American Philatelic Society
Foreign Online Exhibits

1911 Panama Advertising Booklet, The
by David Zemer, 2015, 1 frame (16 MB)

Awards: Gold medal, Sarasota Stamp Exhibition 2015; Gold medal, AmeriStamp 2015.

Description: The Panama Advertising Booklet is one of the true gems of Panama philately and rarely seen by collectors as only five unused booklets are known to exist. This exhibit documents for the first time the design and manufacturing of it by the American Banknote Company, provides the costs and shipping dates of the booklet and displays the signed discovery letter which announced it in the philatelic press. To prove that there was usage of these booklet stamps the exhibit finishes with three examples from the exhibitor's collection of the five recorded covers.

Posted 4/7/15

1920 Panama and Canal Zone 50c Stamp From Photograph to Production, The
by David Zemer, 2015, 1 frame (9.3 MB)

Awards: Gold medal, ChicagoPex 2014.

Description: For the student of Panama and Canal Zone philately and of the American Bank Note Company this exhibit shows the progression from original photographs to photo reduction including the hand drawn essay and its approval by Panama, the approved die proof, the key pieces of the approved plate proofs and the die numbering system. It also confirms that an error had been made when the wrong Foreign Order Number was engraved on the vignette plate.

Posted 4/7/15

Barwani, a princely Indian State
by W. Danforth Walker, 2012, 134 p (20.6 MB)

Awards: Gold, APS StampShow, Sacramento 2012; Gold, NAPEX 2009 (also India Study Circle Grand Award and Virginia Philatelic Federation Award); Gold, SANDICAL 2009 (also Federated Philatelic Clubs of Southern California Award).

Description: "The Indian state of Barwani had a population of only 141,110 in 1931, many of whom were illiterate. Despite this small size the postage stamps issued are technically interesting from a philatelic point of view. Except for two stamps issued right before the Barwani post office closed (two Vi anna stamps, Printing 9), the evidence tells us that Barwani stamps were only issued for actual postal service.

The exhibit will illustrate the development of Barwani postage stamps from the first issue of 1917 to the close of the State Post on 1 July 1948 when Barwani became part of independent India."

Posted 4/4/14

Brazil, early forgeries, facsimiles & postal counterfeits
by Stephen Rose, 2012, 78 pages, 21.5 MB

Description: Exhibit of forgeries and facsimiles of 19th century stamps of Brazil, including examples of Earee, Spiro, Sperati, Spud Papers, Philatelic Union Geneva, Fournier, Liberty Head, and the telegraph forgery.

Posted 2/7/17

British East Africa, the stamps and their usage, 1890-1902
by George T. Krieger, 2011, 73 pages, 11.6 MB.

Awards: Gold and Grand, Penpex, Redwood City 2003; Gold, Houston, Texas; Gold, Philatelic Fiesta, San Jose; Gold and Reserve Grand, NY Mega Stamp Show, NYC 2007; Gold, Intercontinental stamp show in Bogotá, Columbia 2007; LV, International Stamp Show, London 2010; Gold, NOJEX 2011; Gold and Grand, Houston 2011.

Description: This exhibit covers the four regular issues, Specimen overprints, nine provisional issues, special printings for the UPU and postal usages of the stamps.

The Imperial British East Africa Company was the first company holding a charter allowing operation of a postal system, for both local and international mail, to use their company name on the their stamps. They were also the first to create a series of surcharged stamps with authorizing initials. Both of these led to the adoption of these practices by entities such as the British South Africa Company and the Mozambique Company in 1892 and the surcharged Uganda typewritten stamps in 1895.


British forces in Egypt, 1932-1936 : the postal concession
by Richard S. Wilson, 2011, 81 pages (5 frames), 16.8 MB

Description: This five-frame display presents an in-depth coverage of the eleven special stamps used 1932-36 with proofs, essays, and multiples. Major and minor varieties are described and the use and misuse of the stamps are shown through commercial, semi-philatelic, and philatelic covers. In 1931 the postal rate for sealed letters from Egypt to Great Britain was increased from ten to fifteen milliemes. A special arrangement was made in 1932 with the Ministry of Communications and the British Army and Air Force whereby the postal department, upon being guaranteed a certain sum, granted military personnel the privilege of sending letters at the old rate of one piastre per 20 grams. In addition, unsealed Christmas and New Year cards could be sent for three milliemes. Special stamps (formerly called seals) were sold to the military personnel for the prepayment of postage and certain conditions applied to their use. These were replaced in March 1936 by the ARMY POST issue of the Egyptian Postal Administration.


Canadian Errors and Their Causes
by Willaim T. Averbeck, 2014, 82 pages, 14.6 MB

Awards: IndyPex 2015 Gold, ColoPeX 2012; RPSC Gold, Royal 2010 Royale.

Description: This exhibit includes examples of every type of major printing and perforation error found on regular & commemorative postage issues of Canada. It includes 35 unique items. The term error is used here in a broad sense and includes errors which some collectors & specialists further classify as errors, freaks & oddities. The exhibit is arranged by type of error and provides explanations and causes of the errors shown.

Posted 01/30/16

Ceylon Too Late Markings
by Kathryn Johnson, 2012, 16 pages (single frame), 4 MB

Awards: Reserve Grand award at AmeriStamp 2012

Description: This one frame exhibit shows the variety of Too Late markings used by individual post offices on the island, beginning with the first known I use in Ceylon, and ending when the markings were withdrawn. The exhibit provides an original study, categorizing the single boxed markings into Blunt, Soft Squared and Rounded Corner Boxed types, using a census. Too Late markings were applied to mail received after the 5 pm cut off time for mail processing, and when a fee for late processing was not paid. Mail most often found with the Too Late markings are single rate letters, post cards and postal stationery envelopes. The exhibit details all marking attributes, and presents differences in marking types and condition as degraded in use.


Denmark, Frederik IX First Day Covers 1948-1960
by Alan Warren, 2011, 8 frames, 19.3 MB

Awards: AMERICOVER 2001, Denver: vermeil; APS 1940-1980 medal of excellence, best foreign FDC; VAPEX 2001, Virginia Beach: silver; Philatelic Show 2001, Boxborough: Vermeil SCC bronze; MIDAPHIL 2002, Kansas City MO: vermeil; York County Stamp Show 2003, York PA: vermeil, AAPE award of honor; Greater Houston Stamp Show 2003, Houston: vermeil; NAPEX 2007, McLean VA: silver; AMERICOVER 2007, Stamford CT: gold, best foreign FDC; OKPEX 2007, Oklahoma City: silver; SCOPEX 2008, Bellefonte PA: vermeil; LANCOPEX 2009, Lancaster PA: gold.

Description: This 8-frame exhibit shows the stamps of the Frederik IX series issued 1948-1960 by Denmark, including the overprints, on First Day Covers. It does not include postal stationery with the same design nor the postal ferry overprints (which were not used on FDCs). In some cases there is rate information. However, many FDCs are overfranked for the service for which they were intended.
List under: Denmark


The evolution of "via Siberia" mail 1897-1945
by Jerry H. Miller, 2016, 202 pages (3 files, 64.6 MB) .

Awards: Balpex 2011 Grand, Indypex 2016 Grand, Westpex 2014 Best Asia exhibit, 8x Gold.

Description: This postal history exhibit describes & shows the evolution of mail endorsed or routed "via Siberia" from the trial & early mail period, through periods of war & revolution as well as the expansion of mail services upon connection of the trans-Siberian railway network with the southern Manchurian and eastern Chinese rail lines, thereby enabling movement of Far East, German Pacific Colony and other mail to/from Europe... North Africa & North America.


Posted 01/11/17

The First Coil Stamp of the World: The One Dinero Rose of 1862 from Peru
by Henry R. Marquez, 2012, 1 frame, 11.6 MB

Awards: Single-frame Champion of Champions, APS StampShow 2012.

Description: Around 40 years before the first coil stamps in the U.S., Peru issued coils of stamps in strips. This exhibit discusses all aspects of this stamp including errors, production, characteristics, varieties and errors as well as usages, including an unauthorized fiscal usage showing the only recorded document with a mix of this stamp and the first revenue stamp of Peru. The infamous "clandestine reprint" (or "forgery" as it is known as well) of the late 1890s is studied in detail.


Haiti's 1c Royal Palm of 1892
by Peter C. Jeannopoulos, 2010, 14 pages, 3.17 MB

Description: An exhibit dedicated to the 1c of 1892, this exhibit demonstrates that three distinct colors of the 1c stamp exist. The exhibit begins with essays and an undenominated sunken die proof. Each of the three colors is treated individually in regard to proofs, unused and used multiples, earliest known usages, perforation varieties, printing varieties, and cancels. Covers are exhibited according to their dates, rather than the color. All colors are represented on cover and show different points of origin, destinations, and/or rates.


Haiti's Date Tree Issue, 1891-92
by Peter C. Jeannopoulos, 2010, 71 pages, 14.6 MB

Description: This series of five stamps was issued in 1891. The Coat of Arms depicts a Date Tree with upright branches, instead of the usual drooping branches. Different values of the series were issued intermittently during 1891. When the supply of the 2c value was exhausted, the 3c stamp had a 2c surcharge applied.

This exhibit illustrates the production, the usage, and the plating of the stamps of 1891 and 1892. Included are multiples (unused and used, illustrating differences of shade), earliest known usages, all known printing varieties, perforation varieties, cancels (town, paquebot, and transit markings), covers (illustrating internal and exter­nal rates for the period); and sheets of the lc, 2c, 3c, 5c , and 2c/3c values (showing different shades and/or selvedge); and an illustrated plating study by position of each value.


Indian Post Office in Zanzibar 1878-1895
by Geoge T. Krieger, 2011, 16 pages, 3.28 MB

Awards: Gold, Penpex, Redwood City, 2006; Gold, Philatelic Fiesta, San Jose.

Description: This is an exhibit of the unique cancellations used by the Indian post office in Zanzibar from June 1, 1878 through November 10, 1895. India operated a post office in Zanzibar from November 1868 until April 1, 1869 and from October 1, 1875 to November 10, 1895. Usages of the cancellers are shown in the sequence in which they were issued followed by the date stamps.


by Nestor C. Nunez, 2016, 8-frame exhibit in 8 Adobe Acrobat pdf format files (60.6 MB) .

Awards: Large Vermeil, World Stamp Show NY 2016; Gold, Filatelic Fiesta, 2014 and 2008; Gold, Westpex, 2009.

Description: This exhibit shows the stamp issues of the Malayan state of Johore to 1940. The postal affairs of the native states of Malaya during this period were operated under arrangement with the Straits Settlements. The exhibit is divided into two main sections: The Overprint Period (1876-1891) during which overprinted Straits Settlements stamps were in use; and The "Portraits" Period (1891-1940) with stamp issues showing vignettes of Sultan Abu Bakar (to 1895) and his successor Sultan Ibrahim. Postage Due stamps (1938) and postal stationery issues are excluded from the exhibit.


Posted 12/12/16

Nicaraguan Railway Ticket-based Provisional Stamps & Uses
by Neal B. West, 2013, 10 frames and synopsis, (9 Adobe Acrobat files, 168 MB) .

Awards: Gold, APS StampShow August 2013, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Description: This exhibit documents one of the most extraordinary events in the philatelic history of Nicaragua, the creation of fiscal, postal and telegraph provisional stamps from first class and second class railway tickets, 1911-1912. The listings in stamp catalogs and the Maxwell specialized Nicaragua stamp handbook are wrong in many regards.

The purpose of this exhibit is to correct catalog inaccuracies in the sequence and description of these issues and to demonstrate how the stamps were used on foreign and domestic mail. The great majority of postal uses known are shown in this exhibit (over 100).

Posted 01/8/14

Prostitute Revenues of Rosario de Santa Fe
by Benedict A. Termini, Updated 2017, 80 pages (19.3 MB)

Awards: Gold, Mid-Cities EXPO 2013; Gold, TEXPEX 2013 and TEXPEX 2014; Gold, ARIPEX 2013; Gold, NAPEX 2013, Gold, Houston TX 2013; Gold, WestPex 2014; Gold, APS StampShow 2014 and 2015; Gold, Sandical, 2015; Gold, Philatelic Show 2015; Gold, OkPex 2015; Vermeil, BRASILIANA International Show 2013.

Description:After Argentina made prostitution legal in the 1870s, various municipalities attempted to control the practice by restricting the activities of prostitutes and mandating public health measures. In 1890s the City of Rosario in the Province of Santa Fe, Argentina, issued each prostitute a booklet. The prostitute had to purchase revenue stamps (Sanitarios) to pay for health examinations. The stamps were issued from 1893 to 1932.

UPDATED 01/30/16

The Small Queen Era, 1870-1897 : A Study of the Rate, Regulations & Uses
by William T. Averbeck, 2014, 160 pages, (5 pdf files, 71.2 MB) .

Awards: IndyPex 2015 Grand Award.

Description: The covers in this exhibit demonstrate the changes in Canadian domestic and foreign postage and registration rates and postal regulations from the initiation of the Small Queen (SQ) era in 1870 until the Jubilee and Leaf Issues of 1897 eventually replaced them, essentially by 1900. Since the SQs were never demonetized, they are often seen used in combination with other issues of Canada. Several examples of these later usages are included. Large Queens, issued earlier than the SQs, remained valid and are also seen used during the SQ era.


Posted 01/30/16

Three milliemes army post stamps for use by the British forces in Egypt, 1936-41, The
by Richard S. Wilson, 2011, 16 pages (single frame), 4.11 MB

Description: On March 1, 1936, there was a change in the postal concession regulations between the Egyptian postal authorities and the Commander of the British Forces in Egypt. A new one-piastre Army Post stamp bearing King Fouad's portrait replaced letter stamps. As with the letter stamps they could only be used on letters posted in military mailboxes from members of the British forces. In December 1936 through 1939, a three-milliemes stamp in green was issued for use on Christmas and New Year's cards. On December 16, 1939, the small Army Post stamps with King Farouk's picture replaced the large Army Post Stamps. This was too late for the use of the three milliemes stamp on Christmas cards so the stamps were withdrawn from sale and released in October 1940. This exhibit shows the various forms of these special holiday stamps (royal printings, control number blocks, and large multiples) and their use. Smith, Chaloub and others consider the royal printings proofs or pre-production material. They represent the earliest impressions made from the printing plates.


Uganda on British East Africa
by George T. Krieger, 2011, 14 pages, 19.5 MB

Awards: Gold, Philatelic Fiesta, San Jose, 2005; Gold and Grand, NY Mega Stamp Show, 2007; Gold and Grand, Houston, Texas 2004; Gold, APS AmeriStamp, Charlotte, NC, 2008.

Description: British East Africa and Uganda postal administrations merged under one postmaster in 1901, but kept separate accounts and did not use a common stamp. British East Africa "small Queen" stamps and postal stationery were overprinted for Uganda for use under the UPU. All four overprinting errors are shown in the exhibit.


Ukraine: Postal History 1900-1945
by Andrew Oleksiuk, 2001, 116 pages, 21.1 MB

Awards: American Philatelic Society vermeil award; grand award from the Ukrainian Philatelic Society (Chicago).

Description: The political upheaval in Ukraine 1900-1945 resulted in no less than 28 postal administrations, many running simultaneously. To accurately display a highly complex subject, the 1900-1945 period is broken down into four smaller historical groupings: The first period, Ukraine at the Turn of the Century examines the markings of the empires. Empire, Revolution, Sovereignty and War elucidates military markings and the various political reconfigurations. The third period, Ukraine Between the Wars, examines postal developments within the new boundaries that were created. The postal markings of World War II in Ukraine readdress Ukraine's ethnic status, and examine Ukraine as a geopolitical nerve center in the war. Markings of each postal administration are broken down into basic types, and illustrated. A map heralds each of the four new sections, enabling the viewer to get a bearing on the places and changing situation.

Posted 01/30/16

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