Some news in brief
For some earlier items, go to Stop Press Archives Here
Lightning strikes - January 2019
The casual observer might be forgiven for taking this flaw to be a faint rendering of the lightening conductor.
However, it was observed on a Waterlow stamp - that of a Turks & Caicos 1/- value.
Recent realisations – January 2019
Recent eBay realisations (in £) include the following:
H K set cancelled Kowloon on illustrated cover to Singapore
BF Egypt 1pi on cover to UK without Crown Circle pp
H K tied to piece by Tandjong Priok & Tjisalak cancels - scan
Hong Kong reg FDC to UK
Nigeria 1½d with clear German Seepost cancel - scan
Hong Kong illustrated reg FDC - scan
KUT 1/- & defin 1c tied Masaka on airmail cover to Ceylon
India 2½a on 3a ps reg cover to UK tied Aden cds - scan
India 1¼a x2 on cover to UK tied Aden Camp cds
GB 2½d on souvenir cover + added cachet, air to Canada
Malta ½d block/4 on invoice to the Empire Press, Valletta.
GB set on Westminster cover, tied Tristan da Cunha cancels
Earth-shattering event – November 2018
Congratulations to Neil Donen on achieving a Large Vermeil at Stampex for his: “The 1935 Quetta Earthquake: Postal responses to mail and relief fund efforts”.
Since the earthquake occurred in 1935 and, despite a post-free ten days, Jubilee stamps inevitably feature in his subsequent article: “The great 1935 Quetta earthquake disaster”.
Barbados 1/- plate 1 - November 2018
Noticed on a cover front was a shilling stamp showing this Wv1.10/6 variety, establishing plate 1 for the denomination.
The cancellation was for 15 Au 35.
Morocco airmails - October 2018
Having at first thought the rate of this cover was wrong, Nick Levinge points out that Stotter’s book indicates that a French company offered different airmail rates.
Its airmail fee was 1F per 10g to France which, in addition to the postage of 50c for the 1st 20g and a further 75c for onward transmission to the UK, makes sense of this 3F 25c on this 1st step cover to London.
Correction - October 2018
Gary Loew has pointed out an error in our realisations feature of the last issue. This cover should have been reported as sold for £33 and not £78.76. Our apologies.
Incidentally, can anyone reconcile the postage rate? Also, could the intention have been for a first day of censorship?