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This is an idea started as a web page in April 2010, prompted by finding a Nicaragua centenary miniature sheet in a stamp club box, but which has been at the back of my mind for years. I have shown some stamps on stamps on the main first issues page where I find them and have used some in displays where I cannot afford the originals (for example the Swiss cantons see also here).

It would be possible (and perhaps sensible) to concentrate on centenary editions, but my inclination is to show all celebrations of first stamps, but only by the country of origin (you could paper a wall with celebrations of the Penny Black from round the world but I have no interest in doing so). I have gained the impression that many countries have celebrated their first issues, some many times and not all on 'round number' anniversaries. One of the problems will be that many of the celebrations are on miniature sheets and catalogues tended to ignore these until recently, nevertheless, there will be plenty of material to work with.

My approach will probably be to research in approximately the sequence of issue of the original stamps (GB, Switzerland, Brazil and so on). I may include other stamps, for example celebrations of first airmails (as in Belgium).

Some important links are the Stamps on Stamps Collectors Club, SOSCC (I was once a member, but lapsed as my interest in first issues only was too specialised). This site has links to those of Plinio Richelmi and Rammy Molcho.

[14th April] Most of my early research has been done using eBay and the PostBeeld stamp sales website rather than my Gibbons catalogues. This has revealed that many of the issues, even the early ones, have been as both stamps and miniature sheets and Gibbons is very patchy on the sheets. I am inclined to show both the sheet and the stamp, but also to be selective and discerning rather than completist amongst what is available


Penny Black Great Britain
see note 1
GB SG480 GB SG835 GB SG949a GB 2133 GB 2133 -
1840 SC1 SG2
Penny Black
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1940
SG480 (and 479, 481-484)
1970
Sc642 SG835
1990
SGMS1501 (and SG1467-1474)
2000
SG2133
2000
SG2133 booklet pane
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Switzerland Sc1 Switzerland
see note 2
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1850 Sc1 SG1
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Zurich Sc1L1 Zurich  Switz SGMS430a  Switz SGMS430b  Switz SG430  -  -  -
1843 Sc-1L1 SG-Z1
1943 SG MS430a Sc B130
1943 SG MS430b SC B131
1943 SG430
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Geneva Sc2L1 Geneva  Switz SGMS433a  Switz SG764  -  -  -  -
1843 Sc-2L1 SG-G1
1943 SG MS433a Sc B132
1968 SG764
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Basel SGB1 Basel  Switz SGMS446b.  -  -  -  -  -
1845 Sc-3L1 SG-B1
1945 SG MS446b Sc B144
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Brazil Sc1 Brazil
see note 3
Brazil SG680 Brazil Sc612  Brazil SG2029  Brazil Sc1874 Brazil SG2581  Brazil Sc2413a
1843 SC1 SG4
Bullseye
1943 SG680 (and 681-82
1943 Sc612
1983 SG2029 (and 2030-31
1983 Sc1874
1993 SG2583 (and SG2581-82)
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USA Sg1 USA  USA Sc948  USA Sc948a USA Sc1474  -  -  -
1847 Sc1 SG1
1947 Sc948
1947 Sc948a
1972 Sc1474
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Mauritius Sc1 Mauritius  Mauritius SG266  Mauritius  -  -  -  -
1847 Sc1 SG1
1948 SG266
1999
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Germany SG1 Germany
and states -
originals
see note 4
 Bavaria Sc1 Hanover SG1 Prussia SG4 SaxonyS c1 Schleswig-Holstein Sc1 Baden Sc1
Germany
1872 Sc1 SG1
Bavaria
1849 Sc1 SG2
Hanover
1850 Sc1 SG1
Prussia
1850 c2 SG4
Saxony
1850 Sc1 SG1
Schleswig-Holstein
1850 Sc1 SG2
Baden
1851 Sc1 SG1
- Germany
and states -
anniversaries
 Germany SG1035  -  - Germany SG1872  -  -
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West Germany
1949 Sc-B309 SG1035
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West Germany
1978 SG1872
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Wurttemburg SG1 BrunswickSc1 Oldenburg Sc1 Thurn and Taxis Bremen Sc1 M-SSc1 Hamburg SG1 Lubeck Sc1
Württemberg
1851 Sc1 SG1
Brunswick
1852 Sc1 SG1
Oldenburg
1852 Sc1 SG2
Thurn and Taxis
Northern District
1852 Sc1 SG1
and Southern District
1852 Sc42 SG51
Bremen
1855 Sc1 SG1
Mecklenburg-Schwerin
1856 Sc1 SG1a
Hamburg
1859 Sc1 SG1
Lübeck
1859 Sc
-  -  - W Germany SG1403  -  - W Germany SG1227 W Germany SG1229
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West Germany
1965 Sc933 SG1403
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2006 150th anniversary commemorative postmark
West Germany
1959 SG1227
West Germany
1959 SG1229
Bergdorf Sc1 Holstein Sc15 Mecklenburg Strelitz Sc1 Schleswig Sc8 NGermany Sg1  -  -  -
Bergedorf
1861 Sc1 SG2
Holstein
1864 Sc15 SG51
Mecklenburg-Strelitz
1864 Sc1 SG2
Schleswig
1864 Sc8 SG21
North German Confederation
1868 Sc1 SG1
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Germany
1968 SG1471
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BelgiumSg1 Belgium
see note 5
Belgium SG2277  -  - Belgium 2009 Belgium Sc1 Belgium
1849 Sc1 SG1
1972 SG2277
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1990
first airmail
1930 Sc-C1 SG560
1980 SG
France SG6 France
see note 6
CITEX CITEX  -  -  -  -
1849 Sc3 SG6
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1949 CITEX
1949 CITEX
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Austria Sc1 Austria Austria 1950 Austria 1975 Austria 2000  -  -  -
1850 Sc1 SG6a
1950
1975
2000
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desc British Guiana  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Australia
and states
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Spain SG2 Spain Spain 1971  -  -  -  -  -
1850 Sc1 SG2
1971
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desc Canada  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Denmark  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Hawaii  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Italy
and states
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desc Trinidad  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Country  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Country  -  -  -  -  -  -
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desc Country  -  -  -  -  -  -
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Notes

  1. GB has been commendably restrained in its celebrations, at least as far as my Gibbons catalogues go, that is to 2004. More recently, every stamp magazine you read has letters of complaint about the volumes and cost of pointless commemmoratives, but I will spare these pages most of that misery by stopping at around 2000.
  2. Switzerland was always going to be awkward to display as its first issues were from the Cantons and also because there have been so many miniature sheets.
  3. Curiously, Brazil's first celebration was in 1934 when it chose the relatively nondescript 1844 series rather than the remarkable Bullseyes.
  4. Germany is going to be worse than Switzerland to organise and might need a rethink. [17th April] The rethink has resuted in a horizontal display for the states. If this works out, I will use the same layout for Italian and Australian states and any other such cases.
  5. Belgium provides a fine panoply of stamp celebrations including a 50th anniversary airmail and, in 1990, possibly the daftest (yet curiously splendid) miniature sheet there has ever been.
  6. France was clearly excited by the 1949 centenary of its first stamp and went to town with representations for the 1949 CITEX exhibition. Shown are a stamp, three with the standard cancellation from a minisheet, two of the available sheets and an FDC.

Yet to come

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