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04 Aug 2017
11:17:14pm
Time to start a new thread for the airmails to cut down on the load times.

For today Airmails from Tripolitania are being shown.
As with most Italian colonies there were many beautiful sets issued and are some of my favorites. Shown are the first three pages.
Italian colonies and offices are one of my main areas of focus these days and I have been slowly but surely building up those collections.

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04 Aug 2017
11:48:18pm
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Keep them coming, Mitch. Lots of material I've never seen. I had that last set of the Tripolitania airmails, but had not seen the others. Very nice!

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05 Aug 2017
09:40:53pm
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For today a very important country when it comes to airmails: France.
Air flight was pretty much born in France and was responsible for many of the great break throughs. They've produced some of the most beautiful airmails and have shown many of there achievements in the history of flight. There are also many aviation related stamps scattered through-out the regular and semi postal of France.
Today, I'm showing the first three pages.
Stamps with the Red dot are stamps I do not own but have been included for reference the first two are close to the top of my need list so it should not be much longer before I have have them. The next two stamps are very scarce (2-10K) and I doubt I will ever have them. The rest of my France is now over 99% complete (missing 9 regulars and 5 semi postals). I'm pretty much done what I can with France, obtaining 1/2 of what I need might be doable with some good buys. But France is nearly at the end of the road which is kind of a bummer. Not including Spain and San Marino the rest of Europe (various end dates from 1970-2000) is at about the same level of completion of France. European stamps are some of my top favorites but the most it seems I can do now is focus on deeper B.O.B. issues.

Oh and the last stamp on the first page is just a scarce, tough stamp to get your hands on, Hopefully I'll get one of those!

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06 Aug 2017
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Thanks for showing these, Mitchell! (And, or course, all the material you've shown.)

I particularly like the 1930-1950 era. Really spectacular designs!

Thanks again!

-- Dave

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06 Aug 2017
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Egypt are the airmail stamps shown today.
Shown is the first two pages and a later sheet I'm quite fond of.
It's unfortunat the Gold in the sheet does not show well.

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07 Aug 2017
07:12:35pm
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The airmails of Ethiopia are the topic for today.
The first three pages are shown.

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08 Aug 2017
07:46:38pm
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The airmail showing for today is from Mexico. With 636 airmail stamps, I cannot think of another country that has issued more airmail stamps. There are a great range of designs which makes it a very interesting collecting area.
Shown is the first page and a few selected later pages.

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09 Aug 2017
08:24:09pm
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The airmail stamps of Madagascar are the topic for today.
Shown are the first two pages and the 4th and 5th. The 3rd consists mainly of earlier issues with overprints.

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11 Aug 2017
08:59:43pm
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The beautiful airmails of Costa Rica are the subject of today's showing.
Shown are the first two pages and a couple later ones.

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12 Aug 2017
11:49:12pm
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The airmails of Czechoslovakia are today's topic. Not being one of my favorite countries I I doubt I have added anything to it in decades. Somewhere down the road, however, I need to find those first 6 airmails, as completing first pages is a primary goal of mine.
Shown are the first three pages.

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13 Aug 2017
12:07:33pm
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I almost chose to start an airmail stamp collection. Really didn't think my wallet could handle it. After looking at yours I may have to do some research on the subject and consider it. I have a quick few questions for you.

1) Are you making your own pages for the collection?

2) What is the condition your buying them at?

3) Are you collecting covers as well?

Thanks for showing these. Very nice collection.

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13 Aug 2017
10:29:32pm
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Malby,
1. Most of my pages are Scott Specialty pages. I consider them the best pages because they have all the major numbered stamps represented and because they are laid out using the Scott numbering system. For pages I cannot find in Scott Specialty I print my own using Steiner formats.
2. I buy used Scott Specialty albums and pages when I can find them. These often have many stamps already mounted and are far cheaper than starting with new pages and adding stamps.
I prefer mint stamps but also collect used. I get the most reasonable copy I can afford when it comes my way. Collecting only mint or used will greatly limit your collection because either way there are stamps you will not be able to find or afford.
3. I do not actively collect covers but concentrate on stamps. I have over a 150 albums and by them selves take up plenty of room.

Collecting air mails on any pages other than Scott or Steiner is not a workable deal.
Scott and Steiner divide issues by regular, semi postal, airmails, postage due, official etc. Other brands such as Minkus and most European brands order the stamps by date mixing all issues together.
Having a collection of just WW airmails is a great idea. If that is something you will want to do, the only logical choice would be Steiner pages. You can print just the pages you need using Steiner. Any Scott product you would need all the pages and then separate out the airmail pages. There are no comprehensive WW airmail albums to my knowledge.

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13 Aug 2017
10:47:49pm
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Today Tunisia are the airmail showings for today.
Shown are the two pages from my collection.

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13 Aug 2017
10:55:32pm
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"Scott divides issues by regular, semi postal, airmails, postage due, official etc. "



That is true most of the time, but Scott is very inconsistent with this. Many sets in the regular postage section of many countries contain semi-postals and air mail stamps. Those stamps are given regular catalog numbers, and are not found in the semi-postal (B) or air mail (C) sections.

Someone mentioned recently here that Scott catalogs suffer inconsistencies from having many editors over the years. That is true. Also, new editors have been allowed to make their personal changes to the catalogs. It is an unwritten rule (told to me by a former Scott Catalog editor) that a previous editor's work will only be changed if there is no other choice regardless of the inconsistencies that may occur. The end result is like trying to write a script for a Star Trek episode, but using the writing manual for The Beverly Hillbillies.

Scott needs to hire an editorial staff to establish a writing manual of standards that must be followed by anyone adding information to the catalogs. Then the staff has to go through and update the catalogs to get rid of as much of the inconsistencies as possible.
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14 Aug 2017
07:53:33pm
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Michael, Agreed.

For today the first three pages of airmails from Reunion.

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14 Aug 2017
10:44:58pm
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Those amazing post-WW2 French engravers!

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15 Aug 2017
07:12:58pm
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Dave, Agreed! That especially goes for the semi-postals of which they have few equals.
See here: http://mitch.seymourfamily.com/mward/collection/europe/france/francebob.html

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15 Aug 2017
07:37:41pm
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For today the airmails of Lebanon.

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16 Aug 2017
09:59:29pm
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For today the airmails of the Canal zone are shown.
Shown are all of the issued airmail stamps.

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23 Aug 2017
10:30:53pm
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Today a selection of airmail stamps from Romania.
Shown is the first airmail page from Romania followed by a couple selected pages the
third page shows a souvenir sheet of Vlad the impaler who is known to be the inspiration for the creation of the character Dracula and it is rather scarce. The last page is the first airpost semipostal page for Romania.

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24 Aug 2017
09:16:31pm
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For today the airmail stamps of The Netherlands are featured.
Shown are the only two pages of airmails in my collection.
Besides these stamps there has been only one other air mail stamp
that was issued in 1980.

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26 Aug 2017
01:09:29am
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For today the airmails of the French colony Martinique.
Shown are all of the airmails issued by Martinique.
Most of these are common issues that were also issued by other French colonies with the only difference being the inscription of different colony names.

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28 Aug 2017
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The airmail showing for today is from Iraq.
Shown are the first three pages. Note the two flying carpet stamps at vottom of second page

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30 Aug 2017
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Todays' showing of airmails comes from Haiti.
Shown are the first four pages.

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01 Sep 2017
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For today another Middle Eastern countries airmail stamps: Iran
Shown are the first three pages.

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02 Sep 2017
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The first Iranian air mail set looks like they may be counterfeits. Check the perfs. The genuine stamps are perfed 11 1/2. The counterfeits are perfed 12 1/2 x 12.

The overprints on the second set also have been counterfeited, but I don't have information on those.

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03 Sep 2017
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Michael, I don't doubt that one bit. As a header to the index page for Iran I point out that most of the early issues are probably fakes. My interest in Iran as well as many other Middle Eastern countries is the lowest of any area. For Iran I just collect what comes my way and make no claims to their legitimacy. Perhaps someday that might change and I'll enjoy studying them but for now they is what they is.

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03 Sep 2017
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The airmail stamps of Ajman are on the menu for today.
First two pages are shown.

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03 Sep 2017
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For today a sampling of the airmail stamps of Bolivia.
Shown are the first and second page and two latter ones.

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04 Sep 2017
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Thanks for posting those, Mitchell!

There are some gorgeous classic designs there. Especially the first series. (Imo.)

Thanks again! It's always a delight!

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05 Sep 2017
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Thanks Dave, I agree those first issues are great looking bi-colors. It's just to bad that they are fairly difficult to find and when you find them there is always someone who is willing to spend more than I am.

Cyrenaica is the airmail choice of the day. Some very beautiful stamps but I still need several to complete.
Shown are the first three pages.

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05 Sep 2017
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I have never seen that 1932 set before. Interesting designs and color selection.

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05 Sep 2017
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Thanks, Mitch!

I've never seen ANY of these Cyrenaica airmails. I had a few of the other Italian colonial airmails from this era, but never encountered these. Some very nice designs!

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06 Sep 2017
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Michael and Tom, Italian colonies have some of the most beautiful stamps, especially their semi postals and airmails. I have been concentrating on the colonies for the last year and have been making some progress but they are somewhat scarce and have many fans. Many of the stamps were used in several different colonies as in that 1932 set where a few were used in both Libia and Tripolatania.

For today is another Italian colony for camparison; Eritrea.
The first set is a rather common format used in most of the colonies. It's large size and
bi color usage have beautifully portrayed many different topics. Unfortunately there is only one page of airmails for this colony.

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06 Sep 2017
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I agree. Italian colonies and the Aegean Islands is probably the weakest area in my collection as an area taken as a whole. One of the biggest problems trying to collect as a MNH collector, is that most of these stamps are not available as MNH. I do make allowances for that, and lightly hinged is acceptable to me. The next big problem is the gum used on many older Italian-area stamps tones very badly making the stamp unpresentable in many instances. As I get older, and I continue to look at the blank spaces, I am turning more and more of the mind to fill the spaces with whatever stamp I can find (MNH, unused lightly hinged, or used with a light to very light cancel). I have begun doing this in some regards, but not as a rule of thumb.

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07 Sep 2017
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Michael.... I have the inverse problem. I actively collect only used stamps. I keep unused copies I acquire in collections as place savers until a valid cancelled copy comes along. This I do even when the unused has significant value and the used stamp is a common. I trade off the replaced unused's. I do recognize there are a limited group of stamps without valid used copies (i.e. late Vichy France colonials). These I will procure for my specialized areas. To my re-collection of the inverse problem does not exist- used copies only, without any valid unused.

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08 Sep 2017
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"Collecting air mails on any pages other than Scott or Steiner is not a workable deal."



Another viable option would be to just order the airmail pages from Palo Albums. For the classic period, for most countries, it would only be a handful of pages per country.

I recently started a separate classic WW Airmail collection. Right now I'm using all the airmail pages pulled out of a complete set of Vintage Reproduction Pages, which fit nicely into only two binders. The downside is that they only go up through 1940 and there are some nice and affordable airmail stamps from the 1940s and early 50s I'd like to collect too. I may in the future consider the Palo option or maybe just use blank pages to add the stamps from the 40s and 50s.

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I'm really not familliar with Palo pages, so I can't offer an opinion. However I cannot conceive of any pages that could be more easily obtainable and customized using imaging software, than Steiner. What ever the case, If I can't have Scott specialty pages then I go with Steiner. It's way to late in my game to even think about changing to something else.
I can only recommend that which I know to be a best option.

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The airmails for today are From Ecuador.
Ecuador has issued a great many airmails and many of them are quite beautiful. The earliest stamps are quite hard to come by and I am missing many of them.
I'm showing the first page and the 3rd 4th and 6th.

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Time to start a new thread for the airmails to cut down on the load times.

For today Airmails from Tripolitania are being shown.
As with most Italian colonies there were many beautiful sets issued and are some of my favorites. Shown are the first three pages.
Italian colonies and offices are one of my main areas of focus these days and I have been slowly but surely building up those collections.

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04 Aug 2017
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Keep them coming, Mitch. Lots of material I've never seen. I had that last set of the Tripolitania airmails, but had not seen the others. Very nice!

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For today a very important country when it comes to airmails: France.
Air flight was pretty much born in France and was responsible for many of the great break throughs. They've produced some of the most beautiful airmails and have shown many of there achievements in the history of flight. There are also many aviation related stamps scattered through-out the regular and semi postal of France.
Today, I'm showing the first three pages.
Stamps with the Red dot are stamps I do not own but have been included for reference the first two are close to the top of my need list so it should not be much longer before I have have them. The next two stamps are very scarce (2-10K) and I doubt I will ever have them. The rest of my France is now over 99% complete (missing 9 regulars and 5 semi postals). I'm pretty much done what I can with France, obtaining 1/2 of what I need might be doable with some good buys. But France is nearly at the end of the road which is kind of a bummer. Not including Spain and San Marino the rest of Europe (various end dates from 1970-2000) is at about the same level of completion of France. European stamps are some of my top favorites but the most it seems I can do now is focus on deeper B.O.B. issues.

Oh and the last stamp on the first page is just a scarce, tough stamp to get your hands on, Hopefully I'll get one of those!

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Thanks for showing these, Mitchell! (And, or course, all the material you've shown.)

I particularly like the 1930-1950 era. Really spectacular designs!

Thanks again!

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Egypt are the airmail stamps shown today.
Shown is the first two pages and a later sheet I'm quite fond of.
It's unfortunat the Gold in the sheet does not show well.

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07:12:35pm

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The airmails of Ethiopia are the topic for today.
The first three pages are shown.

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re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

The airmail showing for today is from Mexico. With 636 airmail stamps, I cannot think of another country that has issued more airmail stamps. There are a great range of designs which makes it a very interesting collecting area.
Shown is the first page and a few selected later pages.

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The airmail stamps of Madagascar are the topic for today.
Shown are the first two pages and the 4th and 5th. The 3rd consists mainly of earlier issues with overprints.

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08:59:43pm

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The beautiful airmails of Costa Rica are the subject of today's showing.
Shown are the first two pages and a couple later ones.

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11:49:12pm

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The airmails of Czechoslovakia are today's topic. Not being one of my favorite countries I I doubt I have added anything to it in decades. Somewhere down the road, however, I need to find those first 6 airmails, as completing first pages is a primary goal of mine.
Shown are the first three pages.

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13 Aug 2017
12:07:33pm

re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

I almost chose to start an airmail stamp collection. Really didn't think my wallet could handle it. After looking at yours I may have to do some research on the subject and consider it. I have a quick few questions for you.

1) Are you making your own pages for the collection?

2) What is the condition your buying them at?

3) Are you collecting covers as well?

Thanks for showing these. Very nice collection.

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10:29:32pm

re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

Malby,
1. Most of my pages are Scott Specialty pages. I consider them the best pages because they have all the major numbered stamps represented and because they are laid out using the Scott numbering system. For pages I cannot find in Scott Specialty I print my own using Steiner formats.
2. I buy used Scott Specialty albums and pages when I can find them. These often have many stamps already mounted and are far cheaper than starting with new pages and adding stamps.
I prefer mint stamps but also collect used. I get the most reasonable copy I can afford when it comes my way. Collecting only mint or used will greatly limit your collection because either way there are stamps you will not be able to find or afford.
3. I do not actively collect covers but concentrate on stamps. I have over a 150 albums and by them selves take up plenty of room.

Collecting air mails on any pages other than Scott or Steiner is not a workable deal.
Scott and Steiner divide issues by regular, semi postal, airmails, postage due, official etc. Other brands such as Minkus and most European brands order the stamps by date mixing all issues together.
Having a collection of just WW airmails is a great idea. If that is something you will want to do, the only logical choice would be Steiner pages. You can print just the pages you need using Steiner. Any Scott product you would need all the pages and then separate out the airmail pages. There are no comprehensive WW airmail albums to my knowledge.

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10:47:49pm

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Today Tunisia are the airmail showings for today.
Shown are the two pages from my collection.

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13 Aug 2017
10:55:32pm

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"Scott divides issues by regular, semi postal, airmails, postage due, official etc. "



That is true most of the time, but Scott is very inconsistent with this. Many sets in the regular postage section of many countries contain semi-postals and air mail stamps. Those stamps are given regular catalog numbers, and are not found in the semi-postal (B) or air mail (C) sections.

Someone mentioned recently here that Scott catalogs suffer inconsistencies from having many editors over the years. That is true. Also, new editors have been allowed to make their personal changes to the catalogs. It is an unwritten rule (told to me by a former Scott Catalog editor) that a previous editor's work will only be changed if there is no other choice regardless of the inconsistencies that may occur. The end result is like trying to write a script for a Star Trek episode, but using the writing manual for The Beverly Hillbillies.

Scott needs to hire an editorial staff to establish a writing manual of standards that must be followed by anyone adding information to the catalogs. Then the staff has to go through and update the catalogs to get rid of as much of the inconsistencies as possible.
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14 Aug 2017
07:53:33pm

re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

Michael, Agreed.

For today the first three pages of airmails from Reunion.

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14 Aug 2017
10:44:58pm

re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

Those amazing post-WW2 French engravers!

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07:12:58pm

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Dave, Agreed! That especially goes for the semi-postals of which they have few equals.
See here: http://mitch.seymourfamily.com/mward/collection/europe/france/francebob.html

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07:37:41pm

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For today the airmails of Lebanon.

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16 Aug 2017
09:59:29pm

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For today the airmails of the Canal zone are shown.
Shown are all of the issued airmail stamps.

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10:30:53pm

re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

Today a selection of airmail stamps from Romania.
Shown is the first airmail page from Romania followed by a couple selected pages the
third page shows a souvenir sheet of Vlad the impaler who is known to be the inspiration for the creation of the character Dracula and it is rather scarce. The last page is the first airpost semipostal page for Romania.

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09:16:31pm

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For today the airmail stamps of The Netherlands are featured.
Shown are the only two pages of airmails in my collection.
Besides these stamps there has been only one other air mail stamp
that was issued in 1980.

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re: A-Ra's Page of the Day (AIRMAILS) Part III

For today the airmails of the French colony Martinique.
Shown are all of the airmails issued by Martinique.
Most of these are common issues that were also issued by other French colonies with the only difference being the inscription of different colony names.

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09:19:08pm

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The airmail showing for today is from Iraq.
Shown are the first three pages. Note the two flying carpet stamps at vottom of second page

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07:02:01pm

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Todays' showing of airmails comes from Haiti.
Shown are the first four pages.

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For today another Middle Eastern countries airmail stamps: Iran
Shown are the first three pages.

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02 Sep 2017
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The first Iranian air mail set looks like they may be counterfeits. Check the perfs. The genuine stamps are perfed 11 1/2. The counterfeits are perfed 12 1/2 x 12.

The overprints on the second set also have been counterfeited, but I don't have information on those.

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Michael, I don't doubt that one bit. As a header to the index page for Iran I point out that most of the early issues are probably fakes. My interest in Iran as well as many other Middle Eastern countries is the lowest of any area. For Iran I just collect what comes my way and make no claims to their legitimacy. Perhaps someday that might change and I'll enjoy studying them but for now they is what they is.

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The airmail stamps of Ajman are on the menu for today.
First two pages are shown.

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For today a sampling of the airmail stamps of Bolivia.
Shown are the first and second page and two latter ones.

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04 Sep 2017
03:02:49pm

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Thanks for posting those, Mitchell!

There are some gorgeous classic designs there. Especially the first series. (Imo.)

Thanks again! It's always a delight!

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Thanks Dave, I agree those first issues are great looking bi-colors. It's just to bad that they are fairly difficult to find and when you find them there is always someone who is willing to spend more than I am.

Cyrenaica is the airmail choice of the day. Some very beautiful stamps but I still need several to complete.
Shown are the first three pages.

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I have never seen that 1932 set before. Interesting designs and color selection.

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05 Sep 2017
11:50:18pm

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Thanks, Mitch!

I've never seen ANY of these Cyrenaica airmails. I had a few of the other Italian colonial airmails from this era, but never encountered these. Some very nice designs!

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Michael and Tom, Italian colonies have some of the most beautiful stamps, especially their semi postals and airmails. I have been concentrating on the colonies for the last year and have been making some progress but they are somewhat scarce and have many fans. Many of the stamps were used in several different colonies as in that 1932 set where a few were used in both Libia and Tripolatania.

For today is another Italian colony for camparison; Eritrea.
The first set is a rather common format used in most of the colonies. It's large size and
bi color usage have beautifully portrayed many different topics. Unfortunately there is only one page of airmails for this colony.

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I agree. Italian colonies and the Aegean Islands is probably the weakest area in my collection as an area taken as a whole. One of the biggest problems trying to collect as a MNH collector, is that most of these stamps are not available as MNH. I do make allowances for that, and lightly hinged is acceptable to me. The next big problem is the gum used on many older Italian-area stamps tones very badly making the stamp unpresentable in many instances. As I get older, and I continue to look at the blank spaces, I am turning more and more of the mind to fill the spaces with whatever stamp I can find (MNH, unused lightly hinged, or used with a light to very light cancel). I have begun doing this in some regards, but not as a rule of thumb.

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04:57:46pm

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Michael.... I have the inverse problem. I actively collect only used stamps. I keep unused copies I acquire in collections as place savers until a valid cancelled copy comes along. This I do even when the unused has significant value and the used stamp is a common. I trade off the replaced unused's. I do recognize there are a limited group of stamps without valid used copies (i.e. late Vichy France colonials). These I will procure for my specialized areas. To my re-collection of the inverse problem does not exist- used copies only, without any valid unused.

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"Collecting air mails on any pages other than Scott or Steiner is not a workable deal."



Another viable option would be to just order the airmail pages from Palo Albums. For the classic period, for most countries, it would only be a handful of pages per country.

I recently started a separate classic WW Airmail collection. Right now I'm using all the airmail pages pulled out of a complete set of Vintage Reproduction Pages, which fit nicely into only two binders. The downside is that they only go up through 1940 and there are some nice and affordable airmail stamps from the 1940s and early 50s I'd like to collect too. I may in the future consider the Palo option or maybe just use blank pages to add the stamps from the 40s and 50s.

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I'm really not familliar with Palo pages, so I can't offer an opinion. However I cannot conceive of any pages that could be more easily obtainable and customized using imaging software, than Steiner. What ever the case, If I can't have Scott specialty pages then I go with Steiner. It's way to late in my game to even think about changing to something else.
I can only recommend that which I know to be a best option.

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The airmails for today are From Ecuador.
Ecuador has issued a great many airmails and many of them are quite beautiful. The earliest stamps are quite hard to come by and I am missing many of them.
I'm showing the first page and the 3rd 4th and 6th.

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