A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzabar


A is for Aden and Z is for Zanzibar... Now what is between? For the world wide classical era philatelist and stamp collector, a country specific philatelic survey is offered by the blog author, Jim Jackson, with two albums: Big Blue, aka Scott International Part 1 (checklists available), and Deep Blue, aka William Steiner's Stamp Album Web PDF pages. Interested? So into the Blues...

Friday, September 29, 2017

Kimble's October Postmark Calendar

Kimble's October Calendar
Into the Deep Blue
As a collaborative project, Dan and I are presenting a postmark calendar for all 366 possible days of the year, represented by interesting appropriate date cancellation stamps from the Kimble collection.

We are publishing, during 2017, a monthly blog post with the date postmarks for that month for everyone's enjoyment.

The introduction, dedication, and links to the other months that have been published, is included with the January post.

October Postmark Calendar

October 1
Belgium 1886 Scott 56 20c olive/greenish
"King Leoppld II" 
Brussels

October 2
Canada 19th Century Revenue 6c "Victoria"

October 3
Belgium 1885 Scott 53 25c blue/pink
"Leopold II"
Brussels

October 4
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Wolverhampton, part of Staffordshire

October 5
USA Revenue 1898 Scott R163 1c pale blue
"Battleship"
Cleveland, Ohio

October 6
Great Britain 1887 Scott 111 11/2p vermilion "Victoria"
Bath

October 7
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"
Dublin

October 8
USA Revenue 1898 Scott R164 2c carmine rose
"Battleship"

October 9
Belgium 1905 Scott 85 10c dull rose
"Leopold II"
Probably Burxelles (Nord) - Brussels- North Station. Thanks to Lexman.

October 10
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold II"
Brussels

October 11
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"
Hertford?

October 12
Sweden 1891 Scott 58 10o carmine
"King Oscar II"
PKXP is a railway postmark ("Postal Compartment"). In 1895, probably Stockholm-Nyköping-Nässjö line. Information from Steamboat Willie. Thanks Steamboat.

October 13
Canada 1897 Scott 53 3c bright rose
"Jubilee Issue"
Hamilton, Ontario ? (Thanks Gene)

October 14
Belgium 1900 Scott 66 10c bright rose "Leopold II"
Bruges. A UNESCO Hertitage site for the canal based historic city center. I've been there. Incredible!

October 15
USA 1853 Scott 11A 3c dull red "Washington"
Kingstree, South Carolina?

October 16
Austria 1860 Scott 15 10kr brown
"Franz Josef"
?

October 17
Great Britain 1881 Scott 89 1p lilac "Victoria"
West Hartlepool

October 18
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Croydon in south London?

October 19
Austria 1875 Scott 36 5kr rose "Franz Josef"
Fine Print
Linz, Austria

October 20
Belgium 1884 Scott 52 10c rose/bluish
"Leopold II"
Gent/Ghent/Gand? Thanks to Lexman.

October 21
Bavaria 1888 Scott 63 10pf carmine
"Coat of arms"
Hoechstadt an der Donau

October 22
USA Revenue 1898 Scott R164 2c carmine rose
"Battleship"

October 23
Belgium 1884 Scott 52 10c rose/bluish
"Leopold II"
Charleroi

October 24
USA 1932 Scott 705 1c green "Washington"
Bartlesville, Oklahoma?

October 25
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"
Darlington

October 26
Great Britain 1902 Scott 127 1/2p gray green "Edward VII"

October 27
USA 1917 Scott 498 1c green "Washington"
Buffalo, N.Y.?

October 28
Peru 1898 Scott 42 1c yellow green
"Manco Capac, Founder of the Inca Dynasty"
Mollendo, Peru (Thanks Gene)

October 29
USA 1904 Scott 324 2c carmine "Jefferson"
Caro, Michigan

October 30
Austria 1876 Scott P9B (1kr) violet "Mercury"
Terlan, South Tyrol (Now Telano in Italy) (Thanks Gene)

October 31
Germany 1889 Scott 48 10pf carmine
Uerzig, Germany, near Trier.

Belgium 1953 Scott Q344 2fr slate
"New North Station, Brussels"
Out of the Blue
We tried to identify the town/city postmark on the stamps. We were not very successful in some cases. Perhaps the reader could help?

Note: All the stamps are part of the Kimble collection.

Have a comment?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dahomey - Bud's Big Blue

Man Climbing Oil Palm
Bud's Big Blue
Bud's Observations
Were it not for the inclusion of a few pre-1913 and late 1930 common designs that were issued in many French Colonies, BB’s Dahomey stamps would make up a colorful one-man parade. He climbs an oil palm 55 times along the route, but BB gives spaces to only 43 of these events. Some of the remainder are either tipped-in or on the supplement page. His feet must get tired. And bloody bruised, too. To make matters worse, he climbs an additional 39 times on Togo’s stamps and continues climbing for Dahomey into his old age (after 1940). They might have given him a rest by substituting a soldier from the Dahoman army on their stamps.

Oil palms are formidable. See the grove on the supplement page.

Census: 84 in BB spaces, 14 tip-ins, 19 on supplement page

(Inscribed) "An Amazon of the Dahoman Army
Jim's Observations
Between the 17th and 19th century, the land on African's west coast by the Gulf of Guinea was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. The area was known as the slave coast, because of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. In 1892, the slave trade was banned, and France made it a possession. The stamps of the French colonies, "Navigation and Commerce" stamps inscribed "Golfe De Benin", were used from 1892-1894 in Benin. Consult the Benin country blog for this era. The French annexed the Dahomey colony proper in 1894, with Benin part of this new colony. Dahomey was then governed as an administrative unit of French West Africa. 

Dahomey Blog Post and Checklist

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Note: "An Amazon of the Dahoman Army" image pic appears to be in the public domain.

Comments appreciated!