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Display images, by request [Mar. 14th, 2010|09:10 pm]
Daveosaurus
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So, I've been requested to put up a sample from the upcoming stamp display, featuring some of the privately produced stamps that the local post office is happily accepting on mail throughout the country. This isn't an alternative postal service (we have them, too) but what's happened, in practice, is that NZ Post has effectively been outsourcing its stamp design, production and marketing to other companies. (You can still get official NZ Post "New Zealand" stamps and other suchlike paraphernalia, but the ones I've been doing research on are the much less well documented privately produced stamps).

My web site is an attempt, still only partially complete, to list, analyse and catalogue these stamps. The main reason I've been doing it is because nobody else has been mad enough to try. The scope for further study in this area of philately is enormous; I've made a rather perfunctory attempt to catalogue the many varieties of each design, but there's much work yet to be done (preferably by someone with more expertise at this sort of thing than I).

But what I originally set out to do was actually build a collection of the stamps. A catalogue is a fairly necessary accessory to anyone trying to build a decent collection of anything, and without any catalogue other than my own attempt I've been fairly much flying blind and learning as I go. This has, apart from anything else, put all my other philatelic work back by about eighteen months now. But finally, a (fairly basically laid out and written up) display is going to be shown at the Society next month. I've already got about 20 or so pages finished and ready (the only unfinished part being a number of missing stamps I have yet to find), and work has been progressing on the remainder.

The particular sets of stamps to be shown in the display are the "regional" series, as listed on my web site (i.e. each series which publicises a city, town or rural area within New Zealand). There are about 40 such series (the number is variable depending on what one considers constitutes a separate series; but I've got about 40 sub-pages of that part of my site, so I'll use that number for now). Many of these series are produced for local tourist or business organisations, or the local authority (many of which run the local tourist promotional organisation anyway).

Tonight's samples are the two different series issued for Northland. The first series (at the 45c postal rate) covers the whole Northland region, including Whangarei, while the second series (at the 50c postal rate), concentrates on the Bay of Islands.

Northland 45c series

Northland 50c series


And if anyone wants to see more of them... the display is at the Senior Citizens Rooms, corner Forth Street and Nith Street, Invercargill, at 8pm on the 8th of April. There will also be another display, a selection of Items of Interest from the Society members, and a sales table and supper afterwards. Be there, or be somewhere else.
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[User Picture]From: southerndave
2010-03-15 08:43 am (UTC)
Only just got VNC back on my machine (after about nine months), and haven't had the time to start sucking data off the old machine yet.

It's not expensive so much as it's a huge amount of mucking about for quite unimpressive results. (I tried it before, although that was quite a few years ago now). Much easier just to lay them out on an empty page, write up another page and mount them on the written up page. Plus I don't have a going printer, and don't know how my printer would cope with odd-sized pages even if it was going (I've measured them up against and American-produced fanzine and they seem to match the American 8½" x 11" size, plus they're pre-punched to fit the albums which normally means they don't play well with being run through printers or copiers).
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