am unexcited by the various "offices in" and occupation issues, but I will include their details for
completeness. I guess I will have to acquire them eventually to raise the score,
but not with much enthusiasm. April 2004 - times have changed and I am now
pursuing Offices Abroad with vigour. This is a good place to start as Russian
Offices in the Turkish Empire #1 is one of the finest stamps in the #1
firmament, albeit my copy has seen better days. Scott also lists city issues,
overprinted on the Sc#40, numbered sequentially, which are shown below. They are
mentioned but not detailed in Gibbons Simplified, and so I will have to get
hold of a Russian Specialised before completing the table.
12.2 Hong Kong #1, judging by the price differential between
Scott's #1 and Gibbons 8a, I suspect 8a must be one of the later watermark
variants, probably 1865. My approach is, differences I cannot detect with the
naked eye (e.g. watermark or perforation variations) then it does not concern
Italy #1 presents a number of options. Scott starts with #17, the 1c bistre SG1,
priced at £4,500 and £130. It is actually Italian State Sardinia's Sc11 (SG40),
with added perforations. The Sardinia (unperforated) stamps catalogues at £3 /
£5. Another stamp of the first Italian issue, of the same design but more
reasonably priced is the 20c blue Sc19 SG2a at £4.25 / £14.
12.4 Italian airmail. The 1917 issue - the First Airmail
is an overprint of the E1 (SG-E73) express stamp foe 'Esperimento Posta Aerea'.
For once, there are no closely following real airmails with nice old
planes on them.
12.5 Italian Charity. I assume Mackay must mean this 1911
issue, although the 1910 first and second commemorative sets also sold at a
premium to face value. Scott's B1, SG96 is the 1915 10c + 5c red,
Red Cross issue.
12.6 Italian First Issue Stamps on Stamps are a collection in
themselves as they cover not only united Italy, but many of the previously
independent states. Those I have spotted in a quick run through the catalogues
are shown below. There may be more.
||779 is affordable at £1.25 / 80p. 780 is
£20 / £14
||The first two sell at around £1, SG800 at
£9 / £7
||Buy 815 at 80p / 60p
||Both around 10p
||Both at 10p
12.7 Nicaragua's 1 c
brown (Sc3 / SG13) was issued in 1871.
12.8 Nicaragua Charity seems to be an overprint on a stamp
already overprinted and surcharged. Not listed as semi-postal by Scott.
12.9 Scott lists Bolivar under Columbia
12.10 Turkey Charity. Scott specifies B1 as the 1915 o/p for
war orphans on 1905 Sc119 10pa green, probably SG553b. Mackay's 1935 is for the
X11th Congres Suffragiste International SC-B54 / SG2171.
12.11 On Antigua #1, Scott starts with some 'A' issues for
handstamps. Scott and Gibbons agree on a start date of 1862, where Sc#1 is the 6d
blue-green (SG29). The 1d mauve (Sc3 / SG5, £110 / £42) is dated 1867. The 1d
red (Sc2 / SG25), to the same design is dated 1863 and priced at £1 / £2.50,
though SCott lists a number of peforation and watermark variants. I'll be
collecting the 1d red.
12.12 For Costa Rica Charity / Semi=Postal, Scott starts in
1922, Mackay in 1958
12.13 For Wenden (aka Livonia, later part of Latvia),
Scott's L1 is described as "might have been used for a short time ... Some
consider it an essay". I'll go with Sc2 SG1, which I cannot afford, anyway.
13.1 As noted on
table 1, Mackay lists Bermuda's first issue as 1848. According to
the Scott Classic, they started in 1845 with pre-stamp postal markings and
progressed to postmaster stamps in 1848. The first little bits of sticky paper,
i.e. what I would call a stamp, were in 1865 and so I have listed Bermuda here.
13.2 Dutch East (or Netherlands) Indies first commemorative
is an overprint of the 1912 Sc102, SG209, celebrating the 3rd Industrial Fair at Bandoeng, Java. The first real commem
in Scott is the 1923 5c green for the 25th
anniversary of Queen Wilhemina's assumption of government in the Netherlands.
13.3 For Dutch East Indies post due, Mackay and Gibbons start
in 1874 (Scott J3), but Scott goes back to 1845-6 and a couple of handstamps for
J1 (1846) and J2 (1845). None (J1-J3) are affordable.
13.4 Scott Classic and Gibbons Simplified both list
(Sc1-7, SG2-10), then Schleswig (Sc8-14, SG24-29), then
Holstein (Sc15-25, SG51-67), numbering consecutively.
Mackay treats the three entities separately.
13.5 Scott's Ecuador #1, the 1 reale yellow is dated 1872,
and so the #2 is the first issue.
13.6 Ecuador Airmail - Mackay and Gibbons date the first as
1929. In 1928-9, Scott identifies expensive overprints Sc-C1 to C6 for a private
service with government sanction. I'll start with the first real airmail,
13.7 I am not entirely sure which 1921 stamp Mackay regards
as Ecuador's first Charity issue. There is a 1921 Obligatory Tax Surcharge with
the overprint Casa de Correos, but there were also Obligatory Tax issues in 1920
with the same o/p inscription (Sc-RA2 / SG375) and to fund the rebuilding of the
Post Office (SC-RA10 / SG401). I suppose it is the surcharge aspect of the 1921
issue which decides the matter.
13.8 For Shanghai's first post due, Scott identifies an
unwatermarked version costing $200, whereas the 1892 2c brown Sc-J7 has a
watermark and a different perforation. Gibbons does not make the distinction and
prices the 2c brown at £2.