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Directory of France Postal Markings

An excellent and comprehensive directory of France postal marking can be found here:

http://marcophilie.org

The directory provides details and a wealth of information on French postmarks. The information is categorised as follows:

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Big Blue 1840-1940

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.

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Precancel Stamp Society of GB

The precancel stamp society of GB membership is available through their website:

http://www.pssgb.org.uk/index.asp

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.

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Guide to USA Precancels

What are Precancels?

Pre-cancelled stamps, or precancels, were introduced by various countries as a means of saving time, reducing costs in handling certain classes of mail and as a deterrent to theft.

This was done by allowing authorised users to affix stamps already cancelled on to bulk mail, thus avoiding a time-consuming step in processing at the post office. Pre-cancelled items had to be handed in at a post office and only the holder of the license was able to do so.

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Germany and Colonies Philatelic Society

The aims of the Society are to advance the research into the promotion of German philately and to assist collectors of German philatelic material in the greater enjoyment of the hobby.

http://www.germanphilately.org/

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The RM Phillips Collection of Great Britain

In 1965, Reginald M Phillips donated his award-winning collection of British Victorian stamps to the nation.

The former National Postal Museum was in part established to house the collection. Today, The Postal Museum has taken over responsibility for caring and developing access to the Phillips Collection.

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Basic Guide to Collecting Germany

Germany is one of the most interesting and challenging countries to collect even in its basic form without specific specialisation. If you were to just collect Germany it would keep you interested and busy for many years. Below is a high-level breakdown of the basic areas of German philately. Each area in its own right could be a specialisation if you so wish.

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The Postal Stationery Society

The Postal Stationery Society is for collectors of Postal Stationery worldwide, no matter what your area of interest is.

http://www.postalstationery.org.uk

The PS Journal is in full colour and is issued four times a year, in February, May, August and November. It includes a mix of articles, queries, news, discussions and opinions, all related to postal stationery.

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TPO and Seapost Society

The TPO & Seapost Society is the dedicated to collectors interested in Travelling Post Offices (TPO) both on Railways and on the High Seas (Seapost). Members collect TPO and RPO postmarks and covers, sea post and paquebot marks, ship and packet letters, and other maritime postal history. Membership is world-wide as are the topics covered.

http://www.tpo-seapost.org.uk

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Online Philatelic Exhibitions

Exponet is a virtual online international philatelic exhibition which currently offers more than 1100 philatelic exhibits to view. It hosts a wealth of research material and some excellent philatelic award winning collections.

http://www.exponet.info/index.php?lng=EN

 

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