Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Great Geyser

New Entries

First under the Control of the Kingdom of Norway,the possession of Iceland goes to the Kalmar Union (Norway, Denmark and Sweden), who after internal struggles transform itself into a Norway Denmark Union..After the Napoleonic Wars , the 2 countries were separated and the control of Iceland goes to the Kingdom of Denmark... During all this time (almost 6 century's..) Iceland has turned progressively colder, and the Island was devastated several times with Volcanic Eruptions, Plagues and other Natural Catastrophes.
We have arrived to the period of Denmark dominion over Iceland ; the 2 stamps shown above , represent King Christian IX and King Frederick VIII from Denmark.
Issued in 1907/1908  this set of 15 present a beautiful Crown shaped Wmk , visible in normal conditions...if the Wmk is not a crown , then We are in presence of an issue of 1915/1918.
Between 1918 and 1943 , Iceland acquired the Kingdom Status and in 1944 the country was officially a Republic.
Perf: 13
SG(81,114) Sc(71,76)

from a set 5 1925 "Various Designs" ; the 1st stamp show us a view of Reykjavik (Capital of Iceland) and the 2nd a Museum. 
Perf: 15 x 14
SG(152,153) Sc(145,146) wmk

Iceland is , as we know, a Volcanic Island.. In a environment full with active or semi-active volcanoes, it is normal that all kind's of Volcanic phenomena is present.. so geysers, fumaroles, hotsprings and mudpots appear when water interacts with Volcanic energy... The well needed Geothermal Energy is a result of this phenomena.
Iceland has issued a series of 8 "The Great Geyser (1938/1947)", because of the importance of volcanoes in the Island life ; this particular stamp is from 1943 
Perf: 14
SG(232a) Sc(208a)

the stamp belongs to a 2nd issue of a set  original from 1958..
from the set 2 1961 "Old Governement Building (2nd Issue)"; 
Perf: 11.5

from the set 3 1961 "50th Anniv of Iceland University"
Perf: 11.5
SG(389) Sc(343)

Complete set 1963 "View of Akureyri"
Perf: 11.5
SG(403) Sc(356)

stamp from a set 2 1964 " Icelandic Boy Scouts Commemoration"
Perf: 11.5
SG(410) Sc(361)

Complete set 1968 "Adoption of Changed Rule of the Road."
Perf: 11.5
SG(450,451) Sc(397,398)

from one of the most common series in Europe's Philately, but at the same time one of the most followed by collectors..
Complete set 1968 "Europa"
Perf: 11.5
SG(448,449) Sc(395,396)

Beside the fact that these are new entries in the collection, they are also the first from Iceland.. I bought these small lot at Ebay , 2 years ago and classifying them gave me the opportunity of seeing the catalogs and learn a lot about the development of this particular Philately..


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