service. The younger Odermatt’s determination came through May 6, when he was officially sworn in as a Swiss Guard with 34 other new recruits. Members of the Swiss Guard must be Swiss, Catholic and top-notch soldiers. Odermatt said they are first and foremost “security guards, bodyguards.” However, there is a spiritual side, too, because “you are protecting the spiritual leader of the Catholic church” and serving the church as well. Stamp News - 33

Stamps in the News - Globally! QEII gets mixed reviews

Reported at Royal Mail has released a set of six controversial portrait stamps marking the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation The Royal Mail, which also commissioned a painting of Prince William and Harry in 2009, specially commissioned the new portrait of the Queen. According to the BBC, Nicky Philipps finished the painting last year in Buckingham Palace. “The Queen’s image is one of the most recognizable in the world and we are delighted to bring this portrait, along with five other, together in a special stamp set to mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation,” said Royal Mail chief executive Moya Greene. The portrait, however, has recently received negative reviews by the British media. One critic described the queen as looking like a man with earrings. Nicky Philipps concedes that negative comments are part of the deal when you paint the most painted woman in the world. “You can’t please everyone and there’s a bit of ‘it’s appalling’, ‘it’s dreadful’ already – but I would like to invite those people to come and look at it in the flesh.” Philipps was speaking in front of an enormous and striking portrait of the Queen unveiled on Thursday and commissioned by the Royal Mail. It will feature on a first class stamp to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Or a small part of it will. While the Queen’s head is on the stamp, Philipps’ portrait is full length, showing her wearing Order of the Garter robes at 34 - Stamp News

Buckingham Palace with two corgis and two dorgis snapping at her feet. “It’s wonderful to be on the stamp and it’s an honour but it’s also disappointing when you know it’s a huge picture to have just one little bit highlighted,” said Philipps. Painting the Queen had long been an ambition, Philipps said. “It was a very high-pressure job but it was good fun. It is a big deal and you feel pressure to get it right. I don’t want to be unkind, I don’t want to over-flatter, I just want to get it right.” To join in the discussion see Stampboards thread:

Heroes on stamps: UK

Reported at Legendary footballer George Best features on a new set of stamps almost 50 years after he first pulled on a Manchester United jersey. The Royal Mail stamps celebrate 150 years of the Football Association (FA). Best was born in Belfast and signed for Manchester United at 17. His sister, Barbara McNarry, said he would have been very proud of the stamp and said it was “sad that he isn’t here to appreciate this accolade”. “I am sure fans, not just from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, but from around the world will enjoy and treasure this tribute.” All stamped mail posted to Belfast will also have a special George Best postmark. A Royal Mail spokesman said, “the UK has given the world some of the greatest sports and football is rightly celebrated as a national obsession.” “We feel there is no more fitting tribute to the game’s 150th anniversary than this collection of

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Heroes on stamps: USA

Reported at Johnny Cash will be featured on a new stamp by the United States Postal Service. The limited edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp will be released on June 5, 2013 at a public event in Nashville. Members of the Cash family will be on hand to commemorate the event. “It is an amazing blessing that my father Johnny Cash be honoured with the issue of this stamp,” said John Carter Cash in a statement. “Dad was a hard-working man, a man of dignity. As much as anything else, he was a proud American, always supporting his family, fans and country. I can think of no better way to pay due respect to his legacy than through the release of this stamp.” The stamp is based around a promotional shot for the 1963 album “Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash.” To Cash it looks like a 45 or 78 RPM record cover and is unlike the usual offerings — matching his father’s legacy. “It just truly embodies my father’s spirit, who he was,” Cash said. “It’s different. That’s one thing: It stands out to me as being unique. It’s very commanding when you see the stamp.”

Heroes on stamps: The Philippines

Reported at In honour of the late Secretary of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine Postal Corporation will issue commemorative stamps of Jesus “Jesse” Robredo. “The Jesse M. Robredo commemorative stamp is a fitting tribute to a humble leader, a dear friend

and a great public servant whose life and legacy shall be a source of inspiration and pride by every common Filipino,” Postmaster General Josefina M. Dela Cruz said. The stamp highlights Robredo’s signature photo, with a picture of the late President Manuel L. Quezon and the Quezon Service Cross, which was awarded to Secretary Jesse in recognition of his exemplary service to the nation. During his time as city mayor, Robredo was known to his law-adhering style of governance. He was able to get the people’s participation and stakeholdership in governance that made Naga City the premier city of the Bicol Region. Robredo along with three others died in a plane crash off Masbate coast in 2012.

Heroes on stamps: Jersey

Reported at Jersey Post has produced a series of stamps and collectables to celebrate the release of Man of Steel starring Jerseyman, Henry Cavill, in the lead role. The set is unique in many respects and is the first to be issued in Jersey to coincide with the release of a major new movie. Jersey Post’s Philatelic Bureau started work on the project almost two years ago, opening discussions with the Henry Cavill Management Team as soon as it was announced who would be taking the lead role in the movie. Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post said: ‘This is an incredibly exciting day for Jersey Post. We are renowned for producing innovative and highly collectible stamp issues that reflect important cultural and historic moments with relevance to Jersey.’ Henry Cavill is a former Head Boy at St Michael’s Preparatory School where he first trod the boards and was bitten by the acting bug. His father, Colin Cavill said: ‘Henry is very proud of his island roots and has been involved in the Stamp News - 35

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development of the stamps throughout. Jersey Post has gone to great lengths to provide such a beautiful and wonderfully creative set of treasures.’ The set of six stamps feature a number of innovative production techniques, developed by Cartor Security Printing in France. Each technique pays tribute to the Man of Steel’s super powers and are brought together for the first time in one issue. Gary Caroll, Business Development Director at Jersey Post said “these stamps reflect another proud moment in Jersey’s cultural heritage. Henry Cavill is not only a super hero, he is our local hero and we are delighted to mark his achievement in this way’.

Heroes on stamps: Australia

Reported at Rarely in Australian sport has a champion captured the collective imagination of the entire nation. Rarer still has that champion been a horse. Not since Phar Lap has an Australian thoroughbred dominated the international racing scene so uncompromisingly – and with such grace. Few of those who witnessed her first win at Flemington in 2009 could have known just how special she would be; the thousands who turned out four years later to say goodbye all longed to see her race just once more. Australia Post has released a commemorative domestic (60 cent) stamp to celebrate Black Caviar’s 25th consecutive win and retirement. “The nation has been inspired by the great Australian champion Black Caviar and we wanted to create a memorable stamp featuring one of 36 - Stamp News

Australia’s true racing champions for everyone to collect,” said Australia Post CEO, Ahmed Fahour. Black Caviar’s retirement was announced on April 17 following her unbeaten race career, which included a record-breaking

15 Australian Group 1 victories. In 2011 and 2012 she was voted Australian Champion Sprinter and Australian Horse of the Year and in 2013 was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. Her 25 consecutive wins constitute a world record for horses of the modern age competing at the elite level.

Introducing Australia’s stamp collectors….

Reported at On the eve of the Melbourne World Stamp Expo last month, Roy Morgan Research have released a report on the demographics of Australian stamp collectors—with surprising findings. Collecting stamps has broad appeal, with 1 in 50 Australians engaged in the hobby, and almost as many women as men. Research conducted over the last five years shows approximately 300,000 Australians aged 14+ list stamp-collecting as an activity they’ve done in the last three months. The hobby is almost gender neutral, with a 51/49 split between men and women. Over the five years, Victoria is the stampcollecting capital, with 2% of Victorians involved, with NSW, WA and Tasmania about average. Only 1.6% of South Australians and 1.3% of Queenslanders collected stamps.

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It’s a hobby that appeals to both the young and old—but less so those in the middle. 2.3% of the over-50s across Australia list the pastime (2.9% of over-65s and 1.8% of those 50-64), and 1.7% of the under-25s. However even people aged 25-49 are only 25% less likely than the national norm to participate, with 1.4% of 35-49 year-olds and 1.2% of 25-34-year-olds. A spokesman for Roy Morgan Research, says “it is interesting to note that stamp collecting attracts a variety of participants, men and women of all ages across the country. And the World Expo evenings look set to be anything but quiet: stamp collectors are 58% more likely than the average Australian to go to a rock or pop concert in an average three months, 34% more likely to go to nightclub and 31% more likely to go to BYO restaurant.” And speaking of the Melbourne World Stamp Expo in May, what a great event! A huge bouquet to the organising committee for their countless hours of work. I’m sure only those involved have any inkling of what it takes to put on a huge international event like this. I chatted with almost everyone who passed the Stampboards area at Collectors corner during the show and quite honestly didn’t hear one negative other than the queuing (which is after all, a measure of success in itself) and of course, complaints about sore feet. Everyone was knocked out by the venue, particularly the overseas visitors, most people were busy buying and eager to show off their purchases, people raving about the quantity and quality of the exhibits- even the weather got the thumbs up. There bottomless bowl ‘boost bars’ and free issues of ‘Stamp News’ at the Collectors Corner which has made us a very popular destination A heartfelt thanks to all members who helped

out at the Stampboards area showing the board to new prospective members and generally helping out with all sorts of queries. It was a great delight to meet so many Stamp News readers and Stampboards members and put faces to names. Best wishes, Margo Margo Campbell is a Librarian, and a founder and Moderator on Each month she assembles a global selection of quirky media snippets that relate to stamps and philately. Please contact her with any interesting news pieces you may see or read to -

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Collecting the KGV Penny Red Part 8 During the first few years of the life of the penny reds, printing was done on well-surfaced paper that is commonly referred to as smooth paper. As shortages began to bite during the War, less well-surfaced paper had to be used. This paper was originally produced for the printing of postal notes and arrived from England un-gummed, however, some of the supply was used for printing stamps and this paper is referred to as rough paper. Rough paper has a very uneven surface and shows a very patchy coverage of colour after printing when contrasted with smooth paper. This is especially evident in the areas of solid printing (Figure 1). The roughness is also evident from the back of the stamp, with the weave of the paper being quite evident. The final calendering process during the paper’s manufacture, which gives the paper its smooth finish, was apparently less rigorous, or even omitted. The rough paper batches entered the printing production line from about the middle of 1916 and was often used in tandem with the smooth paper. There is frequently some similarity between the smooth and rough paper shades printed at the same time, however, the different surfaces of each paper give quite different results and the finished products can often look quite different from each other. Shade Groups G60 & G61 The first shades to appear on rough paper were the

Figure 2. Top row: shade group G60 – on the left a normal example, on the right an over-inked example; bottom row: their corresponding long wavelength UV reactions.

closely related shade groups G60 (deep scarlet) and G61 (deep red). Both of these shades are very aniline and are closely related to the smooth paper shades G18 & G19 which are scarletred. These common shade groups first appeared in December 1916, though there is some evidence that the G60 shade does exist with late November 1916 cancels. Examples with late November 1916 cancels appear to be quite rare and may be date-slug errors. These shades are then encountered for most of the rest of 1917. Shade group G60 has a slight yellow component to the shade (Figure 2), whereas group G61 examples are a more pure red Figure 1. The appearance of rough paper, front and back. (Figure 3).

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Dr Scott Starling Most examples from these two groups have a deep colour, though some paler examples do exist. There are also some extreme examples that are so heavily inked that it is difficult at first glance to tell that they are even on rough paper, these deeply coloured examples are quite eye-catching and have great appeal to collectors, though they aren’t particularly rare. Most of the very deep examples are perforated OS, though some stamps without the OS perfin can be found. The UV reaction of groups G60 & G61 is a bright orange, with some examples appearing almost fluorescent. For the printing on rough paper, the blank sheets of paper weren’t pinned down during printing. This meant that when the inked plate was pressed on to the paper this could have sometimes occurred quite

Figure 4. An example on rough paper with misplaced watermark. close to one of the edges of the sheet rather than dead-centre. The crown watermark can therefore be found quite displaced on these early 1917 rough paper shades, almost always displaced vertically (Figure 4). This also gives rise to one of the rarest varieties in penny red collecting, stamps with no watermark. These are stamps from the top or bottom of the sheet that has been position so badly for printing that the outer stamps on one edge are in an area devoid of watermark. Not quite as rare, but as equally appealing are stamps with no trace of the crown watermark and only a portion of the border inscription watermark or the marginal line. The watermarked sheets have the inscription COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA POSTAGE in double lined capitals in each vertical margin and there is a continuous watermark line around the printed area.

Figure 3. Top row: shade group G61 – on the left a normal example, on the right an over-inked example; bottom row: their corresponding long wavelength UV reactions.

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Collecting the KGV Penny Red Part 8 stamps that qualify for the sub-group G62½ will be slightly harder to find. Shade Group G63 The final group we will cover this month is shade group G63 which is the palest of the ones we have dealt with so far. Stamps that can be assigned to this group are generally rose-red and there is also an aniline component in the ink, though the aniline element tends to be less evident than with groups G60, G61 & G62. The daylight shades are a dull red with an element of blue and tend not to be very attractive shades. They were first used around the middle of 1917 and continue to be found until the beginning of 1918 (Figure 6). The UV reactions are similar to Figure 5. Top row: left and middle stamps shade group G62, on the all of the preceding groups, orange to right shade G62½; bottom row: their corresponding long wavered-orange, just less intense. Though length UV reactions. the aniline element still means the reaction is reasonably bright. pale to deep and with varying amounts of aniline This shade is also the least common one we’ve bleed evident in the printing. dealt with so far, though still An important sub-shade by no means rare and collecof this group is the pinktors should have no trouble carmine or pinkish carmine finding examples. shade which is sometimes Next month we will conreferred to as G62½. It is tinue with the rough paper the bluest sub-shade of this shade and tackle some of the group and has a very evimuch rarer ones that start to dent pink cast to the colour pop up. (Figure 5). Any questions, comments The UV reactions tend to or problems, please e-mail be quite bright as with the me dr.starling@optusnet. preceding two groups, but . this time with more of red element to the reaction. Again, highly aniline examples can Figure 6. Top row: two have an almost fluorescent examples from shade group reaction. G63; bottom row: their corExamples from this group responding long wavelength are quite common, though UV reactions. 40 - Stamp News


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Title: Plating Papua Part 1 (The lithographs, S.G. 47 to 83) Author: Michael D Ryan 564 pages, Paperback, A4 Published by Pelagic Publications, Sydney RRP $110.00 It’s hard to know where to begin with this new handbook. I was tempted to simply type ‘Magnificent – buy it now!’ But that’s hardly a review now, is it? And it would by no means do justice to this superb book. Perhaps the best place to start is the scope of the work. It is a plating guide that covers all of the large and small Papua lithograph printings issued between 1907 and 1911. And when I say all, I mean all. Each of the thirty plate positions in the sheet for each denomination, in all of the printings, has it’s own page. Each of these pages includes a large, full colour illustration of the

stamp from that plate position, enlarged, illustrated and numbered call-outs for each identifiable flaw, and a list describing these flaws. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so a sample page is shown nearby. Michael also provides a helpful introduction with details about plating, nomenclature and how he has dealt with identifying the flaws that are to be found in the various leaves that are part of the design. There is also an introductory page for each denomination with information on watermark, perforation, where the stamp was printed etc, and details specific to that issue. An index is also provided. The pages are high quality, semi-gloss stock, enabling the images to truly jump from the pages. Have another look at the sample page. Now imagine this multiplied by 550+ and you’ll start to have an idea of what you are getting for your money. And talking of money, the $110 being asked for this book seems to be extremely good value to me (continued on p.45) Stamp News - 41

Revenue Review OZ13

A jolly good time had by all. I’m sure this month’s Stamp News is full of the show, so I will not add too much, other than to say the revenue exhibits were a treat to view. A shame my New South Wales revenues were the only Australian revenues to be shown. Still, congratulations to all entrants. I was happy to receive a Gold, and better still on the way home via N.T. I got to do the Uluru climb. I can now cross that one off my bucket list!

What a Mess

Figure 1 was sent to me as an item for sale! Apparently it was found on a suitcase in a garage sale in Victoria. I had to let the seller down gently as you can see it looks like multi use of the same suitcase with the stamps unable to be saved.

Last month I mentioned the poor describing by Prestige Philately re the Local issues listed in one of their auctions here: “In the same auction, other local carriers on offer were lots 35 [fig 9], 36 & 37 being listed from Victoria. This also is an error, as they are clearly from South Australia and are TRUE ‘Combe, Green & Co’ 1899 locals. Nothing to do with the business of McCulloch, they only traded as McCulloch, Combe, Green & Co. Of course the locals without the diagonal ‘company name’ are True McCulloch locals from the South Australian Office.” Unfortunately this was never corrected in their Internet catalogue, so it looks like they will remain incorrectly listed on the Prestige Philately web site

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Dave Elsmore for eternity! A shame these describers try to rewrite the catalogue without any care or consideration for collectors, especially when they appear to have not read my catalogue, but instead have chosen to just look at it, after all it’s not rocket science, it’s FREE!!

perfs before, and being a blk of 4 made it extremely nice and collectable. The only problem was, the start price of $5000.00. Ouch! Figure 6 also turned up in auction. These 1930 reprints are still being listed as 1880 in some major auction houses. They just don’t get it do they?


Figures 2,3, & 4 were up for grabs on the Delcampe site and by all accords nobody saw them. Combined they sold for $50! What a bargain, some excited collector must have got. The 1915 issues usually sell on eBay for $10-$100 each depending on the station or private user. Pairs are very nice to have as it was ‘frowned upon’ to use double the paper as there was a war on.


Figure 5 turned up on eBay. I have not seen part

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E.S.C.A. Brisbane, private user does not turn up too often but figures 7 & 8 were auctioned recently. The blk of 4 being a rather nice exhibit piece. Do you have many private users in your collection? I do have Google spread sheets of all the listed private users for both the 1915 issues and the 1927 issues, along with the station name listings and usages. If this interests you, drop me an email and I will forward the link to access these resources.

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Revenue Review Tassie Dud

Figure 9 is an obvious forged postal on fiscal with little attempt to remove the pen cancels. Surprisingly it sold no problems at all! Each to their own I guess.

Is It

Is it or isn’t it that is the question? The question being is figure 10 a proof with manuscript ‘CANCELLED’ or is it just fiscally used? Either way it’s a pretty blk of 4 and would happily sit in any revenue collectors collection.

Cheap Rails

Figure 11 is a cheap way to collect station names of Victoria. Groups often turn up of the low value 1c – 4c issues. I have a few thousand low value station names 80% mint. I guess some collector drove

along the rail line, [maybe on holiday], stopping at each station to buy a few copies or a sheet of low values. Good fun to be had here.

Perfin Corner

It’s a pleasure to let you know the ‘Private Revenue Perfins of New South Wales’ by David Coath and yours truly received a Vermeil medal at the FIP World Stamp Expo in Melbourne a couple of months ago. What a great honour to be awarded this high medal for revenue literature. This is FREE to read direct off of

I can be contacted by mail: P O Box 66 Springwood 4127 Queensland or an Email link from my web site

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(continued from p.41) for what is bound to become the definitive work on this topic, and, I suspect, the benchmark for future plating guides. Michael has also advised that all proceeds from the sales of the book will be donated to the Jarjum Aboriginal primary school in Redfern, Sydney This is another one of those books that is a must have for your philatelic library, even if your collecting interests don’t include Papua at the moment. But then, buy this and you may very well find that they soon do! As I said at the beginning – Magnificent! And most highly recommended! Contact Stamp News for further details – one word of warning: this is a heavy book weighing in at just under 2kg, so postage may be a little high.


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In August, all smartphone or tablet PC users can join the European Peacock butterfly for an enticing visit to several tourist attractions in Åland. August is when Åland Post presents a thrilling piece of stamp news! The European Peacock butterfly belongs to the family Nymphalidae and has a wingspan of 55 to 65 mm. It is not a coincidence that the pattern of this butterfly reminds you of staring eyes, a perfect deterrent against predators. Potential predators will find the pattern of the fully extended wings alarming. With this stamp, you not only get a lovely and colourful stamp but also an interesting device. If you have a smartphone or a tablet computer you can download a free app by the name Sepac stamps. When you later scan the stamp, an entirely new world reveals itself! This is a so-called AR-application. AR stands for augmented reality, which implies that information from your physical surroundings is mixed with three-dimensional information via the app. Scan the Peacock stamp and join the butterfly for a virtual tour around Åland, taking part of information and interesting facts about the Åland attractions Kobba klintar, Kastelholm castle, Bomarsund fortress, Pommern museum ship and the Maritime Museum.

Date of issue 20 August 2013 Artist Amanda Chanfreau Edition 170 000 Denomination Världen (€1.10) Price FDC €1.70 Stamp size 35 x 35 mm Sheet size 2 x 15 stamps Paper 102 g/m² Perforation 13 per 2 cm Printing method 4-colour offset Printing house Joh. Enschedé Stamps Stamp News - 45

Worldwide New Issues Royal Mail - 60th Anniversary of The Coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II To mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, Royal Mail has unveiled a special stamp issue featuring a collection of some of the finest ever portraits of The Queen, including a brand new painted portrait; the first Royal Mail has commissioned of the monarch. The painting is the result of three especially convened sittings with The Queen for the artist, Nicky Philipps, that took place in the Chinese Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace in the late autumn of 2012. The Queen is dressed in the Order of the Garter robes. Nicky painted a double portrait of Princes William and Harry in 2009, which is displayed in the National Portrait Gallery. She was selected for the Royal Mail commission after research and consultation with the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Mail is gifting the portrait to the Royal Collection. The Queen’s Coronation took place on 2 June 1953 following her accession on 6 February 1952. Moya Greene, Chief Executive, Royal Mail, said: “Royal Mail is proud to mark the occasion of Her Majesty The Queen’s Coronation by commissioning a painted portrait. This is the first time in our history we have done so. The Queen’s image is one of the 46 - Stamp News

most recognisable in the world and we are delighted to bring this portrait along with five others together in a special stamp set to mark the 60th anniversary of her Coronation.” The other five stamps feature; study for The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II by Terence Cuneo, 1953; Portrait by Andrew Festing, 1999; Portrait by Pietro Annigoni, 1955; Portrait by Sergei Pavlenko, 2000 and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Richard Stone, 1992

Six Decades of Royal Portraits

Queen Elizabeth II, who came to the throne on 6 February 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI, was crowned in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.To mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation, Royal Mail commissioned a portrait of Her Majesty by renowned artist Nicky Philipps. This painting is featured on a new special 1st class stamp, issued as part of a set that celebrates six decades of painted royal portraiture.

1953 Terence Cuneo – 2nd Class

It was the Queen’s representatives in the counties, the Lord Lieutenants of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who commissioned Cuneo to

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record the coronation in 1953. The artist attended all eight rehearsals for the event and took up position at seven on the morning of the coronation, sketching for the next eight hours. The final painting shows the Queen after the moment of coronation, seated on her throne accepting the homage of the nobility, including her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. The painting featured on the stamp is a preparatory oil sketch depicting the Queen alone, executed with great liveliness of brushwork and intensity of colour, seen especially in the abstract haze of light surrounding the figure. In the final painting, this space is occupied by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury. The Queen wears the Imperial Mantle made for the coronation of George IV out of gold cloth embroidered with emblems of the realms. The St Edward’s Crown on her head was made for the coronation of Charles II. In this oil sketch and in the final painting, Cuneo adopts an unexpectedly high viewpoint, as if in imitation of the daring camera angles increasingly employed at this time by film directors.

1955 Pietro Annigoni - 88p

This justly celebrated portrait was commissioned in 1954 by the Worshipful Company of Fishmongers for their magnificent hall overlooking the Thames by London Bridge. Annigoni later described how awed he was by the sittings, until the Queen chatted to him in French and told him that as a child she had liked to watch the world go by from the windows of Buckingham Palace. The artist then realised what his portrait should convey: “The Queen who, while dear to the hearts of millions of people whom she loved, was herself alone and far off.” The Queen wears the star and robes of the Garter. The landscape that appears in the background includes a fishing boat to remind the viewer of the destination of the portrait and as a whole suggests the shires, that ordinary Britain to which the Queen belongs but from which she must stand aloof. In spite of its traditional painting style, this portrait was intended by the artist to capture “the spirit of youth” and the “limitless opportunities of our time”. Stamp News - 47

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1992 Richard Stone - £1.88

In 1989, Richard Stone’s home town of Colchester celebrated the 800th anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter by Richard I; this portrait was commissioned to mark the occasion and was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in 1992. It hangs today in Colchester Moot Hall. The format – eight foot by five foot – was one routinely used by Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Gainsborough; Stone’s style is similarly intended to match the grandeur and dignity of the golden age of British portraiture. The profile view, unusual for a full-length portrait, adds an element of gravity and introspection. The Queen remarked somewhat prophetically of Stone’s painting that “it will make a good stamp”. The Queen is shown wearing the full regalia for the State Opening of Parliament – the Parliamentary Robe and the diadem created for George IV in 1820. This headpiece, which includes 1333 diamonds, alternates crosses with sprigs made up of thistles, shamrocks and roses. 48 - Stamp News

1999 Andrew Festing – 78p

Commissioned by the Royal Hospital Chelsea, this portrait is displayed in the entrance hall to its museum. The Queen is shown at Chelsea Hospital, on the steps leading to the Council Chamber. The two Pensioners in the background are halberdiers, who escort visiting dignitaries on Founder’s Day and during other ceremonies; they stand in front of a studio version of Anthony van Dyck’s portrait of the family of Charles I, which includes Charles II, founder of the Royal Hospital.The Queen is wearing the regalia for the State Opening of Parliament – the Parliamentary Robe of State and the Diamond Diadem. The historic interior and traditional costumes convey that continuity in British life of which the monarchy is the most powerful expression.

2000 Sergei Pavlenko – £1.28

Commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Drapers to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Queen becoming a Freeman of the Company, this

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painting hangs in the Court Dining Room at Drapers’ Hall, where it was unveiled by the sitter in November 2000. The Queen is shown wearing Garter robes with one unusual addition – the Drapers’ brooch, presented to Her Majesty in 1947. She stands near the top of the Grand Staircase at Buckingham Palace, which the artist has accurately depicted, except that two 18thcentury candelabra from Drapers’ Hall have been smuggled into the background. Taking artistic licence in other small ways, what Pavlenko’s image conveys effectively is the Queen as the nation’s most exalted and famous hostess, welcoming thousands of people a year to Buckingham Palace and other residences. The artist has captured the friendly directness with which the Queen engages with everyone she meets and which is for most the abiding memory of their visit.

2013 Nicola Jane Philipps (Nicky) - 1st Class

With artistic parents, maternal grandmother, paternal

grandfather and sister, plus the in-house influence of the Graham Sutherland Gallery once located at their Welsh family home, it was perhaps inevitable that Nicky would enjoy a successful career as a painter. Well received in the press, Nicky was commissioned in 2002 to paint a large composition of Ken Follett surrounded by characters from his novels. In between portrait commissions, Nicky has had six extremely well received still life and landscape exhibitions. The 1997 Solo at The Malcolm Innes Gallery was the most successful contemporary exhibition in the gallery’s twenty-five year history. A later solo exhibition of still life and landscapes at the Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, opened to enormous acclaim with over thirty paintings selling in the first hour. In 2005 Nicky was one of two portrait painters whose paintings were chosen to hang at both the BP Portrait Award Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and the Garrick Milne Exhibition at Christie’s. Stamp News - 49

Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 35 Last month’s article took an in-depth look at one of over the other related classes is that Polar exhibits can the oldest exhibition classes, Postal Stationery. This contain up to 50% of non-philatelic material. month will look at one of the newest classes. The class was first introduced in Australia at the Polar Philately, an APF experimental class, is Newcastle Stampshow in 2002. Initially, collectors available nationally in Australia. The class was of Polar material were obliged to exhibit in the postal previously available in New Zealand, who have now history class. The introduction of Social Philately in incorporated Polar into the Open Philately class. the middle 1990’s was a blessing for exhibitors of There are specialist clubs in Australia, New Zealand, polar material, as this class was much more suited USA, United Kingdom, France and Germany, a to the nature of polar material and stories, and was a number of these publish a journal and / or have web very acceptable stepping stone until 2002. sites or blogs. Support for the class is quite strong, and its Polar Philately looks at mail and postal services popularity has increased since the class was in the Polar regions. The class primarily includes introduced. items such as carried and commemorative covers Whilst the class guidelines note that Polar and postcards, duplicates of reports submitted by Philately covers the full spectrum of the existing telegram, private philatelic classes and cachets, labels and that flexibility is the signatures from rule rather than the expedition members. exception, there have The above philatelic to date been very few material is generally attempts to approach supported by picture a Polar exhibit from postcards and original a traditional point photographs. of view, with most Polar Philately exhibitors opting includes the full for cover based spectrum of philatelic material. There is a activity covered developing trend in by the existing the application of a exhibition classes of Thematic Philatelic Polar 1 From the French Antarctic Expedition 1908-10, Traditional Philately, the 4th expedition. A picture postcard from Jean-Baptiste approach, using stamps Postal History, Postal Charcot’s earlier 1903-05 expedition but bearing the rare and related postal Stationery, Thematic 1908 expedition label in blue. The “I” in “POURQUOI” material to illustrate Philately, Marcophily, has apparently been created from a broken “U” to correct the discovery and Aero/Astrophilately exploration of the an original spelling error. Dated and signed from “Ile and Open Philately, Polar regions as well Déception/24 déc 1908” with Christmas greetings by applied specifically as the influence of man Ernest Gourdon, geologist and glaciologist on both of to northern (Arctic on those areas. Charcot’s expeditions. & Sub-Arctic) and Many nations now southern (Antarctic & run Polar research Sub-Antarctic) polar geographic regions. programmes and the philatelic study of these works Polar exhibits may be presented in whole or in is a viable collecting area. For example, CHINARE part in any of the formats of these other classes, or in (China Antarctic Research Expedition) is an any combination of them, or in any other format that interesting study topic, made more difficult because of the exhibitor may prefer - flexibility is the rule rather the limited literature in English. than the exception. The big advantage that Polar has As International exhibitions do not have a Polar 50 - Stamp News

John Sadler,

Philatelic Development Officer, APF •Correspondence • relating to polar exploration and the development of the Polar regions. Collections of this type of material could include documents relating to the preparation of an expedition. Material relating to territorial claims, treaties and conventions as well as material about scientific expeditions. •Postal • cancellations and postal markings is an area equivalent to marcophily in postal history. In this section the entrants looks at variations in the postal Polar 2 From the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 - New Zealand markings used at a base or in 1/2d. and 1d. stamps overprinted ‘’VICTORIA/LAND.’’, in unmounted a national territory, the study mint blocks of four. of cancellations of the British Antarctic Survey is a good example of this type of collection. Philately class, polar collectors are still able to submit • • Labels, cachets and explanatory or exhibits in the Open Philately class, providing that instructional markings. This section can they have previously qualified in the latter class. include a study of the signatures of base Whilst this article has been prepared basically from personnel, it also covers non postal labels used an exhibiting perspective, it can equally apply to a for publicity and fund raising. An interesting collection. If the latter is the case, read “collection” part of this section is the study of base and where I have referred to “exhibit”. Naturally, by ships cachets that show where an item was in following the guidelines detailed below, a collection the Polar regions and how it travelled. may quickly become an exhibit. •• Material of a thematic or topical nature groups together items of a common thread no matter where they were issued. Entries in this area What Topics can be Included in Polar could include wildlife such as whales or Exhibits? penguins but could also include the impact Collections and exhibits of Polar philately can be of man on the Polar environment. Huskies, prepared using one or more of the following criteria an introduced species to Antarctica, were •• Adhesive stamps issued by postal authorities removed in the early 1990’s. in Polar regions, such as Australian Antarctic Exhibits may be developed chronologically, territory or sub Antarctic islands such as the geographically, by mode of transport/service, Falklands. This can also include stamps with topically, or by any other way that the exhibitor may a Polar motif such as whales or stamps issues feel appropriate. for the Antarctic Treaty. •• Covers and other mail dispatched to or from Scope of a Polar Philately Exhibit Polar regions, including the study of how mail was transported, which until recent times Broadly, the scope of a Polar Philately exhibit can range through stamps and covers with all types of meant by ship. More recently, the carriage cachets and markings, including related support could be by aircraft. Stamp News - 51

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Polar 3 From the Wilkins-Hearst Antarctic Expedition 1928-30: ‘Roessler’ airmail envelope , with a strike of the ‘’Wilkins Antarctic/Expedition/Deception/Island’’ double oval in green at left, but a little pale. This envelope was reused on the 1931 submarine North Pole attempt. material such as correspondence, newspaper articles, photographs or pictures of bases and personnel, ships, and wildlife etc that relate to any activity or services regarding polar regions. Consequently, a Polar exhibit can include all or any of the following material •• Adhesive stamps issued specifically with a polar motif. An exhibit may also contain related material such as proofs, trials, imperforates, miniature sheets etc, a study of printing methods, paper varieties, perforations, watermarks, and printing and overprinting errors. •• Covers, cards, stationery and/or other items of mail despatched or carried to or from polar regions. •• Covers, post and postal cards, postal and communication stationery (telegrams, radio message forms, etc). •• Inwards and outwards commercial mail. •• Philatelic mail - souvenir and First Day of issue covers, commemorative covers. •• Correspondence relating to polar exploration and development - scientific, political and so52 - Stamp News

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cial. Material relating to preparation and undertaking of polar exploration. Material relating to political territorial claims; polar congresses, treaties, conventions. Material related to polar scientific expeditions. Material related to the development of a polar postal service. Routes for transportation of mails into, through and from polar regions. Material related to polar flights. Postal cancellations and postal markings. Base markings; expedition markings; ships’ post offices; polar mail transit locations. Classification and study of postal markings; chronology of occurrence - earliest and latest dates of use. Labels (private or official), cachets, transit and other explanatory markings, as well as written endorsements, backstamps and relevant signatures. Base cachets; expedition cachets; ship’s cachets.

John Sadler,

Philatelic Development Officer, APF •• Expedition, base and or marine transit members’ signatures. •• Material of a specific thematic or topical nature. For example: Wildlife; Expeditions - scientific, tourist; Explorers; Ethnographic; Geographic. All of the above can be enhanced by the inclusion on non-philatelic material to further illustrate and expand on the included philatelic items. The overall scope for this enhancement is quite wide as the class allows for up to 50% of the total included material to be ephemera or non-philatelic in nature. Non-philatelic items include photographs, maps, drawings and unused postcards, which can be shown to highlight elements of the exhibit. Illustrations of postal markings and cachets are only necessary when the originals are not clear enough to the onlooker. This combination of both philatelic and nonphilatelic material allows a high degree of latitude for innovation in the development and presentation of Polar exhibits. When it is desirable to show markings on the reverse side of a cover, such markings can be illustrated with a reproduction, such as a photograph or photocopy, as long as the reproduction is clearly described as a copy. Photographs or reproductions should be no more than 75% of the size of the original. However, if you are illustrating some aspect which requires an enlarged replication, such as a fault, this copy must be at least 25% larger than the original, and again described as an enlarged reproduction. When writing up your exhibit, do not include information that is obvious on the material you are describing.

The Introductory or Title Page

As with any story, an exhibit must have a clear beginning, a central theme and a logical ending. The exhibit must begin with an introductory or title page which •• Clearly define in full what is the subject matter for the exhibit. •• Explain how the exhibit will be developed. If the development method is optional, explain why you have selected the choice used. For

example, you may have the option of developing your exhibit chronologically or by appropriate sections. Select one and tell why. •• Specify what the self imposed outlines and limits are. These limits would include why you have chosen a specific time period, and how different material is clearly identified within the exhibit. •• The title page may also contain a short list of the important documentary sources used. If you have written any research articles relevant to your exhibit, they could be included here.

Judging of Polar Philately Exhibits

In judging a polar philately exhibit the jury may use the following general criteria: a) Treatment of the exhibit (20 points) – The degree of advancement, originality, completeness of the exhibit: Does the exhibit show the greatest degree of advancement in terms of the material exhibited? Is the approach orthodox, or has an unusual or original interpretation been used? How complete is the treatment of the subject chosen? Has the subject been chosen to enable a properly balanced exhibit to be shown in the space available? Does the material exhibited properly correspond with the title and description of the exhibit? b) Importance of the exhibit (10 points) - The “importance” of an exhibit is determined by both the significance of the actual exhibit in relation to the subject chosen and the overall significance of that subject to the field of Polar Philately in general. c) Philatelic and related knowledge, personal study and research (35 points) – The exhibit should demonstrate a full and accurate appreciation of the subject chosen, and a detailed study of existing information. The jury should take due account of any personal study and/ or research carried out by the exhibitor. If you have undertaken any such study or research, ensure that your efforts are clearly shown in the exhibit, on the title or introductory page, in the bibliography or on the page(s) concerned. d) Condition (10 points) and Rarity (20 points) Stamp News - 53

Introducing the Australian Philatelic Federation Part 35 – The items should be in the best possible condition. The jury should take account of any really exceptionally fine or rare items present and whether all of the known rarities in the chosen subject are included. e) Presentation (5 points) – The write-up must be clear, concise and relevant to the material shown and to the subject chosen for the exhibit. The method of presentation should show the material to the best effect and in a balanced way. No advantage or disadvantage shall apply as to whether the text is handwritten, typewritten or printed. Brightly coloured inks and coloured album pages should be avoided. Exhibitors should become fully aware of the need to consider carefully the various aspects which combine together to maximise the award that an exhibit can attract.

Further Information and Acknowledgements

For more information regarding the polar philately exhibition class, the following websites may be worth some exploration, depending, of course, on your chosen topic. • The American Society of Polar Philatelists – • KGØYH’s Polar Philately Page and Polar Postal History – • Polar Postal History Society of Great Britain - • My Polar Philately - mypolarphilately. There are also three references in Wikipedia that may prove to be helpful. The website addresses are self-explanatory. • postal_history_of_the_British_Antarctic_Territory • postal_history_of_the_Australian_Antarctic_Territory 54 - Stamp News

• postal_history_of_the_Ross_Dependency. I would also like to acknowledge the assistance given in the writing of this article by David Collyer. David is the APF co-ordinator for the Polar Philately class, and the contact within Australia for further assistance with this class. David can be contacted by writing to P.O Box 201, Gladesville, NSW, or emailing David is also a member of the executive of the Australian Society for Polar Philately, which meets in Sydney on the second Wednesday of the odd numbered months of the year. This Society caters for interstate and overseas members, and produces a regular journal, Penguin Views, with articles on Polar Philately. More detail about this Society is available at, or by writing to the Secretary at PO Box 408 Wahroonga NSW 2076. The Society has a Facebook page which can be found in Facebook by searching using “Society of Polar Philatelists”. The illustrations in this article have been provided by courtesy of Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions Ltd, of the United Kingdom, who can be contacted at www.


Polar philately is an area where you can acquire interesting material at reasonable cost and which allows the collector to undertake his own philatelic research. With information regarding this class still being accumulated, research in this area can often be quite rewarding. Earlier articles in this series can be viewed on the APF website Generally, these articles are available one month after their publication. Should you have a subject that is either interesting, difficult to understand, or one which you would like to have explained, or if there is a particular topic on which you would like more information, please let me know by emailing

Great Britain Genuine Six Reigns Mix Off Paper A new lot which has just come our way, with excellent variety thoughout, mostly used, but with a few pre-decimal mint noticed. Also the odd minisheet. Many higher and better values and scarcer items‌this is a genuine unpicked mix! We have broken down into convenient sized parcels, by weight, and there should be around 16,000 stamps to the kg. Each lot has extra free items added as listed below in case you are uncertain about the value the average cost per stamp is around 6 cents. GBG1) About 1000 stamps, or 60 grams in weight, includes a free 1841 1d imperf. Cat value 30 pounds. Price $65 GBG2) About 2500 stamps, or 150 grams weight, includes a free 1841 2d Blue Cat value 100 pounds. Price $149 GBG3) About 5000 stamps, includes both of the free stamps above plus a 2/6d and 5/KGV Seahorse minimum cat for these 4 free gifts 255 pounds. Price $289 GBG4) About 10,000 stamps, includes all of the gifts above, plus a 2/6d and 5/King Edward VII or Queen Victoria, minimum catalogue value for all the gifts in this parcel 600 pounds! Price $549 GBG5) About 16,000 stamps, a whole Kilo of this magnificent mixture with all of the free gifts as above, plus a nice genuine 1840 1d black with Maltese cross cancel, total of all the gifts in this lot $950! Price $829.

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Market Matters: 3 day week NZ mail sought! recently had an interesting discussion re New Zealand Post urging Government approval for a 3 days a week mail delivery. Whilst the USA wrestles with lopping off the totally archaic Saturday mail delivery indulgence, that is sending the USPS broke, the Kiwis are taking this head on. Things are grim over there with the PO budget, and they must FINALLY be getting to the end of Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings stamp issue possibilities! I’ve lost track of how many they have issued in the past decade. The most recent version in that series of stamps is illustrated nearby. The NZ Post chairman has written to the NZ Government applying to reduce the six day a week delivery down to a three day delivery per week. Here is the extract from the leading “NZ Herald” national newspaper: New Zealand Post is looking at cutting back its delivery services from six to three days a week and reducing staff numbers as it seeks to weather a sharp and “irreversible” downturn in postal revenue. A letter from NZ Post chairman Michael Cullen to State Owned Enterprises minister Tony Ryall shows the board wants to make fundamental changes to core postal operations. It is seeking urgent changes to a 1998 deed requiring the state owned agency to run a sixday-a-week postal service for 95 per cent of New Zealanders. In his letter to Mr Ryall, Mr Cullen said NZ Post had reached the point where it could no longer cut costs and launch new products to counter falling postal revenue. The board had virtually exhausted all “short term fixes” and needed to start making fundamental change to its operations this year, he said. NZ Post chief executive Brian Roche told Radio 56 - Stamp News

Never ending Hobbit/LOTR issues! New Zealand the agency was considering cutting deliveries to three days a week.

6 day service “unsustainable”

The service was unsustainable as people increasingly used email for immediate communication, he said. “That is very sad, but it’s inescapable.” Dropping the number of delivery days would see cuts in staff numbers, Mr Roche said. “Again, that is incredibly sad but it’s unavoidable.” A NZ Post statement said mail volumes were expected to drop about 40 per cent to just over 600 million a year in 2018. The agency had endured the fastest ever decline in total mail volumes this year, and would start losing money from 2015 if no changes were made, it said. “There is no turning back from this decline every developed country in the world is facing yearon-year falls in mail volumes of five per cent.” “If New Zealand Post did nothing to change its processing and delivery systems, those postal losses would start at $10 million, balloon to over $20 million the next year and keep on growing.”

Glen Stephens than organisational specific issues. Speaking of New Zealand stamps, I was surprised at how UNLIKE the Queen some of the new set of 6 celebrating her 60th Year Of Coronation looked. That set of 6 stamps is illustrated nearby, and was issued on May 8, 2013.

Curious looking QE2 image

Her Majesty The Grump Profits from Kiwibank and growing parcel delivery services were offsetting revenue losses from traditional post, an NZ Post spokesman said. However, they could not be used to offset postal losses without degrading the business and cutting off investment opportunities, he concluded.

Standard & Poors downgrade

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on May 25, 2013 affirmed the corporate credit and related debt rating for New Zealand Post Ltd at ‘A+/A-1’ but revised the long-term outlook from stable to negative. The change in outlook is passed through to New Zealand Post’s wholly owned subsidiary Kiwibank Ltd, while its issuer credit rating is also affirmed at ‘A+/A-1’. Standard & Poor’s rationale for the change in outlook is based on the view of potential rising economic risks in the New Zealand economy, which may impact the banking sector. New Zealand Post Group Chief Financial Officer Mark Yeoman said the amended outlook was disappointing and noted that it reflected the ratings agency’s view on broader external factors, rather

The designs are said to have been taken of images used on New Zealand coins, so I guess the PO cannot be blamed for some of the dreadful “likenesses” used - but the New Zealand Mint for approving them in the first place! The second 70c (letter rate value) has the Queen appearing to have a passing likeness to Barbara Streisand. The $1.80 value depicts Her Majesty as a pointy nosed shrew wearing a Tiara, and was designed by New Zealander James Berry. Berry completed more than 1,000 stamp and coin designs in his lifetime. This was NOT his best work! Thankfully it had a short life of 3 years, and on the $1 coin only. On these stamps The Queen’s portrait has been created using “hotstamp foil and multiple-level embossing” according to the NZ Post notes. They scan rather poorly, and the image shown nearby is the best NZPO could supply me with right on deadline, despite many attempts.

Eternally Youthful Queen

Such unflattering images by Colonials like James Berry, do not bother the Brits. The “Machin Head” stamp series design has been issued for near 50 years now, the first tranche being released in 1967 – the Queen’s head design being approved in 1966. I’d hate to think how many denominations and colours they can be found in, and how many countless billions have been sold. Certainly they exist from ½d to £5 - and masses of values in between. Stamp News - 57

Market Matters Then you can add airline upgrades I am now endless specialised missing out on! variations - with various phosphor bands, printers, Royal Mail to be papers, shades, elliptical sold. perfs and the like, to the It may all be moot list as well. whether Machin heads The vanity of Queen get to their 50th Golden Elizabeth II, being very Anniversary soon. happy to have the exact Royal Mail will be sold same portrait on the most soon by the Government, heavily used stamps and then we may see for 46 years, is near Hobbits or Disney folks impossible to believe to with the face of the me, but it endures. Queen or Prince William, About 30 years ago if entrepreneurial new there were moves to owners get their hands on update her likeness ... issue policy! after all it had then been Maybe Prince used for 15 years. Charles and Camilla in The Queen’s Private a Manchester United Secretary is quoted by Not a new wrinkle in 46 Years! or Tottenham Hotspur Royal Mail as responding jerseys will be big sellers? in part: “Her Majesty is Probably not actually. very content with the Machin effigy, and thinks that But Kate and William in them WILL be popular! a work of real quality is required, if this is to be And sipping Pepsi and holding iPhones. They have replaced.” already started with Canada ones. Needless to say after that firm and polite “NO” Stampboards has reported official sources in -  they are stuck with the same Machin bust to this the UK who confirm the UK Government has been day, and the never sounding out aging Queen – “City” investors who after 46 years for many months has not changed about their one iota, or added appetite to buy a single wrinkle shares in Royal line, if you buy a Mail, ahead of a stamp booklet in potential flotation the UK! of the Postal There goes Service. my Knighthood, The sell-off I am afraid. “Sir formally began Glen” has a rather pleasant New stamp issue ring to it, and material? think of all the 58 - Stamp News

Glen Stephens in May 2013, with the Government issuing tendering documents to banks to prepare for Royal Mail’s flotation on the London Stock Exchange before April 2014.

Flotation by April 2014

Royal Mail (or the Post Office) has been 100% in Government hands for 497 years and will JUST miss its 500th Anniversary. Sad. Would you pay $A8,225? Several large European companies Margaret Thatcher, who privatised British Gas, have had their Post British Airways, British Telecom and dozens of Offices bought by private enterprise in recent years, other state-owned institutions in the 1980s, famously and Britain will be no exception. refused a sale of Royal Mail, saying she was: “not A privatisation of Royal Mail would be arguably the most significant privatisation of a UK asset since prepared to have the Queen’s head privatised”. John Major sold the railways during the 1990s. “Knowledge Is Power” Analysts say that a restructured Royal Mail could As my favourite stamp saying goes – “Knowledge be worth as much as £4bn, although that figure Is Power”. I’ve typed that 1000 times, and it never, is likely to be at the upper end of the range that a ever, gets less relevant. flotation could attract. Take a good look at the 1d Red KGV envelope Canadian Born Chief Executive Moya Greene illustrated nearby. also reaffirmed a Ministerial commitment to make Standard size, untidily cancelled 2d KGV, to a shares available to Royal Mail employees - around Chemist in Sydney, from a large drug company in 10% of them. Whether gifted or paid is unclear. Sydney. A flotation is viewed in Whitehall as a more The “20 posted” violet handstamp is merely attractive option than an outright sale of the an accounting/charging marking by Sydney GPO, company because of the shortage of trade buyers, and the political difficulties of negotiating a takeover noting 20 were mailed, and is of no consequence to value. by a financial investor such as a private equity firm. If you saw this in a club approval book, or on Michael Fallon, the UK Business Minister, is taking a hands-on role regarding the Royal Mail sell- eBay, or a dealer $5 box, would you buy it? Well the truth is I would not have looked twice at off. it, if it turned up in an estate lot here. Barclays is advising the Board of Royal Mail, I buy 100s of such lots each year, often several which is chaired by Donald Brydon, a leading City cartons (or carloads!) a time, and flip through them figure, with UBS advising the Government. Stamp News - 59

Market Matters this would have flipped past even if priced at only $10-$20. I would have for sure. Not any more, as there is now a handy, massive full colour and PRICED catalogue listing and illustrating these, and 1000s of other Stationary items.


A cheapie at $A5,820 pretty fast, and this would not have set off my radar at all. If you were an Australian buyer of this “T” lot at a large auction here, it would have cost you $A8,225. Why? Printing records show some 49,000 of this 1d red PTPO Envelopes were produced. However, this was the first example to be discovered. Another long type one turned up soon after the original one was sold. Creased, and mailed from Melbourne, and also a “T” lot, it would have cost a local buyer $A5,820. It is shown nearby. Are there more out there? Of COURSE. As a result of this piece I’d be most surprised if one or more did not turn up. Bottle of decent Bubbly to address below if you do please! Even common looking window face types of these envelopes can get many $1000s. The one shown nearby from 1924 was sold as a “T” lot by the same Prestige Philately Auction house, and a local would have paid $A4,300 for it. The window faced PTPO envelope illustrated nearby with 2 stamps on it, cost a local buyer $A4,300 with all the add-ons at auction. Again, an item most reading 60 - Stamp News

If you only buy one catalogue each decade, whether you are dealer or a collector or Auction, you MUST have this

one. The new Brusden White ACSC “Postal Stationery” Catalogue covers right up to Decimal currency, from the first Federation issues. I was the first dealer on earth to have this for sale, and show the front cover. EVERY person I have shown this to, has been gob-smacked at the size, detail and scope in this. A credit to all involved. I sold well over 100 of the also new ACSC “Kangaroos” in a few weeks – and buyers all over the globe received them fast, well packed with nice VFU frankings –

Auction price $4,300

Glen Stephens

FOUR times size of “Kangaroos” The most common innocuous looking thing might be valued at 10 or 20 times the purchase price of this catalogue. Like the piece on the front cover of it, which is worth some DOZENS of times the issue price! All the “PTPO” (Printed To Private Order) issues are listed in great detail, and many run very many $1000s each – did YOU know that? Well read the comments column above – you do NOW! Some are close to 5 figures, and you would not give them a sideways glance.

Every piece illustrated

EVERY item is illustrated in colour - a GODSEND for many of the earlier Registration envelopes etc. (Only 4 pieces in the entire book they were unable to get copies of to scan.) For instance ALL the “View” Lettercards are now all illustrated (reduced in size of course) and priced SEPARATELY – some 170 different views! And a half dozen different COLOURS exist on each – so a full collection is easily 1000+ pieces just on view Lettercards. Stamp News - 61

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Lettercard collector heaven Some of these are worth a fortune, and dealers without this book have not got a CLUE what is scarce, and what is not. You will easily pay for this book with the first vaguely scarce view you pick up on eBay etc. All the Aerograms are illustrated – many quite valuable, all the range of Military material, Food Parcel labels, and even all the myriad of different views on the initial 1911 “Coronation” set. All priced separately. Mint and used.

Values up to $15,000 apiece.

The highest price in here is $15,000 for a KGV low face value reply card, that I bet a lot of overseas (even local!) sellers would price at $20 retail, and cross their fingers! It is huge - over 400 large A4 pages, on very heavy grade quality grade paper, in full colour – 62 - Stamp News

all proudly printed and produced here in Sydney Australia. It lists and prices all stationery from the first 1911 Australia issue “The Coronation Series” postcards - right up until the last QE2 pre-decimal stationary issues for Australia and all the “Territories”. The book at 400+ pages is far too large for “perfect binding”, as things like this will get a ton of use over time, and pages tend to fall out if perfect bound in this thickness, So this catalogue comes in a large special loose leaf 4 ring binder - much like the initial Brusden White “ACSC” was issued in 20 years back. It has the relevant dividers etc for ease of speedy use, and index in front. Being loose leaf, if sections are later updated or added later, the cost is far less for collectors, than buying the entire edition again.

Glen Stephens

Registered have great future Edited by Dr. Geoff Kellow, the usual super high standard of original research work and fine attention to detail has taken place.

New numbers printed info.

Geoff told me much of his original research at Note Printing Branch on numbers printed of these issues has never been published before. Input from the collectors with the finest collections existing of this material, like John Sinfield and Mark Diserio have assisted enormously with the accuracy of listings. Gary Watson from Prestige Auctions is acknowledged by all who know the area, as THE most on the ball person on earth re prices of this area of philately, and Gary has been in charge of setting accurate prices for the volume. A true collaboration of leading experts in their

field. Not only Australia is covered, but the “Territories” - and that includes all the “Formular” Aerograms and airletters etc. High priced in here, but often sold for a song by clueless dealers. And all the Papua early issues, and GRI material, and PNG and Cocos and Christmas Islands etc. This is now all listed and priced. I showed a client of mine at “Expo 2013” the Papua Lakatoi lettercard hand painted amended proofs, listed as unique that were in his collection that I valued for insurance recently! This is HEAVY – about 3 kilos (near 7 lbs) when packed, and are bigger than the usual A4 size mailing box. I have a special way of packing/mailing them. I have sold a half dozen huge factory CARTONS of these already, without any real advertising. It is a Stamp News - 63

Market Matters Bendigo, have a single ½d, and a double (War Tax era) ½d KGV – impressed years apart. ACSC 1917 W3/W5. Full ACSC cat in 2013 is $A40. TWENTY years ago the ACSC listed them at $75. You could email 1000 dealers globally seeking these 2 wrappers, and get ZERO response. Mr Watson and pricing panel did not reflect on it I am sure, but that silly price is ONE THIRD the cost of the current PO year album. Would I rather have 3 matched sets of these Century old wrappers, or one PO annual album ... let Worth way over full cat already me think hard on that! Today many prices are a “buy on sight” item. joke even in the brand new book, and I placed these For foreign orders I mail Insured Post, and use a 2 into stock for $A75 – the value of 20 years back, stunning new issue franking that you will be able to and in 5 years that will look cheap! sell for near as much as mailing costs, I’ll wager. A “Must Buy” work, and you’ll be the only loser if you do not own this one. Great new area to consider Things worth $1000s are often sold for dollars, as If a book like this gets just TWENTY new serious folks do not comprehend their value. As you can see collectors globally into the field, prices will here - skyrocket on the scarcer pieces. Get FIFTY new collectors started, and hold onto your hats. Dealer stock is near non-existent, and that is the key. Glen Stephens has written monthly ‘Stamp Tipster’ For anyone yearning for a challenging “new” field Columns for over 30 years - globally. A vast library to embark upon – look no further. of his past articles and photos are found at – JUST collecting View Lettercards would be a lifetime mission on its own. There are a ton of quite scarce pieces still listed at very small bucks each, as demand is low. As a perfect example, here is an item I was listing 4 The Tor Walk, Castlecrag, NSW, 2068 Ph: 02 9958 1333 up today for sale on stampboards. email: This pair of unopened Newspaper wrappers Website: shown nearby, to Baroness de Koenneritz, both from

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NSW club information:The Philatelic Association of NSW, PO Box220, Darlinghurst, NSW, 1300 Phone: 02 9264 8301

Mudgee Coin Note & Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sunday Ph 02 63735324 Nambucca River PS: Mtg 1st Sunday Newcastle PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs, 7.30pm Mayfield Ex-Services Club; 10am 3rd Wed, 48 Mackie Ave, New Lambton, Juniors 11am 3rd Sun, Wallsend Pioneers Hall NSW Postcard Collectors Soc: Mtg 1st Wed 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Northern Suburbs PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs, 7.45pm, Naremburn Library, Central St, Naremburn off Slade St; Ph: 02 9419 7354 Orange Coin and Stamp Club: Mtg Last Tuesday, Orange Community Info Centre, 79-81 Kite St, Orange 7.30pm Ph: 02 6362 3754. Orchid Stamp Club: Mtg 3rd Sat. (Jan and each 2nd mth) Parramatta PS: Mtg 1st Friday Penrith and District PS: Mtg 1st Thursdays, 8pm, CWA rooms, Baby Health Ctr, Tindale St PO Box 393, Kingswood NSW 2747 PHILAS Stamp Auctions: Mtg 2nd Sat Mar,Jul, Nov Ph 02 9264 8301 PS of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed (exDec); Ph 02 9399 7556 PS of NSW: Mtg 1st Tues (Philas House), 3rd Tues (Chatswood); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Richmond River (Lismore) PS: Mtg 4th Thursday Royal Sydney Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd Tues. (ex Jan); Ph: 02 9264 8301 Sapphire Coast Stamp & Coin Club: Mtg Enq 02 6495 7308. Mail to PO Box 285, Pambula, NSW 2549 St. George PS: Mtg 1st Mon Shoalhaven PS: Mtg 2nd Monday (Ex Jan) PO Box 4047, East Nowra 2541. Ph 02 44472976 Smithfield SC: Mtg 2nd Mon Society for Polar Philately: 2012 meetings: 2nd Wednesday of February, March, May, July, Sept and November held at Ryde Ex-Services Club 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW Tel: 9807 3344 (in Mackinnon room) starting at 8pm.Enq 0407 277 223 or email Strathfield-Burwood PS: Mtg 4th Wed Sussex Inlet and District: Mtg 3rd Mon Sutherland Shire PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. , 7:30pm, Sutherland Uniting Services Club, 7 East Pde, Sutherland. Information Secretary, PO Box 339, Sutherland, NSW 1499 Sydney Anglican Stamp Society: Mtg 2nd Sat, even months 9.30am - 2.30pm, St Paul’s, Carlingford. Details: Tamworth PS: Mtg 1st Mon ex. Jan. Tamworth Bridge Club, 7 Hilton St, Tamworth Sec. Graeme Mitchell. PO Box 678, Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 02 67664853 Taree RSL Club Ltd SC: Mtg 3rd Mon Thematic Society of Australia: Mtg 3rd Wed Toronto SC: Mtg 1st Wed Tuggerah SC: Mtg 4th Sun (ex Dec.) Turramurra SC: Mtg 2nd Monday, 7.45pm. Ph: 9144 4225 Twin Towns Stamp Club Inc.: Mtg 1st Monday, 7.30p, Home & Comm. Centre, Tweed Heads Wagga SC: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) ARCC Building, Tarcutta St, 7.30pm. Secretary: Peter Simpfendorfer Ph:02 6922 3393 Willoughby Legion Philatelic Section: Mtg 4th Tues Wyong PS: Mtg 3rd Tues, 7.30m. Jim Spence, Sec. Ph 02 4392 7536

northern territory Alice Springs SC: Meet Informally; PO Box 1529, Alice Springs, NT, 0871. Ph 08 8953 3054 Darwin Philatelic Circle: 1st Sun. 10am - 2pm. 53 Flametree Crt, Rosebery; Ph:(08) 8931 2898; PO Box 1624, Palmerston, NT, 0831; Email: WA club information: WA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Perth, WA, 6001 Greenfields WA 6210 08 9581 1083 Northern Districts SC: Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9329 0117 Philatelic Forum: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan); Ph: 08 9294 4277 Rockingham & Kwinana (PS of): Mtg 3rd Tues (NB 2nd in Dec) Pres. Malcolm Brown; Sec. Terry Boyd; PRO Lucie Schokker Ph. 08 9419 1604; email: PS of WA: Mtg 3rd Tues; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec); Clubrooms, Charles Riley Reserve, Wendling Rd, North Beach, Ph: 08 9447 7256 The Postmark Circle (WA): Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9294 4277 Victoria Park SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9472 8072 or 08 9450 5280 WA Study Group: Mtg 4th Thurs (ex Dec) 08 9384 1050 Wanneroo SC: Mtg 3rd Mon; Ph: 08 6106 0874.

philatelic clubs & societies new zealand Air Mail Society of NZ: Ph: 03 3584838; Email: Auckland PS: Mtg 1st and 3rd Tues (except Jan). Ph 09 9853212; Email kiwibrooce@; Website: Christchurch PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Library night 3rd Tues; GB Machin 3rd Fri odd months; Postal History 1st Mon; Postcard 3rd Tues even months. Email: secretary@; Website: Dunedin PS: Mtg 4th Thurs (except Nov and Dec). Ph: 03 4557643; Email:; Website: Hastings Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Wed (except Jan and 2nd Wed Dec). Ph: 06 8765911; Email: Hawkes Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan). Ph: 06 8439433; Email: dennmarg@paradise. Horowhenua PS: Mtg 2nd Mon. Ph: 06 3689881; Email: michael.christensen@xtra. Hutt Valley PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan). Ph: 04 5697439; Email: Kapiti PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec). Ph: 04 2971197; Email: Manaia PS: Mtg (Hawera) 1st Sun. Ph: 06 2784292; Email: Manawatu PS: Mtg 1st Wed, daytime meeting 3rd Tues. Ph: 06 3584565; Email: Marlborough Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Mon (except Jan and 2nd Mon Dec). Morrinsville Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Wed. Ph: 07 8893199 Nelson PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 03 5469092; Email: North Shore PS: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Wed (except Jan and Dec). Email:; Website: NZ Stamp Collectors Club Christchurch: Mtg 4th Wed. Ph 03 3895511; Email: steve@; Website: NZ Postcard Society: Ph: 03 3848463; Email:; Website: www.

queensland Arana Hills SC: Meeting 2nd Tues; 07 3851 0213; email: petermccloskey@bigpond. com Bayside Afternoon SC: Meeting last Wed; Ph: 07 3206 6281. Bribie Island SC: Meeting 4th Wed; Ph: 07 3408 2238 Bundaberg PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, The Family Centre, Kensington St (in the Show Grounds); Ph: 07 4152 2403 or 07 4151 3062 Caboolture & District SC: Mtg 3rd Sat. Ph: 07 5498 6504 Cairns SC: Mtg 3rd Wed. 7.30pm Star Services, 115 Lyons St, Bungalow Ph: 07 4055 1302 Sec: Ross Bottomer,, web:www.cairnsstampclub. Caloundra SC: Mtg 4th Thurs 1.30pm Ph: 07 5494 7233 City Daytime SC: Mtg 2nd Thurs. Ph: 07 3206 6281 City of Brisbane PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Ph: 07 3263 8573 (ah); email: COLLECTORS CLUB QUEENSLAND: Mtg 2nd Thurs 1.00 pm BCC Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mt.Gravatt. Contact 32068507 or stampman5@ Enoggera SC: Mtg 1st and 3rd Mon. Ph: 07 3264 4157 Gladstone and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed (Ex. Jan) & 4th Wed (Ex.Dec). Ph. Sec: 07 4978 1155 Ian Rippingale, Gold Coast PS: Mtg 2nd Mon, 11.30am, Southport Community Centre, Lawson St, Southport. Ph: 07 5546 3801 Gympie SC: Mtg - 3rd Mon. Ph: 07 5482 5698 Hervey Bay Afternoon Club: Mtg 3rd Wed. Ph: 07 4124 1138 Ipswich SC: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan). Ph: 07 3282 2983 Junction Park SC: Mtg 1st Tues, 7.30pm, Annerley Baptist Hall, Lambton St. Contact:

Further information can be obtained from the NZ Philatelic Federation, PO Box 58139, Whitby, Porirua, 5245, NZ. E-mail: Postal History Soc of NZ: Auckland 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 09 5220311. Chapter meetings held Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth and Wellington. Pukekohe Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Sun. Ph: 09 2357737; Email: pukekohestampclub@ Royal PS of NZ: Mtg 2nd Wed (ex Jan). Ph: 04 5899530; Email:; Website South Auckland PS: Mtg last Sat (except Dec), Papatoetoe, day time mtgs 3rd Fri (ex Dec and Jan). Ph: 09 2682245; Email: Southland PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (except Jan), 3rd Tue (daytime) (except Jan). Email: Taranaki PS: Mtg 1st Mon except Jan. Ph: 06 7546212; Email: murray-grimwood@ Tauranga & District Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Mon (except Dec). Ph: 07 5765210; Email: Thames Valley PS: Mtg 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 07 8689190. Thematic Association of NZ: Ph: 04 2347218; Email: Timaru PS: Mtg 1st Wed. Ph: 03 6880343 Upper Hutt PS: Mtg 3rd Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec). Ph: 04 5284123; Email: teme. Waikato PS: Mtg 1st (except Jan) and 3rd Wed (except Jan and Dec). Email: Wakatipu PS: Ph: 03 4428865 Wanganui PS: Mtg 2nd Wed. Ph: 06 3427894; Email: Wellesley PS: Mtg 2nd and 4th Mon (ex public holidays). Ph: 9 8271240 Wellington PS: Mtg 4th Mon (except Dec); Ph: 042347218; Email: Whakatane PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Thurs (except Jan) Ph: 07 3222054 or 07 3086193 Whangarei PS: Mtg 2nd Meeting: 2nd Tues (Ex.Jan) Ph 09 4348000; Email QLD Philatelic Council, 18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum, Qld, 4178. Ph: 07 3396 0846 Fax: 07 3396 0842. Email: Web:

07 3272 8304. PO Box 177, Annerley, 4103, Lockyer Valley SC: Mtg 4th Sun, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’s Hall, Gatton. Kerri Martin, Sec. Ph: 07 5465 3390 Email: Logan City SC: Meetings 2nd Thurs, Presbyterian Church, Barry St, Slacks Creek, 6pm. Ph: 07 3805 9226. Mackay and District PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 07 4942 5433; Maryborough and Wide Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan). Salvation Army Youth 7 Comm. Hall. Bazaar St Maryborough. Ph: 07 41224708 (see also Hervey Bay) Nanango SC: Mtg 4th Thurs. Ph: 07 4162 2945 Philatelic Society of Qld: Mtg 4th Wed 7.30pm,18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum. Ph: 07 3245 5222 Queensland Study Group: Sunday bi-monthly 1.00pm meets QPS house. Contact Ph: 07 3396 0846 email: Redcliffe SC: Mtg 2nd Sat. Ph: 07 3204 6095 Rockhampton SC: Mtg 1st Tues. Ph: 07 4926 3336 Sherwood Afternoon SC: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 07 3372 6096 Southport Afternoon SC: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 07 55630384 Southside PS: Mtg 3rd Tuesday & 3rd Wednesay (9am) Ph: 07 3848 2304 (ah) email: Sunshine Coast SC (formerly Nambour SC): Mtg 1st Wed, 7.15pm at C.W.A. Hall, Short St. Nambour. Ph: 075445 3647 Thematics Queensland: Mtg bi-monthly 9.30am. Ph: 07 3262 5605 email: Toowoomba SC: Mtg 2nd Sat 2pm; Pres. Bob Littlehales; Phone 07 46355623; email: Twin Towns SC: Mtg 1st Mon; Ph: 07 5598 7629 Waterloo Bay SC: Mtg 1st Thurs (afternoon); 4th Thurs (evening); Ph 07 3207 3121.

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philatelic clubs & societies south australia

Information about clubs in SA can be obtained from the SA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Adelaide, SA 5001. Daytime Ph: 08 8212 3557 or 8223 4435

Australian Airmail Society: 1st Wed. 7.45pm 22 Gray Court, Adelaide. PO Box 395, Edwardstown 5039. Ph: 08 8276 3969 Barossa SC: Mtg 1st Tue 7.30 Greenock Luth Church Hall, Bevan St, Greenock; PO Box Greenock 5360; email:; Ph: (08) 8562 8386 Blackwood PC: Mtg 2nd Wed ex Jan; Uniting Church, Main Rd, Blackwood; Ph: 08 8278 1629; PO Box 581, Blackwood 5051; email: Bordertown & Districts PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Bordertown PSchool; Ph: 08 8752 1297 Community PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Fri - 7.30pm. Marion Bowling Club, off Sturt Rd. PO Box 75 Edwardstown, 5039; Auctions, circuit books. Ph: 0408806894 City of Noarlunga PS: Mtg alternate thurs,-- Community Health Centre, Grand Boulevard, Seaford, Contact 08 85566371 or PO Box 272, Port Noarlunga 5167 Eastern Districts PS: 2nd Thurs (ex. Jan), 7.30pm Senior citizens Hall, 47 Reid Ave. Hectorville; PO Box 240, Magill, 5072; Ph: 0400 156 796 Elizabeth PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7.30pm, RSL Hall, Cnr of Halseys/Midway Rds;PO Box 701, Elizabeth 5112; Ph: 08 8255 0608 Encounter Bay SC: Mtg 1st Wed, 7.30pm; School Hall, Woolworths Centre, Victor Harbour; PO Box 317, Goolwa 5214;; Ph: 08 8555 3311 ETSA Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Mon (ex. Jan); Canteen, 1 Anzac Highway, Keswick; PO Box 2079, Magill North, 5072; Ph: 08 8278 7163 Frama Club: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm, members homes; For collectors of CPS, Framas. Newsletter and Auctions. PO Box 62 Campbelltown 5074. Gawler SC: Mtg 4th Mon 7.30pm; Evanston Primary School, Para Rd, Evanston. PO Box 2, Willaston 5118; Ph: 08 8522 2335 Email: German Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd & 4th Mon 8pm; German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide 5000; Ph: 08 8260 2251 Glenside PS: 1st Wed 7.30pm& 3rd Sat 1.30pm; Uniting Church Hall, Carlton St. Highgate. PO Box 29, Glenside 5063. Ph: (08) 8353 8683 Lower Murray PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs,7.30pm, 2nd Sat, 10am; Murray Bridge Showgrounds. PO Box 810, Murray Bridge; Ph: 08 85704074 Mount Gambier PS: Mtg 3rd Tues; Reidy Park Corn Centre. 8pm. Also1st Sunday (ex. Jan) 1.30pm - 4pm. PO Box 2261,Mt Gambier.Ph: 08 8724 9474 Para Hills PS: Mtg 1st Sun; Community Hall Wilkinson Rd, Para Hills. PO Box 64, Para Hills; Ph: 08 8522 4345

victoria Australian PS: Bi-monthly meetings on 3rd Monday in February, April, June, August, October and December at RSL Homes, 152 Canterbury Road [cnr Keats Street] Canterbury. Secretary, PO Box 7014, Hawthorn, Vic, 3122 Bairnsdale SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Ballarat PS:Mtg 3rd & 5th Mon Balwyn PS: Mtg 3rd Friday; Daytime 1st Friday Bendigo PS: Mtg 1st Tues Berwick SC:Mtg 2nd Sun (ex Jan); Ph: 03 5942 7626 Blackburn Baptist SC: Mtg 3rd Thurs Brighton PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Tues; Daytime 3rd Tues Camperdown SC: Mtg 1st Tues Castlemaine SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec) Colac PC: Mtg 4th Mon (ex. Dec), Colac Community College, Bromfield St, Colac. Ph:52314746 Corner Inlet SC: Mtg 4th Thurs, Foster, Ph: 03 56881100 Dandenong PS: Mtg 4th Wed (ex Dec) Diamond Valley PS: Mtg 3rd Mon Essendon-Broadmeadows PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs; St Johns Uniting Church Hall, Cnr Mt Alexander Rd & Buckley St, Essendon; Murray Gorham, Ph 9306 7480 Footscray PS: Mtg 1st Mon (2nd in Jan); Maribyrnong Comm. Centre, 54 Raleigh Rd, Maribyrnong. PO Box 2477 Taylors Lakes 3038. PH. 0438 901 144. email: footscraystamps@gmail Frankston & District SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Seaford Community Centre, Broughton St Seaford. Ph: 5996 3745 Geelong PS: Mtgs 1st Sat 7.00pm, 3rd Mon 1pm (ex Jan) Sat - Diversitat Community Centre, 9-15 Clarence St, Geelong West. Mon - Belmont Library, High St, Belmont Ph: 0438578591 (Sec); PO Box 342, Belmont 3216 Hamilton PS: Mtg 2nd Monday Hungarian PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Italian PS: Mtg 2nd Mon (ex Jan), 7.30pm, Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Rd Bullen. (PO Box 166, Niddrie, 3042)

tasmania Derwent Valley PS: Mtg 4th Mon Devonport Junior SC: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon Devonport Stamp Group: Mtg 4th Fri, Public Library Mtg Rms, 7.30pm Ph. 03 6424 3449 Glenorchy SC: Mtg 1st Tues Hobart Junior Group: Mtg 1st Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224

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Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crozier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: figg/amccs Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Printed Collectables Club (SAPC): Mtg last Tues, Julia Farr Cent. Canteen, Ground Floor, Fisher St. Ph: 08 8265 7395; PO Box 657, Enfield Plaza 5085 PS of South Australia:1st & 3rdTues; 22 Gray Ct. GPO Box 1937, Adelaide 5001; Ph: 08 8555 3311 PS of South Aust. (Aus. Com. Spect.Grp.): Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm;22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Daytime SC):Mtg 1st & 3rd Thurs; 22 Gray Ct.Ph: 08 8373 3756 PS of South Australia (Study Group):Mtg 4th Tues 7.30pm; 22 Gray Ct. Ph: 08 8522 4345 Postal Stat & Postal Hist Soc: Mtg 2nd Tues; SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Ct, Adelaide. email:; Ph: 08 8260 3352 Riverland PS: Mtg 3rd Fri, 10am ;Whitmore Hall, Barmera Village; Ph: 08 8595 3023 SA Junior Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Sun 1pm - 3pm;Anyone over 5years, parents welcome. 22 Grey St, Adelaide. 08 8250 0484 Salisbury PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon;StJohns Church Hall. PO Box 336 Salisbury 5108; Ph: 08 8252 2392 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon; Rosa Hoare Room, Lutheran Church Complex Corner, Commercial Rd/North Pde; C/- Post Office, Strathalbyn 5255; Ph: 0429 693 747 Ukrainian Collectibles Club: Mtg Wed as per syllabus; PO Box 466, Woodville 5011; Ph: 08 8345 4033 Yorke Peninsula Collectors Club: Senior Citizens Club. Taylor St, Kardina. Mtg 3rd Wed ex. Jan; PO Box 178, Bute 5560; Ph: 08 8821 2906 Club Information: Victorian Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Melbourne, Vic, 3001 Latrobe Valley PS: Mtg Last Wed ex Dec 7.30pm, St Lukes Uniting Church Hall, Princes Way, Morwell; Chris Zarb, Sec. ph. 03 5174 3394 Maryborough Stamp Club:Mtg mthly ex Jan 2nd Tues of month 8pm, St Augustine’s Hall, Maryborough. PO Box 295, Maryborough, 3465; Ph: 03 5464 2400. Mildura PS: Mtg Last Thurs (ex Dec)Carnegie Building 74 Deakin Ave Ph: 03 5023 8789 Mooroolbark PS: Mtg 1st Tues; Ph: 03 9723 3304 Oakleigh PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan) Oakleigh Public Library, Drummond St, Oakleigh Ocean Grove SC: Mtg 4th Wed. 10am. Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Clubrooms Melways: 234 A. Ph. 03 5255 1372 Peninsula SC: Mtg 3rd Wed, 7.30pm Uniting Church Hall, Murray Anderson Rd, Rosebud. Ph: 03 5974 1950 Polish PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Prahran PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex Jan) Ringwood PS: Gen Mtg 1st Thurs; Daytime 3rd Mon Ph: 03 9551 2235 Royal PS of Victoria:Mtg 3rd & 5th Thurs; Daytime 1st Tues Sale SC: Mtg 1st Mon (ex Jan) Shepparton PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Mechanics Institute, Shepparton. Ph. 0419 560 813 Sherbrooke PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs ex Jan Upwey Fire Brigade Hall, 8pm; Bob Cook Ph: 03 9758 3465 Upper Yarra SC: Mtg 3rd Tues Warragul PS: Mtg 2nd Fri Warrnambool PS: Mtg 3rd Wed 7.45pm St Joseph’s Primary School, Botanic Road;Ph: 03 5561 1470 Waverley PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs 7.30pm, Mt Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mt Waverley; Daytime mtg the following Friday, 9.30am, Uniting Church Hall, 482 High St, Mt Waverley. Ph. 03 9898 4102 Obtain Tasmanian clubs information from: Tasmanian Stamp Council, GPO Box 9800, Hobart, TAS, 7001. Ph: 03 6278 7084 Kingston Junior Group: Mtg 2nd Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Launceston PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (ex. Jan) & 3rd Sat (ex. Dec), Max Fry Hall, Trevallyn 7.30pm; Ph: 6344 3676 Mersey-Leven PS: Contact: 03 6425 3603 Rosny Junior Group: Mtg Last Sat; Ph: 03 6278 2224 Tasmanian PS: Mtg Last Monday (ex. Dec);, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart

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July 6 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s July 7 - (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, Ukrainian Arcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754.

Hall, Russell St, Essendon. 9am-3pm

July 6 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car July 21 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Bentleigh-McKinnon Youth Centre, Higgins Rd, Bentleigh. Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW. Dealers plus huge range activities. Ph: John Thomas 0418 July 6 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am 322 315. 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. July 28 - (last Sun ex Dec) Stamp, Coin & Phonecard Fair, Ph. 0417 802 754 Jaycees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading. 9am-3pm. July 6 - (1st Sat) Sutherland Shire Stamp & Coin Collectors Fair, Gymea Anglican Church Hall, 131 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea.


July 7 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Show-

July 7 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bank- grounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry 8.30am stown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, - 2pm Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers.

July 7 - Queensland Stamp & Coin Fairs, 8:00am -1:00pm,

July 21 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, Pio- Contract Bridge Club, 67 Ipswich Road,Woolloongabba neers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 3483

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July 28 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Commu- contact 0428 450 616 day only. nity Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, July 8 - (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, Southport Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport. 11.30am - 2.30pm

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Architectural Heritage - Australia Post Australia’s oldest Government Houses are being celebrated by Australia Post in a new stamp issue coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Government House in Perth. The Government Houses of Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia feature on four domestic base-rate (60c) stamps. Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, “We are pleased to release this first stamp issue in a series on Australian historical architecture. We trust these stamps have captured the beauty of these distinctive and historic buildings.” Government House in Perth is one of the state’s most magnificent properties and this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. Set on more than three hectares of beautiful gardens, it was designed by Lieutenant Colonel (later Sir) E Y W Henderson and completed in 1864. The stamp image is reproduced courtesy of the photographer, Jon Green. Government House in Hobart was completed in 1857 and is regarded as one of the best Vice-Regal residences in the Commonwealth. Designed in neoGothic style by colonial architect William Porden Kay, the building includes exceptional stonework, individually carved sandstone chimney pots and basrelief sculptures on its exterior. The stamp image is reproduced courtesy of the Office of the Governor, Tasmania. 80 - Stamp News

Government House in Sydney was designed by Edward Blore, architect to King William IV, whose portfolio included work at Buckingham Palace. It is one of the finest examples of gothic revival architecture in NSW. The House was completed in 1845 when the first resident, Governor George Gipps, moved in. The stamp image is reproduced courtesy of Richard Glover and Benjamin Jakabek. Government House in Adelaide is the oldest continuallyinhabited ViceRegal residence in Australia. The earliest part of the House, the east wing, was completed and occupied in 1840. The east wing was from a design by English architect, Edward O'Brien, which was amended by George Strickland Kingston, the assistant Surveyor-General of South Australia. The stamp image is reproduced courtesy of SALife magazine. The stamps were designed by Sonia Young of the Australia Post Design Studio. The products available are a first day cover, stamp pack, maxicard set of four, booklet of 20 x 60c self-adhesive stamps and a roll of 100 x 60c self-adhesive stamps. The Historical Architecture: Government Houses stamp issue is available from 11 June 2013 at participating Australia Post retail outlets, via mail order on 1800 331 794 and online at stamps while stocks last.

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