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2005 September 27
September 27, 2005


1. More "New Arrivals" Added to Website

2. Many Hundreds of New Worldwide Stamps Added to Website:
      British Commonwealth & British Africa; Austria; U.S.; U.S. Ducks;
      Confederate; Canada; Austria

3. New Website Special: New Book: Danish Advertising Panes

4. Updated PDF (Download) or Printed (Mailed) Price Lists Available

5. News and Comment
      The Last Days of WWII in Norway
      Approvals Available From.....

6. Used & One-of-a-Kind Scandinavian Philatelic Literature
      Used books and special opportunities only offered here.

7. Special Offers -- Great Buys
      Scandinavian Small Collections
      Empty Albums & Binders
      U.S. and World Collections & Offers

The following sections in the E-News are no longer timely, however, there are many new opportunities to be seen on the web site at...
Pre-owned & One-of-a-Kind Scandinavian Philatelic Literature
Used Albums and Binders
Scandinavian Collections and Lots
U.S. and Worldwide Collections and Lots
United States Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!
World Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!

1.  More "New Arrivals" Added to Website
The new "New Arrivals" website sections have proved quite popular. Thanks for looking! I have added a variety of new items, especially in Denmark, Faroe, Norway, and Sweden; and the other countries too. No matter what you collect, take a look.

Quick links to all 26 pages are right near the top of the home page at
Please take a look.

The material offered in these pages gets a lot of attention, sells quickly, and is updated regularly; be sure to check them often. The items may or may not be listed in sensible order, thus be sure to view the entire page, from top to bottom. I plan on adding even more every few days; check these pages often.

The STAMPS pages include three types of stamps: a) high quality and/or rare stamps that are worthy of individual attention; b) specialized stamps such as varieties, unusual cancellations, etc.; c) bargain stamps that are attractive but have some hidden defect ... at appropriate low prices.

The COVERS pages "cover" the gamut of postal history items. Whether you collect pre-stamp covers or modern solo usages of thematic stamps, or anything in between, these pages deserve a look.

The DIVERSE pages include everything else. For example, at this moment they include: revenues, ship letter stamps, railway stamps, early FDCs, postal stationery, scarce charity seals, reprints, souvenir cards, early postmarks, saving stamps, forgeries, essays and proofs,

Quick links to all 26 pages are right near the top of the home page at
Please take a look.
2.  Many Hundreds of New Worldwide Stamps Added to Website:
British Commonwealth & British Africa; Austria; U.S.; U.S. Ducks;
Confederate; Canada; Austria

In the last E-News, I mentioned that 53 more countries had stamps newly added to the Specials pages for Worldwide Stamps. Now another 23 more countries have been added to the Specials pages and many hundreds of new stamps have been added to 24 other countries. This time, virtually all of these are British Colonies and most are in British Africa. We have broken up a large collection; the stamps are universally fresh and attractive!

The table of contents can be found at:

Also, a very nice range of new material was recently added to:

United States stamps (everything from XF/Superb NH stamps to higher
values with slight faults).

United States Duck Stamps

Confederate States of America

Canada stamps including many key issues.

3.  New Website Special: New Book: Danish Advertising Panes
Newly published by the Scandinavian Philatelic Foundation, this is a completely new work, not a translation. The result of many years of research and study is presented in an interesting and informative manner. Entirely in English, hardbound, 230 pages, this will be the standard reference on the subject for many years to come. ALL proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the SPF. Prices are offered for SPF members, non-members, and a special price including new membership. More information and ordering here:

Founded in 1987, the SPF is an IRS-registered 501c3 not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to furthering knowledge of Scandinavian philately and access to such information in the English language. If you appreciate having Scandinavian philatelic literature in English, please join the SPF. Download a membership form (Acrobat PDF file) from:
4.  Updated PDF (Download) or Printed (Mailed) Price Lists Available
My downloadable and printed/mailed price lists have been newly updated today to reflect the many new additions to the website, including quite a few additions and changes not mentioned above.

Three separate updated lists are available: Scandinavia, Slania, and U.S. & Worldwide. These lists ONLY include items that are listed on the website. (Not included are those pages that do not yet have "shopping cart ability" and the Specials Collections & Used Literature [printed lists of those sections are available separately by request].)

Again, there is nothing in these lists that is not shown on the website -- and the lists don't have illustrations -- so please do not request the lists expecting to get something that is not shown on the website.

The easiest and fastest way to get these price lists, or the most recent philatelic literature price list, is to download them as PDF files from:

Once you have downloaded the PDF files to your computer, you can use Adobe Acrobat to print out the PDF files.

Alternatively, you can obtain them as printed copies by postal mail, however, there are restrictions on how many times I can send such mailings without receiving an order in return. For overseas mailings, due to the high postage costs, there is a charge for the lists (but a credit memo is supplied in return). For complete information and to email your request to get the lists, see:
5. News and Comment
The Last Days of WWII in Norway

I recently found myself staring at a censored cover mailed from Sweden to Norway on 7 May 1945. The cover bore Norwegian civil "post war" censorship. Like many things that it takes me a while to get around to, I had the cover for a number of years. The dating of the cover "obviously" (to me anyway) made it interesting and I wanted to look into it further. I came to the conclusion that the cover was written to friends or family immediately after hearing the radio broadcast news that Germany was capitulating in Norway, one of the last areas to be surrendered.

I had never read the details of the events of this day and the next day in Norway. I was amazed to discover that....

-- On the afternoon of the 7th, the Germans signed capitulation documents in France. That evening 40,000 armed Norwegians appeared from nowhere to disarm the German soldiers.

-- By the next morning, the Norwegian government administration, from national level to the counties and municipalities were in place and starting to function.

The level of planning and organization that had taken place was simply phenomenal; all in the midst of a war surrounded by 360,000 occupying German troops. When I think about situations today (the war in Iraq, hurricanes in the U.S.) and compare them to what took place in Norway, I find myself amazed and frustrated that today we can't seem to do a better job.

The story of these days in Norway is extremely interesting reading and is very well documented on a Norwegian government English-language web page:


The last few weeks have been difficult, both for the people in the areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but also, in a much smaller way, for Americans such as myself that can do little more than watch as our government and politicians "manage" the situation. Our hearts go out to the people affected.

While we can donate to worthy charities (be very careful of scams), there IS something else we can do. We can stop and really think about what is important; about what our priorities should be. Then we can make sure that our elected representatives hear our voices with unmistakable clarity.

There are many important issues, coming out of these hurricanes, that will be decided in the coming days, weeks, and months. A huge amount of American government money (200 billion plus?) is being handed over with seemingly little accountability and perhaps sometimes for questionable purposes. Thousands of people are without homes or jobs, and in some cases, they have lost family members. For many of these people, life can never be the same. Thousands of homes have been destroyed and many of the people that used to live in them will simply not be able to afford new, replacement homes built of "proper modern" construction. Major changes may be made in the way parts of the American government responds to and is organized for disasters. A major city that sits well below sea level -- rising sea level -- will probably be rebuilt with federal government funds, but as yet, there seems to be no plan to actually pay those bills until our children and grandchildren become taxpayers. With all that going on, there will surely be powerful forces at work trying to grab undeserved money. There will also likely be a "fog of activity" that will blind taxpayers from seeing things like unrelated legislative amendments being attached to recovery funding bills.

Regardless of political preferences, in the coming days, weeks, and months it will be important for Americans to take an active political role. Regardless of your vision for the future, I hope that you will take the time to make sure that our politicians hear your voice. Remember, they work for you; you are paying their salary.

Comments to the White House https://www.whitehouse.gov/

Comments to Senators https://www.senate.gov/
Select the appropriate state, etc., and follow the links to your
senators' web pages.

Comments to Representatives https://www.house.gov/
Enter your zip code, etc., and follow the links to your
representative's web page.

Though, of course, our thoughts are and should be first with the people affected by these storms, I cannot help but wonder about the philatelic implications. How many stamp collections have been destroyed? How many stamp dealers are out of business? How many post offices will never be reopened (the USPS has long been trying to close smaller post offices)? What kinds of postal markings will appear on "hurricane mail"? I welcome your thoughts, comments, and stories.


In the early days of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Bonnie and I were on the road heading for Melbourne, Florida. As we passed by closed-up gas stations and rising gas prices, we were prepared for the worst, but had no significant trouble. My mother, Elizabeth, was getting remarried, to Jack Ferguson. (Her previous husband, my step father, died a number of years ago.) She lives in Wisconsin, Jack in California, they had spent the summer in England (where he was working and she learning Welsh); so what better place to get married in than Florida? My mother's remaining brother lives in Melbourne and Jack's daughter and her family live elsewhere in Florida, thus it was the obvious choice. These "seasoned youngsters" met via technology as apparently do many people these days; they actually found each other through the Internet! They had a wonderful wedding on the beach, probably still amazed that the plans really worked out. It is a good thing that they were getting married in 2005 and not 2004; all but one of the hotels on that stretch of beach are still closed from the 2004 hurricane!

Then, a couple weeks later, soon after we were worrying about where Hurricane Ophelia would go, Bonnie and I were on the road again. This time it was Bonnie's older daughter, Heather, who was getting married to Mat Kipe. Heather is the manager of a large, national chain restaurant on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Hey, I know it's a tough posting, but somebody has to do it. I like to think that the time as a teenager and college student that Heather spent working for me helped develop her character, but it actually just made her understand that nothing could be as bad as working for me.) They knew exactly what they wanted and they made it happen: a simple, quick wedding and a big, long party with their many friends. All had a good time. Since I was only along in a "supervisory" role, I actually got to spend a few minutes with my feet in the surf; I was the only one so fortunate.

Though it is not a wedding, there is another major milestone reached in our little family. Hillary, Bonnie's younger daughter, found her way back to work with us a couple years ago after college. She quickly found a place to live on her own, but now she has just signed the papers to buy herself a condo that is currently under construction. We are very proud of her for her hard work and planning to be able to take this big step at such a young age. She has done it all herself. Though her budget won't leave her much room for frivolity, she is taking an important step in securing her future. Now, if only the condo came furnished.... When you look at our website, all the images that you see that have been scanned in the last couple years (and more) are Hillary's work. The same applies to the descriptions on most of the worldwide stamps. We'll make a philatelist out of her yet, but don't tell her that.

Approvals Available From.....

When material is available from unusual specialized areas, I will, from time to time, mention that I can offer items on approval. Let me know of your interest.

Denmark postal stationery
Faroe town and village postmarks
Finland covers with straight-line and numeral cancellations
(village "postal stopping places" and rural letter carriers)
Iceland postal stationery
Norway Christmas (TB) and Red Cross seals
Sweden military reply stamps and envelopes, including UN usages
6.  Used & One-of-a-kind Scandinavian Philatelic Literature
Most of these books are one-of-a-kind, thus be sure to order early. This is just a tiny glimpse of the used books available; I welcome your want list. "New" books will be in brand-new condition. "Used" books will be USED, though in attractive and serviceable condition; these books may contain minor owner's marks and have typical wear, but any significant defects will be noted in the description.

Take a look at:

#13181 Handbook of Danish 1858-1862 Stamps
(Schmidt-Andersen, 1964; Danmarks Frimaerker 1858-1862) The very important but very scarce monograph on the Wavy-Line Square Stamps. Heavily illustrated with text in Danish but has an extensive English summary. For some reason this volume did not receive as wide circulation as other Schmidt-Andersen works, but this one is equally useful. Also includes supplemental information (for the previous volumes) on the 4 RBS, Dotted Spandrel, and 1852 Ferslew Essays issues. Hardbound. Used with original dust jacket in perfect condition; spine slightly internally broken, but most examples of this book show similar; otherwise pristine condition. $75.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Literature/lit030-den.html#a_13181

#B60444 Catalog of Danish Railway Stamps 1865-1965
(Jensen & Thomassen, 1966; Katalog over Danmarks Jerbanefrimaerker 1865- 1965) The best and only complete (to that time period) reference on all the issues of Danish railway stamps. Heavily illustrated, priced (for that time). In Danish, but fairly easy to use. Used but in extremely fine condition for this book (binding is intact and strong). Includes the 1967 and 1968 supplements. Examples of this original book are extremely scarce. $65.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60444

#B60445 Faroe 1988 Stamp Year Book
This is the official post office year book that normally contains stamps. This is a new copy, but does not contain any stamps. Beautiful FULL COLOR hardbound book, with slip case. For each stamp issue there is an interesting article (in ENGLISH, Faroese, and Danish) and photos. You can even put stamps back in the book, if you wish. The book as issued complete with stamps and a blackprint costs $65.00 (and is available if you wish). This is a beautiful book! Though new, this has a couple small spots on the slip case and binding from manufacturing problems. At this price, you could cut it up for the nice Faroe pictures! $4.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60445

#B60448 Norwegian Prephilatelic Cancellations
(Germeten & Mathiesen, 1983; Norske Prefrimstempler) Very well illustrated catalog and handbook of 1845-12/31/1854 cancels; the entire pre-stamp period. Illustrates every cancel, prices by color and domestic v.s. foreign destination, discusses use, and gives mail volume statistics. Used but in like-new condition (new available for $26 if you prefer). $21.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60448

#B60447 Handwritten Post Office Names on Norwegian Covers
(Mathiesen & Hannevig, 1986; Handskrevne Poststednavn pa Norske Brev) 1600s through 1900 covers bearing handwritten town names when cancel devices did not exist or were not available. This is the primary reference on the subject. A must for collectors or early Norwegian covers. In Norwegian, but easy to use. Used, but in like-new condition (new copies are available for $29 if you prefer). $18.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60447

#18140 Norwegian Railway and Steamship Parcel Stamps
(Brofos, 1964) An original edition example of this valuable and scarce reference. Thoroughly illustrated and with extensive text, entirely in English. While a photocopy reprint of this book has been made available, this original edition has much better illustration quality. Rarely offered; avidly sought after. Used example. $39.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Literature/lit080-nor.html#a_18140

#B60446 Facit Swedish Postal History & Cancellation Catalog 1997
(Facit, 1997; Facit Postal VI Ortstamplar & Posthistoria) Significantly improved, updated, and expanded. The primary priced catalog for postmarks, including town, railway, ship, foreign, etc. Also postal rates, pre-stamp cancels, military, postal labels, and much more. With English text. This has been superceded by the next (2004) edition (available for $69.50) but is still extremely useful. This is an absolutely brand new copy. $39.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60446

#B60441 2004 Scott Catalog Volume 1 (US, UN, and A-B countries)
Used, deaccessioned library copy. Appears to be in excellent condition with all pages present, but cannot make any guarantees. $16.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60441
#B60440 2000 Scott Catalog U.S. Specialized
Used, deaccessioned library copy. Appears to be in excellent condition with all pages present, but cannot make any guarantees. U.S. including covers, revenues, stationery, possessions, UN, etc., etc. $14.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Literature.html#a_60440
7.  Special Offers: Collections & Albums -- Great Buys
I am constantly buying large and small collections and have built up quite a stock of nice, clean Scandinavian country collections. If you are considering getting into a new area and would like a "starter collection" (whether small or large), let me know about your interest. Also, if you are seeking used binders or used empty albums to match what you currently have, again, let me know.

In the process of buying Scandinavian collections, many of my long-time clients (or their estates) ask that I assist in selling the non-Scandinavian portion of their collections. If there is something you are looking for, just let me know. Take a look at the current listings on the web site (but if you don't see your interest listed, please inquire - most have not been listed on the web site yet).

I guarantee your satisfaction. Each item is one of a kind; orders will be filled in order of receipt. Payment by MasterCard or Visa suggested, but I will hold items for 10 days pending receipt of your check or money order if you prefer.

Scandinavian Collections:

#S30267 Denmark Collection 1854-1979
Over 300 different, Mint and Used, neatly mounted on quadrille pages. Condition varies from high-cat 19th century with minor faults to sound 20th century issues, of which the vast majority are F-VF or better with much VF. Scott 2005 catalog value of the 19th century alone is over $600 and there is also value in numerous later medium values and mint commemoratives. Overall a clean useful collection. $129.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30267

#S30259 Denmark 1969-83 Never Hinged
Selection of 168 different Mint Never Hinged on pages. Includes many commemoratives including complete sets, plus some regular issues and semi-postals. Condition is uniformly VF. Jay Smith retail is $123.20, so the price on this group offers a significant savings. $79.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30259

#S30261 Denmark 1990-96 Never Hinged
Selection of 74 different Mint Never Hinged on pages. Commemoratives and semi-postals, mostly in complete sets, uniformly VF. Jay Smith retail is $135.90, but you can save quite a bit on this unit as a group. $84.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30261

#S30260 Denmark 1984-89 Never Hinged
Selection of 75 different Mint Never Hinged on pages. Also 877-9 in pairs. Commemoratives, semi-postals, and a few regular issues, all VF. Jay Smith retail is $124.15, so you can save considerably on this as a group. $79.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30260

#S30262 Denmark 1997-2001 Never Hinged
Selection of 61 different Mint Never Hinged on pages. Commemoratives, souvenir sheets and semi-postals, all complete sets including a couple of the better Paintings issues. Condition is pristine and strictly VF. Jay Smith retail on this group is $131.40, so the price as a unit affords a considerable savings. $84.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30262

#S30268 Finland Collection 1866-1980
Over 400 different, Mint and Used, neatly mounted on quadrille pages. Condition varies: 19th century has some minor faults; 20th century is clean and sound with many Mint (hinged) commemoratives, F-VF or better with much VF. Scott 2005 catalog value will be well over 350.00. This lot should prove useful for filling in many older and middle period spaces! $79.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30268

#S30264 Iceland Mint Back-of-Book Collection
Collection of 56 different Mint hinged semi-postals, airmails, and Officials on Scott Specialty pages. Condition ranges from presentable with minor faults to many sound F-VF or VF. The best item in this group is the 1931 Graf Zeppelin airmail set (C9-11) with hinge staining that shows slightly on face. Scott 2006 retail totals $291.35. Taking the mixed nature into account, this price will be attractive to someone who isn't too fussy about condition! $69.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30264

#S30263 Iceland Mint Collection 1920-86
Collection of 268 different Mint hinged on Scott Specialty pages. Most pages have clear Hawid mounts. Many complete commemorative sets. No back-of-book. Scott 2006 retail is $338.00. Of this, $100+ is in about a dozen earlier issues with minor faults and $200+ is in sound post-1940 issues which are F-VF or better with a large percentage VF. The price takes the condition into account with the lesser quality items figured for very little. Overall a nice clean useful lot! $89.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30263

#S30266 Sweden Collection 1858-1939
About 125 different older issues plus a few duplicates mounted on pages. Mostly used, including a range of 19th century Ring Types, postage dues and Officials. We note some items in the $5-$10 range including #13, 229, B1-10, etc. Condition problems are few and minor, overall generally F-VF. Scott retail should exceed $525.00! $139.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Scandinavia.html#a_30266

Used Albums & Binders:

#A50148 SAFE Slip Case / Dust Cover in Medium Blue
Used, in good condition, slip case / dust cover in medium blue. I don't know the model number, but cost new is in the $22-28 range. Should fit virtually all Safe binders. Protect your collection. $12.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/Albums.html#a_50148

U.S. Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!

World Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!

U.S. and World (Non-Scandinavian) Collections:

#W40583 British Africa Mint Scott Specialty Album Collection
Starter collection of a few hundred different Mint hinged in British Africa Scott Specialty album with pages to 1967, in two Scott #3 Specialty binders. Scattered sets and singles, all reigns represented. Nothing expensive but a nice range of older issues, virtually all F-VF or better with much VF. Clean and neat and quite suitable for continuation and expansion. Quite frankly, the real value in this collection lies in the albums which are an invaluable source of Scott Specialty pages for all of these British Colonies' pre-Independence issues! $159.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/World.html#a_40583

#W40584 Worldwide Accumulation
Box containing wide-ranging assortment of many hundreds, Mint and Used, roughly sorted in glassines and 3 small stockbooks. There seems to be something from every continent and time period. There is some duplication but no heavy quantities of anything. There is some U.S. including a few revenues. Condition is generally F-VF or better. If you enjoy sifting through a diverse accumulation, this one should provide hours of fun and entertainment! $35.00
Order online: https://www.JaySmith.com/Specials/World.html#a_40584

We are U.S. Distributor
The KEY reference!
In Stock
Order Now!
Falkland Catalog
The primary reference for all aspects of Falkland philately, including postal history and postmarks.
$49.00 Postpaid
in U.S. by Media Mail


Official Blackprint
1856/1862 Local Stamp
Very Limited Supply!
Order Now!
Sweden Blackprint
Official blackprint/reprint made in 1930 to aid in study of the printing plate. Ungummed on thick card, as issued. Seldom offered.
Single $12.00
Pair $22.00
Block $40.00

Other reprints also available.


Rare ICELAND 1911
World Classic Seal Design
Very Limited Supply!
Order Now!
Caritas seal
Seldom offered and rarely at such a low price! A once-in-a-lifetime purchase allows me to share the savings with you.
NH VF normally $60.00!
NH VF Only $36.00!

(A few others $18-$48.
1904 and 1905 also available.)


From World War II
Only a few available!
Order Now!
Postal Currency
Only $16.00!

Limited Supply!
Order Now!
Ladybug Coil Error
Unplanned Vertical Coil "Error" Stamp.

Updated 6 October 2022

  Philatelic Literature
  Used Albums

U.S. Stamps:
   NH, Mint, and Used at great prices.

World Stamps:
   Better stamps at great prices.
Over 100 pages of price lists are available by postal mail. While these will eventually also be available on the web, I am not quite there yet. Request your copy of the printed price lists today.
SCANDINAVIAN PRICE LISTS ON THE WEB Take a look at my specific country price lists and topic price lists on the web.
Approvals are the best way to add to your collection.
If you prefer to examine stamps and compare them to your collection, before you purchase, you will very much enjoy my approval service. Send your want list today.
Stender Scandinavian Stamp Albums
Albums made in Scandinavia, by Scandinavians make the most sense. Well designed and attractive, these extremely price competitive albums will make a great home for your collection. See the complete price list.
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