Thank You RogerE, very kind of you.RogerE wrote: ↑07 May 2021 12:10Hello and welcome to Serge Houde = EyeCandy4Me in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Your collecting interest in Heligoland is quite specialised, and clearly you know quite a lot about the subject already. Your information about the unauthorised reprints was already very instructive, thanks. I knew in general terms that mint Heligoland stamps are held in "low esteem" by well-informed collectors, but I didn't know what was behind that until I read your explanation. Clearly you will have much more to show and tell us in due course...
A friend and colleague in one of my local philatelic societies is a highly informed specialised collector of Jersey, especially WWII and immediately after. He collects not only used stamps on covers, but much associated postal/social history and paper ephemera, including letters, newspapers (clippings, or entire if possible), notices, circulars, and so on. I'm guessing there is much in common between your collecting approach and his, even though the actual historical contexts are different.
Do you also pay attention to Heligoland in the period immediately after WWII (1945-52)? That would certainly have some similar aspects to the Jersey experience...
To answer your Question: No, I limit my Collecting to the British Period only.
The Ephemera side is mostly anything to do with Historical Items: Passports and Old Letters.
One of the challenges with collecting Heligoland is that most of the Literature is in German.
So if you're like myself and have no German Linguistic Skills, then it's an uphill battle.
However, this amazing English Language Website by Fritz Wagner is indispensable.
Here he presents the Mastermind behind the infamous REPRINTS: Julius Goldner.
Cover addressed to Herr Goldner himself.