Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Games

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some stamps of Greece and Norway are presented in today's post...

here we have some of the lower value stamps of the series 12 1896 "1st International Olympic Games, Athens" ...this is a great series , a "must have" situation, I think for all stamp friends.., and one of the many works of the French Engraver Eugene Mouchon...these stamps look old , but without any visible damage..I have already 7 of the 12 stamps (of course, the one's that are still missing are the most expensive of the series...)
Perf: 13.5 x 14.5
SG(110,111,113) Sc(117,118,120)

some stamps of another very important series from Greece...This series has a curiosity ; from the 18 stamps of the series , 9 are "worked" (printed and engraved) by Bradbury & Wilkinson Ltd , and the other 9 are by Perkins, Bacon & Co Ltd..It is just one more example of the ( I think I could say it..!!) 'War' that existed in the end of XIX Century and first years of the XX between " a hand full " of  "Monster" Company's that produce stamps and Bank notes...[ I think that I have talked of this in another post..]..
The series is about the Independence War ; Greece , with help of England, France and the USA , fight to be an Independent State against the dominant Ottoman Empire.. Almost all the main personalities and leaders of the revolution, are represented in this series.
Perf: 12
SG(434,439,443) Sc(353,356,358)

two stamps from the series 6 "Centenary of Battle of Navarino (1927/1928)" ; the first stamp is the high value of the series.. there are two equal stamps , one with the Label 'Sir codrington' and another -- this one -- with 'Sir Edward Codrington'.. the stamps have some small rust spots, and are badly 'hurt' by Post marks.. the Battle of Navarino was a naval battle between the fleets  of the Ottoman empire and a Mix of Russian, English and French vessels.. The battle was won by the allied forces..
Perf: 13 x 12.5
SG(430,431) Sc(341,342)

Let us now see the Norway stamps.

this stamp has a beautiful ultramarine blue..
from a series 3 1939 "Tourist Propaganda" 
There are two similar series, one watermarked and the other not....
Perf: 13.5 x 13
SG(264) Sc(183)

This is a stamp issued during the II World War ; the series present us some pictures of the Norway Armed Forces... it is a series 8 that I called "Armed Forces (1943/1945)"
Perf: 12.5
SG(343) Sc(261)

from a series 3 1957 "International Geophysical Year" 
Perf: 13 x 12.5
SG(467,469) Sc(355,357)

from the series 3 1935 "Norwegian Tourist Association Fund"
Perf: 13.5 x 14
SG(223) Sc(B1)


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