May 30, 2010

Stamp Terms

Annual Collection - complete collection of Australian gummed stamps for the year with background information about each issue

block - collecting configuration of at least four stamps

booklet - folder of gummed or self-adhesive stamps

cinderella - looking like a stamp, but not issued by a postal authority and not valid for postage.

collector pack - a packet of stamps, with self-adhesive stamps extracted from rolls of 100 and 200

colonial stamps - stamps issued by Australian colonies before 1901 (Stamps issued between 1901 and 1912 are termed State stamps)

Commonwealth stamps - stamps issued by Australia after 1913

commemorative stamps - stamps issued to commemorate specific events or anniversaries

counter printed stamps - stamps dispensed from PostShop counter machines in denominations selected at the time of purchase

decimal stamps - Australian stamps issued since the introduction of decimal currency in 1966

definitive stamps - stamps produced to meet ongoing postal requirements, usually on sale for several years

denomination - the price expressed on a stamp

designer - person responsible for preparing a stamp design

domestic stamps - ordinary Australian stamps issued since 2000 for use on mail delivered to Australian addresses (see "international stamps")

first day cover - a pictorial envelope with associated stamps affixed and postmarked on their first day of issue

Frama stamps - stamps in use between 1984 and 2003 and dispensed from vending machines in denominations selected at the time of purchase

gummed stamps - traditional stamps produced in sheet format

gutter stamps - collecting configuration involving stamps on either side of the blank space (the "gutter") separating the two halves of a sheet

instant stamps - stamps produced within one or two days of an event occurring (e.g for Australian Olympic Gold Medallists)

intaglio (or recess) stamps - printing by a line-engraved process used for Australian stamps issued from the late 1920s to the mid 1970s

international stamps - special Australian stamps, distinguished by a blue strip along one side, issued since 2000 for use on mail delivered to international addresses

IPPE - international postage paid envelope

joint issue - stamps of the same theme (and usually design) issued jointly by two or more countries

koala count - symbols printed on the edges of stamp sheets to indicate the number of reprints for particular stamps 9e.g. 1 koala =forst reprint)

lettercard - postcard folded to seal correnspondence

lithography - printing method used for most Australian stamps issued since 1980

luminiscence - a substance impregnated in the stamp paper to activate mail sorting and cancelling machinery

maximum card (or maxicard) - postage prepraid postcard with associated stamp affixed and postmarked on its first day of issue

miniature sheet (or minisheet) - one or more stamps incorporated in a small sheet

mini stamp - unuesed stamp

mint unhinged - unused stamp not previously mounted to a page by a stamp hinge

national first day of issue postmark - postmark used at a related location to stamps issued for the first time

OS ("On Service") stamps - stamps overprinted or punctured with the initials "O S" were provided for use by government departments until the mid-1930s

overprint - text, numerals or design elements added to an existing stamp, miniature sheet or product

pair - collecting configuration of two stamps

pane - any number of joined stamps in a continuous format (e.g. sheet of 50 stamps might comprise two panes of 25)

perforations - holes which separate stamps, measured by the number of holes across two centimetres (e.g. perforated 13.9 x 14.6 means the stamp has 13.9 holes per 2 cm across the horizontal edges and 14.6 holes per 2 cm along the vertical edges)

Personalised StampsTM - stamps with an attached tab that have been personalised with a photograph or design

philately (pronounced "fil-at-e-ly") - the hobby of stamp collecting and the study of stamps

philtatelist (pronounced "fil-at-e-list") - a collector who studies stamps

philatelic (pronounced "fil-a-tellic") - (adjective) relating to stamp collecting

photogravure - printing method used for most Australian stamps issued during the 1960s and 1970s

postage due stamps - stamps in use until 1963 as a receipt for payment of postage owing on underpaid mail

postage paid envelope (PPE) - envelope with a printed image in the stamp area produced for vaious domestic postal uses

postcard - usually prepaid, postcards produced by Australia Post

postmark - cancels stamps and records the date and location where articles are processed

pre-decimal stamps - Australian stamps issued prior to 1966 when pounds, shillings and pence currency was in use

pre-stamped envelope (PSE) - envelope with a printed image and the denomination in the stamp area

self-adhesive stamps - stamps generally sold in rolls or sheetlets, which adhere to mail without licking

selvedge - area of a stamp sheet outside the perforated stamps

se-tenant (pronounced "see-ten-ant") - two or more adjoining stamps of different designs in a sheet

sheet - generally 50 stamps printed in a sheet format

sheetlet - generally up to 20 stamps printed in a sheet format

souvenir cover - a pictorial envelope produced for a special occasion

special issue - short term stamps not tied to any specific event or anniversary

Special Event Souvenir (SES) sheet - sheet incorporating Personalised Stamps TM issued to honour a special occasion.

specimen stamps - high denomination stamps overprinted "SPECIMEN" were invalid for postage and sold under face value to collectors

stamp and coin cover - a souvenir envelope or first day cover bearing stamps and a coin related to the same subject

Stamp Bulletin - Australia Post magazine available for collectors Stamp Explorer - Australia Post magazine available for children

stamp pack - presentation folder containing the gummed stamps of a particular issue

strip - collecting configurations of three or more stamps in a single row

tab - the area next to a stamp (certain issues only) that is available for personalisation (see Personalised StampsTM)

Territories Collection - full collection of every Australian Antarctic Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands stamp issued for the year with information about each issue

tete-beche (pronounced "tet-besh" or tate-bay-sh") - adjoining stamps printed in a head-to-toe format

thematics - collecting stamps that relate to a particular topic or theme, such as birds or trains

watermark - security image impregnated in stamp paper

Source: Collecting Australian Stamps, a beginner's guide by Richard Breckon
Produced byAustralia Post Philatelic Group

March 20, 2010

The world through stamps

Collector's Stamp Album

Gift from John Hart of Ipswich UK, 1983
Gen Luna St., Ermita, Manila

March 10, 2010

Australian Pages

Great Britain

First Day Cover Album

17 February 2009

New Stamp Stock Book

Cats Series 2
17 December 2009

Steps in Collecting Stamps

Old and New

The White and Brown Leather Bound Albums
17 December 2009


Where it all began
17 February 2009

Cats Collection

Australian White Stamp Book

My First Australian Stamp Book

The Origin of an Old Hobby

My Philippine Stamp Scrap Book (1987)

Australia Post: Selected Issues 1990

Sports with Bits

Governor Macquarie

Great Australian Railway Journeys


Australian Trains like The Ghan and the Indian Pacific cross the continent from south to norht and east to west respectively, covering great distances, often over isolated and difficult terrain.

Other routes, such as the West Coast Wilderness Railway on the west coast of Tasmania and Kuranda Scenic Railway in northern Queensland traverse much smaller distances in rugged and precipitous mountainous country.

These railways were once the primary means of linking isolated Australian settlements with more populous cities. Today tourists include these routes among the great railway journeys of Australia.

Source: Post Australia, Martin Place-George Sts, Sydney CBD.
28 May 2010

Australia Post Bicentennial Issue

200th Birthday Concert Envelope

The Australia Post 200th birthday was celebrated by a free public concert and historical display that were held at Darling Harbour on June 27 and 28 (2009). The public exhibition featured historic vehicles, uniforms, photos and other archival materials.

The building in the picture is Sydney General Post Office 1952 taken from the National Archives of Australia.

Source: Post Australia, Martin Place-George Streets, Sydney CBD
28 May 2010

March 08, 2010

Marine Life

C5 Envelope

High-crown Seahorse Hippocampus procerus.

Seahorses live in weedy habitats in the shallows, and among sponges when in deep water. They rely on a prehensile tail and mastery of camouflage, including the ability to change colour, to avoid predators. The High-crown Seahorse is found from Moreton Bay to Fraser Island in Queensland.

Source: Post Australia, Westpoint Shop, Blacktown

World Stamps

Australia Post: Collector's Choice 

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