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Stamp Collecting Ideas – Machins

Continuing with my theme of Stamp Collecting Ideas where I talk about ideas for collections that are relatively inexpensive to start with and yet interesting enough to keep you busy hunting for elusive stamps. I talk about Machins. The Machin (pronounced MAY-chin) series of postage stamps is the main definitive stamp series in the United […]

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Stamp Collecting Ideas – Precancels

A lot of times new collectors ask me questions about how can they start a stamp collection, what should they collect, what’s valuable and so on. I recently posted my advice to new collectors. In my blog theme “Stamp Collecting Ideas”, I will share some themes for new collectors that are relatively inexpensive to start […]

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Keep Calm and Collect Stamps

October is Stamp Collecting month. Many times new collectors ask me advice on whether to buy an expensive item they are being offered. Most of the time I have seen the item is over-priced and usually not as described. Sometimes new collectors ask what’s the value of their stamps, are mint stamps more valuable and […]

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Dead Letter Office

I recently acquired a DLO postcard. This particular post card was posted from Ahmednagar City on 12 Feb 1897, destination Bombay. I am not sure how DLO works because I see another Ahmednagar postmark that overlaps the DLO slip pasted on the postcard. Not sure if they actually sent the letter back to the destination […]

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Errors/Oddities in modern India stamps – India-Iran Joint Issue

Color variations in modern stamps are relatively common. Here’s a “teardrop”/”extra flag” error in one of the recent Indian stamps. India Post issued a set of 2 stamps on February 17, 2018 in the denominations of Rs 5 and Rs 25 as India Iran Joint Issue. In Rs 5 stamp an extra flag in red […]

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Errors/oddities in modern Indian stamps – MLV stamp 2018

After a long wait for the post offices to upgrade their systems during which time sale of stamps from philatelic counters had dried up, I finally managed to get the M L Vasathakumari stamp from the Delhi philatelic bureau. I seem to have laid my hands on what seems to be a printing plate flaw […]

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Stamps with Stories – Madras to Denmark

Stamps, postmarks and covers can be the source of fascinating stories. I let my imagination run wild when I get a good postmark or cover I acquired this lovely cover recently and was fascinated by it’s journey. Starting from Madras (now named Chennai) on 19 Jun 1907, reaching it’s destination Vordingborg, Denmark on what looks […]

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Free Stamp Album Pages

Despite the ease of stock albums and the convenience of stock pages, I still love the charm of printed album pages. These help me organize my collection with clearly identified gaps and goals to completion. You can use mounts or hinges to add stamps to these album pages. Print them on at least 160 gsm […]

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Charm of Used Stamps

Earlier this year India post released a set of 16 stamps as one miniature sheet on head gears of India. I did buy as part of my regular buys, but I wasn’t too kicked about the stamps. They were too colorful, too big, too pompous for my liking. And then during my regular visits to […]

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50 Best Philately Accounts to Follow on Instagram

I completed a year on Instagram a few months back and it’s been a fun journey sharing my collection there. I have found many other interesting philatelists on Instagram. I am compiling the list of best 50 Philately accounts to follow on Instagram. I started with preparing a list of best 25 accounts but just […]

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India’s Struggle for Freedom Series

When I restarted my hobby, I picked up the thread on my collection of stamps from India’s Struggle for Freedom series. I had originally posted about this in Jun 2016. Since then I have finally managed to complete this series. Technically it took me 34 years to complete this series, since I bought the first […]

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Ships on Stamps

Ships on stamps always makes an interesting theme. Countries have long issued stamps with intricate designs of ships on them. Here are few stamps of this theme. Norway 1991, To commemorate the centenary of the Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue   shown here: Skomvær III The Norwegian Society for Sea Rescue was founded on 9 […]

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1937 Coronation Omnibus Stamp Album

About a year back I wrote a post on 1937 Coronation stamps. After unsuccessfully scrounging around the internet for a free album to print, I have finally decided to make my own album. I used a software called AlbumEasy, which is available at http://www.thestampweb.com, to create the 1937 Coronation Omnibus album pages. There are a […]

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Stamp on Stamp

I have been fascinated by the Stamp on Stamp theme. Not as much about collecting those stamps that have stamps represented on them, but collecting the pairs with original stamps and the stamps commemorating them. Kinda sounds confusing, all these stamps on stamps words. Here’s what I am talking about. Technically the stamp on the […]

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Album Pages or Stock Pages/Books

A blog post after a long time. I have been posting mostly on my Instagram account. I have always used stock books/pages. After restarting my hobby I am discovering printed album pages and loving it. They just help organize the collection a lot better. While stock books and pages have the ease of moving thing […]

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#postmarks365 Project

Inspired by the Postmark calendar post at The Stamp Forum boards, and more importantly, the fact that I bought a couple of Machin kiloware, I am sharing my #postmarks365 project. It’s a start and there are still many dates without stamps. While I will try to complete this with Machins only, it is very much […]

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Ceylon SG 4 Forgery

A couple of days back I wrote about Ceylon stamp genuine vs forgery that I found in a lot I bought. The catalogue value of the original stamp is GBP 70,000. I asked about the stamp on The Stamp Forum board and falschung, who is an expert on forgeries was kind enough to respond. Here’s […]

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Errors in Modern Indian Stamps

When I was young and collecting stamps, I was fascinated by stamp errors. The only ‘error’ stamps I owned were color variations and those too in used stamps. In my second innings as a collector I have managed to lay my hands on these ‘error’ stamps. And just when I was feeling kicked about it, […]

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Ceylon Genuine vs Forgery

An impulsive buy on an eBay auction has landed me a big lot. It contained mostly stamp varieties from commonwealth countries. Most of the stamps didn’t interest me much but I decided to investigate a few that caught my eye. I searched the online catalog StampWorld.com to see if there were stamps that might be of […]

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1937 Coronation Stamps

I only had a few 1937 Coronation stamps in my collection before I chanced upon and won a very low priced auction of a large lot of these stamps. In anticipation of that large lot, I started accumalating missing stamps from the collection. I have also started collecting FDCs/Covers of this set. There are 202 […]

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