Philatelic Photo A Day

2014

Last updated:    May 19, 2014 (PDT)

Philatelic Photo A Day

These photos were posted in response to daily prompts from the FMS Photo A Day Facebook group, starting in January 2014. Before I read the rules properly I did use a couple of scans, but in the months that followed I tried to use photos every time.

I have had fun coming up with the ideas and creating the photos. I have also tried to educate the group about stamp collecting, to no avail, I expect! Enjoy!

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About me


I am ...

Australia 1992 $1.05 Coral Sea Battle, 50th Anniversary of Second World War, gutter


… an Aussie expat stamp collector in America!

But always an Aussie…


My town

My town


Canberra – the roads make distinctive circles seen from the air


I am here

I am here


I am here.
In fact, we all are!


Five years ago

5yearsago


Back in March 2009 I was applying for my US citizenship!

About the stamps


Best invention ever

Best invention ever


From a stamp collector’s point of view, this has to be the Penny Black, first issued on 6 May 1840. This one has my maiden name initials in the bottom corners.

Some people collect them for their initials. The only problem is that the first letter goes up to T but the second only goes to L, so I am out of luck now!


Chair

Chair


When I sit on my chair in the dining room, I get a close-up view of the box my friend Tom sent me pomegranates in from the desert in CA.

USPS forgot to cancel one of the stamps – the 4c Chippendale chair!


Cropped

Cropped


This wheat is cropped. And this stamp is cropped!


Cut, take 2

Cut, take 2


"Orf with her head!"

"Next!"


Details

Details


A surprising detail about this stamp is that it depicts the Eads Bridge in St Louis, even though the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898 was in Omaha.

The engraving is detailed enough that you can see people who are disembarking from the boat at front, and also people walking across the bridge.


Something I drew

Something I drew


In an attempt to understand my set of overprints more, I drew a larger version of the overprint and annotated it. It helped me to classify mine.


Begins with E

Begins with E


King Edward VII


Egg

Egg


I've put all my eggs into one eggcup…


Far away

Far away


Each shot I took for this prompt was of something progressively further away.

I decided to stop here (looking at an earthly view of the sun, whilst poised above Rhea, Saturn’s second-largest moon) before I got completely out of the solar system!


Faux

Faux

Oh! Who is this faux imposter? How … how could he? Sunglasses with a tiara? It's just not done! (tch, tch…)

[Back in 2000, our online eBay Users' Stamp Club elected its second president. As he's an expat Brit, it felt more like a coronation, and a stamp was issued in his honour. Because the design it was based on was part of an omnibus issue (each British Commonwealth country issued a stamp in honor of Queen Elizabeth's coronation) a limited run of an eUSC omnibus issue was released. That is what Her Majesty is looking at.]


Something good

Something good


Hey, frobscottle is something good!


Begins with I

Begins with I


Inverted Jenny? Nah, it’s the frame that’s inverted!


Money

Money


Well before Andrew Denton made the Tongan pa'anga famous, the currency used there was good old pounds and koulas (16 koulas to the pound) from 1962 to 1967, when decimal currency came in.

In 1963, stamps embossed on gilt foil were issued to commemorate the first gold coinage. They are very eye-catching! Some look good enough to pop into the purse to go shopping with!


Nostalgia

Nostalgia


So many memories that these stamps bring back,
Of pocket watches, days on the beach,
Of writing letters, a special key,
Old photos of bygone days.

The pearl necklace - 21st gift,
Playing marbles - what a treat!
Secret maps and hide and seek
Is what these stamps mean to me!


Shapes

Shapes


Most stamps are rectangular or square, and occasionally are triangular. A few countries, however, have issued stamps in odd shapes, such as this map and this heart from Tonga.


Something silly

Something silly


One banana, two banana, three banana, four
 Four bananas make a bunch and so do many more
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la
Tra, la, la, la, la, la, la

Who remembers the Banana Splits?


Utensil

Utensil


Here I’m using my “stamp tongs” utensil, and the stamp it is holding depicts a writing utensil – “quill”. Also shown is a stamp depicting another writing utensil – “ink pen”.

The only stamp depicting a kitchen utensil (AFAIK) is the 32c mixing machine.

About the envelopes (covers)


One of a kind

One of a kind


This cover must have contained a very important letter, probably concerning land rights, as it was sent during the political turmoil in Santo (second largest town after Vila) leading up to when the New Hebrides/Nouvelles-Hébrides condominium gained independence as Vanuatu in 1980.

The sender, a New Hebrides native, had a French scribe write it, and sent it registered to France. He wanted proof that it had been received, hence the AR (Avis de Réception) marking was applied - the only one known sent from Santo.

This is a "one of a kind" cover!

About the other documents


Something purple

Something purple


What gets paid in Mexico didn’t stay in Mexico. This is a cheque from a mineral refinery corporation, from way back in 1899. Duty stamps pay the tax, and they are affixed on the back.

Showing your collection


Create

Create


Here's a 15-page display I created for Tuesday night's meeting, after saying on Sunday after the stamp show that I'd provide one. 


Favourite

Favourite


Eight stamp club exhibits were entered in our stamp show, which starts tomorrow. Twelve people will be selected to vote which is their favourite and why.


Something I made

Something I made


Here is something I made - an album page of the 1962 Dag Hammarskjold reprinted inverted yellow background error types. My husband provided the text and the stamps and I did the rest!

Preparing your mail


In the corner

In the corner


After addressing the envelope, put a stamp in the corner.


Letter

Letter


Before sealing the envelope for posting, make sure you put the letter inside it.

At the post office


10AM

10AM


All mail will be delivered to the post office boxes by 10AM.


Full

Full  Full


When your post office box is full, you will find a key inside which will open another box where you will find your extra mail.

And the yellow card inside is for the same thing, or if an item is too big, or you have to sign for it.

Stamp collecting tools


Four things

Four things


Four philatelic fings for checking out stamps:
perforation gauge, magnifier, stamp tongs and - a stamp, of course!

Stamp collecting no-nos


Funny

Funny


I get a laugh from stamp collectors when I show them this block of 4 stamps - which have been regummed!

Regumming is a no-no in the stamp world, but this block has a different take on it…


Cut

Cut


"Coils ain’t coils!"

Another stamp no-no. Don’t be trimming off the perforations of common stamps to make the rare coil variety!


Sticky

Sticky


Another stamp collecting no-no - sticky tape!

If you must use anything to stick stamps down, use school glue, a glue stick or even good old flour and water! At least that will soak off.

These lovely Japanese stamps are ruined!

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