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What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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Good morning,

I see references to UPU stamp issues and UPU specimen stamp issues.
What are they and what is special about them?
Is there any difference between them and a normal Australia Post stamp issue?

Thank you in anticipation
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Experts can give a more detailed response, but short answer:

In 'the old days', every UPU member state would send a few hundred copies of every new stamp they issued to the UPU HQ in Berne, Switzerland. The UPU would then distribute copies of those stamps to every member. The idea was that every country could keep an archive of every other countries' stamps--to verify that the incoming mail had real stamps on it I guess.

The UPU's founding was celebrated in 1947 with an omnibus by the British Commonwealth--an omnibus being a set of stamps with the same design for all issuers. That was the 75th anniv. Then there were more commems to celebrate the centenary in 1972.

The "UPU specimens" can be found stuck down to ledger pages from a few places, notably Madagascar...someone raided the archives at some point, or the country sold off the material.
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Hello PC

The question you ask isn't really as simple as it sounds at first. Signatories to the Universal Postal Union convention, formed in 1874, could all be said to have technically issued UPU stamps from that time. That is that the stamps they issued conformed to the agreed convention.

As a group member countries meet every year in different countries which usually issue a stamp or stamps celebrating that meeting. In 1949 they celebrated their 75th anniversary. At that time most, not all, member countries issued a stamp, stamps or stamps and mini-sheets to celebrate. See this thread http://www.stampboards.net/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=40367 for a better look at the stamps of this issue.

UPU specimen stamps are in essence just that. They are "type" specimens created for the record and future reference much as there are "type" specimens recorded and retained in other specialist and scientific collections around the world.

While the 75th anniversary of the UPU wasn't all that organised where the issue of stamps (making it quite a challenge to collect) is considered, the 100th anniversary in 1974 saw the issue of a collection of stamps relatively easy to acquire.

If you're interested and motivated enough then the UPU has an extensive web site where you will find much more info on the bureaucratic nature of the organisation.

I just like the beauty to be found in some of the earlier stamps. :)

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Thank you Stephan and Aethelwulf.

I now better understand the 1949 75th anniversary stamps and 100th Anniversary stamps.

Are you able to advise on the catalogue by James Brendon - UPU Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961?
How does one know whether a stamp is a UPU Specimen or not and why stop in 1961?
What makes the stamps different from normal issues?
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=74725

Thanks again in anticipation.

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That superb Bendon book is 534 x A4 pages and is copyright, so no fast summary here will suffice.

He outlines in detail exactly what stamps got the UPU cancels, from what countries and what the cancels looked like.

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PC's Stamps wrote:
1. Are you able to advise on the catalogue by James Brendon - UPU Specimen Stamps 1878 - 1961?
2. How does one know whether a stamp is a UPU Specimen or not and why stop in 1961?
3. What makes the stamps different from normal issues?
Hi PC

1. No - I don't actually consider the book a catalogue as such. But that's just me.

2. I'd guess the book explains both these questions because the UPU is still in operation and didn't stop in 1961. It's a big job putting together a book of this calibre you know.

3. Champagne comes from France and some sparkling wines come from South Australia. What makes them different?

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Hello everyone,

I am looking for the full list of the UPU 1949 issues, my understanding is that there were 84 countries and 310 stamps, so if anyone have that list I will appreciate. thank you in advance.

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Northstar wrote:Hello everyone,

I am looking for the full list of the UPU 1949 issues, my understanding is that there were 84 countries and 310 stamps, so if anyone have that list I will appreciate. thank you in advance.
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1949 wasn't an omnibus issue across the entire UPU (hence only 84 countries), it was British Commonwealth only.... This checklist courtesy of SG catalogues:

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ViccyVFU wrote:1949 wasn't an omnibus issue across the entire UPU (hence only 84 countries), it was British Commonwealth only
Huh? The UPU is global and hence the Centenary stamp issue was GLOBAL.

https://www.google.com/search?q=1949+upu+stamps&num=20&newwi ... 16&bih=533
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Global Administrator wrote:
ViccyVFU wrote:1949 wasn't an omnibus issue across the entire UPU (hence only 84 countries), it was British Commonwealth only
Huh? The UPU is global and hence the Centenary stamp issue was GLOBAL.
The omnibus issue was British Commonwealth only, and although other UPU members, such as USA, also issued stamps to commemorate the 75th Anniversary, they were not part of the Commonwealth and Crown Agents omnibus collection (84 countries, 310 stamps).

I've not checked across the entire list of UPU membership, but a cursory glance shows certainly countries like Venezuela did not have an issue in 1949.
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84 Countries. 310 Stamps. 1 Historic Collection.
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The Universal Postal Union Omnibus Stamp Collection brings together a complete uniform collection of stamps issued by Commonwealth and Crown colonies all to celebrate a specific subject.

310 stamps from 84 different countries!

This Omnibus collection was issued in 1949 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union. It was only the second British Empire Omnibus Collection not to mark a Royal anniversary. It is also the largest Omnibus collection ever issued – featuring a total of 310 stamps from 84 different countries!

A logistical challenge

With so many stamps in one issue, for ease, a uniform design was chosen. A majority of the stamps feature the uniform design. As with previous Omnibus issues, the responsibility and distribution of the majority of the stamps went to the Crown Agents in London.

Through communication with the issuing countries, the stamps were designed in Great Britain, then approved by Buckingham Palace before being printed and then transported overseas.

Some countries such as Bahrain, Eastern Arabia and Kuwait, simply overprinted the British stamps. Whereas other countries such as Australia and South Africa issued their own designs.

All 310 stamps are carefully presented for you on archive quality display pages housed in their own luxury Presentation Album, along with a detailed Information Page.
So, for a dedicated collected, starting point might be the Omnibus, and then supplement it with other issues from UPU members around the world that were not part of it.

The nuance being that there were more stamps issued to mark the celebrations than are generally considered to be part of the "UPU 1949 - Omnibus Collection"

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PC's Stamps wrote:Good morning,

I see references to UPU stamp issues and UPU specimen stamp issues.
What are they and what is special about them?
Is there any difference between them and a normal Australia Post stamp issue?

Thank you in anticipation
PC
To answer the original question, I'm sure some Latin American countries issued stamps in the 19th century with UPU in the inscription to show that they were UPU members.
A quick look at volume 1 of my Stamps of the World shows that Antioquia had a 10c Acknowledgement of Receipt stamp in 1899 marked UPU, while the inland one did not. I'm sure there are others.
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ViccyVFU wrote:
The nuance being that there were more stamps issued to mark the celebrations than are generally considered to be part of the "UPU 1949 - Omnibus Collection"
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This B/C stamp has zero similarity to the Crown Agent B/C Omnibus, and has as much relevance to it, as the USA or Israel, Belgium Congo, or even GB set had to it.

To repeat again, there were MANY 100s of stamps issued globally for the 1949 UPU Centenary. And most were not of the Crown Agent design.

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Which makes this comment rather disingenuous as it ignores the many hundreds produced by countries outside the British Commonwealth. Buying a SG Part 1 for only part of the information would be a false investment.
Global Administrator wrote:EVERY Edition of the SG 'Part 1' catalogue published for 50 years contains a detailed listing. I suggest you buy one.
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Well our learned friend wanted a list of "the 310 stamps" and SG offers that.

Anyone clearly planning to spend mega $100s buying this sort of expensive collection, that is too cheap and short sighted to buy a catalogue for a few quid, does my head in. Daily. :twisted:
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Global Administrator wrote:
ViccyVFU wrote:
The nuance being that there were more stamps issued to mark the celebrations than are generally considered to be part of the "UPU 1949 - Omnibus Collection"
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This B/C stamp has zero similarity to the Crown Agent B/C Omnibus, and has as much relevance to it, as the USA or Israel, Belgium Congo, or even GB set had to it.

To repeat again, there were MANY 100s of stamps issued globally for the 1949 UPU Centenary. And most were not of the Crown Agent design.

Glen
No but a simple check shows that Gibbons includes it along with the 4 GB stamps , the South Africans etc as part of the 310 in the Red Catalogue even though they do not conform to the "omnibus " Commonwealth design
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Global Administrator wrote:Well our learned friend wanted a list of "the 310 stamps" and SG offers that.

Anyone clearly planning to spend mega $100s buying this sort of expensive collection, that is too cheap and short sighted to buy a catalogue for a few quid, does my head in. Daily. :twisted:
No he didn't. He asked for - "I am looking for the full list of the UPU 1949 issues, my understanding is that there were 84 countries and 310 stamps, so if anyone have that list I will appreciate. "

Here's a place to start, and if you find any more - add them :)

- Share your Worldwide 1949 UPU Stamps, varieties, and covers -

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=40367

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Global Administrator wrote:
Northstar wrote:Hello everyone,

I am looking for the full list of the UPU 1949 issues, my understanding is that there were 84 countries and 310 stamps, so if anyone have that list I will appreciate. thank you in advance.
EVERY Edition of the SG 'Part 1' catalogue published for 50 years contains a detailed listing. I suggest you buy one.
Global Administrator wrote:Well our learned friend wanted a list of "the 310 stamps" and SG offers that.

Anyone clearly planning to spend mega $100s buying this sort of expensive collection, that is too cheap and short sighted to buy a catalogue for a few quid, does my head in. Daily. :twisted:
Hello Global Administrator my friend,

Thank you for your kind and generous reply.

Regarding the SG catalogue I will love to be able to buy it, but its not always the cost, but in my case is the availability, considering I live in Iraq there are very big challenges and its only the love for this hobby that pushes me and the few others who share this hobby to go through the difficulties and continue with the hobby, so lets say here we are not as lucky as most of you dear friends.

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ViccyVFU wrote:1949 wasn't an omnibus issue across the entire UPU (hence only 84 countries), it was British Commonwealth only.... This checklist courtesy of SG catalogues:
Hello ViccyVFU,

Exactly what I was looking for, As I want to arrange the sets I have bought and check them against the list before indexing them to make sure nothing is missing, thank you very much for your reply.

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Northstar wrote:Exactly what I was looking for
No problem at all. Hopefully the ensuing debate has also opened your eyes to the rest of the UPU countries that issued stamps for the 75th Anniversary.

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=40367

The thread above (mentioned before) illustrates most of the stamps out there, and its a game you can play "to remove the country name from the stamp, and still deduce who issued it"!!

As a fan of engraved stamps, its a lovely set to collect.

(I mentioned earlier I couldn't see one for Venezuela, but they are clearly shown in that thread, so I have to hold my hand up and say "oops, sorry about that").

It does make me wonder if there was any country that was a UPU member in 1949 that didn't either issue a stamp (or overprint) for the anniversary?

Your interest in collection is both timely and relevant, as the UPU will have its 150th anniversary in 2024 (and I doubt even Trump will be able to stop that happening). Its amazing how many countries have changed (mostly their names) over the years.

You will also find that the first 80% is the easiest to collect, and then "it gets tricky".

Don't forget to use Stampboards along the way to resolve queries, and seek or swap, via the appropriate forums, to complete your quest.

Good luck!

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ViccyVFU wrote: No problem at all. Hopefully the ensuing debate has also opened your eyes to the rest of the UPU countries that issued stamps for the 75th Anniversary.

https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=40367
Yes I have realized that there are many other UPU countries that issued the 75th anniversary stamps and I am already in search for those as well, and when I am done with arranging what I have now will post the images of the album here.

Thank you for your exceptional help and advice.

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Northstar wrote:Yes I have realized that there are many other UPU countries that issued the 75th anniversary stamps and I am already in search for those as well, and when I am done with arranging what I have now will post the images of the album here.
Some parting thoughts on the topic:

1) Sometimes, it is quicker to buy an omnibus series, or a substantively complete series (from a "given up").
The goal, apart from the enjoyment of collection and hunt, is in owning completeness.

So lets frame what gold standard looks like....

This is a bespoke album for the 84 country / 310 stamp collection.
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They do come up on eBay regularly. Here is one currently listed :
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1949-UPU-SET-COMPLETE-310-STAMPS-IN-OFFICIAL-ALBUM/123439335732

That implies a full set of mounted mint, from a reputable vendor (good track record) would be around £200, plus shipping to Iraq (about £25).

So the sum total of your collection, in Mint Hinged state, in the period correct album would be worth "around that".

The last line of the description says "make offer", and you could cheekily offer £150 (or less - I couldn't teach you haggling - it could only be a masterclass the other way!).

The photography is not great on this £200 item, so you might have further questions about condition / foxing etc ... or need further scans. I wouldn't spend £200 just based on this :

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If you did procure it, you could spend time liquidating the odds you have accumulated to date (to offset against the cost), knowing that you had a complete "matched" set in minimum time.

(One of the great dilemmas of omnibus collectors is whether to collect all one state : Mint - Unhinged, Mint - Hinged, Fine Used, Fine Used on Cover, FDC etc, or whether to accumulate a hotch potch).

A single state matched collection is always harder (and more valuable).

If / when you chose to widen the collection to "whole world UPU 1949", there is a publication (which occasionally appears on eBay, inexpensively) that covers just the 1949 UPU issues

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I appreciate time and budgetary constraints may both be limiting factors on your collection, but knowing upfront what a collection trades for today would hopefully pre-arm you not to pursue a "resource hungry route".

Look forward to seeing your scans, as they become available.

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Some parting thoughts on the topic:

1) Sometimes, it is quicker to buy an omnibus series, or a substantively complete series (from a "given up").
The goal, apart from the enjoyment of collection and hunt, is in owning completeness.
Hello again ViccyVFU,

Yes I agree with you, though I have bought a few complete sets (or almost complete) like the King George VI 1937 Coronation and Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation and the Penny Black 150th Anniversary, but I believe our hobby is called "collecting" stamps, and the true joy is in actually collecting the stamps and not buying full collections (this is my personal humble opinion).

Another problem is that we (in Iraq) can't buy from ebay because of the world not trusting our financial system and so many other political issues so we have to go with what is available locally.

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Northstar wrote:...... but I believe our hobby is called "collecting" stamps, and the true joy is in actually collecting the stamps and not buying full collections (this is my personal humble opinion).

Another problem is that we (in Iraq) can't buy from ebay because of the world not trusting our financial system and so many other political issues so we have to go with what is available locally.
Your collection, your rules.

I was just trying to frame the end position, so that you didn't spend $1,000's on the journey. Some people like collecting, some people like owning, some people like studying, some people like covers..... ultimately its always: Your money (and time), your choice.

Personally , whilst I like the design of the base stamp, the stylised country design of each UPU member beyond the basic omnibus set is where the value is likely to be in the run up to 2024 (the 150th Anniversary).

Relatively speaking, I'd say the whole UPU "long set" is at least 50 times rarer. I only recall ever seeing one complete one. (If you really like the joy of the hunt, I'd start that parallel collection off today also).

As for supply issues, well, people here are not as rigid about selling or swapping stamps with your region. I'd hazard a guess we have most of "the long set" tucked away in swap books amongst the large membership, so do remember to put out a "wants list" when you know what you are after. (There are members here who would much rather have "an international cover from Iraq", than "a few languishing oddments in their stockpile").

As I said before, good luck.

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ViccyVFU wrote: As for supply issues, well, people here are not as rigid about selling or swapping stamps with your region. I'd hazard a guess we have most of "the long set" tucked away in swap books amongst the large membership, so do remember to put out a "wants list" when you know what you are after. (There are members here who would much rather have "an international cover from Iraq", than "a few languishing oddments in their stockpile").

As I said before, good luck.
Hello ViccyVFU,

I thank you very much for your valuable and informative talks and advice.
Yes besides the omnibus sets I already have many and also in process of buying many other sets for the 1949 UPU issues, also I have bought many 1974 UPU issues in addition to many Issues for the new UPU building, it will take sometime to arrange and index them, but I will post the pictures when its done.

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Hello everyone,

This is an update to my UPU 1949 collection, so far the album looks like this, by next week most of the remaining gaps will be filled and after that I will be working on the other countries that issued the 1949 UPU stamps.


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A nice looking collection there, Northstar. 8)

One thing that strikes me is how many countries, in 1949, were still using British currency. :shock:

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Looking good. Just 11 countries to go (including 4 of the top 5, by value!!).
Commonly, for this issue, you'd expect to find a hinge mark on the back, or have you been able to secure Never Hinged examples?

It really is a pity you do not have access to eBay, as this lot sold for around £100 a couple of days ago (N.B. - Best offer was accepted. Ebay still shows it sold at full price in this listing).

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You'd have got the album
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A detailed write up
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It would have filled the gaps (looks like some, but not all, were never hinged)
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And left you surplus to sell, to reduce costs
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Obviously, not a perfect solution (not all pages had hawids affixed), but it still shows "what's out there, for very little money".

Anyway, sounds like you have the remaining issues in hand.
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gavin-h wrote:A nice looking collection there, Northstar. 8)

One thing that strikes me is how many countries, in 1949, were still using British currency. :shock:
Thank you gavin-h, hopefully it will be complete soon.

Yes many used the British currency, after all they were colonies.

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Re: What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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ViccyVFU wrote:Looking good. Just 11 countries to go (including 4 of the top 5, by value!!).
Commonly, for this issue, you'd expect to find a hinge mark on the back, or have you been able to secure Never Hinged examples?

It really is a pity you do not have access to eBay, as this lot sold for around £100 a couple of days ago (N.B. - Best offer was accepted. Ebay still shows it sold at full price in this listing).

Obviously, not a perfect solution (not all pages had hawids affixed), but it still shows "what's out there, for very little money".

Anyway, sounds like you have the remaining issues in hand.
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Hello ViccyVFU,

I have many sets in their way, In fact I have two sets of the Hong Kong issue coming in, I first bought a set that had the top value stamp with a slight damage, then later managed to get another set from another source which was good, so I bought that as well.
I only have the Pitcairn and the New Hebrides - French sets to buy and it will be all complete.

Yes all are hinged and I think it will be much more difficult to collect the never hinged ones.

Will post updated images when anything new added.

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Re: What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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Hello everyone,

This are the sets that came in today from two different sources, and you can see there are two Hong Kong sets, first I bought the one with a damaged stamp, then was able to find another set so bought the second one as well.

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The India set I have already purchased and its to be delivered, the New Hebrides - French set is also ordered but will take sometime before it arrives, so the only set remaining will be the Pitcairn Islands.

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Has anyone seen a verbal description of the designs of the 1949 common design type? I'm trying to understand if I'm missing anything beyond Hermes/Mercury and globes.

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Hello everyone,

Its been sometimes but now I am ready to continue with the UPU 1949 issues, the British colonies omnibus is almost complete (only Singapore issue is missing which will take sometime before it arrives) so now I will continue with "rest of the world" issues, stamps are in envelopes and I have a list of the countries for the UPU 1949 issues to check what is missing, will be inserting them in an independent album as I did with the BC omnibus sets and also compile an index for them.

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Northstar wrote:Hello everyone,

Its been sometimes but now I am ready to continue with the UPU 1949 issues, the British colonies omnibus is almost complete (only Singapore issue is missing which will take sometime before it arrives) so now I will continue with "rest of the world" issues
Hello everyone,
After evaluating the stamps I have for the "rest of the world" UPU 1949 issues, I realized its about 60% so I am postponing this until I have more sets ready, I am going to move to another project which is the Prince Charles & Princess Diana 1981 Wedding, if any admin is reading this I want to start a thread for this project where I show the progress as I move on, so my question is which forum is suitable to start such thread in?
Thank you in advance.

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Re: What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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If you just wish to show us the stamps (with comments as you desire of course), the best Forum would be Share with others here your NICE looking stamp and cover images etc.

http://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=17

If you want a more active discussion on the 1981 Dianas, try Discuss stamps - and *anything* at ALL happening with stamps

http://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=13

Note that you are likely to get comments and discussion regardless of which of these two Fora you use.

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fromdownunder wrote:If you just wish to show us the stamps (with comments as you desire of course), the best Forum would be Share with others here your NICE looking stamp and cover images etc.

http://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=17

If you want a more active discussion on the 1981 Dianas, try Discuss stamps - and *anything* at ALL happening with stamps

http://www.stampboards.com/viewforum.php?f=13

Note that you are likely to get comments and discussion regardless of which of these two Fora you use.

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Thank you for your reply Norm,

I want to post photos of the stamps and the albums and the indexing as i move on, so want to share the whole experience with the fellow members, and of course all discussions, questions, thoughts and suggestions are very welcomed and appreciated.

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Re: What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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I was born in 1949, so a collection of stamps commemorating the 75th anniversary of the UPU was meaningful for me. My collection has grown to 727 stamps and 65 S/S from at total of 187 stamp issuing entities around the world.

I designed my album pages after the White Ace example and the entire collection consists of roughly 150 pages housed in two large 3-ring binders.

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There was a UPU Specialized catalog published in 2001 that I found to be a very good reference. I have an Excel spreadsheet of the collection if anyone would be interested.

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Cheers, Terry.

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Re: What is a UPU stamp issue and UPU specimen stamp issue?

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Can't see a better place to stick this (mods please move if you feel it necessary)

James Bendon has produced a supplement to the seminal work on UPU specimen stamps (published in 2015).

According to the review in Gibbons Stamp Monthly October 2021 issue

"There is much additional information, corrections and newly available illustrations for more than 60 territories in this supplement. They are clearly presented in the same format as the original and incorporate in bold font textual changes, deletions etc. The page numbering is cross-referenced to the original page for each entry..... The fully detailed Territory Index provides pages for both volumes and includes two new territories - French Congo and German Area - not in the original volume"

Price quoted is £40 plus postage & packing, Website URL is www.oxfordbookprojects.co.uk and the 13-digit ISBN is 978 1 870696-096-7

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