Saturday, January 30, 2016

Week #2016.04 on SébPhilatélie

Sunday January 21st: (almost) joint article on Liverpool stamps.
The French version of the article on stamps of Liverpool, England was enlarged with some British special stamps of the past (the 1969 Metropolitan Cathedral stamp, a beautiful church) and some more touristic streets to visit.

Monday January 25th: postal changes at Gibbons Stamp Monthly?
January 2016 issue of the British magazine arrived in my mailbox three weeks later than usual... with a redundant airmail/Royal Mail sticker on it.

Worse: the February issue has not arrived yet... So, who's saving money on foreign subscriptions? RM or SG?

Wednesday January 27th: same article on Princess Royal's visit to the Falkland and South Georgia Islands.

Thursday January 28th: a French minister resigned, a philatelic contreversy came back to mind.
With the departure of Mrs Taubira from the French government, I remind readers that, if one of the two alleged creators is to be believed, her hand was one inspiration of the current French definitive series.

Friday January 29th: Will the Chester Cathedral in Lego be ready before a French local post office?
A little off philately: the Cathedral of Chester, England is raising money for an educational fund by building the building with Lego bricks. In Montpellier, the inhabitants of Malbosc, a ten year old new area, are still waiting the opening of the post office that should have happened some time ago... but will wait.

Saturday January 30th: two magazines, one topic, a coincidence?
In February issues, Laurent Veglio in Timbres magazine and Edward Klempka in Gibbons Stamp Monthly complete their article like two pieces of a jigsaw.

The former told the story of "the first international regular air service" between Vienna, Austria and Kiev, Ukraine in 1918 during one hell of a period for both countries. The latter described at length the overprinted stamps of the two Ukrainian states that were independent beetween November 1918 and the 1921 peace of Riga.

With these articles, I thought that I read more articles on the Central and Eastern European philatelic and postal consequences of World War One, but not about the postal history of the war itself in the trenchees...

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