Who collects the fantasy stamps of self-declared States?

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I would like to see this catalogue. Hear a lot of talk about it, never seen a page. Is it available in our neck of the woods.
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Just out of interest; aren't the USA and Australia, self declared states? Nobody outside the borders forced union or federation on them.

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member389845 wrote:
I have produced a fully illustrated CD Catalogue of Australian and New Zealand Local and Private Posts and Railway Posts, which include Rainbow Creek and Hutt River, as well as Bumbunga, Lord Howe Island, Aramoana etc.
What is the extent of the NZ Local and Private posts?

Is there an index??
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member389845 wrote:All the issues from these places like Sedang, Taniquah, Kemp Land, Chyan etc, need cataloguing, but unfortunately there is not enough information around regarding them.
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I am happy to announce Chyan's first new stamps since 2005. The set of four (issued on 15th March 2017) features berry fruits, and comes in attractive minisheets with a marginal caption urging citizens to eat lots of fresh berry fruit, for good health, and also urging citizens to grow their own berries, and water the plants every day.
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Chyan 2017 Fruit set. Berries shown on their bushes are Blackberry (15 sen), Strawberry (30 sen), Raspberry (45 sen), and Cranberry (1.35 Mon).
Wikipedia wrote:The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. The taxonomy of the blackberries has historically been confused because of hybridization and apomixis, so that species have often been grouped together and called species aggregates. ...

Blackberries contain numerous large seeds that are not always preferred by consumers. The seeds contain oil rich in omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and -6 fats (linoleic acid) as well as protein, dietary fiber, carotenoids, ellagitannins and ellagic acid.

The soft fruit is popular for use in desserts, jams, seedless jelly, and sometimes wine. It is often mixed with apples for pies and crumbles. Blackberries are also used to produce candy.
I suggest there are few greater pleasures than eating fresh, ripe berry fruit, and would love to make a thematic or topical collection of them, if only more lands would feature them on stamps! :D

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HARLEY, THE PAINTER OF UNICORNS: IN MEMORIAM STAMP.

Occussi-Ambeno will issue a commemorative stamp on 27th March 2017, to celebrate the life of Terra Candella’s Painter of Unicorns, Harley, announced the Postmaster-General, Sir Hantuk Belagar, today.

The full-colour stamp is being printed in miniature sheets of three. It shows a portrait of Harley with cigar in hand. The stamp is valued at 30 cents (rate for inland letters in the Sultanate), and price for a full minisheet is 90c.

In the lower margin of the sheet is this quote, which sums up Harley well:
I am, above all else, a passionate and lifelong student of Art.

Harley, Terra Candella’s Painter of Unicorns
(October 15, 1940 – January 10, 2016)

Harley was born in New Albany, Indiana and lived in Graton, CA at the time of his death. He is survived by his partner Hamlet Mateo, his children Tristan Francis and Gabrielle Francis-Zenger, their mother, Harley’s former wife, Patricia Snow, his former partner Kevin Burton, his sister, Joyce Blair and his grandchildren.

Residents of Oberlin, the small college town in Ohio where Harley lived for many years, might, if they happened to be taking a late night walk during the late seventies, glimpse a bearded figure, cigar jutting from its mouth, moving about in the brightly lit, second floor art studio above the stores flanking one side of the town square. On a hot summer’s night one might, drawing closer, hear the faint strains of Italian opera. The studio, filled with ceramics, drawings, paintings, collage, jungle-like plants, and a neatly assembled jumble of old yet functional odds and ends of furniture and rugs, was a temple of sorts, perfumed with the incense of cigar smoke, and inhabited by that oddity of human society, an artist with no vocation other than art, no trust fund, and no day job.

Father and then grandfather, husband and partner, lover, friend, Harley lived a large and complex life driven by large and complex appetites. “Simply speaking,” he would say in his nasal, and sometimes acerbic manner, “My needs are greater than my fears.” He simultaneously embraced the artistic fantasy of royalty while being unabashedly true to his family’s Indiana farming roots, and he would often regale visitors to his studio with tales of his grandmother, who would fly out of the farmhouse and use a rake to club a snake out of a tree, then finish cooking a gargantuan breakfast concluded with several homemade pies.

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Harley loved life and he wanted to live longer than he did. Even as his health declined, he adapted, as he always did, to continue making art. If he didn’t have money to buy paint and canvas, he would glue labels and tickets and cancelled stamps, bits of foil and cigar bands, to paper. When he could no longer stand upright to make large paintings, he sat and created smaller works. One of his chief survival tools was a wicked and sardonic wit, and his family members report that he made them laugh in the last few days of his life, even joking with the nurses as he returned to consciousness, in pain, after what was his final surgery in a hospital in Northern California, where he made his home for the past almost thirty years.

Harley’s art was never sold widely in famous galleries, though his extensive participation in the mail art movement made him known internationally; he survived through skilfully cultivating and maintaining a far-flung community of friends and acquaintances who would be invited to the house for dinner or a birthday party, and who might leave with a painting or set of drawings that had begun to speak to them, perhaps forcefully or, as Harley loved to say, sotto voce.

The painter of unicorns, the postmaster and resident ruler of Terra Candella, the Land of Light, has set down his brush. Plans are being made for a retrospective show of his work to serve as background for a memorial gathering, details to follow. Gifts and remembrances should be sent to Tristan Francis, 7985 SW 67th, Portland OR 97223.

Collectors wishing to buy this stamp may purchase them from the General Post Office in Baleksetung, any Occussi-Ambeno Post Office or embassy, or from the Occussi-Ambeno Overseas Philatelic Bureau.

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Good to see the Kemp Land "Minister Of Propaganda" Department is on the job, and is actively Censoring mail to NSW. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Yes! I have collected these stamps, because of its beauty, as if more
fascinating than a real postage stamp from major countries of the world. I have the stamps from Abkhazia, Bequia, Buriata, Dagestan, Dhufar, Hutt River Province, Kalmykia, Nagaland, Redonda, Republik
Maluku Selatan, Eynhallow Holy Island of Scotland, Staffa, Stroma, Udmurtia, Upper Yafa. I also purchased some that are from real countries, yet it is never found in the Scott Catalog. I also bought from the USA a facsimile stamps of Tibet of 1914 issues. I am still finding something that catches my attention, like the dead countries
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Panterra wrote:
member389845 wrote:All the issues from these places like Sedang, Taniquah, Kemp Land, Chyan etc, need cataloguing, but unfortunately there is not enough information around regarding them.
Ralph
I am happy to announce Chyan's first new stamps since 2005. The set of four (issued on 15th March 2017) features berry fruits, and comes in attractive minisheets with a marginal caption urging citizens to eat lots of fresh berry fruit, for good health, and also urging citizens to grow their own berries, and water the plants every day.
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Chyan 2017 Fruit set. Berries shown on their bushes are Blackberry (15 sen), Strawberry (30 sen), Raspberry (45 sen), and Cranberry (1.35 Mon).
Wikipedia wrote:The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera. The taxonomy of the blackberries has historically been confused because of hybridization and apomixis, so that species have often been grouped together and called species aggregates. ...

Blackberries contain numerous large seeds that are not always preferred by consumers. The seeds contain oil rich in omega-3 (alpha-linolenic acid) and -6 fats (linoleic acid) as well as protein, dietary fiber, carotenoids, ellagitannins and ellagic acid.

The soft fruit is popular for use in desserts, jams, seedless jelly, and sometimes wine. It is often mixed with apples for pies and crumbles. Blackberries are also used to produce candy.
I suggest there are few greater pleasures than eating fresh, ripe berry fruit, and would love to make a thematic or topical collection of them, if only more lands would feature them on stamps! :D

They look so delicious I could eat them. The Occusi Ambeno's printers are getting better all the time!
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Japhyland 2011 40th birthday of Grant, the Japhyland head honcho, on a signed FDC. The silver text at the left of the cover is thermography, a heat-embossing process, which makes it look like cast metal.
I mentioned Japhyland stamps earlier, and here are some of the set showing Japhyland's founder. His son runs Bijzland, which has been slightly more stampiferous.

This set was a "surprise" birthday present for Grant: one of his friends sourced the photos, sent them to me, and I printed the stamps and FDCs in secret, and presented them to Grant at the party. He then affixed stamps to the covers, and fetched his postmark out and cancelled them, then each guest was presented with a signed autographed cover.

I think there were ten (or maybe 12) stamps in the set, so after tearing up the sheets, each FDC got 5 random stamps affixed, as the small envelopes could not fit the full set.

Any collectors seeking these could write to the Bijzland Agency address mentioned on another thread, but address it to Japhyland Information Service. I'm sure he would be amenable to trading some.

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Mevu 2017 45th Anniversary of Mevu control of Waikoa Island.

Mevu, a small Antarctic republic, was given Waikoa Island in some complex political tradeoff, and has enjoyed immensely having such a warm tropical appendage! Citrus fruits grown there are exported to Mevu to keep up the vitamin C levels of the frozen citizeny and stave off scurvy, and many Mevuans enjoy long relaxing vacations away from their chilly homeland.

This stamp is interesting for its design. On the right is a one-cent Waikoa Island 1973 stamp, promoting the anti-nuclear campaign. At the time, France was exploding nuclear devices in the atmosphere near Tahiti, causing radioactive fallout and birth defects for humans, fish, and animals around the Pacific.

On the left is the "mystery ship", the Mary Celeste, found abandoned in 1872, one hundred years before Mevu took over Waikoa Island.
Wikipedia wrote:Mary Celeste (often misreported as Marie Celeste) was an American merchant brigantine, discovered adrift and deserted in the Atlantic Ocean, off the Azores Islands, on December 5, 1872. The Canadian brigantine Dei Gratia found her in a dishevelled but seaworthy condition, under partial sail, and with her lifeboat missing. The last entry in her log was dated ten days earlier. She had left New York City for Genoa on November 7, and on discovery was still amply provisioned. Her cargo of denatured alcohol was intact, and the captain's and crew's personal belongings were undisturbed. None of those who had been on board were ever seen or heard from again.

Mary Celeste was built in Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, and launched under British registration as Amazon, in 1861. She transferred to American ownership and registration in 1868, when she acquired her new name, and thereafter sailed uneventfully until her 1872 voyage. At the salvage hearings in Gibraltar, following her recovery, the court's officers considered various possibilities of foul play, including mutiny by Mary Celeste's crew, piracy by the Dei Gratia crew or others, and conspiracy to carry out insurance or salvage fraud. No convincing evidence supported these theories, but unresolved suspicions led to a relatively low salvage award.

The inconclusive nature of the hearings helped to foster continued speculation as to the nature of the mystery, and the story has repeatedly been complicated by false detail and fantasy. Hypotheses that have been advanced include the effects on the crew of alcohol fumes rising from the cargo, submarine earthquakes (seaquakes), waterspouts, attacks by giant squid, and paranormal intervention.

After the Gibraltar hearings, Mary Celeste continued in service under new owners. In 1885, her captain deliberately wrecked her off the coast of Haiti, as part of an attempted insurance fraud. The story of her 1872 abandonment has been recounted and dramatized many times, in documentaries, novels, plays and films, and the name of the ship has become a byword for unexplained desertion.

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I am happy to announce Chyan's first new stamps for 2018. The set of two (issued on 8th April 2018) celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence of Occussi-Ambeno. A most noteworthy event in the Fifth World, and an anniversary that few expected to see!

The designs feature
gold and silver coins of Occussi-Ambeno, as well as a pair of sun parrakeets on the 15 sen stamp, and the airship "Graf Zeppelin" on the 1.35 Mon.

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Chyan 2018 Fiftieth Anniversary of Independence of Occussi-Ambeno set.
Coins of Occussi-Ambeno are shown along with sun parrakeets and the "Graf Zeppelin" airship.
Wikipedia wrote:LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin (Deutsches Luftschiff Zeppelin #127; Registration: D-LZ 127) was a German-built and -operated, passenger-carrying, hydrogen-filled, rigid airship which operated commercially from 1928 to 1937. When it entered commercial service in 1928, it became the first commercial passenger transatlantic flight service in the world. It was named after the German pioneer of airships, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, who was a count (Graf) in the German nobility. During its operating life, the airship made 590 flights covering more than 1.7 million kilometers (over 1 million miles). It was designed to be operated by a crew of 36 officers and men. The LZ 127 was the longest rigid airship at the time of its completion and was only surpassed by the USS Akron in 1931. It was scrapped for fighter plane parts in 1940.
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Another new cinderella land to add a page or three in your album for:

The Principality of Thanatos.

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Thanatos 2018 20th Anniversary of Independence set, in the minisheet format they were issued in.

The Principality of Thanatos, a small isle off the British coast, celebrates its 20th anniversary of independence in 2018, and to mark this historic event, this beautiful set of four stamps was issued.

The designs each show the ruler, HRH Prince Michael Damian the first, and

50p ... Passion flower, the national flower.

£1 ... Badger, the national animal.

£1.50 ... Aerial view of the island.

£4 ... the painting "A Dream of Spring" (1901) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

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Wikipedia wrote:William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825 – 1905) was a French academic painter. In his realistic genre paintings he used mythological themes, making modern interpretations of classical subjects, with an emphasis on the female human body. During his life he enjoyed significant popularity in France and the United States, was given numerous official honors, and received top prices for his work.

As the quintessential salon painter of his generation, he was reviled by the Impressionist avant-garde. By the early twentieth century, Bouguereau and his art fell out of favor with the public, due in part to changing tastes. In the 1980s, a revival of interest in figure painting led to a rediscovery of Bouguereau and his work.

Throughout the course of his life, Bouguereau executed 822 known finished paintings, although the whereabouts of many are still unknown.

Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist whose genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects, both pagan and Christian, with a concentration on the naked female form. The idealized world of his paintings brought to life goddesses, nymphs, bathers, shepherdesses, and madonnas in a way that appealed to wealthy art patrons of the era.


Prince Michael Damian intends this set to remain in use as the definitive stamps of the island for the foreseeable future.

Folks interested in acquiring stamps and covers from Thanatos could contact the Prince at
1 Arbor Court, Abingdon Road, Leicester LE2 1HA, England.
Apparently, the Prince is amenable to exchanging his stamps for other mint sets. Make him an offer.
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I'm pleased to say that unlike a lot of subjects & scams covered on eBay, a Google Search for

"Principality of Thanatos' stamps

produces only one entry.
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norvic wrote:I'm pleased to say that unlike a lot of subjects & scams covered on eBay, a Google Search for

"Principality of Thanatos' stamps

produces only one entry.
I'd just add: if anyone reading this has £14 to waste on this garbage, please donate it to a local charity instead. :idea:

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And if it helps. I have abandoned the stamps of Taniquah, it no longers issues stamps, however I have given Panterra permission to sell them and keep the proceeds. (On average maybe $5 a year if you are lucky).
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Sandy Island
For the delectation of cinderella collectors everywhere, here are some details on the stamps of Sandy Island, an ephemeral stamp-issuer thought to be in the Caribbean. These are the brainchild of a veteran Italian philatelist.

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Sandy Island 2016 Airmail and Philately issue.

Sandy Island Post Office wrote:The Sandy Island Post Office will issue a new series of stamps to celebrate the Air Mail Service, announced the Postmaster, Signor Fabio Vaccarezza, today.

The two stamps are in full colour, and designs are:

1½ Rupees … The plane crosses Sandy Island, and pilot.

2 Rupees … Book pages form a heart, and the first Sandy
Island 5¢ stamp, with “I love Philately”.

Each stamp also shows Her Majesty the Queen of Sandy Island, and His Highness, the Royal Consort.

Date of issue is 7th August 2016. The stamps were printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island.
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Sandy Island 2016 Christmas.
Sandy Island Post Office wrote:The Sandy Island Post Office will issue a new postage stamp featuring a classic Old Master painting for use on the Christmas mails, announced the Postmaster, Signor Fabio Vaccarezza, today.

The stamp features the painting Alba Madonna, by Raphael, and is valued at 5 cents.

Date of issue is 5th December 2016. The stamps have been printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. The stamps are available in small sheets comprising twenty stamps, at $1 per sheet.

Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.

After his death, the influence of his great rival Michelangelo was more widespread until the 18th and 19th centuries, when Raphael's more serene and harmonious qualities were again regarded as the highest models. His career falls naturally into three phases and three styles, first described by Giorgio Vasari: his early years in Umbria, then a period of about four years (1504 – 1508) absorbing the artistic traditions of Florence, followed by his last hectic and triumphant twelve years in Rome, working for two Popes and their close associates.
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Sandy Island 2017 Lighthouse and Frog issue.
Sandy Island Post Office wrote:The Sandy Island Post Office will issue a new series of stamps showing Sombrero Island lighthouse, and a tree frog, announced the Postmaster, Signor Fabio Vaccarezza, today.

The stamps are in realistic colour; value of each is 2 cents.

Date of issue is 8th June 2017. The stamps have been printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island.

Collectors and others requiring stamps may order from

Signor Fabio Vaccarezza,
Via Monte Suello 1, Milano 20133, Italy.


Stamps on cover, and registered covers, can also be supplied to collectors on request. Please add an allowance for return postage to your payment. Exchanges welcome.
Correspondence welcome in Italiano or English.
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gavin-h wrote:
norvic wrote:I'm pleased to say that unlike a lot of subjects & scams covered on eBay, a Google Search for

"Principality of Thanatos' stamps

produces only one entry.
I'd just add: if anyone reading this has £14 to waste on this garbage, please donate it to a local charity instead. :idea:
In answer to the question in the title, instead of answers now we are getting more and more posts showing this garbage. Isn't there another thread which is supposed to depict all these labels?
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Such things would not exist if there was not a market.

Also Norvic, this is the cinderella part of the board and there are NO rules being broken, and I feel that such items deserve just as much respect as the latest load of wallpaper crud pumped out by Royal Mail.

Basically, if you can't stand the heat, then get out of the kitchen. No one asked your approval to post these things and no one who posts here really cares if you or anyone else approves of them or not.

There are many parts of Stampboards devoted to so called Real stamps, Postal History, covers, exonumia, wallpaper, Princestamps fits of pique and everything else philatelic under the sun.

Not to be nasty but Cinderellas and Fantasy issues are still philately and derserve full recognition by those who choose to recognise them and like to collect them. Even weirder is most of us Fanstasy label enthusiasts collect real stamps too :lol:

I am not happy some of these labels choose to depict Nazis et al, but it is still their right and you don't have to look at them or buy them. Even the sheriff has let this stuff slide - so why can't you?
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I was just drawing attention to the difference between the title and the contents.

I was thinking the same about this thread (http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=56457) which is no longer about the 1d Red KGV head stamp and now just records an anniversary every day and is more suited to the water cooler than 'discuss stamps'. Just raising the flag.

I'll try to ignore this from now, but knowledge is power. :)
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And your problem is.

The thread asks who collects the stamps of self declared fantasy states, and quite a few people have answered it. The fact that some of the producers of fantasy stamps and a display of latest and historic fantasy issues is still answering that question.

Where else can these people post this stuff on Stampboards - you would be kicking a huge stink up, if the self declared fantasy labels appeared in some august thread on Mother Britain and her endless Machin issues.

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Princestamps wrote:Such things would not exist if there was not a market.

Not to be nasty but Cinderellas and Fantasy issues are still philately and derserve full recognition by those who choose to recognise them and like to collect them. Even weirder is most of us Fanstasy label enthusiasts collect real stamps too :lol:
You must have been in a great rush to get that off your chest! Typos all over the shop !

However so called "fantasy" labels are hardly philately since the name was coined from the Greek meaning "love" and "tax labels" these fantasy labels never were a receipt for a "tax".

On topic however, I do not collect fantasy labels, and consider them an abomination , less interesting than wallpaper and less useful than toilet paper. :lol:
whatever it is -------it's better than a poke in eye with a wet umbrella !

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I .. consider them an abomination, less interesting than wallpaper and less useful than toilet paper. :lol:
Many, me included, think exactly the same thing about GB Machin heads. :mrgreen:

Whatever floats your boat in philately. :idea:
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Yeah maybe . Machins do pay a tax and the study does qualify as philately.


but I repeat "fantasy" does not = "philately"

Maybe a new collection game "philfantasia"?? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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You send me all your fantasy stamps and I will send you all my boring Betty's! :)
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote:You send me all your fantasy stamps and I will send you all my boring Betty's! :)


I don't have any !

I said I did not collect them! but I Could give you some very boring KGV reds :lol: :lol:
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Thankyou. You are so generous. I will take the lot! :D
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vikingeck wrote:
Princestamps wrote:Such things would not exist if there was not a market.

Not to be nasty but Cinderellas and Fantasy issues are still philately and derserve full recognition by those who choose to recognise them and like to collect them. Even weirder is most of us Fanstasy label enthusiasts collect real stamps too :lol:
You must have been in a great rush to get that off your chest! Typos all over the shop !

However so called "fantasy" labels are hardly philately since the name was coined from the Greek meaning "love" and "tax labels" these fantasy labels never were a receipt for a "tax".

On topic however, I do not collect fantasy labels, and consider them an abomination , less interesting than wallpaper and less useful than toilet paper. :lol:

There is a really GOOD reason why our ancestors left the UK 150 years ago.
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What makes you, and Norvic so pernickety and nitpicky all the time. Is it the fact that our winter days with their highs of 19 and low of 13 are warmer and sunnier than your summer ones :lol:

Anyway back to the topic and I would like to stress, I do not collect any fantasy labels much beyond what my fantasy country issued until a few years ago (Last issue was in 2016) and some of the occasional ones that amuse me. The person who prints most of these fantasy issues is a good friend of mine and that is why I defend him and his stamps.

He merely designs a few and prints all of them. The countries, topics and issuing part are controlled by different clients. Yes some of the countries like Chyan and Occusi Ambeno are Panterra's but Kempland is someone else and so is Japhyland.

For your information, Mr Viking I collect only Lundy and have a few herm stamps in my collection as cinderellas and all of us know Lundy has about the best reputation a cinderella entity can have.

I do not need to mention my specialised South Africa and British commonwealth collections, all of real stamps that would pass the Philatelic veracity test of the United Kingdom :lol:

It does not hurt for anyone to open their mind and have a bit of fun with philately and what more fun could be these fantasy labels.
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Any more nonsense, and it is vacation time for the foolhardy non reader. :idea:
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I do not actively collect fantasy issues but tend to keep the ones I ran into. If I acquire stamps that include fantasy issues I give them no value (except the first category below).

I would see them to fall into four categories in the order of decreasing desirability.

1) Intended in the dreams for postal use (these actually are worth something), such as Azad Hindi.

2) Intended to publicize the cause of separatist and similar items. At the time of issue not intended for postal use. For example Maluku Selatan pictorials.

3) Real places but the 'issuer' has no connection to that place. Only seen as easy way of making money. Many (but not all) post 1991 Russian locals fall into this category.

4) Not real places. Some of these are shown in this thread (such as Sandy Island, I believe).

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Sandy Island
Here is the very first stamp of Sandy Island.

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Sandy Island Map issue.

Sandy Island Post Office wrote:The Sandy Island Post Office will issue a new stamp to celebrate the Philatelic Exhibition in Milan, announced the Postmaster, Signor Fabio Vaccarezza, today.

The 5c stamp is printed in black and blue, and shows a map of the Caribbean, with Sandy Island shown.

The stamps were printed by the Occussi-Ambeno Government Printer, KDPN, Baleksetung, Occussi-Ambeno.
Sadly I cannot recall the date these were done, but think it was 2014 or 2015.

Fabio was on the committee organising a Stamp Exhibition in Milan, Italy, and a professional artist did the design. The four folks shown in the oval are the organising committee. I was sent the image and instructed to reduce it down and print it "in the exact size of the Cayman Islands 1935 pictorials."

Fortuitously, Cayman Islands is one of the lands whose stamps I seriously collect, so I was able to comply with this request.

The committee required a huge quantity of this stamp, as one was apparently mounted in each catalogue of the show, and handed out to every attendee.

A curious aspect of the design is that the artist who did the design has also included his own visage, twice, on either side of the shield containing the denomination!

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Sandy Island Map issue, minisheet.

A small number of minisheets comprising ten stamps were also printed, and I believe everyone who exhibited was presented with a minisheet along with their certificate or medal.

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Well the Sultan there recently mailed me this cheery Birthday card. :mrgreen:
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Sandy Island
Here is a nice cover from Sandy Island.

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Sandy Island registered cover to Thanatos, 8th June 2018.

Sandy Island Post Office wrote:Stamps on cover, and registered covers, can also be supplied to collectors on request. Please add an allowance for return postage to your payment. Exchanges welcome.
Correspondence welcome in Italiano or English.

Accogliamo la corrispondenza in Italiano o Inglese.

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Speaking of Thanatos, I have just completed one of the most challenging print jobs I have EVER done, on an Adana press. It is a registered mail label, so quite small. The client requested that the name of his town, Tyrsby City, should have a diaerisis accent (2 dots) over the first Y in the 10 point Tyrsby.

I don't have ANY accented letters among my fonts at all, so considered getting a polymer plate made for this. But finally, I just printed the name, then ran them through the press a second time and printed a colon on its side in the correct location. A rather tricky make-ready to do that one!

I hope I don't get asked for cedillas next! That would be trickier!

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Front cover of the booklet of Registered mail labels, Tyrsby City, Thanatos.

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Thanatos 2018 50th Anniversary of Independence of the Sultanate of Occussi-Ambeno.

The Principality of Thanatos issued this set on 8th April 2018, to mark this historic event for their good friend and ally, Occussi-Ambeno.
The issue date was Occussi-Ambeno's independence day.

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Occussi-Ambeno website wrote:The port town of Oekusi was established in the 15th century as a provisioning station for Portuguese privateers. Until recently Oekusi was the seat of power ("government"). All administrative functions are now carried out in the much more recently established town of Pante-Makassar, 20km north east of Oekusi.

(NB: Propinsi Indonesia was annexed in 1975 as a consequence of a petition from the Indonesian people. Propinsi Indonesia is a large hinterland which constitutes a Special Annexure of the Sultanate, and is not included in this country profile.)

In 1985, the Sultanate was admitted to the International Council of Independent States (ICIS), the "United Nations" of the Fifth World, and has since played a leading role in that forum.

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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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A couple of items that Bruce (Panterra) just sent me:
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Kemp Land and Sandy Island cinderellas

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Kemp Land sheets

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Waikoa sheets

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Kemp Land covers

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Sandy Island cover
All of these came in the following cover, franked with Waikoa cinderellas and an uncancelled NZ stamp:
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HalfpennyYellow wrote: . . .
All of these came in the following cover, franked with Waikoa cinderellas and an uncancelled NZ stamp:
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Funny that they did not bother to cancel the NZ stamp.
I guess they figured the Waikoa stamps were adequately cancelled, so that will cover the postage!!

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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.
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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Global Administrator wrote:Well the Sultan there recently mailed me this cheery Birthday card. :mrgreen:
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... and it ended up in the box of random stuff I bought a fortnight ago, along with some Kemp Land stuff.

It was interesting to start reading about a topic I hadn't previously paid attention to.

I recently came across an article about microstates. Or was it on YouTube...

If I find it I will mention it here.

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I was delighted to find in today's mail a magnificent cover from Waikoa.

This adds a notch to my ASFE belt.

There were some stamps from Antarctica that were far more convincing than the cinderellas that Australia issues on behalf of the penguins and research scientists on the frozen continent.

I also noted some stamps from imaginary fantasy self-declared states such as New Zealand.

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Here is the cover, with postally-used Waikoa. The postal clerks in Minaue ignored the cinderella in the lower left corner. I assume the hieroglyphic inscription is a regional routing marking.

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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 Grammar” by Sir Alan Gardiner (Oxford University Press.)

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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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Occussi-Ambeno 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, the perforated souvenir sheet.

This issue appeared on 15th December 1977, and was an attempt to join the huge crowd of countries and entities issuing stamps to celebrate the monarch of Great Britain, with whom the Sultanate does not yet have diplomatic relations.

The stamps were printed by offset and hotfoil and embossed, by Heraclio Fournier SA, Vittoria, Spain, the third time this distinguished printing company had done stamps for Occussi-Ambeno.

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Waikoa Island 2015 Stamp Jubilee minisheet, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Waikoa Island stamps way back in 1965.

Waikoa Island issued this attractive set of four stamps in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Waikoa Island stamps. The minisheet comprises two full sets. Issue date was 23rd September 2015.

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The designs show classic & rare early stamps of the island:

35t - The 1965 2¢ definitive; The 1976 50¢ Anti-Nuclear Bomb stamp.

70t - The 1970 12¢ Lenin Birth Centenary; The 1976 50¢ Anti-Nuclear Bomb stamp.

Rs 1.70 - The 1972 6¢ International Anti-SST League conference in Mevu; The 1976 1¢ Anti-Nuclear Bomb stamp.

Rs 2.35 - The 1965 10¢ definitive; The 1976 9¢ Anti-Nuclear Bomb stamp.

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About the stamps shown:

The 1965 definitive: This comprised 6 values, attractively printed in several colours on white gummed and perforated paper. The stamps show the island crest: a shield with a star and a ship prow.

The 1965 definitive were shown here:

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=38713&p=4568318

The 1976 Anti-Nuclear Bomb issue: This comprised 3 values, and was an omnibus issue with Mevu and some other lands issuing similar stamps. The issue was prompted by France doing atmospheric nuclear testing near Tahiti, with radiation fallout affecting Waikoa Island & the rest of the Pacific.

The 1970 Lenin Centenary issue: Many lands celebrated the centenary of the birth of theoretician & statesman Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924) with commemorative stamps. The Waikoa Island set has the overprint in embossed gold; the only time such an expensive process has been used for Waikoa Island stamps.

The 1972 International Anti-SST League issue: The IAL was an environmental organisation founded by Mevu statesmen, opposing the concept of supersonic transport aircraft such as the Concorde. The 1972 Waikoa Island stamps celebrating the first IAL world assembly were on sale for only one day before a telegram was received from Mevu, the ruling country, ordering the issue withdrawn. Unsold stamps were destroyed. The top value, the 30¢, is the rarest Waikoa Island stamp of all time; only 6 were sold.

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Does Prince Michael of Thanatos have an email address.

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Occussi-Ambeno 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, the perforated souvenir sheet.

This issue appeared on 15th December 1977, and was an attempt to join the huge crowd of countries and entities issuing stamps to celebrate the monarch of Great Britain, with whom the Sultanate does not yet have diplomatic relations.

The stamps were printed by offset and hotfoil and embossed, by Heraclio Fournier SA, Vittoria, Spain, the third time this distinguished printing company had done stamps for Occussi-Ambeno.
Given the lack of diplomatic relations it's difficult to see how permission could have been obtained from the Crown to use the portrait of HM The Queen.

Mind you, given how poor a likeness it is, they would either have said, "OK, use that picture but take off the reference to the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II , cos that ain't her!", or "No, you can't use that picture."

Looking at the reference, I wonder why of all the links to the Jubilee you have chosen

"//www.timesofisrael.com/crown-fumes-over-video-of-queens-nazi-salute-as-child".

That just shows us what you think of our monarch. :x :!: :?
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The Independent State of Rainbow Creek was an Australian secessionist micronation active during the 1970s and 80s.

Is anybody able to publish a full catalogue of the stamps of Rainbow Creek and Hutt River Principality, similar to that of Chyan shown earlier in this thread?

Such a catalogue would be a wonderful resource!

I have produced such a CD Catalogue. "Australia & New Zealand. Locals, Private and Railways"

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norvic wrote:
Panterra wrote:Image
Occussi-Ambeno 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, the perforated souvenir sheet.

This issue appeared on 15th December 1977, and was an attempt to join the huge crowd of countries and entities issuing stamps to celebrate the monarch of Great Britain, with whom the Sultanate does not yet have diplomatic relations.

The stamps were printed by offset and hotfoil and embossed, by Heraclio Fournier SA, Vittoria, Spain, the third time this distinguished printing company had done stamps for Occussi-Ambeno.
Given the lack of diplomatic relations it's difficult to see how permission could have been obtained from the Crown to use the portrait of HM The Queen.

Mind you, given how poor a likeness it is, they would either have said, "OK, use that picture but take off the reference to the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II , cos that ain't her!", or "No, you can't use that picture."

Looking at the reference, I wonder why of all the links to the Jubilee you have chosen

"//www.timesofisrael.com/crown-fumes-over-video-of-queens-nazi-salute-as-child".

That just shows us what you think of our monarch. :x :!: :?

Well in our modern and socialist dynamic people's society, English monarchy is of little relevance to us - we will being declaring a Republic soon. Like most New Zealanders except most of the fossils who post here, we have had stopped loving Britain since 1973 when it shafted us for the EEC.

Seriously wait until Charlie becomes king and there will be a string of "Republicas" emerging in the world.
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