A great find I was able to snag in an eBay auction for a large Albania collection that included this cover bearing the first 4 stamps of the “Exile Government” (Komitetit Te Qindreses) stamp series. This is only the 3rd cover from the period I know about, the first one I was able to purchase, […]
In addition to these previous 4 covers, I acquired another Churchill FDC cover showing Scott #1264 along with Komitetit Te Qindreses #11B (Perf 14). This cover is an “ArtCraft” cachet cover. ArtCraft has been producing covers since 1939 and is still producing them today.
The Komitetit Te Qindreses stamps were issued well before the death of Winston Churchill (and probably shortly after the death of FDR). Churchill would die on January 24th 1965, and the US Issued a commemorative stamp in his honor on May 13th 1965. The First Day Covers for this Churchill Issue (US Scott #1264) […]
I put together a page of a few different printing varieties. Mainly color shifts and extra dots of colors. Below are the closeups of each of the stamps.
Here are a few more perforation freak examples I have acquired. The 3 blocks of 18A are nearly identical to those I posted in this post. This does make it seem that these were purposefully created since the dimensions are nearly the same. The #11A horizontal pair, imperf between is new. All […]
Some additional items for my Albania Komitetit Te Qindreses. One large imperf block of 4, plus a few examples with extra large margins. Note the following imperf single of 13C with a small extra dot between the leftmost branches.
A few more items of interest to my Albania Komitetit Te Qindreses collection. Here are 2 dealer cards. The first from Zenith Stamp company, in a different font than the 2 previous dealer cards I have from them. The Second is from “National Stamp Sales” out of New York Below is an […]
Some additional items in my collection I have acquired. A cover that was just used as a test of a philatelic cancel for the SANDICAL San Diego Stamp Show in 1989, as well as a few dealer sets still in their original packaging.
I have a few perforation “Freaks” in my collection. As with everything on these issues, they are probably manufactured errors.
A number of overprint varieties exist on these stamps including double overprints and upside down overprints.
Similar overprints on series 4 and 5 exist with Churchill In Memorium overprint in both Black and Gold.
Both Series 4 and 5 were overprinted with Kennedy In Memoriam. Exist in both Black and Gold.
The Redrawn Figures of Freedom stamps were issued in new colors and inscribed with “1952” These exist Perf 14 and Imperf I am on the lookout for this series issued as perf 12.5 but have not found any yet.
These stamps, re-drawn based on the earlier design come in 2 perf varieties and imperf
This series, issued in the late 1940’s (numbers 5 – 8) features air drop scenes. I have some paper varieties of these, as well as some blocks. In addition, I acquired a full sheet of 50 of the Series 3 Figures of Freedom Stamp
The first series in the Komitetit Te Qindreses Set. My page is below showing normal and taller paper varieties. I have yet to find these stamps with postmarks, or, overprints. See this article on a propaganda cover bearing this set.
Background April 7th of 1939, Italy invades Albania and by April 12th, Albania capitulated, King Zog fled for Greece and the Albanian Parliament had offered the crown to Italian King Victor Emmanuel III. This created an environment that led to the rise of many Albanian “Resistance” organizations. First against the Italians, then the Germans, and […]
Came across this interesting item listed for sale by a Swiss Auction House. This interesting set appears to contain “proofs” of both the first set of 4 as well as the second “1952 overprinted” set of 4, with only the centers printed. The country name and values and borders are missing. Unfortunately the auction house […]