Recieved these packetkarten/bulletin d'expedition cards in the mail today.
First a nice one with a mix of stamps including Bayern stamps with the Deutsches Reich overprint. The holes in the 3 and 10 mark stamps are done so that the stamps would not be used again. So they are not damaged, I have seen people rip them up and throw them away! For photo of other side see last picture.
Second an item that is not in perfect condition, but I do like the block of 4 stamps on the backside. It is the Michel 49 B type color(checked with Michel Color Catalogue)
I won this set on eBay today. As often before, my main motivation for the purchase was not so much the stamps alone - but the postmarks. Some nice 'Mute losenges' - one losenge with 'MQE' (Martinique) - but the pearl is absolutely the 'NSB'
I don't have the Maury catalog available for reference quite yet (catalogs still on order), but I would presume these stamps used on Nossi Be (as forerunners) are not all that common. Regardless of scarcity, I have been eager to get a 'NSB' for quite some time. A suitable purchase to end 2016. Wishing you all a Stampy New Year!
This a card proof for Scott 263. It's one of harder ones to find.
These last two are absolutely new to the philatelic field and came from the estate of Leonard Fellman, the designer of the stamp. They are not listed anywhere. The first is a large original pencil on paper sketch for the design which was not adopted. The second is a black and white photo essay which shows most of the design as adopted but the quote is complete instead of truncated as finally adopted.
There are four more items in that particular file. There is a large rendering of the last image, one in color and a negative. Finally, there is a composite of all five designs which features an enlarged version of the adopted design for this stamp. This was likely a presentation piece given to Mr. Fellman by the BEP.
Been taking a stamp "break" and now I seem to be getting back into it. Here is a messy, and unorganized, collection of Iceland I just got in the mail. Love the Scandinavian/Nordic countries, but I had very few from Iceland. This will give me a good start. Already started the pulling , sorting, id'ing process.