A quick update on this quest of mine. I'm currently at my folks place busy readying the albums for our visit to SG next week. While going through the albums I found approximately 150 stamps hidden in the album, it looks like my great great grandfather put his duplicates and mint stamps right inside the page. I found 2 penny reds and a whole load of other very interesting stamps, namely some Deutse Reich stamps, a lot of U.S. stamps and stamps of some countries/territories I've never heard of
Some of the stamps are in rather dire condition, which is understandable as the albums have been through two world wars one of which was in a concentration camp in Semerang (Indonesia I think). It's also survived a sea trip from Indonesia to Holland and then back down to South Africa.
Rather frustratingly the scanner here is not working so for now I'll just give a written summary of the interesting ones to me.U.S. Stamps
There is an interesting blue stamp not post marked that on the top says For President, middle has a portrait of someone and at the bottom of the stamp says W.J. Bryan (I'm assuming it's not actually a postage stamp. And I'm also assuming the portrait is of W.J. Bryan.
There is a stamp that looks in mind condition on the front, of what seems like Abe Lincoln with a scroll underneath his portrait that says "1809 Feb 12 1909. Stamp is red and face value is two cents.
Another stamp is in landscape position, greenish, with a picture of a ship. A scroll above the ship says United States Inter Revenue. Under the ship in small writing it says series of 1898 and then in bigger letters the word "Documentary" appears. Face value of stamp is 1 cent. There is also what you guys called "socked on the nose postmark that says" R.J.S., Oct 4 1898". There is also a blue stamp very similar, face value is five eighths cents and instead of Documentary it has Proprietary otherwise all other text is the same.Panama
I think this is a revenue stamp but I'm sure after I manage to get it scanned etc someone can correct me. It's green and white oblong shaped with a big R on the left hand side. Top of stamp "Republika de Panama 3de Novembre de 1903. Under it say Correos and under that is a spce I think for a serial number (nothing there looks unused). Value of stamp is 10 Diez Centavos.Deutse Reich
Tons of these stamps in the albums, especially from Prussia and Baden. Two unused stamps from Braunschweig. Stamp backgrounds are white one with a red oval, one with a brown oval. On both stamps there is a crown and horse (In white) Values of stamps are 1 and 3 Groschen.Egypt
Looks like a complete series of stamps of differing colours and values picture on stamps is of a pyramid and the Sphinx. One of the stamps is unused.
And breathe... I'm wishing the damned scanner worked Madagascar
Some unused stamps very pretty with purple and red borders with pictures of some locals carrying some bloke on a stretcher/throne (my eyes are bad at the mo).Dahomey
(Yeah me neither)
Was apparently a French Colony. Stamp has face value of 5 whatevers (very scientific) Arique Occidentale Francaise. Colour is green.Portuguese Colonies
There are two, pictures on both stamps are very similar. The stamp from Inhamebane (over print) is red and worth 25 (also over print), the picture is of a king or someone similar, Stamp says Portuguese something or another (covered by post mark). The other stamp is silver grey face value 50 (over print) from Funchal (overprint)U.K
The penny reds, one is postmarked 466 with letter is the corner either E or L and F and the other one is postmarked ?12 letters are T and J. There is an unused green stamp face value halfpenny with a king of some description (My royal knowledge sucks).
I've gone through all the albums taken all the loose stamps out and poot them in stock sheets. A very interesting day indeed. There were one hang of a lot of Uglies (Sorry mate I can't remember your name, I know you love them). I'll get those scanned in after the SG adventure.
I also found lots of sheets of paper, with my great great grandfathers handwriting, it looks like he was keeping some sort of tally for the albums, not sure if it was number of stamps or the value. I'll scan those in sometime too.
In the middle of one of the albums I also found a re-ordering sheet for more volumes of the albums. Rather exciting I think. It's been nice today because not only have I been looking at old/interesting stamps I've also found some hand written documents fro an ancestor.
I've also managed to bore you all with this long drawn out post which would have been easier if there was a bleedin scanner. A picture is worth a 1000 words,
In search of the Kingdom of the Schwaneberger