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No Blog Posts This Week
Just a quick note to my readers to let everyone know that I will not be writing any new posts this week, and possibly next week as well. I have family visiting from out of town for the next two weeks, and I only have time to fill my sales orders. However, I promise to have my next posts published as soon as I can.
I would encourage you to go back over the last several weeks worth of posts and review the information published so far, or re-visit your favourite series of posts.
Overview Tobacco stamps are a separate and extensive sub-field within the field of revenue stamps that have been challenging to collectors due to the very large amount of different stamps in existence. To many philatelists, it is this undiscovered, "new frontier" aspect to collecting tobacco stamps that appeals to many philatelists. Another aspect of collecting tobacco stamps is that they are some of the most intricate, beautiful and largest stamps you will ever see. Just look at these beauties: 1 lb Warehouse stamp from the 1869 Manufactured Tobacco Series 5lb Consumption stamp from the 1869 Manufactured Tobacco Series 10lb Cavendish stamp from the 1883 Manufactured Tobacco Series 10lb Snuff stamp from the 1883 series The Leading Reference Source The leading reference work dealing with tobacco stamps is the Catalogue of Federal Tobacco Stamps of Canada by Christopher Ryan. It is currently available as a free download online at the follo
Overview The bill stamps of Canada are the first revenues to be listed by Van Dam and also provide a fine field for the philatelist who is looking to collect beautiful stamps, while having the chance to form large studies of varieties. There were three issues of bill stamps all shown below: They were each printed by a different firm, with the Canadian Bank Note Company (CBN) printing the first issue shown in the middle, the American Bank Note Company (ABN) printing the second issue, shown on the right and finally the British American Bank Note Company (BABN) printing the third issue, shown at left. All stamps were printed in sheets of 100. The first issue was in use from 1864-1865, the second from 1865-1868 and the third from 1868 until the 1890's. The purpose of the bill stamps was to evidence payment of stamp duties on monetary instruments like promissory notes and cheques. The amount of tax required to be paid would, of course vary with the face amount of th
The Problem Today's topic concerns the removal of old stamp hinges from mint and used stamps that you acquire, particularly the dangers associated with doing so and some techniques for determining whether or not it is possible to safely remove a hinge and then for ensuring their safe removal. This post generally refers to mint stamps, as most used stamps can simply be soaked in water to remove the hinge remnant. However there are some notable exceptions. For example, many high value stamps of the British Commonwealth are printed in doubly fugitive inks and will fade with exposure to water. Other issues, such as the Queen Wilhelmina issues of the Dutch East Indies are printed in watercolour and will completely disappear when soaked. So in those cases, the comments here are completely relevant. Collectors tend not to like hinge remainders on stamps, one reason being that they feel they do not know what lies underneath the hinge. There is some concern that unscrupulous dealers hav