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02 Jun 2018
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For a long time I have been intrigued by collections of "A Stamp from Every Country" (and expanded variations thereof, i.e. every "issuer").

I recently explored the Smithsonian Album based on the Wm. Gross collection of the same name
https://postalmuseum.si.edu/stampgallery/album/Stamp-for-Every-Country.pdf

It's a nice basic "fill in the blanks" layout, but it lacks the historical view that I would like. I also am not a fan of the landscape layout (sideways pages).

Personally, I would like to incorporate more maps, and a few paragraphs of history. That raises the question of designing a layout that allows an understanding of the historical sequence of predecessor countries (and entities).

These are just musings. I know the usual response from many Stamporama members will be "you can do whatever you want". I am trying to avoid "re-inventing the wheel" and looking for inspiration from what others have done.

I'd love to see some examples of what has been done. If you have a similar collection, please post a couple of pages and show it off.

I believe there were previous discussions of this on Stamporama in years past, but I haven't found them. If you find the link, please post it.

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02 Jun 2018
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Terranova Publishing released a Single Stamp Gazetteer album, and I have one. However, their website seems to be dead

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I've thought about this kind of collection off and on over the years, but it never went anywhere. I think because of the "unstructured" nature of it.

Most of these kinds of collections I've seen were in stock books or Vario pages using small labels to ID the stamps. I do really like the 'Single Stamp Gazetteer album' layout and you could think about making up something similar of your own. Maybe just using MS Word or PowerPoint you can easily copy/paste various maps, etc. into?


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02 Jun 2018
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Starting anew would be some task. There are 600+ entries in the Gazetteer!

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I like the maps, I don't like the alphabetical layout. It loses the sweep of historical change. I think the organization of the Smithsonian album, with the addition of maps and short historical text is the direction my thoughts want to go.

It's a long-term undertaking. The pages are easy to produce (my favourite program for album pages is Serif PagePlus 8) but there are a lot of them!

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02 Jun 2018
01:57:57pm
re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Interesting! I think we've all entertained this kind of collection at some point.

The page Dave posted shows countries I never even heard of! So no doubt there are the 600 plus entities he mentioned. (fair to note that my New Jersey postmark listing has over 2400 entries from past to present)

Then comes the question... what constitutes a country? Is it any entity that ever issued it's own stamps? Are stamp issuing states and regions fair game?

And as far as format... the album page shown was alphabetical, would we want it by continent? Or by major country? Such as a section on Germany that starts with the German states, rolls up to country prior to WWII and then West Germany and DDR.. and then back to one country?

So many possibilities!

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Hi all,

As a newbie, my aspirations are not so high, but I do like the idea of collecting from every country and would like to start. I never even thought of such an idea, that is why you all are such an inspiration to me.

Does anyone know of a current "album" that can be purchased or printed to start out with?

If it needs to be printed, I'd be curious as to what paper I should use.

I'd kind of like to get started, as the idea has really hit home with me, so I'm looking forward to some of your advice as well.


@Roy,

Very sorry if my question is "stealing" this thread or taking it in the wrong direction, I am more than happy to ask the question again in the "Newbie" area.


Thank you,


Johnny

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Linn's offers a good list:

https://www.linns.com/insights/stamp-issuing-entities-of-the-world.html


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02 Jun 2018
09:27:13pm
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Hi all,

Regarding the Smithsonian Album that Roy mentioned above.

Why doesn't it include countries like Guatemala?


Maybe it's not completely "all" of the countries?



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02 Jun 2018
09:44:09pm
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The album I have shows the "live" countries with a black name header and the "dead" countries in grey. However, in the ever-changing world, I'm sure it's out of date already!

This is the blurb from the wayback machine links that may be useful for anyone considering the job!:

Even if you've been a collector all your life, you may have never come across a stamp from Alwar, Nabha, Dalmatia or Kionga. This album will expand your knowledge of such long-gone issuing regions and send you searching for a single specimen. To complete the album the collector must find one stamp - any stamp - of every stamp-issuing entity in the world, past and present.

The Single Specimen World Gazetteer Stamp Album contains over 600 entries and includes the formerly issuing regions within India, Malaysia and Colombia. Each entry contains an overview of the country/entity. In the case of dead countries/entities the entry usually indicates when it issued stamps, its colonial affiliation (if any), and why it no longer issues. Entries also give the most common inscriptions found on the stamps of that country/entity and indicate alternate names.

Each page includes five entries, each with a simple locater map showing where that country is or was located and a 2x2in space in which to mount your specimen.

Countries are listed alphabetically with dead countries identified with a grey heading and living ones with black. The Stamp Identifier section provides a convenient list of the most commonly found inscriptions. By using this list the collector can usually identify the country to which any stamp belongs.

Comes in a high quality 3-ring stiched black album with gold imprinting, and pages are acid-free card stock.


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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I have decided to collect every stamp from 1970--a lengthy project, but kind of along these same thoughts. Based on a great website one of the stamporama members showed me, that is 217 countries.
I have picked up a few countries.....okay five. That means 212 more to go.

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02 Jun 2018
10:41:30pm
re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

"Regarding the Smithsonian Album that Roy mentioned above.
Why doesn't it include countries like Guatemala?"



It's there, under North America. Do a "Ctrl-F" search for any country that interests you.

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03 Jun 2018
02:23:22am
re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Hi Roy & Everyone;

@ Roy;

This sounds like a great project for Wikipedia, lots of history info, photos, relevance, and of course maps.

I also agree that alphabetically organized would not be my choice either. I have fantasized of a collection of leaders and rulers, kings, queens, and presidents. And I would organize that also by it's historical significance. Quite a large project but lots of fun.

I'm normally not a huge fan of history, but I sold many Classic and modern English stamps on SOR. I included a few paragraphs of history in my descriptions of the town featured on the CDS, or the older numbered cancels as well.

Wikipedia has colored maps also, and would be great for a color laser printer, project.

Still just sortin'....
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03 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

"Collecting a Stamp from Every Country"



I guess in a way, I've been trying to achieve this goal since the beginning. But only as it pertains to my 1970 version of the Harris Statesman album(s). Even after 50 years,(off and on) I still haven't achieved that goal and it falls way short of true global coverage.


Best of luck with this endeavor. When finished, it will be quite an accomplishment.Applause


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02 Jun 2018
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For a long time I have been intrigued by collections of "A Stamp from Every Country" (and expanded variations thereof, i.e. every "issuer").

I recently explored the Smithsonian Album based on the Wm. Gross collection of the same name
https://postalmuseum.si.edu/stampgallery/album/Stamp-for-Every-Country.pdf

It's a nice basic "fill in the blanks" layout, but it lacks the historical view that I would like. I also am not a fan of the landscape layout (sideways pages).

Personally, I would like to incorporate more maps, and a few paragraphs of history. That raises the question of designing a layout that allows an understanding of the historical sequence of predecessor countries (and entities).

These are just musings. I know the usual response from many Stamporama members will be "you can do whatever you want". I am trying to avoid "re-inventing the wheel" and looking for inspiration from what others have done.

I'd love to see some examples of what has been done. If you have a similar collection, please post a couple of pages and show it off.

I believe there were previous discussions of this on Stamporama in years past, but I haven't found them. If you find the link, please post it.

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Terranova Publishing released a Single Stamp Gazetteer album, and I have one. However, their website seems to be dead

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I've thought about this kind of collection off and on over the years, but it never went anywhere. I think because of the "unstructured" nature of it.

Most of these kinds of collections I've seen were in stock books or Vario pages using small labels to ID the stamps. I do really like the 'Single Stamp Gazetteer album' layout and you could think about making up something similar of your own. Maybe just using MS Word or PowerPoint you can easily copy/paste various maps, etc. into?


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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Starting anew would be some task. There are 600+ entries in the Gazetteer!

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I like the maps, I don't like the alphabetical layout. It loses the sweep of historical change. I think the organization of the Smithsonian album, with the addition of maps and short historical text is the direction my thoughts want to go.

It's a long-term undertaking. The pages are easy to produce (my favourite program for album pages is Serif PagePlus 8) but there are a lot of them!

Roy

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Interesting! I think we've all entertained this kind of collection at some point.

The page Dave posted shows countries I never even heard of! So no doubt there are the 600 plus entities he mentioned. (fair to note that my New Jersey postmark listing has over 2400 entries from past to present)

Then comes the question... what constitutes a country? Is it any entity that ever issued it's own stamps? Are stamp issuing states and regions fair game?

And as far as format... the album page shown was alphabetical, would we want it by continent? Or by major country? Such as a section on Germany that starts with the German states, rolls up to country prior to WWII and then West Germany and DDR.. and then back to one country?

So many possibilities!

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Hi all,

As a newbie, my aspirations are not so high, but I do like the idea of collecting from every country and would like to start. I never even thought of such an idea, that is why you all are such an inspiration to me.

Does anyone know of a current "album" that can be purchased or printed to start out with?

If it needs to be printed, I'd be curious as to what paper I should use.

I'd kind of like to get started, as the idea has really hit home with me, so I'm looking forward to some of your advice as well.


@Roy,

Very sorry if my question is "stealing" this thread or taking it in the wrong direction, I am more than happy to ask the question again in the "Newbie" area.


Thank you,


Johnny

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Linn's offers a good list:

https://www.linns.com/insights/stamp-issuing-entities-of-the-world.html


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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Hi all,

Regarding the Smithsonian Album that Roy mentioned above.

Why doesn't it include countries like Guatemala?


Maybe it's not completely "all" of the countries?



JR

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02 Jun 2018
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

The album I have shows the "live" countries with a black name header and the "dead" countries in grey. However, in the ever-changing world, I'm sure it's out of date already!

This is the blurb from the wayback machine links that may be useful for anyone considering the job!:

Even if you've been a collector all your life, you may have never come across a stamp from Alwar, Nabha, Dalmatia or Kionga. This album will expand your knowledge of such long-gone issuing regions and send you searching for a single specimen. To complete the album the collector must find one stamp - any stamp - of every stamp-issuing entity in the world, past and present.

The Single Specimen World Gazetteer Stamp Album contains over 600 entries and includes the formerly issuing regions within India, Malaysia and Colombia. Each entry contains an overview of the country/entity. In the case of dead countries/entities the entry usually indicates when it issued stamps, its colonial affiliation (if any), and why it no longer issues. Entries also give the most common inscriptions found on the stamps of that country/entity and indicate alternate names.

Each page includes five entries, each with a simple locater map showing where that country is or was located and a 2x2in space in which to mount your specimen.

Countries are listed alphabetically with dead countries identified with a grey heading and living ones with black. The Stamp Identifier section provides a convenient list of the most commonly found inscriptions. By using this list the collector can usually identify the country to which any stamp belongs.

Comes in a high quality 3-ring stiched black album with gold imprinting, and pages are acid-free card stock.


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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

I have decided to collect every stamp from 1970--a lengthy project, but kind of along these same thoughts. Based on a great website one of the stamporama members showed me, that is 217 countries.
I have picked up a few countries.....okay five. That means 212 more to go.

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

"Regarding the Smithsonian Album that Roy mentioned above.
Why doesn't it include countries like Guatemala?"



It's there, under North America. Do a "Ctrl-F" search for any country that interests you.

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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

Hi Roy & Everyone;

@ Roy;

This sounds like a great project for Wikipedia, lots of history info, photos, relevance, and of course maps.

I also agree that alphabetically organized would not be my choice either. I have fantasized of a collection of leaders and rulers, kings, queens, and presidents. And I would organize that also by it's historical significance. Quite a large project but lots of fun.

I'm normally not a huge fan of history, but I sold many Classic and modern English stamps on SOR. I included a few paragraphs of history in my descriptions of the town featured on the CDS, or the older numbered cancels as well.

Wikipedia has colored maps also, and would be great for a color laser printer, project.

Still just sortin'....
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re: Collecting a Stamp from Every Country - any collectors here?

"Collecting a Stamp from Every Country"



I guess in a way, I've been trying to achieve this goal since the beginning. But only as it pertains to my 1970 version of the Harris Statesman album(s). Even after 50 years,(off and on) I still haven't achieved that goal and it falls way short of true global coverage.


Best of luck with this endeavor. When finished, it will be quite an accomplishment.Applause


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