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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
12:44:47pm
I have been collecting for quite a while (US, Canada, Poland, Russia and all ex-US protectorates (Cuba, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Hawaii )). I have fairly advanced collections for all these areas ( no Missionary Stamps yet ) plus a few more casual collections. I have been trying to find a couple more countries that I can start collecting - cut off would be 1955, where Vol III of Scott's International stops. I would like to find a couple countries that have interesting older engraved stamps and also the areas should be fairly straight forward - not a lot of subtle colour shades and water marks, I get enough of that with early US. It would also be nice if there were not a huge number of expensive stamps - I have enough of that with my major countries! I also have fairly complete collections of Nyassa, Peru and Mozambique Company and am presently working on North Borneo, countries with wonderful early material. I was considering France but the older material is difficult and pricey. I was thinking about Panama and Australia as possibles. Does anyone out there have any other possibles to suggest to me within the constraints I mentioned?
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19 Jul 2020
01:30:02pm
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Ireland!

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19 Jul 2020
01:56:06pm

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algeria and/or french west africa

i completed both and they are not that expensive up to independence - used at least

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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
02:41:37pm
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Ireland is definitely on my short list. I actually have a fairly good selection of the middle time period and it's something I could easily build on. Algeria is a good choice as well as long as I ignore the French era before the actual Algeria #1. That's one of the main reasons I won't consider France, some of the early stuff is very expensive and almost identical to the early French colonial stuff. Any more suggestions?

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19 Jul 2020
02:59:41pm
re: A bit of advice needed

Since you collected Peru, take a look at Chile. Only the first 14 numbers have any real complexity. The Presidentes (1910-1930) have many variations, but are relatively straightforward to identify. Many of the stamps prior to 1930 were printed by the American Banknote Company, so production quality is very high.

https://stamporama.com/exhibits/roy/chilepres.shtml

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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
03:54:34pm
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Thanks Roy. I'll give Chile a good look, actually most of the South American countries are fairly good choices. The reason I ended up with Peru is that a few years ago I bought a large "P lot" on E-Bay to get a bunch of Puerto Rico, Philippines and a couple PEI stamps. Except for a few of the early Peru there was a very large collection up to about 1940. Eventually I'll go after the stamps from 1940 - 1955 and try for a few of the early ones I'm missing that are affordable. So Peru was sort of an extra - it's amazing how collections can spread! GOK what I'll be collecting eventually!!!

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19 Jul 2020
06:32:06pm
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Agree with Roy’s observations re Chile overall, and the “Presidente” series in particular.

Depending on which catalogue you choose to follow, there are upwards of 250 issues/varieties. And unless you’re committed to MNH only, most of the issues are quite affordable.

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20 Jul 2020
12:47:29am
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Siam/Thailand although the early overprints can be a bit taxing.
Cape of Good Hope is a fairly small overall number although the triangles can be expensive.
Seeing you have Nyassa Nyasaland could complement it. I enjoy the history it opens up.

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Harvey

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20 Jul 2020
01:57:09pm
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Thanks to those who helped. I think I'm going to have a go at Ireland, Chile, Panama and Australia. That should keep me busy for a while. I'll mainly concentrate on my regular areas but eventually I'll start on these new areas - slowly, no sense going crazy since I'll need to amend my want list first. Again, have a great week and stay safe!
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20 Jul 2020
07:03:22pm
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One thing that drove me crazy about collecting Ireland was the early overprints. Mindboggling! Otherwise, the stamps are attractive, evocative of Irish history, quite readily available, and not all that expensive. I was able to afford both mint & used copies of most issues. Initially I tried collecting new issues, but the cost of the stamps and of updating my Lighthouse album was exorbitant, and I soon realized that I liked very few stamps that were issued after the early 1970s. Eventually I sold my collection — it's the only collection I regret dumping.

You might enjoy my lone Ireland web page, "Letter from Castleknock — An Irish schoolboy writes home to his father".

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Harvey

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20 Jul 2020
07:49:51pm
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Thanks Bob. I was a little put off by the early Irish overprints but except for that it seemed like a doable collection and the early stamps are interesting. I use a cutoff of 1955 for all of my countries except for Russia and Poland (1987), Canada(1988) and US (1976). The reason for the 1955 is Scott International Album Vol. III. I was going to do Canada up to the present but there was way too much I was missing. I bought the Canada year books from the postal service and when I tried to update my album I noticed how much the post office didn't include in the books. I'm still buying the yearly books for the sake of the stamps they include but I'm not mounting them in an album. I don't care if my stamps are mint or used, it depends on what I find. I do have Canada mint from about 1925 and up with a couple exceptions I will try to replace. I am looking forward to a few new countries as a change of pace and thank all of you for your suggestions. Stay safe everyone!!

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02 Dec 2020
06:04:20am
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Jamaica stamps are cool mon.Big Grin

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02 Dec 2020
08:48:50pm
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f you're still deciding, look at Austria. Their engraved stamps from post WWII are among the most skillful I've seen, particularly the semis.

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Harvey

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08 Sep 2021
11:51:25am
re: A bit of advice needed

Just an update on what I decided to collect. I added in Australia, Ireland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Peru, Bavaria, Wurrtemburg, Jamaica and threw in the Ryukyu Islands and Danish West Indies with the US protectorates. Most of these countries are able to be finished or at least mostly so. It also gives me cheaper stamps to look for. Thanks to everyone for their advice, I followed some of it. I eventually got all of the early Ireland overprints except for the ones on the larger "seahorse stamps", they are a bit pricey. I'm glad I expanded my collection and I also collect (sort of) one thematic area - super hero comic stamps and certain movies I enjoy. I also decided to collect post marks from the area I was born, Queens County, Nova Scotia - that's a major challenge, but fun to look for! A CHANGE IS GOOD!!

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08 Sep 2021
12:57:41pm
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"I was considering France but the older material is difficult and pricey."


If you skip the very early years of the 1800s, and begin, say in 1900, there are some wonderful engraved stamps into the 1950s and you can get real bargains in the many Approval Books that continue to post regularly. Need pages? I will gladly mail you a bunch.
I do like Chile's and Guatemala's engraved stamps as well in Latin America.
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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
12:44:47pm

I have been collecting for quite a while (US, Canada, Poland, Russia and all ex-US protectorates (Cuba, Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Hawaii )). I have fairly advanced collections for all these areas ( no Missionary Stamps yet ) plus a few more casual collections. I have been trying to find a couple more countries that I can start collecting - cut off would be 1955, where Vol III of Scott's International stops. I would like to find a couple countries that have interesting older engraved stamps and also the areas should be fairly straight forward - not a lot of subtle colour shades and water marks, I get enough of that with early US. It would also be nice if there were not a huge number of expensive stamps - I have enough of that with my major countries! I also have fairly complete collections of Nyassa, Peru and Mozambique Company and am presently working on North Borneo, countries with wonderful early material. I was considering France but the older material is difficult and pricey. I was thinking about Panama and Australia as possibles. Does anyone out there have any other possibles to suggest to me within the constraints I mentioned?

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19 Jul 2020
01:30:02pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Ireland!

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dell4c

19 Jul 2020
01:56:06pm

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re: A bit of advice needed

algeria and/or french west africa

i completed both and they are not that expensive up to independence - used at least

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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
02:41:37pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Ireland is definitely on my short list. I actually have a fairly good selection of the middle time period and it's something I could easily build on. Algeria is a good choice as well as long as I ignore the French era before the actual Algeria #1. That's one of the main reasons I won't consider France, some of the early stuff is very expensive and almost identical to the early French colonial stuff. Any more suggestions?

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19 Jul 2020
02:59:41pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Since you collected Peru, take a look at Chile. Only the first 14 numbers have any real complexity. The Presidentes (1910-1930) have many variations, but are relatively straightforward to identify. Many of the stamps prior to 1930 were printed by the American Banknote Company, so production quality is very high.

https://stamporama.com/exhibits/roy/chilepres.shtml

Roy

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Harvey

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19 Jul 2020
03:54:34pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Thanks Roy. I'll give Chile a good look, actually most of the South American countries are fairly good choices. The reason I ended up with Peru is that a few years ago I bought a large "P lot" on E-Bay to get a bunch of Puerto Rico, Philippines and a couple PEI stamps. Except for a few of the early Peru there was a very large collection up to about 1940. Eventually I'll go after the stamps from 1940 - 1955 and try for a few of the early ones I'm missing that are affordable. So Peru was sort of an extra - it's amazing how collections can spread! GOK what I'll be collecting eventually!!!

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Calstamp

19 Jul 2020
06:32:06pm

re: A bit of advice needed


Agree with Roy’s observations re Chile overall, and the “Presidente” series in particular.

Depending on which catalogue you choose to follow, there are upwards of 250 issues/varieties. And unless you’re committed to MNH only, most of the issues are quite affordable.

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DannyS

20 Jul 2020
12:47:29am

re: A bit of advice needed

Siam/Thailand although the early overprints can be a bit taxing.
Cape of Good Hope is a fairly small overall number although the triangles can be expensive.
Seeing you have Nyassa Nyasaland could complement it. I enjoy the history it opens up.

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Harvey

I think, therefore I am - I think!

20 Jul 2020
01:57:09pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Thanks to those who helped. I think I'm going to have a go at Ireland, Chile, Panama and Australia. That should keep me busy for a while. I'll mainly concentrate on my regular areas but eventually I'll start on these new areas - slowly, no sense going crazy since I'll need to amend my want list first. Again, have a great week and stay safe!
Joe

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20 Jul 2020
07:03:22pm

re: A bit of advice needed

One thing that drove me crazy about collecting Ireland was the early overprints. Mindboggling! Otherwise, the stamps are attractive, evocative of Irish history, quite readily available, and not all that expensive. I was able to afford both mint & used copies of most issues. Initially I tried collecting new issues, but the cost of the stamps and of updating my Lighthouse album was exorbitant, and I soon realized that I liked very few stamps that were issued after the early 1970s. Eventually I sold my collection — it's the only collection I regret dumping.

You might enjoy my lone Ireland web page, "Letter from Castleknock — An Irish schoolboy writes home to his father".

Bob

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Harvey

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20 Jul 2020
07:49:51pm

re: A bit of advice needed

Thanks Bob. I was a little put off by the early Irish overprints but except for that it seemed like a doable collection and the early stamps are interesting. I use a cutoff of 1955 for all of my countries except for Russia and Poland (1987), Canada(1988) and US (1976). The reason for the 1955 is Scott International Album Vol. III. I was going to do Canada up to the present but there was way too much I was missing. I bought the Canada year books from the postal service and when I tried to update my album I noticed how much the post office didn't include in the books. I'm still buying the yearly books for the sake of the stamps they include but I'm not mounting them in an album. I don't care if my stamps are mint or used, it depends on what I find. I do have Canada mint from about 1925 and up with a couple exceptions I will try to replace. I am looking forward to a few new countries as a change of pace and thank all of you for your suggestions. Stay safe everyone!!

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02 Dec 2020
06:04:20am

re: A bit of advice needed

Jamaica stamps are cool mon.Big Grin

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02 Dec 2020
08:48:50pm

re: A bit of advice needed

f you're still deciding, look at Austria. Their engraved stamps from post WWII are among the most skillful I've seen, particularly the semis.

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Harvey

I think, therefore I am - I think!

08 Sep 2021
11:51:25am

re: A bit of advice needed

Just an update on what I decided to collect. I added in Australia, Ireland, St. Pierre & Miquelon, Peru, Bavaria, Wurrtemburg, Jamaica and threw in the Ryukyu Islands and Danish West Indies with the US protectorates. Most of these countries are able to be finished or at least mostly so. It also gives me cheaper stamps to look for. Thanks to everyone for their advice, I followed some of it. I eventually got all of the early Ireland overprints except for the ones on the larger "seahorse stamps", they are a bit pricey. I'm glad I expanded my collection and I also collect (sort of) one thematic area - super hero comic stamps and certain movies I enjoy. I also decided to collect post marks from the area I was born, Queens County, Nova Scotia - that's a major challenge, but fun to look for! A CHANGE IS GOOD!!

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08 Sep 2021
12:57:41pm

re: A bit of advice needed

"I was considering France but the older material is difficult and pricey."


If you skip the very early years of the 1800s, and begin, say in 1900, there are some wonderful engraved stamps into the 1950s and you can get real bargains in the many Approval Books that continue to post regularly. Need pages? I will gladly mail you a bunch.
I do like Chile's and Guatemala's engraved stamps as well in Latin America.
rrr...

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