FULL DETAILS OF THE 24 STAMP CATALOGUES ON CD
Vol 1 British locals including the Channel Islands (2 CD’s)
British Locals Post Catalogue is now available on 2 CD's in its 2016 edition. Using modern techniques, a comprehensive knowledge base has been produced with many detailed colour images, details of the stamps and geographical information on the areas and islands which have issued these stamps. Most of the CD's do not include prices as a great majority of the items have not been seen on the market for many years. The total size of the CD's is about 1000Mb, which is equivalent to well over 800 A4 pages. The CD is easily accessible by most PC's with a CD-drive.
Vol 2 Modern USA Locals (4 CD’s)
After years of painstaking and diligent research the unique modern USA Locals Post CD is
now available. Commencing in the early 1950’s the CD contains information on
over 860 Posts and if printed on A4 would cover over 1000 pages .This
definitive work is, to the best of our knowledge and belief the only
information available today.
For a number of reasons many stamps listed appear without a date of issue and no consecutive catalogue number. Also no prices are given, as so little material has been made available for sale, putting prices on stamps that had not been seen on the market for decades would serve no purpose. .
Vol 3 Modern British Railways
From the 1960 many companies set up local railway services for tourism purposes. This brought about quite a few of them producing stamps for the carrying of mail to a destination which could be either the local railway terminal or an official Royal Mail office for further dispatch around the world.
The catalogue covers 40 railway services and each giving information about the service, and in many cases an actual map of the line concerned.
Well over 90% of the stamps are illustrated. No pricing is given as most of the material’s appearance on the market is erratic.
Vol 4 British Postal Strike Catalogue
The 1971 postal strike in the UK brought about a glut of local posts that were produced with permission of the local Royal Mail postmaster, in order to carry on the delivery of mail around the country.
The catalogue contains not only these stamps but also stamps issued during, mainly regional, postal strikes from the early ’60 until the present day.
Stamps representing the many hundreds of entities are nowadays virtually impossible to find on the market, therefore no prices are given. About 75% of the stamps listed are colour illustrated. This item is a must for the postal history collector and researcher.
Vol 5 Summer Isles Album and Catalogue
This volume gives the collector of this specific group of islands to have both album pages and a specialized catalogue.
Vol 6 Easdale Island Album and Catalogue
This volume gives the collector of this specific island to have both album pages and a specialized catalogue.
Vol 7 Pabay Island Album and Catalogue
This volume gives the collector of this specific island to have both album pages and a specialized catalogue.
Vol 8 Scottish Isles Locals Catalogue
This volume gives the collector of only Scottish locals the chance to have a specialized catalogue only for these issues.
Vol 9 Manchurian Local Overprints
Following the breakdown of the Chinese postal services between the end of WWII and the Communist takeover, more than 270 towns and villages in Manchuria issued their own distinct overprints on official Manchurian stamps. Over 50% of all issues presented in this catalogue have colour illustrations. Because of the erratic nature of this specific collecting area no pricing is given.
Vol 10 Keren Kavemet (JNF) Catalogue
Since the first stamps issued in 1901, mainly for used as a means of fund raising, the KKL Head and Branch Offices have issued well over 4000 stamps. This catalogue is divided into the Head Office which moved around European cities until finally arriving in Jerusalem in 1921. The branch offices around the world also issued their own stamps for local fund raising.
Both Head and Branch Office issues are presented in this catalogue (in separate files) with over 50% having colour illustrations. Because of the erratic nature of this specific collecting ar4ea no pricing is given.
A lot of the entries show a map of the place concerned, an explanation, the geographic coordinates and also the Chinese lettering allowing an easier identification of the overprints.
Vol 11 Canada Locals and Strike Mails Catalogue
Over the years there have been many local issues in various parts of Canada, as well as many issues produced during postal strikes. This catalogues gives the collector of this country an insight into the many stamps and labels issued.
Vol 12 Mount Athos
The self-governed region of the Holy Mountain, according to the Decree passed by the Holy Community on the 3rd October 1913 and according to the international treaties of London (1913), Bucharest (1913), Neuilly (1919), Sèvres (1920) and Lausanne (1923), is considered part of the Greek state. The Decree, "made in the presence of the Holy Icon of Axion Estin", stated that the Holy Community recognised the Kings of Greece as the lawful sovereigns and "successors on the Mountain" of the "Emperors who built" the monasteries and declared its territory as belonging to the then Kingdom of Greece. Later a "Special Double Assembly" of the Holy Community in Karyes passed the "Constitutional Charter" of the Holy Mountain, which was ratified by the Greek Parliament. This regime originates from the "self-ruled monastic state" as stated on a chrysobull parchment signed and sealed by the Byzantine Emperor Ioannis Tzimisces in 972. This important document is preserved in the House of the Holy Administration in Karyes. The self-rule of the Holy Mountain was later reaffirmed by the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos in 1095. According to the constitution of Greece, Mount Athos (the "Monastic State of Hagion Oros") is, "following ancient privilege", a "a self-governed part of the Greek State, whose sovereignty thereon shall remain intact", and consists of 20 main monasteries which constitute the Holy Community, and the capital town and administrative centre, Karyes, also home to a governor as the representative of the Greek state. The governor is an executive appointee. The status of the Holy Mountain and the jurisdiction of the Hagiorite institutions were expressly described and ratified upon admission of Greece to the European Union (then the European Community).
In 2008 the Hellenic Postal Service started issuing postage stamps for postal use only at the two post offices of Mount Athos (Karyai and Dafni). The first set of 5 stamps was issued on May 16, 2008. The Hellenic Post issues the modern era Mount Athos stamps despite opposition from the Philatelic Federation (Ελληνική Φιλοτελική Ομοσπονδία) and the Hellenic Philatelic Society.
Mount Athos is not a member of the Universal Postal Union
Vol 13 Sovereign Military Order of Malta
The Sovereign Order of Malta is a sovereign subject of international law. The Order – which is based in Rome, in via Condotti – has its own Government, an independent magistracy, bilateral diplomatic relations with 104 countries and is granted the status of Permanent Observer in many international organisations, such as the United Nations. Its operational activities are managed by the six Grand Priories, six Subpriories and 47 National Associations of Knights in the five continents. The Order issues its own passports and stamps and creates public institutions, endowed with independent juridical personality. Order’s life is governed by the Constitution and the Code, reformed in 1997.
The Grand Master governs the Order both as sovereign and religious head. He is elected for life, within the professed knights in perpetual vows. He is assisted by and presides over the Sovereign Council, which is composed of four high offices – Grand Commander, Grand Chancellor, Grand Hospitaller, and Receiver of the Common Treasure – as well as six other members, all elected by the Order’s Chapter General for a five-year term. The Council of Government and the Board of Auditors, whose compositions reflect the international character of the Order, assist the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council. The Chapter General also elects these two bodies for a five-year term.
The postal administration of the order, known as the Poste Magistrali, was instituted on 20 May 1966 under a Decree of the Grand Master of the order and the first stamps were issued on 15 November 1966. Until recently the stamps were denominated in the currency of the order which was Scudi, Grani and Tari, which roughly equated to the currency of Malta before it joined the Eurozone; 1 Scudo = 12 Tari = 240 Grani = 12 Malta cents. Since 1 January 2005 the stamps have been denominated in Euros.
The stamps are inscribed Poste Magistrali and bear one or more small Maltese Crosses. Early issues were printed by De La Rue, but today a variety of Maltese and Italian printers are used. As well as postage stamps, the Order has produced aerogrammes, maximum cards, first day covers, miniature sheets, postage due stamps and postcards with imprinted stamps.
The stamps are issued for both postal and charitable reasons. Despite over 50 bi-lateral postal agreements the stamps are usually classed as cinderella stamps as they do not have postal validity throughout the world. Most postal agreements are with countries in which the order does charitable workThe SMOM is not a member of the Universal Postal Union.
Vol 14 Trucial States Catalogue
The regular catalogues showing stamps of this region ceased their listings when in late 1971, the 7 Trucial States joined together to become the United Arab Emirates.
However, many stamps were issued after that, unofficially or illegally, I do not go into that matter and so I produced this catalogue showing all of those issues which have not been seen catalogued before.
Vol 15 Oman State, Dhufar, and South Arabia Catalogue
In the late 1960's and early 1970's many changes took place in this part of the world.
There were rebel insurgencies in what was then Muscat and Oman (later to become the Sultanate of Oman), and stamps were issued purporting to be for the State of Oman, in the Northern part of the Sultanate, and for Dhufar in the Southern part near the border of the then Aden Protectorate.
In 1971 the British rule in the Aden Protectorate broke down, and the local authorities which had previously issued official stamps of their own (such as Shihr & Mukalla, Hadramaut) continued having new stamps issued for them. In addition some additional states also started issuing their own stamps (eg Upper Yafa'i).
This catalogue includes the official and unofficial stamps of all the areas within the
area of what became the Republic of South Yemen before its incorporation into the Republic of Yemen.
Vol 16 East Asia Local Posts Catalogue
From the 1960's there had been a rebel independence seeking movement in North East India, Nagaland, which had stamps issued for it,
On the island of Timor there was an enclave of Occussi Ambino which also had stamps issued.
Later on there were many issues for local areas in the Philippines and a few other countries.
Vol 17 African Breakaway States
This catalogue covers the issues of the former Spanish Sahara (Saharaoui Arab Democratic Republic) which is occupied by Morocco, the issues of the various parts of Somalia since the breakdown of central rule in the late 1990's and issues of areas of the former Belgian Congo, which at various times broke away from the Republic of Zaire.
It also coveres some issues from parts of other states which have issues stamps for their breakaway regions.
Vol 18 Non -UN Recognized sates of the former USSR
A few states which have received some international recognition, maybe by only one or two countries, but not by the UN appear in this catalogue. Abkhazia and South Ossutia which have broken away from Georgia, Transnistria and Gagausia from Moldova are examples.
Vol 19 Palestine
Since the Oslo agreements of 1994 the Palestinian Authority has issued stamps for its area. After Hamas overthrew central rule in the Gaza Strip the began issuing their own stamps. There also appear in this catalogue stamps issued by unknown people as well as some stamps issued before this time by the terrorist organisations..
Vol 20 Universal Mail New Zealand and UK
When in the 1990.s New Zealand decentralized its postal services to overseas some companies used this to start their own postal services and Universal Mail began issuing stamps, usually in vertical strips of 5 (one circular the others rectangular).
In the 2000's Universal Mail UK began using similar formats of stamps for their own services.
Vol 21 Australia and NZ Locals and Railways
Hutt River, Bumbunga, Aramoana and Puffing Billy Railway are amongst issues covered in the volume
Vol 22 Micronations Catalogue
Over the years there have been many issues of people who have established their own Micronations. This is the first time that these issues of places like Padrhom, Molossia, have ever been catalogued
Vol 23 Russia Post-1990 Locals Catalogue
Upon the breakdown of the USSR in 1990 many different people began issuing local stamps for the constituent republics etc of the new Russian Federation. Some concentrated on overprinting the small low valued stamps of the USSR whilst others printed stamps for whichever republics they felt like. All of these issues are illegal.
Vol 24 Iraqi Kurdistan
Following the breakdown of central rule in Iraq in the 1990's, the Kurdish minority in the north east of the country established their own self-ruling authority and began issuing stamps.