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jbaxter5256
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09 Oct 2020
02:05:35am
Just started a new collection for Sweden in a new acquisition, a Scott Hingeless Specialty Album for Sweden copyright 1972 but with additional add-on pages which cover up through 1979. This album has seen active use in the past but its pages are generally clean although quite a bit of erasure will be required to remove some pricing that was assigned to album content. This will be my fifth country collection using a Scott leather bound album joining my existing United States, Canada, Finland, and Japan albums. The United States collection was started in 1975, the Canada collection in 2015, the Finland collection in 2019, the Japan collection in 2020, and now Sweden in 2020 as well.

Started my journey today by reading Wikipedia content about the country of Sweden and checking out Jim Jackson's Big Blue 1840-1940 blog at the https://bigblue1840-1940.blogspot.com/ URL. Did you know that nearly one third of the population of Sweden emigrated to the United States between 1850 and 1910, over one million emigres? And today nearly one quarter of the population of Sweden have one or more parents from another country as it in turn has become a popular destination for those needing a new home country.

Stamp issues started in 1855 with five different values released denominated in skilling. I don't expect to see any of these cross my path for quite a while as they are quite expensive. Interestingly there were government reprints made of the stamps for this set in 1868 (twice!), 1871 (one stamp only), and 1885 which were good for postage through 1910. And Sweden has one of the most well known true rarities from its first stamp set with one known orange rather than the normal blue green stamp from the low value of the set. Fortunately my album does NOT have a space for this error in color stamp.

The currency changed to ore for new stamps issued in 1858 (o has horizontal dots over the character which I don't know how to generate on my USA standard keyboard).


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capn_ed
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09 Oct 2020
10:55:50am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

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"(o has horizontal dots over the character which I don't know how to generate on my USA standard keyboard)"



My usual solution is to turn to Google and the copy & paste function: ö

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sheepshanks
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09 Oct 2020
11:07:09am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

If you are running W10 or earlier, use the built in character map. If using a keyboard with separate numeral keys to the right, then use the codes that are inbuilt. In this case Alt+0246.(times new roman)
Edit: To get to the character map click on the windows icon bottom left. Scroll down to windows accessories and you will find character map. I pinned it to my task bar.

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09 Oct 2020
04:54:48pm

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you need to choose the United States-International keyboard layout in the settings and then you can type with "sticky keys", i.e. when you type " followed by e, i, o, a, u or any letter that can have diaeresis / umlaut, it will automatically be inserted as ë, ï, ä, ü or whatever.
Same with other accents like `, ~ or ^ .

That way you'll never have to memorize all these awkward alt codes or rely on external programs anymore.

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sheepshanks
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09 Oct 2020
05:10:49pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Ah but I have my keyboard set to English international because I spell in English not American.
The character map is so easy to use for all various symbols and characters, for various scripts, which is why it sits on my task bar available for immediate use without having to remember any codes.

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Strider
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09 Oct 2020
06:11:35pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Hi Jerrel

As a Sweden collector for about 30 years, I'll be interested to see how you get on with these stamps. In particular, what you think of the use of solid and rich colours from as far back as the 1920s. Very different from the other Scandinavian countries. Look out for the "joke on a stamp" of 1977. Will you also seek out the perf variations as between booklet stamps and coil stamps?

I'm sure you'll admire the lovely engraved stamps, and the strikingly original design that crops up again and again. Recently, there's some unusual royal portraits - though perhaps after your cut off date.

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jbaxter5256
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09 Oct 2020
06:20:26pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Trying character map here: 1 öre. Hey, it worked! Happy

Not sure on the color combinations, etc. for Sweden at this time. Mostly I tend to collect to the album but time will tell. I will check out the later issues in my Scott catalog for the "unusual royal portraits".

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09 Oct 2020
08:20:58pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Jan-Simon: Thanks *very much* for the suggestion of the US International keyboard. There are times when that will definitely come in handy! In the past I've pulled up the character map and pinned it (like Vic/Sheepshanks), but this is very useful!



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jbaxter5256
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11 Oct 2020
11:06:08am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Counted through the spaces in the album to define the goal and found that there are 1411 spaces in the album with several different Scott defined types of stamps including regular issues, semi-postals, air mail, postage due, a new type for me of "stamps for city postage", officials, and parcel post stamps.

Have quite a few stamps for the period 1938 throgh 1973 for the album so it will be interesting to see how they impact it in terms of completion.

Now officially have 31 stamps recorded with two airmails, two parcel posts, and 27 semi-postals for 31 of 1382 stamps in the album to start. Happy

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jbaxter5256
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16 Oct 2020
11:56:05pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Added 4 new stamps to bring me to 35 of 1411 stamps for the Sweden album.

New stamps are Scott #'s 115, 121, 140, and 147 and were acquired from red boxes at a local stamp dealer. Also, managed to locate an eraser and am quite happy with the pages in the album following clean-up of the leftover pricing for stamps that was done by a previous owner of the album in pencil.

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jbaxter5256
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18 Oct 2020
12:48:08am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Added 112 stamps to bring me to 137 of 1411 stamps for the album.

New stamps are Scott #'s 50-57, 67-71, 73, 77-86, 91, 93, 95-103, 116-117, 119, 122, 125, 126, 132, 137, 149-150, 153-154, 158-159, 166, 166-170, 172, 174, 178, 182, 184-185, 188, 191, 197-199, 213-215, 236, 248-250, 263, 264, 268-298 (complete page in album!), 299, 300, 300D, and 310-314. These stamps were from some Sweden pages with stamps covering the years 1889 through 1940. The pages cover up to 1979 so there are more to come.

I will have to figure out a way to create pictures of large additions that aren't as labor intensive as individual stamp scans and uploads. The attempts I made all generate images that are far too large to upload to Stamporama discussions.

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jbaxter5256
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18 Oct 2020
12:59:15pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Added 5 new stamps to bring me to 142 of 1411 stamps for the album.

New stamps are Scott #'s 301, 302, 316, 334, and 341. Found that the stamps I had put in place for 299 and 300 were actually 301 and 302 but found replacement stamps plus three extras on a page of Sweden stamps that I had purchased some time ago for additions to the International albums that were surplus to that album.

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jbaxter5256
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18 Oct 2020
01:01:15pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Updated the spaces count for the Sweden stamps after checking the listings for some of the souvenir sheets which show individual stamp number listings.

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Strider
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19 Oct 2020
02:30:40am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Have you noticed the matter of perf on 2 sides (from a coil) as well as perf on 3 (from a booklet)?

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jbaxter5256
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19 Oct 2020
09:56:08am
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Yes, and have been filling in issues with these combinations. They used some very interesting different designs on their production presses in that most stamps were not produced on large format sheets like most other countries' stamps as best I can tell.

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jbaxter5256
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20 Oct 2020
05:13:52pm
re: Sweden - Land of the Northern Lights

Added 18 new stamps to bring me to 160 of 1411 stamps for the album.

New stamps are Scott #'s 1072, 1073, 1075, 1231-1234, 1253-1257, and 1271-1276. Stamps were acquired through Hipstamp.

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