13th August 2006. the first update for quite some time with
the discovery of Courland and
other German Occupation corrections and some new
First Booklets. I have been compiling lists
of my 50 most wanted stamps (mostly firs commemoratives) and my 50 most wanted
images (the ones I cannot afford) and will pursue these after my exams in
October. The general collection in Scotts is making steady progress through
26th June 2005. You reach the point where it's no longer
worth typing 'Scott Sc1' into eBay every day - you already have the stamps
which come up and which you can afford. My progress is slow and largely
FICC auctions and the occasional find in packets from my local stamp
clubs, such as the
#1 today. Another problem in improving these pages is that my site is now
banned in my workplace (nothing specifically personal, it's just on a long
list of personal sites which are not allowed as they may contain some
unpleasantness). This means that my practise of colour laser printing pages
from the web to use for further research and refinement has been curtailed:
doing it at home by inkjet is rather expensive. Most of my stamp time is
currently taken up trying to fill a set of Scott Internationals: I have
assembled a run of used albums from eBay and am now aiming to collect 'every
stamp issued up to 1960 which I can get for £1 or less'; preferably mounted
mint. The Scott's are just the thing for this task as they ignore expensive
stamps and watermark and perforation variants, going for a 'representative'
collection: just my cup of tea.
24th January 2005. A belated HNY to all our visitors. Three
months since the last update and not much progress on the FIs or Timelines
during that period - my time has been consumed by researching
First Booklets. I will update the FI counts
11th October 2004 This update is rather late because I have
been updating the pages after considerable success at Autumn Stampex where I
found a dealer specialising in the Far East and then a Beckenham Fair where my
favourite local dealers had recently acquired an album of Portuguese Colonies
where I had first pick. Thus, the score of #1s has increased by 22 to 587 -
70% of the 835 I can afford. Progress has therefore been slow on the African
Timelines, where I am still gathering data.
30th August 2004 Progress has been slow on the collecting
front, with only 6 #1s in July and 4 in August (total now 565 of 833 for 68%),
although the other categories are doing a little better.
Timelines are coming on, with Africa
currently under construction. I have still not settled on a presentation
style, but organising the data is the first priority. I have started adding
Michel catalogue numbers to the listings, where I have them: for some reason,
those few British dealers who sell South American stamps often use these.
29th June 2004 Month end score, 555 out of 836 affordable
issues, 66%. This month's new initiative is tracking
Timelines - another long job and I'm
not sure I have the software to handle it yet.
10th June 2004 The first pass of the pages is complete at
last (about 13 months' effort). There are blanks and issues to be addressed
and my approach has changed since page 1, so there will be plenty of work to
be done in the second pass, but I now have a fairly complete
wants list, which
was a key aim of the exercise.
7th June 2004 The month end score is 519 out of 847 - 61%.
This is a fall on last month as I have discovered more new items to collect
then I have acquired stamps. Pages complete up to
31 (1968) - three to go.
29th May 2004. I had hoped to
complete the first pass of all first issues for the end of May, but that looks
unlikely - I am working on the last four pages simultaneously. One feature
which I intend to add on the second pass is the First Sensibly Priced stamp
where the #1 is ridiculously expensive. I have started with
British Guiana. These
stamps will be marked .
8th May 2004 A personal milestone and a mild conceit with the acquisition of a
Penny Black with my
initials on it.
1st May 2004 Page 27
now complete (1948). A minor celebration is in order for the current score of
504 out of 815 - 62%, after almost exactly
1 year of collecting.
26th April 2004 Notes moved to a separate page. I have been
giving some thought to the images shown on the site for stamps I cannot
afford. Rather than scan the images from Scott or Gibbons and incur their
wrath (which I will probably get for using their numbering system anyway), I
will look to other sources. My first port of call is my favourite stamp dealer
David Olson, who has kindly given
permission to use any of the images available on his site. I will add a few
now and then work through them more thoroughly on my second pass of
documentation. Another obvious source will be sale catalogues. Credit will be
given in the text and the sources listed below.
1st April 2004 Page
25 now complete (1942) - well, largely
complete, but I'm leaving the resolution of some of the Occupation Issues for
the second pass. The current score is 427 of 784, 54%. Results of a Special
tomorrow, so progress could be considerable. A new feature added this month is
Alternative Views, giving a variety of
slices through the data.
1st March 04 Pages complete up to
#21 (1921). Rather slow progress as I
keep buying stamps and have to add these to the pages rather than progressing
the research. Score 384 out of 783 - 49%.
1st Feb 2004 Pages complete up to #20
(1919). Score 340 of 757 - 45%.
1st Jan 2004. Pages now complete up to #18
(1911). Current #1 score 297 out of 754 - 39% (note, I don't count the 61 #s I
cannot afford). And a Happy New Year to all our readers.
I now have a copy of
the splendid colour 2004 Gibbons Simplified, so prices from page 14 onwards
will be more up-to-date. This also means that scans of stamps I cannot afford
may now be in colour, but these are fairly low in my priorities.
The Express SubSet now includes
New Zealand and
Ethiopia and a
Finnish Charity stamp.
Dec 2003. Now working on page 13, about 1/3rd
of the way to completing the first draft of these pages, there are a few
points I would like o make on my approach, as developed since starting in May
03. I have introduced the notion of the first real stamp:
many colonies began with overprints of their colonising nation (GB, France,
Germany etc.) and in addition to this #1, I am also identifying the first
stamp produced specifically for that country. This will be useful where the #1
is excessively expensive - at least I will have something to show. Now I am
working through the 1890s, there is a seemingly unending stream of French
Colonies overprints (#1) followed by a French Tablet type (real #1):
neither of these are particularly exciting and I might extend the idea further
to the first real and specific (or perhaps first interesting)
stamp. A similar approach has developed on airmails, where the first is an
overprint of a non-airmail (often with an aircraft), I also show the first
stamp designed specifically for airmail. Again, this is both fun and useful
when C1 is too costly. I am thinking of extending the idea to commemoratives
(where so many GB colonies' first is the Silver Jubilee issue, and French
colonies begin with the Colonial Exposition) and Charities (where so many
firsts are War Tax and Red Cross overprints). I would like to show what those
countries really wanted to commemorate and fund.
Now (1st Dec 2003) 268 out of 763 - 35%.
Latest score (3rd Nov 2003) 244 out of (an adjusted) 743 -
Wants list added
Current score (5th Oct 2003) 223 first issues out of 798 -
Oct 2003 - this is now my main First Issues page - I will not
be updating the original pages with every acquisition.
I have also
realised that in addition to the £100 stamp limit, I am unlikely to pay £10
for a postage due or official stamp, so expect scans of those.
June 2003 I have
contacted James Mackay, inspiration of these pages, via another FICC member
and he has given permission for me to borrow his idea.