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Scandinavian Philatelic E-News:  2008 September 11

If you missed the 1 April 2008 E-News discussing, illustrating, and offering the Swedish Ladybug "error" stamp, click here.

If you missed the 17 April 2008 E-News discussing, illustrating, and offering the Norden 2008 Nordic Mythology issues & pack, click here.


1.  New Items on the Website
   Danish Airmails: Stamps (Gallery, Bargains, Varieties), Semi-Officials, Proofs, Essays, Covers
   Denmark Secret Cold War Emergency Stamps (new item)
   U.S. Stamps
   Worldwide Stamps

2.  New Book: Norway Revenue Catalog

3.  News and Notes
   Well-Traveled Swedish WWII-Era Cover
   United States Web Page Reorganization
   The Website Grows
   Philatelic Research and Writing Course
   Our Stamp Show Schedule

4.  Special Offers: Collections & Albums -- Great Buys

5.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature
1.  New Items on the Website Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more items & pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

Stamps, Semi-Officials, Proofs, Essays, Covers




A wide variety of Danish Airmail items have been added to the website, with many new pages of listings. Whether you "just collect stamps" or you delve into specialized plate varieties, the semi-official airmail stamps, proofs, essays, and postal history, there is probably something here for you.

Included is original artwork, from the stamp artist's own collection, for the 1956 Jacob Christian Ellehammer stamp issue. Ellehammer was a early Danish flight pioneer.

   Danish Airmails: Gallery - Stamps
   Danish Airmails: Bargain Stamps
   Danish Airmails: Specialized Stamps (varieties, blocks)
   Danish Semi-Official Airmail Stamps
   Danish Airmails: Proofs
   Danish Air-Related Essays: Original Artwork
   Danish Airmail Stamps on Covers
   Danish Airmail Postal Rates and Usages
   Danish First Flight Covers

[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more items & pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]


The secret Danish Cold War Emergency Stamps and related items were added to the website a while ago, however, there remained the question of whether an English-language folder existed for these stamps. The answer is yes! I have finally located a couple examples of the English-language folder. We don't know how much scarcer it is than the Danish and German versions, but it does appear to be much scarcer!

To learn more about these stamps and see what we know to exist, take a look here.
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more items & pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

United States listings have again been expanded with hundreds more attractive and fresh stamps.

The United States web pages have also been reorganized (so that the pages load faster) into smaller, Scott number range pages. The U.S. Table of Contents provides the full listing of pages. (All pre-existing links will continue to work, but may now go to the first Scott-number page in a previous time-period section. If you find any completely non-working links, please let me know.)

If you collect U.S. stamps, you really should take a look.
[Click on images to see the applicable price lists and more items & pictures,
along with links to larger pictures.]

In the Worldwide arena, there continues to be a wide range of new listings.

Start at the Worldwide Table of Contents. Please take a look for "your" country.
2.  New Book: Norway Revenue Catalog Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

September 11 2008 UPDATE: Only 6 copies of the PRINTED BOOK (which includes the CD too) now remain. After they are sold, that's it -- the printed book will simply no longer be available! (The CD-only will continue to be available.)

It is not often that I can say that a new title of Scandinavian philatelic literature will become a standard work for decades to come or that it will completely revolutionize and popularize the collecting of an area. This is such a publication!

The Revenue Stamps of Norway and Related Non-Fiscal Issues by Bjørn Kristian Wang, and edited by Paul Nelson, presents this very interesting collecting area in a completely new light and with massive amounts of new information.

Wang, an American of Norwegian heritage, has a reputation for an extremely thorough approach to his studies. Together with invaluable contributions from Paul Nelson and Frederick & Alexander Brofos, plus those of more than 50 other people, Wang has produced an extremely useful catalog / handbook.

Every item is illustrated and fully described. The text is in English (with an English-Norwegian word list to aid our Norwegian friends). Very importantly, there is a catalog price guide (pages 1004-1061) that is extremely helpful. In total there are 1090 pages packed with information.

The "book" was published in two forms:

On CD with color illustrations. The CD contains an (Adobe Acrobat) PDF file that can be viewed on-screen or printed out. It is professionally produced and is very easy to use. I offer the CD for $34.00.

Printed Edition with black/white illustrations. The printed edition includes a copy of the CD! The printed edition is in landscape format with 2-up layout (two original pages printed on each side of paper) -- even so, it is 1-1/8th inches (3 cm) thick! (I am told that a couple small errors on the CD version were fixed for the printed version.) Only 50 books were printed and it is now out of print. It will not be reprinted. I have only a few copies available. Frankly, I believe that the printed reference books are usually easier to use and "paper does not go out of date" (in the way that computer technology changes fairly quickly). If you are a serious collector of this area, I would definitely get the printed book -- remember, it also includes the CD. I offer the Printed Edition for $95.00.

Shipping is additional for book/CD orders. In the U.S. shipment by media mail is a flat fee of $3 regardless of the number of books/CDs ordered (not including "Specials" offerings). Shipping by Priority Mail is available; cost depends upon weight & distance -- please inquire for costs. We are happy to ship internationally -- please inquire for options and costs to your destination.

Norwegian revenue stamps on approval: I do attempt to stock Norwegian revenue stamps, but they sell very quickly, so it is rare that they are offered on my website. If you collect Norwegian (or other Scandinavian) revenues, please tell me about your interests.
3.  News and Notes Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

Well-Traveled Swedish WWII-Era Cover

When this envelope was mailed from Sweden to a book author in England, the sender had little way of knowing that in a few days general war would be declared in Europe, or of the many times the letter would be forwarded.

The author's publisher in England sent the letter to France. It then ended up in Dublin, Ireland, where it received (very scarce for Swedish mail) Irish censorship. It then was sent to the U.S. Mail from the opening days of WWII is scarce and interesting.

This well-traveled cover with rare censorship is offered on the Sweden New Arrivals - Covers web page for only $39. While you are there, also take a look at the wide variety of other interesting Swedish covers. How about an 1832 cholera-related cover?!

United States Web Page Reorganization

The United States web pages have been reorganized (so that the pages load faster) into smaller, Scott number range pages. The previous arrangement (by ranges of years) had resulted in pages that were much too large. Hopefully the new arrangement will be faster and more useful.

The U.S. Table of Contents provides the full listing of pages.

All pre-existing links will continue to work, but may now go to the first Scott-number page in a previous time-period section. If you click an old link for a specific stamp (perhaps from an Internet search engine result) you might find yourself on a page that earlier than the stamp you wanted to see. In that case, navigate to the appropriate later page, using the page number links at the top/bottom of each page.

If you find any completely non-working links, please let me know. Thanks.

The Website Grows

There are now 1685 pages in the Jay Smith & Associates website. There is a lot more to come, but if you have not visited the site recently, please take a look in your areas of interest.

Philatelic Research and Writing Course

On October 24-25, 2008, the American Philatelic Society is offering a two-day course on these interesting subjects. If you are embarking on a research project and/or want to start doing philatelic writing, you will find this resource to be invaluable.

For full information on this and other upcoming programs, see the APS's Educational Courses page.

I highly recommend membership in the American Philatelic Society (APS) for its many and varied benefits. For general information about the APS, start here.

The American Philatelic Research Library (APRL) is a wonderful resource available to both APS and non-APS members (and even to the public via inter-library loan). The library's holding are huge and the staff is incredibly helpful. As a member of the APS you have additional APRL privileges, but I also recommend joining the APRL to support their work and receive the APRL's magazine. Visit the APRL website.
Our Stamp Show Schedule: We are attending the following upcoming stamp shows and hope to see you there....

Chicagopex 2008
November 21-23, 2008
Arlington Heights, IL
Arlington Heights Sheraton
This is the Scandinavian Collectors Club 2008 "convention show". Plan to attend for excellent Scandinavian exhibits and fellowship with Scandinavian philatelists.

For more details, the latest information, and links to the stamp show websites, see our show schedule.
4.  Special Offers: Collections & Albums -- Great Buys Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

I am constantly buying large and small Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide 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.

Useful Links:
Scandinavian Collections
U.S. and World (Non-Scandinavian) Collections
Used Albums & Binders

Scandinavia: Thousands of Stamps and Covers!
U.S. Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!
World Individual Stamps: Great Items at Great Prices!


For more and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian Collections

For more and the latest listings, see: U.S. and Worldwide Collections

For more and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian, U.S., and Worldwide Albums and Supplies

For new Stender Albums, see: Stender Albums
5.  Used and One-of-a-kind Philatelic Literature Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 

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. Please take a look at the complete Literature Specials price list -- it has much more to offer. I welcome your want list for any Scandinavian books you are seeking. "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. Most "used" books are in much better condition than you might think; many are pristine.

For more and the latest listings, see: Scandinavian & Worldwide Literature Specials Table of Contents.

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 24 September 2021

  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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