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I am happy to print & perforate stamps for anyone.  The gauge is perf 12.

I prefer small runs, where you want only a few dozen or a few hundred.  If you want many thousands, go to De la Rue in London.

It is best if you email me the photos you want used, and describe what values each should be and what colour frame around the edge.  If there are several in the set, they can go in a minisheet together, such as this one (which I have recently done for a client in Christchurch):


Timaru 2017 centenary of the visit of the Hospital Ship "Marama" to Timaru. Set of two stamps, laser-printed, and perf 12.

In this example, the stamp dealer who ordered these emailed me some postcards showing the views of the ship, and I then composed them into the two stamps.  Quantity done = 300.  Sold at the Timaru Stamp Fair; a few extras possibly available from Shades Stamp Shop, P.O. Box 10-122, Christchurch 8145, New Zealand, at $6 per sheet, plus postage.

Like something similar yourself?  Happy to assist!  :D

regards, Bruce.

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How about I display all my productions (bit by bit, as time permits) on this thread?

regards, Bruce.


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I've had some feedback from folks saying that the pdf link in my intro does not work.

Sorry about that:  I am unsure why it won't work.  Best way I can suggest is to copy the link,
 http://www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/Geir-article-on-BRH.pdf

and paste this into your browser.  It should then either open or automatically download on to your "downloads".

I was very cross with Geir for abridging the series so much, and also remonstrated with the CSC committee for publishing such an inferior version.  This means that they have not got the most accurate version possible, which for a journal like the Cinderella Philatelist should be the goal.  But they said they were constrained by the author-publisher relationship with Geir, which gave him final say over what was printed.

regards, Bruce.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 April 2017 at 17:40
I received  a nice cover and contents from Bruce yesterday.
Thanks Bruce - I sent some Takangarika Island Post to your box.



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Nice cover (with contents) this morning from Bruce - from Free Vinland Republic
Thanks Bruce - greatly appreciated.



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HOW TO START YOUR OWN COUNTRY:

Some of you may have wondered about how to start a new nation.  Let me give an interesting case history: the saga of Bijzland.

A good friend lives in a rural utopia an hour's drive north of Auckland, and works as a mail-order stamp dealer.  A few years ago, he decided to start a fantasy land: Japhyland, and I printed a stamp issue for him (which he designed), printed him some nice FDCs, and made him a rubber datestamp. He seldom sells these, as being a dealer, he prefers to offer his clients only "respectable" stamps. (But if you want some of these, send an inquiry letter with some mint recent commemorative sets in trade, and you could get lucky!)

A year later, to celebrate his birthday, another mutual friend sent me a dozen early photos of Japhyland's founder, going back to his youth days, and asked me to do a Japhyland set using these.  So the set was printed, perfed, and secretly brought along to the celebration party, then a big package of minisheets was presented to Japhyland's founder.  He fished out his datestamp, stuck the stamps on covers and postmarked them, and one was given to each guest.

The foregoing is an aside to the main story here.  At the birthday, I was chatting with my pal's young son, Brynn, then aged 11.  He said that he had contemplated starting a fantasy land himself, called Bijzland.  Intrigued, I asked him to write it down (as the spelling is tricky.)  I asked him the location, and he told me it is "an island off the coast of Russia."  I told him that was quite amazing, for Russian has a character in the alphabet that pronounces "zh" which can only be used in words such as "Bijzland".  I told him I'd see what I could do in the way of making him some stamps.

So after returning home, I went through my old photos and located a couple of Brynn from the time when his dad and I (with Brynn) attended the Science-fiction convention in Auckland.  Brynn was especially enthusiastic to meet one of his heroes, the actor who plays Bender the Robot, from the TV comedy series "Futurama."  He queued up to meet Bender and get his autograph, and I took a photo of Bender as he was signing the autograph for Brynn.



Brynn, aged 11, on the first issue of Bijzland, 2011.


The other two stamps in the first issue showed a rather blurry sideface portrait of Brynn on the 1 kopeck, and "Bender" on the 12k.


Brynn again, on the 1k stamp of 2011.


"Bender" signs his name, with other celebrities in the background. Although the stamp was issued in 2011, it shows "2010" on the stamp, as that was the year the convention where bender signed was held.


Brynn gave away minisheets of his stamps to his friends at school, and I also made him a rubber postmark:


Bijzland 2017 cover to West Papua. Note the bilingual datestamp.


Finding a Russian font was tricky, but I got there in the end.  I have printed him some other commemoratives over the years since, but as he has grown older, his interests have moved more into "gadgets", “online games”, and "girls", as many teenage boys do.


Bijzland 2011 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first voyage into Space.


Bijzland 2013 Year of the Snake.


Bijzland 2014 Valentine's Day.


There was a similar Valentine's Day stamp in 2012: that one was a 12k value.  The Valentine stamps have been very popular with some of my friends for using on cards each February!

Like any Bijzland stamps and covers yourself?  Drop Brynn a line at

Bijzland Information Service,
P.O. Box 257,
Mangawhai,
New Zealand 0540.


I recommend enclose some stamps (attractive modern commemorative sets and minisheets of your country are best), and request some Bijzland in exchange.  If you feel inclined to make suggestions for new issues while writing, your favorite thematic topic may yet figure on a Bijzland stamp! Wink

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2017 at 11:38
Thanks for the info Bruce.

I'm currently working on Takangarika Island which is situated off the west coast of NZ.

You can clearly spot Takangarika Island on this 1d  NZ stamp from 1923 - its just off the west coast of the south island near Haast. 

This is currently the only known copy of this stamp still showing the island - all others were probably recalled and destroyed. Of course as usual a few slipped through the net! 

Interestingly the island does not appear on any modern maps - but as you see it is definitely there.

The mystery continues




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 April 2017 at 12:08
It is interesting to find out the different perspectives that fantasy (in all shades of the spectrum) come from. We all have our own ideas on this, and all (well perhaps not quite all) are perfectly valid.

Do you need to create your own nation? Yes and no. A 'new' nation helps to define what the stamps are about, but this could be a ball and chain. A nation needs a map, a government and people. The more you do the more you need not to contradict what you have already said or done.

For me a good backstory to the issues is paramount. You can weave a story linking issues, and take it steady. Just keep the ideas coming.
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More covers that Bruce has sent me (thanks again Bruce).

Waikoa Island



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