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In my previous posts, I've shown some of the recent additions to my collection. These have been some of the first stamps used as postage. Within this group, the early "reds" as the 1 d. reds were and are called. In their development, the early paper tended to be "blued". This was due to the presence of prussiate of potash in the printing ink or within the paper. Stanley Gibbons did not specify which they were leaning toward, but hinted it was in the paper as they stated that under certain conditions, this tended to color the paper when it was dampened for printing.

This bluing can be seen from the face of the stamp on many examples, but tends to be more visible from the reverse. It's on the reverse that some of the bluing created what is called the "Ivory Head" variety in which Queen Victoria's silhouette is portrayed on the back.

To give the best example of this, here is my imprimatur of position RL of Plate 125. For those that may not know, the imprimatur sheet is the first sheet printed from a new plate. They tend to be brighter and a crisper image than the rest of the stamps produced from the plate due to the care that is taken to make it as perfect as possible. Some of these have been taken from all imprimatur sheets to be presented for one reason or another and show up for a premium for obvious reasons. So, enough said, for show only, here is my imprimatur and it's fabulous "ivory head".
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So, how does the thermochromatic ink work that changes the look of the eclipse stamp? Well, now you can learn! My favorite quote... "I'm a nerd. A proud nerd." Viva la nerd!

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Our Philatelic Bureaux, Chennai, has opened a permanent philatelic exhibition. The said venue has not been renovated as mentioned in the article but it has been "touched-up".
The exhibit also includes the first stamps of Mahatma Gandhi which were printed in Switzerland.
The local PB is working with SIPA who will train two Postal staff on Philately.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/permanent-philatelic-expo-inaugurated/article19499183.ece

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I greet all fans of philately and collectors of all kinds. I also found this beautiful hobby about 20 years ago and during that time I managed to collect quite enough stamps and I still manage to expand my own collection of stamps and envelopes with the theme of World Cup in football. If you are interested, I would like to offer the stamps that I have multiple times (I can send a list on your email) and conversely if someone has nice stamps on this topic, you can offer, I will like to buy or change. I add a couple of series for example that I could offer to interested collector. I wish all supporters a nice day!
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This just goes to show that you never know what circles philately will appear in! I had no idea about this Andrew Wyeth masterpiece!

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I collected another favourite series of stamps while in the post office in Japan...
Stamps: International Letter Writing Week 2016 from Japan #philately #stamps #japan #hiroshige

While in the post office buying Japanese flower definitives, I spotted another favourite Japanese series: International Letter Writing Week. This issue is from 2016.

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