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Topic: KEMP LAND stamps.
Posted By: Panterra
Subject: KEMP LAND stamps.
Date Posted: 03 April 2017 at 17:53
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Kemp Land 2008 Great Poets of the planet set on First Day Cover.

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Kemp Land 2003 Magic Mushrooms set.

Originally posted by Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue, by Simon Quaritch Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue, by Simon Quaritch wrote:

On the frigid continent of Antarctica lies an astonishing land: thousands of people living and working in what many claim is the world's most daring social experiment.  This is the People's Democratic Republic of Kemp Land, which proclaimed independence from Australia on 2nd October 1975. Kemp Land is a benvolent but low-tech dictatorship, led by the Democratic People's Party, and the Great Leader, Eric Gardo.  The capital is Bonjo Town. Currency: 100 cents = 1 dollar.



Kemp Land 2007 Old Steam Trains of Antarctica set.

Kemp Land, once a part of the Australian Antarctic Territory before achieving independence, apparently still runs nice steam trains, and they showed some views of these on this attractive 2007 set. It is titled "Old steam trains of Antarctica".

My favorite is the 90c stamp, where a small shunting engine has a few nearby penguins included in the photo.  Wonder if they moved closer for the warm steam gusts?

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Kemp Land 2006 Roses set.

This set is my favorite and is still used in Kemp Land as the definitive issue.  Apparently, roses and other plants are grown in giant glass domes on the chilly plains of Antarctica.

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Sadly the web-site shown on the stamps is now defunct.

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Kemp Land 2001 90th anniversary of Amundsen reaching the South Pole set.

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Kemp Land 2005 Lighthouses of Antarctica set on FDC.

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Kemp Land 2004 Endangered Spiders of Antarctica set.

Kemp Land was the brainchild of an Australian philatelist and artist, Matthew Campbell. 
His early designs were cartoon-drawn by him,  then sent to his Norwegian friend,
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In 1988, Matthew asked http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - to begin printing his stamps.  By this time, Bruce was running several letterpress machines and had a nice perforator, hotfoil machine, and lots of fonts of type, and Matthew hoped his issues could be upgraded beyond the imperf xeroxing.  So typography became the way forward for Kemp Land.  Matthew continued to do the cartoon drawings for the stamps, while Bruce would re-do the text in Times Roman font, and then make photo-polymer printing plates to print the stamps with.  These were usually done at the same time as those issues of his own country, http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - - - - - (so that the colour schemes used for Kemp Land stamps are identical with the http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - - - - - - Occussi-Ambeno issue of similar date.)  Bruce also used his presses to print attractive first day covers, tourism posters, cards, and various self-adhesive stickers for Kemp Land.

This continued up to 1999, when Bruce enrolled in a multimedia digital training course, and learned how to use Photoshop, vector graphics, and  make websites.  So from 2000 on, nearly all Kemp Land stamps have been full-colour using photographs, and the cartoons have ceased.  However, Matthew still chooses the issues, as well as the illustrations to show on them.

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Kemp Land 1998 Great Philosophers of the planet set.

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Kemp Land 2007 War Tax set.

In 2015, as a result of anti-homosexual repression by the Gardo regime, a gay uprising quickly took over and Gardo was deposed.  The new leader, Aubrey McKinnon, proclaimed the country the Gay Republic of Kemp Land.

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Kemp Land 2016 Gay Revolution overprints set.

This set aroused derision on the Australian forum http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=69969&p=4632256&hilit=Kemp+Land#p4632256" rel="nofollow - However, much of that could be due to Australian resentment of the fact that part of the former Australian Antarctic Territory had seceded from the Great Aussie Empire.



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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 04 April 2017 at 04:18
Let's look at more of Kemp Land's 40 years of stamp-issuing.

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Kemp Land 2009 Great Rock Bands of the planet.

This set was prompted because Matthew was keen to see an American punk band " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Boys#Bators.27_subsequent_career" rel="nofollow - (1c stamp) shown on stamps.  Bruce included another stamp showing a New Zealand band his friends played in ("Last Orders", 60c stamp) and the $3 shows USA band https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_%28band%29" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence.

This set shows Matthew's old friend Geir Sor-Reime (who originally collaborated in printing Kemp Land's stamps) on two of the stamps.  The Norwegian explorer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_Amundsen" rel="nofollow - http://s1168.photobucket.com/user/inzander33/media/KL-15-Mevu-FDC-stpbds-sized_zpsbnovgkm8.jpg.html" rel="nofollow">


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is a Fifth World country located on the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula in Antarctica, and was founded by Geir Sor-Reime, an archaeologist from Norway.  In 1971, as a busy student, he decided it was "too time-consuming" to continue, so handed it over to his old friend Bruce Henderson, who ran http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - Occussi-Ambeno , the only other land to recognise http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow - - - - - - - - Mevu up till then. Bruce did a few issues before Geir was inveigled into taking control again in 1973.  For more on Mevu and photos of its stamps and covers, see the http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 2017 75th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference.

This set shows the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quisling_regime" rel="nofollow - - Geir Sor-Reime (who originally collaborated in printing Kemp Land's stamps) who likes Norwegian history on stamps. The other values show the organiser of the conference, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich" rel="nofollow - - Stampboards site, with some condemning it as anti-semitic.  Here are a few of the remarks:

Originally posted by Princestamps Princestamps wrote:

I agree with Ewan, but the set shown is very tasteless, celebrating an event that lead to the gassing and attempted destruction of the Jews?

I mean really?

Gay Republic my foot, if he is trying to say this event was evil, this set proves the opposite - celebrating the Nazis and no comments on the suffering of the Jews.

One reason I do not support Panterra more is his anti semitic Holocaust denying attitudes. Nothing will ever excuse or explain the insanity that ruled Germany in the 1933 - 1945 era. It is sadly about to be repeated now with another hyper racist and bigotted madman in control.


Originally posted by gavin-h gavin-h wrote:

Yes, I completely agree - when I looked at these bogus labels, I couldn't for the life of me figure out whether they were "for" or "against" the Wannsee Conference.    Shocked


Originally posted by Global Administrator Global Administrator wrote:

They are a very tacky opportunistic way to make 100 or so bucks I say.

Hours of artwork and production for such a small return.  Cry

Flipping burgers at Maccas, even in NZ, must pay better?


Originally posted by Panterra Panterra wrote:

No-one seems to see the Big Picture here.

Hitler (a Jew himself!) cleverly pretended to be "anti-Jewish" in order to provoke Jews to leave comfortable modern Europe, and move away to the dusty, sandy desert land of Palestine, in order to create the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel" rel="nofollow - http://www.trademe.co.nz/antiques-collectables/stamps/europe-ex-great-britain/auction-1269995607.htm" rel="nofollow -
Originally posted by Trademe website Trademe website wrote:

"The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine" by Edwin Black.

First published to international acclaim in 1984, "The Transfer Agreement" stunned readers worldwide with its revelations of a pact between Zionist leaders & Hitler's Third Reich. Concluded in 1933, this controversial pact transferred 55,000 Jews and $100 million to Palestine on the condition that Zionist organizations call a halt to their economic boycott of Nazi Germany -- a potent tactic that was threatening to topple Hitler's government, then only in its first year in power. The debate over this controversial deal virtually tore apart the Jewish world in the pre-World War II era, & it remains unresolved today. Whereas the transfer agreement indeed ultimately saved lives, rescued assets, & helped lay the foundation for what would become the Jewish state in 1948, it also arguably allowed the Nazi regime to survive its first year &, over the next twelve, to plumb the depths of ethnic intolerance and implement massive genocide. With the world today confronting such morally complex issues as the compensation for slave labor during the Holocaust & the refusal of Swiss banks to return Jewish assets to their rightful heirs, the transfer agreement & the boycott that preceded it stand out as early examples of Jewish initiatives against Nazi terror. However ambiguous the choices made by the Jewish leaders in the turbulent prewar 1930s, they stand in a new and different light today. "The Transfer Agreement" is a remarkable & revelatory book that has now found its time.


In this context, the http://www.trademe.co.nz/antiques-collectables/stamps/other/mint/auction-1272779473.htm" rel="nofollow - Wannsee Conference was a milestone, and an important event in the history of Judaica and Europe generally.


Matthew does not use the internet, so only saw these reviews of his new issue later.  He was delighted by the controversy, especially by one lad suggesting they were "tasteless".

Kemp Land's previous big claim to fame was winning the Bad Taste Award from the UK's "Stamp Magazine" (December 1999, page 71) over it's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hutchence" rel="nofollow - - Mark Chapman stamps.

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Let's look at some of the letterpress issues of the nineties:

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Kemp Land 1993 ICIS Year of Fruit.

A definitive set featuring quotations from the Great Leader, Eric Gardo, were designed by Matthew with text typeset by my https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Selectric_typewriter#Selectric_Composer" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maoism" rel="nofollow - http://www.angelfire.com/art/icis/" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1995 "Our Armed Forces".

This set used cartoons by Matthew with text typeset by my https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Selectric_typewriter#Selectric_Composer" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, souvenir sheet.

This set again used cartoons by Matthew with text typeset by computer.  Letterpress printed with Adana 8x5 press on white gloss art paper, perf 12.


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Kemp Land 1997 Mark Chapman set.

To create this set, Matthew sent Bruce a magazine photo of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_David_Chapman" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1999 Glacier-hiking, Geir the winner.

This stamp again uses a cartoon by Matthew with text typeset by computer.  The cartoon shows his friend Geir hiking over a glacier.  The "Geir the winner" overprint is a homage to the UK 1966 World Cup "England Winners" overprint.  Letterpress printed with Adana 8x5 press on white gloss art paper, perf 12. I had to make a separate plate for the overprint, since the "O" with a slash through it in Geir's surname is not a character found in English metal type fonts. Unoverprinted stamps were issued on 8th May 1999, with the overprint appearing on Prizegiving Day, 23rd May 1999.

Let's now look at some of Kemp Land's early photocopied stamps:

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Kemp Land 1985 Music Year.

This stamp used a cartoon by Geir.  He did similar designs for his other lands, which were issued imperf. Photocopied in Norway on toned paper, and later perforated 12 by Bruce in New Zealand. Imperf stamps were issued also. Issue date was 19th August 1985.

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Kemp Land 1985 First anniversary of the International Council of Independent States.

This stamp again used a cartoon by Geir.  He did similar designs for his other lands, which were issued imperf. Photocopied in Norway on toned paper, and later perforated 12 by Bruce in New Zealand. Imperf stamps were issued also. Issue date was 1st June 1985.

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Kemp Land 1990 Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Gardo.

This stamp used a cartoon by Matthew.  He sent the artwork to Geir, who photocopied them in Norway on red paper, and returned them to Matthew in Australia. Matthew later forwarded them to Bruce who perforated them and they were issued on 17th December 1990. It is uncertain what year they were actually designed and photocopied, which may have been several years previous.


Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 05 April 2017 at 04:57
Keep these coming Bruce.

Always good to see more stamps and the stories behind them. Will all the work you been involved with be appearing here. If so keep it steady, and not all at once. Give us a chance to savour them, and make it last longer.



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Posted By: Admin
Date Posted: 05 April 2017 at 05:43
Originally posted by Steve Steve wrote:

Keep these coming Bruce.

 If so keep it steady, and not all at once. Give us a chance to savour them, and make it last longer.


I second that  ;-)


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Posted By: Londonbus1
Date Posted: 07 April 2017 at 00:16
I like the cartoon or hand-drawn issues but the photo types are awful, especially with the website address which detracts immensely.
I have to say though that I found the Princess Lumpilla stamp enormously funny and still get a kick out of it whenever I come across it.
I think a return to the cartoon types would not go amiss !


Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 07 April 2017 at 01:13
Matthew would agree that the cartoon styles are best, but from my point of view as the printer, they involve much extra time: platemaking (expensive) then hand-printing (very time-consuming.)  In contrast, I can design and print a colour photo set in one hour and at negligible cost.  And since most of the "conventional states" do similar colour photo designs these days, as a "modern" country, Kemp Land likes to keep up!

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Kemp Land 1993 Academy of Arts & Sciences.

I've nearly finished Part 3 of the saga of Kemp Land stamps, so expect to see more details here soon!


Posted By: Bas S Warwick
Date Posted: 07 April 2017 at 11:26
To the President, Tagangarika Island






Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 08 April 2017 at 04:53
Let’s look at some more of Kemp Land’s amusing and controversial stamps.

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Kemp Land 2004 Guitars set.


This set was designed by Graham Judd, a musician and guitarist himself.  It is widely regarded as one of Kemp Land’s better stamp issues.

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Kemp Land 2004 Guitars set, on first day cover.

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Kemp Land 2002 George Harrison (Beatles) farewell.


Matthew specified a “Goodbye George” stamp, but left the design up to Bruce.  Yet another of Kemp Land’s more popular issues, with many sold on Ebay and Trademe, unlike most of Kemp Land’s “quirkier” issues, which seldom sell more than half a dozen.

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Kemp Land 2003 Princess Camilla.

This stamp was considered very scandalous at the time, as Camilla was “that woman everyone knew the Prince was involved with”, but she was never mentioned in the conventional media (and only occasionally by the scandal rags.) An extra large print run was made, so that they could be used on the Kemp Land newsletters for many months.

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Kemp Land 2016 handwritten newsletter, number 2624.

The Ministry of Propaganda is the main user of Kemp Land stamps.  An irregular single-page newsletter, calligraphed by Matthew Campbell, is posted to a worldwide mailing list.  (A cover containing one of these newsletters was shown earlier in this thread.) If you would like to join the mailing list and receive these paeans of wisdom, a request letter to the Kemp Land Information Service, 115-c Essex Street, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia, will get you enlisted. (Please include some mint and used stamps to sweeten the deal, and use pretty commemoratives on your envelope: after all, they are all philatelists in Kemp Land!)  The same agency is also able to supply mint Kemp Land stamps and FDCs, and would be happy to barter for some of yours.

The hand-calligraphed newsletter is a homage to a medieval French philosopher who regularly wrote missives to all the crowned heads of Europe.

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Kemp Land 2002 Ginger Cat.

The Cats were a series of four (as is usual for most KL sets), and the top value, $3, shows Bruce's male cat Fanta, perched on his mailbox.

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Kemp Land 2005 60th anniversary of the fall of the Third Reich.

The Third Reich series of four achieved notoriety for showing Mr Hitler on the postcard-rate stamp, and was prompted because Matthew and some of his friends collected Germany and sought a tie-in.  Issued on 8th May 2005.

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Kemp Land 2005 Third Reich set on first day cover.

I got some funny looks from the platemaker when getting the plates made to print the Nazi logo on the envelope!

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Kemp Land 2003 1st anniversary of the assassination of General Matthew Campbell.

Matthew sent his photograph to be used for this stamp, wearing his Kemp Land Army uniform.  This has a red satin ribbon emblazoned on the tunic, with the words KEMP LAND ARMY in black: printed on my Adana a year or so previously.

I suggested to Matthew that he should always keep a few of this stamp in his wallet, just in case he happens to get run over by a bus or train.  The gendarmes will then be most perplexed to find stamps celebrating the first anniversary of his death in his pocket!  However, as I write, he remains in good health.


Now let’s look at some more of the early typography issues, before the year 2000:

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Kemp Land 1996 Galaxy Master Battenberg visits Antarctic UFO Bases. SQ 101 – 103.

This set of three was printed on white gloss art paper with Adana 8x5 press.  The lettering was done with the trusty IBM Composer.  The 45c is quite a vivid fluorescent pink colour, which looks a lot brighter than shown here. Issue date was 23rd June 1996.


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Kemp Land 1992 ICIS Year of the Atmosphere. SQ 86.

This stamp was made by overprinting a Samoan 1952 ½d stamp. Matthew purchased a full sheet of this from a local dealer at a cheap price, and sent them to Bruce with instructions on how the overprint should be done.  A plate was made for the semi-circular text, while metal type sufficed for the remaining text. Issue date was 10th July 1992.


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Kemp Land 1992-96 Thoughts of Chairman Eric. SQ 79 – 85.

This set is a homage to China’s “Thoughts of Chairman Mao” set, and features pithy and often irreverent remarks from Kemp Land’s Great Leader.  The set was intended to be the definitive issue.  Each stamp was printed as each design was received over the period from 1992 to 1996.  The 45c has an attached tab with a knife and fork, which means Not to be delivered at dinnertime.  The tab could be detached if the letter was particularly urgent. (Dinnertime is considered a sacred hour in Kemp Land, and it is extremely rude to interrupt diners, except in an emergency.)

The 5c and 15c were both printed from the same plate: after all the 15c had been printed, the “1” was excised, and then the 5c value was printed. Platemaking is expensive, so we need to trim costs where ever possible. All typesetting done with the IBM Composer, and printed with both Heidelberg Platen and Adana presses. The $3 stamp is in vivid fluorescent pink, which looks a lot brighter in reality than the scan here. There is also a green 90c stamp, not shown here (but an overprinted version of it was illustrated earlier.)


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Kemp Land 1995 20th anniversary of the death of Hank Snow (patriot). SQ 94 – 97.

This set honours Hank Snow, a member of the Kemp Land Army who gave his life in the fight for freedom from the frumious Australians. Designed by Matthew, and printed on gloss white paper with Adana 8x5 press. Issue date was 4th November 1995.

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Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue 1997, by Simon Quaritch.

This hard-cover catalogue was published by Lancaster Publishing in 1997, and lists all the stamps of Kemp Land up to the Mark Chapman issue. It is now out of print, but a new update is in preparation.  Stamps of Kemp Land are referred to by theirSQnumbers, a homage to the “SG” numbers of the First World.

The title on the front cover and spine are in shiny metallic gold, done by hot-foil.  It is hard to photograph this without getting a mirror-type reflection, but we seem to have done it here. Wink


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Posted By: Bas S Warwick
Date Posted: 08 April 2017 at 10:48
Thanks for all the info

As a guitarist and owner or 2 Fenders (and 2 Warwick) basses, the Fender issue is a very interesting and appealing set.






Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 10 April 2017 at 06:20
Quite a varied selection of stamp subjects. Does Kemp Land have an official issuing policy?

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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 10 April 2017 at 16:42
An "official issuing policy"?  That's one you would have to ask Matthew about.  But I think he just does stamps on a whim.

In the issue of the KL newsletter "Mould Cloud" (shown earlier), you can see his announcement of the planned issues for this year.  So far, only the Wannsee set has appeared, and I am still reeling with the flak from that!  I doubt there will be the same stormblasts with the fungi set. Wink


Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 12 April 2017 at 15:48
Let’s look at some more of Kemp Land’s amusing and often controversial stamps.

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Kemp Land 2004 Modern Art set.

This set features nude paintings by the Auckland artist John Winton Burke, who Bruce met and recommended the paintings set to Matthew.  As Matthew is a connoisseur of art, he was delighted with the issue, and a supply of each stamp was presented to the artist to hand out like business cards to his fans.

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Kemp Land 2009 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.

Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (1655 – 1731) was an Italian maker of musical instruments, generally regarded as the inventor of the piano.  This seemed an important event to celebrate with a stamp issue. I remain amazed that few other lands bothered to celebrate such a momentous anniversary!

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Kemp Land 2002 Antarctic Feline Club.


This was the usual set of four values (the $3 was shown earlier in this thread) and is notable for being completely sold out in the month of issue!  I offered them on both Ebay and Trademe at the time of issue, and seriously underestimated the demand. My cats who modelled for the stamps were rewarded with cans of exotic food as their royalty.

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Kemp Land 2007 700th anniversary of the betrayal of the Knights Templar.

This stamp was an omnibus by the KDPN, and when agreeing to participate in the omnibus, Matthew requested his unique version of the text at the foot.  

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Kemp Land 2007 Knights Templar sheet.

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Kemp Land 2010 Revolutionary Heroes set.

Matthew (a keen collector of Germany) was anxious to have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claus_von_Stauffenberg" rel="nofollow - Von Stauffenberg , architect of the plot to overthrow Hitler in 1944, featured on a stamp, which prompted this set.  The ornate borders on this set were a new development, and made this issue an attractive set.


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Kemp Land 2000 Year of the Dragon.


The Year of the Dragon stamp shows a photo of one of the Great Philatelists of the World, Matthew, holding a Yemen cover from his collection.  The 30c stamp at the left is the “normal” version, with the small “dragon” logo to the left of Matthew’s head facing left.  A very small number of stamps had the error with the dragon logo facing right (right stamp.)

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Kemp Land 2000 Antarctic dogs – good friends.


The year 2000 saw a lot of full-colour stamps for Kemp Land as I was doing the multimedia training course that year so printed the stamps off by day at school, then perfed them when I got home that night.  I submitted the stamps as work done for the course, which surprised my tutors!

Now let’s look at some more of the early typography issues, before the year 2000:

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Kemp Land 1997 20th anniversary of the All-Antarctic Federation of Philatelists. SQ 117 – 120.

This set of four was printed on white gloss art paper with Adana 8x5 press, while the 45c was a mass edition done on thick matt paper with Heidelberg platen press.  Matthew sourced the illustration.  The lettering was done by computer.  The 75c is a metallic silver colour, which looks a lot shinier than shown here. Issue date was 22nd October 1997.

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Kemp Land 1995 Framnes Mountains National Park.  SQ 91 – 92.

This set was from cartoons by Matthew.  The stamps were printed on white paper with invisible gum, with Adana press. Issue date was 13th August 1995.

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Kemp Land 1998 Michael Hutchence (musician) commemoration. SQ 121.

This issue helped Kemp Land to win the “Bad Taste Award” from “Stamp Magazine” in the UK, illustrated earlier.  The design was a magazine photo, which Matthew had modified by adding the necklace and protruding tongue.  Printed on white gloss art paper with Adana press. Issue date was 14th January 1998.

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Kemp Land 1990 150th anniversary of the world’s first postage stamp (the “Penny Black”). SQ 67.

What philatelist could ignore the Penny Black anniversary?  The stamp was printed on white paper with shiny gum with Adana 8x5 press. Issue date was 6th May 1990.

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Kemp Land 1988 20th anniversary of Occussi-Ambeno’s independence. SQ 62.

This was the first stamp I printed for Kemp Land, and so got the country name slightly incorrect, missing out the “Democratic”.  It was one of a set of two in identical design, with the design by Geir Sor-Reime. Printed by Heidelberg platen press.

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Kemp Land 1998 Matthew’s Wedding. SQ 122.

As I had no photo of the happy couple to work with, I did a special printing of the Framnes Mountains National Park (SQ 91) on white gloss paper and in a different colour, then did the overprint with gold hotfoil in Old English text.  The happy couple were delighted. Issue date was 21st February 1998.

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Kemp Land 1998 Princess Diana (humanitarian) commemoration. SQ 130.

Matthew submitted the cartoon of the princess, which I added text to with computer, then printed in gold ink on glossy white art paper. Issue date was 19th July 1998.

Finally, let’s look at another of the early photocopied issues, before I began printing Kemp Land issues:


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Kemp Land 1990 10th anniversary of the Security Police. SQ 72.

Matthew submitted the design to Geir in Norway, who photocopied it on red paper, then returned them all to Matthew in Australia.  He later sent them all to me for perfing and issue. The innocent-faced officer shown is possibly the same gentleman who reads all Kemp Land’s mail, then stamps it “Passed by censor.”  Clearly an important public service.  Issue date was 25th November 1990.

Kemp Land stamps continue to be issued.  If you would like any, or have any comments or suggestions for new issues, contact the Kemp Land Information Service, 115-c Essex Street, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia.

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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 15 April 2017 at 21:29
The Kemp Land postal service covers the globe!

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 17 April 2017 at 12:01
and so it should

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 28 April 2017 at 04:44
I received a bulging envelope stuffed full of stamps and background information. Much is Kemp Land with other territories included. Single stamps, Covers and miniature sheets. Its going to take me best part of an evening to sort it all out. No pics because Bruce has posted many of these already.

Many thanks Bruce

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Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 28 April 2017 at 07:40
Here are scans of the covers, and very nicely done too.











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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 29 April 2017 at 03:02
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Kemp Land 2007 Knights Templars betrayed.

Hi folks, thought you might be interested to know that I have at long last done a new website for Matthew's small Antarctic country, the Gay Republic of Kemp Land.
 
See it here:  http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - http://geocities.ws/kempland
 
(As you can see by the "ws", the website lives in Samoa. Kemp Land does not yet have its own suffix, but they are working on it.)
 
And you will be happy to see that it does not have ANY Hitler or Wannsee Conference stamps or mentions, so far.  But this will probably change after Matthew looks at it and asks for additions.
 
Also, please let me know of any buttons or links that "don't work".  Being a new site, it probably has an error or two that I should fix.  Also, tell me if you see any spelling mistakes.
 
cheers, Bruce.
 
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Posted By: Bas S Warwick
Date Posted: 17 May 2017 at 21:23
3 Kemp land covers addressed to GPO Takangarika Island





Posted By: Steve
Date Posted: 17 May 2017 at 23:14
Nice Bas

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Posted By: Bas S Warwick
Date Posted: 01 June 2017 at 23:01
For your delight and delectation here is another Kemp Land cover from 2003  addressed to the GPO Tikau, Takangarika Island






Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 04:46

Kemp Land 2008 Great Poets of the planet set on First Day Cover.


Kemp Land 2003 Magic Mushrooms set.

Originally posted by Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue, by Simon Quaritch Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue, by Simon Quaritch wrote:

On the frigid continent of Antarctica lies an astonishing land: thousands of people living and working in what many claim is the world's most daring social experiment.  This is the People's Democratic Republic of Kemp Land, which proclaimed independence from Australia on 2nd October 1975. Kemp Land is a benvolent but low-tech dictatorship, led by the Democratic People's Party, and the Great Leader, Eric Gardo.  The capital is Bonjo Town. Currency: 100 cents = 1 dollar.



Kemp Land 2007 Old Steam Trains of Antarctica set.

Kemp Land, once a part of the Australian Antarctic Territory before achieving independence, apparently still runs nice steam trains, and they showed some views of these on this attractive 2007 set. It is titled "Old steam trains of Antarctica".

My favorite is the 90c stamp, where a small shunting engine has a few nearby penguins included in the photo.  Wonder if they moved closer for the warm steam gusts?


Kemp Land 2006 Roses set.

This set is my favorite and is still used in Kemp Land as the definitive issue.  Apparently, roses and other plants are grown in giant glass domes on the chilly plains of Antarctica.



Sadly the web-site shown on the stamps is now defunct.


Kemp Land 2001 90th anniversary of Amundsen reaching the South Pole set.


Kemp Land 2005 Lighthouses of Antarctica set on FDC.


Kemp Land 2004 Endangered Spiders of Antarctica set.

Kemp Land was the brainchild of an Australian philatelist and artist, Matthew Campbell. 
His early designs were cartoon-drawn by him,  then sent to his Norwegian friend,
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In 1988, Matthew asked http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - to begin printing his stamps.  By this time, Bruce was running several letterpress machines and had a nice perforator, hotfoil machine, and lots of fonts of type, and Matthew hoped his issues could be upgraded beyond the imperf xeroxing.  So typography became the way forward for Kemp Land.  Matthew continued to do the cartoon drawings for the stamps, while Bruce would re-do the text in Times Roman font, and then make photo-polymer printing plates to print the stamps with.  These were usually done at the same time as those issues of his own country, http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - - - (so that the colour schemes used for Kemp Land stamps are identical with the http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - - - - Occussi-Ambeno issue of similar date.)  Bruce also used his presses to print attractive first day covers, tourism posters, cards, and various self-adhesive stickers for http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - Kemp Land .

This continued up to 1999, when Bruce enrolled in a multimedia digital training course, and learned how to use Photoshop, vector graphics, and  make http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - websites .  So from 2000 on, nearly all Kemp Land stamps have been full-colour using photographs, and the cartoons have ceased.  However, Matthew still chooses the issues, as well as the illustrations to show on them.


Kemp Land 1998 Great Philosophers of the planet set.


Kemp Land 2007 War Tax set.

In 2015, as a result of anti-homosexual repression by the Gardo regime, a http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - gay uprising quickly took over and Gardo was deposed.  The new leader, Aubrey McKinnon, proclaimed the country the Gay Republic of Kemp Land.

Matthew asked http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - to overprint some older stamps.  So four earlier issues were overprinted, with the amazing http://www.bpsnet.org.uk/letterpress.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.bpsnet.org.uk/letterpress.html" rel="nofollow - - - - - .


Kemp Land 2016 Gay Revolution overprints set.

This set aroused derision on the Australian forum http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=69969&p=4632256&hilit=Kemp+Land#p4632256" rel="nofollow - However, much of that could be due to Australian resentment of the fact that part of the former Australian Antarctic Territory had seceded from the Great Aussie Empire.



Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 05:00
Let's look at more of Kemp Land's 40 years of stamp-issuing.


Kemp Land 2009 Great Rock Bands of the planet.

This set was prompted because Matthew was keen to see an American punk band " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Boys#Bators.27_subsequent_career" rel="nofollow - - " (1c stamp) shown on stamps.  Bruce included another stamp showing a New Zealand band his friends played in ("Last Orders", 60c stamp) and the $3 shows USA band https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiss_%28band%29" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 2015 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence.

This set shows Matthew's old friend Geir Sor-Reime (who originally collaborated in printing Kemp Land's stamps) on two of the stamps.  The Norwegian explorer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_Amundsen" rel="nofollow -


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is a Fifth World country located on the Riiser-Larsen Peninsula in Antarctica, and was founded by Geir Sor-Reime, an archaeologist from Norway.  In 1971, as a busy student, he decided it was "too time-consuming" to continue, so handed it over to his old friend Bruce Henderson, who ran http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - Occussi-Ambeno , the only other land to recognise http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow - - - - - - - - Mevu up till then. Bruce did a few issues before Geir was inveigled into taking control again in 1973.  For more on Mevu and photos of its stamps and covers, see the http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow - http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/about.htm" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 2017 75th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference.

This set shows the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quisling_regime" rel="nofollow - - Geir Sor-Reime (who originally collaborated in printing Kemp Land's stamps) who likes Norwegian history on stamps. The other values show the organiser of the conference, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinhard_Heydrich" rel="nofollow - - Stampboards site, with some condemning it as anti-semitic.  Here are a few of the remarks:

Originally posted by Princestamps Princestamps wrote:

I agree with Ewan, but the set shown is very tasteless, celebrating an event that led to the gassing and attempted destruction of the Jews?

I mean really?

Gay Republic my foot, if he is trying to say this event was evil, this set proves the opposite - celebrating the Nazis and no comments on the suffering of the Jews.

One reason I do not support Panterra more is his anti semitic Holocaust denying attitudes. Nothing will ever excuse or explain the insanity that ruled Germany in the 1933 - 1945 era. It is sadly about to be repeated now with another hyper racist and bigotted madman in control.


Originally posted by gavin-h gavin-h wrote:

Yes, I completely agree - when I looked at these bogus labels, I couldn't for the life of me figure out whether they were "for" or "against" the Wannsee Conference.    Shocked


Originally posted by Global Administrator Global Administrator wrote:

They are a very tacky opportunistic way to make 100 or so bucks I say.

Hours of artwork and production for such a small return.  Cry

Flipping burgers at Maccas, even in NZ, must pay better?


Originally posted by Panterra Panterra wrote:

No-one seems to see the Big Picture here.

Hitler (a Jew himself!) cleverly pretended to be "anti-Jewish" in order to provoke Jews to leave comfortable modern Europe, and move away to the dusty, sandy desert land of Palestine, in order to create the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel" rel="nofollow - http://www.trademe.co.nz/antiques-collectables/stamps/europe-ex-great-britain/auction-1269995607.htm" rel="nofollow -
Originally posted by Trademe website Trademe website wrote:

"The Transfer Agreement: The Dramatic Story of the Pact Between the Third Reich and Jewish Palestine" by Edwin Black.

First published to international acclaim in 1984, "The Transfer Agreement" stunned readers worldwide with its revelations of a pact between Zionist leaders & Hitler's Third Reich. Concluded in 1933, this controversial pact transferred 55,000 Jews and $100 million to Palestine on the condition that Zionist organizations call a halt to their economic boycott of Nazi Germany -- a potent tactic that was threatening to topple Hitler's government, then only in its first year in power. The debate over this controversial deal virtually tore apart the Jewish world in the pre-World War II era, & it remains unresolved today. Whereas the transfer agreement indeed ultimately saved lives, rescued assets, & helped lay the foundation for what would become the Jewish state in 1948, it also arguably allowed the Nazi regime to survive its first year &, over the next twelve, to plumb the depths of ethnic intolerance and implement massive genocide. With the world today confronting such morally complex issues as the compensation for slave labor during the Holocaust & the refusal of Swiss banks to return Jewish assets to their rightful heirs, the transfer agreement & the boycott that preceded it stand out as early examples of Jewish initiatives against Nazi terror. However ambiguous the choices made by the Jewish leaders in the turbulent prewar 1930s, they stand in a new and different light today. "The Transfer Agreement" is a remarkable & revelatory book that has now found its time.


In this context, the http://www.trademe.co.nz/antiques-collectables/stamps/other/mint/auction-1272779473.htm" rel="nofollow - Wannsee Conference was a milestone, and an important event in the history of Judaica and Europe generally.


Matthew does not use the internet, so only saw these reviews of his new issue later.  He was delighted by the controversy, especially by one lad suggesting they were "tasteless".

Kemp Land's previous big claim to fame was winning the Bad Taste Award from the UK's "Stamp Magazine" (December 1999, page 71) over it's https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hutchence" rel="nofollow - - Mark Chapman stamps.





Let's look at some of the letterpress issues of the nineties:


Kemp Land 1993 ICIS Year of Fruit.

A definitive set featuring quotations from the Great Leader, Eric Gardo, were designed by Matthew with text typeset by my https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Selectric_typewriter#Selectric_Composer" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maoism" rel="nofollow - http://www.angelfire.com/art/icis/" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1995 "Our Armed Forces".

This set used cartoons by Matthew with text typeset by my https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Selectric_typewriter#Selectric_Composer" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, souvenir sheet.

This set again used cartoons by Matthew with text typeset by computer.  Letterpress printed with Adana 8x5 press on white gloss art paper, perf 12.



Kemp Land 1997 Mark Chapman set.

To create this set, Matthew sent Bruce a magazine photo of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_David_Chapman" rel="nofollow -
Kemp Land 1999 Glacier-hiking, Geir the winner.

This stamp again uses a cartoon by Matthew with text typeset by computer.  The cartoon shows his friend Geir hiking over a glacier.  The "Geir the winner" overprint is a homage to the UK 1966 World Cup "England Winners" overprint.  Letterpress printed with Adana 8x5 press on white gloss art paper, perf 12. I had to make a separate plate for the overprint, since the "O" with a slash through it in Geir's surname is not a character found in English metal type fonts. Unoverprinted stamps were issued on 8th May 1999, with the overprint appearing on Prizegiving Day, 23rd May 1999.

Let's now look at some of Kemp Land's early photocopied stamps:


Kemp Land 1985 Music Year.

This stamp used a cartoon by Geir.  He did similar designs for his other lands, which were issued imperf. Photocopied in Norway on toned paper, and later perforated 12 by Bruce in New Zealand. Imperf stamps were issued also. Issue date was 19th August 1985.


Kemp Land 1985 First anniversary of the International Council of Independent States.

This stamp again used a cartoon by Geir.  He did similar designs for his other lands, which were issued imperf. Photocopied in Norway on toned paper, and later perforated 12 by Bruce in New Zealand. Imperf stamps were issued also. Issue date was 1st June 1985.


Kemp Land 1990 Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Gardo.

This stamp used a cartoon by Matthew.  He sent the artwork to Geir, who photocopied them in Norway on red paper, and returned them to Matthew in Australia. Matthew later forwarded them to Bruce who perforated them and they were issued on 17th December 1990. It is uncertain what year they were actually designed and photocopied, which may have been several years previous.



Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 05:08
Matthew would agree that the cartoon styles are best, but from my point of view as the printer, they involve much extra time: platemaking (expensive) then hand-printing (very time-consuming.)  In contrast, I can design and print a colour photo set in one hour and at negligible cost.  And since most of the "conventional states" do similar colour photo designs these days, as a "modern" country, Kemp Land likes to keep up!


Kemp Land 1993 Academy of Arts & Sciences.

I've nearly finished Part 3 of the saga of Kemp Land stamps, so expect to see more details here soon!



Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 24 July 2017 at 05:26
Let’s look at some more of Kemp Land’s amusing and controversial stamps.


Kemp Land 2004 Guitars set.


This set was designed by Graham Judd, a musician and guitarist himself.  It is widely regarded as one of Kemp Land’s better stamp issues.


Kemp Land 2004 Guitars set, on first day cover.


Kemp Land 2002 George Harrison (Beatles) farewell.


Matthew specified a “Goodbye George” stamp, but left the design up to Bruce.  Yet another of Kemp Land’s more popular issues, with many sold on Ebay and Trademe, unlike most of Kemp Land’s “quirkier” issues, which seldom sell more than half a dozen.


Kemp Land 2003 Princess Camilla.

This stamp was considered very scandalous at the time, as Camilla was “that woman" everyone knew the Prince was involved with, but she was never mentioned in the conventional media (and only occasionally by the scandal rags.) An extra large print run was made, so that they could be used on the Kemp Land newsletters for many months.


Kemp Land 2016 handwritten newsletter, number 2624.

The Ministry of Propaganda is the main user of http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - Kemp Land stamps.  An irregular single-page newsletter, calligraphed by Matthew Campbell, is posted to a worldwide mailing list.  (A cover containing one of these newsletters was shown earlier in this thread.) If you would like to join the mailing list and receive these paeans of wisdom, a request letter to the Kemp Land Information Service, 115-c Essex Street, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia, will get you enlisted. (Please include some mint and used stamps to sweeten the deal, and use pretty commemoratives on your envelope: after all, they are all philatelists in Kemp Land!)  The same agency is also able to supply mint Kemp Land stamps and FDCs, and would be happy to barter for some of yours.

The hand-calligraphed newsletter is a homage to a medieval French philosopher who regularly wrote missives to all the crowned heads of Europe.

 
Kemp Land 2002 Ginger Cat.

The Cats were a series of four (as is usual for most KL sets), and the top value, $3, shows Bruce's male cat Fanta, perched on his mailbox.


Kemp Land 2005 60th anniversary of the fall of the Third Reich.

The Third Reich series of four achieved notoriety for showing Mr Hitler on the postcard-rate stamp, and was prompted because Matthew and some of his friends collected Germany and sought a tie-in.  Issued on 8th May 2005.


Kemp Land 2005 Third Reich set on first day cover.

I got some funny looks from the platemaker when getting the plates made to print the Nazi logo on the envelope!


Kemp Land 2003 1st anniversary of the assassination of General Matthew Campbell.

Matthew sent his photograph to be used for this stamp, wearing his Kemp Land Army uniform.  This has a red satin ribbon emblazoned on the tunic, with the words KEMP LAND ARMY in black: printed on my Adana a year or so previously.

I suggested to Matthew that he should always keep a few of this stamp in his wallet, just in case he happens to get run over by a bus or train.  The gendarmes will then be most perplexed to find stamps celebrating the first anniversary of his death in his pocket!  However, as I write, he remains in good health.


Now let’s look at some more of the early typography issues, before the year 2000:


Kemp Land 1996 Galaxy Master Battenberg visits Antarctic UFO Bases. SQ 101 – 103.

This set of three was printed on white gloss art paper with Adana 8x5 press.  The lettering was done with the trusty IBM Composer.  The 45c is quite a vivid fluorescent pink colour, which looks a lot brighter than shown here. Issue date was 23rd June 1996.



Kemp Land 1992 ICIS Year of the Atmosphere. SQ 86.

This stamp was made by overprinting a Samoan 1952 ½d stamp. Matthew purchased a full sheet of this from a local dealer at a cheap price, and sent them to Bruce with instructions on how the overprint should be done.  A plate was made for the semi-circular text, while metal type sufficed for the remaining text. Issue date was 10th July 1992.



Kemp Land 1992-96 Thoughts of Chairman Eric. SQ 79 – 85.

This set is a homage to China’s “Thoughts of Chairman Mao” set, and features pithy and often irreverent remarks from Kemp Land’s Great Leader.  The set was intended to be the definitive issue.  Each stamp was printed as each design was received over the period from 1992 to 1996.  The 45c has an attached tab with a knife and fork, which means Not to be delivered at dinnertime.  The tab could be detached if the letter was particularly urgent. (Dinnertime is considered a sacred hour in Kemp Land, and it is extremely rude to interrupt diners, except in an emergency.)

The 5c and 15c were both printed from the same plate: after all the 15c had been printed, the “1” was excised, and then the 5c value was printed. Platemaking is expensive, so we need to trim costs where ever possible. All typesetting done with the IBM Composer, and printed with both Heidelberg Platen and Adana presses. The $3 stamp is in vivid fluorescent pink, which looks a lot brighter in reality than the scan here. There is also a green 90c stamp, not shown here (but an overprinted version of it was illustrated earlier.)



Kemp Land 1995 20th anniversary of the death of Hank Snow (patriot). SQ 94 – 97.

This set honours Hank Snow, a member of the Kemp Land Army who gave his life in the fight for freedom from the frumious Australians. Designed by Matthew, and printed on gloss white paper with Adana 8x5 press. Issue date was 4th November 1995.


Kemp Land Stamp Catalogue 1997, by Simon Quaritch.

This hard-cover catalogue was published by Lancaster Publishing in 1997, and lists all the stamps of Kemp Land up to the Mark Chapman issue. It is now out of print, but a new update is in preparation.  Stamps of http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - Kemp Land are referred to by theirSQnumbers, a homage to the “SG” numbers of the First World.

The title on the front cover and spine are in shiny metallic gold, done by hot-foil.  It is hard to photograph this without getting a mirror-type reflection, but we seem to have done it here. Wink


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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 27 July 2017 at 02:03
Let’s look at some more of Kemp Land’s amusing and often controversial stamps.


Kemp Land 2004 Modern Art set.

This set features nude paintings by the Auckland artist John Winton Burke, who Bruce met and recommended the paintings set to Matthew.  As Matthew is a connoisseur of art, he was delighted with the issue, and a supply of each stamp was presented to the artist to hand out like business cards to his fans.


Kemp Land 2009 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.

Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (1655 – 1731) was an Italian maker of musical instruments, generally regarded as the inventor of the piano.  This seemed an important event to celebrate with a stamp issue. I remain amazed that few other lands bothered to celebrate such a momentous anniversary!



Kemp Land 2002 Antarctic Feline Club.


This was the usual set of four values (the $3 was shown earlier in this thread) and is notable for being completely sold out in the month of issue!  I offered them on both Ebay and Trademe at the time of issue, and seriously underestimated the demand. My cats who modelled for the stamps were rewarded with cans of exotic food as their royalty.




Kemp Land 2007 700th anniversary of the betrayal of the Knights Templar.

This stamp was an omnibus by the KDPN, and when agreeing to participate in the omnibus, Matthew requested his unique version of the text at the foot.  


Kemp Land 2007 Knights Templar sheet.


Kemp Land 2010 Revolutionary Heroes set.

Matthew (a keen collector of Germany) was anxious to have https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claus_von_Stauffenberg" rel="nofollow - Von Stauffenberg , architect of the plot to overthrow Hitler in 1944, featured on a stamp, which prompted this set.  The ornate borders on this set were a new development, and made this issue an attractive set.


         
Kemp Land 2000 Year of the Dragon.


The Year of the Dragon stamp shows a photo of one of the Great Philatelists of the World, Matthew, holding a Yemen cover from his collection.  The 30c stamp at the left is the “normal” version, with the small “dragon” logo to the left of Matthew’s head facing left.  A very small number of stamps had the error with the dragon logo facing right (right stamp.)


Kemp Land 2000 Antarctic dogs – good friends.


The year 2000 saw a lot of full-colour stamps for Kemp Land as I was doing the multimedia training course that year so printed the stamps off by day at school, then perfed them when I got home that night.  I submitted a collection of the stamps as work done for the course, which surprised my tutors!

Now let’s look at some more of the early typography issues, before the year 2000:

  



  
Kemp Land 1997 20th anniversary of the All-Antarctic Federation of Philatelists. SQ 117 – 120.

This set of four was printed on white gloss art paper with Adana 8x5 press, while the 45c was a mass edition done on thick matt paper with Heidelberg platen press.  Matthew sourced the illustration.  The lettering was done by computer.  The 75c is a metallic silver colour, which looks a lot shinier than shown here. Issue date was 22nd October 1997.


Kemp Land 1995 Framnes Mountains National Park.  SQ 91 – 92.

This set was from cartoons by Matthew.  The stamps were printed on white paper with invisible gum, with Adana press. Issue date was 13th August 1995.


Kemp Land 1998 Michael Hutchence (musician) commemoration. SQ 121.

This issue helped Kemp Land to win the “Bad Taste Award” from “Stamp Magazine” in the UK, illustrated earlier.  The design was a magazine photo, which Matthew had modified by adding the necklace and protruding tongue.  Printed on white gloss art paper with Adana press. Issue date was 14th January 1998.


Kemp Land 1990 150th anniversary of the world’s first postage stamp (the “Penny Black”). SQ 67.

What philatelist could ignore the Penny Black anniversary?  The stamp was printed on white paper with shiny gum with Adana 8x5 press. Issue date was 6th May 1990.


Kemp Land 1988 20th anniversary of Occussi-Ambeno’s independence. SQ 62.

This was the first stamp I printed for Kemp Land, and so got the country name slightly incorrect, missing out the “Democratic”.  It was one of a set of two in identical design, with the design by Geir Sor-Reime. Printed by Heidelberg platen press.


Kemp Land 1998 Matthew’s Wedding. SQ 122.

As I had no photo of the happy couple to work with, I did a special printing of the Framnes Mountains National Park (SQ 91) on white gloss paper and in a different colour, then did the overprint with gold hotfoil in Old English text.  The happy couple were delighted. Issue date was 21st February 1998.


Kemp Land 1998 Princess Diana (humanitarian) commemoration. SQ 130.

Matthew submitted the cartoon of the princess, which I added text to with computer, then printed in gold ink on glossy white art paper. Issue date was 19th July 1998.

Finally, let’s look at another of the early photocopied issues, before I began printing Kemp Land issues:



Kemp Land 1990 10th anniversary of the Security Police. SQ 72.

Matthew submitted the design to Geir in Norway, who photocopied it on red paper, then returned them all to Matthew in Australia.  He later sent them all to me for perfing and issue. The innocent-faced officer shown is possibly the same gentleman who reads all Kemp Land’s mail, then stamps it “Passed by censor.”  Clearly an important public service.  Issue date was 25th November 1990.

Kemp Land stamps continue to be issued.  If you would like any, or have any comments or suggestions for new issues, contact the Kemp Land Information Service, 115-c Essex Street, Epping, NSW 2121, Australia.

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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 27 July 2017 at 02:06

Kemp Land 2007 Knights Templars betrayed.

Hi folks, thought you might be interested to know that I have at long last done a new website for Matthew's small Antarctic country, the Gay Republic of Kemp Land.
 
See it here:  http://geocities.ws/kempland" rel="nofollow - http://geocities.ws/kempland
 
(As you can see by the "ws", the website lives in Samoa. Kemp Land does not yet have its own suffix, but they are working on it.)
 
And you will be happy to see that it does not have ANY Hitler or Wannsee Conference stamps or mentions, so far.  But this will probably change after Matthew looks at it and asks for additions.
 
Also, please let me know of any buttons or links that "don't work".  Being a new site, it probably has an error or two that I should fix.  Also, tell me if you see any spelling mistakes.
 
cheers, Bruce.
 
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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 06 August 2017 at 02:19
Kemp Land's latest commemorative set celebrates the
First Antarctic Ecumenical Congress, being held in Bonjo Town in August, 2017.

The stamps feature Christian heroes.


Kemp Land 2017 1st Antarctic Ecumenical Congress, Bonjo Town.

General William Booth (60c stamp)  (10 April 1829 – 20 August 1912) was a British Methodist preacher who founded https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Salvation_Army" rel="nofollow - The Salvation Army and became its first General (1878–1912). The Christian movement with a quasi-military structure and government founded in 1865 has spread from London, England, to many parts of the world and is known for being one of the largest distributors of humanitarian aid. In 2002, Booth was named among the 100 Greatest Britons in a BBC poll.

Rev. Martin Luther (90c stamp) (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_sexual_abuse_cases" rel="nofollow - Roman Catholic Church . He strongly disputed the Catholic view on indulgences, that freedom from God's punishment for sin could be purchased with money. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_sexual_abuse_cases" rel="nofollow - Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority and office of the Pope by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with these, and all of Luther's wider teachings, are called Lutherans, though Luther insisted on Christian or Evangelical as the only acceptable names for individuals who professed Christ.

His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible to the laity, an event that had a tremendous impact on both the church and German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the writing of an English translation, the Tyndale Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in Protestant churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora, a former nun, set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant clergy to marry.

In two of his later works, Luther expressed antagonistic views towards Jews, writing that Jewish homes and synagogues should be destroyed, their money confiscated, and liberty curtailed.


Rev. John Calvin  ($1.35 stamp) (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was an influential French theologian, pastor and reformer during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects of which include the doctrines of predestination and of the absolute sovereignty of God in salvation of the human soul from death and eternal damnation, in which doctrines Calvin was influenced by and elaborated upon the Augustinian and other Christian traditions. Various Congregational, Reformed, and Presbyterian churches, which look to Calvin as the chief expositor of their beliefs, have spread throughout the world.

Calvin was a tireless polemic and apologetic writer who generated much controversy. Calvin wrote commentaries on most books of the Bible, confessional documents, and various other theological treatises.

Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_sexual_abuse_cases" rel="nofollow - Roman Catholic Church around 1530. After religious tensions erupted in widespread deadly violence against Protestant Christians in France, Calvin fled to Basel, Switzerland, where in 1536 he published the first edition of the Institutes. In that same year, Calvin was recruited by Frenchman William Farel to help reform the church in Geneva, where he regularly preached sermons throughout the week; but the governing council of the city resisted the implementation of their ideas, and both men were expelled. At the invitation of Martin Bucer, Calvin proceeded to Strasbourg, where he became the minister of a church of French refugees. He continued to support the reform movement in Geneva, and in 1541 he was invited back to lead the church of the city.

Following his return, Calvin introduced new forms of church government and liturgy, despite opposition from several powerful families in the city who tried to curb his authority. During this period, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Servetus" rel="nofollow - Michael Servetus , a Spaniard regarded by both Roman Catholics and Protestants as having a heretical view of the Trinity, arrived in Geneva. He was denounced by Calvin and burned at the stake for heresy by the city council. Calvin spent his final years promoting the Reformation both in Geneva and throughout Europe.


Joseph Smith Jr. ($3 stamp) (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Mormon" rel="nofollow - Book of Mormon . By the time of his death fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religious culture that continues to the present.

Smith was born in Sharon, Vermont. By 1817, he had moved with his family to what became known as the burned-over district of western New York, an area of intense religious revivalism during the Second Great Awakening. He experienced a series of visions, including one in which he saw "two personages" (God the Father and Jesus Christ) and others in which an angel directed him to a buried book of golden plates inscribed with a Judeo-Christian history of an ancient American civilization. In 1830, Smith published what he said was an English translation of these plates, the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Mormon" rel="nofollow - Book of Mormon . The same year he organized the Church of Christ, calling it a restoration of the early Christian church. Members of the church were later called "Latter Day Saints", or "Mormons", and in 1838, Smith announced a revelation that renamed the church as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In 1831, Smith and his followers moved west, planning to build a communalistic American Zion. They first gathered in Kirtland, Ohio, and established an outpost in Independence, Missouri, which was intended to be Zion's "center place". During the 1830s, Smith sent out missionaries, published revelations, and supervised construction of the expensive Kirtland Temple. Skirmishes with non-Mormon Missourians caused Smith and his followers to establish a new settlement at Nauvoo, Illinois, where he became a spiritual and political leader. In 1844, Smith and the Nauvoo city council angered non-Mormons by destroying a newspaper that had criticized Smith's power and practice of polygamy. After Smith was imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois, he was killed when a mob stormed the jailhouse.


Come to the Cross! - slogan of the First Antarctic Ecumenical Congress.




Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 13 August 2017 at 14:00
Kemp Land's new commemorative set celebrates the First Antarctic Ecumenical Congress, being held in Bonjo Town in August, 2017.

The stamps feature Christian heroes.


Kemp Land 2017 1st Antarctic Ecumenical Congress, Bonjo Town: the miniature sheet.

Come to the Cross! - slogan of the First Antarctic Ecumenical Congress.



Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 05 December 2017 at 03:05
Kemp Land's latest special issue promotes the campaign to save mushrooms from extinction. 

In this era of climate upheaval, there is growing concern that some important species may be wiped out.

The stamps feature colourful mushrooms. One of the set is hexagonal, and this is the first time that Kemp Land has ever issued a hexagonal stamp.


Kemp Land 2017 Save the Mushrooms of Planet Earth.

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as fly agaric (75c stamp), is a basidiomycete mushroom, one of many in the genus Amanita. It is also a muscimol mushroom. Native throughout the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, Amanita muscaria has been unintentionally introduced to many countries in the Southern Hemisphere, generally as a symbiont with pine and birch plantations, & is now a true cosmopolitan species. It associates with various deciduous & coniferous trees.

One of the most iconic toadstool species, the fly agaric is one of the most recognisable & widely encountered in popular culture.

Although classified as poisonous, reports of human deaths resulting from its ingestion are extremely rare. After parboiling—which weakens its toxicity & breaks down the mushroom's psychoactive substances—it is eaten in parts of Europe, Asia, & North America. Amanita muscaria is noted for its hallucinogenic properties, with its main psychoactive constituent being the compound muscimol.

Psilocybe cubensis (15c stamp) is a species of psychedelic mushroom whose principal active compounds are psilocybin and psilocin. Commonly called shrooms, magic mushrooms, or goldtops, it belongs to the Hymenogastraceae family of fungi. It is the most well known psilocybin mushroom due to its wide distribution & ease of cultivation.

Panaeolus subbalteatus ($3 stamp) is a very common, widely distributed psilocybin mushroom. Psilocybin is similar in structure to the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with mood regulation, appetite, sleep, learning & the cardiovascular system among others. Thus psilocybin may disrupt the actions of serotonin, accounting for its effects such as restlessness, increased heart rate, & inability to concentrate.

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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 02 June 2018 at 16:08
Kemp Land's new commemorative set celebrates Great Gays of the world, issued in June, 2018.

The stamps feature famous homosexual heroes.


Kemp Land 2018 Great Gays of the World.

Since the Gay Revolution way back in 2015, Kemp Land has been keen to show prominent gays on its stamps, so this attractive set has now appeared to grace the mail from this small Antarctic land.

Some background on the heroes shown:

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) on the 45c stamp, was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is best remembered for his epigrams and plays, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

As a spokesman for aestheticism, he published a book of poems, lectured in the USA and Canada on the "English Renaissance in Art", then returned to London where he worked as a journalist. Known for his biting wit, flamboyant dress & glittering conversational skill, he became one of the best-known personalities of his day. At the turn of the 1890s, he refined his ideas about the supremacy of art in a series of dialogues & essays, and incorporated themes of decadence, duplicity, and beauty into what would be his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. He was jailed from 1895 to 1897.

LIBERACE (1919-1987) on the $3 stamp, was an American pianist, singer, & actor. A child prodigy, he enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, & endorsements. At the height of his fame, from the 1950s to the 1970s, he was the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess both on & off stage, acquiring the nickname "Mr. Showmanship".

ROCK HUDSON (1925-1985) on the $1.35 stamp, was an American actor, generally known for his turns as a leading man during the 1950s and 1960s. He appeared in nearly 70 films & became the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.

What turned him into a star was the 1954 film Magnificent Obsession, co-starring Jane Wyman, produced by Hunter and directed by Douglas Sirk. The film received positive reviews, with Modern Screen Magazine citing Hudson as the most popular actor of the year. It made over $5 million at the box office.

Hudson went back to adventure films with Bengal Brigade (1954), set during the Indian Mutiny, and Captain Lightfoot (1955), produced by Hunter and directed by Sirk. In 1954, exhibitors voted Hudson the 17th most popular star in the country.

Hunter used him in two melodramas, One Desire (1955) with Anne Baxter, and All That Heaven Allows (1955), which reunited him with Sirk and Wyman. Never Say Goodbye (1956) was more drama.

Hudson's popularity soared with George Stevens' film Giant (1956). Hudson and his co-star James Dean were both nominated for Oscars in the Best Actor category. Another hit was Written on the Wind (1957), directed by Sirk and produced by Albert Zugsmith. Sirk also directed Hudson in Battle Hymn (1957), produced by Hudson, playing Dean Hess. These films propelled Hudson be voted the most popular actor in American cinemas in 1957. He stayed in the "top ten" until 1964.

ERNST ROHM (1887 - 1934) on the 75c stamp, was a German military officer and an early member of the Nazi Party. As one of the members of its predecessor, the German Workers' Party, he was a close friend and early ally of Adolf Hitler and a co-founder of the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Storm Battalion"), the Nazi Party's militia, and later was its commander. By 1934, the German Army feared the SA's influence and Hitler had come to see Röhm as a potential rival, so he was executed during the Night of the Long Knives.

In 1919 he joined the German Workers' Party (DAP), which the following year became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Not long afterward he met Adolf Hitler, and they became political allies and close friends. He led the Reichskriegsflagge militia at the time of the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, when it occupied the War Ministry for sixteen hours.

Following the failed Beer Hall Putsch of 9 November 1923, Röhm, Hitler, & others were tried in February 1924 for high treason. Röhm was found guilty and sentenced to a year and three months in prison, but the sentence was suspended and he was granted a conditional discharge.

In 1928, he accepted a post in Bolivia as adviser to the Bolivian Army, where he was given the rank of lieutenant colonel and went to work after six months' acclimatization and language tutoring. After the 1930 revolt in Bolivia, Röhm was forced to seek sanctuary in the German Embassy. After the election results in Germany that September, Röhm received a telephone call from Hitler in which the latter told him "I need you", paving the way for Röhm's return to Germany.

In 1930, as a consequence of the Stennes Revolt in Berlin, Hitler assumed supreme command of the SA. He sent a personal request to Röhm, asking him to return to serve as the SA's chief of staff. Röhm accepted this offer and began his new assignment on 5 January 1931. He brought radical new ideas to the SA, and appointed several close friends to its senior leadership.

The SA by this time numbered over a million members. It continued its street battles with "Reds" and its attacks on Jews. The SA also attacked or intimidated anyone deemed hostile to the Nazi agenda, including uncooperative editors, professors, politicians, other local officials and businessmen.

Under Röhm, the SA often took the side of workers in strikes and other labor disputes, attacking strikebreakers and supporting picket lines. SA intimidation contributed to the rise of the Nazis and the violent suppression of right-wing parties during electoral campaigns, but its reputation for street violence and heavy drinking was a hindrance, as was the open homosexuality of Röhm and other SA leaders such as his deputy Edmund Heines. In 1931, the Münchener Post newspaper, obtained and published Röhm's letters to a friend discussing his homosexual affairs.

Hitler was aware of Röhm's homosexuality. At this point they were so close that they addressed each other as du (the German familiar form of "you"). No other top Nazi leader enjoyed that privilege, and their close association led to rumors that Hitler himself was homosexual. Röhm was the only Nazi leader who dared to address Hitler by his first name "Adolf" or his nickname "Adi" rather than "mein Führer."

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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 20 June 2018 at 05:37
I am happy to announce Kemp Land's first new stamps for 2018.

The set of two (issued on 8th April 2018) celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence of http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - Occussi-Ambeno .  A most noteworthy event in the Fifth World, and an anniversary that few expected to see!

The designs feature
http://www.angelfire.com/art/okusi/coins.htm" rel="nofollow - gold and silver coins of http://okusi1.tripod.com/" rel="nofollow - Occussi-Ambeno , as well as a pair of sun parrakeets on the 15 cents stamp, and the airship "Graf Zeppelin" on the 75 cents.



Kemp Land 2018 Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence of Occussi-Ambeno set.
Coins of Occussi-Ambeno are shown along with sun parrakeets and the "Graf Zeppelin" airship.


These are part of an "omnibus" issue, with many of Occussi-Ambeno's friends and allies issuing similar stamps to celebrate the long-awaited anniversary.

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (Deutsches Luftschiff Zeppelin #127; Registration: D-LZ 127) was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. When it entered commercial service in 1928, it became the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility. During its operating life, the airship made 590 flights covering more than 1.7 million kilometers (over 1 million miles). It was designed to be operated by a crew of 36 officers and men. The LZ 127 was the longest rigid airship at the time of its completion and was only surpassed by the USS Akron in 1931. It was scrapped for fighter plane parts in 1940.


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Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 21 June 2018 at 23:52


Originally posted by Some other guy Some other guy wrote:

Liberace - GAY????

The Courts have declared that allegation is untrue and defamatory - and Liberace denied he was all his life -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberace_v_Daily_Mirror" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberace_v_Daily_Mirror

Liberace v Daily Mirror

Entertainer Liberace (pictured) was awarded £8,000 in damages for an article strongly hinting he was a homosexual.

Liberace v Daily Mirror is a 1959 English legal case in which the American entertainer Liberace sued the Daily Mirror columnist William Connor for libel after Connor, who while writing under the pen name Cassandra, published an article strongly hinting that he was a homosexual.

At the time homosexuality was illegal in the United Kingdom. Liberace was successful in the action and was awarded £8,000.

The award was the largest libel settlement for any case in British legal history.

The Argus has described the case as "one of the most sensational libel trials of the century".

Facts

The libel action related to an article Connor wrote describing Liberace as

    "...the summit of sex - the pinnacle of masculine, feminine and neuter. Everything that he, she and it can ever want... a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love."

The case partly hinged on the use of the term "fruit-flavoured" as fruit is an American slang term for a homosexual. Connor denied he was familiar with this usage. In court Liberace denied he was gay stating "I am against the practice because it offends convention and it offends society".

Aftermath

Following his award for damages, Liberace joked that "I cried all the way to the bank". Liberace continued to maintain that he was not a homosexual throughout his life.


 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 



Posted By: Panterra
Date Posted: 22 June 2018 at 00:00
I am surprised to see many folks have taken the http://geocities.ws/kempland/index.html" rel="nofollow - Kemp Land Gay issue so personally.  Matthew requested the inclusion of Rohm in the Great Gays set, as he likes Germany stamps, and wanted to take the piss out of the Nazis with their anti-gay laws while having such blatant gays as Rohm (and maybe Hitler too?) running the show.
 
I am NOT a supporter of Nazism or fascism.  But recognise that such stuff exists in the globe, and that a lot of what we are told as "approved history" about the rise of Hitler is very suspect.
 
However, I do renounce any suggestions that I approve of Hitler and Nazis.  I collect Germany, as does Matthew, and that collecting is his reason behind having the odd German on http://geocities.ws/kempland/index.html" rel="nofollow - Kemp Land stamps.
 
You may recall he had Stauffenberg (the guy who led the 1944 attempt on Hitler's life) on an earlier issue.  Funny no-one bothered to moan about that. Known terrorist, etc etc.
 
Thanks Otherguy for your overview on Liberace.  A fascinating lad! If we all followed his fashion-sense, the planet would be a much more colourful and gay place!


Kemp Land 2018 Great Gays of the World, the minisheet as issued.  A few extras of the Oscar Wilde, as 45c is the inland letter rate in Kemp Land.




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