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smauggie
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08 Sep 2015
10:49:27pm
Number 3 is instantly recognizable to me as Bhor State Scott #1 Half Anna of 1879 (and a decent impression at that). Bhor state was one of the princely states of British India and was dissolved in 1948 when India became an unified state.

The stamps were printed lithographically. If memory serves me correctly they were printed in sheets of 12 (2 x 6). The lithography is very crude, but also quite effective and not without some charm.

These stamps were printed by hand. No mechanical aids were used in the printing process.
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thebiggnome
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09 Sep 2015
09:00:46am
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Number 5 appears to be (as listed in Scott) Germany - German Offices Abroad - Offices in China #16.

Is my prize the stamp itself??? Happy lol

Chris

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khj
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09 Sep 2015
10:20:16am
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Good try on stamp 5, Chris.

The blue line is not a cancel, but deliberately drawn to try to obscure the original stamp denomination. Of course, in this case they missed.

The blue line, "CHINA" overprint, and "5 Pfg." surcharge come in many different basic flavors.
-- with and without the blue line, yours is with blue line
-- "CHINA" at 56º or 48º, yours appears to be 56º
-- "5 Pfg." has 3 different font styles, yours is a little difficult to tell because the "5" is partially obscured, but it appears to be Surcharge (a) in Scott

That would make your stamp, Kiauchau #1 in the Scott catalog. It is part of what is known as the Tsingtau Issue.

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thebiggnome
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09 Sep 2015
01:35:41pm
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Yay! I learned something! Today is a good day!

Chris

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SWH
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09 Sep 2015
03:59:41pm
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How about #8 being issued by Turkey for use in the occupied territories in Thessaly during the 1897-1898 Greco-Turkish war? Issued in 1898.

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nigelc
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09 Sep 2015
05:12:22pm
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Good puzzle!

Two of these are rare Siamese/Thai stamps:

#7 is from the 1890 local set of different portraits created by princes of the royal family in the palace in Bangkok. I think this is a picture of one of the princes.

#12 is the unissued one fuang value from the first official set of 1883. This set was printed by Waterlow in London but for some reason stamps of this value were delivered late and were never issued.


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samliu
09 Sep 2015
10:46:21pm
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#11 is Republic of China silver yuan stamp issued in 1949 (overprinted on revenue stamp).

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khj
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10 Sep 2015
12:09:57pm
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Very good guess, Sam. That would be the closest thing in Scott (China #967).

Stamp 11 is an error that is technically not listed in Scott. It is an overprint variety (often called an "error"). There's nothing wrong with the actual overprint, but the stamp is different. The normal overprinted stamp is shown below. I have circled a few of the easier to notice differences in blue.

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-- in the top left, you can see additional vertical lines bordering the top text panel (these lines are mirrored on the right)
-- in the top right, you can see that the scroll work base connects directly into the thick white border (also mirrored on the left)
-- ALL the text in the top panel is noticeably thicker

I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but I do know that the transport revenues were actually produced by a mish-mash of several printers. In some cases, you can ID the printer by differences in the frame/design. I'm assuming that some of the overprints were mistakenly made on a small stock of stamps produced by one of the other printers, resulting in a very uncommon variety.

I know it is listed in Chan, but I don't have that catalog.

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10 Sep 2015
01:35:56pm
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I'll move it along a little bit.

#1 is an Acknowledgement of Receipt stamp from Columbia (Scott #H2), issued in 1894.

Several countries have issued such stamps. The stamp was used as a prepayment fee for an acknowledgement of receipt of a registered package. The "A", translated, stands for acknowledgement, and the "R" signifies the registered mailing.

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nigelc
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10 Sep 2015
10:11:07pm
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#2 is a bogus stamp printed by the Holland Printing Company in Boston in 1867 at the request of someone who falsely claimed to have authority for this from the Guatemalan authorities. It's a handsome stamp and there were several subsequent forgeries.

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12 Sep 2015
10:01:05am
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#9 is an unissued stamp of Bolivia. It was later surcharged and issued in 1960 as Scott #C227.

The original stamp is listed in the Sanabria catalog of Airmail stamps, however I cannot find my later issue of this catalog, only the 1950 edition, which of course, does not list this stamp dated 1954.

The unissued stamp was a darling of the approval dealers and promoters (like Kasimir Bileski) in the 1950s because of its ready availability and "unissued" status.

Roy

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12 Sep 2015
10:04:20am
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#10
This series was issued in July 1943 by the German propaganda section of the Postal Ministry. These stamps are often associated with the Vlasov’s Russian Liberation Army, though the link it unclear. It’s possible they were instead printed for a rump Russian or Ukrainian anti-communist government.
(credit to GermanStamps.net)

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smauggie
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12 Sep 2015
09:06:02pm
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It strikes me as ironic that Bolivia would issue an Air Mail stamp to commemorate a railroad.

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jillcrow
13 Sep 2015
04:49:32am
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#4 is a stamp from Hyderabad, first issued in 1871. Perhaps the interesting thing about this stamp is that the value is written in 4 languages: Tegulu, Persian, English and Hindi.

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nigelc
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13 Sep 2015
09:35:17am
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Hi Jill,

I've found #4 puzzling.

I agree it looks like the regular Hyderabad half anna but the format looks wrong to me. It seems to have the aspect ratio of the 1900 quarter anna blue (SG 21) but, as far as I know, this was never used for a quarter anna stamp.

Is it an unissued value or a postage stamp prepared for use but only used for revenue purposes?

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nigelc
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13 Sep 2015
04:18:25pm
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Is #6 a portrait of Alfred Dreyfus as in the great French "J'Accuse" scandal.

I've never seen these labels before.

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thebiggnome
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13 Sep 2015
04:37:50pm
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I don't have the story behind the stamp, but it is of General Boulanger, so perhaps it was propaganda from his supporters?

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