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Europe/Other : Stanley Gibbons and Poland

 

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Guthrum
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14 Feb 2015
06:55:15am
The catalogue updaters at Stanley Gibbons (featured in their house magazine Gibbons Stamp Monthly) do get in a muddle when it comes to Poland.

For the record - if any of you collect recent Poland - the stamp issued 19.4.2013 and designated "70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising" commemorates (as a glance at the stamp shows) the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was rather a different thing. Consequently the stamp issued 1.8.2014 and designated "70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising" (2nd issue) is in fact the first and only issue of that event. There were two uprisings, one in the Ghetto, the other throughout the whole city. They took place more than a year apart.

Gibbons also get in a muddle over personal names, which in Polish are declined. Thus when they designate the stamp issued 24.4.2014 "Birth Centenary of Jana Karskiego" they momentarily forget that the fellow's name is Jan Karski (I say momentarily because they get his name right on the illustration they give). His compatriot Jan Nowaka-Jezloranski, commemorated in a stamp issued 2.10.2014, is not so lucky - his surname is in the genitive case, though not his Christian name.

Wake up, Gibbons!

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nigelc
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14 Feb 2015
01:42:20pm
re: Stanley Gibbons and Poland

Good points Guthrum. I hope someone from SG reads your post.

I remember a friend of mine that I've known for very many years first explaining to me that her surname was spelt differently from her father's (Korabiowska v. Korabiowski) reflecting gender rather than case.

It's good to be reminded of the amazing man Jan Karski and his incredible efforts during the Second World War to tell the Western allies of the extermination of the Jews.

Best wishes,
Nigel


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Guthrum

14 Feb 2015
06:55:15am

The catalogue updaters at Stanley Gibbons (featured in their house magazine Gibbons Stamp Monthly) do get in a muddle when it comes to Poland.

For the record - if any of you collect recent Poland - the stamp issued 19.4.2013 and designated "70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising" commemorates (as a glance at the stamp shows) the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was rather a different thing. Consequently the stamp issued 1.8.2014 and designated "70th Anniversary of Warsaw Uprising" (2nd issue) is in fact the first and only issue of that event. There were two uprisings, one in the Ghetto, the other throughout the whole city. They took place more than a year apart.

Gibbons also get in a muddle over personal names, which in Polish are declined. Thus when they designate the stamp issued 24.4.2014 "Birth Centenary of Jana Karskiego" they momentarily forget that the fellow's name is Jan Karski (I say momentarily because they get his name right on the illustration they give). His compatriot Jan Nowaka-Jezloranski, commemorated in a stamp issued 2.10.2014, is not so lucky - his surname is in the genitive case, though not his Christian name.

Wake up, Gibbons!

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14 Feb 2015
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re: Stanley Gibbons and Poland

Good points Guthrum. I hope someone from SG reads your post.

I remember a friend of mine that I've known for very many years first explaining to me that her surname was spelt differently from her father's (Korabiowska v. Korabiowski) reflecting gender rather than case.

It's good to be reminded of the amazing man Jan Karski and his incredible efforts during the Second World War to tell the Western allies of the extermination of the Jews.

Best wishes,
Nigel


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