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:
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:
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.
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:
Below is a summary of the postage stamp issues in Southern Africa in chronological order:
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.
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.
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.
An excellent and comprehensive directory of France postal marking can be found here:
The directory provides details and a wealth of information on French postmarks. The information is categorised as follows:
Big Blue 1840-1940 – The classic period of collecting – the 1st 100yrs of stamps.
The Scott International Postage Stamp Album in four volumes offers a quality pre-printed album for building a collection of the 1st 100yrs of stamps. Often referred to as The Classic Period. The albums are referred to as The Big Blue.
The albums include 315 countries (stamp issuing authorities) which together are represented by some 34,700 spaces.
The ideal catalogue reference for the Big Blue is the Scott Classic Specialised Catalogue of Stamps and Covers of the World 1840-1940.
The precancel stamp society of GB membership is available through their website:
About the Society
With its membership drawn from the UK, mainland Europe and North America, the PSS-GB has been active for over 50 years in catering for collectors interested in precancelled stamps and postal stationery.