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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Back to the blog

I am back to blogging again after some conversations with Halesowen College and their IT section.

All should be ok now.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Not posting


I will not be posting over the next couple of days due to an odd email that I received and apparently was received by others who read this blog. I have a person in the know looking into the matter.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

An interesting Barbados matter

What a great article in terms of explaining what is right and wrong with certain features on a stamp.
Would recommend a read of this as it extremely well laid out and explained.

Friday, 15 May 2020

The Coronavirus effect.

Well who would of thought that a life threatening virus has or would have an effect on society as much as this one. Out of this though has come some really great soul searching and thought provoking ideas that has made the populations who have been attacked take stock and question do we need to do some of the things that make our lives the way it is.

One of the good outcomes is that the human race has had time to revisit their hobbies and pastimes and use social media to develop and promote them. For the subject of Philately this has been a real boost and has proved the pastime is stronger than some of us thought.

Also out of this has come a chance to search for, find and read some really excellent blog sites whether on Blogger, Wordpress or other platforms. There are so many that to list them would take an age but it had crossed my mind that it would be invaluable to have a news sheet available as a downloadable .pdf file that had articles grouped in one place from blogs for the period of each month.
Each article would have its link to the originators article, there would be no comments box or like counter etc.
The initial hurdle would be getting the originators permission to lift the articles and place in the .pdf.

The size in number of pages required would obviously depend on how many articles are available and who finds sites as yet not discovered that would need permissions etc.

Just a thought at present, one document with all the best articles from blogs on it.

I wonder what the response would be ?????

At What Price

Another blog post from Commonwealth Stamps Opinion that is to the point. Link below.

Latest postmarks

Very good short article by Norvic on postmarks at the link below.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Gibraltar stamps

Next few stamps I came across today.

Issued in 1938 these are not in good condition similar to the Ceylonese items in the post before. Still an attractive stamp all the same.

Ceylon (Sri Lanka) stamps

Have resumed my journey of discovery through the collections I acquired and found these. Issued in two sets one in 1938 and one in 1947 Ceylon, now Sri Lanka was a member of the old commonwealth and became a republic in 1972. Not all stamps within the sets are here I might find these later as I trawl the mass to be sorted.

They are not in very good condition but worthy of selection all the same.

Getting the youngsters involved

As most of you by now are aware apart from the state of the hobby, which appears to be on a slight upward trend at present, one of my pet peeves is the way philately needs to adjust to attract new young collectors.
The following link shows some of the efforts from Australia on Commonwealth stamps site.

In lots of ways I would suggest you read the blogs last three or four posts all excellently delivered.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Friday night viewing

If you get the chance please take a look at this meeting which will also be shown afterwards on You Tube. James is an Australian with a passion for getting people interested in philately but also how to use social media to do so. When I came into this hobby I caused a stir, even some anger, amongst some UK collectors for daring to suggest better social media use is essential for philately to expand and that websites in general were not doing this.

Friday, May 8 APS Stamp Chat- James Gavin: "Harnessing Facebook to Promote the Hobby" 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

See you there.

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Stamp hinges

I wonder what the percentages are for collectors using

1. Stock books

2. Albums with hinges

3. Albums with purpose built printed pages.

One of the reasons I am enquiring is that probably up to 75% of my new collections are hinged on various types of albums and loose pages and I want to place these stamps into stock books. I have read various articles on this which range from leaving them hinged to soaking the hinge off which does not sound that good for the stamp to me.
Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments please

Dealing with social media

Apologies for the absence but due to matters arising from social media I have basically had to start from scratch on all platforms across th...