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jbaxter5256
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07 Jul 2018
10:30:24am
The Smithsonian National Postal Museum offers a user printable stamp for every country album through their web site as a downloadable PDF document. I have created a checklist for keeping track of the items you have collected for your album which can be requested through the Stamporama message system (or downloaded once I find a good place to post it for access online).

I printed my own copy of the album two sided on archival quality paper which is slightly higher weight than standard copy paper that I acquired from Archival Methods and bound it using a wire binding using oversize rings at Office Depot (so that the thickness increase of the album as stamps in mounts are added to the album can be handled) with clear frosted front and back plastic cover sheets. This turned out very well.

Note that I chose to print the landscape oriented album two sided with flipping on the short side. I mention this as one approach to the album. If you want to put it in a three ring binder in landscape mode you will probably want to print it with flipping on the long side if you print it two sided. A three ring binder would let you add additional content to the album on page inserts such as covers that you come across related to the the album's coverage or excerpts from news articles.

It would be interesting to hear of your experiences with your initial entries into your Smithsonian album such as how many entries were you able to make by pulling from your personal duplicates into the album and how you are progressing with your collection. I suspect that finding stamps for the Other Stamp Issuing Entities will be a significant challenge for most of us! But, of course, the search is the real reward of the collection effort.

Also, please be aware that there are quite a few possibilities for extending the album or making relatively minor corrections to its content but I believe it represents a very solid goal for the stamp collector as created by the author.
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08 Jul 2018
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I've sent out some initial copies of the Excel based checklist for the Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country album and received responses indicating successful arrival.

Just went through my first duplicate album, a Scott International Part II as it happens, and can report that I have found 27 different countries to add to my newly printed and bound Smithsonian album. I am looking in my collected duplicates or remainder collections for a mint stamp to use for each entry in the album. Each was added to the album using a Scott mount. A slow start but quite interesting as I try to pick a stamp to use. I even found some stamps that I had somehow missed to add to my International I-V main collection as I verified each stamp to be sure that it was a duplicate!

Best find was an Italian Socialist Republic issue which filled one entry that I had not expected to see at all much less as a duplicate!

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08 Jul 2018
02:38:30pm
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Thank you for sending the checklist!

This is quite a list, I never thought there would be so many postal entities, over 600 on the main list. It does look like a fun collection.

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09 Jul 2018
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I just checked and there should be 785 separate stamps in a completed album so this is definitely going to represent a challenge. It should make for a very interesting time at a stamp show to look for candidate stamps for inexpensive entries for the album or here on Stamporama in the approvals section once I have completed my review of existing duplicate stamps. Fortunately there are a couple of stamp shows coming up locally within the next couple of months. Party

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11 Jul 2018
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Interestingly I am starting to notice new countries every day as I look through the postings here, on eBay, and even in today's new arrival of the The American Philatelist. I suspect that this collection may have some unexpected benefits in raising curiosity about both time and place as represented by the changing countries.

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11 Jul 2018
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Here is the link to the Smithsonian page with the album:
https://postalmuseum.si.edu/stampgallery/everycountryalbum.html

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09:28:40pm
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"I just checked and there should be 785 separate stamps in a completed album so this is definitely going to represent a challenge."



Many of which we've never heard of! Happy

The list is very interesting. There are a mess of Indian states, but Germany isn't broken down to eras such as the "Third Reich" and then modern German.

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20 Aug 2018
10:05:28am
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I recently acquired a 1935 edition of the Scott Modern Postage Stamp album (now cleaned out and looking almost brand new!) and for comparison created an Excel spread sheet of the stamp issuing entitites and counted up the number of them detailed in that compact, just under 1" (24mm) thick album. It includes spaces for 395 different stamp issuing entities including a large number of Italian entities not covered by the Smithsonian album so even some small world wide albums can be helpful if you want to expand the scope. Interestingly many of the represented Italian entities don't seem to be in the current Scott catalogs although I will need more access to current catalogs to see if I am just not looking in the right place in the catalog for my admittedly hurried review.

Looks like I need to check out the representations in the International albums as well! More later after I go through the first five volumes which I have available.

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23 Aug 2018
12:54:03am
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Continuing with the theme of the number of different countries represented in albums:

Internatlonal Part 1A1 through 1B2 - 370 not including Indian States
International Part 2 - 246
International Part 3 - 224
International Part 4 - 207
International Part 5 - 215

Note that these numbers are for the currently being offered pages from Scott/Amos Media. Earlier versions of the International Part I album do include some countries that were removed from later editions.

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04 Sep 2018
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For those interested in pursuing only the different countries portion of the album and who would prefer to leave out the military police, occupation, local posts, etc. issues there are 680 countries in the abbreviated version. Currently I am up to 368 of 680 using this method and only have 10 of 105 of the stamp issuing entries in the back sections as an example of the impact of this change on the 785 total in the album.


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08 Sep 2018
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Interesting...

There are some people who collect #1's from every country (and/or stamp-issuing entity). Obviously that could be quite expensive for many countries (but surprising not for many others!). Collecting ANY stamp from every country seems a bit "random" to me. For example, one could just get the cheapest modern stamps from each country, resulting in a not very interesting collection (in my opinion). Having more interest in classic stamps myself, I think it would be interesting to do more of a "hybrid" style, and say you're going to collect the earliest stamp you can reasonably afford from every country. That way, you'd have a good mixture of classic stamps and some more modern ones too.

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"Collecting ANY stamp from every country seems a bit "random" to me"



When it comes to modern countries you can easily select an appropriate stamp. I chose 231 (Columbian Expo) for US just because I like that series. One of my modern Bosnia stamps features Novak Djokavic because my wife and I both enjoy playing and watching tennis. When it comes to some of the older issues (like all of those India Convention States and Feudatory States) there are sometimes only a few choices and after factoring in issues that have prevalent fakes and expensive items, you may only have a handful of options.

But everyone is welcome to collect any way they choose! That's one of the nice things about this collection: There is a lot of room to tailor it to your needs, especially if you are able to create some of your own pages!

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jbaxter5256
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08 Sep 2018
10:11:24pm
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Note that the Universal Postal Union currently has 192 members so that means there are at least 488 countries that are represented by older stamps plus in most cases as a stamp collector it is much easier to find older stamps than new stamps so I would not underestimate the challenge of completing this collection even if you ignore Basel with a current minimum catalog value in the thousands of dollars.

Had a great day finding stamps in a series of U-pick albums at a local stamp store today and now have 409 of 785 stamp issuing entities! Latest stamp issuing entities added to the album include Cape of Good Hope Scott #4, Muscat and Oman Scott #97, Libia Scott #2, Orange River Free State Scott #4, Tasmania Scott # 17, Saudi Arabia Scott #621, Northern Nigeria Scott #10, Senegambia and Niger Scott #2, Allenstein Scott #16, Egypt Scott #60, Indian State - Chamba Scott #50, Indian State - Jhind Scott #64, Transvaal Scott # 281, Kiauchau Scott #23, Hejd Scott #L10, German East Africa Scott #31, German New Guinea Scott #22, Elobey ... Scott #40, Ivory Coast Scott #45, German South West Africa Scott #26, Grand Comoro Scott #23, and Ubangi-Shari-Chad Scott #4. Of course, it should be mentioned that it took almost six hours to go through the U-pick albums to find these new items for the Smithsonian album.

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12 Sep 2018
12:57:46am
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Received another stamp album yesterday and this evening went through it preparing a country list. New album is a fairly recent vintage H.E. Harris and Co. Traveler Worldwide Stamp Album copyright 2007. It has illustrations and spaces for 436 different countries with a wide mix of both modern and older countries. It seems quite surprising that this "beginner" album would encompass such an incredibly broad mix of issues. This version seems to have a bit more space between rows and stamp pictures than the H.E. Harris albums I remember from the past and which makes for a much nicer presentation.

I wonder if anyone ever completed one of these albums using the stamps covered by the album. Does anyone know of any that were completed by chance?

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16 Sep 2018
01:15:54am
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Attended the Seapex 2018 show today and found quite a number of new additions for the Smithsonian album. I now have 450 of 785 items from the album. Also, discussed available local stamp clubs with a dealer who was able to introduce me to a couple of members of the Greater Eastside Stamp Society which meets not too far from me a couple of times a month so hope to visit the club for a meeting in the near future.

New additions included stamps for Diego-Suarez Scott #26, French Congo Scott #42, East Africa and Uganda Scott #62, India - Nabha State Scott #8, Penrhyn Island Scott #25, Hawaii Scott #74, Hawaii - Kingdom Scott #37, Hawaii - Provisional Government Scott # 55, Portuguese Congo Scott # 11, Ponta Delgada Scott #30, Lourenco Marques Scott #B2, Inhambane Scott #84, Horta Scott #3, Heligoland Scott #4, Cape Juby Scott #54, Togo Scott #16, Samoa Scott #68, Marshall Islands Scott #23, Mariana Islands Scott # 30, Iraq Scott #173, India - Jaipur State Scott #O30, Western Australia Scott #58, Victoria Scott #179, Queensland Scott #113, South Australia Scott #116, Samoa Scott #11g, Somaliland Protectorate Scott #129, Zanzibar Scott #224, Tuvalu Scott #362, Labuan Scott #95, Jersey Scott #249, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanganyika Scott #70, Kenya and Uganda Protectorate Scott #21, DPR Korea Scott #4890, St. Lucia Scott #C1, and St. Kitts Scott #44. I think the prettiest stamp was the one from Jersey, a simple design on a 22x25mm format stamp with nice color choices. I spent almost six hours perusing offerings at the show and had a great visit.

Checked on the stamp from Basel that I had previously mentioned as being available from a dealer but found that the stamp has been sold already. Can't complain as I really can't justify spending that kind of money for a single stamp for this album. I do wish I had had the opportunity to see the stamp though as it is rare enough that it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity (especially one that was offered at a price that was low enough that I could seriously consider buying it due to its being damaged by being cut into at the top even though it is a significant rarity to see one offered).

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17 Sep 2018
09:50:36pm
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Received a 1930 copyright version of the Scott International Junior Postage Stamp Album today and went through it checking for listed stamp issuing entities. It has listings for 431
different entities not counting six India States which had surcharged British India stamps or the thirty "Protected States of the British Empire in India" which issued stamps that were mentioned at the top of otherwise blank pages.

Similar to the earlier mentioned 1935 Scott Modern Postal Album this one is in near perfect condition with even fewer stamps in the album and only stamps which fit the identified items in the album and unusually cleanly placed (more cleanly than I can do I am finding in working on my International I-V albums Happy ). This album is quite noticeable in comparison to the regular Scott International Part I 1840-1940 albums that we know and love in that it has very few unidentified empty spaces in the album listings for choosing stamps from a set to include. Its title page indicates that it has "spaces for some 22,000 varieties from the earliest issues up to the time of publication".

The album is in book form with the dark blue library binding and roughly two inches thick. So far, it is my favorite of the early albums I have acquired trying to find an interesting coverage one volume album that is not too big to handle as a follow-on to the Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country Album on which I have been working. Given the non-loose leaf nature of the album it would not be suitable for use with stamp mounts as if you began to fill it the binding would be stressed. This might even be a problem adding stamps with hinges based on some example albums I have seen lately. The binding side of the album is significantly thicker than the right hand edge so it does appear that it was designed to take into at least partial account the thickness of stamps with hinges once it was put into significant use.

It should be interesting comparing the coverage in the album against the new Scott International albums which are copyright 1997 that are currently being produced and sold through Amos Media.

I worked my way through counting the number of stamps for each stamp issuing entity in the album as well as the number of empty spaces in each entity. Total count for the album was 21,878 pictured and/or with text descriptions and 642 empty spaces so stopping at 1930 rather than 1940 as is done for the regular Part 1A1 through 1B2 albums of today reduces the total number of stamps for the first album significantly from 34,410 that I counted in the currently produced album pages which go to 1940. This album also includes quite a few countries that are excluded from the modern page set.

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27 Sep 2018
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I've updated the country count totals and added additional details for the Scott International Junior Postage Stamp Album with a copyright date of 1930.

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01 Oct 2018
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Added five new stamps to my Smithsonian album for 455 of 785 stamp issuing entities in the album. New stamps were found while migrating stamps from a Scott International Junior album copyright 1939 to my International Part I-V albums with coverage through 1963. That set of albums just reached 15,000 of 85,586 for 17.5% complete.

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Added ten new stamps today by going through a LARGE volume of u-pick albums so now at 465 of 785 for 59% complete Happy . New countries include Malaysia - Seongei Ujong Scott #32, Malysia - Federated Malay States Scott # 18, Thailand Scott #337, Cyprus Scott # 206, Palestine - British Mandate Scott # 7, Turks Islands - Scott #52, Nevis - British Colony Scott # 21, Nevis - Independent State Scott # 574, Faroe Islands Scott # 16, and Albania - Italian Occupation Scott #300.

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20 Oct 2018
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Managed to add a small number of entries for the album this week to bring the album up to 468 of 785 items in place.

New items were for Thurn and Taxis - Northern District Scott #13, Tobago Scott #22, and New Brunswick Scott #9.

Still not a lot of progress on the stamp issuing entities items at the back of the album with only 12 of 105 added so far.

I have been able to attend three meetings for a local stamp club which has had from 12 to 15 members present at each meeting so far. I had the opportunity to share the Smithsonian album during a show and tell segment of one meeting and there was quite a bit of interest in the album. Collecting interests by those in attendance are quite broad with some areas of intense specialization by several members. This is the first opportunity I have had to meet with other collectors in a group setting in person so has been quite interesting.

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22 Oct 2018
10:53:25pm
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Added seven new modern issues today to bring my count to 475 of 785 stamp issuing entities.

Items added were for Belize Scott #385, Belarus Scott #79, Czechoslovakia Scott #2987, Russia Scott #6781(!), Ukraine Scott #240, Estonia Scott #278, and Croatia Scott #304.

Ooh, and checking a new album offering on eBay today saw a collection which contains stamps for Basel, Geneva, and Zurich (actually there were three Basel stamps so I am fairly sure a regular stamp, a proof, and a forgery are all in the collection!). Of course, the vendor expects a final sale price of between $100,000 and $125,000 for the album so this one is likely a pipe dream. Silly

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Received a Whitman Publishing produced The Modern Collector's Postage Stamp Album today billed as having spaces for over 8,000 different stamps of the world of more than 300 stamp-issuing countries and containing more than 2,400 illustrations with a copyright date of 1935.

Counted countries, illustrations, and spaces in the album and came up with 311 countries, 2,565 illustrations, and 8,132 spaces for stamps. The album groups a number of items like Colombian, Italian, Indian, and Straits Settlements states under single heading such as Native States for Straits Settlements so the count of countries does understate the number of stamp issuing entities represented in the album.

I continue to be amazed at the number of different countries referenced in these albums.




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Jeredutt3
25 Oct 2018
11:03:31pm
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enjoying following the progress. I am working on this collection as well. it is a blast. I am in the 660s but have also included entities which have been discussed in the other thread. I have seen totals of "issuing entities and territories" into the several thousands depending on how you categorized offices abroad, occupations and such.

Keep us posted !

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The collection with the Basel, Geneva, and Zurich stamps on eBay sold for a lot less than the estimate with a final price of $13,433 against a vendor estimate of $100,000-$125,000. It really felt like the listing was inadequate as there were no lists of stamps with catalog values or any details on stamps with damage or that might have been forgeries.

I tried contacting the vendor to get more details on the collection and though the listing said the collection cataloged for in the range of $575,000 the response was that they didn't have a list of the stamps with catalog values or further details which seemed almost irresponsible for a collection that stopped in 1894 with this kind of estimate. The realized value was very disappointing given the hyperbole of the listing.


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26 Oct 2018
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Wow, 660's is VERY impressive. What would you say have been your most productive sources for stamps for the album?

I have been trying to find mint stamps only for all issues, or at least no cancels, but am continuing to play with the idea of starting a second album with all used stamps, ideally with an interesting cancellation. I have, also, thought about creating a similar album but using all "dead" countries only with brief statistics and notes on the dead country. Another idea was to create a Universal Postal Union collection with only stamps from current countries, also, with statistics and notes about each country and, possibly, a page devoted to each country to do a small representative collection for each country rather than a single stamp. Ideally with a range of stamps that would provide some insight into the stamp offerings that make up the country's postal offerings. I keep acquiring some older small albums for ideas to stimulate what might be produced. I believe that Album Easy would be a useful tool for implementing the album and it would also offer the user the option of further customization to meet their interests.

But first I will continue towards seeing how far I can get with the mint issues in my Smithsonian album that is in process.

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28 Oct 2018
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Found 9 new issues for the Smithsonian album to bring my total to 484 of 785 issues. Still only 12 of the last 105 issues though so these are definitely going to be quite a challenge. Sad

New issues included stamps for Transvaal (South African Republic), New South Wales, North Ingermanland, Albania - Italian Domination, Croatia, Thrace, South West Africa, Shanghai, and Jhind (under India Convention States, actually listed in the album as Jind which is, also, listed later under Feudatory States. The first listing is a misspelling on page 79. Sad ).

The new items were mostly found in an older International Postage Stamp Album Junior Edition from which I am pulling some items for my main International I-V album collection in which I have just reached 17.8% completion of the 85,536 stamps it will take to complete that collection. One stamp came from a partial Minkus album which will also be used for filling some spaces in the main International I-V albums (at least I am hoping there are usable stamps in the album).

I had a nice opportunity this morning before church to read through some of the country descriptions from a 100th edition Scott Catalog which was published in 1944. I started from the beginning of the catalog after reading the entries for Switzerland which had a really informative and clearer description of the Canton issues than the current catalog. It was really interesting reading the changing country descriptions that were occurring at the time as the German and Italian offensives were making their mark on Europe and Africa in particular. It, also, brought home to me that even though my school introductions to World War II made it seem like nothing else was happening in the world that at the same time books were being published (even stamp catalogs!) although there were mentions of resource constraints which might impact availability of supply items in the advertising for Scott products at the back of the catalog and there were a couple of insertions in the catalog suggesting the purchase of United States War Savings Stamps with a tagline "MAKE A HOBBY OF YOUR PATRIOTISM".

It was interesting as well to read the advertisement for the The International Album Bound Edition with a heading "TO BE DISCONTINUED" due to the "recent trend toward specialization". This was about the Brown albums which were being replaced by the new Specialty Series. I, also, noticed an advertisement for "THE TEL-I-TONG", a new and useful gadget which "combines a complete, accurate set of metal perforation gauges with a pair of well-balanced tongs and a powerful magnifying glass in nickel polished frame". Has anyone ever seen one of these?

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Jeredutt3
30 Oct 2018
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thanks..it is coming. I actually started the collection around the Single Specimen album from Terra Nova publishing which sadly is no longer available. It is a really cool album with a small description and map of each entity. So, that gave me the initial list. I pillaged my WW collection for the base and then created a want list. I attend quite a few stamp shows and have found the vast majority through dealers. At Garfield Perry in Cle I found a dealer who had a mess of Indian states that came from a specialty collection so were certified on the wild ones. I am down to a handful maybe 6 that are missing from the albums. But I personally expanded it quite a bit with offices, occupations, and other outliers. One of the hardest was South Sudan and a few of the modern entities. I also do quite a few auctions on line. Stampauctionnetwork is a great resource to find many auction houses in one place. New Britain and the the New Republic were a couple pricy ones I bit the bullet on recently.

Keep plugging ! I look forward to seeing the collection. I thing the interesting thing about this type of collection is how different each will be. Would be fun to have a group get together and see which stamps they picked to represent each entity.


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02 Nov 2018
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Added one stamp from an 1897 edition of the Scott International album to bring my total to 485 of 785.

New stamp for Brunswick was found while thumbing through a mostly empty album, less than 800 stamps in the album with most of them being for Austria, France, Germany, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Salvador. And the only stamp for Brunswick was unused to boot!

Had a nice visit at a local stamp club last night where a show and tell meeting included a really nice Guatemala collection with an almost complete array of air mails up through the early 1970's, catalogs from Ceres for France, Zumstein for Switzerland, and Unitrade for Canada, a twenty stamp sheet for Japan (from the nicest Japan album I've ever seen), and some unusual stampless covers from early Germany. I reviewed the Basel items in the Zumstein catalog as I continue to be fascinated by them. I recently purchased from eBay a pair of mint and cancelled souvenir sheets which celebrate the Basel stamp issuance and am awaiting their arrival from Italy. The sheets include a perforate version of the Basel designs as part of the sheet.

Also, saw APS sales books that the club receives monthly. There were some surpisingly nice stamps with most pricing around 30% of catalog. They just recently changed the countries they are receiving to include France, Great Britain, Switzerland and some others.

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04 Nov 2018
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Added two new stamps to bring the total to 487 of 785. New additions were for United Nations - Vienna and Germany - French Legion fighting in Russia with the German Army. The UN - Vienna stamp was on some pages at the back of an old Minkus All American Stamp Album found today, strangely the album only had UN pages which were almost all empty. The German area stamp is quite a strange issue and Lars was instrumental in my recognizing the possible stamps. It actually showed up in a small binder of labels that someone gave me yesterday and is only listed in the Michel catalog. Most of the pages in the small binder had a small quantity of some rather strange labels with one page of Easter and Christmas seals near the back which was why I kept it thinking I might run into someone with an interest. With these two additions I now have 14 of the last 105 "back of the book" issues in the Smithsonian album.

The adventure continues with input from quite unexpected places.

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18 Nov 2018
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Acquired a Scott International Postage Stamp Album Nineteeth Century edition copyright 1919 today and went through it building a checklist of the referenced stamp issuing entities for the album and came up with a total of of 343 unique entities including Indian States, Straits Settlements, Colombian, etc. entities. While I have another copy this one prompted me to go through the album determining the number of stamp issuing entities. It provides for a fairly complete list of all stamp issuing entities through 1900.

The purchase was prompted by a combination of a great deal on the album with its included 239 stamps and the opportunity earlier this week to review a fellow collector's lifetime collection in a similar Scott International 19th Century album which is the most complete album of this type I have ever seen following a show and tell session at a local stamp club meeting. I was particularly interested in his pages of stamps for the notoriously difficult to identify early Afghanistan stamps which included some tip-in pages with different colored papers used for the stamps. The album definitely represented a long time labor of love with meticulous attention to detail! I really appreciate the opportunity he gave me to review the stamps which I have previously seen only through pictures from a catalog in a DVD collection of philatelic books.

During my section of the show and tell session I passed around my tenth edition of the Scott International album which is copyright 1892. I had thought the album had no stamps in it at all but during the detailed look by the members at the album which most seemed to find fascinating one pasted down stamp was found which had never been removed from the album probably because the person who originally removed stamps from the album couldn't find a way to remove the stamp. Happy . While the stamp itself is neither valuable nor attractive its tenacity of attachment is somewhat admirable.

Another member showed us his mint only USA collection in a Scott National album which he started in 1960. While the stamps in the first Scott listed 150 stamps were fairly low in number the stamps that he had acquired over time were absolutely stunning in terms of condition. Highlights were Columbians up through the $2 value and a complete set of Trans-Mississippi issues plus a complete set of USA air mails excepting C3a, the Jenny invert. I particularly liked the way he had encased each page in the album in a page protector. He shared that the album has been at this level of completeness for twenty years with no additions as he has moved on to other collecting interests. One example of this which he has shown an excerpt from in a recent meeting is a still in process Japan collection.

Other items shared at the meeting were some censor marked covers from the Boer wars in South Africa which were sent to an address in Illinois. A brief overview of the history of the Boer wars was given as an introduction to the covers.

As you can tell from my postings I have become fascinated with vintage stamp albums! Thumbs Up

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Added 12 new stamps to bring my total to 499 of 785 issues for the Smithsonian album yesterday during a visit to a coin and stamp show put on locally. While there were only three stamp dealers out of 40 total dealers at the show they had useful and interesting items to review. Stamps added were India State - Nowanuggur Scott #12, Lithuania Scott # 421, Malta Scott #584, Dijibouti Scott #697, Eritrea Scott # 278, Mauritius Scott #375, Seychelles Scott #491, Tanganyika Scott #19, Uganda Scott #922, Uganda Protectorate Scott #71, Libya Scott #410, and Afars and Issas Scott #J49.

One particularly fascinating item of offerings I examined was a binder at one dealer containing singles and sets of air mail stamps of the world. This might be an interesting theme for a stamp or set from every country collection if you wanted to keep your selections a bit more modern. To this end I started capturing a list of all countries which have issued air mail stamps (at least up to 1940/1952 per the Scott Classic Catalog depending on what the catalog covers). It is proving to be an entertaining review of the catalog entries for issued stamps in its own right whether I proceed with the collection or not.

Other purchases at the show were three folders containing abbreviated country collections for Swaziland, Indonesia, and Venezuela which will be used for adding issues to my International Parts I-V 1840-1963 album set. While the Swaziland folder had stamps up to 1968 all of the stamps for 1968 were used so still missing this entry for the Smithsonian album. Fortunately it contained several attractive, engraved production stamps which will add to my Swaziland issues in the International album.

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02 Dec 2018
06:58:11pm
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Added four new stamps to bring my total to 503 of 785 stamp issues for the Smithonian album. New additions were Guam Scott # E1 (unfortunately it arrived severely stuck down inside a glassine envelope so had to float it off in a water bath but I didn't cry - much Crying ), India - Charkhari State Scott # 28, India - Travancore Cochin Scott # 16, and India - China Expeditionary Force Scott # M2.

Also, added an India - Indore Scott # 1 where the stamp actually says it is for Holkar State rather than Indore as an addition to my existing India - Indore stamp in the album as it seemed appropriate and the stamp presented itself. It took me quite a while with the Scott catalog to figure out that Holkar State was actually part of the Indore listing rather than a missing state from the India States area. I thought it was worth commemorating the learning experience by adding the stamp to the Smithsonian album!

Also picked up a few items for my International 1840-1963 albums from the India States area where my collection has very few items. I added individual stamps for each of India - Sirmoor, India - Hyderabad, India Offices Abroad - Laos, and India Office Abroad - Vietnam. The India Offices Abroad areas could be candidates for additions to the Smithsonian album if you desired. Interestingly several countries do have Office Abroad items in the section starting on page 119 of the album although the page heading does indicate that it is a SELECTED grouping.

I, also, looked at a very nice selection of British Columbia stamps but acquiring one would definitely represent the most expensive addition to this album so far. Interestingly although the dealer had a very nice selection of both mint and used British Columbia stamps he did not have ANY of the Vancouver Island stamps. Maybe after Christmas if he still has the British Columbia stamps a treat would be in order. Thinking

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02 Dec 2018
07:14:37pm
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I am using the following item for Basel, a souvenir sheet from Switzerland Scott # B607 which commemorates the issuance of the stamp. I just got both a mint and first day cover for the souvenir sheet from an auction. Coincidentally, yesterday, I saw a page in an album with a stamp on stamp issue from Uganda which also incorporates the Basel stamp design so the Switzerland issue is not the only candidate for a placeholder for Basel if you are unable to come up with the $15,000 catalog value for the genuine stamp. Happy . Note that the original stamp is imperforate while the stamp in the souvenir sheet is perforated.

I am not counting it in my completion total since it is a placeholder.

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08 Dec 2018
08:09:31pm
re: Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country Album and Checklist

Received another older worldwide stamp album today entitled "Worldwide Stamp Album by John W. Nicklin" and copyright 1934. It purports to have space for stamps of two hundred and sixty-seven countries. It has the best write-ups for individual countries with statistical data and historical and philatelic notes that I have seen. It is somewhat similar to the Great Britain Windsor albums in that the left side of each page has country notes, pictures of selected stamps, and sometimes descriptions of philatelic items from the country. The right side has a grid work for placing stamps rather than the typical blocks for stamps found in the Windsor album. I haven't seen any other album use this approach.

Stamps are mounted only on the right hand page so no interleaves are required so is quite a nice approach to an album.

The author mentions that over 100,000 stamps have been issued by the year of publication in his description of the rationale for the album and that the goal is for a representative collection for all countries. I like it. Does anyone have further information on John W. Nicklin?

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09 Dec 2018
09:57:15pm
re: Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country Album and Checklist

Sounds like a neat album. I have become interested in old albums and hobby promotion history lately. Amazing how much variety there is out there.

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10 Dec 2018
12:17:40am
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I found a bit of additional information on John W. Nicklin. He was either the author or a primary contributor to several different albums as well as to the Sanabriar Air Post Catalogue. He, also, authored a book on Famous Stamps.

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10 Dec 2018
12:29:59am
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A few other notes:

1) saw a Scott Brown album advertised on eBay and reviewed the photos from the album. During the review noted that it shows a Basel stamp in the album as well as a couple of Geneva canton issues. Purported total catalog value for the album is $17,000. Don't know if the Basel stamp is genuine but it does appear that the consigner of the album believes it to be genuine.

2) discussed a Switzerland album that was consigned to an auction in Switzerland which was auctioned this past Friday by a local collector and he indicated that his album did include a Basel stamp. It will be interesting to hear the results from the auction once he hears about it. Hopefully the auction results did do justice to the collection. I don't know any information about the condition of the stamp.

3) I saw another stamp on stamp issue of the Basel dove design from Central Africa on eBay this week in addition to the previously mentioned souvenir sheet from Switzerland and stamp on stamp issue from Uganda.

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10 Dec 2018
08:59:55pm
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Found another stamp on stamp issue including the Basel canton stamp. It was issued by Niue upon the centenary of the death of Sir Rowland Hill. There is, also, an overprinted issue for hurricane relief of the same stamp. I believe the Scott #'s are 242 and B21. Also, the stamp was incorporated in a souvenir sheet listed as Scott # B245a.

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12 Dec 2018
10:05:37pm
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I really like that concept for space fillers!

Are there other suggestions?

There are a LOT of stamps in the Smithsonian album that are subject to fakes, but the fakes themselves would be the space fillers, I suppose, if properly identified and marked.

There are a FEW items that are rather expensive that I would not pay more than a dollar for a good fake, but your suggestion is even better of using a "dedication" stamp (or whatever it's called). Any ideas for the following:

Canada - British Columbia
Canada - Vancouver Island
Canada - United Crown Colony of BC + VI (this is one I added for myself)

Argentina - Cordoba

Switzerland - Zurich
Switzerland - Geneva
Switzerland - Basel (this is the one you highlighted)

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10 Jan 2019
08:51:47pm
re: Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country Album and Checklist

Added two stamps to my Smithsonian album to bring me to 505 of 785 stamps. New stamps were British Columbia #8 (!) and a stamp for the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and Nanking in World War II.


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12 Jan 2019
03:26:05am
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Identified three stamp on stamp placeholder issues for the rarer issues in the Smithsonian album:

Switzerland Zurich 1943 centenary issue

Switzerland Geneva 1943 centenary issue Scott B132 souvenir sheet

Switzerland Zurich and Geneva 1968 stamp has stamp on stamp for both canton issues on a single stamp

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13 Jan 2019
12:57:21am
re: Smithsonian Stamp for Every Country Album and Checklist

Added 13 new stamps to bring my Smithsonian album total to 518 of 785 issues.

New stamps include: Stellaland Scott #3 (!), Benin Scott #361, Algeria Scott #742, Swaziland Scott #278, Nigeria Scott #119, South Nigeria Scott #11, Nossa-Be Scott #32, Natal Scott #85, Obock Scott #48, Niger Coast Protectorate Scott #43, French Colony of Benin Scott #36, Orange River Colony Scott #63, and Korea Scott #39.

Stellaland was found in a dealer counter book of new material to the dealer. The other twelve items were found by searching through red boxes containing items on stock cards at another dealer. All were acquired today.

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