Who collects the fantasy stamps of self-declared States?

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Just clarify for me:
And some good local mainstream media press that such issues are garnering in NZ.
Are the 'fantasy' labels mentioned in that article, because that was what I understood from your comment (quoted). But from what I can read of the article, that appears not to be the case.

If they are touted in the article, then I stand by my comment - depending on the words used to describe them.
If they are not mentioned then that appears to be a very good article, and I agree with your response, although getting such things into printed media controlled by a few local publishers is rather difficult. I did have a regular column in a South Norfolk district magazine until the publisher went bust. Too many local start-ups chasing the same revenue from local businesses who eventually realise that their £ can only support so many publishing dreams with people distributing free glossy magazines in cafes and hairdressers!
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The 'grey nomad' article is a nice support of mainstream stamp collecting and a great idea for a hobby for older ones, but says nothing about these rubbish fantasies from fake 'royalty' and if they did, would only damage proper stamp collecting and when they find out they hold items worth nothing (if they bought this fluff), would turn them off for good.

Why would anybody support collecting these fake lands with fake titles at exorbitant issue prices is beyond me. Why are people so gullible and then when it's been on the net and posted a few times, and a few years go by, starts to become accepted as true? They'll be appearing in Wiki entries next.

Anyone can proclaim themselves King of their own 'castle' and print small coloured bits of paper, but don't expect those with their eyes open and brains in gear to fall for this rubbish as being counted anywhere near the same spectrum (or universe) as Philately.
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norvic wrote:
Global Administrator wrote: And some good local mainstream media press that such issues are garnering in NZ. :mrgreen:

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REALLY???
If this cr*p is being touted to the mainstream press while postal administrations are doing so little publicity (at least here), that can only do harm to the hobby, and to reputable dealers who deal in postage stamps, and other similar which is officially issued.
Curious that you complain (here in the cinderella thread) about cinderella stamps and such fantasies. I had a similar on-going tirade of complaints from a New Zealand dealer for some years, saying such things as "It is so unethical that folks pay $xxxx to buy these stamps from your fantasy lands, then find when they go to sell their collection that they cannot sell them!"

But then he had to eat his words, as he saw that many of my earlier productions were being re-sold for MUCH higher prices than the original buyer had paid. We eventually stopped sparring and became good friends. (After all, us fantasy-land creators indulge in real philately too!)


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Thanatos, Scotland 2019 The Thanatos Guard commemoration.
His Royal Highness, Prince Michael Damian the first, has announced that the Principality of Thanatos will issue a single £2.50 stamp celebrating the Thanatos Guard, our Ministry of Defence who keep us safe in our homes and crofts in our small island.
The Cinderella Philatelist, January 2019 wrote:The Principality of Thanatos is a tiny country located on a remote island in Scotland. Its exact location is kept secret by the head of state, HRH Prince Michael Damian I, who moved to this 4.3 sq km isle some 20 years ago. There is a small population of no more than 35 adults, whose principal occupations are fishing, chicken farming, weaving and dying, and fruit and vegetable production. There are also 6 cows, which provide milk, butter, cream, and cheese for the small population, which resides in one of the two settlements on the island called Tyrsby and Cove Bay.
"The Guard is an important institution. Without them, we could become over-run with tourists and philatelists seeking to buy up everything available in our general stores and post office," said His Royal Highness. "Therefore it gives Us much pleasure to introduce this stamp, showing the Guard on parade, so that our happy citizens at last have a chance to have photos of these brave and gallant defenders of our land on their letters and parcels," he concluded.

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Well done -- post Brexit, those same 6 cows might help save the UK economy. :)

Those poor sods had rationing well into the 1950s - be nothing new over there. Back THEN they had an Empire to bail them out of starvation, including Australia and NZ who sent literally 100,000s of huge food parcels, but they'll be on their own after Brexit. :idea:
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Dear Sir, Have Stewart Island or White Island declared independence yet ? I would like issues from either.
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Some Hutt River Province found in kiloware many years ago, dated 1987.


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Allanswood wrote:The 'grey nomad' article is a nice support of mainstream stamp collecting and a great idea for a hobby for older ones, but says nothing about these rubbish fantasies from fake 'royalty' and if they did, would only damage proper stamp collecting and when they find out they hold items worth nothing (if they bought this fluff), would turn them off for good.

Why would anybody support collecting these fake lands with fake titles at exorbitant issue prices is beyond me. Why are people so gullible and then when it's been on the net and posted a few times, and a few years go by, starts to become accepted as true? They'll be appearing in Wiki entries next.

Anyone can proclaim themselves King of their own 'castle' and print small coloured bits of paper, but don't expect those with their eyes open and brains in gear to fall for this rubbish as being counted anywhere near the same spectrum (or universe) as Philately.
Thank you Greg, at least somebody answered. My earlier comment applies to you as well as to Glen.
If they are not mentioned then that appears to be a very good article, and I agree with your response,
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Panterra wrote:
norvic wrote:
Global Administrator wrote: And some good local mainstream media press that such issues are garnering in NZ. :mrgreen:

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REALLY???
If this cr*p is being touted to the mainstream press while postal administrations are doing so little publicity (at least here), that can only do harm to the hobby, and to reputable dealers who deal in postage stamps, and other similar which is officially issued.
Curious that you complain (here in the cinderella thread) about cinderella stamps and such fantasies.

I don;t find it curious, I find it entirely logical. But it was only a misunderstanding of OGL post that led me to write again, otherwise I wouldn't be wasting my time.
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oldsuitcase wrote:Some Hutt River Province found in kiloware many years ago, dated 1987.

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Would have liked to see the full original cover, as these are from several sets.
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Here is a nice issue from Occussi-Ambeno, way back in 2007. The campaign to eradicate fleas from Occussi-Ambeno to make the country a lot less itchy.
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Occussi-Ambeno 2007 Anti-flea campaign.
Occussi-Ambeno was proud to become the first country on planet Earth to feature a set of stamps showing fleas. But many of the mail-using public were rather repulsed by the designs: Postal staff were advised to remark to such folk that "Better to just see a photo than the real thing!"

The design includes the life cycle of the flea, and various close-up views of the evil vampire insect. Hopefully soon to be genocided on this planet!
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Global Administrator wrote:Oh well, we will have to agree to disagree on that. ALL publicity for the hobby is welcome.
norvic wrote: REALLY???
If this cr*p is being touted to the mainstream press while postal administrations are doing so little publicity (at least here), that can only do harm to the hobby, and to reputable dealers who deal in postage stamps, and other similar which is officially issued.
ANYONE promoting philately to a wider audience deserves a large Thank You from thinking collectors and dealers.

Publishing local club details, and their meeting times etc to a captive readership of retired folks could well be emulated by Norvic there locally. (But I'll bet it is not, sadly.)

Look forward to seeing posted here in due course, the full page he organises there. :idea: :idea: :idea:
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I should explain this article a bit.

I was constrained by only having one page to use, but the fact that the publication is full-colour means I could show some stamps as well, so I tried to get an interesting variety. I didn't include any cinderellas, since they are a rather too specialised field. I felt it would be better to go for generalised collecting: the stuff that Gibbons and Scott list. But I had to include a Penny Black (since most non-philatelists have heard of that and often ask "Do you have a Penny Black?" when hearing that I am a philatelist.) And the Estonia set was shown as there are two Estonians on the committee, so I wanted to make it relevant for them. The New Zealand 1962 commemorative set is something nearly every Kiwi collector is familiar with, while the early Austrian cover is rather more exotic, but I felt I should include something that would stimulate folks with the history involved, and show some postal history.

Obviously, I could have filled 10 pages on each of these areas, but the magazine is only 16 pages, and I was glad to have the back page (which had been wasted on an advert under the previous editor.) I was able to shift the full-page advert to the inside back cover, which the advertiser was happy with.

The back cover is perfect for such an article, as when the magazine is lying flat on a table or chair, it will be 50% of the time lying face down (when you see the philately article) or the other 50% of time face up (where you see the front cover.)

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Just to clarify, I thoroughly endorsed this sort of article in that sort of publication. In response to Glen's reaction to my post which you quoted.
If they [the fantasy cinderellas] are not mentioned then that appears to be a very good article, and I agree with your response, although getting such things into printed media controlled by a few local publishers is rather difficult. I did have a regular column in a South Norfolk district magazine until the publisher went bust.
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Norvic - let it go and move on. You don't like fantasy stamps - we get it. We are not a fan of butt ugly gurning stamps, yet you don't see us writing epistles about how wrong and awful they are.

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Princestamps wrote:Norvic - let it go and move on. You don't like fantasy stamps - we get it. We are not a fan of butt ugly gurning stamps, yet you don't see us writing epistles about how wrong and awful they are.

Live and let live.
I had. As I was quoted by Panterra I just wanted to ensure that my position regarding the article was understood.
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norvic wrote:. . . If they [the fantasy cinderellas] are not mentioned then that appears to be a very good article, and I agree with your response, although getting such things into printed media controlled by a few local publishers is rather difficult. I did have a regular column in a South Norfolk district magazine until the publisher went bust.
You should try more of the local publishers. They are often desperate for some interesting general articles like this (just to be able to print adverts on the back of them!) If you are given the option of doing such an article, feel free to use any of my words or sentences, with or without attribution.

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Here is a nice issue from Occussi-Ambeno, way back in 2010. The campaign to eradicate hepatitis from Occussi-Ambeno to make the country a lot more healthy.
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Occussi-Ambeno 2010 Anti-hepatitis campaign.
Occussi-Ambeno issued this set of stamps celebrating World Hepatitis Day, and the set was placed on sale on the actual World Hepatitis Day: 19th May 2010. The designs are by Joseph Inneo, and the stamps were printed by the Imperial Occussi-Ambeno Government Printing Office, Baleksetung.

The designs include various magnified views of the virus. Hopefully soon to be wiped out on this planet!
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Thanatos, Scotland: 2019 airmail cover to Occussi-Ambeno.
His Royal Highness, Prince Michael Damian the first, kindly sent a nice letter to His good ally, Occussi-Ambeno, and we were delighted with the attractive range of stamps used on the envelope.
Thanatos News wrote:The Heliport. Work has continued apace on the helipad in the grounds of the Royal Residence in Tyrsby City. It is due for completion in December, weather permitting. It is doubtful whether there will be any further buildings added, as the helipad is within walking distance of the rear to the prince's home.

The Rodent Problem. As the last few summers have been relatively mild, there has been an increase in the numbers of rodents that have appeared. With no natural predators, apart from the occasional visiting eagle, rodent numbers would increase. The answer was obvious -- cats! It was decided in Council that the Principality would purchase five cats -- four for Tyrsby City and one for Cove Bay. Females only were obtained as we did not want the rodent problem to be replaced by a feline one. To commemorate the "Pussy Purchase", the prince has authorised the production of a new series of stamps, illustrated below.
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The Succession. One very important item .

The Succession. One very important item on the national agenda was the Succession. Prince Michael Damian is not getting any younger, and no-one is more aware of the problem than he. There seems to be two schools of opinion -- which may be put to a referendum to obtain a result: (a) Appoint someone from the existing community, who knows the way things run in the Principality, but because of age will face a similar dilemma in a few years time, or (b) Seek a likely protégé from the ranks of the newcomers, who can be guided and educated by the Prince himself in all relevant matters. The protégé's youth -- if the candidate is suitable -- will be a bonus and should secure stability for many years.


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Those cats are beyond cute.

Too cute just to catch rodents.
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Here are some pics of some covers and stamps I got from Bruce a couple of days ago. Once again, many thanks for these interesting items! :D

The stamps are from a wide range of "countries" - Liegerland, Kemp Land, Sandy Island, Bijzland, Thanatos, West Papua, and of course Occussi-Ambeno.
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Sonne 1990 first zeppelin flight from Sonne to Occussi-Ambeno, on cover.
Sonne flourished briefly in the 1980s and early 90s. Back pre-earthquake, in happier times, the two countries were quite close.

The overprint is metallic purple, which reflects the light wonderfully when you move it, almost giving a "rainbow" effect.

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Some of these issues are goddamn awful. Worse than IGPC or Stamperija wallpaper if you ask me.

But each to their own.

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fchd wrote:Some of these issues are goddamn awful. Worse than IGPC or Stamperija wallpaper if you ask me. But each to their own.
And some are totally cute!
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Just like "the normal countries", the Fifth World countries do manage their fair share of bad designs.
But they also manage a lot of really good designs, and their ephemeral rulers seem to be taking a lot more care about the designs of new issues today than they did in the past.

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Sad to learn that the Principality of Hutt River is going to close.

Many delightful philatelic treasures, plus coins, books, and memorabilia have come from this large Fifth World country over the years.

More details here.

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The datestamp "year" row expired at 1980, so they had to improvise until a new "year row" could be imported from a nearby country.

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Which province, principality, kingdom, republic, country will it be absorbed into?
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Panterra wrote:Sad to learn that the Principality of Hutt River is going to close.

Many delightful philatelic treasures, plus coins, books, and memorabilia have come from this large Fifth World country over the years.

More details here.

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The datestamp "year" row expired at 1980, so they had to improvise until a new "year row" could be imported from a nearby country.
What a shame. He inspired many collectors. Rod Perry formed an 8 Frame Exhibit of Hutt River stamps as he has posted here before.

I recall many years ago driving several hours north of Perth to visit 'Prince' Leonard, at the Hutt River Principality and had quite along chat with him there. A bleak little farm well off the main road to Geraldton was the ''Royal Castle.''

"Prince" Leonard Casley of course created many sets of Hutt River Province stamps - indeed even coins and banknotes, and even stamped my passport when there. The postage stamps are still keenly sought.

He refused to pay Australian Income Tax, claiming he had seceded.

Once when visiting Broome on holiday I took one of those Camel safaris along Cable Beach at sunset. (Stunning.) The very Caucasian looking owner of the camel train was the unlikely named "Abdul" Casley.

When I queried the name, he told me he was Son of Prince Leonard - "I make a ton more money pretending to be an Afghan than I ever did in Hutt River".

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I listed up a collection of these Hutt River Province stamps and banknotes here that sold fast - these all depict Prince Leonard - many readers will have no idea who he was.

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norvic wrote:Which province, principality, kingdom, republic, country will it be absorbed into?
Hutt River is surrounded by Western Australia.
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Yes, I know. It was a wind-up response to the assertion that "the Principality of Hutt River is going to close" as if it was an under-used cinema or branch of Woolworths.
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norvic wrote:Yes, I know. It was a wind-up response to the assertion that "the Principality of Hutt River is going to close" as if it was an under-used cinema or branch of Woolworths.
It was not an ''assertion'' (as you ALLEGE) and he added a link to the Press Release, that you clearly chose to ignore, in case you were charged an UnderPaid fee to access it, and hence create a new whine thread. :roll:

For the interest of the many folks here who ARE interested in this matter, the link is transcribed here -



******** MEDIA RELEASE ********

Issued: 27th December 2019


Principality of Hutt River to close its borders!

By Royal Decree, Effective 31st January 2020

Media Release By: HRH Prince Graeme, Sovereign, Principality of Hutt River.

The Beacon of Hope has not been dimmed. The light shines for all to be inspired and aspire.

It is with a heavy heart and after much thought and consultation with my Cabinet and ADC that I have to inform all that the Government of the Principality of Hutt River is about to go on hiatus.

Our borders will be closed to all (including tourists) and all government external services will cease at close of business Friday 31st January 2020 until further notice.

Please note:

This means the PHR Government will cease issuing entry/exit VISA’s to visit the PHR from that same date. Nor will the Government accept applications for any Government services such as non-resident Subject applications, Passports, all licencing etc. etc.

Prince Leonard with his pen, incredible mind and loving companion Princess Shirley and her typewriter set out 50 years ago to right a wrong. The wrong of a Government stealing a person’s Human Rights.

A government that should be there to protect and encourage the development and growth of individuals which then when added together becomes a mighty nation. Something I liken to what good parenting should be.

The fact that Prince Leonard, a man born Leonard George Casley on the 27 August 1925 in the then remote mining town of Kalgoorlie some 600 kilometres east of Perth went on to carve his way in the world of business, farming, family and fighting for his King and Country.

He saw the unjust position governments were placing people in, and he fought against that. Certainly out of necessity to save his family’s farm but it was bigger than the Casley family, it was a Human Right that needed to be saved. Surely natural justice is what keeps us all at peace?

With his skills and determination he took on the West Australian State, Australian Commonwealth and British Governments. Not to mention when the Australian Government at one stage called on the Government of the USA to assist in blocking the Principality’s growth.

There he stood with his steadfast wife, Shirley Joy, a person Leonard classed as his equal with her special loving, quiet yet strong traits taking on them all.

The “David and Goliath” story quickly spread around the world and many people offered their support, some having special skills were able to come on board and build what we have today.

We thank them all. Not to mention those that befriended Prince Leonard to only find out on their death beds that they confessed to having been with the ASIO (Australian Secret Intelligence Organisation).

That was one of Prince Leonard’s many wonderful qualities, that he had trust in his fellow human. Even when infiltrated by Australian spies and British Lords, their surveillance, listening and recording conversations still could not find any criminal charges to place on him.

So they used the Australian Taxation Office to try and break him; multiple times. Still it couldn’t be done.

He outlived many Australian politicians in his full 93 years. Prince Leonard and therefore the Principality lived with the strong sense of natural justice and the principle of Right and Fair. His moral compass never wavered.

However, over the past few years the economic standing of the Principality has been challenging. We have and are experiencing declining revenue from our agricultural pursuits, our largest source of revenue; this finds us in difficult and challenging circumstances.

This, along with a steady decline in the number of tourists passing by and dropping in for a chat over more recent times, as well of course the increase in costs of running even such a small country as the PHR, has led me to the difficult current announcement that the Principality of Hutt River is to go on hiatus, closing its borders and public offices at end of business on Friday the 31st January 2020.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:


Visitors will not be accepted into the Principality following the border closure. no Visas will be issued nor any applications for Govt services as most of our offices will stand down at that time also.

General enquiries should be made to the main office huttriver@principality-hutt-river.com

PHR-OnLine will continue to be available via email phr.online@principality-hutt-river.com for sales orders.

The website will remain in place and further updates will be published via that medium http://www.principality-hutt-river.com so check the website regularly, particularly the NEWS and CALENDAR pages.

I will remain Sovereign Prince of the Independent Sovereign State, the Principality of Hutt River.

My Government will remain in place with me during the hiatus and in this time we will assess the Principality’s future direction.

We take this moment to thank all for your support in helping make the
Principality of Hutt River the Beacon of Hope for so many around the world.

We wish all a very happy and safe Holiday Season and all the very best for the New Year 2020, the start of a new decade.

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Assertion the wrong word.

And a different sort of closure to what I thought.
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Cover from Sarrahala, Occussi-Ambeno, to Auckland, New Zealand, 21st May 1987.
The array of stamps and adhesives on this is quite magnificent! This cover was sent by the artist and philatelist Murray Menzies, in Dunedin (in NZ's South Island) to me in the North Island.

Murray had become intrigued by the concept of Occussi-Ambeno, so was appointed Mayor of Vaneigem, a small Occussian city, and then proceeded to produce stamps for Tarantar Province, where Vaneigem was located. This cover has a New Zealand 40c commemorative at lower left (with Dunedin North postmark) to pay the post. When it arrived the following day, I recall being impressed by all the cinderellas adorning the cover so added the Sarrahala postmarks.

The diamond-shape stamps on red and yellow paper are Occussi-Ambeno's 1985 issue to commemorate joining the International Council of Independent States, the Fifth World's "United Nations", and were designed by Murray. As designer, he was presented with a small quantity of each stamp, hence why he used them on this cover. This organisation (like the UN) has issued its own stamps (since 1988.) Details of these can be seen on the ICIS website.

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Please add all those stamps to my want list except the boring 40c NZ stamp. Plus a sheetlet of Free Tibet stamps.
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Cover from Vaneigem, Occussi-Ambeno, to Auckland, New Zealand, 28th September 1987.
Yet another elegant cover, sent by the artist and philatelist Murray Menzies, in Dunedin (in NZ's South Island) to me in the North Island.

Murray had by this time proceeded to produce a rubber stamp for Vaneigem, which you will see includes the words "Tax paid". This cover has a New Zealand 10c fruit and framas to the value of 30c (including one being placed over the central design of a 1986 Occussi-Ambeno 6c commemorative, at far left!) and with Dunedin North postmarks of 28th September 1987. I assume Murray had the wrong date on his datestamp of Vaneigem, since his date is a day later.

The orange stamp on yellow paper at the top right, is Occussi-Ambeno's 1984 issue to commemorate the Venezia 1984 Anarchist Conference, in Italy, and was designed by Murray. As designer, he was presented with a small quantity of the stamp, hence why he used one on this cover, as well as on the earlier cover from him I showed previously.

The frog in the centre of the envelope was a printed product I did, around 1984 for Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (an anti-nuke group I supported, and whose campaigns ultimately led to the victorious Labour Party government declaring New Zealand as a nuclear-free zone.) This frog sticker was from a huge pile of children's cartoon animals printed on self-adhesive paper for affixing to a game board, so I guillotined out the frog, discarded the remainder, and ran the frog stickers through a press to print "Boycott French Products!" on them. (France was the hostile land responsible for nuclear bombings near Moruroa Island, and hence the focus of all our hatred.) These stickers were widely affixed all over the country, and I had sent some to Murray.

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Cover from Baleksetung, Occussi-Ambeno, to Dunedin, New Zealand, 25th January 2015, and later "re-cycled" by the addressee scribbling out his address and writing "Return to sender" on, one year later.
Yet another elegant cover, sent to (and later from) the artist and philatelist Murray Menzies, in Dunedin (in NZ's South Island) to me in the North Island.

Murray had by this time produced a new rubber stamp for Vaneigem, which you will see at the top left of this partial envelope. This cover has several Occussi-Ambeno 2015 commemoratives for the 45th anniversary of Mevu's independence, a 2c Peppa Pig of 2014, and a 50c Picasso of 1981.

The other half of the envelope that has been chopped off had NZ commemoratives to get the envelope through the mail, so I washed them off.

Note that the Vaneigem datestamp at the top left shows a date over a year later: 8th February 2016.

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Cover from Baleksetung, Occussi-Ambeno, to Balclutha, New Zealand, 5th December 2013, and later "re-cycled" by the addressee somehow sending it back.
Yet another elegant cover, sent to (and later from) the artist and philatelist Murray Menzies, in Balclutha (in NZ's South Island) to me in the North Island.

This cover has several Occussi-Ambeno commemoratives, including the 1989 "Mutiny on the Bounty" anniversary 30c from Quatair Province, 1988 20th anniversary of independence 30c, 2013 centenary of Tibet's independence, 60c Titanic sinking centenary 2012, a $2 Festival of Hathor of 1996, and a 90c airmail of 1998.

The other half of the envelope that has been chopped off had NZ commemoratives to get the envelope through the mail, so I washed them off.

Note the postmark "Carried by NZ Post, 5 Dec 2013" running diagonally through the Occussian stamps! They ignored cancelling the NZ ones at lower left of the envelope, which prompted someone to cut them off for recycling.
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Monte Bello Islands: 1993 definitive set (minus the $1 value), and with both shades of the 17c.
The Monte Bello Islands' first stamps appeared in 1952, but in 1993 this attractive tricolour set appeared, to mark the resumption of the mail service at Hermite Island. The stamp design is by Timothy Bolotnikoff, and they were printed by typography by the Imperial Occussi-Ambeno Government Printing Office (KDPN), Baleksetung, on white paper with invisible gum, and perf 12.

Note that the 17c value occurs in dark and light green. These were printed over two days, so when night fell, the press was shut down and all ink cleaned off. Next day, printing was resumed, but a different can of green ink was used, with a noticeable difference in shade.

There is also a $1 value, not shown here, as it is missing from my collection. The vast majority of this set were later given commemorative overprints in 1994 and 1995, and most of the $1 stamps suffered this fate.

[quote=" "Monte Bello Gazette" "]The Lighthouse. Work has commenced on repainting Rutherford Lighthouse, on Hermite Island. This lighthouse was shown in glorious colour at dawn on the $1 stamp of 2005, and provides an important service to seafarers.
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Monte Bello Islands 2005 $1 stamp, featuring Rutherford Lighthouse
when its paintjob was a lot neater than today.
The Tourist Problem. We seem to be getting increasingly huge volumes of tourists calling at the islands, and this is placing a strain on our resources. The tourists assume that they can visit our stores and flourish cash and buy up all the available food in sight, which has frequently left locals going without their supper over the past weeks. Our shops normally only import enough food for the expected local consumption. The Council will consider whether tourism should be banned completely, and feedback from local residents is requested.

The New Chairman. Mr Jon Allen was recently elected as Chairman of the Island Council. He will be known as Chairman Jon. He takes up his new position on 17th February 2020.

Chairman Jon is a keen philatelist, and has plans to upgrade Monte Bello stamp issues, which have seen very few new stamps over recent years. He welcomes suggestions for new stamps.
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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?

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Aramoana 1983 & 1984 Stamp fairs stamps, with both black and red overprints.
The Aramoana region of Otago declared independence from New Zealand on 23rd December 1980, as a protest against plans by the Kiwi regime to allow construction of a large aluminium smelter there. During the years following its independence, Aramoana issued one beautiful stamp issue each year.

Most Aramoana stamps featured oil paintings by famous Kiwi artists, or in the case of the 1982 issue, photographs by the famous Robin Morrison.

These stamps were very effective, and eventually, the Kiwis dumped the project, allowing Aramoana to be absorbed back into New Zealand. The power of stamps!

The artists were:

Marilyn Webb paintings of Lake Mahinerangi (the second Aramoana stamp issue of 1981);

Robin Morrison (1982);

Dave Kent (1983.)

The 1983 issue features paintings of albatross and chicks, and whales. Taiaroa Head is site of a major albatross colony, which would have been disrupted if the smelter went ahead. Whales can be seen passing Taiaroa Head today.

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These overprints are thought likely to have been organised by Auckland stamp dealers, as they are not mentioned in the catalogue of Aramoana stamps, although a 1982 issue with similar overprint is listed.


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Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.
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Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. They have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in this country. So far, three values have appeared: Rs 56, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019. A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000). This is for bribery tax. In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally. The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

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This year, 2020, is the fiftieth birthday of Mevu, a small Antarctic republic first established in 1970, and which has been a steady stamp-issuer since then.

So to celebrate this birthday in a philatelic way, Occussi-Ambeno issued an attractive set of four stamps on 12th March 2020:

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Occussi-Ambeno 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence.
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Panterra wrote:This year, 2020, is the fiftieth birthday of Mevu, a small Antarctic republic first established in 1970, and which has been a steady stamp-issuer since then.

So to celebrate this birthday in a philatelic way, Occussi-Ambeno issued an attractive set of four stamps on 12th March 2020:

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Occussi-Ambeno 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence.
In the interests of completeness, I should also show the minisheet, the format these stamps are issued in:
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This year, 2020, is the fiftieth birthday of Mevu, a small Antarctic republic first established in 1970, and which has been a steady stamp-issuer since then.

So to celebrate this birthday in a philatelic way, Waikoa Island joined other lands to issue an attractive set of four stamps on 12th March 2020:

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Waikoa Island 2020 50th anniversary of Mevu's Independence.
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Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. The stamp design is by Lemmath Babi, the first president of Mevu, done many years ago for a postal stationery design. The stamps have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in our country. So far, seven values have appeared: Rs 4¼, Rs 6¼, Rs 7¼, Rs 56, Rs 100, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019. A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000). This is for bribery tax. In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally. The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

These are believed to be the first fiscal stamps ever issued in the Antarctic. The Rs 4¼ is printed in lemon yellow, which is very hard to see, and also hard for the scanner to distinguish. However, the finance bureaucrats of Mevu insisted on distinctive colours for each stamp, to make accounting easy.
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Mevu 2008 Shackleton Expedition centenary set.
To celebrate the centenary of the British Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Ernest Shackleton 1907 to 1909, the small Antarctic country Mevu issued a set of four stamps in 2008.

The designs:


17 tanos ... The Beardmore Glacier, first discovered by Shackleton.

35 tanos ... Adelie penguins.

50 tanos ... Shackleton's expedition ship, the "Nimrod", departing from Lyttelton for Antarctica, 1907.

1.85 reis ... Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 - 1922).

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This set was a joint issue with Kemp Land, which issued similar stamps.

Sir Ernest Shackleton (1874 – 1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds. Determined to make amends for this perceived personal failure, he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909 he and three companions made a southern march which established a record Farthest South latitude 190 km from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. For this achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.

After the race to the South Pole ended in 1912 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to what he said was the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying -– the crossing of the continent from sea to sea, via the pole.

For more information on Mevu and its stamps, please visit the Mevu website, www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/

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Just heard today from a friend that his cover with the million-dollar Mevu stamp on has safely reached him:
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Mevu 2020 cover to New Zealand, with two postal-fiscals and several commemoratives on,
including the One Million "bribery tax" stamp, seldom used on actual mail!
When he told me yesterday that he hadn't received it after two weeks, I assumed that a sticky-fingered postie had "souvenired" it, so was about to send another. Then fortuitously, it arrived!

I assumed the million-dollar excess fee would have paid for EXPRESS or even "via slow turtle on foot" for the 20 km distance.



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Waikoa Island 2020 Letter-Writing Week.
To celebrate Letter-Writing Week, the small Waikoa Island will issue an attractive stamp on 25th April 2020.

Waikoa Island Philatelic Bulletin wrote:
The Waikoa Island Post Office will issue a new stamp to celebrate Letter-Writing Week, announced the Governor, Dr Sverre Hanssen, today.

The 35 tanos stamp features a photo of a residential letterbox in Golden Beach, Queensland; the photo was taken by Mr Terence Dell.

Date of issue is 25th April 2020, the first day of the significant week. The stamps have
been printed in full colour and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. They are issued in small minisheets of ten, with the Lorax in the selvedge, urging people to save the trees. Attractive first day covers bearing the stamp are 85 tanos.


Four reasons why you should put pen to paper and indulge in handwriting letters:

We all know how special it is to receive a handwritten letter in the mail. There is something personal about the time and consideration that has gone into creating a letter, and more meaning to be found in the imperfect text than in an email – especially in today’s highly digital world. As author Haruki Murakami said, “
How wonderful it is to be able to write someone a letter! To feel like conveying your thoughts to a person, to sit at your desk and pick up a pen, to put your thoughts into words like this is truly marvelous.

If the joy you experience in receiving a handwritten letter isn’t enough to tempt you into writing one of your own, here are four reasons you should:

1. You’ll make someone happy: the receiver of your letter is going to get a burst of excitement and know that you care. This, in turn, will make you feel good about yourself.

2. It’s fun: handwriting stimulates creativity and encourages you to explore. Experiment with doodles or stickers, use scented pens and decorate the envelope to really unleash your inner playfulness. Use commemorative stamps on the envelope.

3. It promotes mindfulness: just like colouring-in creates calmness and relieves anxiety, so too does handwriting. It asks you to slow down and take care in the process – you can’t backspace anything, so you are required to put thought into what you write. Plus the rhythmic movement of pen-on-paper encourages clarity and peace.

4. It generates self-reflection: because you are carefully considering what you are writing about, your mind is able to focus on the content. This means you are given time to think about your job, relationship, hobbies or whatever else you are jotting down.
For more information on Waikoa Island and its stamps, please visit the Waikoa Island website: www.angelfire.com/country/mevu/Waikoa-1.htm
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Waikoa Island 2020 Letter-Writing Week, minisheet.
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The previously-shown Letter-Writing Week stamps have a rather unfortunate spelling error that is present in the entire first printing: an extra T in Lettter.
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Waikoa Island 2020 Letter-Writing Week, minisheet,
with corrected spelling of "letter".
In traditional philately, the expression RRR means exceedingly rare, so maybe TTT means exceedingly lettteriferous ?

Ttthe second printtting has correcttted ttthe error, but now ttthere is another error: one stttamp has become tête-bêche.

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AMAZING ERROR !
MAGGIE MAILBOX JAILBIRD !
This the first recorded copy of the Maggie Mailbox jailbird stamp.
Found today on a sheetlet of ten.


I visited the Minaue Post Office during my trip to Waikoa Island today, and examined their counter-book of stamps. There are several other Letter-Writing Week minisheets with that error in stock.

I asked the Postmaster if he plans to sell these errors, and he says "Yes, they are just 35 tanos stamps, so are acceptable on mail."

So the first few applicants for a minisheet will probably end up with one! (And I bought one sheet for my collection, since I was there. But resisted the temptation to buy up the lot, to give other collectors a fair chance.)

Both the first printing (with the Lettter error) and the second printing (with the tête-bêche) sheets are on sale.

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Where is this Waikoa Island located? I searched Google but get the same web site you linked (and many sites about Waikoloa in Hawai)

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Eli wrote:Where is this Waikoa Island located? I searched Google but get the same web site you linked (and many sites about Waikoloa in Hawai)
Here is a map of the island, from their tourist brochure:
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Northwest Beach, near Kakariki, Waikoa Island.
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Plastic pollution, near Takavau, Waikoa Island.

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The plastic is not cast off by locals: this is all sea-borne trash from other countries, washed up on the shore.  Locals once gathered this up, but no longer bother, as the Pacific washes tonnes more up every day.  And having gathered it up, where do they put it?
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Waikoa Island 2014 pictorial, Rs 2.35 featuring horses on the island.

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Still get nothing about Waikoa Island, nor about Minaue, Kakariki and Takayau, but anyway thanks for your response and for the great landscape photo. Shame how people destroy this wonderful island with their plastic trash :(

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