Machin by Douglas Muir. This month marks the 50th anniversary for the simple, yet so complex, Machin series of stamps from Great Britain. The author offers an account of the Machin heads’ first appearance and this year’s special anniversary commemorative stamp issue.
My Lifetime Stamp Pursuit by Matthew Healey. The iconic Machin stamps, named for the sculptor who helped create them, were first issued almost at the exact time the writer was born. When he was old enough to learn about stamps, Matthew felt a natural connection to the design featuring a profile of Queen Elizabeth II. He tells the basics of collecting this multifaceted series.
Conquering Early Stamps of the Himalayas by Joseph Iredale. Nepal, a landlocked nation home to Mount Everest, first started printing stamps in 1881. The early issues feature native design elements, marginal inscriptions, pin-perfs and imperforates, and different papers.
Collecting Coast to Coast. Not-So-Counterfeit Cinderellas, by Wayne L. Youngblood. Free franking for soldiers, the privilege of being able to send mail at no cost, started in 1775. But Congress helped establish rules and the postal service has frowned on those who break them, even if for identifying free-franked mail.
British Empire: Gilbert and Ellice Islands by Noel Davenhill. We travel to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a series of atolls and coral islands that fell under British rule — first as a protectorate, then as a colony — for more than 80 years.
Worldwide in a Nutshell: Mount Athos by Bob Lamb. Though linked to Greece in many ways (including postal) this mountainous entity home only to Orthodox religious men and hermits has some postal history, including contemporary post offices.
The December issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:
The Art of Expertizing by Mercer Bristow. Starting with seven candidates, the American Philatelic Society’s on-staff expertizer takes us through the process to determine whether a classic stamp from an old German state is the real deal.
Seeking Another Philatelic Quest? by Peter Elias. Most collectors in the United States are somewhat in the dark when it comes to some modern European specialties. The author reviews the popularity and varieties of Spanish thermal ATM stamps.
Curious Aberration on Indonesian Covers by Mardjohan “John” Hardjasudarma. Indonesia’s legacy of first-day covers includes some unofficial back-side first-day cancellations of older stamps.
The November issue of The American Philatelist is now online for members to view. Here are some of the highlights:
When the Post Office Branched Out by Dennis Pack. The 1890s saw continued business and population growth, which meant the need for more services from the U.S. Post Office Department. The solution: Open official sub-stations to meet the needs of basic service.
Up, Up, Way Up, and Away by Ray Cartier. Balloonists and mechanized flight into the stratosphere have created a high-flying topical area that touches on science, nature, invention, exploration, success, and failure.
Look Closely, Very Closely by James Weigant. Finding a handsome cover from an unusual place — such as Indian Territory, which eventually became a part of Oklahoma — can light up a collector’s eyes, that is, until a closer look reveals the not-always-obvious signs of a fraud.
Collecting Coast to Coast. Private Auxiliary Markings by Wayne L. Youngblood. Extra non-postal markings, from “Consular Mail” to “Free Matter for the Blind,” provide an interesting flavor to covers of all sorts.
Books and Catalogs by Jeff Stage. Steve Zwillinger talks about his new book that offers scores of ideas, tips, and directions to exhibitors.
Worldwide in a Nutshell: Armenia by Bob Lamb. Many years of unrest left the small country in the southern Caucasus under many regimes. Russia was the first to bring a formal postal service to the region.