Tuesday, 15 March 2016

2016 New Zealand Native Glowworms

This visually striking stamp issue features four gummed stamps as well as a $2.00 self-adhesive stamp. The stamps have been printed using glow-in-the-dark ink to replicate the effect of glowworms in the wild - simply expose them to sunlight and then step into a dark space to see the stamps light up. It works well too, the stamps look great.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

1908 - 1910 Antarctica Expeditions.

This post is the first of a big project for me, a series on the stamps of Antarctica and the Ross Dependency. As we publish each post copies of their stamps will appear in our Antarctic Collection seen in links above.

During the early 1900s two expeditions left New Zealand heading for the Antarctic. Each was provided with stamps especially overprinted for their expeditions. The purpose of this post is to cover these two early issues that are usually included in a collection of Ross Dependency Stamps.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

New Zealand Wine Post - Officials.

 
      When Mary finished her three large pages of stamps from the local postal agency New Zealand Wine Post there was some tidy up work needed to be done so the collection would be a lot easier to navigate around. I began putting in these links and added that small Index at the top of each page. Now I am listing each issue in our main Index pages too.
        Mary said that it might be of interest doing a thematic collection on the official stamps used for communication with the New Zealand Government. Since I also do many of the thematic collections for this blog I agreed to do this one as well. My intention here is to display these six stamps and four trials together so they can be enjoyed and compared. Most of the information found here has come from Mary's pages.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

1915 General Grant Salvage Expedition Stamps.

                              

       A Set of two values issued for the Catling Expedition of 1915/16 to salvage the gold and cargo of the General Grant which had struck the cliffs of the Auckland Islands many years before. These stamps are a very sought after collector's items and can fetch high prices on the rare occasions when they come up for sale. (As of Mar 2016, the two stamps above would be worth approx. $140.00 NZ each)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Five.

 Definitive Tour.

Other Items of Interest.
This page is intended as somewhere we can keep other items concerning the 1970 Pictorial/Definitives. It is incomplete at the moment because as items come to hand they will be added here.


          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part One.
                    Overview of the 7 issues of this series of stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Looking at the designs and subjects of these stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Three.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the low values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Four.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the large values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Some other items of interest including a collection of courier tags.

1970 Pictorial registered Mail Tags, smaller Mail Tags used for inter Bank parcels, sent from The National Bank of NZ in Jean Batten Place.


Reg. No 254 - Sent from Jean Batten Place. 3 Stamps valued at 69c. 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Four.

 Definitive Tour.

Flaws & Errors - Larger Values.
This page is going to be a lot smaller than the previous page due to the fact there are less larger value stamps and we found a lot less errors on these stamps as well. This could partly be due to the fact that smaller quantities of many of these values were produced.


          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part One.
                    Overview of the 7 issues of this series of stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Looking at the designs and subjects of these stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Three.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the low values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Four.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the large values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Some other items of interest including a collection of courier tags.


10c Queen Elizabeth II & Coat of Arms - Normal Example.
A small collection of flaws found on the 10c value.
(Some of these images have come out dull due to the photographic process used, its not the stamps.)

           
1970 10c QEII Flaw on Queen's head.                                               1970 10c QEII Light blue ribbon colour shift.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Personalised Stamps

          Personalised Stamps have been issued in a number of formats since 2001. The basic idea is that you add your own photograph or logo to the one provided by NZ Post. Your personal stamps are then created and sent to you. While there is an extra cost involved you do get a postage stamp the is uniquely you.
          In this post, we intend to show you each issue listed by year on the one page. There is not much description needed and in many cases, the same design appears a number of times with different values. In some cases, the same stamp has appeared twice in the same issue with different values too. While this may not turn out to be the most popular post on this blog we all thought these issues need to be covered as they are genuine stamps able to be used for postage by their purchaser.
          Before Personalised Stamps, there was a series of four issues known as Greeting Stamps. These began in 1988 and went through until Personalised Stamps began in 2001. The first two issues of Personalised Stamps from 2001 and 2005 could also be considered as Greeting Stamps two so we have included them here and in our Greeting Stamp collection.

                

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

1970 Pictorial / Definitives - Part Three.

 Definitive Tour.

Lower Value Flaws.
We found a large number of flaws in this issue, particularly through the lower values. This page displays many of them but in the end it came down to the question of just how many examples do we really want to crowd onto one page.

          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part One.
                    Overview of the 7 issues of this series of stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Two.
                    Looking at the designs and subjects of these stamps.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Three.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the low values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Four.
                    A collection of flaws & errors from the large values.
          1970 Definitive / Pictorials - Part Five.
                    Some other items of interest including a collection of courier tags.

                      
Below, on this page, are flaws and errors found in the lower values while Part Four has a collection of similar flaws found in the higher values.