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The Stamps of Helgoland

Introduction

Helgoland (Heligoland to the English and on the stamps) is located in the North Sea about 30 miles from Schleswig-Holstein and sixty miles from the great Elbe river port of Hamburg. It was taken from the Danish and given to the British as a part of the settlement following the Napoleonic wars. While the British used it for its naval facilities and tourism local fisherman and farmers inhabited it.

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The Transvaal Study Circle

The aims of the Transvaal club is to study and promote the Stamps, Postal History, Postcards, Revenue documents and Post Office practises of the Transvaal / South African Republic which includes the New Republic, Stellaland, Goshen, Pietersburg and early Swaziland.

They can be found here:

http://www.transvaalstamps.org.uk/transvaalstudycircle.html

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The Encyclopaedia of Jamaican Philately

The editor and contributors to the encyclopaedia are aiming to document everything known about the postal history and stamps of Jamaica. The project has been running since 1990 and the amount of information they have collated is a fantastic achievement. They envisage it will take a further 25 years to complete (if, indeed ever).

The encyclopaedia is highly recommended viewing and can be found here:

http://jamaicaphilately.info

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The Czechoslovak Postage Stamp Library

Detailed images of every Czechoslovak and Czech Republic stamp (with the exception of the 1919 POŠTA ČESKOSLOVENSKÁ overprints and the stamps of Bohemia & Moravia), almost every souvenir sheet, minisheet, and gutter, as well as examples of se-tenant, tete-beche, booklet, and coupon pieces can be found in this online library.

With more than 3000 stamps listed, imaged and cross referenced the editor Mark Wilson continues to grow the reference. The library is highly recommended and can be found here:

http://www.cpslib.org/index.html

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The First Czechoslovakia Republic Stamps

Knihtisk is a website specialising in the study of all aspects of the First Czechoslovak Republic’s typographic stamps. Here you will find exceptional images, books, articles and other resources. The site can be found here:

http://www.knihtisk.org

Information is updated on a regular basis with content provided by collectors from all over the world who have helped make the images and information available free for everyone.

This site is highly recommended.

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South African Philately Club

If yo are interested in the stamps and postal history of Southern Africa the South African Philately Club is a great club and free to join.

They can be found here:

https://southafricanphilatelyclub.com

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A Summary of Stamp Issues in Southern Africa

Below is a summary of the postage stamp issues in Southern Africa in chronological order:

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German Post Office Briefzentren Codes

From 1994 the German Post office introduced codes for mail centres with each having its own unique number within the hand stamp to cancel mail. The Briefzentren codes were used where a town cancellation was not or could not be used. In most cases the hand stamp only has the Briefzentren code and not the mail centre location.

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Three Centuries of Scottish Posts by ARB Haldane

Brief Description

A detailed reference book on 300 years of the Scottish Posts as a Historical Survey from 1536 to 1836. All research was done in the Scottish Record Office and the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. The author goes into great detail with methodical precision to ensure the reader is presented with all the available information on this subject. Most of which had not been previously published before this work.

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The Postal History of Great Britain and Ireland by RM Willcocks

Brief Description

A summarised catalogue of the postal history and postal marks of Great Britain (to include England, Scotland and Wales) and Ireland from the first Bishop Mark of 1661 to circa 1840.

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