First Issues - 1852 to 1854

and aspects of first issue collecting

page 3.1

This is the third 8-page display in a series intended to show the first issues of every country. That includes the first stamp and (where issued) the first commemorative, airmail, charity, official and post due. Shown at Bexley Philatelic Society in 2007, the first display covered 1840-1849, the second 1850-51. Those twelve years included ten countries, three colonies, three Swiss cantons, plus seven German, two Australian and three Italian states and three Canadian provinces.

There are too many stamps to show a catch-up on this page and so new readers are encouraged to check the reverse for a summary. Thumbnails of the first two displays are shown on the backs of pages 2 and 3.

The intention was to enter a display or two into competition every year and gradually cover the whole collection, but I lapsed after the first two until 2013.

1852-54 comprises four countries and four colonies, together with four German, three Italian, two Australian and one Indian state.

The Netherlands

Netherlands SG1 Netherlands SG211 Sc87 Netherlands SG239 ScC1 Netherlands SG208 ScB1 Netherlands SGD76 ScJ1
1st January 1852
SG1 Sc1
1907 SG211 Sc87
Birth tercentenary of Admiral de Ruyter
1921 SG239 Sc-C1
1906 SG208 Sc-B1
Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis
1913 SG-O214 Sc-O1
Post Due
1870 SG-D76 Sc-J1

The first new issue of 1852 was The Netherlands, which set an admirable example of orderly philatelic progression, issuing on 1st January 1852 with no doubt which stamp should be the first (the lowest denomination of the first set issued on the first day and classified as #1 by both Gibbons and Scott). A Post Due followed in 1870 and a Charity issue in 1906 (a proper stamp for tuberculosis prevention, not a hasty overprint). Next year, 1907, a solid first commemorative for a naval tercentenary, first Official in 1913, rounded off with a timely airmail in 1921. Every stamp affordable.
If all countries were that well organised then first issue collecting would be far less fun.


page written May 2013