Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week #2015.46 on SébPhilatélie

The events in Paris on Friday reminds us that we philatelists are blessed with many capacities (curiosity, leisure, happiness to learn, serach and find) while others are so prisoners of misfortunes in their life they end killing themselves and innocents to obey evil masterminds.

Let's philatelize! Or do sport, sing, read, watch nature,...

On the other blog in French, this week, you may be interested in:

Monday, November 9th: A sovietic Marianne of France.
In French history magazine L'Histoire this month, historians wonder how some important people in their group (writers, philosophers, union leaders, politicians, independentists of Oversea France) followed communism from the 1920s till the 1960s.
"Man, rule every of your acts with the good of the communist society in mind", said what would have been the main definitive stamp (Jules Grandjouan, scanned in L'Histoire, November 2015 issue)
One graphic example is given with this postcard by communist illustrator Jules Grandjouan, part of a series of five cinderella project stamps that his edition printed in 1925. Four of them pictured allegories of the workers, the youth, the family and French Republic's Marianne, all with socialist symbols and motto.

Tuesday, November 10th: Postcrossing's twelfth stamp.
Ukrainian traditionally dressed lady sending news to the world (from the Postcrossing blog).
During the World Post Day, October 9th 2015, the Ukrainian post issued a stamp encouraging the Postcrossing website.

Members of this international community sent each other postcards on a random fashion: you ask for a member's address and send him a card, then wait for your address to be picked by a third one. Postcrossing's forums help members find more voluntary pen pals from all over the world.

Soon on SebPhilately, I will gather the twelve Postcrossing stamps so far.

Friday November 13th: Timbres Magazine's new (?) formula.
Timbres Magaziene September issue with a big "New Formula More Articles" tag.
After three "new formula" issues and the editor-in-chief's comments in May and September, I reflect on Timbres Magazine and how the principles of the new formula deceived me on first sight with claims of shorter articles and lesser postal history, more stamps and quotes of France's and French colonies' stamps.

While, on second reading, the content of the French magazine continue to be top philately, especially a series of British maritime mail and colonial history by Laurent Veglio.

It seems that editor Gauthier Toulemonde - who is the magazine's movie director too - succeeds to find an equilibrium between hardcore philatelists and casual but very motivated collectors/soon-to-be philatelists.

Sunday November 15th: Spanish side issues at the Royal Philatelic Society London
With a personal "How can I summarize a gathering of different topics in one post", I gather three Royals activities of different nature, almost all available to non-members, but more comfortably viewed by members.

In The London Philatelist Stephen Viñales and Richard Garcia studied administrative and artistic archives of Gibraltar definitive series of 1953, with the debate on the unissued halfpenny Map of Gibraltar (and Spain) stamp. To non members all monthly issue of the current year can be buy and downloaded on the RPSL website.

The 5pm conference on November 12th by Yamil Kouri exhaustively introduced to the Spanish Antilles colonial stamps of 1855 until 1865. Three values used in Cuba and Puerto Rico with different watermarks, internal uses, even used abroad and a long development to explain the normal and the provisional problems of the Y1//4 overprints. Non-members can read the pdf while members can access the video coverage on youTube.

Finally in the same conference and exhibition room, every month a member proposed a standing collection to the curiosity of fellow members and visitors. This November Lubor Kunc exhibits a one hundred and two page on the Field Post of Austria-Hungary during the Great War 1914-1918. Far away philatelists can browse along an on-line book of this impressive study.

... (whispers between my readers) ...

Yes? The link between Spain and Austria-Hungary? A jump through time: Habsburg territories from Emperor Charles V in the 16th century until Spanish Succession in the 18th.

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