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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Romania Stamps [8th Post]

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In the end of my last post,I talked about Meddle East stamps to be part of this new post,, but with time I changed my mind... Initially I was thinking in Saudi Arabia stamps but some last minute doubts about  the presence or not of a wmk, led me to start with the classification of some more stamps from Romania ..I have a lot of Romanian stamps to choose from , so I had to focus in a well defined period of time... I then decided to show some series from 1940/1943..it is a period where King Michael I had started his 2nd reign (??!!..) that lasted for a short period of 7 years (1940/1947)  and revealed itself as a group of difficult days for Romania... 



Well,to be more precise I will start with a new arrival from the 1906 Jubilee Exhibition Series... it is a beautiful series with design and illustrations by C. Stengel... the stamps are [Typo] printed but I don't know who made the engraving work... it is a piece of information I do not have...I've got already the 40b and 50b stamps in the collection but they were never shown in the blog...





The first stamp I have to show ,from the 1940/43 period , is a commemorative of the foundation of the Iron Guard in 1927 by Corneliu Codreanu , represented in the vignette...
I could not find the other 3 stamps in my catalogs (perhaps I missed them, I don't know...[we should also notice that the label 'Romania Post' is not present in these 3 stamps...] ) but the subject is the same , with the logo of the movement and it's leader again well represented... 
1940 "13th Anniv of the Founding of the Iron Guard" (1) [Photo] Sc(B145)


The next series I have to show, commemorates the Annexation of  Transdniestria  .. after reading the wikipedia article about this region,You will see that claims and disputes over this land are very old, with the interest of several different Regional players...
The stamps issued in this period were all [Photo] printed,and to make things worst,, the printing was not one of the best...after knowing this small detail we can understand the reason why we don't know the name of the Artist that designed the stamps...in fact the name is printed at the bottom left of the stamps but the low quality of the printing don't allow us to understand it...even in the next large series , the same phenomenon happens...





1941 "Annexation of Transdniestria" (3) [Photo] Sc(517,...,519)






I am showing all these 25 stamps as part of the same series but the catalogs talk about two different series..in fact, both of them commemorate the restoration of Territories once part of Romania...These territories or provinces are Bessarabia and Bukovina.. these names are presented at the bottom center of each stamp... So, we have stamps with the label Basarabia and others with the label Bucovina... another interesting fact is that there are no repeated values, so we can merge the two series ,classifying the stamps by their increasing ' face value' ...
At the top center of each stamp,there is a a label with the name of the fortress or castle displayed in the vignette itself... these territories were retaken by Romania, during WWII 'Operation Barbarossa', where the country acted as a German Ally... 
I should say that I like much more the Bucovina stamps surely due to the Architectural style of the fortresses, because the Artist is the same (again unknown ,but present in the bottom left of the stamps.. I could not discover his or her name/[Ioan Baltag (???)])
1941 "Restoration of Bessarabia and Bukovina to Romanian control" (25) [Photo] Sc(520,...,535)(B179,...,B187)



Here we have two overprinted series of the original 1941 issue commemorating the 50th Anniv of the Carol I Foundation for Science and Art Development...these overprints are somehow related with the 25 stamps presented above... they remind us the occupation of Cernauti (Bukovina) and Chisinau (Bessarabia)  in 5 of July 1941 and 16 July 1941 respectively...
1941 "Occupation of Cernauti" (5) [Photo] Sc(B154,...,B158)
1941 "Occupation of Chisinau" (5) [Photo] Sc(B159,...,B163)


These are 3 stamps from a larger series of 8 values commemorating the Centenary of the National Artillery...we have again very poorly printed stamps, with many of the design details lost....the vignettes show us War scenes from Famous Battles of Romanian Artillery and they are identified each one by a label at the top left .
1943 "National Artillery Centenary" (8) [Photo] Sc(B224,...,B231)

I think we've reached the end of this post,but a new one will appear soon...

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Italy Stamps [6th Post] / Iran Stamps [3rd Post]

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To begin this post and before some talking about one Iranian stamp,let's have a quick look to 3  Famous Italian series from the beginning of the XX Century...



I would like to start with stamps from one series that is in fact "Two".!!... I'm talking of a group of 4 different designs , belonging in their original form to the 1911 series of the Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy.. however, just one of them is part of that series, and it is presented above... it is a beautiful (the other are also Master works..) work of Augusto Sezanne and the engraving is as usual, a great work of Alberto Repettati ... the other 3 stamps (presented below) , are part of a surcharged issue of 1913... 
1911 "Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy" (4) [Des (Augusto Sezanne)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Recess] Sc(119)



Great illustrations, all of them very classic and "old School" , of Enzo Morelli and Victorio Grassi...
Just to highlight a small detail, I now ask you to notice the surcharged label "2" in the 3 stamps...You will easily spot the presence of similar labels in the 5 and 10c stamps, and a different one in the 15c stamp....well, in fact , together with this difference there is another one that has to do with the spacing between labels (larger,close to 13.5mm, in the first two stamps and close to 12mm in the other one...)..just for example, I could say that the 15c stamp with wider spacing (13.5mm) has a higher cv...
1913 "Surcharge on 'Jubilee of the Kingdom of Italy'" (3) [Des (Enzo Morelli 5c)(Victorio Grassi 10c,15c)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Recess] Sc(126,...,128)



from 1921 we have a series commemorating the 6th Death Centenary of Dante Alighieri...
The stamps were designed by Giuseppe Cellini and [Typo] printed in Rome...despite the fact of the nonexistence of any remark in the catalogs about the better or worst centering of the stamps, it became very clear after seeing these particular 3 stamps, that well centered stamps were perhaps not so common... 
1921 "600th Anniversary of Dante's Death" (3) [Des (Giuseppe Cellini)][Typo (Rome)] Sc(133,...,135)




Now  our stamps are from a 1926 series  with focus in the life and work of St. Francis...among the illustrations , we have the Vision of St. Francis, the Monastery of St. Damien, the Assisi Monastery and the Death of St. Francis...there are 5 different illustrations ,, each one of them designed by a different Artist...the first 3 stamps are [Litho] printed and the last 3 one's are [Recess] printed... all the engravings , are again work of Alberto Repettati...The 20c,40c and 60c present us  a Wmk and perforation 14... all the other values have no Wmk and two possible perforations (13.5 or 11)
Many of the Commemorative stamps from this early period of the XX century are very beautiful... In fact we can say that all this period together with the one that starts in 1930 with the works of Corrado Mezzana are part of some of the High Points of European Philately...
1926 "700th Death Anniversary of St. Francis of Assisi" (6) [Des (Duilio Cambellotti 20c)(Giovanni Guerrini 30c,5L+2.50L)(A. Blasi 40c)(A. Rizzini 5L)(A. Del Neri 60c)][Engr (Alberto Repettati)][Litho (from woodcuts of Blasi 20c,40c,60c)][Recess (30c1.25L,5L+2.50L)] Sc(178,...,183)

Those who already know me better, for reading some of my previous posts, know that whenever I find a Mouchon stamp , I always share it with you , because it is not easy to track the Artist's life and Work...
The stamp I have to show you now is from Iran and from 1899, in my opinion part of his best period (1895 to 1900)


It is a very beautiful design from a series of 7 stamps with values from 1kr to 50kr...the frame work is very nice, the portrait also, a great stamp.!!.. SG only talks of engraving work by Mouchon ,but I think that we are in presence of a more complete work of Designing and engraving... if you notice, at the bottom center of the stamp, right below the label "Postes Persanes" , we can find Mouchon's signature ... 


I think that he wouldn't have place it with Central notoriety if he wasn't the author of all the work involved...
The illustration itself represents the Shah of Iran Muzaffer-Ed Din Shah Qajar (Reigned 1896/1907)
You can see that the stamp is damaged right in the center, below the Shah's neck , but it is the only one I've got,for now...!
1899 "Shah of Iran Muzaffer-Ed Din Shah Qajar" (7) [Des/Engr (Eugene Mouchon)][Typo(Typo (J. Enschedé, Haarlem)] Sc(147)

well, after another small post , and ending with one more Mouchon stamp, I will say that next time we will be travelling through the Middle East...


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