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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: 20 April 2017 at 16:47
..........and one from Bijzland to The President, Takangarika Island




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 April 2017 at 18:40
When printing stamps, I prefer to do them in small compact miniature sheets, so that they can easily fit on a standard album page.
(How would anybody ever display a big sheet of 100 or 240 stamps?  Those are totally unfriendly!)

Small sheets are also easy to post: an important consideration in an era where postage is charged by size of envelope.


Bijzland 2011 first issue: Brynn and Bender, and my first stamps with Russian inscriptions.


Bijzland 2011 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first space flight.

Quote Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968) was a Russian Soviet pilot and cosmonaut. He was the first human to journey into outer space, when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961.

Gagarin became an international celebrity, and was awarded many medals and titles, including Hero of the Soviet Union, the nation's highest honour. Vostok 1 marked his only spaceflight, but he served as backup crew to the Soyuz 1 mission (which ended in a fatal crash). Gagarin later became deputy training director of the Cosmonaut Training Centre outside Moscow, which was later named after him. Gagarin died in 1968 when the MiG-15 training jet he was piloting crashed. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awards the Yuri A. Gagarin Gold Medal in his honor.



Bijzland 2012 Centenary of the "Titanic" launch and demise.

Quote RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. Of the estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. The largest ship afloat at the time it entered service, the RMS Titanic was the second of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, and was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.

Under the command of Edward Smith, who went down with the ship, Titanic carried some of the wealthiest people in the world, as well as hundreds of emigrants from Great Britain and Ireland, Scandinavia and elsewhere throughout Europe seeking a new life in North America. The first-class accommodation was designed to be the pinnacle of comfort and luxury, with an on-board gymnasium, swimming pool, libraries, high-class restaurants and opulent cabins. A high-power radiotelegraph transmitter was available for sending passenger "marconigrams" and for the ship's operational use. Although Titanic had advanced safety features such as watertight compartments and remotely activated watertight doors, there were not enough lifeboats to accommodate all of those aboard, due to outdated maritime safety regulations. Titanic only carried enough lifeboats for 1,178 people—slightly more than half of the number on board, and one third of her total capacity. The Titanic had plenty of time to miss the iceberg but the helmsman panicked and turned the wrong way. Incompetence and blunder were the reasons for the disaster.

The error on the ship's maiden voyage from Southampton to New York happened because there were two different steering systems, with different commands attached to each. This was because of the upheaval involving conversion from sail to steam-powered ships. Some of the crew were used to the archaic Tiller Orders (associated with sailing ships) while others to the more modern Rudder Orders. Crucially, the two systems were the complete opposite of one another: a command to turn "Hard a-starboard" meant turn right under the Tiller system, but left under the Rudder.

When First Officer William Murdoch spotted the iceberg two miles away, his "Hard a-starboard" order was misinterpreted by the Quartermaster, Robert Hitchins. He turned the ship right instead of left, and though he was quickly told to correct it, it was too late, and the side of the starboard bow was ripped out by the iceberg. The Chairman of the Board of the ship owner White Star Line, J.B. Ismay, who was on the ship, persuaded the captain to continue steaming ahead, and this added enormously to water pressure flooding through the damaged hull. Had the ship stopped, it would not have sunk for many more hours, allowing everyone to be rescued by other ships. Because of Ismay's arrogant stupidity, the sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,514 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Ismay made sure he was among those who got on a lifeboat, leaving 1,514 to perish in the icy sea. He was widely castigated as a coward thereafter, and resigned his chairmanship of the shipping line in 1913. He died in 1937.



Bijzland 2014 Valentine's Day.

Quote Valentine's Day, also called Saint Valentine's Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines").
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 April 2017 at 03:39
I have always gone for A5 sized sheets, but for the same reasons.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 April 2017 at 04:46
Originally posted by Steve Steve wrote:

Bruce has responsible for a number of different bogus territories, all with a history, and all interlinked. These include Kemp Land, Mevu and Port Maria - too many to list here. But I hope to add to the collection and post finds here with explanations. But those interested should read Geir's articles.

However I was surprised to discover, after the first article, that I already had some of Bruce's stamps in my colllection. These date back to 1968 and I obtained them while they were in production. They were a true hoax isue, claiming to be a Bicycle Post run by schoolkids in a New Zealand town. Below is the full set of Timaru Cycle Post stamps.



I recently saw just three of these for sale at £50! I hope adding to a collection of Bruce's material will be a fraction of these prices.


Bruce tells me that a full set of these went for $1,500 by auction recently. Why on earth didn't I splash out on 2 or 3 sets way back then?
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Collectors down through the ages have always regretted not buying "more" of stamps that later shoot up in value. Confused

But the main reason why some stamps DO shoot up in value is because few people did buy them. On the other hand, most collectors I know have piles of random stamps they have bought, which will never achieve any decent re-sale.  Sic transit philatelia! Wink


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 April 2017 at 07:48
Good fun to see the re-enactment of the post acted out in true fashion.

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Funny story behind that photo. You will notice that the Mayor and the postie are both smiling at the camera, while I am gritting my teeth and worried. We were all riding on the footpath in front of the ornate City Council palace, and the photographer was perched right on the edge of the path. So I had to avoid smiling at the camera and concentrate on not crashing into the photographer nor steering the bike into the gutter!  Hence no smile from me.

But I can smile now, as the exhibition went really well.  And the "re-enactment bike-ride" got lots of covereage in the local newspaper over 2 days, which probably helped steer visitors to the exhibition. Smile

For New Zealand's big national stamp exhibition the following year (at Palmerston North), I wrote to the organisers offering to do a similar bike-ride at the opening (and print special cinderella stamps for it), for the media.  But they responded saying no thanks, as they had already arranged with a Chinese member of parliament, Pansy Wong, to liase with the media and do all the necessary public relations.

But a week or so before that show opened, Pansy was implicated in some scandal involving her husband and some corrupt deals in China, so had to resign from parliament, so the exhibition ended up getting absolutely NO media coverage at all! Ouch

Moral of the story: If you are involved with a public show, ALWAYS have some interesting event for the media! Tongue
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Thanks Bruce for the Waikoa Cover and contents - greatly appreciated.


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Japhyland 2011 40th birthday of Grant, the Japhyland head honcho, on a signed FDC.  The silver text at the left of the cover is thermography, a heat-embossing process, which makes it look like cast metal.

I mentioned Japhyland stamps earlier, and here are some of the set showing Japhyland's founder.  His son runs Bijzland, which has been slightly more stampiferous. 

This set was a "surprise" birthday present for Grant: one of his friends sourced the photos, sent them to me, and I printed the stamps and FDCs in secret, and presented them to Grant at the party.  He then affixed stamps to the covers, and fetched his postmark out and cancelled them, then each guest was presented with a signed autographed cover.

I think there were ten (or maybe 12) stamps in the set, so after tearing up the sheets, each FDC got 5 random stamps affixed, as the small envelopes could not fit the full set.

Any collectors seeking these could write to the Bijzland Agency address mentioned earlier, but address it to Japhyland Information Service. I'm sure he would be amenable to trading some. Wink
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