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Kelly

26 Apr 2002
02:08:57pm
Ok guys - Here's a tough question.

What do you think is the most beautiful stamp in the world?

It could be a beautiful because of its artistic design or beautiful engraving. It could be beautiful because it commemorates a special event. It could be beautiful because it has special meaning to you.

I look forward to hearing what you all think.

Kelly
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Kathy Kelsey

28 Apr 2002
09:30:40pm
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Hi Kelly,

Generally speaking it could be almost any engraved stamp. But the most beautiful .... hmmm that is more difficult. I will have to go look.

This is a tough one!

Kathy

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Kelly

29 Apr 2002
12:49:30pm
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Hi Kathy

:) Yup, that's the plan - make it tough so that everyone will have to think about it! :)

I'm hoping everyone who comes to the board will put their two cents worth in about what they think is the most beautiful stamp in the world. And if you guys can't think of just one - well, post several times and put in however many you want to make up your idea of the most beautiful stamp(s).

Looking forward to hearing from everyone! :)

Kelly

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30 Apr 2002
12:32:08am
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Well Kelly, seeing that I'm Canadian Eh!, I love the 50¢ Bluenose for the design, detail and the sense of power.
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Rob Vlaardingerbroek (Rob)

30 Apr 2002
03:49:30am
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Hi guys,

Mine is definetely Slania's 1000th stamp for Sweden, which can be seen at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~pkv/slania/slania1000.htm

Best regards,

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Kelly

30 Apr 2002
05:46:11pm
re: The Most Beautiful Stamp In The World!

Hi everyone -

For me - the most beautiful stamp is the Nova Scotia 1853 issue of Queen Victoria, 1d. Absolutely stunning!
Absolutely stunning!


Kelly

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Valarie

30 Apr 2002
10:57:44pm
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A recent stamp that I really like is a Canadian 48 cent stamp, the year of the horse. It took me four days to come up with this answer!

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Kathy Kelsey

01 May 2002
02:15:20pm
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Hi all,

I'm stilling trying to decide :)

Yes, Kelly, Queen Victoria is a very beautiful lady!

Kathy

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Anthony Clarke

03 May 2002
08:58:31am
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Hi Australia of course....."Creatures of the Night" miniature sheet 1990's vintage.It glows in the dark...what more do you want? It even feels nice.

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Liz Jones

05 May 2002
03:18:38am
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Hi everyone. I would have to say Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police souvenir sheet - Scott #1737b. A close second would be the Canadian Year of the Horse souvenir sheet. But....I'm Canadian and love our stamps :)

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Kelly

05 May 2002
12:44:17pm
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Wow - I didn't realize there were so many of us here who are Canadians. :)

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Kathy Kelsey

14 Jun 2002
06:11:32pm
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Well, looks like its taken about 6 weeks to made a decision.

After changing my mind many times. I cannot get Scott #759 out of my mind.

It's an engraved replica of the Prater Ferris wheel released in 1966 commorating the opening of the Prater(park)Vienna, to the public by Emperor Joseph II, celebrating the 200th anniversay.

You have to see the stamp in the real to enjoy its beauty. Scott catalog does it no justice. The engraving is so neat to touch.

The detail is excellent. I can feel the motion of the wheel as it travels around the axis, feel the soft gentle breeze on my face. Here the sound of the crowd from below. It is most definitely is a mini artpiece.

How's that for an vivid imagination!

Kathy

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Rob Vlaardingerbroek (Rob)

15 Jun 2002
03:50:31am
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Hi Kathy,

The way you describe it makes me want to see it.
I don't have Scott and also wonder what country it is from, is this an US stamp?

Looking forward to your answer before asking my dealer for a scan ;-)

Regards,

Rob.

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Philately3

15 Jun 2002
10:54:31pm
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Rob:
It is not US. Scott 759US is Mesa Verde 4c. Part of the US National Park Issue of 1934. Some very nice stamps in their own right, however.

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Kathy Kelsey

15 Jun 2002
11:35:18pm
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Hi Rob, and all.
How dumb of me to forget the country. It's Austria.

Unfortunately, I do not have a scanner. Maybe I can get a ditigal picture of it and attempt to get it on line that way.

Happy Father's Day to all you Stamporama Dad's

Kathy

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Robert Charles Judson

22 Jan 2005
03:39:26pm
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I think the most beautiful U.S. Stamp can be catagorized by half century. I believe the second half of the nineteenth century is probably the Vanguard( Cattle in a Storm) from a painting by MacWhirter. The first half of the twentieth century is, I believe Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco by C.F. Matthews. The second half of the 20th century I think is the Princess Grace Commenorative. So far in the 21st century I think it is the Louis and Clark comemorative , not the portraits but the picture of the explorers with the background of area they found.

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Robert Charles Judson

22 Jan 2005
03:40:20pm
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I think the most beautiful U.S. Stamp can be catigoized by half century. I believe the second half of the nineteenth century is probably the Vanguard( Cattle in a Storm) from a painting by MacWhirter. The first half of the twentieth century is, I believe Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco by C.F. Matthews. The second half of the 20th century I think is the Princess Grace Commenorative. So far in the 21st century I think it is the Louis and Clark comemorative , not the portraits but the picture of the explorers with the background of area they found.

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Bob Ingraham (Bobstamp)

22 Jan 2005
05:47:08pm
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Robert Charles Judson and Bob Ingraham obviously see the world in the same light. Of all the stamps in the world, the one I would most like to have is "Cattle in a Storm":

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I've even considered trying to save enough money to buy a decent copy, but I'm not sure I'll live that long. The 2004 classic lists a mint, hinged copy at US $1250, and a used copy at US $600. A mint never-hinged copy catalogues at US $3,000.

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Robert Judson

23 Jan 2005
07:11:51am
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Dear Bob,
In a weak mommentseveral years ago I purchased `Cattle in a storm'. I have never regretted it. I also bought 400, in a weak momment. These two stamps are the most beautiful in my collection. A couple of years ago I received a check for $1500 and purchased the Zeplins. But the other two stamps are still my favorite. I started collectin when I was six but because I could not afford a loose leaf album, I lost interest when I was about 14. When I could afford it, I contacted my mother to get my old album. Unfortunatly she had given it away. It broke my heart and for the next almost 30 years, I mourned it. One day I got the urge to buy an album so I would not have to start again. I found one the had been `raped' of its good stamps. I started again about 7 years ago. Even started a Stamp Club that went for three years and then evaporated. I have forgiven my mother at last for I have an album far supperior to the one I had dreamed of in my youth. I have discovered that the key to collecting is to collect what you like and let the devil take the rest. Good talking with you. Bert.

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Daniel Cohen (Dani20)

23 Jan 2005
11:18:53pm
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To: Robert Judson,
Dear Robert, I can't get to you directly, so drop me a line at dani20@juno.com if you're into the U.S.Classics.
Dan Cohen

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03 Jul 2013
05:03:05am
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Hi everyone!
When reading through your comments, it seems like there is no real "most beautiful" stamp in the world; I would say "there are many extremely beautiful" stamps around the world and everyone of us has its favorite one depending on ones taste for any topics represented on the stamps.
Daniel.

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03 Jul 2013
10:01:33am
re: The Most Beautiful Stamp In The World!

Here are two of my favorites:

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03 Jul 2013
10:15:18am
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This has always been my Favorite, wish I could find one at a reasonable price
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New South Wales Scott #B2

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03 Jul 2013
11:33:59am
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This image does not do this issue justice, but is among one of my favorites: The King George V Silver Jubilee series.

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03 Jul 2013
08:10:26pm
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Well - I have another opinion for what is it worth, and it is the 1st United States Waterfowl Stamp, the Mallards by J.N. "Ding" Darling - RW1, issued in 1934. This issue energized a whole new spectrum of stamp collecting which flooded over into all of the States and many foreign countries. There are literally thousands of stamps that have been generated as a result. They encompass a whole spectrum of wildlife stamps from ducks, turkeys, bear, woodcock, to deer and many more. Ding's insight was amazing and carries on today, 79 years later. The RW1 ranges in price from $50 to $500 depending on condition, but the are many other wildlife stamps that range in the $1,000's. I am not sure there is any other stamp that generated such a revolution of stamps. The 1934 stamp is quite plain in perspective of today's issues, but for what it represents, it is beautiful, and I would vote for it to be the ultimate winner in this debate. Here it is !!!!!

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03 Jul 2013
10:08:21pm
re: The Most Beautiful Stamp In The World!

Wow - it's so good to see this thread still alive after all these years. I had forgotten I posted this. Makes me nostalgic for a few people who are no longer here at SOR.

Let's hear from some others - what are your favourites?

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03 Jul 2013
11:26:06pm
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The U.S. Overrun Nations set (Scott 909-921). My favorite is the Czechoslovakia stamp (Sc 910) because I collect Czech related material but, really, any of them are magnificent.

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04 Jul 2013
01:12:52pm
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Here are one of my 2 favourite stamp blocks I've got in my US collection.

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04 Jul 2013
01:49:00pm
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Due to the fact I collect space covers and autographs, I think the United States Scott C-76 is a great stamp as the printing plates which printed the stamps were made from a master die which flew to the moon.HappyBig Grin

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04 Jul 2013
03:40:07pm
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Kelly I love your choice, here is my copy:

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HOWEVER, my favorite is the $4 US Columbian of 1892:

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primarily due to it's rareness and engraving............Perry

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04 Jul 2013
04:52:27pm
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My favourite stamp changes regularly, but this one has been top of the list on more than one occasion !

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04 Jul 2013
10:58:26pm
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I'd love to be able to choose one of the nearly 500 color/value different Machins, but that would be like favoring one child over another.
I do love this Hawaiian issue, both for the years I spent at sea and the time I was stationed on the Friendly Hawaiian Islands.

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But close seconds are these two Norwegian issues for Spitsbergen that evoke the desolate spirit of the Arctic so well, much like the almost mystic words of Robert W. Service;

" .... There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun,
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their tales
That can make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
When I cremated Sam McGee. ...."
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Again reminding me of the year I lived above the Arctic Circle, where is only snows once a year, three weeks in the late Fall, after which there is no more moisture in the air.

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Then here is this recent busy Aussie favorite that brings back memories of the VW Transporter deluxe that I modified in 1963 for comfortable camping and the trips I took both in that Gray Ghost and
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later adventures with my wife and later the first of out children, in two other Red VW campers,

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05 Jul 2013
12:27:12pm
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Bobby,
That B2 is a beauty,but this color scheme has always been a favorite of mine.Image Not Found

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05 Jul 2013
03:38:28pm
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Unless that engine is going in a push configuration, the propeller blade is curved wrong.

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05 Jul 2013
08:33:39pm
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A stamp publication (now gone, I think) used to have a column/page on "errors in stamp design". This one would have been perfeck for that. (We had/have a children's book "Nobody's Perfeck". Great concept for kids struggling with not fitting in.)

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06 Jul 2013
09:04:22am
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Roger, those design errors were featured in Scott's Stamp Monthly; i don't know if it's been carried over since its incorporation into Linn's.

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06 Jul 2013
01:13:07pm
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I agree that picking the most beautiful stamp is meaningless, and very personal. So I will just say that I have always been partial to this stamp, as much for its simple design beauty as for the fact that it was a gift from my father. France C15.
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07 Jul 2013
09:33:43am
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I agree that choosing a favorite stamp is like choosing your favorite child, but usually my favorite stamp is whichever one that I am looking at when going through the albums. Shown here is one of the most colorful of stamps, that ranks high on my list, the rare Payette issue from KUT, thought to be the only one ever scanned.

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07 Jul 2013
11:33:44am
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Sitting here reading my 1000 page manual how to scan stamps so they show the correct colouBig Grinr

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07 Jul 2013
06:30:06pm
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AAAHH Lee,

Just pretend you're one of the "guys" and throw that manual away. Real "guys" don't ask directions or read manuals.

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07 Jul 2013
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...we just keep making the same stupid mistakes...

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08 Jul 2013
04:24:40pm
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rrraphy,you have here quite an expensive stamp! This stamp cost a lot of money here in France!Nice one!

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13 Jul 2013
03:24:04pm
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Will give this some serious consideration but it´s a difficult one. Sooo many beautiful stamps Big Grin

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13 Jul 2013
05:33:15pm
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LB1, your Machin is definitely up there in my favs, but Charlie's "at the beach stamp" is at the top also.


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16 Jul 2013
06:01:20am
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After doing some serious consideration I ended up on either this stamp. It is from French Southern and Antarctic Territories, issued in 1979 and commemorates the Challenger Expedition´s visit to Crozet and Kerguelen Islands.
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Else it must be this from the same area, issued in 1985 to commemorate the visit of the frigate "La Novara" at St. Paul (after J. Noel).

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But I cannot choose between those 2 beauties Laughing

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17 Jul 2013
03:14:40am
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I have to go with anything on this page:

http://www.larsdog.com/stamps/pages/P3.htm

Only 10 years after the Civil War and all done in one color. Very impressive!

If I had to pick ONE, I'd say PR76.

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17 Jul 2013
02:40:51pm
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I also have an eye on this beauty..
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17 Jul 2013
04:18:19pm
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Very nice, Ross!

Saleem, I think Sweden 2517 is a better Garbo stamp.

Monaco 1851 is a better Grace Kelly than US 2749. The US just doesn't have the best engravers any more.

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02 Aug 2013
02:53:02pm
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I think the Canadian Dark Blue - Blue Nose has to be at the top of the list.

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01 Sep 2013
09:52:38pm
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I could not agree more about the Bluenose being #1. It has been rated as such in Canada. My kids have been working on the Bluenose project as a Scout Fundraiser for some time. Pictures are available here, including the work in progress and site visits:
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28 Sep 2013
08:54:25pm
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For me the most beautiful stamp in the world has to be this one ...

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Pretty surprised that no one mentioned the 1929 PUC before

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07 Feb 2015
05:51:03am
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At the risk of repeating myself (this appeared on another website last year, under another of my aliases), may I tell this story, which certainly warrants 'most beautiful stamp' for its subject, which is this one:

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Around twenty years ago, my new girlfriend innocently asked to borrow my 'favourite stamp'. I had no idea what she was getting at, and after very little thought offered the above. A couple of weeks later it was my birthday and, amid candles in a darkened room, I was confronted by the most splendid and substantial birthday cake, on which was illustrated in beautiful detail and colour this very stamp!

There were no digital cameras in those days and I have no picture, alas. It seemed a shame to cut into such a wonderful object, but the cake was all too soon gone. The girlfriend, I am happy to say, remains after all these years. Truly the most beautiful stamp!

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04 Jun 2015
09:21:08pm
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I particularly like the older engraved stamps. Just looking at the stamps that I have, this is one of my favs:

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04 Jun 2015
09:29:39pm
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Tim, that is a beautiful stamp. What's her royal highness holding?

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04 Jun 2015
10:23:42pm
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Sorry, Ernieinjax, you aren't allowed to ask that question. Several years ago I took out a patent on it, "What in God's name is Princess Elizabeth holding!?" (I bet you didn't know that questions could be patented. Now you do! Surprise )

Seriously, I have wondered about that object since I first purchased a copy of the stamp years and years ago. I even asked the Queen if she knew. I had been an official photographer for the Royal Visit to Prince George, BC, in 1994. I made an enlargement of this photo...

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and sent it to her, along with a letter asking if she knew what she had been holding in the portrait used for the stamp. I doubt that the Queen ever saw the photograph or the letter, but I did get a nice reply from the the Assistant to the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, who said that he would make enquiries about the stamp. That was the last I heard about it. Since then, I've thought about some serious research on the subject, but, well, I haven't! Perhaps someone in Stamporama would be interested in pursuing the answer.

I've looked at the stamp in detail, and my best guess is that Princess Elizabeth is holding her favourite zucchini squash.

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04 Jun 2015
10:34:13pm
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Bob,
I laughed out loud when I read that last sentence. Now that you mention it, it does look quite veggie like. Maybe a bit more like an eggplant. Happy

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04 Jun 2015
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I'm still amazed that this thread is still growing 13 years after I posted the question Big Grin

And my response remains the same - I think I originally posted my copy of Nova Scotia 1 pence Queen Victoria that Perry posted but since it's no longer on the board here, I'll have to scan it again and put my copy up. Although you guys also know I'm rather partial to the Nova Scotia shilling stamp - the holy grail of any Nova Scotia collection Party

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To me the most beautiful stamp in the world is a stamp that is not intricately engraved or full of minute details. Some may even say it is a mundane stamp but for me it is very special.
1. it is an ambiguous design. Officially called "flying dove" I cannot help but see an angry bat in it as well.
2. It is a nice example of Jugendstil / Art Deco design by a remarkable designer called Chris Lebeau, who also made beautiful vases, stained glass windows etc.
3. this is one of the first stamps from my collection. I remember finding envelopes with this stamps at my grandparents' attic when I was about 8 or 9 years old and had just started collecting stamps. Together with my grandfather I soaked them off and it did not matter there were fifty of them. They were in my collection and I was proud to have them.

Much later I found out about the designer who was a very intriguing guy. He was an anarchist and refused to design stamps with the queen on them. He was also responsible for the famous dove before star of david stamp that created a diplomatic row with Hitler's third Reich. The flying dove stamps were used during the war to replace the existing definitives with the queen, which was ironic given the designer's anti-German position. In 1943 he was arrested for helping Jewish people hide and he tragically died just one month before the end of the war in Dachau.

Anyway, this is the stamp:
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05 Jun 2015
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@Tim, I found the portrait the Newfoundland Elizabeth stamp is based on. I showed it to a couple friends without mentioning my own opinion, and we all agree about what it looks like she's holding, though we do think it could just be pareidolia. I won't share what we think until you've looked for yourself.

Click here for the original portrait.

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05 Jun 2015
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Looks like an out-of-focus animal of sorts. Maybe a dog or cat? Perhaps an animal of the stuffed variety?

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It's Pookie!

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05 Jun 2015
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Actually, we think it's Charlotte.

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05 Jun 2015
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OK. So who (or what) is Pookie? and Charlotte? A little clarity please for us poor colonials without a clue. (still looks like a dog to me)

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06 Jun 2015
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There's a note on the original photo that says she's holding a toy

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06 Jun 2015
11:28:30am
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According to the research of
Thomas F. Nemec, Ph.D. (Professor Thomas F. Nemec, Ph.d served as secretary of the St. John's Philatelic Society for twelve years)
From a photograph of “H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth of York” at age six years (later Queen Elizabeth II), holding a teddy bear. This was the first likeness of the Princess on any postage stamp. Robson Lowe, the philatelist, says “this was for some years one of the most popular stamps in the world”

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I saw that note, but believe it to be incorrect. I'm still waiting for Tim and don't want to influence his guess, but when I first saw it I thought of a specific kind of thing. When I asked others what they saw, without mentioning what I thought it was, they all said the same thing. There is a big clue showing from between her fingers. Subsequently, I found another contemporary picture of HRH with one of these things and it was very clearly one of these things, and the thing in the second picture was named Charlotte. The two photographs were taken by the same photographer, though that may not mean much since he was the royal photographer and probably took every early picture of her.

Here is the article with a picture of HRH and Charlotte.

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06 Jun 2015
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Nope. Bob is correct she's holding a zucchini squash. Rolling On The Floor Laughing

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06 Jun 2015
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Looks to me to be a baby seal, but it could equally be a dead rat or gopher.
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06 Jun 2015
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Looks like a seal to me as well; but a Steiff one of course.

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07 Jun 2015
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Mine is a toss-up between the 50 cents Bluenose and this Officially Sealed stamp.

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07 Jun 2015
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Just a note about that 1s Nova Scotia stamp. Did you kow there is a watermark variety listed in Scott (6i) that is even rarer than the stamp itself? I believe the watermark says T. H. Saunders

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07 Jun 2015
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Jansimon
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but the dove on mine is nicer
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07 Jun 2015
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Both have extremely tiny heads for their body size, along with broken necks.

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08 Jun 2015
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I still say the US Revenue Persian Rugs (Ross provided an example a few years ago) are the best multicolor engraved stamps. For monochromatic engraved stamps, the Bluenose and the Trans-Mississippi issues are good. As far a best modern in US stamps, I will go with the Exploring Space press sheet.

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Hi Nelson,
Isn't that the SOE forgery?

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08 Jun 2015
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I have many stamps that I consider beautiful, but the one stamp that comes to mind of being beautiful is the young head of Queen Victoria on the Penny Black of 1840; here is one of 2 I have in my collection.

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08 Jun 2015
07:47:36am
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"Isn't that the SOE forgery?"


Yes, or better known as the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" & "The Baker Street Irregulars"

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Apologies if you know this already, but just in case, here is the lowdown on the 'SOE forgery' referred to above. It is a quotation from the source mentioned at the end.

22. The Dutch ‘Seagull’ Forgery

The British also counterfeited the stamps of the occupied Netherlands. I first wrote about this operation in ‘Those Doughty Dutch Decoys,’ The American Philatelist, October 1970.

The British forgery of the Netherlands 1935 1½ cent slate ‘seagull’ stamp was produced in sheets of 20 (5x4). The round head and point eye of the seagull (really a carrier pigeon) and the short height of the letters are similar to those in the redesigned series of 1941 (Mi.380-391), which does not contain a 1½ cent item.

The time of production of this forgery is not definitely known, but is surely between April and November 1941: the redesigned series of Dutch stamps did not come into existence until April, and the quality of the work is too poor to attribute it to PWE’s Ellic Howe, who began his work in November. The most probable originator is Section D. A.J. Pekelharing, whose article ‘British ‘propaganda’ forgery of World War II - The 1½ cent ‘Lebeau’’, is translated in The Cinderella Philatelist, October 1986, page 78, speculates that the British assumed that the 1½ cent would also be reissued in the new design, and mistakenly adopted the new design.

from Herbert A. Friedman, Propaganda and Espionage Philately - an extended article available in its entirety on the inter,s entirety on the internet at www.psywar.co.uk/stamps


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08 Jun 2015
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MY choice for most beautiful stamp is the one Bobby uses as his avatar....except without the center inverted;


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Thank you Guthrum for explaining the SOE forgery to those who did not know about it. A few remarks though:
the bird on the design is a dove and is known as such ("vliegende duif" = flying dove) in the Netherlands. Michel also calls it a dove, but in the American philatelic world they call it a seagull. Probably the confusion is caused by the fact that Lebeau made a series of airmail stamps in 1921 that did show seagulls. At some point this ended up in the Scott catalogue and ever since then this error is repeated.
Some have suggested that the forgery was intentionally wrong and poorly made because of the socalled "Englandspiel", a controversial and complex game of deception at which the English secret service used the amateurish Dutch intelligence service to feed the Germans false information. An operation that meant many Dutch spies were purposely handed over to German Gestapo / SD and executed when their usefulness ended. Part of that plan was that the "spies" were ill-prepared and given things that would easily give them away once they were dropped in occupied territory. For instance, they had silver dimes with them, that had been withdrawn and replaced with zinc coins. The same might be the case with stamps. The 1 1/2 cents grey was out of print in 1941, and were never issued in sheetlets of 5 x 4, so anyone carrying such stamps would have drawn some attention...


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09 Jun 2015
06:25:48pm
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Hmmm...I don't know. Could it have something to do with St Stephen maybe?

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The most beautiful stamp in the world is the last one I added to my collection and therefore changes daily and even , on occasion, every minute or so.
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"Wow - it's so good to see this thread still alive after all these years."



Coming up on 14 years; don't stop now.

I loved this stamp when I first saw it, and it always comes to mind whenever the subject of beautiful stamps comes up.

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"This image does not do this issue justice, but is among one of my favorites: The King George V Silver Jubilee series."



Here you go, Peter. Better?

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26 Apr 2002
02:08:57pm

Ok guys - Here's a tough question.

What do you think is the most beautiful stamp in the world?

It could be a beautiful because of its artistic design or beautiful engraving. It could be beautiful because it commemorates a special event. It could be beautiful because it has special meaning to you.

I look forward to hearing what you all think.

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Kathy Kelsey

28 Apr 2002
09:30:40pm

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Hi Kelly,

Generally speaking it could be almost any engraved stamp. But the most beautiful .... hmmm that is more difficult. I will have to go look.

This is a tough one!

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29 Apr 2002
12:49:30pm

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Hi Kathy

:) Yup, that's the plan - make it tough so that everyone will have to think about it! :)

I'm hoping everyone who comes to the board will put their two cents worth in about what they think is the most beautiful stamp in the world. And if you guys can't think of just one - well, post several times and put in however many you want to make up your idea of the most beautiful stamp(s).

Looking forward to hearing from everyone! :)

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30 Apr 2002
12:32:08am

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Well Kelly, seeing that I'm Canadian Eh!, I love the 50¢ Bluenose for the design, detail and the sense of power.
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30 Apr 2002
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Hi guys,

Mine is definetely Slania's 1000th stamp for Sweden, which can be seen at:
http://www.xs4all.nl/~pkv/slania/slania1000.htm

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Kelly

30 Apr 2002
05:46:11pm

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Hi everyone -

For me - the most beautiful stamp is the Nova Scotia 1853 issue of Queen Victoria, 1d. Absolutely stunning!
Absolutely stunning!


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30 Apr 2002
10:57:44pm

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A recent stamp that I really like is a Canadian 48 cent stamp, the year of the horse. It took me four days to come up with this answer!

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Kathy Kelsey

01 May 2002
02:15:20pm

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Hi all,

I'm stilling trying to decide :)

Yes, Kelly, Queen Victoria is a very beautiful lady!

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Anthony Clarke

03 May 2002
08:58:31am

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Hi Australia of course....."Creatures of the Night" miniature sheet 1990's vintage.It glows in the dark...what more do you want? It even feels nice.

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05 May 2002
03:18:38am

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Hi everyone. I would have to say Canada's Royal Canadian Mounted Police souvenir sheet - Scott #1737b. A close second would be the Canadian Year of the Horse souvenir sheet. But....I'm Canadian and love our stamps :)

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05 May 2002
12:44:17pm

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Wow - I didn't realize there were so many of us here who are Canadians. :)

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Kathy Kelsey

14 Jun 2002
06:11:32pm

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Well, looks like its taken about 6 weeks to made a decision.

After changing my mind many times. I cannot get Scott #759 out of my mind.

It's an engraved replica of the Prater Ferris wheel released in 1966 commorating the opening of the Prater(park)Vienna, to the public by Emperor Joseph II, celebrating the 200th anniversay.

You have to see the stamp in the real to enjoy its beauty. Scott catalog does it no justice. The engraving is so neat to touch.

The detail is excellent. I can feel the motion of the wheel as it travels around the axis, feel the soft gentle breeze on my face. Here the sound of the crowd from below. It is most definitely is a mini artpiece.

How's that for an vivid imagination!

Kathy

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Rob Vlaardingerbroek (Rob)

15 Jun 2002
03:50:31am

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Hi Kathy,

The way you describe it makes me want to see it.
I don't have Scott and also wonder what country it is from, is this an US stamp?

Looking forward to your answer before asking my dealer for a scan ;-)

Regards,

Rob.

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15 Jun 2002
10:54:31pm

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Rob:
It is not US. Scott 759US is Mesa Verde 4c. Part of the US National Park Issue of 1934. Some very nice stamps in their own right, however.

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15 Jun 2002
11:35:18pm

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Hi Rob, and all.
How dumb of me to forget the country. It's Austria.

Unfortunately, I do not have a scanner. Maybe I can get a ditigal picture of it and attempt to get it on line that way.

Happy Father's Day to all you Stamporama Dad's

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22 Jan 2005
03:39:26pm

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I think the most beautiful U.S. Stamp can be catagorized by half century. I believe the second half of the nineteenth century is probably the Vanguard( Cattle in a Storm) from a painting by MacWhirter. The first half of the twentieth century is, I believe Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco by C.F. Matthews. The second half of the 20th century I think is the Princess Grace Commenorative. So far in the 21st century I think it is the Louis and Clark comemorative , not the portraits but the picture of the explorers with the background of area they found.

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22 Jan 2005
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I think the most beautiful U.S. Stamp can be catigoized by half century. I believe the second half of the nineteenth century is probably the Vanguard( Cattle in a Storm) from a painting by MacWhirter. The first half of the twentieth century is, I believe Discovery of the Bay of San Francisco by C.F. Matthews. The second half of the 20th century I think is the Princess Grace Commenorative. So far in the 21st century I think it is the Louis and Clark comemorative , not the portraits but the picture of the explorers with the background of area they found.

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22 Jan 2005
05:47:08pm

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Robert Charles Judson and Bob Ingraham obviously see the world in the same light. Of all the stamps in the world, the one I would most like to have is "Cattle in a Storm":

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I've even considered trying to save enough money to buy a decent copy, but I'm not sure I'll live that long. The 2004 classic lists a mint, hinged copy at US $1250, and a used copy at US $600. A mint never-hinged copy catalogues at US $3,000.

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23 Jan 2005
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Dear Bob,
In a weak mommentseveral years ago I purchased `Cattle in a storm'. I have never regretted it. I also bought 400, in a weak momment. These two stamps are the most beautiful in my collection. A couple of years ago I received a check for $1500 and purchased the Zeplins. But the other two stamps are still my favorite. I started collectin when I was six but because I could not afford a loose leaf album, I lost interest when I was about 14. When I could afford it, I contacted my mother to get my old album. Unfortunatly she had given it away. It broke my heart and for the next almost 30 years, I mourned it. One day I got the urge to buy an album so I would not have to start again. I found one the had been `raped' of its good stamps. I started again about 7 years ago. Even started a Stamp Club that went for three years and then evaporated. I have forgiven my mother at last for I have an album far supperior to the one I had dreamed of in my youth. I have discovered that the key to collecting is to collect what you like and let the devil take the rest. Good talking with you. Bert.

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23 Jan 2005
11:18:53pm

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To: Robert Judson,
Dear Robert, I can't get to you directly, so drop me a line at dani20@juno.com if you're into the U.S.Classics.
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Hi everyone!
When reading through your comments, it seems like there is no real "most beautiful" stamp in the world; I would say "there are many extremely beautiful" stamps around the world and everyone of us has its favorite one depending on ones taste for any topics represented on the stamps.
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03 Jul 2013
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Here are two of my favorites:

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This has always been my Favorite, wish I could find one at a reasonable price
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03 Jul 2013
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This image does not do this issue justice, but is among one of my favorites: The King George V Silver Jubilee series.

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03 Jul 2013
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Well - I have another opinion for what is it worth, and it is the 1st United States Waterfowl Stamp, the Mallards by J.N. "Ding" Darling - RW1, issued in 1934. This issue energized a whole new spectrum of stamp collecting which flooded over into all of the States and many foreign countries. There are literally thousands of stamps that have been generated as a result. They encompass a whole spectrum of wildlife stamps from ducks, turkeys, bear, woodcock, to deer and many more. Ding's insight was amazing and carries on today, 79 years later. The RW1 ranges in price from $50 to $500 depending on condition, but the are many other wildlife stamps that range in the $1,000's. I am not sure there is any other stamp that generated such a revolution of stamps. The 1934 stamp is quite plain in perspective of today's issues, but for what it represents, it is beautiful, and I would vote for it to be the ultimate winner in this debate. Here it is !!!!!

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Wow - it's so good to see this thread still alive after all these years. I had forgotten I posted this. Makes me nostalgic for a few people who are no longer here at SOR.

Let's hear from some others - what are your favourites?

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03 Jul 2013
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The U.S. Overrun Nations set (Scott 909-921). My favorite is the Czechoslovakia stamp (Sc 910) because I collect Czech related material but, really, any of them are magnificent.

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04 Jul 2013
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Due to the fact I collect space covers and autographs, I think the United States Scott C-76 is a great stamp as the printing plates which printed the stamps were made from a master die which flew to the moon.HappyBig Grin

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04 Jul 2013
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Kelly I love your choice, here is my copy:

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HOWEVER, my favorite is the $4 US Columbian of 1892:

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primarily due to it's rareness and engraving............Perry

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04 Jul 2013
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My favourite stamp changes regularly, but this one has been top of the list on more than one occasion !

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I'd love to be able to choose one of the nearly 500 color/value different Machins, but that would be like favoring one child over another.
I do love this Hawaiian issue, both for the years I spent at sea and the time I was stationed on the Friendly Hawaiian Islands.

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But close seconds are these two Norwegian issues for Spitsbergen that evoke the desolate spirit of the Arctic so well, much like the almost mystic words of Robert W. Service;

" .... There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun,
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their tales
That can make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
When I cremated Sam McGee. ...."
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Again reminding me of the year I lived above the Arctic Circle, where is only snows once a year, three weeks in the late Fall, after which there is no more moisture in the air.

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Then here is this recent busy Aussie favorite that brings back memories of the VW Transporter deluxe that I modified in 1963 for comfortable camping and the trips I took both in that Gray Ghost and
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later adventures with my wife and later the first of out children, in two other Red VW campers,

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05 Jul 2013
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Unless that engine is going in a push configuration, the propeller blade is curved wrong.

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05 Jul 2013
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A stamp publication (now gone, I think) used to have a column/page on "errors in stamp design". This one would have been perfeck for that. (We had/have a children's book "Nobody's Perfeck". Great concept for kids struggling with not fitting in.)

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06 Jul 2013
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Roger, those design errors were featured in Scott's Stamp Monthly; i don't know if it's been carried over since its incorporation into Linn's.

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06 Jul 2013
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I agree that picking the most beautiful stamp is meaningless, and very personal. So I will just say that I have always been partial to this stamp, as much for its simple design beauty as for the fact that it was a gift from my father. France C15.
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07 Jul 2013
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I agree that choosing a favorite stamp is like choosing your favorite child, but usually my favorite stamp is whichever one that I am looking at when going through the albums. Shown here is one of the most colorful of stamps, that ranks high on my list, the rare Payette issue from KUT, thought to be the only one ever scanned.

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07 Jul 2013
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Sitting here reading my 1000 page manual how to scan stamps so they show the correct colouBig Grinr

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07 Jul 2013
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AAAHH Lee,

Just pretend you're one of the "guys" and throw that manual away. Real "guys" don't ask directions or read manuals.

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07 Jul 2013
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...we just keep making the same stupid mistakes...

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rrraphy,you have here quite an expensive stamp! This stamp cost a lot of money here in France!Nice one!

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13 Jul 2013
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Will give this some serious consideration but it´s a difficult one. Sooo many beautiful stamps Big Grin

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13 Jul 2013
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LB1, your Machin is definitely up there in my favs, but Charlie's "at the beach stamp" is at the top also.


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16 Jul 2013
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After doing some serious consideration I ended up on either this stamp. It is from French Southern and Antarctic Territories, issued in 1979 and commemorates the Challenger Expedition´s visit to Crozet and Kerguelen Islands.
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Else it must be this from the same area, issued in 1985 to commemorate the visit of the frigate "La Novara" at St. Paul (after J. Noel).

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But I cannot choose between those 2 beauties Laughing

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I have to go with anything on this page:

http://www.larsdog.com/stamps/pages/P3.htm

Only 10 years after the Civil War and all done in one color. Very impressive!

If I had to pick ONE, I'd say PR76.

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17 Jul 2013
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I also have an eye on this beauty..
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17 Jul 2013
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Very nice, Ross!

Saleem, I think Sweden 2517 is a better Garbo stamp.

Monaco 1851 is a better Grace Kelly than US 2749. The US just doesn't have the best engravers any more.

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02 Aug 2013
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I think the Canadian Dark Blue - Blue Nose has to be at the top of the list.

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I could not agree more about the Bluenose being #1. It has been rated as such in Canada. My kids have been working on the Bluenose project as a Scout Fundraiser for some time. Pictures are available here, including the work in progress and site visits:
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28 Sep 2013
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07 Feb 2015
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At the risk of repeating myself (this appeared on another website last year, under another of my aliases), may I tell this story, which certainly warrants 'most beautiful stamp' for its subject, which is this one:

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Around twenty years ago, my new girlfriend innocently asked to borrow my 'favourite stamp'. I had no idea what she was getting at, and after very little thought offered the above. A couple of weeks later it was my birthday and, amid candles in a darkened room, I was confronted by the most splendid and substantial birthday cake, on which was illustrated in beautiful detail and colour this very stamp!

There were no digital cameras in those days and I have no picture, alas. It seemed a shame to cut into such a wonderful object, but the cake was all too soon gone. The girlfriend, I am happy to say, remains after all these years. Truly the most beautiful stamp!

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04 Jun 2015
09:21:08pm

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I particularly like the older engraved stamps. Just looking at the stamps that I have, this is one of my favs:

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04 Jun 2015
09:29:39pm

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Tim, that is a beautiful stamp. What's her royal highness holding?

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04 Jun 2015
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Sorry, Ernieinjax, you aren't allowed to ask that question. Several years ago I took out a patent on it, "What in God's name is Princess Elizabeth holding!?" (I bet you didn't know that questions could be patented. Now you do! Surprise )

Seriously, I have wondered about that object since I first purchased a copy of the stamp years and years ago. I even asked the Queen if she knew. I had been an official photographer for the Royal Visit to Prince George, BC, in 1994. I made an enlargement of this photo...

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and sent it to her, along with a letter asking if she knew what she had been holding in the portrait used for the stamp. I doubt that the Queen ever saw the photograph or the letter, but I did get a nice reply from the the Assistant to the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, who said that he would make enquiries about the stamp. That was the last I heard about it. Since then, I've thought about some serious research on the subject, but, well, I haven't! Perhaps someone in Stamporama would be interested in pursuing the answer.

I've looked at the stamp in detail, and my best guess is that Princess Elizabeth is holding her favourite zucchini squash.

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04 Jun 2015
10:34:13pm

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I laughed out loud when I read that last sentence. Now that you mention it, it does look quite veggie like. Maybe a bit more like an eggplant. Happy

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I'm still amazed that this thread is still growing 13 years after I posted the question Big Grin

And my response remains the same - I think I originally posted my copy of Nova Scotia 1 pence Queen Victoria that Perry posted but since it's no longer on the board here, I'll have to scan it again and put my copy up. Although you guys also know I'm rather partial to the Nova Scotia shilling stamp - the holy grail of any Nova Scotia collection Party

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To me the most beautiful stamp in the world is a stamp that is not intricately engraved or full of minute details. Some may even say it is a mundane stamp but for me it is very special.
1. it is an ambiguous design. Officially called "flying dove" I cannot help but see an angry bat in it as well.
2. It is a nice example of Jugendstil / Art Deco design by a remarkable designer called Chris Lebeau, who also made beautiful vases, stained glass windows etc.
3. this is one of the first stamps from my collection. I remember finding envelopes with this stamps at my grandparents' attic when I was about 8 or 9 years old and had just started collecting stamps. Together with my grandfather I soaked them off and it did not matter there were fifty of them. They were in my collection and I was proud to have them.

Much later I found out about the designer who was a very intriguing guy. He was an anarchist and refused to design stamps with the queen on them. He was also responsible for the famous dove before star of david stamp that created a diplomatic row with Hitler's third Reich. The flying dove stamps were used during the war to replace the existing definitives with the queen, which was ironic given the designer's anti-German position. In 1943 he was arrested for helping Jewish people hide and he tragically died just one month before the end of the war in Dachau.

Anyway, this is the stamp:
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05 Jun 2015
07:35:15am

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@Tim, I found the portrait the Newfoundland Elizabeth stamp is based on. I showed it to a couple friends without mentioning my own opinion, and we all agree about what it looks like she's holding, though we do think it could just be pareidolia. I won't share what we think until you've looked for yourself.

Click here for the original portrait.

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05 Jun 2015
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Looks like an out-of-focus animal of sorts. Maybe a dog or cat? Perhaps an animal of the stuffed variety?

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It's Pookie!

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05 Jun 2015
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Actually, we think it's Charlotte.

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05 Jun 2015
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OK. So who (or what) is Pookie? and Charlotte? A little clarity please for us poor colonials without a clue. (still looks like a dog to me)

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06 Jun 2015
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There's a note on the original photo that says she's holding a toy

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06 Jun 2015
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According to the research of
Thomas F. Nemec, Ph.D. (Professor Thomas F. Nemec, Ph.d served as secretary of the St. John's Philatelic Society for twelve years)
From a photograph of “H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth of York” at age six years (later Queen Elizabeth II), holding a teddy bear. This was the first likeness of the Princess on any postage stamp. Robson Lowe, the philatelist, says “this was for some years one of the most popular stamps in the world”

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06 Jun 2015
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I saw that note, but believe it to be incorrect. I'm still waiting for Tim and don't want to influence his guess, but when I first saw it I thought of a specific kind of thing. When I asked others what they saw, without mentioning what I thought it was, they all said the same thing. There is a big clue showing from between her fingers. Subsequently, I found another contemporary picture of HRH with one of these things and it was very clearly one of these things, and the thing in the second picture was named Charlotte. The two photographs were taken by the same photographer, though that may not mean much since he was the royal photographer and probably took every early picture of her.

Here is the article with a picture of HRH and Charlotte.

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06 Jun 2015
11:41:38am

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Nope. Bob is correct she's holding a zucchini squash. Rolling On The Floor Laughing

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06 Jun 2015
11:57:47am

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Looks to me to be a baby seal, but it could equally be a dead rat or gopher.
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06 Jun 2015
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Looks like a seal to me as well; but a Steiff one of course.

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07 Jun 2015
12:58:40pm

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Mine is a toss-up between the 50 cents Bluenose and this Officially Sealed stamp.

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07 Jun 2015
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Just a note about that 1s Nova Scotia stamp. Did you kow there is a watermark variety listed in Scott (6i) that is even rarer than the stamp itself? I believe the watermark says T. H. Saunders

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07 Jun 2015
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but the dove on mine is nicer
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07 Jun 2015
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Both have extremely tiny heads for their body size, along with broken necks.

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I still say the US Revenue Persian Rugs (Ross provided an example a few years ago) are the best multicolor engraved stamps. For monochromatic engraved stamps, the Bluenose and the Trans-Mississippi issues are good. As far a best modern in US stamps, I will go with the Exploring Space press sheet.

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Hi Nelson,
Isn't that the SOE forgery?

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08 Jun 2015
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I have many stamps that I consider beautiful, but the one stamp that comes to mind of being beautiful is the young head of Queen Victoria on the Penny Black of 1840; here is one of 2 I have in my collection.

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"Isn't that the SOE forgery?"


Yes, or better known as the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" & "The Baker Street Irregulars"

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08 Jun 2015
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08 Jun 2015
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Apologies if you know this already, but just in case, here is the lowdown on the 'SOE forgery' referred to above. It is a quotation from the source mentioned at the end.

22. The Dutch ‘Seagull’ Forgery

The British also counterfeited the stamps of the occupied Netherlands. I first wrote about this operation in ‘Those Doughty Dutch Decoys,’ The American Philatelist, October 1970.

The British forgery of the Netherlands 1935 1½ cent slate ‘seagull’ stamp was produced in sheets of 20 (5x4). The round head and point eye of the seagull (really a carrier pigeon) and the short height of the letters are similar to those in the redesigned series of 1941 (Mi.380-391), which does not contain a 1½ cent item.

The time of production of this forgery is not definitely known, but is surely between April and November 1941: the redesigned series of Dutch stamps did not come into existence until April, and the quality of the work is too poor to attribute it to PWE’s Ellic Howe, who began his work in November. The most probable originator is Section D. A.J. Pekelharing, whose article ‘British ‘propaganda’ forgery of World War II - The 1½ cent ‘Lebeau’’, is translated in The Cinderella Philatelist, October 1986, page 78, speculates that the British assumed that the 1½ cent would also be reissued in the new design, and mistakenly adopted the new design.

from Herbert A. Friedman, Propaganda and Espionage Philately - an extended article available in its entirety on the inter,s entirety on the internet at www.psywar.co.uk/stamps


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08 Jun 2015
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MY choice for most beautiful stamp is the one Bobby uses as his avatar....except without the center inverted;


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Thank you Guthrum for explaining the SOE forgery to those who did not know about it. A few remarks though:
the bird on the design is a dove and is known as such ("vliegende duif" = flying dove) in the Netherlands. Michel also calls it a dove, but in the American philatelic world they call it a seagull. Probably the confusion is caused by the fact that Lebeau made a series of airmail stamps in 1921 that did show seagulls. At some point this ended up in the Scott catalogue and ever since then this error is repeated.
Some have suggested that the forgery was intentionally wrong and poorly made because of the socalled "Englandspiel", a controversial and complex game of deception at which the English secret service used the amateurish Dutch intelligence service to feed the Germans false information. An operation that meant many Dutch spies were purposely handed over to German Gestapo / SD and executed when their usefulness ended. Part of that plan was that the "spies" were ill-prepared and given things that would easily give them away once they were dropped in occupied territory. For instance, they had silver dimes with them, that had been withdrawn and replaced with zinc coins. The same might be the case with stamps. The 1 1/2 cents grey was out of print in 1941, and were never issued in sheetlets of 5 x 4, so anyone carrying such stamps would have drawn some attention...


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09 Jun 2015
06:25:48pm

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Hmmm...I don't know. Could it have something to do with St Stephen maybe?

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The most beautiful stamp in the world is the last one I added to my collection and therefore changes daily and even , on occasion, every minute or so.
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"Wow - it's so good to see this thread still alive after all these years."



Coming up on 14 years; don't stop now.

I loved this stamp when I first saw it, and it always comes to mind whenever the subject of beautiful stamps comes up.

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"This image does not do this issue justice, but is among one of my favorites: The King George V Silver Jubilee series."



Here you go, Peter. Better?

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