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STAMP NEWS AUSTRALASIA

DECEMBER 2008 EDITION

VOL.55 Number 12

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STAMP NEWS AUSTRALASIA

Stamp News Australasia is published monthly by: Stamp News Pty Ltd ACN: 099-565 223

DECEMBER 2008 EDITION

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Contents Articles

Market Matters: Glen Stephens................................................... 14 Woodchip Free Zone: Rod Perry................................................. 20 Australian Stamp Variations: David Mallen............................. 24 New Zealand's Unofficial Stamp Booklets: David Smitham...................................... 30 Revenue Review: Dave Elsmore.................................................. 40 Greenland's Grand Old Man: Christer Brunström................. 42 Cinderella Corner: Tony Presgrave............................................. 44 Philately of Epic Proportions: Rod Perry.................................. 48 De-Mystifying the Detail: Andrew McEachern...................... 50 Letters from the Past: Eunice Shanahan................................... 54 SPF-ers: Dave Elsmore.................................................................... 60

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News...................................................................................................... 6 Mailbag...................................................................................................8 Auction Diary..................................................................................... 48 New Issues.......................................................................................... 64 Internet & Email Directory............................................................. 68 Clubs & Societies........................................................................ ......70 Calendar............................................................................................... 73 Products & Services Directory................................................ ......74 Trading Post.................................................................................. ......78 List of Advertisers............................................................... ..............82

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Argyll Etkin: Sales of £297,000! Irish Republican Army Stamps very popular; GB Tangier Silver Wedding missing overprint (illustrated) sells for £5104; Ireland Booklet No. 22 sells for £8120; Israel market strong with collections selling for £5220 & £3712; Bahawalpur first set sells for £4176 An array of buyers attended the 6th November 2008 Argyll Etkin sale in London one week after The Philatex Show where lots were, as usual, on display for viewing. The sale featured a number of remarkable collections including Great Britain and extensive British Empire stamps & Postal History; Airmails, forgeries, Cayman Islands, Ireland, Israel, Natal, St Helena, Seychelles and South Africa. Among the British Empire stamps, the Tangier missing overprint on the 1948 GB Silver Wedding in pair with normal (one of just six in existence) stood out, selling for £5,104 (Est £3000 - £4000). Bahrain 1948 Olympic Games Variety Surcharge Double sold for £1,566 (Est £700 - £800) while the Bahawalpur very scarce first set sold for £4,176 (Est £3000 - £3500). British postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia 1986 11/2a on 11/2d green fine used reached £556 (Est £250 - £300) Botswana 1967 1c Bird Error & watermark SG220a sold for £789 (Est £350 - £450). Among Airmails a 1919 cover carried on the first Transatlantic flight piloted by Alcock & Brown from Newfoundland to Ireland reached £1856 (Est £900 £1100). An unusual holding of worldwide forgeries attracted strong interest with Fournier Album No 15 reaching £1624 (Est £1200 - £1500) and good interest in Sperati, Spiro and Jeffries forgeries. A collection of Ireland established over 50 years kept the room busy with 12 lots of the Irish Republican Army stamps which survived the fire in the Cork headquarters of the I.R.A. when the Free State Army captured the City in 1922. Booklets from Ireland saw strong interest with

1940 2/- booklet No. 22 selling for £8120 (Est £5000 £6000) and 1944 booklet No. 2b reaching £1856 (Est £600 - £800). A spirited day combined with powerful bids for Southern Africa where South Africa 1930 1d block of four with central vignette missing sold for £1,276 (Est £600 - £800); South Africa 1941 11/2d Mine Pair with centre omitted old for £1972 (Est £1200 - £1500) and South West Africa 1943 Reduced size 4d block of four with variety ‘SWA’ inverted was knocked down for £986 (Est £350 £450). Argyll Etkin’s next auction will be in Spring 2009.

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Editor’s Mailbag

Dear Editor, I would like to bring to your attention to what appears to be an inaccuracy in Simon Dunkerley's 'Australia in Depth' report which appears on pages 14 and 15 of the September, 2008 issue. Four photographs, 'Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4' of the Australian War Savings Stamp show an aircraft referred to quite frequently by Simon Dunkerley in the article as a 'Spitfire' which was made by the Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers) and also by Vickers Armstrong in the UK and flew with a crew of one (1) - the

pilot. The aircraft shown on these stamps are NOT a 'Spitfire' but in fact a Bolton Paul P.82 'Defiant' made by the Boulton Paul Aircraft factory, Wolverhampton, UK. These aircraft were a two man crew, with a pilot and a rear gunner who sat in a Frazer Nash turret directly behind the pilot. If you look carefully at the stamp(s) you will notice a 'bump' directly behind the pilot's cockpit which is the turret referred to. 'Defiant' were brought into service with the RAF in July, 1939 in time for the outbreak of World War 11 however it was no match for the German Messerschmitts Bf109's during

the Battle of Britain and were withdrawn from daylight operations late in 1940 and used mainly as Night fighters and air sea rescue work. Another give away, is the tail plane of the aircraft which is entirely different to the tail plane of a 'Spitfire'. I am surprised that the Australian Government used the 'Defiant' as its 'Model' for the War Savings Stamp issue as the aircraft has no significant military historical interest whatsoever for this country. It was not used in this country to my knowledge and was never issued to any Australian Squadrons in the Pacific during World War 11 although there would have been some

possibility of a number of Australian pilots flying the aircraft whilst attached to RAF Squadrons during the war in England or the Middle East, but surely not in significant numbers as to warrant a stamp being issued in their honour. What's the difference you may ask? Well as far as I am concerned they are like chalk and cheese and as much alike as a 1913 ½d Kangaroo and a 1937 KGV1 ½d Kangaroo. Two completely different stamps and two completely different aircraft. Interesting isn't it! Regards Ron Woods (former RAAF)

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AP Honours Australian Films The L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards Celebrate 50 Years of Pride and Passion Awards Host and Australia’s Favourite Films Revealed! The L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards will be hosted by one of Australia’s favourite young actors, past AFI Award winner Stephen Curry. This historical event, the 50th AFI Awards, will take place at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 6 December, 2008 and will be broadcast on the Nine Network at 9.30pm. The festivities will commence on Friday 5 December with the announcement of the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures, which will also be held at the Princess Theatre. These ceremonies are not only a celebration of 2008’s highest achievements, but are also a major celebration of the history of film and television in Australia. Widely regarded as Melbourne’s most spectacular landmark, the Princess Theatre is the perfect setting for this glamorous event. It will lend a theatrical magnitude befitting such an illustrious anniversary. As a special initiative to acknowledge 50 years of pride and passion in Australian filmmaking, the Australian Film Institute and Australia Post asked the Australian public to vote for their all-time favourite Australian film. Results from an online poll have revealed the five Favourite Australian Films of all time. In no particular order, they are: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Castle, Muriel’s Wedding, Lantana and Gallipoli. Between them, the five Favourite Australian Films as

voted for by the Australian public, have won 23 AFI Awards, 2 BAFTAs and an Oscar! The exciting revelation regarding which of these five films received the highest number of votes and is therefore the nation’s choice of their Favourite Australian Film, will be announced at the L’Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards on 6 December, 2008. Australia Post is further honouring the Australian public’s choice of their five Favourite Australian Films of all time by issuing a series of commemorative stamps on Monday, 3 November. The five stamps have been developed from the poster artwork originally used to promote the films. Having played the central character of Dale Kerrigan in one of the top five films The Castle, it is a great thrill that Stephen Curry is hosting the L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards this year. This hosting role follows Stephen’s AFI Award win last year for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for the role of Australian television legend Graham Kennedy in The King. The nominees for this year’s L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards for Film and Television will be announced on Wednesday 29 October, 2008 at the Sydney Theatre. The L'Oréal Paris 2008 AFI Awards, celebrating 50 years of pride and passion will take place at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre on Saturday 6 December and will be televised on the Nine Network at 9.30pm. The L'Oréal Paris AFI Industry Awards presented by Digital Pictures will take place at the Princess Theatre on Friday 5 December, 2008

Australia’s Favourite Films

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Two drag queens and a transsexual set off from Sydney for Alice Springs in a second-hand bus christened ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’. It's a road movie with attitude and the occasional frock.

The Castle The extraordinary story of an ordinary family living the Australian dream: a quarter acre block; a Pool Room; a barbie; and an airport over the back fence. This is the Kerrigan family’s story of their battle with the airport to keep their beloved house, along with a "bloody good set of gates".

Muriel’s Wedding Living in a fantasy world of Abba songs, Muriel Heslop waits for Prince Charming to come along and rescue her from her bullying father, her bitchy peers and her small town home of Porpoise Spit. But when Prince Charming is slow to arrive, Muriel decides to take control of her own life and rescue herself.

Lantana A woman disappears. Four marriages are drawn into a tangled web of love, deceit, sex and death. Not all of them survive. Lantana is a psychological thriller about love, the mistakes we make and the consequences we suffer.

Gallipoli Two young Australians trek eastward across the desert to join the army. They face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. 10 - Stamp News

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Hearts On Stamps And Two New DVDs Released By ATA Retired Cardiologist, Benedict A. Termini, has taken his topical collection and written a fascinating book that covers the topic of hearts in an interesting format. In addition to the checklists of stamps and postal stationery picturing hearts he set two goals. First, he wanted to encourage stamps collectors to explore the world of heart stamps. Second, he wanted to make sure that the information, which he had gathered over many years, was available to stamp collectors. Additionally his book serves as an aid to the novice collector as he relates how he organizes his topical collections and where and how he locates sources who supply him with both information and philatelic items. His opening chapter is “Mending Broken Hearts – Cardiology on Stamps”. In layman terms he discusses and identifies stamps showing the human heart and how it works. This is followed by the history of man’s view of the function of the heart throughout history and the development of means to overcome heart problems. Within the narrative he tells the reader about the beginning of the stethoscope, the electrocardiogram, angiography, heart surgery and transplantation and preventative steps to reduce the risk of heart problems. Next he describes the philatelic uses of the heart as a symbol in the context of love stamps, Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped stamps, heraldic hearts, playing card hearts, religious uses and the Purple Heart. Other interesting factoids are found with items such as the “World’s Heartiest” stamps, cover collecting, souvenir sheets, booklets, perfins, cancellations, advertising covers, and cinderellas. Appendixes list United States Love Stamps and Envelopes; World Health Day (Your Heart is Your Health); World Communications Year; International Year of the Family; and also Betty Boop and I Love Lucy. The book closes with a listing of romantic town names in the United States complete with zip codes. This book may be obtained from the American Topical Association. Non-member’s price is US$18, however ATA members and those joining the ATA can obtain a US$3 discount. Postage to US addresses is US$2; to Canada is US$3; and elsewhere it is US$7. The ATA also continues to create and release new topical DVDs. Music on Stamps and Horses on Stamps are the two latest programs that have been put on disk by Harvey and Terri Edwards. The ATA now has over 20 titles that are available to the public. A listing of the titles is available from the ATA – PO Box 57 – Arlington, TX 76004-0057. americantopical@msn.com or www.americantopicalassn.org.

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Market Matters:

Knowledge is Power As anyone who reads have a copy, as a LOT my columns knows of this content is not “Knowledge Is Power” in Stanley Gibbons has been my mantra for Just one VERY several decades. moderate find will To gain knowledge pay for it 5 or 10 you need to read books times over. and catalogues – it is as The catalogue simple as that. comes in a superb Too many folks in custom made storthis hobby begrudge age box, to keep out spending money on dust and humidity etc, works that can save which in Australia is them 5 or 10 times the most useful. purchase cost, when For dealers, this they first use them. also means it is a Philatelic publishing breeze to mail to Nicely boxed - crisp presentation is no goldmine. Most clients, quickly and efforts are break even easily. – at BEST. Many self publishers lose a lot of money For the Australia errors 1952 - 2000 alone, you’d but continue - as it assists others. need to buy 5 volumes of the ACSC - for $A365 just Seldom do I see a new work that stands out from to look these issues up. the pack. One such book hit my desk recently. They are all in this one book for $A100 - and you In fact the only reason I chased it up was the get all the detailed GB and British Commonwealth number of auctions and lists that were quoting errors for free! “Pierron Hong Kong 558MCA Cat £750” etc, and Retail price in the UK is £49.95 ($A125 at time I had no idea what was being referred to! of typing) plus post. Due to the vagaries of exThis is a massive new, full colour, 800 page change rates, I sell these to clients just $A100 plus British Commonwealth misspost! ing colours catalogue, for all I’ve sold a couple of stamps of the QE2 reign from cartons already, so they have 1952. been a big hit with local collectors. SG have left a huge New Pierron Cat. gap in the catalogue market, It has the not very catchy title and “Tom Pierron” has very of: “Pierron’s Modern Great neatly filled it. Britain & Commonwealth Missing Colour Errors.” Superb Production Quality This is no back-yard stamp An incredible new work. society effort, done on the Every collector of this era cheap. It is very professionMUST have one, and every ally laid out, with brilliant dealer most certainly should graphics and image quality, and printed on top quality low gloss bright-white paper. Worth $1,000 14 - Stamp News

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Glen Stephens The author (whose name is not Tom Pierron!) is a leading collector in this field, and knows his stuff. I understand he owns a printing business in Europe, hence the very polished and professional final product. He is an active member of stampboards.com and has posted some of his superb material up there for others to admire. Some of the things photographed on this page are worth well over $A1,000 apiece, and yet most collectors or dealers would not know they were rare errors, even if they tripped over them! Does this Indian “missing black” stamp on cover nearby look like a $1000 item to you? Well not to me it doesn’t, that’s for sure. How can you look it up in SG -- they do not list modern issues past 1970 such as that in “Part One”, which is the problem. Did you know the Bermuda 1977 Fish missing color was worth £3,750? That’s $A8,500 for a modern stamp. You will not find that in SG either as their “Part One” listing stops in 1970. And hundreds more stamps are in the same category. Every QE2 era recorded missing colour is shown here in colour, and is priced accurately, numbers known are given, and other details surrounding it, where known. The photos of actual error pieces is invaluable. The various Australia 1965 5d Christmas missing colours are well covered - as a

TRUE “Missing Gold”

good example. See the photo nearby – which shows the ACTUAL “Missing Gold” in a strip of 5, being the lowest stamp in the strip. Every year dozens of dreamers and/or con-men list these up on ebay etc, at $100s each after creating them with a Q-Tip dipped in Methylated Spirit. And many sell to clueless buyers. Once you have seen the TRUE error, or a sharp colour photo of it, these crude ebay confections do not warrant a second glance. This catalogue was created by a very keen collector of the field, with active assistance of the leading error dealers on all continents. Many “Old Friends.” I see a lot of “Old Friends” in here …. many of which I discovered. The Australia 1992 45c Animal roll of 100 with missing black I bought off a client only as it had a red pen mark through it all, so was unusual. We both agreed it looked odd. I paid him many times face value for it, which he was happy with, and I forgot about it for some months. Only much later when fidgeting with the roll when on a phone call, did I notice it also had missing black on all 100 stamps! A dealer offered me a sum that exactly matched the current economy class airline ticket overseas I’d just booked, which pleased me. I now see the roll is cat A unique discovery Stamp News - 15

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Market Matters £24,000 - or near $A55,000 in Pierron, so I should have forsaken the airline ticket! Cocos Missing Pink Another “old friend” I see in here is the Cocos Island 1969 4c fish with Salmon Pink missing. In 1984 I found a small block of these in a box of junk, with the colour progressively missing, and totally missing on one row. No-one had seen them before. Or since. I think there were 3 or 4 strips in the block, so today’s prices are way too low in my view. I offered them to (the late) UK error dealer Derek Worboys soon after, who offered me VERY many hundreds of times what the box of junk had cost me. I remember the year exactly, as I’d just taken vacant possession of my new home in Hunter’s Hill. The VERY first phone call I took was Derek phoning from London to make me an large offer. Paid for the removal van – and more! These Cocos Fish are now £1,750 ($3,850) per strip of 3. To this day I understand it is the only missing colour ever discovered from Cocos, since SG 1 in 1963. As I first found them by chance 15 years after issue date, I feel sure no others have turned up, so these really should be priced 2 or 3 times higher than now. Over 80 different countries are covered in this Pierron, with 1,250plus errors detailed, and more than 2,500 sharp images. Normal stamps appear alongside errors for easy reference. Known or estimated quantities are listed. Genu-

15 years in the making!

ine market prices, based on dealer sales and auction results, are included. How the errors occurred, where and when they were found, and other significant information also appears – often available nowhere else. Values for all recorded formats of every error are included: mint, used, first day cover, traffic light block, plate/cylinder block, booklet pane, sheet etc. The electronic version of this Pierron catalogue also is sold on CD-ROM for $A62 to Australia. Files are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader or similar. Order via - tompierron@ bacchic.net Because of the huge file size of the electronic catalogue, it’s impractical to offer it as a download. Instead, it comes on a packed CDROM and can be copied to (and printed from) Glen Stephens has written monthly ‘Stampyour Tipster’ columns for 25 years. A vast library of past articles is computer. PC and Mac compatible. at: www.glenstephens.com/column.html

Glen Stephens

4 The Tor walk, Castlecrag, NSW, 2068 SA Railways Cat Phone: 02 9958 1333 email: glen@glenstephens.com Staying with the “Knowledge iswww.glenstephens.com Power” theme and Website: new catalogues, I’ll mention another useful niche publication. I was in Adelaide mid October for “STAMPEX” and was given a copy of “The Parcel Stamps Of South Australia – Part One – Railways, Tramways and Bus”. This has just been released in time for the show by well known local authors Martin Walker and Tony Presgrave. They told me this has been 15 years in the making. A most useful

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Glen Stephens A $1,000 item

book for collectors of this area and is 52 pages, in a font size far too small for many, I’d guess. Why it was not 52 x larger A4 pages I have no idea, as much of the text is far too small to read readily, and many collectors of this area will have far worse eyesight than me!

Ever seen this used?

stock at $2 would you give it even a second glance? Well I most certainly would not have, but with this book you’d discover it is rated “R5” and is valued at $A500!

1930 series RARE Indeed the entire 1930 set in this design are all rated “R5” – and all are at $500 either mint or used – even the lowest 1d value. Bring your magnifier! I would never have bothered to even ask about a It has every appearance of being prepared as A4 in 1d railway stamp, or look it up to be honest, so these normal font size, and then shrunk down to A5, so I am books are a great resource. at a loss as to what that was about, other than to save This scarce set is on plain paper – the sets before a few cents on paper and ink? and after it on coloured or under-printed paper are It may not be too late to revert back to the more also all scarce, but not quite in this league. usual A4 size for future copies if my guess is right. I Oddly most states did not have very high value showed it to others, and got the same comment re the Railway Parcel stamps for some reason - despite small font size. some very costly parcels being hauled. Martin Walker tells me today it is the same size For several of the SA series even 5/- top values font used by SG catalogues, so readers can be the are reported but not seen by the authors. judge on whether that works when in A5. This SA £5 depicted nearby is the highest railway Anyway, it has copious numbers of color photos, face value I can recall seeing. It is a $A1,000 stamp which is a nice change from many earlier Railway mint, and $A750 used. type listings. Yet even on this set, the 5/- value has not been The authors are both members of stampboards.com and said there that they had bowed to suggestions and sighted by the authors, but 3/-, 10/-, and £1 are recorded. The £1 is the same price as the £5, and all 4 rated scarcity via both “R” rating AND $ prices. Not always a popular course with collector authors, top values are “R5”. The book has useful sections on all the SA Private but the market seems to demand it these days. bus companies, meter and cash register stamps, and A very useful book to obtain for both dealers and even the Silverton collectors. And at Tramway issues and $A25 just one barely all Commonwealth decent discovery will Railway issues. With repay that very fast. lots of colour photos. Let me ask all readers – if they saw this nearby ratty looking 1930 4d black in a circuit book or dealer

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Market Matters that Martin Walker confirmed for me when in Adelaide was the 1962 Commonwealth Railways pre-decimal set of 17 values mint, 1d to 10/- have never been seen used by the authors! Not a single value of it. Pretty amazing as they were not replaced until 1966 with the decimal series. I recently sold complete MUH sheets of 24 of each value, so it is surprising no used copies have been sighted. Technology is taking over catalogues of all kinds, and Dave Elsmore has a rather useful online railway and revenue listing, that sometimes does not agree with this book. It is sad that even the basic values known to exist in sets etc can’t even be agreed on by both sides, given that very serious collectors are involved. The good thing about on-line catalogues is they can be amended and updated fast when needs be. Both with prices and new discoveries. I’ll take a closer look at that next month. We have a wealth of info in Australia on these issues, and it would be superb to see that knowledge being combined and amalgamated by common agreement. Block Busters One of my long term campaigns has been to convince readers to put aside EVERY postally used block of Australia you ever see. Right NOW most do not have much if any premium over 4 singles. I can guarantee you in a decade you will look back on this column and laugh to imagine NO-ONE placed a premium on most used blocks. Many major European basic catalogues as a matter of course list stamps mint, used, FDC, on cover and in USED blocks of 4. Look at a Swiss/Liechtenstein Zumstein or Italian

Sold for ~$20,000

or Scandinavian catalogues etc and you will see what I mean. Stamps worth peanuts as singles are often worth a FORTUNE in a postally used block in many European markets. Swiss stamps issued in the Kangaroo era can catalogue 500 times as much in a used block, as for a used single. The 1914 3f Jungfrau is in the basic Zumstein at 3,250 SF a used block, but only 8 SF for a used single. Many Kangaroos would rate high multiples like that. The same rarity applies in Australian stamps of course. But NOT the prices – YET. Facit does the same for Sweden and Scandinavia. In the 2009 Facit, the relatively cheap Sweden 1858 12öre blue Arms (Facit # 9) is priced at x 500 for a block of four. That stamps is18 SEK for the cheapest shade for a used single, but 9,000 SEK for a used block of four of the cheapest shade. For rarer issues Facit list how many blocks of four are known. Facit also list largest known multiples. For some issues it might only be a pair that is the largest setenant unit, for others it is a block of 20 or larger. The ACSC can do the same. I sold the 1963/5 Navigators shown nearby in postal VFU blocks recently for $A600 – all with different cds, and all correctly dated in period. That is only the price of 4 used sets. It is certainly true that virtually EVERY Australia stamp from 1913 to the present date EXISTS in postally used blocks - even high values like these £2. Used blocks exist Arthur Gray and I discussed this on Adelaide this month, and he agrees with me there are very few

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Glen Stephens instances where no used blocks are recorded – and even then we are only guessing they are not out there. The £1 Leski block shown nearby was used in 1923 and first surfaced on the market this month – 85 years after being used. But just try finding them if you start collecting them. Right now, few bother. For years I have been urging the editor and publisher of the ACSC to do so at some point, and I feel sure they will one day. It will give added reason for folk to buy each new edition of catalogues and will not take any more space or pages than they now do, as they simply add the universal cross hair block symbol to all current listings. I have discussed this will leading dealers and all agree the demand for used blocks is increasing all the time. Richard Juzwin told me in Adelaide he fully agrees the market under-values such material at present, and that he is actively buying it whenever he sees it on offer, and hopes the ACSC lists them if future. Juzwin told me he was the underbidder on this used block of £1 Kangaroos shown nearby at Leski’s October 6th sale in Melbourne. The stamps are 3rd watermark, and was invoiced to the buyer at just on $A20,000. As 4 singles they would sell for about a QUARTER of that. Charles Leski told me the vendor bought these blocks in to show him, housed in a cheap $5 type Chinese stockbook. This block had been in the family for decades and never sold for 3 generations, so had presumably been soaked off a parcel at the time of receipt in 1923. An equally nice looking £1 FIRST watermark used block came up at a stamp auction in Wales UK a couple of years back, and I know myself, Simon Dunkerley and Tony Shields and several others all bid strongly on it, only to see Stanley Gibbons outbid us all. Most of the Kangaroos are known in used blocks, and the archive sales offered the First Watermark

bi-colour high values up to £2 in used blocks with Brisbane cancels, several of which I have sold since. 11 x £1 Roos on piece I recall Martyn Greive from A-One stamps showing me a parcel piece with no less than ELEVEN x £1 grey 3rd wmk Kangaroos on it, including a block of 6, and also THREE x £2 Small Multi Roos. It was a new discovery he’d found in quite recent times, among an estate of a man who threw nothing out – even parcel wrappers. This piece was used in 1933 from Sydney to Newcastle Waters NT, on a 32 lbs car parts air shipment. Over £17 on a domestic parcel, so MANY high value used Roo blocks DO certainly exist – especially to USA/Europe.. It is likely all the KGV heads, in all the watermarks and perfs and dies exist in blocks too – but many would be very rare thus. I once asked experienced dealer Rod Perry if he had even seen or handled a KGV head 4d Lemon Yellow in a USED block of 4. Rod thought about it for while, and agreed he could not recall seeing one, but also agreed one or more likely existed, if a search were made. An inexperienced dealer would likely offer it for $50 to $100 on today’s market, but I’d want $500. Watch this space. I’ve outlined the above and similar facts to the publisher and editor of the ACSC over several years, and if you agree please add to the groundswell. Publishers need to add good reasons for each new edition to be purchased, and here is a perfect reason for EVERY volume to get new sales. As I have typed many times our ACSC is the world’s best, but like a top sportsman it needs to keep improving, to stay in that position. Glen Stephens has written monthly ‘Stamp Tipster’ columns for 25 years. A vast library of past articles is at: www.glenstephens.com/column.html

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Philately appears to be holding its own in the present global financial turmoil. Auction Houses here and abroad are generally achieving clearance rates not dissimilar to those in the recent pre-crisis past. It is reasonable to assume, however, that diminished fortunes for so many, on the broad scale that we have witnessed, must dampen enthusiasm to however minor an extent, at least in some categories in Philately. Personally, I remain very bullish. Specifically towards the type of material I have been recommending in this column during the past six and a half years, that is. Material with visual appeal, suitable for exhibiting, with the scarcity factor, but without the price tag usually accompanying. I’ll continue to provide a wide berth for certain types of material, however. Such as material which rates poorly in the visual stakes, but mightily in price tag. Here are some categories of material I would not wish to be financially exposed to, even in buoyant times:

Figure 1. And I thought I’d seen it all – but it does come “encased” Most readers will have at least heard of the “Graded stamps” phenomenon, which has raged like wildfire in the U.S. in recent years. Graded stamps being those, which in terms of centring, are close to geometric perfection. The “graders” of such stamps do so, I understand, by projecting a super large image of the subject on to a wall, and then measuring the margins surrounding the design. A grading of 90, 95, 98 or 100, or variants thereof, is then provided for the more well-centred. It has not been explained to me why grading 91-94, 96-97 and 99 are not

recognised? Auction realisations for even common stamps in the highest grading can defy belief. Last September, for example, Figure 1, which was described as Grade GEM-100, “ultimate example . . . matchless . . . gorgeous . . . saturated color . . . fresh as the day it was first issued . . . most incredible”, went on to realise US$57,500. By comparison, an average example sells for around US$100. Referring to Figure 1, a wag in my office commented “Perfect for those who haven’t already lost most of their money in the financial crisis”. One final comment on this phenomenon, rated by the philatelically sane as surely the most unhealthy ever visited upon Philately, is the process of encasing graded stamps (also referred to as encapsulation). I’ve not seen an “encased” stamp (nor do I ever wish to), but the concept evokes a distant memory. In the early ’seventies I bought at auction, for the legendary collector, Charlie Zuker, the famous Australia KGV 2d tête-bêche pair. Zuker (who referred to his prize item as the “teechy-beechy” pair) rightly was concerned about it’s fragile nature; if accidentally reduced to two singles it would be worthless. Later, on a visit to pay homage to Charlie, he produced the pair “encapsulated” within no less than ten hawid mounts. “There, mate. It’s bulletproof”, he proudly exclaimed. Other items on my “wide berth” list include certain categories which are peculiarly popular in Australia. More than one Trader in the U.K. has confided that they wish they could emulate in their country our obsession for such material. For reasons which escape many, Australia appears to hold “world records” for valuations of: 1. “Kiss-prints” (more advantageously marketed as “Double prints”) 2. “Ink-cloggings” (eg 2½d Kangaroo “Missing ‘1’ in fraction”) 3. Marginal inscriptions (notably Monograms, Imprints and Plate numbers - including fragments thereof - take your pick of “2”, “3”, “8” or “9” if from base margin of sheet, or “6” or “8” for top margin, etc) 4. Watermark varieties (as in Inverted or Sideways) 5. Stamps with holes in them (ie punctured “O S”)

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On the visual appeal scale, most reasonable thinking Philatelists would argue that “1”, “2”, “4” and “5” do not rate highly. The less charitable might suggest such categories have a visual rating bordering on lousy. “3” would generally be rated as an improvement in the visual stakes, the Monograms and Imprints that is. It’s the absence of value for money, by my standards, however, which keeps me distant from all of the above five categories. “5” I like on cover, which in general represent value for money, whereas mint or used (off cover) companions usually do not. Incidentally, these punctures mint or used, particularly expensive items, should be purchased only with appropriate expert certification, or a guarantee, such as the excellent APTA Warranty offered by members of this Trade Association. It is a fact that many collectors have cast caution to the wind when buying punctured “O S”, in that familiar, obsessive quest to fill “gaps”. Items in each of “1” to “5” above have sold for five-figure sums, some up to $50,000+, and sixfigures in the instance of “3”. Will such items bring pleasure and profit to their owners? Do items which rate poorly in the visual stakes, in what essentially is a hobby all about visuals, have a bright future? I have my opinions, and suffice to say that for me, fifty grand spent on a thousand selected commercial covers, at an average cost of $50 per item, will produce pleasure, and profit, by the truckload. I mentioned in the introduction I’m bullish towards “Material with visual appeal, suitable for exhibiting, with the scarcity factor, but without the price tag usually accompanying”. By way of examples, here follows seven subjects with these attributes, acquired during the month or so prior to submitting this month’s column, for an average of around $50 per item. The sources are eBay (4), Public Auction (1 – in a “mixed lot”), Trader’s “box” (1), and Stamp Exhibition (1). Ah, the thrill o’ the chase. These seven subjects I rate as being very good examples of their kind, which will bring me pleasure, and I believe heaps of Blue Sky profit potential when I decide to part company with them. All will find an appropriate place in exhibits which I compose in the future. Here’s why I like ’em:

Figure 2. One of Australia’s commonest stamps – used uncommonly Some stamps are just so common that it can be a challenge to find an unusual usage to represent that stamp in a Usage collection. Figure 2 satisfies that criterion for the humble 1942 KGVI 2½d scarlet. This 31 Dec 1947 use of a pair was to send a postcard from Bondi Junction to Java, at the 5d Airmail postcard rate. This is the first example of this rate I’ve noted. Nice enough item, but it’s a pity the 1946 5d Ram perforation change (14 x 14.75) wasn’t utilised for the purpose. That’s one of the rarest solo frankings of Australia.

Figure 3. Highest denomination stamps solo always a treat Papua New Guinea stamp usage is one of my favourites, as I’ve indicated before in this column. At one point in time I was able to “win” most of the useful items of PNG appearing on eBay, usually for embarrassingly small sums. I did make the suggestion that readers should consider taking up the challenge of PNG usage collecting. Lately I’ve been Stamp News - 21

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winning very little, which suggests one or more out there took my advice. Philatelic self-flagellation has long afflicted me. Figure 3 fortunately I did win. This is the only example of the 1966 $2 Butterfly I’ve seen on cover, and being solo it’s a gem. Used 10 July 1969 from Boroko to Canada, $2 was for 4-4½ozs. airmail (20c per ½oz. x9 = $1.80) plus registration (20c). The Canadian “Cleared Customs” datestamp adds a nice finish.

The 1952-66 2/6d Aborigine is scarce as a solo franking. It is most likely, although rarely, to turn up on airmail articles to parts of Latin America, that rate being 2/6d per ½oz. Figure 5 is an unusual (and very rare) solo franking of the unwatermarked printing used 5 Feb 1959 on registered airmail cover Wahroonga to Hong Kong. 2/6d was split evenly between ½oz. airmail rate (1/3d) and registration fee (1/3d). This was the item in the Public Auction “mixed lot” mentioned above. Such “finds” are becoming increasingly infrequent as scarcer usage items become better understood and appreciated by Auctioneers, and are offered as individual auction lots.

Figure 4. Scarce rate, censor, attractive stamps = sweet package The Fijian KGVI 1938-55 Pictorials are another personal favourite, and my usage exhibit welcomes Figure 4. This is a 2 Sep 1942 airmail cover Suva to San Francisco bearing the attractive 2d x2 and 1/-. The all-the-way airmail rate to U.S. was 2/10d per ½oz. This item is endorsed “Honolulu to U.S.A.” alongside printed Air Mail panel, the rate for this part-way airmail being 1/4d only. This is a scarce rate, complemented by scarce Fijian Censor tape/handstamp combination.

Figure 5. “One Pound Jimmy”, off to Hong Kong

Figure 6. From the little known Colonel Stacy W. Clapp Jnr correspondence I’m always on the lookout for attractive examples of usage of the PNG 1/7d Cattle, a stamp which ignited my commercial senses back in the ’sixties, when it became an Australasian “glamour” stamp. As a solo franking on commercial covers (I dispassionately regard philatelic covers produced by the Papuan Philatelic Society et al) the 1/7d is rare. The stamp was issued on 2 June 1958 when 1/7d paid the 4d Letter rate + 1/3d registration fee. The rates increased to 5d + 2/- (hence the later 2/5d Cattle) on 1 October 1959, so there was not a great deal of time for valid solo use of the 1/7d. Even as a combination franking, the 1/7d is rather scarce. Figure 6 has it with the 3½d black, itself uncommon on cover, for a 26 June 1958 registered use Port Moresby to U.S. Forces member in New York. The unusual rate of 1/10½d paid 7½d Foreign letter + 1/3d registration fee. Attractive combination

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for my taste. Incidentally, PNG also had a 1/7d Stationery Registered Envelope for combined letter rate/registration. This had issued 1 September 1959, one month before the rate change rendered it’s primary use obsolete. Little wonder, therefore, that this is such a scarce item commercially used. Surprisingly, they generally sell for under $200, which I regard as a steal.

Figure 8. Convergence of two passions in one item

Figure 7. Rare usage items can turn up in most unlikely places Figure 7 is from a five-decade run of correspondence from West Germany to Australia, which I bought at Stampex 2008 in Adelaide. I like correspondences to Australia; they can be interesting socially as well as philatelically. This particular group comprised over 1,100 covers, and I made only a cursory glance before agreeing to buy. I sorted them when they arrived in Melbourne, and was pleasantly surprised to find this underpaid and taxed cover. The correct rate was 90pf rather than 80pf, and the underpayment was indicated in international currency “15c” (centimes), which equated to a doubledeficiency of 2d, for which the QEII 2d brown was affixed, and cancelled at Brisbane University P.O. on 23 Dec 1965. Solo uses of this 2d are very scarce; I’ve seen them only on underpaid covers during the 5d Letter rate regime. As luck would have it, this 2d is the Helecon paper printing, which is very scarce on cover in any form. This is the first solo use of a Helecon 2d I’ve noted. Being acquisitive by nature often brings it’s rewards.

My Philatelic interests include the broad subject of articles from around the world sent by airmail to Australasia, and unusual airmail labels (etiquette’s) on cover, from and to any country. Figure 8 combines both of these interests. A 22 Sep 1942 cover from Republic of Panama to Auckland, it was sent airmail via Portugal, and being during wartime was censored upon arrival in N.Z. This is an exotic origin/ destination, enhanced by the presence of an unusual and striking airmail label, apparently of a private nature rather than Post Office issue. It’s unlisted in the Catalogue of Airmail Labels, by Günter Mair. This is an excellent publication, hard-to-get, although occasionally found in auction catalogues and on the internet, where I obtained mine. It provides an excellent excuse to collect any country of the world which has issued such labels, and provides a logical common denominator for an otherwise illogical pursuit. Labels of the 1920s and 1930s, in particular, can make for a very attractive combination with the stamp/s present on the cover. This is a highly recommended pursuit for the more philatelically ambitious amongst readers. Incidentally, the observant will note that this is the subject bought from a Trader’s box. I deliberately left the pencilled “50 -” in lower right corner, as it conveniently reflects the average cost of around $50 per item referred to in this article! Rod Perry has been a philatelic trader since 1962 and a Stamp News advertiser since the 1960s . He founded Rodney A Perry Auction Galleries (now Millennium Philatelic Auctions) in 1971. As a collector he has exhibited nationally and internationally. Rod prefers his used stamps on cover and likens taking a stamp off its original cover to converting a tree to woodchips. Past editions of this column may be accessed on Rod’s ‘rap.com.au’ Stamp News - 23

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Australian Stamp Variations Details of the main variations in recent stamp issues www.stamps.com.au You may have noticed that Australia Post has a new internet address for stamp products: www.stamps.com. au. It came on-line at 12 noon on 8th October. Clicking on the Shop’s “Stamps” page displays an index of available stamps sets (pictured). The index appears to be in random order. Clicking on a specific set’s logo takes you to that set’s page which has an improved layout. Each product and variation is listed on the righthand side of the page. Clicking on a specific product displays an enlarged image and price, however the text details remain the same. The Technical Details relate to the gummed sheet stamps and do not change if you click on another product or variation, such as one containing self-adhesive stamps or gummed stamps of a different perforation. The perforations of many sets are still incorrect (see Footnote, below). The stamp variations contained in prestige booklets and the issue dates of individual variations within a set of stamps are not given. If you click on “Future Issues” in the For Collectors tab you get a list of issues planned for 2009. The remaining 2008 issues are not shown! There is also a link to the Commonwealth Bank’s Currency Converter for international clients. A handy feature is the ability to save the stamp images with good resolution. To do this, do not select “Click to Enlarge”, but right-click on the image and select Open Link in New Window. Then right-click on the new

image and select Save Image As. Select file type JPG or BMP as required and left-click Save. The JPG files are 72 pixels per inch which is good enough for displaying on the screen. While the website has been improved there is still a way to go to show what is actually issued and list the full details collectors require. What do you think of the “new look” website? What information would you like to see? Do you like seeing coins on a stamps website? Should the non-Australian stamps be on separate pages? You can leave feedback on the Contact Us page and/or send a letter to the Stamp News editor and/or post a comment on Stampboards at: www.stampboards.com To view the existing comments from Stampboards members go to: http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?t=8875

Megafauna To celebrate Stamp Collecting Month (SCM 2008) a mega set was issued on 1st October. 2 values and 6 designs were issued in a plethora of variations. There were 10 different formats of blocks, strips and pairs of the gummed stamps and 2 different perforations. The last 8 pages of the prestige booklet contained 8 different minisheets. The

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David Mallen separate minisheet with se-tenant pairs of 55c & $1.10 stamps was perf 13.9 x 13.9. The gutter of the gummed sheets of 50 x 55c stamps contained images of skeletons. For the self-adhesive collector, the four 55c stamps came in a booklet, chequebook and roll of 200. Megafauna Variations 30 Cost $53.20 st Issue Date 1 October 2008 Stamp Value & Design 55c Genyornis 55c Diprotodon 55c Thylacoleo 55c Thylacine $1.10 Megalania $1.10 Procoptodon Perforations Gummed stamps: Sheet & prestige booklet: 14.6 x 13.9 Minisheet: 13.9 x 13.9 * Self-adhesive stamps: Booklet & Roll: 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Blocks, strips & pairs 4 x 55c se-tenant strip 2 x 55c Genyornis 2 x 55c Diprotodon 2 x 55c Thylacoleo 2 x 55c Thylacine 4 x 55c se-tenant block of 4 55c Genyornis & $1.10 Megalania * 55c Thylacine & $1.10 Procoptodon * $1.10 Megalania & $1.10 Procoptodon (vertical) $1.10 Megalania & $1.10 Procoptodon (horizontal) Gutter 10 x 55c (skeletons in the gutter) Minisheets 4 x 55c & 2 x $1.10 * 2 x 55c Genyornis pair 2 x 55c Diprotodon pair 2 x 55c Thylacoleo pair 2 x 55c Thylacine Se-tenant 55c block of 4 2 x $1.10 Procoptodon pair 2 x $1.10 Megalania pair Se-tenant $1.10 pair (vertical) Self-adhesive 55c Genyornis Stamps 55c Diprotodon 55c Thylacoleo 55c Thylacine

More Occasions Seven full-perf self-adhesive variations from the “For Every Occasions” set were issued in October. They were contained in minisheets in prestige booklets and were sold for approximately 10% above face value. On 2nd October four “Special Occasions” booklets were available. These were titled: “Tying the knot”, “Love is”, “Love” and “A day to remember”. Similarly on 28th October three booklets were available: “Babies”, “Celebrate” and “Happy Birthday”. There were five minisheets per booklet each containing 4 self-adhesive stamps. See November Stamp News for the first part of this set issued on 15th and 23rd September. For the full set there were a total number of 89 variations at a cost of $349.

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Australian Stamp Variations For Every Occasion (Contd.) Variations 42 Cost $117.60 Issue Dates Full-perf self-adhesive stamps: 2nd October 2008 * 28th October 2008 ** Stamp Value & 55c Gold Rings * Design 55c Silver Rings * 55c Heart and Roses * $1.10 Bridal Gown * 55c Baby Feet ** 55c Sparklers ** 55c Balloons ** Perforations 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Minisheets 5 x “Tying the knot” (4 x 55c Gold Rings) 5 x “Love is” (4 x 55c Silver Rings) 5 x “Love” (4 x 55c Heart and Roses) 5 x “A day to remember” (4 x $1.10 Bridal Gown) 5 x “Babies” (4 x 55c Baby Feet) 5 x “Celebrate” (4 x 55c Sparklers) 5 x “Happy Birthday” (4 x 55c Balloons) Self-adhesive 55c Gold Rings Stamps 55c Silver Rings 55c Heart and Roses $1.10 Bridal Gown 55c Baby Feet 55c Sparklers 55c Balloons

following the previous night’s announcement of the winner, Matthew Cowdrey. Paralympian of the Year Variations 1 Cost Issue Date 24th October 2008 Stamp Value & 55c Matthew Cowdrey Design Perforations 14.4 x 14.4 Sheetlet 10 x 55c

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Christmas

The October issues were completed on 31st with the remainder of the Christmas 2008 set. Full perf selfadhesive stamps were issued in sheetlets ($1.20) and

Made in China The Beijing 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist sheetlets printed in China in August finally arrived (by slow boat ?) on 10th October! The stamp images are quite different from those printed in Australia. The colour has a greenish tinge and the background is graded rather than a solid yellow. If you want to add the Chinese variations to your collection you could keep the selvedge, with the Chinese logo, attached to the stamps to distinguish them from the Made in Australia ones. The total number of variations for this issue is now 42 at a cost of $210.

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David Mallen Stamp News for a full summary. Footnote: The cost quoted in the above summary tables is the minimum cost to obtain one of each variation. Many variations are only available in sheetlets or booklets containing multiple stamps and are often sold above face value. The cost does not include the cost of single gummed sheet stamps when issued. Scan the QR code with your mobile cell phone to go to the ASV home page. Find out what Australia Post actually issued this year in my ASV 2008 Catalogue.

Author of the ASV Catalogue Web:www.users.bigpond.net.au/asv Email: asv.cat@bigpond.net.au 7 Rodney Close, Wheelers Hill, VIC, 3150 booklets (50c Baubles & 50c Icon). A special 50c Baubles sheetlet embellished with gold foil and textured varnish was also released. See November Stamp News for the first part of this set issued on 15th September. For the full set there were a total number of 42 variations at a cost of $112. Christmas 2008 (Contd.) Variations 7 Cost $42.00 st Issue Date 31 October 2008 Stamp Value & 50c Baubles Design 50c Religious Icon (Madonna and Child) 55c Religious Icon (Angel) $1.20 Religious Icon (Wise Man) Perforations Gummed stamps: 14.6 x 13.9 Self-adhesive stamps: 11.5 x 11.2 (IDC simulated perforations) Image 50c Baubles (gold foil and varnish) Self-adhesive 50c Baubles Stamps 50c Baubles (gold foil and varnish) 50c Religious Icon (Madonna and Child) $1.20 Religious Icon (Wise Man) Sheetlets 10 x 50c Baubles (gold foil and varnish) 5 x $1.20 Religious Icon (Wise Man) November is “Stamp Variations Month”. From their “Impressions” catalogue, Australia Post will release many different and expensive variations of this year’s issues as well as many reprints of previously released stamps. In November 2007 there were 34 postage stamps, 29 collectable stamps and a total of 132 variations. This excludes the Annual Collection. Don’t miss next month’s

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Maree Nieuwenhuizen

PO Box 108, Bateman’s Bay, NSW 2536 Ph: 02 4472 5231 Kenbetty@bordernet.com.au

Glen Stephens 4 The Tor Walk, Castlecrag, NSW 2068 PH: 02 9958 1333 glen@glenstephens.com www.glenstephens.com

PO Box 441, Norfolk Is. NSW 2899 Ph: 06 7232 3778 stamps@ninet.nf

Suite 333, 236 Hyperdome, Loganholme, QLD, 4129 Ph: 07 3206 8507 stampman@bigpond.net.au

John Cornelius

PO Box 23, Magill, SA, 5072 joda99@bigpond.net.au

Chris Snelling Stamps PO Box 121, Kotara Fair, NSW 2289 Ph: 02 4952 8205 orcstamp@bigpond.net.au www.orchidstamps.com

Graeme Fudge PO Box 122, Milton, NSW 2538 Ph: 02 4455 4011 info@sydphil.com www.stampsaustralia.com.au

PO Box 53, Box Hill, VIC 3128 Ph: 03 9808 1905

Alf Clark

Robert Kennedy Stamps P/L Shop 4, 155 Castlereagh St, Sydney, NSW, 2000 Ph: 02 9264 6168 stamps@kennedystamps.com.au www.kennedystamps.com.au

Andrew McEachern

107 Station St, Ferntree Gully, VIC 3156 Ph: 03 9752 2677 kmorgan @centurynova.com.au www.kevinmorgan.com.au

PO Box 16, Northcote, VIC 3020 Ph: 03 9480 2193

Ray Pinniger PO Box 9008, Scoresby, VIC 3179 Ph: 03 9753 3520 bevvyc@optusnet.com.au

PO BOX 457, Bayswater, VIC 3153 Ph: 03 9762 1848 maree@mpnstamps.com

Mike Lee

7 Colbury Rd, Bayswater Nth, VIC 3153 Ph: 03 9729 5855 mlphilatelics@bigpond.com

P & D Nicholls

PO Box 172, Glenbrook, NSW 2773 Ph: 02 4739 6184 nicholls55@optusnet.com.au

Pacific Coast Philatelics

Lyndsay Tooley

Con Vayanos 64/3030 The Boulevard, Emerald Lakes, Carrara, QLD, 4211 Ph: 07 5578 1744 convayanos@hotmail.com

ACTS

PO Box 1290 Upwey, VIC 3158

Owen Pennells, PO Box 3343, Bundaberg, QLD, 4670 Ph: 0427 551 207

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New Zealand's Unofficial Stamp Booklets One interesting aspect of collecting New Zealand stamps is to collect stamp booklets issued by the New Zealand Post Office and later, by New Zealand Post. It is not proposed to cover such issues as these are adequately covered in section W of Campbell Paterson’s loose leaf catalogue of NEW ZEALAND STAMPS. They can quite properly be termed official stamp booklets as they were issued and sold via a postal authority through its retail outlets. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand is blessed (some may say cursed!) by alternate postal service providers; some of whom have also issued stamps in booklet form for their customers’ benefits. Many have been reported in earlier issues of Captain Coqk in an ongoing series compiled by Graham Muir entitled From the Other side of the Fence. As these booklets were produced by a postal service provider they too can be classed as official stamp booklets and will not be covered in this article. So, what are unofficial stamp booklets? It would be easy to classify them as being privately produced. It would be wrong to do so because as we shall see later in this article some were produced by New Zealand Post and sold over post office/post shop counters for sale to Joe Public! Before opening up a can of worms about official stamp booklets versus unofficial stamp booklets being determined solely by their general or restricted availability – please remember that these classifications maybe somewhat obfuscated in that 1986 the New Zealand Post Office produced 2 stamp booklets that were sold at

their stand at the Stockholmia ’86 FIP world stamp exhibition. These are given full listing in Campbell Paterson’s catalogue! Whether termed official, private or unofficial, such stamp booklets have been produced over the past 30 years or so. They add interest to a New Zealand collection and more so to a booklet collection. Some were produced as fundraisers for stamp exhibitions by various exhibition organisers and as such were sold above the face value of their contents – for obvious reasons! Some were even produced by New Zealand Post and were sold at the face value of their contents. Some have even been produced for sale at less than their contents’ face value! Initially this article was prepared along chronological lines, but as more information was received it became obvious that this would be messy, and difficult to follow. Accordingly it is broken down into 4 sections: complimentary booklets, booklets for sale below face value, booklets for sale at face value, and booklets for sale above face value. 1) Complimentary booklets: freebies! Everyone likes freebies or giveaways, and yes there have been a number of giveaway booklets containing valid New Zealand postage stamps over the past few years. The first was in mid 2004 when New Zealand’s postage rates increased from 40c to 45c for domestic letters. The Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation was involved with a New Zealand Post trial of customised advertising stamps. All New Zealand Post customised advertising stamps bear the New Zealand Post logo (and no country name) at the foot of the vertical colour stripe to the right of the stamp’s design.

Fig. 1: 2004 ANZ Bank booklet

Fig 2: 2004 BMW Christmas card booklet

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David Smitham The New Zealand Post trial was to gauge the success of a scheme whereby it offered a service to clients that showed it could compete against New Zealand’s alternative postal service providers who were already offering this service for clients. Three different 5c ANZ customised advertising stamps were produced featuring Haddad’s Menswear, Passage Rock Vineyard and United Fisheries – all business clients of the ANZ bank. These and all later customised advertising stamps were printed in sheets of 50 and it isn’t exactly easy to divide 50 by 3 evenly! The ANZ bank sent out the 14.0 x 10.5 cm booklets to some of its business customers in mid 2004 to give clients make up stamps for the new 45c base letter rate. These comprised a horizontal block of 6 stamps (i.e. two sets of the three 5c ANZ Bank stamps). Incidentally to help use up the odd 5c ANZ stamps, blocks of four were given away loose with Metro magazine; hence a sheet of 50 stamps would provide five booklet blocks of six and five magazine blocks of four. The booklets were produced in a 3 panel vertical folding “C” format. The outer two panels had die cuts which when correctly folded let the viewer see one or more of the ANZ 5c stamps. The block of six ANZ self adhesive stamps was held in place via one upper and two lower semicircular die cuts – the upper die cut being inverted in relation to the others. The central panel held the block of six ANZ stamps and the rubric underneath the block read: So here’s something to help with the increase in postage this month. In late 2004 BMW New Zealand produced white

Fig 3: 2008 Fisher Funds promotional booklet

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14.0 x 14.0 cm Christmas cards, in a 3 panel vertical folding “C” format similar to the ANZ booklets, with an embossed simulated perforated outline of a BMW wheel’s spokes on the front cover. This Christmas card booklet was distributed as a gift to BMW clients who had purchased a new car during the year. That seen was from the Christchurch BMW franchise and came in a silver and white outer envelope. Similar Christmas card booklets from other New Zealand BMW franchises also probably exist. The inside front cover and centre panel of the Christmas card booklet bore Christmas messages. The inside rear cover contained a single 45c customised advertising stamp which featured a wheel with a BMW logo in the centre. The BMW self adhesive stamp was held in place by two semicircular die cuts – the upper die cut being inverted in relation to the lower. The rubric to the left of the 45c BMW stamp read: Share your summer experience with your family or friends in New Zealand and send them a postcard with the BMW stamp provided, alternatively you can add this stamp to your collection. This stamp is legal tender. The BMW 45c customised advertising stamp was the third such issue. It was also the second and final corporate stamp issued in conjunction with New Zealand Post as part of a trial to gauge the success of the customised advertising stamps scheme. Since then a number of organisations have used New Zealand Post’s customised advertising stamps to promote their own business with many being sold

Fig 4: One of several different 1993 WWF/conservation discount stamp booklets.

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New Zealand's Unofficial Stamp Booklets (at a loss) at face value to clients wanting to purchase these stamps. Such stamps cost considerably more than face value to produce and presumably these losses can be written off as a business advertising expenses. One of the more recent customised advertising stamps to be produced was also given away in booklet form by Fisher Funds to clients and potential clients at various investment seminars held around New Zealand in 2008 to promote their business. The 15.5 x 9.0 cm Fisher Funds booklet comprised a strip of four Fisher Funds 50c conventionally gummed customised advertising stamps. They were held in the booklet by the lower panel, in a 3 panel horizontal folding “C” format. The edges of the lower panel were sealed to the central panel. This is believed to be the first such New Zealand customised advertising stamp to be released in a booklet format since the 2004 New Zealand Post/ ANZ & BMW trials and the first with conventionally gummed personalised advertising stamps since their introduction by New Zealand Post in 2007. 2) Booklets sold below face value: it is believed that an Auckland manufacturer was behind the production of a number of discount priced stamp booklets for resale by dairies, etc. It is thought the entrepreneur was able to purchase stock, and repackage it for sale via stamp booklets still at a discount from face value. Discount stamps – 1993 WWF $4.20: two different $4.20 stamp booklets bearing 10 x 45c WWF stamps have been seen, and others probably

also exist. Each booklet was printed in black and featured a different 1993 45c conservation stamp with the WWF logo, corresponding to the booklet’s contents. A pale pink cover featured the kaka, Chatham Island pigeon and giant weta stamp whilst a pale cream cover featured the yellow eyed penguin, Hector’s dolphin and NZ fur seal stamp. The survival rates of booklets such as this will be very low as they were produced for sale to customers who would use the stamps rather than keep them for their collection. 3) Booklets sold at face value: these were produced for sale at postal outlets at face value, and surprisingly a number of them were produced by local New Zealand Post outlets. Ferrymead 1980: Ferrymead historic village located in the south east of Christchurch features many historic buildings and businesses from the settlement of Canterbury period. One such building located there is a post office. Initially the Ferrymead post office was sited in a small temporary building in the park. It has its own pictorial date stamp and sells stamps to visitors. One of the volunteers manning the Ferrymead post office arranged for a number of booklet folders to be printed in red ink. These booklets were sold after the opening of the post office at Ferrymead on 5 April 1980. The booklet covers featured the Ferrymead Historical Society’s logo in red on the front and were printed in the Ferrymead Print Shop (located elsewhere within the Ferrymead historic village’s

Fig. 5: Ferrymead 1980 Booklet

Fig. 6: Ferrymead 1994 Booklet

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David Smitham precinct. The booklets were produced to promote the Ferrymead Historical Society and were sold at face value. Details of the producer [Available from/P. & T. Collectables/P.O. Box 2500, /Christchurch N.Z.] are located on the booklet’s inside flap at the right reading downwards. They may be found with ten 45c 1994 Christmas stamps (affixed to the covers by the sheet’s selvedge) or, with various other NZ stamps. Ferrymead 1994: on 24 April 1994 a new permanent building was opened as the Ferrymead post office and is open to visitors every week end, on public holidays and by arrangement for school visits, etc. This building is depicted on the front and the Ferrymead Post and Telegraph Historical society’s logo is depicted on the rear of a second booklet cover which was produced after the opening of the new post office and is in use today. The booklets were printed in grey and red., and there is nothing printed on the flap at the right. The most recently seen booklet featured this design and contained 5c stamps as a make up convenience when domestic letter postage rates increased on 28 March 2008 from 45c to 50c. Gisborne Health Camp 1995-1997: Gisborne Health Camp sold health stamps in folders, measuring approximately 14.3 x 3.7 cm, for the years 1995, 1996 and 1997. Each bore the blue and white Te Kainga Whaiora children’s health camp and school self adhesive label and also a three line rubber hand stamp impression with the health camp’s address and telephone details. In 1995 the booklet cover was blue and contained ten 45c + 5c triangular skateboarding health stamps which were stapled to the cover. The booklet covers may be found with the health camp’s cricket pictorial 21 June date stamp. For 1996 the booklet cover was pale blue and contained ten 40c + 5c child in car seat (sans teddy bear!) self adhesive health stamps stapled to the cover. The 1997 booklet cover was orange-

Fig. 7: Gisborne health camp 1995 booklet

yellow and contained ten 40c + 5c fruit picking self adhesive health stamps stapled to the cover. Gisborne Health Camp 1998-2002: the Lions Club of Gisborne sponsored the production of new style stamp booklets which measured approximately 6.5 x 9.6 cm. Each bore the health camp’s logo - a stylised version, in colour, of a young boy and girl waving happily to the viewer. In addition there was a five line rubric detailing the year, contents, donation and booklet cost. The rear of each cover bore the sponsor’s logo and details of the number (800) produced. It is unlikely that the number produced of the earlier years exceeded this figure. The 1998 booklet cover was yellow and contained ten 40c+ 5c child in lifejacket sheet health stamps. A New Zealand Post circular sighted from the Gisborne Post Shop (ref 2) advised that these booklets would be sold at both the Gisborne Health Camp and also at the Gisborne Post Shop at face value ($4.50) with the 50c surcharge going to the Gisborne Health Camp. Collectors could, if they wished, have the booklet covers cancelled with their 24 June lifebuoy pictorial date stamp. It is interesting to note that on the circular a proof of the booklet cover is depicted. It showed: Proudly supported by Gisborne’s/Post Shop in Grey Street/A maximum of only eight/hundred booklets in four lines at the top of the rear booklet’s cover. The 1999 booklet cover was pale blue and contained ten 40c + 5c A Lion in the Meadow child’s reading book sheet health stamps. The 2000 booklet

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New Zealand's Unofficial Stamp Booklets cover was pale blue also and contained ten 40c + 5c teddy bear sheet health stamps. No Gisborne Health Camp stamp booklets were issued in 2001. The 2002 booklet cover was red with the health camp’s logo and rubric now all printed in black ink, and contained ten 40c + 5c vegetables self adhesive health stamps stapled to the booklet’s cover. It is likely that owing to rising production costs these booklets were only printed in one colour and as such were the last to be produced by the Lions Club of Gisborne. $4.50 smiley 1996: it is believed that an Auckland producer was behind the production of a number of unofficial stamp booklets for resale by dairies. It is thought the entrepreneur was able to purchase stock, and repackage it for sale via red coloured stamp booklets at face value. A red card cover (not unlike those used by New Zealand Post for their stamp booklets) was used for these unofficial stamp booklets. There is no evidence on the booklet cover about the issuer. $4.50 written by a black marker pen (faint traces of the marker pen ink may be seen on the inside front cover) appeared on the front of one cover with a 1.5 cm diameter smiley face icon produced by an ink stamper – often used for children. This booklet comprised a folded strip of ten 1996 child in car seat (sans teddy bear!) 40c + 5c health stamps affixed by the sheet’s selvedge. Of course with plain covers such as this anyone can manufacture these booklets today, but for what purpose? Postage rates for domestic letters increased to 50c on 28 March 2008 so $4.50 stamp booklets now would be pointless to produce. $5.00 booklets with plain red covers would be fine, but again why would one wish to manufacture such? Manufactured for a collection? It would be hardly worth the expense

involved. The survival rates of booklets such as this will be very low as they were produced for sale to customers who would use the stamps rather than keep them for their collection. New Zealand Post Auckland 1998: until 1998 there was a competition between the Auckland post shops as to which could sell the most health stamps and the booklet issue was seen as a way of boosting sales. From documentation sighted by this writer (ref 1) it appears that a marketing strategy in 1998 was undertaken in Auckland (by Tise Wilson, manager Remuera post shop) to promote the sales of health stamps via stamp booklets. A total production cost of $700.00 was involved as New Zealand Post arranged Haysom Print, located in Onehunga, to print 5000 booklet covers. These were 80 gsm weight light blue card printed in blue ink which depicted on the front cover 40c + 5c and 80c + 5c 1998 health stamps. Each booklet contained ten 40c + 5c child in lifejacket 1998 sheet or self adhesive health stamps, or ten 80c + 5c learning to swim health stamps. The production costs were recouped as each of New Zealand Post’s 18 post shops south of the Auckland harbour bridge were charged $14.00 per 100 stamp booklet covers ordered. Each individual post shop then affixed the relevant stamps inside the booklet covers. For example, the Auckland Mail Centre ordered 100 of the booklet covers and was charged $14.00 for their production whilst St Lukes was charged $70.00 for their 500. The remaining 4400 stamp booklet covers were distributed to the following Auckland post shops: 200 – Dominion Road; 300 – Glen Innes; 200 –

Fig. 9: A smiley 1998 booklet of unknown origin

Fig. 10: Auckland - suburban 1998 health booklet

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David Smitham Greenmount; 250 – Howick; 300 – Mangere; 100 – Newton; 200 – Newmarket; 500 – Otahuhu; 200 – Pakuranga; 100 – Panmure; 150 – Parnell; 200 – Ponsonby; 500 – Remuera; 300 – Royal Oak; 400 – St Heliers; 500 – Waiheke Is. Conspicuous by their absence from the above list are the Downtown and Wellesley Street post shops. They did not participate in this scheme involving 5000 booklet covers, but instead produced their own! All 5000 of the light blue Auckland health stamp booklets were sold within the first three weeks of the 1998 health stamp promotion and the concept received lots of interest from within New Zealand Post. It was stated that: Those Post Shops fortunate to sell this products(sic) in many cases double and trebled their sales compared to last year. The product itself was a catalyst for staff to motivate and find new ways to sell Health stamps by across counter sales or door to door sales. And what I did learn from this experience, that a product must have a demand and is marketed properly. It is interesting to note that some booklet covers containing the 80c + 5c learning to swim stamps had a fast post sticker applied over the 40c + 5c = SS484 x 10 printed rubric on the back cover, thus leaving

only the lower line of rubric (80c + 5c = SS485 x 10) visible. This indicated to the postal staff the correct code number to punch into their electronic cash register when sales of this product were made. New Zealand Post Downtown Post Shop 1998: similar booklet covers to those sold elsewhere in suburban Auckland were produced for the Downtown Post Shop (presumably also by Haysom print). They were produced from red card stock, printed in black ink and were numbered on the reverse. 1000 such were produced and contained only 40c + 5c child in lifejacket sheet health stamps. These were also sold in the Auckland philatelic sales centre based in the Downtown Post Shop. The same concept in 1999 was to be repeated by the Auckland philatelic sales centre based in the Downtown Post Shop and health booklet covers were produced. The day before the 1999 health stamps were issued an official came from Wellington and ordered that the covers were to be destroyed. No reason was given other than they were unofficial, but it is believed that any sales could have affected the planned budgeted sales of New Zealand Post’s official stamp booklets. New Zealand Post Wellesley Street Post Shop 1998: A number of red card booklet covers

Fig. 11: Auckland - suburban 1998 health booklet

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New Zealand's Unofficial Stamp Booklets were produced for sale at the central Auckland Wellesley Street Post Shop. Their cover’s design was rather uninspiring and contained only printed rubric on the front. This did include the relevant New Zealand Post SS484 sales code only applicable for the sale of 40c + 5c health stamps. The Wellesley Street Post Shop’s booklets contained only ten 40c + 5c child in lifejacket sheet health stamps. As these were produced on red card stock it is likely that they were printed simultaneously with the Downtown Post Shop’s booklet covers. New Zealand Post Porirua Post Shop 1998: it is probable that the manager of the Wellington suburban Porirua Post Shop learned of the New

Zealand Post Auckland health stamp booklet promotion; used his initiative and produced booklet covers for sale. The plain red booklet covers bore ten 40c + 5c child in lifejacket sheet health stamps as well as the New Zealand Post oval Porirua date stamp. They had a competition with a prize of free swimming lessons (as it fitted in with the stamp theme - water safety).To date it is unknown how many such booklets were produced. Downtown Post Shop Christmas 1998: the Auckland philatelic sales centre then located in the Auckland Downtown Post shop used their initiative, and produced a number of $7.50 and $9.00 stamp booklets. Each comprised five of the $1.50 or $1.80 1998 Christmas stamps, respectively, affixed by the sheet selvedge. The glossy red card ($7.50) booklet cover bore, in black ink, Christmas greetings from the Downtown Post Shop and a message about philatelic products – even with free delivery! The glossy green card ($9.00) booklet bore the same Christmas rubric. Each booklet cover also depicted an image of the appropriate $1.50 or $1.80 1998 Christmas stamp similar to the earlier Downtown Post Shop 1998 health camp booklets. Based upon their earlier production run of Downtown Post Shop health camp 1998 booklet covers it is likely that no more than 1000 of each were produced.

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Revenue Review Another Year Gone

SA Parcel Fee Stamps

It’s that time of the year again to hang out your mistletoe and keep your lips puckered. This issue brings up my third year of writing ‘Revenue Review’ with many new friends made, and lots of encouragement to keep on going; this column appears to be going from strength to strength. This months issue looks as if South Australia has stolen the show with a major auction of South Australian revenues, a new booklet; part one of ‘The Parcel Stamps of South Australia’ and a new South Australian parcel carrier to record, so let’s get into it.

I have received part one of the parcel stamps of South Australia co authored by Presgrave and Walker from SA. It is an A5 publication with some 50 pages, and according to the notes it includes 15 years of research, but you will need a magnifying glass to read them as the print is so small. It is beyond me to think that after 15 years of research some collectors were not approached for a final update of their holdings [me included] which makes me wonder why my name has been used in the acknowledgments of this new publication ‘The Parcel Stamps of South Australia’ part one. I can see no new information in it that has not been published previously; in fact I can add to it. This publication to me has again been all ‘secret squirrel’ business which, as we know in this field, South Australia is renowned for. Strangely I did note a request on Glen Stevens chat board for information but only after the book had been published. Prior to writing this review, I requested some information from one of the authors but at the time of writing this, I have had no reply. The booklet is fine if you’re looking for something to throw in your port for a general checklist, but I do really feel after 15 years of research a station name listing should have been included along with the 1927 issued numeral cancellers. This would help the student and exhibitor alike to know if he has a cheap stamp from a small station with a scarce cancel. Only Adelaide is mentioned as being numeral 60. There is a tiny listing of the first series railway station date stamps and a few post office cancellers are mentioned in the notes but unfortunately we do not know which is rare, which is scarce or which is common. Unfortunately if the exhibitor follows some of this work he will no doubt get into trouble with the judges. One such very important item is listed as a “composite proof” in paragraph one page seven, when in fact it

Mark’s Revs First up; Prestige Auctions sold off Mark Hancock’s revenues with some spirited bidding. Most of the lots sold above estimate. Several were listed in bulk, which meant for the avid revenue collector complete lots had to be purchased to pull out that one rare item e.g. in the Tasmania section of Marks material there was an 8c lemon sitting in a couple of hagner pages a rare stamp in it’s own right. The now famous Jimbo’s 50/- South Australian numeral [fig 1] which Mark brought from Jimbo’s direct sale pages for $100 a couple of years ago sold for $900 plus buyers and in my opinion still a cheap buy. The new owner should be very pleased with this rare item. If you’re not on Jimbo’s list give him a call.

Astor Motors A super 1/- Webster Rometch Ltd pre-cancelled ‘Astor Motors Pty Ltd’ after a takeover was up for grabs on eBay [fig 2], eventually selling for just over $150. The under bidder was offered another copy but in green [fig 3] so we now have two new colours and a 1/- value to add to the locals listing with this precancel. I have already added these two to my on line catalogue.

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Dave Elsmore is an ‘essay paste up’ and clearly shown by me as this in Revenue Review January this year. Many shades are listed contemporary to the postage stamps of the time but unfortunately the security background shades have been left out. I am unsure why this is been overlooked as there are several striking colour differences. One thing that does puzzle me on page seven the very last paragraph reads “The first series was withdrawn from general use from 1 September 1887, after which date the stamps were only used on parcels of newspapers and parcels sent by government departments – particularly the Education Department”. To me this reads that after 1 September 1887 all railway stamps were available to the general public for use on newspapers only, and the Parcel Service was then only available for official use. Included in this booklet are the tramways and bus parcel tickets, but unfortunately Richard Peck’s excellent publication “Tickets Please” 2006 has not been consulted here. Figure 4 is just one such tramway ticket from Richards publication missing in this booklet so after 15 years of research and after just a couple of weeks of issue we have the very first update. I did also notice in the ‘No.1 Bus Depot’ listings they have completely missed the very first perforated series. By their own admission the bus companies are a ‘throw together’ section and I can’t for the life of me understand after 15 years, why this has been put together this way. Without going on, I feel this publication may have been released in a rush to have it made available for the South Australian stamp show a couple of months ago. If you are only looking for a general listing of the railway stamps you can print out a copy from my web site on line priced catalogue for free. I believe the booklet has a price tag of A$25.00 plus postage. I have reviewed this work as a serious collector of South Australia Railways. You

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should be able to read a dealers review elsewhere in this month's Stamp News.

Cocking It looks like an earlier parcel carrier than J. R. Cocking for South Australia has turned up. A ‘Bradley & Co’ 6d over stamped in red ‘J. R. Cocking’. You can see a picture of this on my web site in the free Local Carriers on line catalogue. I have asked Tony Presgrave to see if he can find out any info on this for me and will publish his reply in this column. I purchased the Bradley 6d from our very good friend Brett of eBay ozphila fame. Brett is of the belief the Bradley is from Victoria and over stamped Cocking upon arrival of a possible gold shipment. Brett may well be right, as I can find nothing on the internet re the Bradley name, maybe this rings a bell with one of you out there? If so please make contact with me. Remember you read it here in ‘Revenue Review’ first. Figure 5 is the latest J. R. Cocking 6d to be unearthed, another first for Revenue Review! This totals four newly recorded items in this edition. All that is left is to wish you all a very merry you know what. I hope Santa fills your stocking with the things dreams are made of. The problem is if Santa fills my stocking with what I have been dreaming of I will be in for a good tongue lashing from ‘er indoors! Look forward to chatting to you all next year.

I can be contacted by mail: P O Box 66 Springwood 4127 Queensland or an Email link from my web site http://users.bigpond. net.au/dave1/index

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Greenland's Grand Old Man For some 50 years POST Greenland was privileged to have Jens Rosing as its number one stamp designer. During his long career he produced more than 130 different stamp designs. He was extremely versatile expertly handling images of people, animals and numerous other subjects. It all started way back in the mid 1950s. Rosing was asked to design Greenland’s very first commemorative stamp featuring a scene from the Mother of the Sea, an old traditional story. It’s a very attractive stamp which was beautifully engraved. The 1957 version was printed in greenish blue colour. It was then reprinted in 1961 in plain blue. The 1957 variety is four times as costly as the reprint. In the 1950s and 60s most Greenlandic stamps were designed by Viggo Bang. Rosing was mainly commissioned to design the stamps with purely Greenlandic motifs. Thus his second stamp was the 1962 Drum Dance followed in 1966 by yet another stamp in the Greenlandic Legends series. The stamp shows The Boy and the Fox and it marks the beginning of Rosing’s long association with legendary

Polish-Swedish stamp engraver Czeslaw Slania. Until well into the 1980s all Greenlandic stamps were recess-printed in one colour only (with very few exceptions). In my view this is the classic period of Greenlandic philately. Starting in 1985 more and more stamp issues were either printed in offset or in a combination of offset and recess printing. These later issues are of course more colourful but lack the classy appearance of the one-colour recess printed stamps. Leafing through my Greenland album I rediscover all of Rosing’s wonderful stamp designs and I realize that his work could easily be grouped together as a specialized collection telling a lot about the life, traditions and culture if the Inuit people on the big island in the Arctic. In addition there are numerous appearances of Greenland’s wildlife. The stamps designed by Rosing are still very affordable and a complete collection can very possibly be assembled for less than $200. Jens Rosing was born in 1925 in the town of Ilulissat (Jakobshavn in Danish). He married a

Above: 1966 The Boy & his Fox Series Right: 1986 Standing Polar Bear Coat of Arms stamp Facing page: Jens Rosing's last stamp: 2007 3kr Dogs pulling sled

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Christer Brunström Danish woman and they had four children. Until the late 1950s, the family lived in the Nuuk (Greenland’s capital) area. In the 1950’s he helped introduce domestic reindeer into Greenland and in the 60s he took part in several scientific expeditions. He also served as the director of the museum in Nuuk. The family then moved to Denmark. They lived in Humlebaek, a Copenhagen suburb. Despite being so far away from Greenland he continued to work for the Greenlandic postal service. In 1985 he designed the coat of arms for the local government in Greenland. It shows a standing polar bear. It is shown on a 1986 stamp (which Rosing did not design). In addition to designing stamps he was a very talented artist using various materials and techniques to produce his works. Rosing also provided the illustrations for several children’s books. He was the renowned author of a number of books on Greenlandic culture. Towards the end of his life he received many awards in recognition of his distinguished services to both Greenland and Denmark. On May 24, 2008 Jens Rosing passed

away at the age of 83. His very last stamp was released in 2007. It shows his beloved dogs pulling his sled somewhere in Greenland. This is also the country’s largest stamp so far. With a face value of just 3 kroner I guess this beauty can still be picked up for about a dollar. Greenland collectors all over the world appreciated the design which was voted the most beautiful stamp in 2007. Rosing learnt about this honour a couple of months before his passing. Greenland has lost one of its most important cultural personalities and also one of its major ambassadors in portraying the island and its people to the outside world. The Grand Old Man of Greenlandic philately has left us but the Rosing name will still be associated with Greenlandic stamps. Jens Rosing’s daughter Ina is a very talented artist who has already designed several stamps for Greenland. She was born in 1965 in Denmark but has spent some time in Greenland. I expect we will see more of Ina Rosing’s work on future Greenlandic stamps.

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Cinderella Corner

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Adelaide has just held a very successful National One Frame exhibition in combination with a State level three frame show and the South Australian Congress. The venue was the Drill Hall at Torrens Parade Ground, which is ideal for a show of this size and with a large area of free parking in the centre of the city there was no excuse for locals not being there. There were a number of revenue exhibits on show including the Patents Office Stamps of Australia 1954 to 1988, the Beer Tax stamps and the effect Federation had on the duty, Victorian Impressed Duty stamps of Victoria and Israeli Promissory Notes which are revenue stamped paper. With 13 dealers in attendance there was plenty to choose from. My advice to collectors planning on going to an exhibition is to get a list of the dealers attending and contact them well before the show and let them know of your interests, that way you get to see what you might like to buy and the dealer can then take things he knows will be of interest. This is particularly so if your collecting interests are somewhat obscure. By the time this appears I will have been to Jakarta 2008 exhibition in Indonesia as Assistant Commissioner for the Australian exhibits and the Australasian Challenge will have been held at Tarapex in New Zealand.

information I will be happy to pass it on through this column. It appears to have been placed close to the postage stamp as it has a roller cancel defacing it. Timber Week Another poster stamp with an unknown year of issue. (Fig. 2). Using my perpetual calendar and making the assumptions that the stamp was issued between 1950 and 1965, and that the event was celebrated on a Monday to Friday week, it leaves us with the years 1951, 1956 and 1962. Earlier that 1950 can only be 1945 and later than 1965 would make it 1973 or 1979. Anyone want to offer any other suggestions?

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New South Wales Mines An item from New South Wales which is an advertising poster stamp for the centenary of the Department of Mines in 1974. (Fig. 1). It shows a modern day miner about to detonate a charge, and a miner panning for gold. I have no more information about it so if any readers can add

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John Sands Metal Printers I found this item in a collection, (fig. 3), on show at Stampex 2008 in one of the exhibits. The exhibit was titled “Postal Problems and Solutions, Things that can Happen to a Letter� and this poster stamp had been placed where the postage stamp should have been, hence the machine cancel, and the scruffy appearance is because I photographed it through the acrylic sheet on the frame. Postspaarbank Kevin Battersby from Stewarts Stamp Shop in Adelaide showed me these stamps. (Fig. 4). I think they are probably Dutch and look to be related to a school savings program, but beyond that I have no idea.

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David Jones These two poster stamps advertising a Boyproof watch,

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(fig. 5), and an electric torch, (fig. 6), from David Jones apparently are part of a set of at least 47. I have not seen them before and I don’t recall seeing any of them in a collection that Richard Peck put together on the big Department stores. They appear to date from the 1920s. With the inscription in the bottom margin it is obvious that there were a large number of stamps in the set, my guess is 49. Does any reader have a set of these, or at least some more of them. One day we may be able to piece the sheet together. Any more details will be welcome.

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YMCA World War Ii Label This interesting label, (fig. 7), was among a group sent to me by Dave Elsmore. It appears to be an official Government issue, or at least supported by the Government as the text under the picture states that it is an official war photo. I have not seen it before and Bill Hornadge also did not make mention of it when he was writing the column.

Christmas Parcel Seal Although this attractive little item is not really a Cinderella stamp, I thought it would be worth a note in the column. (Fig. 8). It appears to date from the late 1940s, but I couldn’t be sure, maybe a reader can set the record straight. It is gummed and embossed on stout paper Those Missing Stamps From Last Month Remember those stamps I referred to in last month’s column that I had put away in a safe place? Well they turned up again……. When I flipped the cover of my diary open one day they fell out! I had taken them to a meeting where I

hoped to speak to a collector from Murray Bridge, however he was not there so I tucked them in the diary for safe keeping. Hmmmm! Railway Parcel Stamps Martin Walker and I have just produced a catalogue of the stamps of the Railway, Tram and Bus Parcel carrying services in South Australia. We have included both rarity ratings and prices. The rarity ratings are based on some 25 years of research, recording and collecting. It has been a joint effort between Martin and myself and adds much information that has come to light since I was involved in the Revenue and Railstamp books back in the early 1980s. The book can be obtained from either Martin or myself for $25. Christmas Seals This year Bedford have released their Christmas seals just in time for me to include them in the December column. This year there are 9 different designs in blocks of 4 each with two different coloured borders making a sheet of 36 peel and stick seals and in a departure from previous years there are no Card Only stickers. The designs are all children’s impressions of various aspects of Christmas. The seals can be obtained from Bedford at P.O. Box 23 Melrose Park South Australia 5039 for a donation. I will take this opportunity to wish all readers the compliments of the season and may Father Christmas fill your stocking with stamps instead of all those other things we don’t really need.

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philatelic news Hibernian Handbook and Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Ireland, 2009 Edition Publisher & Editor: Roy Hamilton-Bowen It’s been 6 years since the last edition of the Hibernian Handbook and Catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Ireland, and it has certainly been worth the wait! Published in October 2008, this excellent specialised catalogue is 240 pages, full colour throughout on art paper, in B5 format with glazed card cover (stitched & glued – my 2002 edition has had constant use and is still holding together very well!), with approx. 3200 illustrations and almost 16,000 valuations in Euros of all Irish postage stamps from the 1865-67 ‘Fenian’ Forerunners to August 2008. The prices throughout reflect the worldwide interest in, and very strong market for Irish stamps. New for this edition are full listings of the above mentioned Forerunners, the1922 Essays, Railway Letter stamps, every booklet pane is now illustrated, and there is

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Philately of Epic Proportions

Japan to Australia by airmail in early postwar years

Correspondence between Japan and Australia resumed reasonably soon after the end of WWII. The earliest item I have is a Stationery card dated 17 September 1946, in which a penpal states “Now the war is over & we are privileged to write to you, I am very happy to let you know altho’ we have lost our home we were safe & are living peacefully.”. Philatelic relations had resumed at least as early as 15 February 1948,

for that is the date on another Stationery card, to venerable Philatelic Trader, William Ackland in Melbourne. The earliest contact between Commerce Houses which I have, is also the highest aggregate franking article I’ve noted of the early postwar-era. It’s our subject item this month. This is a parcel-wrapping portion, fortuitously with adequate remnant information to enable

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Rod Perry us to deduce the philatelic significance. The stamps are cancelled 25. 4. 7, or 7 April 1950, “25” in the Japanese Showa Era equating to our 1950. The article passed the Tokyo Branch of Customs the following day. The presence of the air mail handstamp enables us to conclude that the postage rate of 2080 yen represented 26 times the 80 yen basic airmail rate to the destination of Sydney Australia. The very high postage rate permitted the use of a strip of four of the 1949 500 yen Locomotive Construction, the then highest denomination stamp of Japan. I’ve found this to be a scarce stamp on entire, and previously to Australia had seen only one item, bearing a single 500 yen. The airmail rate in 1950 from Australia to Japan was 1/6d, and therefore a 26 times rate item would be 39/-, just short of requiring a £2 Arms for transmission. Such cross-comparisons I find useful in determining a ballpark degree of relative scarcity. Austria - August 2008 update For the subject of this column last August, the highly franked Austria-Australia parcelwrapping, I sent up a flare for assistance in determining the rate. Thankfully, Heinz Patzak in France, and Martin Frischauf in Austria are avid Stamp News readers, and kindly answered my plea. Both gentlemen pointed out my two errors. I had misread schillings for groschen in the case of the 6s stamps; the aggregate postage was therefore 322s 90g, not 311s 2g as I made it. Secondly, I read a European “1” as a “7” (I should know better), the indicated weight is 1200 grams, not 7200.

Rod Perry’s other column, Woodchip-free Zone, appears in Stamp News. Rod invites owners of highly franked covers of the world to send scans of their items to him at rap@rap.com.au.

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Here are the dates and details for sales being held by public auction houses who are regular display advertisers in Stamp News. This is a free service to readers and advertisers.The information listed here is as supplied to us; readers are advised to contact the businesses directly in order to ascertain that this is correct. Other auction houses are invited to list here. Cost is $275 prepaid per annum for a basic listing, unchanged for the period. Listings which require maintenance, such as updating auction dates, are $550 per annum. 21st Century Auctions: 107 Station Street, Ferntree Gully, Victoria 3156 www.21stcenturyauctions.com.au info@21centuryauctions.com.au Tel (03) 9752 2677 Fax (03) 9758 2488 Next sale: see website for details Auctionhouse Christoph Gärtner: 74321 Bietigheim-bissingen, Germany www.auktionen-gaertner.de info@auktionen-gaertner.de Tel 0011 49 7142 789 400 Fax 0011 49 7142 789 410 Forthcoming sales: 18-20 February 2009 Charles Leski Auctions : 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123 www.leski.com.au contact@leski.com.au Tel (03) 9864 9999 Fax (03) 9822 2788 Forthcoming sales: see website for details Corbitts: 5 Mosley Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1YE, UK www.corbitts.com collectors@corbitts.com Tel: 0011 44 191 232 7268 Fax: 0011 44 191 261 4130 Next sale: check website for details Craig Chappell: PO Box 521, Clayfield, Qld. 4011 craigchappell@bigpond.com.au Tel: (07) 3262 8810 Fax:(07) 3262 8816 Please contact for details of forthcoming sales. Cygnet Philatelics: Shop 2, 23 Plain St, East Perth, WA 6004 Tel: (08) 9325 4542 Next sale: check ads for auction details Harmers Of London: 11, 111 Power Road, London W4 5PY , UK www.harmers.com auctions@harmers.demon.co.uk Tel: 0011 44 208 747 6100 Fax: 0011 44 208 996 0649 Next sale: check ads for auction details John Mowbray International : PO Box 80, Wellington 6140, New Zealand www.mowbrays.co.nz john.mowbray@xtra.co.nz Tel: 0011 64 6 364 8252 Fax: 0011 64 6 364 8270 Next sale: 11 December 2008 Millennium Philatelic Auctions : Suite 25, 89-97 Jones Street, Ultimo, NSW 2007 www.millenniumauctions.com info@millenniumauctions.com Tel: (02) 9281 4797 Fax: (02) 9281 4677 Next sale: 4 December 2008 Mowbray’s Australia : Level 6, 36 – 38 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 sgasydney@bigpond.com Tel: (02) 9299 1300 Fax: (02) 9290 1999 Next sale: see ad on page 2 for details Prestige Philately: PO Box 126, Belgrave, Vic. 3160 www.prestigephilately.com info@prestigephilately.com Tel: (03) 9754 7666 Fax:(03) 9754 7677 Forthcoming sales: see website for details Robin Linke Stamp Dealer: 181 Jersey Street, Wembley, 6014, Western Australia www.robinlinke.com.au robin@robinlinke.com.au Tel (08) 9387 5327 Fax (08) 9387 1646 Next sale: See website for details Spink: Dealers And Auctioneers In Coins, Medals, Stamps, Banknotes. www.spink.com Tel: 0011 44 20 7563 4000 Fax: 0011 44 20 7563 4066 Stamp News - 49 Next sale: check website for details

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De-Mystifying the Detail Stamps Resist Economic Woes

one, will save waste. Are you wondering how our hobby might be af• DON'T sell your collection right now. That is a fected by the world 'economic crisis'? I am no expert matter for some thought as to best timing in relaon financial markets ups and downs, despite many tion to your life style. It should not have anything years previously at the helm of Credit Union Austo do with world money matters. tralia. But I do know that history proves conditions • DO consider joining a stamp club nearby if you at such times are temporary, and one must guess at are not already a member. It is a good venue to when normality will be on the way back. Investment dispose of your excess, and occasionally even advisers wisely counsel patience. Meanwhile, some find a bargain in your own collection field. collectors hasten to make advantageous buys in the • DO review your surplus material you have stamp market, although some think of giving up coltucked away in that box. And if you are a thematlecting. ic collector with part sets left over from buying Here then are some suggested DO's and DONTs. to get that one item for your theme, now is the • DON'T stop collecting. Its a relaxing pastime time to seek other collectors whose interests may you deserve, and you might find it a counterlie in the other themes represented in the part action to any pre-occupation with diminishing sets. shares investments. As a 120 a day smoker some • DO watch for specials and bargains at your twenty years ago, favourite dealer or Andrew McEachern is a collector stamp fair. Some while wondering, first, part time dealer second; he is dealers may have during a period of founder & President of Collectors over-stocked on rate volatility, what Club Queensland, was national Presi- some items in an to do with the credit dent of the APF fore-runner Australunion's interest rate adverse exchange ian Stamp Promotion Council, and for the next week, rate situation unwitbelongs to various Australian and I used to actually overseas societies. He also conducts tingly. FORGET to smoke DO try to the only course in the world for wan- • when immersing interest any worrynabe stamp dealers. Contact him at myself in stamps in (postal) Suite 333, 236 Hyperdome, wort non-collector the evenings! Loganholme, 4129 or by email to friends in collecting; • DON'T look at your stampman5 @bigpond.com a selection of used collection as an instamps and a modest vestment. Collecting stockbook is a nice gift. Explain that a good way is primarily for pleasure. The occasional good to start is obtaining used stamps off the mail (yes, buy or small re-sale profit are consolation prizes, they are still sometimes seen, mainly on private not mainstream investment events. correspondence!) No need to rush into the post • DON'T buy large quantities of new issues unoffice for mint new issues at face value at first. less you spot some real opportunity. Some of • DO consider starting another little collection the Stamp News columnists who write on Austotally different to your current collecting intertralia stamps often give a good guide as to future ests. You will find that refreshing. Even consider scarcity. The vast majority of new issues of most whether the movement in world exchange rates countries seldom pass face value, and many may advantage you in a country you choose. countries including Australia have a secondary Or some theme that can build at low cost. Can market where recent issues change hands privateI suggest certain less popular members of the ly at far less than face, for cheap postage. British Royal Family as one - as an example, • DON'T economise on hinges by cutting them in there seems to be a huge surplus of Lady Sarah half as happened during the 1930's Depression ; Ferguson and Prince Andrew out there at rock they are the cheapest collecting aid in any case. bottom prices, including imperfs, proofs and • DON'T waste your mount strips when cutting other non-standard items. There are a lot of other strips to size; a bit of pre-planning by measuring 'royal families' around the world to choose from all the items to mount, and not just cutting one by too - and less popular Presidents of some African 50 - Stamp News

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Andrew McEachern countries. • DO review your album arrangements. If you use hingeless albums, consider buying the nonhingeless type and mounts stock separately, and becoming a DIY hingeless album owner. Or if you are starting some new countries, consider buying my STAMPAGESAVER CD-ROM (pardon the free plug!) • DO consider standing for office in your local stamp club. Another way of getting fresh interests and helping others at this time. Active committee members are getting scarcer...some incumbents frankly have been there too long... and in some States, the peak group could do with some fresh blood perhaps. Note that 'fresh blood' does not necessarily mean 'young blood.'

USA's New President -Elect The recent success of Barack Obama suggests a couple of different new themes - well, new to me, but no doubt somewhere in the world someone has already started these. Although many past Presidents already feature on USA stamps - and there is a formula which governs how soon after their demise they may be shown on USPS stamps - many have been memorialised on the stamp of other countries. President Roosevelt, an ardent stamp collector himself, has been portrayed on many other stamps; and there is a good demand for covers issued on Inauguration Day. And what about a collection of Presidents of all countries? Plenty of scope there. How far one ventures into sidelines is a decision for every thematic collector - but there could be 'Presidents' pets (NO - I don't include Monica); presidential palaces; giving Vice Presidents a go, a category of official seldom observed philatelically, and even cars used by Presidents. If this sounds un-Australian, remember that a collection of Australian Prime Ministers on stamps would be relatively small, and one of GovernorsGeneral even more so.

Perfect Or Imperfect A reader has asked me to explain the dichotomy between the ethic of collecting of stamps with perfect characteristics, and collecting stamps containing errors. As I proceed towards an inevitably non-committal answer, lets first look at the nature of errors on stamps.

Errors fall into these main categories: 1. Errors of design 2. Errors caused in the production process. 3. Errors as to issuance Errors of design can be further sub-divided into those where the wrong image or inscription is used, and those where the design is based on false information or a fallacy. Errors in the production process can include a range of different factors such as wrong colour, colour omitted, perforation shift, perforation omitted, printing on gum side, inverted centres, etc. Errors as to issuance includes premature release before official first day of issue, Having said all that, it might serve as a smoke screen for me to hide behind; I really cannot answer why some collectors only accept perfectly centred, lightly postmarked, fresh colour in their stamps, while others ardently seek the errors in design. And some collectors have both these elements in their collection. I can only answer the query as "It's what we do". What is ignored too much I feel, is the range of errors like portraying the wrong person, illustrating the wrong bird, or showing a scene of the wrong place. I do hope to list some of these in this column soon, firstly for Australia and then for other countries. I would welcome readers' input

A Personal Note I need to remind readers of a few small matters about yours truly from time to time. Nothing personal, just some helpful jottings. 1. My mail address of Suite 33, 236 Hyperdome, Loganholme 4129 is just a private mailbox, not a shop or office. 2. If you want a reply please enclose an SAE. But be patient, it might take weeks. 3. I only identify stamps for a fee; notes at the front of Gibbons and Scott catalogues are helpful, as is a small ID booklet many dealers sell. Please do not send me stamps - except of course, as a gift for my collection! 4. Be familiar with the specialities of the other excellent Stamp News columnists; I have to say that I am the last one to answer queries on Australian stamps! 5. I am a collector first, a (very) small time dealer second. If it is said that collectors are specialists and dealers can only aspire to be generalists - that's about where I am in relation to queries. Stamp News - 51

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Worldwide New Issues Falkland Islands: Breeding Penguins This issue illustrating the breeding penguins of the Falkland Islands are taken from photographs by local photographer Alan Henry and Reinhard Mischke. The set comprises of six Airmail Postcard rate stamps (currently 55p) showing the head profile of each type of the five breeding penguins and an unusual picture of an albino Rockhopper penguin. Penguins are generally regarded as being synonymous with the Falkland Islands and attract a great number of tourists each year to our shores. The stamps are available singly in sheetlets of 10 and combined in a souvenir sheet.

King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus The King Penguin is the largest of the breeding penguins in the Islands. They are majestic birds and stand at an incredible 36 – 38 inches (91 – 96cm) tall. Although resident in the Islands, the King Penguin is not found in large numbers. Adults generally raise two chicks every three years. Full grown juveniles appear larger than adults and look like dark brown teddy bears, but once the down has moulted the penguin takes on a beautiful colour of black and white with a particularly striking orange / yellow band at the front of the neck and towards the sides on the back of its head.

Gentoo Penguin

Pygoscelis papua

The Gentoo Penguin is perhaps the most well known of the species in the Islands and indeed the largest common Falklands penguin. It is second in size to the King Penguin standing at about 30 inches (76cm) tall and unmistakable with a white bar over the crown and a long orange and black bill. They nest on level ground in groups and generally about a mile inland from the shore. Nests are made from Diddle Dee (a native low woody type shrub) and other grasses torn from the ground along with stones. A noisy creature when approached as the adults trumpet loudly to deter any unwanted visitors.

Magellanic Penguin

Spheniscus magellanicus

The Magellanic Penguin or perhaps better known locally as the

“Jackass” derived from its mournful braying call. Standing about 2 inches shorter than the Gentoo Penguin, the Jackass burrows in ground on sea coasts particularly near or under Tussac bogs or Stands where the burrows can be up to 6 ft deep. Adults have conspicuous black and white bands on their head, neck and breast and sport a stout black and grey bill and pink skin around the eyes. Adults breed from early September, normally laying two eggs in mid October. The young fledge in March and the colonies are generally deserted by late April. The Jackass appears to be shyer than the other penguin species and once disturbed in its burrow, it shakes it head menacingly from side to side.

Rockhopper Penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

The Rockhopper is the smallest and probably most agile of the penguins found in the Islands with a height of some 24 – 25 inches (61- 64 cms). It is recognised by the straight thin yellow eyebrows ending in tufts or plumes at the sides and top of the head. Rockhoppers are aptly named as they climb steep rock faces and slopes by bounding with both feet together in a characteristic “hop”. Rockhoppers spend the winter months at sea and return in September each year to breed in densely packed colonies quite often associating with Imperial Cormorants, known locally as Shags. Come April and once moulted, the Rockhoppers descend the cliffs back to the sea to spend the winter foraging for food.

Macaroni Penguin

Eudyptes chrysolophus

The Macaroni penguin, similar to the Rockhopper, spends much of its time ashore nesting with Rockhoppers on the tops of cliffs. Bigger than the Rockhopper, it is identified by the distinctive golden orange head plumes which spread out and back from the forehead. Although similar, the Macaroni is slightly larger than the Rockhopper and stands between 27 – 30 inches (69 – 71 cms) in height. The Macaroni is the rarest breeding Falklands penguin and only very small numbers tend to breed alongside Rockhoppers at some sites.

The Albino Rockhopper Penguin

The Albino Rockhopper penguin is very rare and only very few are ever seen. The penguin shown here is probably also known as a “leucistic” penguin as it is not a true albino but does have some other colour. Albino penguins have been born in captivity although not very often. It is believed that the albino mutation interferes with the production of melanin so no black pigment is produced. The albino penguin is not thought to be affected physically, just looking lighter than the others and can forage and feed her chicks just as well as the rest of the penguins. The official first day cover and the background for the sheetlet show King Penguins strolling along one of the many white sandy beaches found in the Islands which could easily be mistaken for a tropical island beach with stunning sky and cloud formations. Please note that the s/s will not be produced as a first day cover. Photography by Alan Henry, except for Gentoo stamp, souvenir sheet border and FDC by Reinhard Mischke. For additional information, please contact John Smith, Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: (44) 1737 818181 Fax: (44) 1737 818199; e-mail: jcs137@pobjoy.com

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Worldwide New Issues Falkland Islands - A Farewell to the Queen Elizabeth 2

The contract to build Cunard’s replacement for the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary was signed between Cunard Line and John Brown (Clydebank) Limited on 30th December 1964. However it was not until September 1967 that her enormous hull was ready to slide down the slipway into the Clyde, launched by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York commenced on 2 May 1969. Consistently rated as offering among the finest service, accommodation and facilities in the world the QE2 has, during her 39 years welcomed some 3 million passengers aboard, sailed 5.5 million nautical miles including 24 full world cruises and has become the longest serving Cunard express liner in the company’s history. To this day she remains the fastest merchant ship in operation. When hostilities broke out between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands in April 1982, few envisaged a role for QE2. However, the Government announced that she was to be one of several merchant ships requisitioned for war duties. The extensive conversion work, preparing her for troop carrying duties, began immediately. Her open decks were cleared of their varnished steamer chairs and sun beds, decks were strengthened to allow helicopters to land and major structural alterations were begun. Lounges became dormitories while most of the ship’s removable décor including paintings, furniture and historic items together with crockery and glassware were packed away and stored in shore side warehouses. Carpets were protected with masonite and military experts installed their own top secret communications equipment in a specially adapted room behind the bridge. After just eight days and nights of frantic activity, troops started to embark. With a volunteer crew of 650, she sailed from Southampton on the afternoon of May 12 with 3,000 members of the Fifth Infantry Brigade settling in to their new surroundings. Sea King helicopters joined as the ship headed down the Solent and the 8,000 mile voyage to the South Atlantic in support of the Naval Taskforce was well and truly underway. As she approached the war zone news reached those on board that the Atlantic Conveyor had been lost following an air strike by Argentine forces. She started to weave rather than maintain a straight course. The ship’s radar had been turned off and full blackout implemented to lessen the risk of detection by enemy forces. Without radar to assist navigation and with thick mist and fog forming, icebergs became a serious threat. After consultation with military commanders QE2’s Captain, Peter

Jackson, reactivated the ship’s radar. In the hours that followed, more than 100 icebergs were picked up by ship’s radar. After the ice threat passed, plans were made for QE2 to rendezvous with other naval vessels to commence the transfer of troops. On the evening of May 27, QE2 dropped anchor in Cumberland Bay, South Georgia about a mile from the former whaling station which weeks earlier had witnessed the start of the entire conflict. Troops and equipment were transferred under the safety of the close mountains to a variety of vessels, including SS Canberra, for the final leg to San Carlos waters some 200 miles to the East. Survivors from three sunken Royal Navy ships, HMS Ardent, HMS Antelope and HMS Coventry were taken on board QE2. Finally, on June 3, orders were received for QE2 to start her long journey home with the survivors still on board. Just 8 days later, back in more familiar waters off the Isle of Wight, a tumultuous welcome home awaited with HM The Queen and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia leading the official recognition of Cunard Line’s contribution to the Liberation of the Falkland Islands. A message from the Queen Mother was flashed to QE2. It read: “I am pleased to welcome you back as QE2 returns to home waters after your tour of duty in the South Atlantic. The exploits of your own ship’s company and the deeds of value of those who served in Antelope, Coventry and Ardent, have been acclaimed throughout the land and I am proud to add my personal tribute.” Captain Jackson replied with the words: “Please convey to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, our thanks for her kind message. Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 is proud to have been of service to Her Majesty’s forces.”The two messages have been engraved in silver and can be seen on board. QE2 was home after a mission which took her almost 15,000 miles in just under 30 days. After refitting she returned to transatlantic duty within two months. . The QE 2 first visited the Falkland Islands on 22 January 1993 during a “Round the World” voyage. Being too large to enter Stanley Harbour, she had to settle at anchor in Port William. The QE 2 had scheduled a final visit to the Islands in 2007 but unfortunately, due to the poor weather prevailing at the time, she was forced to sail past. However, the Royal Air Force stationed at the military air base at Mount Pleasant ensured that her final journey past the islands did not go unnoticed. SAC Trish Brown, in a Tornado F3, photographed and witnessed the historic passing of the grand old lady of the seas as she glided past the coast continuing on her final “Round the World” voyage. The flypast, acknowledging her service to the islands, is recorded as the local rate stamp. In 2007 it was announced that The QE2 was to end her days as a Middle Eastern hotel at The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. After a final visit to Liverpool in October 2008 she will be delivered to Dubai in November, where she will cease her role as an ocean-going passenger vessel and be adapted to become a luxury floating hotel, retail and entertainment destination at The Palm Jumeirah. The top value stamp and First Day Cover portray the simple elegance of the QE2, illustrated by Leslie Taylor. Les describes himself as a 46 year-old and an “old school” self taught graphic artist and draughtsman, from the days of pen and ink. Converting to digital artwork over the years has been more of a hobby activity than a paying one, and he continues to gain pleasure from portraying things that he likes (such as beautiful ships) in digital form. For additional information, please contact John Smith, Pobjoy Mint Ltd, Tel: (44) 1737 818181 Fax: (44) 1737 818199; e-mail: jcs137@pobjoy.com

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This month’s letter was written from Easdale, dated 27th Sept 1839, addressed to Lau Davidson Esqr, W.S. 43 N. Castle Street, Edinbr. (Fig.1) It has five clear postal markings. 1) Good two line OBAN PENNY POST. In Haldane’s book “Three centuries of Scottish Posts”, he notes that one of the earliest places outside the immediate neighbourhood of Edinburgh or Glasgow to get a Penny Post service was the small community of Easdale, ten miles south of Oban. Here an application in 1824 led to the establishment of a post runner to take mail to and from Oban on a penny post basis, the local people guaranteeing the Post Office against loss - a guarantee which in fact proved unnecessary. The establishment of a penny post for Easdale was no doubt at least partially due to the important slate quarries at that time in active operation. 2) Good framed 3 line OBAN SE 28 1839 date stamp in black . 3) Manuscript charge mark ‘11’. This is for a distance of between 170 and 230 miles, but working on the usual system of the distance each town is from London, the distance works out at only 108, as Oban is 504 from London, and Edinburgh is 306. In that case, it should only have cost 9d. However, on Haldane’s map which shows the actual route for the letter, I make it about 160 miles, which cost 10d. It was a circuitous journey, beginning with a footpost to Oban, then gigs or rides to Glasgow, then mailcoach to Edinburgh. With the addition of the Penny Post charge that is the 11d. 4) Additional ½d mark was applied in Oban. This is a type IIIB which is a boxed ½, 19x12mm in black ink recorded in use from 11-6-1838 to 8-11-1839. 5) Edinburgh arrival circular date stamp SEP C 29 M 1839 in red. It also has an intact red wax seal with the initials J.R. The letter was opened very carefully, and cut around the seal. So now to the letter. (Fig.2) It is a

very short one, but is one of those which has fascinating references. It was written by James Robertson of Easdale. Iain McDougall, chairman of the Easdale Island Folk Museum, kindly checked on this man and advised me that in the 1841 census he was listed as a factor on the estate. “Easdale 27th Sept 1839 Dear Sir, I have just heard that during my absence at Barra, Mr Stevenson Junr, Engineer Edin. was up Loch Feochan inspecting Eallanewtis Quarry, and that he also visited ours at Barnacarry - His object was to see if good stones could be got for the Light House now building at Skerryvore - I am sure the Barnacarry quarry would afford the best stones to be got for the purpose and it might therefore be well if you could see Mr Stevenson and ascertain if he would be inclined to deal with us - as the Marquis is anxious to get a market for the stone. I remain, yours very truly, James Robertson.” The interesting sidelines to this letter are the references to Mr Stevenson Junior, the Skerryvore lighthouse, and the Marquis. The latter would be the Earl of Breadalbane, who wrote a good many letters to the Postmaster General of the time, Francis Freeling, requesting more frequent mail services for his part of Scotland. The ‘Mr Stevenson Junior’ is Alan 1807-1865, civil engineer, eldest son of Robert Stevenson, and uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson the author of ‘Kidnapped’ ‘Treasure Island’ etc. Alan was educated to enter the church, but decided to follow his father’s profession, and became a pupil in his father’s office, at the same time gaining experience in

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practical engineering. After entering into partnership with his father, he was engaged in general engineering practice, especially in connection with marine works, such as piers, harbours, etc. He was also engaged on work for the Scottish lighthouse board, and in 1843 succeeded his father as engineer to the commissioners. He designed and carried out work on ten lighthouses, including Skerryvore lighthouse tower, the finest example for mass, combined with elegance of outline, of any extant rock tower. The National Lighthouse Board has a marvellous website http://www.nlb.org.uk/history/skerryvore.htm which gives the full story of the building of the lighthouse, including this picture (Fig.3) – (the helipad would have been built later!) which begins with these details :"Skerryvore Lighthouse, the name of which is derived from the Gaelic words “Sgeir” meaning the rock and “mhor” (“mh” is pronounced “v”) meaning big, marks a very extensive and treacherous reef of rocks lying in the sea off the Hebrides some 10 or 11 miles south west of Tiree. It was built of granite quarried on the Island of Mull during the six years from 1838 to 1844, to the design of Alan Stevenson, Engineer and constitutes an outstanding example of lighthouse engineering. The beautiful symmetry of the outline of the tower, the proportions of which are a height of 156ft with diameter of 42ft at the base tapering to 16ft at the top, ranks it amongst the most graceful of all lighthouse towers; it is even asserted by some that Skerryvore is the worlds most graceful lighthouse. It is 48 metres tall and has 151 steps to the top." My further research revealed details of the building: the ‘solid’ or monolithic part extends to 26 ft. above the rock, the cubic contents are double the entire contents of Smeaton’s Eddystone tower. The walls, as they spring from the solid, are 9¼ ft. in thickness, gradually diminishing to 2 ft. The interior is divided into ten floors, including the light-room, each 12 ft. in

diameter. The optical apparatus is dioptric revolving, the most complete which had been constructed up to that time; the height of the eight central lenses was extended to 3 ft. 3 in. and, instead of Fresnel silvered mirrors below the lenses, Stevenson designed prismatic rings, which were introduced for the first time in this apparatus. Easdale has a community website and I contacted Jess Hill and her reply was from the village shop: "Thank you so much for the email. We are always delighted to receive information like this. The island community trust ‘Eilean Eisdeal’ has recently bought the museum so its future is now more secure. I will forward your email on to the manager and also to one of the directors, whose family goes back for generations here. "We would be very pleased to receive a scanned copy of the letter. Barnacarry is not far from here just at the entrance to Loch Feochan." Iain McDougall, one of the trust directors, whose family has had continuous connection with the island since 1730, also advised me that the only quarry on Barnacarry that appears on the maps is one where mill stones were quarried but millstone grit would not be suitable for a lighthouse. The records show that the stone for the lighthouse was actually quarried on the Isle of Mull. The great thing about collecting postal history is that each item is different. In all the years I have been collecting I have seldom found any item which did not have something of interest – either the postal markings, or the contents of the letter. In this case, it had both, which was a bonus. Acknowledgements:- Encyclopaedia Brittannica; Dictionary of National Biography; Haldane ‘Three Centuries of Scottish Posts’; Hodgson & Sedgewick ‘Scottish Additional ½d Mail Tax 1813-1839’; Robertson’s ‘Great Britain Post Roads Post Towns and Postal Rates 1635-1839’.

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SPF-ers Very little has been recorded on the South Australian School Patriotic Fund [SPF] in the philatelic press. I have been fortunate to come into some information to help add a few more pieces to the jig-saw. The School Patriotic fund was set up in South Australia during WWI to mobilize school children for fund-raising and scrap collecting. No Cinderella poster stamps are known to have been printed at this time. The Society was reformed in 1939 and Miss Adelaide Miethke re-organized the South Australian Children’s Patriotic Fund. In 194046 she directed the Schools Patriotic Fund of South Australia, a total of £402,133 was raised and the remaining money collected by the S.P.F. after World War II went to buy a hostel, ‘Adelaide Miethke House’ [opened 1951], for country girls studying in Adelaide. Further S.P.F. money went to the (Royal) Flying Doctor Service.

weighed. The incentives being reward tokens leading to service badges and bars. The children were given ‘Service Value points’ but to make reckoning easy for them the points were called pennies 240 Service Points were called 240 pennies or £1 Service Value. S.P.F.-ers were also responsible for the supply and collection of tins to each of the 70,000 homes in South Australia. These tins were filled with various items for inclusion in the troop’s food parcels. In 1943 the S.P.F.-ers collected 2000lb’s of blackberries for blackberry jam which was filling the tins for the troops. The Navel Friendly Union would send out letters of thanks to S.P.F.-ers who were outstanding in their collection work. See thank you letter nearby.

Service Value Points

Pulping paper had a service value of 1½ value points or 1½d per lb. Cement bags 2 value points or 2d National Salvage Corps per lb. Chronicles like ‘The Woman Weekly’ etc. The S.P.F. [Registered National Salvage Corps] Wrapping paper was worth 3 value points or 3d per helped sailers, soldiers and airmen in battle areas, in lb. Other scrap collected besides paper was bones, camps, in lonely outposts, in military hospitals, in paying 2 value points or 2d per lb: bones were prison camps and children whose fathers have died at needed to replace fertilizer supplies as the Japanese the front. The S.P.F.-ers were responsible for making had stopped supplies coming from the northern sure there was an S.P.F. collecting bag in every home islands. Rubber paid up to 9 value points or 9d for which was to be filled with scrap paper. One slogan large truck tyres. Uncooked Apricot stones had 1 for 1944 was “Nineteen Hundred and forty-four, our value point or 1d per lb but they must be dried in the bag’s behind the kitchen door.” The children would sun for 2 days, these contained oil. Large pieces of collect the bags on a weekly basis and have them rags were paid at 6 value points or 6d per lb and so 60 - Stamp News

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on. Metals were where the big points were. If you were from a wealthy family you could just ‘buy’ stamps for 3d. The above service values were taken from 1944 service points for earlier and later years varied.

The Stamps These service value points were paid to the children in stamps depicting a Sailer, Soldier & Airman. Each stamp being an equal 3 value points or 3d. Every school was supplied cards and stamps printed by the

South Australian Government Printer. These cards were handed out by the teacher. The children would then stick there value point stamps onto them until full. There were 5 spaces for ‘Message’ stamps, these showed no point or penny value but within each space on the card, 3d was printed and once on each line, room for the word ‘message’ for affixing a message stamp, the very last but one space at lower right was printed 6d and the very last space left for a message stamp. I have recorded seven cards to date with two different layouts, one with the printer imprint at the base [shown nearby], the other two with the imprint running vertically up the right side of the card. The 6d value appears to have been

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SPF-ers and sent to headquarters to be included in food parcels the teacher would supply a free message stamp which was affixed onto the appropriate square on the card. The message stamps I have recorded so far are: Don’t worry! Australia will be there. Coo-ee! Here’s love from all at home. Cheer-up! Red Cross will find you out. Cheer-up! Parcel coming soon. Chins-up! We hope you’ll soon be home. Chins-up! We hope to reach you soon. Chins-up! S.P.F. will do its best. Cheerio! Better times ahead. Cheerio! We’ll help you all we can.

The Badges

ignored on several of the cards as a full 40 x 3d stamps have been affixed others have completed the card correctly with 38 x 3d and 1 x 6d stamps. There is no difference between the 3d or 6d stamp.

The Message Stamps Message stamps were supplied at a rate of one stamp per message. Once a message was written

Upon becoming an S.P.F.-er each child was issued with an oval blue and gold enamelled badge with S.P.F. on [shown nearby]. This could also be worn by mum or dad. In June 1941, paper collectors were issued with celluloid badges, reading “Collector Paper S.P.F.” different colours were used to denote a military rank. Light Green was a Private, Red with 3 stripes was Sergeant, Yellow Lieutenant, and Red with crown Major. These were issued according to the number of premises you had on your collecting round. Once two cards [service value of 240 points or £1] were filled with stamps they were handed back to the teacher who in turn sent it back to ‘Headquarters’ [to be pulped with the other paper]

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who would then forward an Honour badge. Each additional full card [120 value points or 10/- was worth an additional service bar to match the badge. The honour badges shown nearby with 6 service bars had a value of 960 points or £4. 1940-41 badge [shown nearby] was the blue & white magpie [piping shrike] the 1942-43 badge was blue with white shield the same design for the 1944-45 red with blue shield [shown nearby]. The next badge awarded was when the S.P.F.-er reached 3600 value points or £15 and this got you a silver aeroplane with blue wings [also shown nearby] this then became the first step to the D.S.R. [Distinguished Service Ribbon]. Each step to the D.S.R. was awarded with a step badge. The second step 7200 value points or £30. The third step 8400 value

points or £35. The fourth step 9600 value points or £40 and then the Distinguished Service Ribbon at the fifth step of 12000 points or £50 [D.S.R. shown nearby]. For each additional £25 or 6000 points or pennies you were given star, so the D.R.R. badge nearby with 5 stars had a value of £175 or 42,000 value points. I think I would sooner have had a bag full of aeroplanes! If you collected 2240lbs or 1 ton of paper your badge was gold with red wings. The scarcity of some of these badges comes from the fact you had to keep returning the last badge to receive the next higher awarded badge. References: The 5 star D.S.R. picture. Badge issue order “Badges of the Childrens/Schools Patriotic Funds South Australia” R Chapman 2000.

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Worldwide New Issues

New Issues List Compiled by Stamp News Staff

Åland 19 October 2008

MAX STERN & Co.

My Stamps: Riding Denomination: 1 stamp (bklt) Christmas 2008 Denomination: 1 stamp

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Alderney 31 October 2008 Aurigny 40 Years 1968-2008 Denomination: 34p, 40p, 48p, 51p, 53p, 74p

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Algeria 8 October 2008

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International Stamp Conference Denomination: no info

Andorra - French 6 October 2008 Sustainable Development Denomination: 0.88

Andorra - Spanish

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13 October 2008 Sispony Denomination: 0.31

Ascension Island 22 October 2008 Christmas 2008 Denomination: 15p, 25p, 50p, £2

Australia 24 October 2008

Wholesale and Retail Trade Enquiries Welcome

Paralympian of the Year: Matthew Cowdrey Denomination: M/S (10 x 55c)

31 October 2008 Christmas 2008 Denomination: 2 x 50c, 1 x 55c, 1 x $1.20

Belarus

Austria

Holocaust Victims Denomination: 500

24 October 2008 Koloman Moser Denomination: M/S 1.30 Old Austria: Trieste Denomination: 0.65 Christmas 2008 Denomination: 0.55, 0.65 Patron Saints: St Martin Denomination: 0.55 Karl Schranz Denomination: 0.65

21 October 2008 25 October 2008 1020th Anniv. Christening of Rus Denomination: 1500 x 3

Bosnia Herzogovina Croatian Post Mostar 4 October 2008

Denomination: 2,00

14 October 2008 550th Anniv. Žepče Denomination: 1,50

Bosnia Herzogovina Republike Srpske 3 October 2008 125th Anniv. Orient Express Denomination: 1.40

21 October 2008

The Monastery of Zaostrog Denomination: 1,00

175th Anniv. Alfred Nobel Denomination: 1.50

9 October 2008

Brazil

Hand Tobacco Cutter

October 2008

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Worldwide New Issues Christmas Denomination: 2 stamps Local Birds Denomination: 2 stamps

Denomination: M/S

Cyprus

Jean-Jacques Henner Denomination: 0.88

2 October 2008

French Polynesia

Cyprus through the Ages Denomination: 0.43 x 8

Canada

15 October 2008

1 October 2008

Czech Republic

Air Tahiti/TAI Denomination: 250f

Endangered Species Denomination: 52c x 4

15 October 2008

Germany

Handicrafts: Historic Stoves Denomination: 10.00, 17.00

6 October 2008 Mental Health Denomination: Permanent + 10c

Estonia

15 October 2008

Estonian Churches: Audru Denomination: 5.50

16 October 2008

XII Summit of la Francophonie Denomination: 52c

30 October 2008

China

Definitive Denomination: 5.50

18 October 2008

Fiji

50th Anniv. Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Denomination: 3.20

15 October 2008

9 October 2008 100th Anniv. Flight Denomination: 1,45 150th Anniv. Lorenz Werthmann Denomination: 0,55 Archaeology in Germany Denomination: 0,55 Gallimarkt Beer Festival Denomination: 0,45 Flower Denomination: 0,25

Freshwater Eels of Fiji Denomination: 50c, 90c, $1.50, $2

Guernsey

31 October 2008

France

Christmas 2008 Denomination: 50c, $1.20

6 October 2008

Festive Foliage Denomination: 29p x 6, 34p, 40p 48p, 51p, 53p, 74p Guernsey Granite at St Paul's Cathedral Denomination: 34p, 40p, 48p, 51p, 53p, 74p

Christmas Island

Croatia 17 October 2008 20th Anniv. Healthy Cities Movement Denomination: 2,8 kn

22 October 2008 550th Anniv. "The Book on the Art of Trading" Benedikt Kotruljevic

500th Anniv. 5th Republic Denomination: 0.55 I am sport Denomination: 0.55

31 October 2008

Greenland

16 October 2008

20 October 2008

French Commune - Vietnam Denomination: 0.55, 0.85

Science Denomination: 6.50,10.50 ,28.00 Expeditions VI - Nordenskiรถld

20 October 2008

Folklore Collector Matthias Johann Eisen Estonia Climate Change UNPA

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Worldwide New Issues Denomination: 8.50, 16.25 Christmas Denomination: 5.75, 7.50

1 October 2008

Hungary

WWI Letters Home Denomination: 30p, 31p, 44p, 56p, 81p, 94p

20th Anniv. Popular front of Latvia Denomination: 1 stamp

20 October 2008

11 October 2008

Jolly Christmas Postman Denomination: 28p, 31p, 48p, 50p, 60p, 1.56 Denomination: 1.60, 3.80 x 2

24 October 2008

9 October 2008 Philavillage V Denomination: 2 x 100ft (M/S) Your Own hello Stamp Denomination: 20 x 70ft (M/S)

28 October 2008 Olympic History - Helsinki 1952 Denomination: 600ft (M/S) 100th Anniv. Gyorgy Konecsni Denomination: 70ft, 100ft

Iceland 9 October 2008

Italy 10 October 2008

8 October 2008

Animals of Latvia Denomination: 2 stamps Olympic BMX Champion Denomination: 1 stamp

2008 Philately Day Denomination: 0.60 Italia 2009 Denomination: 0.85, 2.80

25 October 2008

23 October 2008

4 October 2008

Local Police Force Denomination: 0.66

Town Coats of Arms Denomination: 3 stamps

National Costumes: Decorations Denomination: 1 stamp

Lithuania

24 October 2008

Macedonia

Tribune of the People Denomination: 0.60

6 October 2008

India 7 October 2008

30 October 2008

Festivals of India Denomination: 500p x 3

2008 Christmas Denomination: 0.60, 2.80

12 October 2008

31 October 2008

III Commonwealth Youth Games Denomination: 500p x 4

UNESCO Denomination: 3.40

Euro Womens' handball C'ship 2008 Denominations: 30denars Flora of Macedonia Denominations: 1, 12, 50, 72 denars

Imagine Peace Tower Denomination: 120 ISK

Ireland

Childrens' Day Denominations: 12denars

15 October 2008

Jersey

22 October 2008

10 October 2008

19 October 2008

Irish Music Denomination: 55c x 2, 82c x 2

Jersey Birdlife - Migrating Birds Denomination: 6 Stamps

Isle of Man

Latvia

7 centuries Musical Dignity Denominations: 12 denars 150th Anniv. Puccini Denominations: 100 denars

Climate Change UNPA

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Worldwide New Issues Malaysia 9 October 2008 Unique flowers Denominations: no info

Denominations: €0,31; €0,47;€0,57;€067; €0,80; €1,00

Castles Denominations: 2.60 x 2

7 October 2008

23 October 2008

21 October 2008

Euro. Year of Intercultural Dialogue Denominations: €0,31;€0,47;€0,67;€0,80

Spanish Fashion Denominations: 0.31 x 4

National Angkasawan Programme Denominations: no info

Romania

27 October 2008

October 2008

Montenegro 2 October 2008 Stamp Day 2008 Denominations: 0.60

20 October 2008 Ordinary Issues Denominations: 0.40, 0.50, 0.60

Atom in the Service of Humanity Denominations: 1 stamp 80th Anniv. Radio Broadcasting Society Denominations: 1 stamp

Traditional Games & Sports Denominations: 0.43 x 3

Ukraine 1 October 2008

Russia

Military Political Unions Ukraine/Sweden Denominations: 1.00 x 2

2 October 2008

3 October 2008

Kamov's Helicopters Denominations: 7.00 x 2

XI National Phil. Exhibition Denominations: 1.00 x 2

15 October 2008

4 October 2008

30 October 2008

World Natural Heritage Denominations: 7.00, 8.00, 9.00

600th Anniv. City of Chernivtsi Denominations: 1.00 x 2

100th Anniv 1st Railroad Denominations: 6 x 0.25

San Marino

24 October 2008

18 October 2008

21 October 2008 175th Anniv. Alfred Nobel Denominations: 0.50

Morocco 10 October 2008 Art & Culture Denominations: 3,25 x 2

30 October 2008 50th Anniv. Diplomatic Relations Morocco/China Denominations: 3.25, 7.8

Christmas 2008 Denominations: 0,36, 0,60, 1,00 International Polar Year Denominations: 0,60, 1,00, 1,20 Writers Denominations: 0,60, 2,20 UNESCO World Heritage Denominations: 1.00 x 6 (S/S)

Baturyn Tragedy Denominations: 1.00

United Kingdom October 2008 Women f Distinction Denominations: 1st, 48p, 50p, 56p, 72p, 81p

United Nations PA 23 October 2008

9 October 2008

Climate Change Denominations: 42c, 94c, 1.00, 1.80, 0,65, 1,30

Christmas 2008 Denominations: 50c x 2, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50

Beauties of our Homeland Denominations: T1

United States 2 October 2008

Poland

23 October 2008

Nature of America - Great Lakes Dunes Denominations: 42c

New Zealand 1 October 2008

29 October 2008 Polish Composers of the 20th Century Denominations: PLN1.45 x 4

Portugal 2 October 2008

Slovakia

Nature Conservation - Orchid Denominations: T2 x 2

Slovenia 14 October 2008 Primoz Kozmus - Olympic Gold Medallist Denominations: 0.45

3 October 2008 50s Fins & Chrome - Classic Cars Denominations: 42c x 6

17 October 2008

Spain

Alzheimer's Awareness Denominations: 42c

5 October 2008

1 October 2008

23 October 2008

Republican Ideas Denominations: 2 x €0,31;2 x €0,47; 2 x €0,67; 2 x €0,312 x €0,57; 2 x €0,80

Flora & Fauna Denominations: 2 x 0.31

Holiday Stamps 2008 Denominations: 42c x 4

9 October 2008

Vietnam

7 October 2008

Traditional Games & Sports Denominations: 0.43

15 October 2008

100 Years Demarcated Wine Regions Denominations: €0,31 x 2

Olive Oil Denominations: €0,31, €0,47; €57; €0,67; €0,80, €2,00

9 October 2008 School Post Denominations: €0,31, €0,47, €0,67

10 October 2008 Mycology Denominations: 0.31 x 2

13 October 2008

16 October 2008

UPAEP: Spanish National Holiday Denominations: 0.78

Bridges

16 October 2008

France/Vietnam Joint Issue Denominations: 800, 14000

20 October 2008 Lady Trieu's rebellion Denominations: 1000

25 October 2008 Vietnam/Argentina Joint Issue Denominations: 800, 10000 Stamp News - 67

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Internet & Email Directory The following is an extensive listing of Stamp Dealer and Internet Website contact addresses worldwide. Millions of dollars of stock is priced up ready to sell on these sites. All Dealers may list their contact details here for a very affordable $175 per year fee, prepaid annually or only $17.50 a month. Contact the Advertising Manager on Ph: 03 9752 2677, Fax: 03 9758 2488 , or email: kmorgan@centurynova. com. au www.brusden-white.com Publishers of Australia’s Gold Medal catalogue series - The Australian Commonwealth Specialists’ Catalogue. Order all volumes on line. Special offers also available. info@brusden-white.com

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www.millenniumauctions.com Regular public auctions of fine and rare stamps and postal history. View our auction catalogues online and bid with confidence on our secure server. info@millenniumauctions.com

www.ozemail.com.au/~pittwaterstamps Comprehensive price lists for more than forty lists using ASC, SG & Scott numbering. By far the largest such lists in the southern hemisphere.” pittwaterstamps@ozemail.com.au

www.nzstamps.com Details of NZ Catalogue and NZ Stamp Auctions Sales with easy to use directions. Also latest newsletter. isit us and leave your details. acs@nzstamps.com

www.goldcoaststamptraders.com.au 1000’s of items for sale from mint stamps including varieties to FDC’s, flight covers, postal history, autographs and more. competitive prices, wants lists welcome sales@goldcoaststamptraders.com.au

www.manfredjunge.com Try us for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Antarctica. Specialising in “Booklets” from Australia, New Zealand, The Pacifics, Great Britain & Channel Island & much more. mjstamps@manfredjunge.com

www.sutherlandphilatelics.com.au Long-established mail order dealer comprehensively covering British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, North America, Australasia and Japan. Prompt courteous service and an extensive user-friendly website. sutherlandphil@bigpond.com

www.stampsaustralia.com.au

Sydney Philatelics - Largest On-Line Shop in Australia ! – User-Friendly – 10,000 and more Philatelic Items – Just a mouse click away ! Over 100 Pages of Australasia, British Commonwealth, Booklets, Accessories.etc. Always Buying ! Est 27 Years. info@stampsaustralia.com.au

www.simondunkerley.com Specialising in Australian Commonwealth and Colonies, including kangaroos, KGV, Errors, Varieties, Proofs, Specimens, Postage Dues, FDC’s; travelling regularly to buy and sell. Want lists welcome. simon@simondunkerley.com

www.sevenseas.com.au Search our website for full listing of stamps and Seven Seas albums and pages and other accessories. We look forward to serving you. stamps@sevenseas.com.au

www.glenstephens.com Largest and most visited Stamp Dealer website in the Southern Hemisphere. 250 different pages of stamp bargains and archives! $4,000 prize always on offer. glen@glenstephens.com

www.ronbakerstamps.com.au Our website, four years in the making has finaly been launched. At this stage it contains Australia, Territories, New Zealand, Great Britain and also Coins. info@ronbakerstamps.com.au

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www.prestigephilately.com Australia’s only world-class auction house, three times voted “Auction House of the Year” by APTA members. Complimentary catalogues on request. info@prestigephilately.com

www.rap.com.au The website for Australia, Australian Territories, commercial and philatelic covers, and informative articles on the subjects. rap@rap.com.au

www.premierpostal.com PPA holds it’s auctions on the 3rd Sunday of the Month with around 4000 lots per auction. Our auctions include stamps, postal history, postal stationary, postmarks,postcards etc from around the world. We also provide a searchable Post Office reference database for Australia and several other counties. david@premierpostal.com

www.stampsale.com New Zealand and worldwide in our Ashford Stamps postal auctions. Ask for a catalogue, or view the website. Also ask for direct sales list of NZ Chalons. ashford@stampsale.com

www.richardjuzwin.com The leading specialist dealers in Australasian stamps and the largest private dealer (non Auction) company in Australia. info@richardjuzwin.com.au

www.stores.eBay.com/VarisellStampBoutique Worldwide stamps, covers, postal stationery, inverted centres, postcards, philatelic literature, proofs, specimens, and much more. View over 6,500 items in our easy to use eBay store. Prompt and courteous service. Varisell@aol.com

A-ONE STAMPS _ __________________www.aonestamps.com; mgreive@bigpond.net.au Bilby STAMPS & COvers________www.bilbystamps.com.au; ann@bilbystamps.com.au CDDSTAMPS_________________ www.cddstamps.com; http://cddstamps.blogspot.com KENNEDY STAMPS P/L_ www.kennedystamps.com.au; stamps@kennedystamps.com.au KEVIN MORGAN STAMPS AND COINS____________________www.kevinmorgan.com.au info@centurynova.com.au MOWBRAYS AUSTRALIA____________ Melbourne: mowbraysaustralia@ozemail.com.au Sydney: mowbraysaustralia@bigpond.com NORFOLK ISLAND PHILATELIC BUREAU________________________ info@stamps.gov.nf NRG PHILATELICS_ _______________ www.nrgphilatelics.com; info@nrgphilatelics.com PACIFIC STAMPS_ ___________ www.pacificstamps.com.au; info@pacificstamps.com.au RENNIKS PUBLICATIONS_ ______________________________________www.renniks.com stamps4collectors___ www.stamps4collectors.net; stamps@stamps4collectors.net STANLEY GIBBONS UK_ _______www.stanleygibbons.com; sales@stanleygibbons.co.uk STATUS INTERNATIONAL________________ www.statusint.com; auction@statusint.com STEWART’S STAMP SHOP_ ___________________ Stewartsstampshop@ozemail.com.au SYDNEY STAMP CENTRE (WESLEY COVER SERVICE)_ ___ www.sydneystampcentre.com.au sales@sydneystampcentre.com.au Stamp News - 69

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philatelic clubs & societies new south wales Armidale Circle RSPC: Mtg 2nd Wed Australian Cmwlth Collectors Club of NSW: Mtg 3rd Mon 7.45pm, 1st flr. Philas House, 17 Brisbane St, Darlinghurst, Sydney 2001. Ph 02 9267 8301; Fax: 02 9264 4741. GPO Box 1971, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 9264 8301 Aust. States Study Circle: Mtg 4th Wed 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Bathurst Stamp Coin and Collectables Club: Mtg 1st Mon 7.30pm, Old Eglinton fire shed , Park St, Elington PO Box 151, Bathurst NSW 2795 Bega Phil. & Numismatic Society: Mtg 3rd Friday 8.00pm. Mthly Newsletter. PO Box 370, Bega NSW Blue Mountains Stamp Club: Mtg 4th Friday (ex Dec) 8.00pm Katoomba Public School; PO Box 76, Blackheath Campbelltown District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.30pm (ex Jan - 4th Wed); @ Catholic Hall Acacia St, Ruse. Inquiries: mystampclub@yahoo.com.au; PO Box 478, Campbelltown 2560 Castle Hill SC: Mtg 2nd Wed 7.45 pm, Crestwood Community Centre, Cnr Chapel Lane & Crestwood Dr, Baulkham Hills; POBox 151 Castle Hill NSW 1765 China Study Group of PSNSW: Mtg 4th Mon 7.30pm; Ph: 02 9264 8301 Cinderella SC: Mtg 2nd Friday, even months; Produces “Cinderellas Australia” and monographs; PO Box 889, Chatswood, NSW 2057 Coffs Harbour SC: Mtg 2nd Wed Earlwood and District SC:Mtg 1st Wed Grafton SC: Mtg 2nd Wed (ex. Dec) Grafton Stampers & Everything Philatelic: Mtg 1st Sun 2pm (ex School Hols). Grafton Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Queen & Oliver Sts. Ph 02 6642 1363. email gbchurch@bigpond.com. Great Lakes SC: Mtg1st Sat 9.30am , Workshop & Market 1st Sat 9-12, (Feb-Nov), Great Lakes Campus Annexe, Taree St, Tuncurry Enq: PO Box 717, Forster, 2428 Gosford PS: Afternoon Mtg 1st Mon; Evening Mtg 2nd Thurs Hawkesbury Valley PS (Richmond Stamp Club): Mtg 2nd Thurs (ex Jan) PO Box 28 Richmond 2753 Illawarra PS: Mtg 3rd Thursday (ex. Jan) Wollongong Master Build. Club Ltd, Oasis Room, 7.30pm. All welcome. Tel. (02) 42252011. Imlay Stamp Collectors Soc: Mtg 4th Mon; Ph: 02 6495 7308 Kempsey RSL PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Lower Clarence PS: Mtg 4th Tues Macquarie Valley PS: Mtg 2nd Tues Maitland SC: Mtg 2nd Mon ex Jan. ‘Show & Tell’ every mtg E. Maitland Bowling Club, Bank St. Pres. Mark Saxby; Sec. David Carratt; Ph: 02 4932 4045 Email: carrotspatch@tpg.com.au Manly-Warringah PS: Mtg 2nd Thurs St David’s Church Hall, Dee Why. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: stampsmw@bizland.com.au Manly-Warringah Rugby Leagues SC: Mtg 4th Tues cnr. Pittwater Rd & Federal Pde, Brookvale. Sec. Graeme Morriss Ph: 02 9905 3255 email: stampsmw@bizland. com.au Milton-Ulladulla SC: Mtg 1pm on 4th Mon (ex Dec); Ph: (02) 4472 7701; email: jnmullin@bigpond.com.au

act Canberra, Philatelic Society of: 1st Thursday: General Meeting,3rd Thursday: Afternoon Meeting (IF REQUIRED),3rd Thursday: (Evening) Exchange Night, 2nd Tuesday: Postcard Group, 4th Monday: Machin Collectors Group. All meetings 7:45pm, Griffin Centre, Genge Street, Canberra City Postal Address:PO Box 1840,Canberra ACT 2601,Email:psc@netspeed.com.au

western australia Armadale-Kelmscott PS: Mtg 4th Tues; Ph: 0419 954 862 Canning SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9459 7381 Daytime SC: Mtg 1st Thurs; 08 9341 3576 Eastern Goldfields: Ph: 0413 047 941 Ellenbrook SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9296 9306 Fremantle and District PS: Mtg 2nd Wed, Fremantle Tennis Club House, Parry St, Fremantle at 8pm; Ph: 08 6363 6415 Kalamunda SC: Mtg 3rd Wed; Ph: 08 9293 1948 Mandurah SC: Mtg 2nd Tues; Ph: 08 9582 9108email: stafford@southwest.com. au Northern Districts SC: Mtg 2nd Mon(ex Jan); Ph: 08 9342 1989

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

Morisset and District SC: Mtg 3rd Sunday 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, Market Days Sat APR 30 MAY 1st Ph: 02 6392 6334 (BH), 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 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: 2007 Mtg Dates: Wed May 9th, Jul 11th, Sept 12th, Nov 14th, 8pm, Ryde Ex-Services Club, 724-730 Victoria Rd, Ryde, NSW. Tel: 9807 3344. Sec. Peter Brigden, PO Box 408, Wahroonga, NSW, 2076 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 1st Sat, even months 9.30am - 2.30pm, St Paul’s, Carlingford. SDetails: www.sass.stamparena.com Tamworth PS: Mtg 1st Mon; Market Days 1st Sat. Newsletter editor, Michael de Groot , Pres. Peter Newley. 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 & Community 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 2528; PO Box 1624, Palmerston, NT, 0831; Email: gregorywilson@bigpond.com.au. WA club information: WA Philatelic Council, GPO Box 9800, Perth, WA, 6001 Philatelic Forum: Mtg 1st Mon (exJan); Ph: 08 9457 0519 Rockingham & Kwinana (PS of): Mtg 3rd Tues (NB 2nd in Dec) Pres. John Sutton; Sec. Terry Boyd; PRO Lucie Schokker Ph. 08 9419 1604; email: yiman@ openaccess.com.au PS of WA: Mtg 3rd Tues; Ph: 08 9457 0519 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Wed; Anglican Parish Centre, Brompton Rd, Wembley Downs, 7.45pm, Ph: 08 9447 7256 The Postmark Circle (WA): Mtg 2nd Mon; Ph: 08 9446 4794 Victoria Park SC: Mtg 1st Wed; Ph: 08 9367 3954 Wanneroo SC: Mtg 3rd Mon; Ph: 08 9409 5015

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philatelic clubs & societies new zealand Air Mail Society of NZ: Mtg 3rd Mon (ex. Jan). Ph: 03 358 4838 Auckland PS: Mtg 1st and 3rd Tues (except Jan); Email bruce.chadderton @fitec. org.nz Add Ph 09 9853212 www.aps.gen.nz Christchurch PS: Mtg 2nd Tues, Library night 3rd Tuesday; Email: gftyson@inet.net. nz Ph 03 3541064 Dunedin PS: Mtg 4th Thurs (except Nov and Dec). Ph 03 4557643; Email paul@ classiekrealestate.co.nz Hastings Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Wed (except Jan and 2nd Wed Dec). Ph 06 8706710; Email jan-dave@clear.net.nz Hawkes Bay PS: Mtg 1st Wed (ex. Jan); Ph: 06 843 9433 Email dennmarg@paradise. net.nz Horowhenua PS: Mtg 2nd Mon. Ph: 06 368 6202 Email michael.Christensen@xtra. co.nz Hutt Valley PS: Mtg 1st Tues (ex. Jan); Ph: 04 568 4892; Email: richards@nec.co.nz Kapiti PS: Mtg 3rd Tues (ex Dec); Ph: 04 297 1197 Manaia PS: Mtg (Hawera) 1st Sun. Ph 06 2784292, email: peter.Williams @xtra. co.nz Manawatu PS: Mtg 1st Wed, daytime meeting 3rd Tues. Ph 06 3289 895; Email patricia.Larsen@xtra.co.nz Marlborough Stamp Collectors Club: Mtg 3rd Mon (except Jan and 2nd Mon Dec). Ph 03 5776166; Email lousv8@yahoo.com Morrinsville Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd Wed Ph 07 8896251 Nelson PS: Mtg 2nd Tues. Ph: 03 5477516 NZ Stamp Collectors Club Christchurch:Mtg 4th Wed ; Ph 03 3596758; www.nzeal. com/philately/nzscc.htm North Shore PS: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Wed (except Jan and Dec). Ph: 09 4141044; Email: nsps@xtra.co.nz www.northshoreps.com Postal History Soc of NZ: Auckland 1st Mon (except Jan). Ph: 09 522 0311 Chapter meetings held Invercargill, Nelson, New Plymouth and Wellington. Ph: 07 3476428

queensland Arana Hills SC: Meeting 2nd Mon; Mr Les Revell (Secretary)07 3263 8573; email: desley@mycelebrant.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. Ph: 07 4031 5342 Sec: Alan Sparks, email:alan47@ bigpond.com.au, web:www.cairnsstampclub.asn.au Caloundra SC: Mtg 2nd Tues & 4th ThursPh: 07 5445 2940 City Daytime SC: Mtg 2nd Thurs. Ph: 07 3206 6281 City of Brisbane PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Ph: 07 3263 8573 (ah); email: desley@ mycelebrant.com COLLECTORS CLUB QUEENSLAND: Mtg 2nd Thurs 1.00 pm BCC Library, Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mt.Gravatt. Contact 32068507 or stampman5@bigpond.com Deception Bay SC: Mtg 1st Sat. Ph: 07 3284 3161 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.

Further information can be obtained from the NZ Philatelic Federation, PO Box 58139, Whitby, Porirua, 5245, NZ. E-mail: secretary@nzpf.org.nz Royal PS of NZ: Mtg 2nd Tues (ex Jan); Ph: 04 472 2590; Email rpsnz @orcon.net.nz and; Website www.rpsnz.org.nz South Auckland PS:Mtg last Sat (except Dec), Papatoetoe, day time mtgs 3rd Fri(ex Dec); Ph: 09 5366708 ; Email: panross@xtra.co.nz Southland PS: Mtg 1st Thurs (except Jan). Ph 03 2158177 Email antqgevi@es.co. nz Taranaki PS: Mtg 1st Mon except Jan. Ph: 06 758 6233; Email: sheryllb@xtra.co.nz Tauranga & District Stamp Club: Mtg 2nd (except Jan) and 4th Mon (except Dec); Ph: 07 5768866; Email: patandrobcarlyon@xtra.co.nz Thames Valley PS: Mtg 1st Mon(except Jan). Ph: 07 8689190; Email: apberry@ wave.co.nz Thematic Association of NZ: Ph: 04 234 7218; Email: bob@gibsonz.com Timaru PS: Mtg 1st Wed. Ph: 03 6888829 Upper Hutt PS: Mtg 3rd Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec).04 5284123 ; Email km_Isaac@ paradise.net.nz Waikato PS: Mtg 1st (except Jan) and 3rd Wed (except Dec). Ph 07 8556572 Email c.cameron@agresearch.co.nz Wakatipu PS: Ph: 03 442 8865 Wanganui PS: Mtg 2nd Wed. (Ex. Jan) Ph 06 3448009; Email sandy.j@ihug.co.nz Warkworth & Districts Stamp Club: Mtg 1st Thu 1:00pm Ph 09 4258791 Wellesley PS: Mtg 2nd and 4th Mon (ex public holidays). Ph: 09 8271240 Wellington PS: Mtg 4th Mon (except 2nd Mon Dec); daytime meeting 3rd Thurs. Ph: 04 234 7218; Email: bob@gibsonz.com Whakatane PS: Mtg 2nd & 4th Thurs Ph: 07 3071016 Whangarei PS: Mtg 2nd Meeting: 2nd Tues (Ex. Jan) 09-4348000 Email johnmonica@xtra.co.nz QLD Philatelic Council, 18 Coolcrest St, Wynnum, Qld, 4178. Ph: 07 3396 0846 Fax: 07 3396 0842. Email: QPC-stamps@acenet.net.au Web: www.qpc.asn.au

Contact: 07 3272 8304. PO Box 177, Annerley, 4103, lopatich@bigpond.net.au Lockyer Valley SC: Mtg 4th Sun, 1.30pm, Senior Citizens’s Hall, Gatton. Kerri Martin, Sec. Ph: 07 5465 3390 Email: lvsc@bigpond.com Logan City SC: Meetings 2nd Thurs, Marsden Library, Marsden Park Shopping Centre, 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: QPC-stamps@acenet.net.au 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 5576 8246 Southside PS: Mtg 3rd Tuesday & 3rd Wednesay (9am) Ph: 07 3848 2304 (ah) email: david.appleton@mailbox.uq.edu.au Sunshine Coast SC (formerly Nambour SC): Mtg 1st Wed, 7.15pm at Red Cross Hall, Price St Ph: 075445 3647 Thematics Queensland: Mtg bi-monthly 9.30am. Ph: 07 3262 5605 email: j.crowsley@uq.net.au Toowoomba SC: Mtg 2nd Sat 2pm; Pres. Bob Littlehales; Secretary Allan Weeks Phone 07 46355623; PO Box 1591. Ph: 07 4638 3328 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: Saphil House 22 Gray Court, off Sturt St, Adelaide Mtg 1st Wed (even months); 6 mtgs a year bi-monthly + 4 journals for $15US. PO Box 395 Edwardstown 5039; mtgs ; Ph: (08) 2967 3969 Barossa SC: Mtg 1st Tue 7.30 Greenock Luth Church Hall, Bevan St, Greenock; PO Box Greenock 5360; email: Jamil49@bigpond.com; 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: teepee@teegee.com.au Bordertown & Districts PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs; Bordertown PSchool; Ph: 08 8752 1297 City of Noarlunga PS: Mtg Alt Thurs - 7.45pm. Comm. Health Centre, Grand Boulevard, Seaford. PO Box 272 Noarlunga 5167; Ph: 08 8556 6371 Community PS: Mtg Alt Fri - 7.30pm. Marion Bowling Club, off Sturt Rd. PO Box 75 Edwardstown, 5039; Auctions, circuit books. Ph: 0408806894 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; pres@comstech.com; 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: jo.trev@bigpond.com German Philatelic Club: Mtg 2nd & 4th Mon 8pm; German Club, 223 Flinders St, Adelaide 5000; Ph: 08 8260 2251 Glenside PS: 1st & 3rd Wed 7.30pm; Staff Dining Room, Glenside Hospital. Fullarton Rd Eastwood.PO Box 29, Glenside 5063. Ph: (08) 8382 4223 Lower Murray PS: Mtg 3rd Thurs,7.30pm, 2nd Sat, 10am; Murray Bridge Showgrounds. PO Box 810, Murray Bridge; Ph: 08 85704074 purjohn@activ8.net.au 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 59 Flinders Lane Vic 8009 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); Footscray Senior Citizens Room, 130 Buckley St, Footscray Frankston & District SC: Mtg 3rd Tues (2nd in Dec) Seaford Community Centre, Broughton St Seaford. Ph: 5996 3745 Geelong PS: Mtgs 1st & 3rd Sat 7.30pm (ex Jan) Diversitat Community Centre, 9-15 Clarence St, Geelong West. Ph: 5261 5461 (Sec) Hamilton PS: Mtg 2nd Monday Hungarian PS: Mtg 2nd Wed Italian PS: Mtg 2nd Mon (ex Jan), 7.30pm, Abruzzo Club, East Brunswick Latrobe Valley PS: Mtg Last Wed ex Dec 7.30pm, St Lukes Uniting Church Hall, Princes Way, Morwell;

tasmania Burnie PS: Mtg 2nd Fri 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

Phillumeny SC: U3/26-28 Crovier Av, Modbury 5092. Ph: 08 8337 6533 Email: www.users.or.net/figg/amccs Port Pirie PS: Mtg 4th Mon; PO Box532, Pt Pirie 5540; Ph: 08 8632 1105 Pt. Noarlunga Community PS: Mtg Alt Fri, 7.30pm, Elizabeth House, Elizabeth Rd, Christies Beach; PO Box 75, Edwardstown 5039 Ph: 08 8276 9691 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 PS of Woodville: Mtg 2nd Fri; Murree Smth Hall. PO Box 27, Woodville 5011; Ph: 08 8443 5547 Postal Stat & Postal Hist Soc: Mtg 2nd Tues; SAPHIL House, 22 Gray Ct, Adelaide. email: psandph@arcom.com.au; Ph: 08 8260 3352 Riverland PS: Mtg 2nd Fri;Berry Primary School. PO Box 901, Berri 5343; Ph: 08 8588 1109 Salisbury PS: Mtg 1st & 3rd Mon;StJohns Church Hall. PO Box 336 Salisbury 5108; Ph: 08 8252 2392 Salisbury Junior Stamp Group: Alt Sat; Sal Primary School.PO Box 964, Salisbury 5108; Ph 08 8258 5339 Southern Districts PS: Mtg 4th Wed; PO Box 145, Daw Pk 5041; Ph: 08 8271 8522 Stirling PS: Mtg 4th Fri 7.45pm, Old Railway Station (now Community Services Bldng.); Ph: 08 8370 2680 Strathalbyn PS: Mtg 2nd Mon; C/- Post Office, Strathalbyn 5255; Ph: 08 8536 2770 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 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. maryboroughsc@eudoramail.com. maryboroughsc.web1000.com 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 Noble Park SC: Mtg 4th Mon (Ex. Dec 2nd Mon), Paddy O’Donoghue Centre, 18-32 Buckley St, Noble Park, 3174; 03 97017085 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 8pm, 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); 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); www.tps.org.au, Legacy House, 159 Macquarie St Hobart

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stamp & coin fairs & events victoria

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Dec 6 - (1st Sat) 9am to 4pm Orange Stamp Fair, Quinn’s Dec 7 - (1st Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phone Card Fair, Ukrainian Arcade, Summer St, Orange. Ph: Norm 02 63623754. Hall, Russell St, Essendon. Dec 6 - (1st Sat) Northside Stamp Fair. 1st Floor, Car Dec 20 - (3rd Sat) Stamps, Coins & Medals Fair - Ferntree park Building, Manly-Warringah Leagues Club, cnr Gully Salerooms, 107 Station St, Ferntree Gully. Ph: 03 Federal Parade/Pittwater Rd, Brookvale, NSW.

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Dec 6 - (1st Sat) Katoomba Stamp & Coin Fair, 9am - De 21 - (3rd Sun) Stamp, Card - Phone Card Fair, Ormond 4pm, Masonic Hall, Cnr Station & Civic Sts, Katoomba. Angling Club Hall. Cnr North Road & Queens St, Ormond. Dec 6 - (1st Sat) Stamp & Coin Collectors Fair, East Coast 0418 322 315. Dec 28 - (4th Sun) Stamp, Coin & Phonecard Fair, JaycCity Church, 375 Kingsway, Caringbah ees Hall, Silver Grove, Nunawading. 9am-3.30pm. Dec 7 - (1st Sun) Corrimal Stamp & Coin Fair, Doctors Hall, 69 Railway St, Corrimal. Enquiries: (02) 9764 3034.

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Dec 7 - (1st Sun) Bankstown Stamp & Coin Fair, Bank- Dec 7 - QStamp Fair, Southside, Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Memorial Hall, Logan Rd. Free Entry, free tea/ stown Masonic Hall, Cnr Greenfields & Restwell Sts, coffee. 8.30am - 2pm Bankstown. 9am - 3pm. 7 Dealers. Ph. 02 4455 4011 Dec 8 (2nd Mon) - Gold Coast PS Sale, Rm 1, SouthDec 21 - (3rd Sun) Stamp & Coin Fair, 10am - 3pm, port Comm. Centre, Lawson St, Southport. 11.30am Pioneers Hall, Cowper St, Wallsend. 8 Dealers. 4971 - 2.30pm 3483

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Dec 28 - (4th Sun) Epping Stamp & Coin Fair, Community Hall, 9 Oxford St, Epping. 10am - 4pm. Free Entry, 6 Dealers, Buy/Sell.

Jan 30 - Feb 3 2009 - Hong Kong 2009

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Reports, studies, hundreds of photos of stamps in France and in the whole world. Monthly, 100 pages Free sample (Join $A2 by stamps) Subscription by air: 475ff (approx. $A90) Information & subscription: TIMBROPRESSE 6, rue du Sentier 75080 Paris Cedex 02 Telephone: (33) 1 55 34 92 55

Philatelic Society of Canberra Inc.

The society has a regular program of meetings, with displays, exchanges and discussion nights, and welcomes visitors to Canberra. It has a flourishing exchange branch, which circulates to small stamp clubs in the south region, as well as in the Canberra area. It publishes, quarterly, a newsletter and a research journal ‘Capital Philately’. Enquiries about membership or about separate subscriptions to the journal should be directed to: Secretary: Tony Luckhurst Ph: 02 6241 1963 e-mail: tony_luckhurst@bigpound.com

Collectables Show December 20 21st Century Auction Rooms 107 Station Street Ferntree Gully 3156

Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins Postage wanted: Up to 49c pay 50% 50c and above pay 60% Also buying NZ @ 45%, GB @ 60%, USA @ 60% Tel: 03 9752 2677 Fax: 03 9758 2488 Email: info@centurynova.com.au Web: www.centurynova.com.au

Always buying/selling collections, accumulations, mixed lots. We are a general dealership stocking a wide range of worldwide items plus albums, accessories, etc. Credit Cards accepted. Discounts for Seniors Card holders and Philatelic Club members on production of membership ID. Member of PTS

Sas/oceania invites your membership Our award-winning quarterly journal, ‘The Informer’, contains regular, informative articles about Australia and States, New Zealand, PNG, and other Pacific countries by knowledgeable philatelic writers. Sample copy/ application form sent airmail for $US1.00. Mint US postage accepted. Sas/o Secretary, PO Box 24764,San Jose, CA 95154-4764, USA

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Join today, membership is free! No fees for AUSTRALASIAN the first 12 months, open to all traders in COLLECTABLE collectables, full or part time. TRADERS SOCIETY Features: Major Collectables Shows around Australia Discounted advertising in major collectables journals and yellow pages. Regular newsletter Special discounts on accessories/albums etc. Australasian Collectable Traders Society Free 6 month subscription to Stamp News c/- PO Box 1290 Upwey, Vic. 3158 Website, with free advertising for members

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Stamp News Australasia Advertising Rates & Data Commencing January 2009 Publication details Stamp News Australasia is published by Stamp News Pty Ltd, ACN 099 565 223, at monthly intervals, twelve times per year. Publication date is the 1st day of each month.

RATES - casual (all rates include GST) All Prices now include 4 Colour Separation $

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PREFERRED POSITIONS: A 50% surcharge applies. CONTRACT RATES Three edition contract less 5% Six edition contract less 10% Twelve edition contract less 15% INSERTS Competitive rates available to reach the core of the stamp collecting community. For catalogue or brochure inserts, contact our advertising manager, Kevin Morgan on (03) 9752 2677 for details. PREPAID DISCOUNTS All advertisements are subject to payment within 30 days. However, pre-paid advertisements will attract a discount of 5% as will accounts paid for by credit card on or by the publication date. SPECIAL NOTES 1. Advertisers may vary their display advertising sizes within a contract period. 2. If booked advertising material does not arrive by the due date the Publisher reserves the right to publish a previously published advertisement in lieu. 3. Prices are for copy supplied in digital format to the required standard. If production work is required extra charges may be necessary. Please consult.

Advertisements should be supplied in digital format (on disk or via email). Advertisements should be provided as high resolution PDF files, with all fonts embedded. All images must be scanned at 300dpi resolution and sent as separate files, and must not be compressed by jpeg below medium quality. Price lists must be provided in Excel format. Adobe Indesign files are acceptable only if they contain no True Type fonts (only Type 1 fonts can be commercially printed). Phone to discuss other formats or alternatives. Note that MS Publisher files are not accepted.

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Advertising Contact Details Kevin Morgan Ph (03) 9752 2677 Fax: (03) 9758 2488 Stamp News Pty Ltd, PO Box 1290, Upwey, Vic 3158. SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS Advertisers are hereby notified of the following conditions to which they signify their acceptance in submitting any advertisement: * Although oral instructions may be acted upon, no liability will be accepted for advertising instructions, alterations or cancellations made orally, they must be in writing. * No liability will be accepted for any loss occasioned by the failure of an advertisement or insert or any part of an advertisement or insert to appear in any specified issue, or for any error in an advertisement or insert. * Positions selected for advertisement are entirely at the discretion of the Publisher, except where otherwise arranged (see “Preferred Position�). * The matter, content and style of any advertisement is subject to approval of the Publisher. Advertisements held by the Publisher to be unlawful or undesirable in any way will be declined. * The Publisher reserves the right to suspend, refuse or withdraw any advertisement or order at its discretion at any time without notice. The Advertiser, in submitting an advertisement and/or material, is deemed to have agreed that no liability for claims, damages or compensation in respect thereof will be held against the Publisher. * TRADE PRACTICES: Advertisements submitted must be in strict accordance with the applicable State and Federal consumer and advertising laws in force from time to time. * INDEMNITY: In submitting any advertisement or insert, the Advertiser agrees that if any material, statement, information or matter contained in any such advertisement or insert is in breach of any statute, regulation or law (whether Federal, State or Territorial, directly, by inference or otherwise) and the Publisher publishes the advertisement or insert in good faith with no reason to be aware of such impediment and consequently suffers any penalty by reason of or arising from the publication of such material, then the Advertiser indemnifies the Publisher against the amount of any such penalty and shall pay the amount thereof and any consequential and reasonable legal costs incurred by the Publisher.

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Contributor & Advertiser Deadlines February 2009 Issue - 2 January 2009 March 2009 Issue - 1 February 2009

We reserve the right to repeat advertising from a previous issue if material is not received in time. Email submission: info@stampnews.com.au

Australasian Collectables Traders Association (ACTS)

Stamp & Coin Fairs All of our fairs feature: Free admission, Free off street parking Free tea & Coffee, Pleasant well lit halls, Friendly traders. Limited space available $20 per table, enquiries: 03 9752 2677

Next Fair - December 6! 1st Saturday each month 9am - 3pm, Box Hill City Bandrooms, 411 Middleborough Road, Box Hill Vic. (Walking distance from Laburnum Station)

Next Show Ferntree Gully December 20 3rd Saturday each month 9am - 3pm at 21st Century Auction Rooms, 107 Station Street, Ferntree Gully, Vic. 3156 (Opposite station and Bus terminus)

Call us now to book your space: 03 9752 2677

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philatelic trading post accessories FINE USED, MUH-AUSTRALIA, AAT/GLASSINE, CELLOPHANE BAGS & ENVELOPES Send for our price list Wholesale list for dealers AMBROSE THONG PO Box 415, Unanderra, NSW 2526 Australia email: amblyn@ozemail.com.au Ph/Fax: AH (02) 4271 3346

for sale ALBUMS, CATALOGUES, AND EQUIPMENT for stamps, coins, & banknotes at mail order discount prices. Enquiries or quotes write to: SAPPHIRE COAST PHILATELIC SUPPLIES, PO Box 285, Pambula, NSW 2549, or Phone/Fax (02) 6495 7382.

wanted Wanted: Donations of Philatelic and Numismatic material, to be made into lots for sale on eBay, etc. Proceeds for expenses such as fuel, medication, treatment for mother of four who has Grade 2-3 malignant brain tumour. B & S Bastin, Bulga Stamp Club, 70 Tilbaroo Rd, Elands, NSW, 2429, Australia. Ph: 02 504 508

buying Buying Australia and World Kiloware. We urgently wish to buy quantities of modern Australia and World Kiloware. Regular supplies needed. All mixtures to be close clipped single paper, and will pay as follows, all prices per kg. (a) Australia Commemoratives only to 2005 $7, 2006 $10, 2007 $15 (b) Australia Mission modern inc..2005/6, not less than 50% commems.by weight $4 (c) Australia Territories, inc. Cocos, AAT, Christmas Is. Norfolk Is. etc. $25 (d) Australia Higher values, 53c upwards inc. Commems. $60, defins only $20 (e) Worldwide, modern mix unpicked. $30. Minimum sending $100 please. Single country mixtures also required, please enquire. Phone Kevin Morgan 0425 795 693 Buying AAT Die Proofs. SG1 2/- Ultramarine 1957; SG2 5d on 4d Black-Sepia 1959; SG7 5d Myrtle Green 1961. Glen Dobbs, 5A Kanya Place, Goodanup, Mandurah, WA, 6210 02/09

for sale First Day Covers (pre-decimal & decimal) New Price Lists Available Now For free price lists please send SAE

SUNSHINE PHILATELICS PO BOX 129, ALBION DC QLD 4010

Collection surplus Stamps from Canada, Channel Islands, Falklands & Dependencies, Fr. Antarctic, Gibraltar, GB, Ireland, Malta, Namibia, NZ, South Africa and USA. MUH mint and used. Trade Enquiries OK. Send your wants lists to: John Cornelius, PO Box 23, Magill, 5072.

thematics Aeroplanes - Wildlife - Royal Family - Olympics - Automobiles - Flowers - Etc, Etc, Etc. 11/08 - Approvals P&D NICHOLLS P.O.Box 172,GLENBROOK NSW 2773

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Adelaide’s One Stop Stamp Shop. Buying, Selling + regular Stamp & Coin Auctions. Refer to our Dealers Ad in Products & Services. Stewarts Stamp Shop & Hallmark Auctions Ph [08] 8223 4435. Australia & Territories, First Day Covers, Packs. Discounted prices. List sent on request. Joe Schillani, 7 Westhaven Court, Chirnside Park, Vic, 3116 09/08

approvals “Since 1994 supplying” Australia, British Commonwealth, Worldwide, Pacifics, Thematics P&D Nicholls P.O.Box 172, Glenbrook NSW 2773 11/08

worldwide HUMONGOUS SELECTIONS: Including individual countries - Approvals P&D NICHOLLS 02 4739 6184 11/08

new issues ISRAEL: New issue service at face value, free price list, free gift and incredible offer in our 45th anniversary. Eilat Philatelic Club, P.O.Box 542, Eilat 88104, ISRAEL 10/08 epc_epc@netvision.net.il

kiloware Kiloware Off/On Paper, Germany, Europe, Overseas, Many sorts and Countries. List and Samples Free. Exchange Proposals welcome. D-M Fuerstenwerth, Muhliusstr. 68, D-24103 Kiel, Germany

exchange My Australian Stamps for your New Zealand Used. Hanny Van Der 11/08 Velde, PO Box 4, Middleton, SA 5213

Join the exciting Products & Services Directory! Single: 46mm x 24mm $260 per year or $26 per month Double: 46mm x 50mm $520 per year or $52 per month Triple: 46mm x 78mm $695 per year or $69.50 per month Quad: 46mm x 102mm $990 per year or $99 per month Larger spaces POR Ph: 03 9752 2677 Fax: 03 9758 2488 email: kmorgan@centurynova.com.au www.stampnews.com.au

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societies PENINSULA STAMP CLUB Meets 3rd Wednesday eachh month at BRIGHTON PS Inc. Meets 8.00pm 2nd and 4th Tuesday and 10.30am 7.30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Murray Anderson Road, Rosebud. Visitors 3rd Tuesday each month. 80 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale, Vic, 3185. Visitors/new members welcome. www.brightonps.org.au most welcome. Secretary: PO Box 187,Dromana, 3936 GLADSTONE AND DISTRICT PS Inc. Meets on the 2nd Wednesday each SUTHERLAND SHIRE PS meets 2nd Tuesday each month, Sutherland United Services Club, 7 East Parade (corner Oxford St), Sutherland, NSW month at 7.30pm. Venue: Neighbourhood Centre, 10 Toolooa St, Glad2232. stone. Postal: PO Box 1089, Gladstone, Qld, 4680. Ph: (07) 4978 1155. St George Philatelic Society meets on 1st Monday of each month at the AUSTRALIAN PS meets 3rd Monday monthly. RSL Homes, 152 Canterbury Senior Citizens Centre, 36 George St, Rockdale at 7.30pm. New members Rd (cnr Keats St) Canterbury. All visitors most welcome. Contact: PO Box and visitors welcome. Contact Sec. PO Box 112, Kogarah, 2217. Ph. 9584 1090 59, Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 for advice. 08/08

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Now that our series of Unadopted essays is complete, we find that we have a small surplus of these in complete sets, which have been selling on the secondary market for up to $10 per sheet, so these could be worth up to $120 for the set possibly more as complete sets are rare! Our agreement with Australia Post was not to sell these to retail customers, so we are giving them away to subscribers and re-subscribers. Subscribe for one year and get one complete set, for two years and get two sets, for three years and get three sets, or for five years and get five sets. For a lifetime subscription you get TWENTY COMPLETE sets to re-sell or tuck away! Apply now as stocks are necessarily restricted and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. *Not available with any other offer. Available only until sold out

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KJB Stamp Sales......................... 46 Kevin Morgan Stamps & Coins. 37 Leski Auctions............................ 13 Max Stern & Co........................... 64 Millennium Phil. Auctions............4 JR Mowbray Philatelists............ 57 Mowbrays Australia......................2 Philatelic Exporter..................... 57 Phoenix Auctions....................... 84 Premier Postal Auctions............ 57 Richard Juzwin........................... 79 Sandafayre....................................9 Stamp News Mail Order............ 28

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