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This is "The International Postage Stamp Album, Junior Edition, Fully Illustrated" Scott Stamp & Coin Co., copyright 1935, with ads in the back for 1937 edition stamp catalogues. The oldest U.S. stamp in the catalog is 1873 (see comment in "About Our Stamps") and, obviously, none are newer than 1935. This catalog is offered for sale with the stamps in it. The album is hard cover (the red in the photo is the original spine, not tape), measures 9" x 11.5" x 2" thick, weighs about 5 lbs, and has hundreds of pages (I'm not going to count them and they're unnumbered). There are hundreds of stamps inside, and they are each single--that is, there are no duplicates.
With the exception of one stamp, I have never removed any stamps from the catalog. Although not full by any means, I would estimate that there are approximately 700 stamps in the album (see rough count by country, below) including the U.S. and many other countries in existence at that time. Also, except for the one stamp I removed, I've never tried to determine the market value of any of the stamps in the album--until Fall 2003 when I checked some of the U.S. stamp values in a current catalog. (The stamp I removed is offered under the Special Stamp link on the Main Page.)
This partial page from the U.S. section, highlights above the Post_It's left corner, a stamp that I've identified as Scotts #4231912 $1.00 violet-brownin very fine condition (hinged) and, according to Mystic Stamp Co.'s 2003 Vol. 4 catalog, is worth at least $100.00. The stamp to the left of it may be valuable, too, but has had "R E Co" punched through it, and may be Scotts #421 or #422.
The picture below shows the second and third pages of Germany, covering 1889-1922 (there is one stamp, an 1875-77 10 pfennige, on the first page). The 4th & 5th pages include many stamps issued during the period of hyper inflation1923 , with imprints like "75 thousand" stamped over "450 marks", and "2 million" stamped over "5 marks". I translated the "thousand" and "million"; they are, of course spelled in German on the stamps.
While the German section is not representative of the entire album, there are over 150 stamps in this section alone.
Other Countries and estimated numbers of stamps. I omitted some smaller countries from A through Greece, and from Greece onward, only listed countries with stamps, but may even have missed some of them. A neat thing about this album, it tells you at the beginning of each country whether it is an independent state, if not, who it belongs to, and in many cases where it is!
NOTE: I noticed while flippnig through the album to get a rough count that some of the unused stamps, which have been hinged in this album for close to 70 years, are partially stuck to the pages. This seems to be particularly true for stamps that were hinged over B&W pictures of the stamp printed in the book. I assume humidity over the years dampened the glue?
Price: $555.00 FREE S&H NOTE: A cursory price check on 10/21/03, finds two potentially valuable stamps in the U.S. section--one that may be worth $100.00 (see above), and the other may be worth $150.00 (I didn't mark it, so I can't readily find it again). A number of others may be valued from a few dollars to $20-$30. If these prices are close to accurate, these few stamps alone may be worth the price I am asking for this album containing about 700 stamps.
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Monday, June 07, 2010