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28 Jun 2017
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Starting off a new page today to keep the load times down.
For today all of the airmail stamps issued by Germany are being shown.
There are still 4 Zepps I need to complete they are represented by reprints
with a Red dot above them.

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29 Jun 2017
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One of the most enjoyable South American countries to collect is Venezuela and it is the topic for today's airmail showing. Venezuela is one of the most prolific countries in issuing airmail stamps with 1,060 stamp being issued. All are obtainable with no stamp cataloging for over $80.
Shown are the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th pages from my collection. The 4th page that is not shown are overprints of the stamps on page 3. Note: the Winchester Security paper used on the stamps of the second page ranges from very light to very dark. Last stamp in first row clearly shows the Winchester emblem which is seen on some of these stamps.

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30 Jun 2017
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Hi AntoniusRa

I have been perusing your on line album (fantastic collection by the way) and was wondering what album pages you are using. I am assuming you are using the Steiner pages however what size are you printing to? It appears the pages are bigger than A4, would I be correct. I am currently designing my own pages using Publisher and was planning to print to A4 parchment but Maybe using Steiner printed to Lighthouse blank pages would be less time consuming and more professional. Are you able to clarify what you are using in your collection. Would I also be correct that you are splitting your mounts between hinge and strips, if so what dictates this?

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Richmond, Most all of my albums/pages are Scott Specialty. I often make new pages using Steiner formats to expand first pages to accommodate color variations etc. These are printed on blank Scott Specialty pages with border. Germany, France Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Portugal and many others have been done this way. When doing this I can also arrange stamps/sets in ways that are more pleasing to me than either Scott or Steiner. When expanding year cut-off dates I use Steiner formats printed on 8.5 X 11" card stock and placed in three ring binders.
As far as using mounts or hinges it often times depends on my mood. Better stamps cataloging over $25 will almost always be placed in mounts whether mint or used.
I do not buy different sizes of mounts as there are to many different sizes and it is very inconvenient and costly to keep them in stock. I dislike split back mounts but use and make my own top loading mounts. I buy 59, 89 and 120mm high black Showgard or Prinz split back mounts and then cut them down the lengthwise center split. This yields 3 different sizes of top loading strips that can further be cut down to yield most any size required. I've recently stopped using hinges mostly because no one is producing them with glue that will not harm stamps. I now use Scotch 811 removable tape. Mounted in a 3M desk dispenser it use much easier to use than hinges with no licking required.




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01 Jul 2017
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For today the airmail stamps of The Dominican Republic.
I think these have nicely thought out designs.
The first three pages are shown.

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01 Jul 2017
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A few of the Dominican Republic stamps depict the Columbus Lighthouse. It is an interesting structure:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_Lighthouse

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"I now use Scotch 811 removable tape. Mounted in a 3M desk dispenser it use much easier to use than hinges with no licking required. "


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Way to go Mitch!!!

I keep monitoring my older albums with stamps mounted using the 3M 811 tape (been using it 10 + years). So far, no issue, except for the one time report I had on what was probably a defective roll of tape. And the occasional annoyance of (removable) residue.
But it is not perfect (yet).
Keep an eye on the adhesive beads that occasionally do not pull off completely when you remove the trape. Rubbing the back of the stamp and the page (if you are relocating the stamp) with your finger takes care of it in seconds.
But since I use and remove 811 tape profusely on my Approval Books stamps and thus move it on and off 1000 times a week, I am aware of the potential problem.
If you are a purist and want flexibility and guaranteed performance of the mount, use the tape on your mounts!!! I have been doing it as of late. Just use a bigger piece than what you would use on the stamp.
When using it directly on the stamp, use a smaller hinge than the standard ones available commercially. (1/4 inch or less is plenty). The "double transfer" method of "penny Kim" (cut it and stick it on a paperboard, then peel it to use on your stamp), minimizes the occasional adhesive remnant issue.
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02 Jul 2017
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Ralph, Thanks for turning me on to the 811 tape. I have complete confidence in it and doubt I shall ever use anything else. I got the 3M dispenser and it is heavy enough that I can cut the tape with one hand. Having to crease the tape into a hinge is the only draw back but it is much easier than separating and straightening out wrinkled hinges which seem to be the norm these days. I also like not having to lick the stamp and risk getting moisture on a mint stamp and creating the possibility of it sticking to the page. I also smoke a pipe which doesn't work well when licking hinges. As far a s mounting mounts with it, I doubt I will do that. I never use the glue provided on mounts but instead use a glue stick, which works perfectly for me. I find they hold the mounts nicely without any issue with residue.












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02 Jul 2017
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" I never use the glue provided on mounts but instead use a glue stick"



Mitch, I'm curious if you have had the need to remove a mount so glued onto a page. Did the mount come off the page clean, or was there some thinning of the album page as often happens when using the adhesive on the mount? I would think that the moisture in the glue from the glue stick would activate at least partially the gum on the mount.
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Today I'm going to do something a bit different. I won several lots Today and a few are important stamps I have been searching for a long time. I did get one lot of airmails and they are the first three airmails from New Zealand making them the showing of the day.
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The second stamp is one of the keys for France and very difficult to find. Scott No. 43, it is one of three variants of the 20 cent stamp of the 1870 Ceres issue.
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The third item is the key stamp of all of the early Prince and later King Carol issues from Romania. I'm not even sure if I have ever seen this stamp before. The preceding issue had the same denomination in the same colors but with a slightly different portrait which is very much like this one and is easily confused with it.
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The fourth lot is a semi postal set from Austria. Two of the stamps are valued at $6.50 and $12.50 and the other two cat for $75.00 each. I've long had the two cheap ones but have been outbid countless times trying to get the other two. What makes them extra special besides being a thematic of my favorite sport, skiing, they are the last two stamps I needed to complete my Austrian semi postals. A meaning milestone for me and now leaves me with only 5 stamps to complete the regular issues.
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02 Jul 2017
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I bought the ski jump stamp (50+50) out of a dealer approval book for 10 cents about 40 years ago. It was still worth much than that even back then! I never expected to find such a stamp in that dealer's books.

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03 Jul 2017
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Michael, It just shows you that many so called dealers don't know the material all that well and you can sometimes find items they are clueless about. That dealer would obviously be ignorant of Austrian stamps as the best stamps from there are the semi postals of the 1930's.

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03 Jul 2017
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Many people believe Greece has some of the most beautiful airmails in the world. I am one of them and they are the showing for today. Shown are the first three pages. Within the past hour I found the second set (1933 Zepps) on the first page in my mailbox. Before now I only had the first stamp (30L Red), happily I now have another completed first page. What's better than that?
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03 Jul 2017
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Funny that you followed the Austrian stamps up with Greece. From the same dealer, I also got all four of the 1926 air mail set from him in an approval book for 10 cents each stamp.

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03 Jul 2017
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Ever since I first laid eyes on them maybe 25 or 30 years ago, that first Greece airmail set (C1-C4) are my all-time favorite stamps.

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Michael, Sounds like my kind of dealer. I'd guess he only knew U.S. stamps.

Dave, That set always turns heads, so to speak. Off hand I cannot think of any other stamps printed in pastel colors like these. Makes you wonder about soaking them as they look like water colors. One of the great sets for sure.


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04 Jul 2017
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The airmails for today are from Switzerland.
Shown are the first three pages:

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For today my collection of Cuban airmails is up for your viewing pleasure.
Shown are the first three pages.

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Today I'm showing the airmails of Lithuania. These colorful and interesting airmails are some of my favorites. About half of the many airmails that were issued are triangles.
Shown is the first page and a couple more favorites.

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10 Jul 2017
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That 1-litas stamp of 1934, depicting the angel of death at the wreck of the Lituanica, is unforgettable.

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Douglas, Yes that one definitely stands out in a crowd. I think it sticks in the mind of anyone who has seen it. I know that since I first saw it, it became one of my favorites. It would have been a good bet that if anyone commented on that posting it would have been about that stamp. Nice thing is it's a minimum cat stamp so everyone can have one.

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The Airmails for today are from Bulgaria.
Shown are the first three pages.

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16 Jul 2017
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For today the airmail stamps of Belgium are the topic.
Despite the great many B.O.B's issued by Belgium, they issued only 3 pages of airmails. Those pages are shown below.

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18 Jul 2017
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The airmail showing for today are from the Italian possession of Libia.
Shown are the 2nd, 3rd and 4th pages. I am actively working on this area and my first page is very weak sporting only 2 stamps, so I did not bother showing it.

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19 Jul 2017
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Libya ...assume Libia is the Italian spelling?

Nice stamps by the way.

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Richmond, Yep, that is correct.

Many countries only have a few stamps or a page of airmails.
Denmark is one of them and they make for a handsome page of airmails.

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20 Jul 2017
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& some don't have any, Great Britain, as an example, I am sure there are going to be others. I did try some research into the whys and wherefores of air mail stamps but come back none the wiser.

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For today airmails from a country which probably does not even have an airport.
There are a great many airmails from San Marino which seems an unlikely place for them.
The first issues are fairly pricey and I have not searched them out yet. For now I'm just showing some later pages with attractive stamps and good coverage.

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Just wanted to say how much I am enjoying your postings and getting to see the stamps. Thanks for your efforts.

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Baxter, I'm glad you enjoy them. Thanks for letting me know it helps me to keep going.

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For today the airmails of Argentina.
Shown is the first page with the iconic long set that rivals any airmails ever produced.
Also shown are the 3rd page and 1st page of Airmail-Semi Postals which are also quite striking.

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23 Jul 2017
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French Cameroon airmails are the showing for today.

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24 Jul 2017
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The exotic airmails of Laos are the topic for today.
Without doubt some of the most colorful stamps ever produced.

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The airmails of French Morocco are the topic of the day. Unlike most French colonies a good many airmails were printed for it's use. Shown is the first and second page. Also the first page of airpost semi postals which shows two quite beautiful sets.

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One of my favorite countries to issue airmail stamps is Russia. My Russia book is not laid out like Scott so the airmails are scattered out through the pages so it is rather difficult to show them as a group. I've had to cut and paste them off of the pages they were on but most all of the airmails are shown up to 1937.

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Great to see so many air mail stamps from the various countries, thank you for taking the time and trouble to show us them.
Could never understand why the catalogues separated them from normal issue year order, the ones from Laos could hardly be recognised as air stamps, not a plane in sight.

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For today the airmails of Poland are shown.
Shown are the first three pages.

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The airmails showing for today are from Paraguay. I find it inteesting that no other country had issued as many Zeppelin stamps as Paraguay.
Shhown is the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th pages from my collection.

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The airmails of Yugoslavia are the showing for today.
Note the Black border on the 1935 stamp. This was done to memorialize the death of King Alexander. Curiously this has only been done in a few instances throughout the world.
Shown are the first three pages.

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Airmails for today are from Chile. Chile was quite prolific in the production of airmail stamps issuing a great many sets with similar designs. As noted by the Red dot above, the first set is one that I do not have and is very hard to find. I have only once seen it at auction and can only hope it was not the last time. It is also rather odd in that the overprinted stamps were never produced without overprint.
Shown are the first four pages.
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"& some don't have any, Great Britain, as an example, I am sure there are going to be others. I did try some research into the whys and wherefores of air mail stamps but come back none the wiser.

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Richmond, Great Britain has issued air mail stamps. Thus far they have issued nine air mail stamps (Scott #C1-9) from 2003 through 2012.
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