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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Most Lovely 19th Century Stamps?

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cshahar
06 Dec 2016
11:31:08pm
This is a very subjective question! But I was wondering what countries really strike you in terms of nineteenth century stamps, and early twentieth century ones (perhaps till 1925)? Aside from the United States, I seem to really like Newfoundland, British, Spanish, Greek and Canadian stamps of that era. Stamps from Argentina and the Netherlands also seem to have some appeal. And for some reason I seem to have an affection for Indian stamps. Any other country that you find particularly appealing in terms of their early stamps?

-Charles
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07 Dec 2016
12:27:00am
re: Most Lovely 19th Century Stamps?

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07 Dec 2016
06:51:06am
re: Most Lovely 19th Century Stamps?

My favorites have been the engraved stamps of the colonial era from Africa and the Caribbean. There are many nice sets from the British empire and a few sets from Belgian and German colonial Africa. The Portuguese and French colonial stamps from that era weren't necessarily engraved, but included some very nicely designed stamps nonetheless. Liberia is another possibility to consider.

If you have access to a Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, the color photos of the worldwide pre-1940 era stamps will give you some good ideas.

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Check out "A-Ra's Page of the Day Part X" and the earlier parts I through IX posted here in the SoR forums. You'll find some great ideas from his album pages. Also, check out his web site and the http://bigblue1840-1940.blogspot.com/ for other ideas. The possibilities are almost endless!

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08 Dec 2016
03:30:42pm
re: Most Lovely 19th Century Stamps?

I agree with the above - Engraved stamps are the best looking, although there are variations in the quality from one country to the next. The British Colonies of the lat e 19th and early 20th centuries seem to be the best but review all countries (it takes time) in the catalogs to pick out those that look the best to you.

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cshahar
13 Dec 2016
09:59:13pm
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Very nice. I shall look into them more closely.

-Charles

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14 Dec 2016
02:19:29am
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Sometimes when I look carefully at such beautiful stamps late at night, I begin to feel like a regular "Tommy Tracker," off on a voyage of discovery.

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31 Dec 2016
08:46:41pm
re: Most Lovely 19th Century Stamps?

I too am drawn to the engraved stamps. Not only are they beautiful, they speak to the tremendous amount of craftsmanship that went into engraving the plate. The early stamps of the British Empire, including Canada and Newfoundland, along with the classic US stamps are my favorites.

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