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Look what arrived today! I wonder what is inside?




Many thanks Bruce
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Great to see the zeppelin reached your town and dropped off your letter, Steve!

There is one easy way to find out what is inside: reach for a knife or letter-opener, and slit the edge!


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Occussi-Ambeno 2018, 50th anniversary of independence set on FDC. Note partial New Zealand Post cancel (9th May 2018) on the top left of the 15c stamp! That cancel is from "returning to sender"; the addressee this card was sent to having changed address.

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Since this thread is about my stamps, I should regale you with some of the earlies, rather than just the recent ones.

Here is the 1989 issue I was most proud of: the anniversary of my first "BIG" venture, the Timaru Bicycle Local Post.


Occussi-Ambeno 1989 21st anniversary of the Timaru Local Post, on First Day Cover.


The Timaru Bicycle Post was a forerunner of the many private postal operations which now proliferate in NZ. But back in 1968, going up against the state monopoly of the NZ Post Office was a dangerous venture!

The original 1968 issue comprised 7 stamps, including an imperf 15c gold printed on card (which was used for mail when the normal 15c gold stamps ran low.)

The top value, 15c, was done by thermography (or gold heat-embossing, a rather delicate process that I was becoming fascinated with).

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"Who would have believed that all the cycling around (delivering mail) would ensure for the city of Timaru immortality in philately through being covered in the International Encyclopedia of Stamps, as well as being covered in Gibbons Stamp Monthly!"

-- from a reminiscence by one of the posties of the Timaru Local Post, cited on the website , sadly no longer extant.

And here is the report written on the service by Tony Ward, an Australian philatelist:

NZ  Bicycle Posts

In 1968 Timaru was  a small sleepy town in New Zealand’s South Island.

Bruce Henderson, an entrepreneurial 18 year old school boy, and junior stamp collector, enlisted the help of 2 school mates to start a local bicycle delivery.

The new service was called ‘Moulins Services’. There was popular support by local businesses as they allowed good savings for the local delivery of receipts and accounts. There were 5 collecting points ranging from shops to actual residences. Mail that was ‘posted’ before 3:30pm would be picked up after school and delivered later in the day by the boys. The deliveries were shared around among the boys, but at busy times the deliveries continued into the evening.

The delivery rates were:
1¢ - unsealed invoices and receipts
2¢ - sealed letters [Official PO rate of 3¢]
5¢ - small packets
15¢, 30¢ - larger packets
Registered mail was an additional 7¢.[Official PO rate of 18¢]

Stamps were issued. The first issues were 1¢ and 2¢.


As the service grew extra 3¢, 5¢, 7¢ and 15¢ values were printed. While there was no 3¢ rate this was to be used in multiples to make help make up other values in time of shortage.

The first printings of the 1¢, 3¢ and 7¢ were on orange paper. Later printings were on similar but lemon paper.

The 2¢, 5¢ and 15¢ were on red paper.  All stamps had shiny gum, and were rouletted.

The printing was in black on the 1¢ and 2¢, and dark blue on the 5¢, while a blue-ish green on the 3¢. The 7¢ is in two colours: red printing [POSTES MOULINS] and black. 

The 15¢ appeared with raised gold [embossed] printing on a dark red paper and on the standard gummed paper like the other values. Some proofs printed on thin red card and imperf were also used as stamps when supplies of the gummed stamps ran low.  These vary in size.

The sheets were singly printed in two parts which gave tête-bêche pairs at the centre of the sheet. Like the half sheet printing by the Lunds Lokal Post of 1945.

The Moulins Service started on 2nd December 1968 and continued until 12th April 1969. Only 4 months over the school holiday period and summer. The early closing was the result of a David and Goliath like confrontation against the giant Post Office monopoly. In this case Goliath won! The school boys were threatened with huge personal fines per each letter carried and the Service closed immediately.

There are few actual used covers from the period. Perhaps the more label-like appearance than stamp appearance may account for this scarcity.

All letters were hand stamped with one of four cancellations. Bruce Henderson used the letters BRH within a circle with a date, Sandy Stewart used REC and Geoff Mills used SJY. Another combination sometimes used was ANS which was in the office and could be likened to “paquebot” or “loose-letter” mail.

Unaddressed special cancelled to order [CTO] covers do exist.

The tropical coloured covers exist inscribed with MOULINS SERVICES  and plain white envelopes with and without girl with bike logo.

Records were not kept of numbers printed or used. The stamps had worldwide philatelic interest and to this day sets are very rare with few collectors having the printings on both lemon and orange paper, tête-bêche pairs, let alone CTO covers. 

A souvenir folder exists  with a tropical yellow cover [228 mm x 98 mm] which contains a 1¢ on orange paper and a 2¢ on red paper, both cancelled.

 

In 2009 the New Zealand National Stamp Exhibition, Timpex, was held in Timaru. This gave a suitable opportunity for a 40 year re-enactment. A special souvenir sheet was printed and Bruce returned to his old delivery ground. Special covers [500] were carried and some suitably signed by both the postie and local officials.  The 30¢ stamp design shows Bruce on his bike (photographed by Micki Flavell) and an orchid blooming in Bruce’s garden (photographed by Bruce.)

The souvenir sheet had one stamp inverted and caused much interest with both the old and new collectors. Some covers had tête-bêche pairs on them.

There had been only a few earlier local posts in NZ. Starting with the Pigeon Posts linking Great Barrier Island with Auckland in 1898 (which are often considered the world’s first airmail stamps), the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands for the “General Grant” 1915 expedition, and some special Airmail Services of 1930. All of these labels were evidence of a semi-approved local post. At this stage the NZ Post Office had a well-protected monopoly. The Timaru Bicycle Post was not an official service.

Bruce Henderson has been involved in many Cinderella issues subsequently, for specially created ‘States’ like Queen Maud Land, Occussi-Ambeno, and Free Vinland. One issue of Occussi-Ambeno commemorated the Moulins Service and another 21 years later it’s anniversary.

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A couple of recent covers from Bruce
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Occussi-Ambeno 1997 Von Stephan Death Centenary set.

Occussi-Ambeno issued this attractive set in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of the death of Heinrich von Stephan, the man who was founder of the Universal Postal Union.

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

Heinrich von Stephan (1831 – 1897) was the Postmaster-General for the German Empire who reorganized the German postal service. He was integral in the founding of the Universal Postal Union in 1874, and in 1877 introduced the telephone to Germany.

He began his career as a local postal clerk in the service of the Prussian post in 1849. In 1866 he was put in charge by the Prussian government of federalizing the postal service that had long been privately run by the noble Thurn und Taxis family. In 1870 he was named director of postal services for the North German Confederation. Stephan's career then moved quickly up the ranks, as he was named Postmaster General of the German Empire in 1876, the Undersecretary of State in charge of the post office in 1880, and the Minister of Postal Services for Germany in 1895.

When Stephan began his work as a postal worker, Germany was divided into 17 independent states, each with its own separate policies and fees. He worked early on to establish a uniform postage rate throughout Germany, to facilitate easier mailing. He introduced the postcard (which he had initially suggested in 1865) to Germany after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck promoted him in 1870. He is also credited with having introduced the telephone to Germany.

Stephan died in 1897 in Berlin, having made a profound impact on the standardization of mail service worldwide. He was also actively engaged in cultivating purely Germanic terminology for the field of telecommunication and postal services. His achievements in the field of postal services far outweigh his pedantic purism and it was his proposal to have the Siemens company manufacture telephones which led to the development of an entirely new business segment for the famous German company in 1878.

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Occussi-Ambeno 1986 Heb-Sed Festival set.

This set was issued on 5th November 1986.  It took an immense effort in both composing and printing to achieve.  The set was primarily issued to test out my plan to use ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs printed in colour on modern letterpress equipment.

In ancient Egypt, the Heb Sed was celebrated as a festival to rejuvenate the Pharaoh, and featured (among the usual feasting and imbibing) the King sprinting!  It was often celebrated on the 30th anniversary of the King’s coronation, or at any other time the King may decree.

The top register, along with the stamp value, has the name of our country, Occussi-Ambeno, in the Occussian script.

The centre register has six hieroglyphic signs, which show the six main events associated with the festival.  From left to right, they are:

GIVE PRAISE TO THE GODS.

GET SHOWERED & BE PURIFIED.

GET HIGH.

SING.

EAT & DRINK.

(and finally, when all that is done,)

BE WEARY.

The lower register again shows hieroglyphs. At the left is the Djed Column, the human tailbone with the first four vertebrae, which means Stability.  (This is the essential part of the human body: most folks who get an injury to that area are thenceforth confined to bed or wheelchair. At the right is a bird with a human head, and a bowl of burning insense in front, which represents the Soul.  The four red signs in the centre say Heb Sed Festival.

For more information on the Heb Sed Festival, click here.  For more information on Egyptian hieroglyphs, click here.  To learn hieroglyphs, enrol in a course of Near-Eastern Studies at your local university, or buy the textbook:Egyptian Grammarby Sir Alan Gardiner (Oxford University Press.)





Occussi-Ambeno 1986 Heb-Sed Festival set, on a first day cover, postmarked at Topol, a village on the small offshore Maldoror Island.
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