My first philatelic mail of July was all sent from the UK last week, arriving in Phuket in record time. In all, only eight stamps were in these envelopes but they added three new countries to my A Stamp From Everywhere collection as well as a nice stamp from an old friend.
Two of the new countries were sultanates within the eastern portion of Aden Protectorate. They began issuing their own stamps because of objections over the British monarch’s portrait on the Aden stamps. I received two stamps from the Kathiri State of Seiyun (Scott #12-13) and two from the Qu’aiti State of Shihr and Mukalla (Scott #12-13). Both sets were released on 15 October 1946 marking the victory of the Allied nations in World War II.
The three stamps from Ascension Island are from the long set of pictorial definitives released between 1938 and 1953. Two are different color shades of the 1½p value showing the pier at Georgetown – Scott #42 was released in 1944, red, and Scott #42C in lilac rose appeared in 1953. The 1-shilling dark brown, released in 1944, portrays a view of Georgetown, the principal settlement and location of the only post office.
The final stamp in today’s mail was from Newfoundland, the 28th I have in my general worldwide collection. It’s Scott #270, released 23 June 1947 to commemorate the 450th anniversary of John Cabot’s arrival off Cape Bonavista in the Matthew. The 5-cent rose violet stamp was the final to be released with the Newfoundland inscription after which the stamps of Canada were used exclusively. The same stamp is listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue (SG #294) as mauve, just one example of differing opinions on color names between various catalogues.
On the afternoon after I’d published my previous “Today’s Mail” wrap-up, I received a single stamp from Aden – Scott #23A, 14-anna light blue & brown black, released in 1945 picturing the 1839 capture of Aden. It’s a beautiful stamp.
I also recently received a postcard from my Aunt Edwina who has been traveling in Italy for several weeks now. Picturing the Duomo of Florence, I published a full write-up on my postcard blog.