COLOMBIA 1843-81 French Consular Post Offices & Maritime Ports of Call Covers

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Verkäufer: philatelic-literature.com (2,701) 100%, Artikelstandort: London, Versand nach: Worldwide, Artikelnummer: 352537331752 COLOMBIA 1843-81 French Consular Post Offices & Maritime Ports of Call Covers "The London Philatelist" is the Journal of the Royal Philatelic Society London. It is renowned for its superb articles by pre-eminent experts. The research published here is generally unavailable elsewhere. This particular issue contains an illustrated article concerning COLOMBIA 1843-81 French Consular Post Offices & Maritime Ports of Call Covers Please see picture. This lot comprises TWO issues of "The London Philatelist": the March 1998 issue in which the article starts, and the April 1998 issue in which the article concludes. Ref. #PL-1-107-1253 You may pay with a credit card through Paypal. FREE UK POSTAGE. PHILATELIC-LITERATURE starts for most collectors with a catalogue from Scott, Michel, Gibbons or another publisher. The established catalogues have developed over the decades to become the essential starting point for understanding a country or theme. They provide a wealth of reliable data about the stamps and include some very technical and specialised information. For some collectors a specialised catalogue is not necessary. For this reason 'simplified' catalogues are available. There are catalogues to suit every level of collector. One of the joys of our hobby is that we make our own rules. We collect what appeals to us. I had a customer years back who collected clear datestamps. Not so very unusual you may think. But this collector wanted only clear circular datestamps of particular dates. He did not care where the postmark was from or what stamp it was on. It was the dates which interested him - he was trying to form a collection of every date in the 20th Century. Just one datestamp for every day. This was an admirable challenge. I knew another collector who only collected stamps of one colour. He wanted only stamps which were printed in one colour. He was forming a collection to illustrate all the possible hues from red through to violet. Again, he was not at all interested in other aspects of the stamps. We collectors create our own collections exactly as we wish. Now, I confess that I have not seen any philatelic-literature dealing with just dates or just colours - who knows? Perhaps there are such publications. But for many many other specialisms there are books produced by experts who wish to share their accumulated knowledge. Today I sold a fine work on the varities of just one issue from Ascension and St. Helena. Last week a superb catalogue of the Double Head issue of Rhodesia. And yesterday I came across a book detailing the locations of Field Post Offices in the 1914-18 war. Let me illustrate a point. A class of English students was asked to write an essay. That was the whole task. An essay. Some of the class struggled. The instructions were too open. They asked the tutor for help. "Well," said the tutor "write about what you can see from where you are." They still had too much choice. They didn't know where to start. The tutor suggested they write about the building opposite. Still no starting point. Eventually the tutor said "Write about the brick in the top left corner of the building." One student considered this for a minute or two, then said "Miss, do we have to write about the whole brick?" The point is that there are uncountable millions of stamps and covers. Most collectors eventually find their own area to focus on. Something which absorbs them. And as they learn about their area they discover there is so much more to explore and learn even in what appears to be a very narrow field. Philatelic-literature enhances our enjoyment of our collections. It reveals what might otherwise be hidden or unrecognised. Why was that stamp overprinted in 1966? This cover travelled a very long way round during World War II. Why is that? Oh, and why are the stamps of Helgoland printed in those colours? Please remember - There is no such thing as a complete study. There is always more to be discovered. There are always more books to be read. And if you can't find a book about your specialised area - Please write one! .philatelic-literature. Sorry, your browser does not support inline SVG. Modified Item: No, Region: Colombia, Type: Cover

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