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Monday, December 16, 2013

Hello, A Christmas stamp tonight, from Canada because I like it. And, it was another I found while sorting through some stock over the past few days. Issued in 1996, SG 1711, one of a set of three. Of course it reminds me how much I miss the snow. Not!!!! And, it also reminds me to tell you that I now have over 8000 lots in my Bidstart store including this and the others from the issue. I know I bore you telling you about my Bidstart store but how else am I to let you know, especially if you have some gaps in your collection that you want to fill. This last post for a few days I think as have a few busy evenings ahead then flying back to Sydney for Christmas. Will write from there and hopefully pick up the new Australia Christmas stamps while there. Maybe even the Christmas Island issue. Maybe even as a prize for Christmas :-) Best wishes to all and thanks for reading my blog this past year. Michael and if you want to look at the Bidstart store offers just visit and chose the country you are looking for.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

This was always such an active blog. Sorry I have not written recently. Here something for you to enjoy I hope. A cover from my Aviation collection In 1928, Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm arrived in the United States and began to search for an aircraft. Famed Australian polar explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins sold them a Fokker F.VII/3m monoplane, which they named the Southern Cross. At 8:54 a.m. on 31 May 1928,[9] Kingsford Smith and his 4-man crew left Oakland, California, to attempt the first trans-Pacific flight to Australia. The flight was in three stages. The first, from Oakland to Wheeler Army Airfield,[11] Hawaii was 3,870 kilometres (2,400 mi), taking an uneventful 27 hours 25 minutes (87.54mph). They took off from Barking Sands on Mana, Kauai, since the runway at Wheeler was not long enough. They headed for Suva, Fiji, 5,077 kilometres (3,155 mi) away, taking 34 hours 30 minutes (91.45mph). This was the most demanding portion of the journey, as they flew through a massive lightning storm near the equator. The third leg was the shortest, 2,709 kilometres (1,683 mi) in 20 hours (84.15mph), and crossed the Australian coastline near Ballina before turning north to fly 170 kilometres (110 mi) to Brisbane, where they landed at 10.50 a.m. on 9 June. The total flight distance was approximately 11,566 kilometres (7,187 mi) I have some covers in my Bidstart Store and will soon be loading more. Also if you collect Great Britain please have a look at the Store. Some great stamps there, nice quality, well described and at competitive prices. And finally, My cddstamps December Newsletter has been issued. For a free copy just email me at Best wishes.. Michael

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Indonesia and Japan

Hello Fellow Collectors,

Today I'm showing you 2 very nice covers. Hope you like them!

1st cover is from Indonesia!

And the 2nd is from Japan! 

If you guys have any details about the stamps please let me know! Thank you!

Happy collecting!!!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Hello, It is Friday so to end the week another stamp from RSA that I found this week. This is SG 674 issued in 1988 for the 150th Anniversary of the Great Trek. This shows "Exodus" a tapestry by W Coetzer, a prominent South African artist closely identified with the spirit of Afrikaner Nationalism. He was commissioned to do stamps for this issue and another of his works was included in the set on the 40c stamp, the Crossing of Drakenber. And finally, to add some more context to this issue, given it was a 150th Anniversary: The Great Trek was an eastward and north-eastward migration away from British control in the Cape Colony during the 1830s and 1840s by Boers (Dutch/Afrikaans for "farmers"). The migrants were descended from settlers from western mainland Europe, most notably from the Netherlands, northwest Germany and French Huguenots. The Great Trek itself led to the founding of numerous Boer republics, the Natalia Republic, the Orange Free State Republic and the Transvaal being the most notable. How interesting to know what your stamps are showing you. Well I think so. Have a great weekend. Michael.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hello, just back from Hong Kong and of course while there, as I may have mentioned the last time I wrote, I visited the Mong Kok stamp arcade. Wonderful few hours spent looking through the little shops there. I even managed to pick up a few stamps. Just a few :-) will show tomorrow. Tonight a couple of pictures of the place. Two floors of many dealers. As I say, wonderful time. Do go there if you are ever in Hong Kong. Michael

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hello everyone. In response to last nights writing I received this information. Just goes to show how good it is we can all learn from each other if we share out knowledge. That lovely sheet is firstly celebrating 2 Royal silver weddings (25 years), King George & Queen Elizabeth's in 1948, and Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip's in 1972; and secondly, the Stampex twentieth anniversary (1973). Now I feel good. Thanks to Jill from Melbourne Australia. Tonight, and in keeping with Royal themes I thought you might like to see this lovely MS. It is Fiji MUH 1985 - SG MS 705 with a Catalogue value of £3.50. And, shameless plug, I apologise, but cannot resist, because how else will you know if I don't tell you :-) it is in my Bidstart Store at lot number click here Enjoy your stamps and the wonderful knowledge they can can bring to you. Michael