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02 Mar 2019, 3:26 am

Time for a philatelic counterpart to the numismatic "Strange Coins of the World" thread.

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02 Mar 2019, 8:52 am

That's a cute stamp. Groovy Peter Max style. I date from that era: the era when they first introduced zip codes, and when that kind of graphics was in, and from when stamps were only ten cents. Lol! But I don't remember that particular stamp.

Used to collect stamps. Can be quite fun.

My favorite country in my stamp album was Germany because you can trace its history in its stamps.

They had nondescript stamps in the Twenties, but then you see the hyperinflation of the Wiemar Republic in the late Twenties.

No pictures. Just nice regal designs built around numbers. You see red or blue stamps for "200 marks", and for "400 marks" ( a mark is usually similar to a shilling or a US quarter in value). Then you start seeing prices in the multiples of "tausend" . And then in the millions. I had stamps with 25 million, and 50 million marks. And apparently sometimes they even recycled stamps before they left the print shop: an earlier style red "200 mark" stamp will have "five tausend" stamped over the original design in black ink, and in heavy Germanic letters.

That ends. But then came the Thirties,and the war years, and you see stamps with swastikas, and other stamps with portraits of Hitler.

Then came the post war/Cold War era with Germany now split into two countries (east and west).

The West German stamps of the Fifties and Sixties were rather nondescript and forgettable to look at. But Communist East Germany had some rather breathtaking looking stamps. I particularly like the series they did on fossils found at the famous slate quarry in Germany (archaeopteryx and like that). Cool pics of fossil creatures.

I stopped actively collecting stamps in the Seventies. Don't know much the later stamps of the two Germanies, nor about the now reunified Germany and its stamps.



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02 Mar 2019, 8:07 pm

Tuva triangles:

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02 Mar 2019, 8:19 pm

https://www.mysticstamp.com/Products/Un ... /3138/USA/

The imperforate Bugs Bunny Stamp is worth $125! Maybe a little less on ebay, but certainly a lot more than the 32 cent issue price!



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02 Mar 2019, 10:38 pm

BTDT wrote:
https://www.mysticstamp.com/Products/United-States/3138/USA/

The imperforate Bugs Bunny Stamp is worth $125! Maybe a little less on ebay, but certainly a lot more than the 32 cent issue price!

Here ya go:

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03 Mar 2019, 4:59 am

I'm from the UK, and I use a lot of stamps with work, one I used to see occasionally (but don't have any to hand) was a scratchable coin stamp, it said something along the lines of heads or tails? And you'd rub the stamp to reveal which side of the coin it was.
edit; here's a pic of an unused one
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03 Mar 2019, 8:50 pm

^ Very cool.

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04 Mar 2019, 3:19 pm

Circles have been tried, but they are too hard to tear and waste too much paper.

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04 Mar 2019, 3:27 pm

The USA now uses circles for Global Forever stamps. They are die cut self adhesive stamps.



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04 Mar 2019, 6:33 pm

BTDT wrote:
The USA now uses circles for Global Forever stamps. They are die cut self adhesive stamps.

They are very nice. With modern peel-off stamps this shape is easier; with older perforated ones, not so much.

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05 Mar 2019, 9:36 am

Someone have a favorite Inverted Center? The 24 cent Inverted Jenny is the most famous example.



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11 Mar 2019, 1:20 am

BTDT wrote:
Someone have a favorite Inverted Center? The 24 cent Inverted Jenny is the most famous example.

That would be this one, in case anyone doesn't know it. :D

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12 Mar 2019, 1:25 am

Beware the Ides of March!

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16 Mar 2019, 6:53 pm

I remember having a bunch of these old half-cent Ben Franklins when I was a kid. I wonder if this was the last half-cent stamp issued in the US. Now I wonder what the lowest denomination stamp ever issued was.

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