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larsdog
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14 Mar 2019
12:23:00am
Here is my first cut at an expanded Smithsonian "One For Every Country" Collection.

REMEMBER THE RULES:
1. No Offices Abroad, Local Stamps, or Occupation stamps. Those go in last section.
2. All dates are stamp issuing dates (although Smithsonian was quite inconsistent, I tried to clean that up).
3. This is MY example of an expansion, for your consideration and comment. You may decide to go a totally different route. That's OK, and please tell us why.

The biggest question here is where to draw the line between Asia and Oceania. I propose making the dividing line between West Papau Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

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nigelc
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14 Mar 2019
11:51:19am
re: A stamp for every country (Oceania and Antarctica)

Hi Lars,

Here are a few thoughts on the Oceania pages:


Australia

- I suggest splitting Tasmania into two, Van Diemen's Land and Tasmania to reflect the change of name of the colony.


Christmas Island

- Politically this is Australian but the islands lie south west of Java.


Cocos Islands

- The same is true for the Cocos Islands which lie even further west.


Papua New Guinea

- There's a typo "PAPAU" in the heading.




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larsdog
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14 Mar 2019
10:06:22pm
re: A stamp for every country (Oceania and Antarctica)

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"I suggest splitting Tasmania into two, Van Diemen's Land and Tasmania to reflect the change of name of the colony"



I have really struggled with this sort of thing. I certainly don't want to include every mind-numbing variation of East-European Communist states or Central American Banana Republics, but I also don't want to miss out on fundamental changes when the name doesn't change at all (like Cuba). I will add this to the list for future research, but thanks for pointing this out.

As far as Cocos Islands and Christmas Island are concerned, I think you raise a very good point. That's why, contradictory to what Smithsonian did, I felt compelled to split Asia from Oceania on a cultural/political basis instead of a geographic basis. I put Cocos Islands and Christmas Island in Oceania and West Irian in Asia. I may revisit Cyprus in Asia and Greenland in America some day, but, Yes, I did intentionally depart from Smithsonian here, mainly for the reasons you highlighted.

Thanks for catching the "PAPAU" misspelling. I had hoped it was a Smithsonian misprint, but alas, it was me. I have marked it for correction.

Here is the next batch of pages:

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nigelc
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15 Mar 2019
10:00:10am
re: A stamp for every country (Oceania and Antarctica)

Hi Lars,


Guam:

Is this the first main entry we've seen which doesn't currently issue its own stamps?

As far as I know the Northern Mariana Islands don't issue stamps either.

Whilst Guam is geographically in the Marianas island group, the German Marianas stamps are not a predecessor of Guam as Guam was acquired by the United States from Spain before Spain sold the other islands to Germany.

Perhaps a new title such as US Territories in Micronesia with no current stamps but two predecessors would work?

Or two separate items, each with no current stamp, but each with one predecessor?

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larsdog
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16 Mar 2019
03:28:13pm
re: A stamp for every country (Oceania and Antarctica)

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"Is this the first main entry we've seen which doesn't currently issue its own stamps?"



The only other one I can think of is Hawaii, and I will post those pages next. (EDIT: Also Danish West Indies, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Puerto Rico in North America; French Guiana in South America; Reunion in Africa; Graham Land, King Edward VII Land, Victoria Land, South Orkneys, and South Shetlands in Antarctica).

As far as Guam, it appears that Smithsonian intended that we use Scott 1-6 issued 1899 while Mariana was under Spanish Dominion, and that's why they only have 1899 for the year. But that still doesn't explain why Guam is there. Hawaii is a bit different since it is now a state instead of a territory, but you're right, it's awkward at best how they are treated. I will have to give this some thought. I really don't want to move Hawaii to North America as a precedent country of the US! Anybody else have any ideas?

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16 Mar 2019
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