AJ's Encyclopedia of Stamps: 'U' Countries

inscrit au Hit-Parade de www.philatelistes.net (2008.11.12.0745=4294)

AJ's Encyclopedia of Stamps and Philatelic Links

' U ' Countries

Note: best navigaion at the moment is by your 'Search' facility in your browser - and Postal Authorities are denoted with the 'greater than' symbol '>' - search on that or in the specialized directory...

Please tell me about bad links...


Ubangi-Chari- (or Shari) 1915-1931 (ultimately Gabon) - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.


Uganda Post Limited (cf.)
Department of Postal Services
M. J.T. Kafeero
Principal Manager, International Relations and I.M.A.
P.O. Box 7106

Téléphone (+256 41) 234 056
Téléfax (+256 41) 346 450
Téléfax (+256 41) 232 564
Téléfax (+256 41) 234 056
From UPU
and The UN lists them as their offical distributor there.

Uganda -
Uganda was granted to the British East India Company in 1888. Independence was granted in 1962.

The first postage stamps were issued in 1895. From 1903 until 1962 stamps of Uganda and Tanganyika were used.

Uganda Directorate of Postal Services
Stamps Bureau, Section
Box 7106
Kampala, Uganda

Agency: Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (see below)

Inter Governmental Philatelic Agency Online - for over 55 countries

460 West 34th Street,New York, NY 10001

Telephone: (212) 629-7979, Fax: (212) 629-3350
e-mail igpc@igpc.net
Also with offices in London, Paris, Israel, Africa, Hong Kong
Email: <City/NationName>@igpc.net

Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika ("KUT")- to 1963 - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

"East Africa & Uganda" - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

Uganda -
Location: Eastern Africa, west of Kenya
Independence: 9 October 1962 (from UK)

UKRAINE / Ukrainia

Association «Ukrpochta» (cf.)
Mme G. Ratnikova
Directeur de la poste
22, rue Khrestchatyk
252001 KIEV - 1
Téléphone (+38 044) 229 92 32
Téléfax (+38 044) 228 79 69
From UPU

The Ukraine -
The Ukraine was dominated by Poland from the 13th to 16th centuries. The Ukaraines applied to Russia for assistance in fighting the Poles. The country declared independence from Russia in 1918, but became a part of the USSR in 1922. Independence was declared in 1991.

Stamps were issued by the Ukraine from 1918 to 1919 and again since 1991

Ukrainian Post Home Page - found images of 1996, 1997 issues
You can reach Ukrposhta as follows:

By Mail:
Ukrposhta (cf.)
22 Khreshchatyk Street
Kyiv 252001
By Fax: +380 44 2287969
By E-mail: vlakuk@ukrp.viaduk.net
marka_ukrainy@ukrp.viaduk.net (stamps)

note: 'marka' seems also to produce and sell Russian stamps... aj

Modern Ukrainian Stamps - A Brief History with emphasis on overprints by Leo Markauskas

Modern Ukraine catalog to 1996
1 - 2 Cosacs-500, Ukrainians in Canada-100, 2v:15k,15k 01.03.92

Ukrainian Philatelic Catalog '97 i.e. issues of 1997 ($5.00)
You may order this Catalogue as many copies as you want. Our postal address is :

Ukraine, 252001, Kyiv,
Khreschatyk Str.,22
UOPS " Ukrposhta" (cf.)
Center-Publishing House "
Marka Ukrainy''

tel./fax 38 044 229 21 82

The price of the Catalogue for private persons and organizations is 5.00 USD, delivery payment excluding.
The "Catalogue of postage stamps of Ukraine" of 1997 is the most complete and systematic issue presented Ukrainian postage stamps, envelopes, cards with original stamp, and first day cancels.

Ukrainian Electronic Stamp Album
The purpose of this WEB site is to provide the reader with information about Ukrainian stamp collecting and philatelic history.

Since 1991; Ukraine has been able to exist as an independent country. Through the use of stamps, Ukraine's history, culture and traditions will be explained. In addition, we want this WWW site to be the comprehensive source about all aspects of contemporary Ukrainian philately and philatelic history. ...

Contents include:

Postal Eras
New Stamp Issues
Postal Rates
Currency values
-links to other sites

The VESNA Stamp Catalog - This catalog provides to the user a current listing and values of stamps that have been issued since 1992. Covering: Regular Issues, Semi-Postal Issues, Provisional Issues (this is history- aj)

POSTAL STATIONERY and POST CARDS -This site provides for you a comprehensive listing of all postal stationery plus denominational post cards issued since 1992. Please note: This part of the site has many images with large file sizes. It is adviseable to have a fast InterNet connection to see them properly.

STATISTICS - Are you interested in knowing how many stamps or postal stationery have been issued?

FIRST DAY OF ISSUE - Are you interested in knowing what First Day covers have been issued?

-YARMAROK - Are you interested in buying or selling any Ukrainian stamps?
-Search - by major subject categories.

Do you want us to contact you when new postal stamps have been issued? Send us an e-mail ...

Ukrainian Dealer: Zabijaka - this is only an e-mial link
Dealing in Ukraine, Western Ukraine, and Carpatho-Ukraine exclusively for more than 27 years. A mail auction three times a year and price lists.

PO Box 3711
Silver Spring Maryland 20918
Ph. 301-593-5316
FAX 301-593-5316
email: bnm123@erols.com

Ukraine / Ukrayina -
Location: Eastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Poland and Russia
former: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
Independence: 1 December 1991 (from Soviet Union)
National holiday: Independence Day, 24 August (1991)

Umm Al Qiwain - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
(later: United Arab Emerites) - Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.


(The- former: Trucial States)
Organisme général des postes (cf.)
Département des affaires postales
M. Issa Mohammad Al-Dabbous
Chef de la section des services postaux
B.P. 8888
Téléphone (+971 4) 307 1416
Téléfax (+971 4) 375 561
From UPU

The United Arab Emirates -
The United Arab Emirates were formed 2 December 1971 by the union of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujeira, Sharajah and Umm al Qiwain. (see each)

Stamps were first issued by the United Arab Emirates in 1972.

Philatelic Bureau (cf.)
Box 8888
Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Interpost, Box 378, Malverne, NY 11565

UAE Postal History

UAE - The Oh My Gosh (STAMPS) Home Page
Stamp and Postal Stationery Sites (MENU)

Abu Dhabi | Ajman (1964 - 1970) | Dubai | Fujairah
Ras al Khaimah | Sharjah | Umm al Qiwain | Yemen
Dealers, information sources, and assorted links
A List of Books and Articles | A Bruce Condé bibliography

United Arab Emirates -
Location: Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

former: Trucial States, abbreviation: UAE

Independence: 2 December 1971 (from UK)


(England , Scottland, Wales - UK / U.K.)
Royal Mail Consulting (cf.)
M. Des Sitch
Room 303
Royal London House
22 Finsbury Square
Téléphone (+44 171) 614 7338
From UPU

The United Kingdom -
British Philatelic Bureau (cf.)
20 Brandon Street
Edinburgh EH3 5TT
Scotland, United Kingdom

And from Linn's: Agency:

Box 378
Malverne, NY 11565

Migrations and settlements resulted in this insular Celtic nation that was invaded by Rome in 1 AD. The Romans withdrew in the 5th century and the islands were constantly attacked by Scandinavian tribes.

The tribes were united under the King of Wessex in the 10th century. England united with Wales in 1536. England and Scotland joined by the Act of Union in 1707. Ireland officially joined Britain in 1801.

The Irish Free State in 1922 and the country became officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The United Kingdom was the first nation to issue postage stamps on May 6, 1840. Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and the Isle of Man each issue their own postage stamps.

The United Kingdom also controls the following British Dependent Territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands (includes South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands), Gibraltar, Hong Kong until 1997, Montserrat, Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena and Dependencies and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha are dependencies of Saint Helena.

Each of these territories currently issue postage stamps. (see: Territories list)

United Kingdom -
Location: Western Europe, islands including the northern one-sixth of the island of Ireland between the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, northwest of France

Independence: England has existed as a unified entity since the 10th century; the union between England and Wales was enacted under the Statute of Rhuddlan in 1284; in the Act of Union of 1707, England and Scotland agreed to permanent union as Great Britain; the legislative union of Great Britain and Ireland was implemented in 1801 adopting the name the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland; the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 formalized a partition of Ireland; six northern Irish counties remained part of the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland and the current name of the country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, was adopted in 1927.

National holiday: Celebration of the Birthday of the Queen (second Saturday in June)

Great Britain catalog to 3/89 - WPID data is in ASCII comma delimited format (cf.)
...The data can be imported into a database program such as Access, Approach, dBase, Foxpro, Paradox etc.

Also the data has not been updated in a number of years.. - others are needed to continue this task.

ftp sites for the WPID data: (c.1999) (cf.)


To enter new information contact the co-ordinator J. M. Myerson (71054.546@compuserve.com.)
Computers in Philately Committee
c/o Lois M. Evans-de Violini, Chairperson
P. O. Box 5025, Oxnard, CA 93031 USA
e-mail: lmevans@rain.org

Honorary Darwin Stamps - British Post Office on February 10, 1982

GB Lighthouse Stamps & Postmarks of 24 March 1998
The set of stamps commemorate both the 300th anniversary of the lighting of the first Eddystone lighthouse and the final year of manned lighthouses in the UK. All will be automatic by the end of 1998. ...

Specialized UK Areas

GB Queens - identifier

Commercial Overprints on GB stamps - by Richard Tarrant

Great Britains's "Machin's"; low value definitives designed by Arnold Machin from GBStamps.com

Fluorescent dots/bars on U.K. stamps and covers - FAQ Section 22.4

Machins - FAQ Section 22.1

Chuck Hendricksen's Philatelic E-Mail Links to "Machin Madness List, i.e. Machinites"
Chuck's ever changing address on the 'net...

E-Mail link to: Douglas Myall - Machin collector and writer
from: Chuck Hendricksen's Philatelic E-Mail Links
Douglas Myall - Machin collector and writer. Author of Deegam Publications and classification systems, including the Complete Deegam Machin Handbook, 2nd Edition (published 1 Nov. 1966, click here for details). Royal Mail's Bulletin columist on GB decimal booklets. Willing to answer Machin queries by E-mail.

UK Postal Authority, Societies, Clubs, Museums, personal homepages ...etc

Great Britain Philatelic Society
One of the society's primary objectives is "to promote, encourage, and contribute to the advancement of philately of Great Britain". The GBPS therefore covers all aspects of GB philately: postal history back through the ages; postal stationery; booklets; college stamps; philatelic conservation and postage stamps.
page created 1996, revised 22 September 1998.
comments about the GBPS are welcome but please don't ask for valuations or information on how to buy or sell
stamps. gs@dial.pipex.com
Membership annual subscriptions are currently £20 (UK), £21 (European/surface mail) or £26 (airmail). Subscriptions of members joining on or after 1st October are valid for the whole of the following calendar year. For more details please complete an application form or write to the membership secretary:
Andrew Lajer
The Old Post Office
Berkshire RG10 0TR
United Kingdom

The British Library Special Collections - Philatelic:
Further Information
The British Library
Philatelic Collections
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
Telephone: +44 171 412 7635/6
Fax: +44 171 412 7745
Email: philatelic@bl.uk
Includes links to:
Principal Collections
Philatelic Services

The British Monarchy's Royal Collection
What is the connection between royalty and stamps, and what is the Royal Philatelic collection?
(with links to:)
Monarchs and the UK postal service
Court Post Office
Royal Philatelic Collection

National Philatelic Society, London

UK Philatelic Museums & Libraries Data - United Kingdom (cite)
WITH Descriptions and Links to: (cf.)

Bath (link)
Channel Islands
Isle of Man
London (several)
Royal Collection, Buckingham Palace, London SW1 (link)
and more...
especially :
Royal Philatelic Society
41 Devonshire Place
London W1N 1PE

tel: +44 171 486 1044
fax: +44 171 486 0803

A first class private library covering the whole world. Perhaps more monographs than at the National Philatelic Society. Also home to many of the Perkins Bacon records and an interesting museum of historic philatelic artefacts. Entry is usually restricted to society members and their guests. Therefore the library and museum are not operated as a public service, although charitable status does mean the society can accommodate some visitors.

going Postal ...British style..

>The (GB) Post Office - main postal authority
"The Post Office is trusted to connect every person, business and community in the UK, and with the rest of the world, in a way no other organisation can. Through its four businesses - Royal Mail, Parcelforce Worldwide, Post Office Counters and SSL - The Post Office offers a complete distribution service.

>GB's Royal Mail - stamps etc.. - postal authority ; w/philatelic links
from '47 emails...':

GB Postal Rates Calculator

Postage rates

Postcode / Zipcode Look up UK, US and International.

UK (post-codes.txt) 1.7Meg all text list

UK Postcode Search (AFD - software developer)

London Postcode District Database

"Related pages:"

- My general introduction to postcodes.
- The Royal Mail web pages, now including postcode searching.
- FULL UK-wide postcode searching by AFD (definitely recommended).
- Searchable UK Postcode list by Brainstorm.

Dealers Specializing in the UK

Great Britian's Crown Agents Stamp Bureau (cf.)

Swan Stamps Specialist in British Stamps
Send Email to swan@dial.pipex.com (?)
11 Torwood Street
Torquay - Devon
TQ1 1UD - United Kingdom
Phone 44 (01803) 290619

GB & British Commonwealth Stamps - stampshows.com sales
"Over 10,000 MNH, MH & Used complete sets, singles and souvenir sheets." (E-mail)

Stamp Issuring UK Dependencies - see each seperately for more

Anguilla -
The first postage stamps were issued for the colony in 1967.

The Valley
Anguilla, BWI

Ascension Island -
The first postage stamps were issued for the colony in 1922.

Georgetown, Ascension Island

Stamps are produced by the
Crown Agents Stamp Bureau
Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RN, United Kingdom

Bermuda -
Postage stamps have been issued since 1848 (Postmaster Stamps) and 1865 (General Issues).
Bermuda Philatelic Bureau,
General Post Office,
Hamilton HMPM, Bermuda.

British Antarctic Territory -
Stamps have been issued for the British Antarctic Territory since 1963
Philatelic Bureau,
Stanley, Falkland Islands.

British Indian Ocean Territory -
British Indian Ocean Territory was established 8 November 1965. It consists of Chagos Archipelago, Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches Islands until 23 June 1976 when Aldabra, Farquhar and Des Roches were returned to Seychelles.
Postage stamps have been issued for British Indian Ocean Territory since 17 January 1968
Crown Agents,
Old Inn House, 2 Carshalton Road,
Sutton, Surrey,
SM1 4RN, United Kingdom

British Virgin Islands -
Tortola was coloized by British planters in 1666. Constitutional government was introduced in 1774. It became part of the Leeward Islands in 1872 and a separate Crown Colony in 1956.
Postage stamps have been issued since 1866.
Philatelic Bureau,
Road Town, Tortola,
British Virgin Islands.
The stamps are also distributed by the Crown Agents Stamp Bureau,
2 Carshalton Road,
Sutton, Surrey SM1 4RN, United Kingdom

Cayman Islands -
Postage stamps have been issued since 1900
Philatelic Bureau,
Seven Mile Beach Post Office,
Cayman Islands, British West Indies.

The United Kingdom's Channel Islands: Guernsey, Alderney, Jersey, and the Isle of Man -

Falkland Islands -
The first postage stamps were issued for the colony in 1878.
The territories of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are administered from here.
Philatelic Bureau,
Post Office,
Stanley, Falkland Islands.

Gibraltar -
Thought it was ceded to Britain in 1713 Spain continues to claim sovereignty.
Gibraltar Post Office,
Philatelic Bureau,
Box 5662, Gibraltar

not working last I checked.

Pitcairn Islands -
The production and design of Pitcairn postage stamps is undertaken on Pitcairn's behalf by New Zealand Post, - this site is maintained by New Zealand Post's Stamp Business Unit.
email: alan.hollows@nzpost.co.nz

South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands -
British Dependent Territory, located in the South Atlantic... The territory is administered from the Falkland Islands.
The first postage stamps were issued for the colony in 1963.
Philatelic Bureau,
Stanley, Falkland Islands

Saint Helena (including: Ascension and Tristan da Cunha) -
Philatelic Bureau,
Post Office,
Jamestown, Saint Helena Island,
South Atlantic

Tristan da Cunha -
Tristan da Cunha was made a dependency of Saint Helena in 1922.
Postage stamps have been issued for Tristan da Cunha since 1952
Tristan da Cunha,
South Atlantic

Turks and Caicos Islands -
The Turks and Caicos Islands were first visited by the Spanish in 1512. The islands were linked
formally to the Bahamas in 1765 and transferred to Jamaica in 1848. The islands became a British
Crown Colony in 1972.
The first postage stamps were issued for the colony in 1900.
Philatelic Bureau,
Turks and Caicos Islands,
West Indies


Contact us with your questions, comments and suggestions at unpa@un.org
Tel: (1-212)-963-7684 or 1-800-234-UNPA (toll-free)
Fax: (1-212) 963-9854

United Nations Postal Administration,
Box 5900, Grand Central Station,
New York, NY 10163-9992
and from Graeme Sherman's Home Page - source for "Philatelic Museums & Libraries data " a U.N. Postal Museum:

United Nations Philatelic Museum,
Palais des Nations Unies,
Porte 39,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Has all UN stamp issues, first day covers etc. in Austrian schilling, Swiss franc and USA dollars.
Also the Prof. Charles Misteli thematic collection of 11,000 items covering League of Nations, early International Labour Office and other UN agencies.

see also: SWITZERLAND which printed stamps for the United Nations and various of its organizations (and the UPU).

Stamps and The United Nations
The United Nations is the only non-postal organization in the world that is permitted to issue postage stamps. The United Nations Postal Administration is also the only organization to issue stamps in three different currencies, namely US dollars, Swiss francs and Austrian schillings....

United Nations catalog to 1/89 - APS's WPID data is in ASCII comma delimited format (cf.)
...The data can be imported into a database program such as Access, Approach, dBase, Foxpro, Paradox etc.

Also the data has not been updated in a number of years...- others are needed to continue this task.

ftp sites for the WPID data: (cf.)

To enter new information contact the co-ordinator J. M. Myerson (71054.546@compuserve.com.)
Computers in Philately Committee
c/o Lois M. Evans-de Violini, Chairperson
P. O. Box 5025, Oxnard, CA 93031 USA
e-mail: lmevans@rain.org

U.N. Stamp Museum
from: World Forum Philatelist - The United Nations Specialists

United Nations Agencies on Postage Stamps

Worldwide Sales Outlets for U.N. Stamps
Collectors can also obtain UN stamps from a number of distributors around the world. The
names and addresses of some of these are listed below:
(Monday - Friday from 3.00 - 7.00 p.m.)
Asociacion Filatelica Portena
Yrigoyen 723
planta baja B
Buenos Aires
Tel or Fax: 54.1-6790/1501 - President
Tel: 541/792/3539 - Director

Stanley Stamp Service
P.O. Box 1025
Bundaberg, Qld. 4670
Tel: 071-525 276
Fax: 071-521 558

Salam Stamp Centre
68, Kazi Nazrul Islamd Avenue
Tel: 88-02-9115825
E-mail: ssalam@megsinet.net

Botswana Postal Services
Poso House
P.O. Box 100
Tel: 353131
Fax: 313599

Alfredo and/or Ruth Marcus
Rua Manoel da Nobrega, 1230
09910-720 Diadema - SP
Tel: 011-713-5255
Fax: 011-456-6209

Mr. Thung Kim Tek
Indonesian Philatelists Association
Jalan Joesoef Adiwinata S.H. no. 24
Jakarta 10350
Tel: 62-021-326981
Fax: 62-021-3909588

Mougrabi Stamps
5 Pinsker Street
Tel Aviv 63323
Tel: 5289012
Fax: 00972-3-5251240

Japan Philatelic Agency
4-23, 1-Chome, Mejiro
Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171
Tel: 81-3-5951-3433
Fax: 81-3-5951-3431
E-mail: jpa@japan.email.ne.jp

(Customers residing in New Zealand only)
Philatelic Bureau
Private Bag
(60 Ridgway Street)
Tel: 64-6-3457999
Fax: 64-6-3457120

China National Philatelic Corporation
Beijing 100051
Tel: 0086-10-66060169
Fax: 0086-10-66060211

James Song Philatelics
317 Outram Road
#02-22 Concorde Hotel Shopping Centre
Singapore 169075
Tel: 65-733-3992
Fax: 65-733-4177
E-mail: jamesong@cyberway.com.sg
Retail Store Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Sunday: 4.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Uganda Posts & Telecommunications
Post Office Headquarters
Stamp Bureau
P.O. Box 7106
title Kampala
Tel: 256-41-246359
Fax: 256-41-245907

United Nations Postal Administration - NY, NY, USA
Talk to UNPA! Contact us with your questions, comments and suggestions at unpa@un.org
or call: 1-212-963-7684 or 1-800-234-UNPA (toll-free)
Fax: (212) 963-9854

Links offered:
UN Home | UNPA Home | About UN Stamps | New Stamp Issues | View New Stamp Issues | Kids | Coming Attractions | View Stamps & Products | Order | On-line Ordering | Subscribe | Free Info

(note: offers German and French as well)

Sales counters in NY, NY - Concourse level of the:

General Assembly Building
1st Avenue and 45th Street
New York City

To confirm counter hours, visitors can call (212) 963-7698.

>Welcome to the United Nations Postal Authority Home Page - Vienna & Geneva (see also)
The Vienna office services customers residing in Austria and Germany:

Postverwaltung der Vereinten Nationen
Internationales Zentrum Wien
Postfach 900
A-1400 Wien - Vereinte Nationen

Tel: 43-1-26060/4032/43-1-26060/4025
Fax: 43-1-26060/5825
E-mail: UNPA-Europe@unov.un.or.at

the UNPA Geneva office processes orders for customers in all other parts of Europe:

Administration postale des Nations Unies
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Genèva 10

Tel: 41-22-917 38 11
Fax: 41-22-917 00 24
E-mail: jjousson@unog.ch

WFUNA - World Federation of United Nations Associations Art & Philatelic Programme (info)

Welcome to Planet Society

UN Dealers etc..

UNPI.COM - United Nations Philatelists

World Forum Philatelist (United Nations and Swiss League of Nations Stamps Specialists)

Falmouth Stamp & Coin (has ALL +- U.N.'s)
11 Town Hall Square
Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540
We ship via USPS: weight + content
Telephone 508-548-7075
Fax 508-495-6533 (24 hours)


Etats unis d'Amérique / US / USA
U.S. Postal Service,
Philatelic Fulfillment Service Center,
8300 Underground Drive, Pillar 210,
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998
from '47 emails...'

The USA -
(This site is cross-referenced to philately.com bio's of people on stamps - great!)

Starting with July 1, 1847, the United States government issued postage stamps.

Philatelic Fulfillment Center
Box 419636
Kansas City MO 64179

8300 Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-9998


The center accepts credit card orders by telephone at:
1-800-782-6724 or 1-816-545-1212

Ask To obtain official news releases and other information from the United States Postal Service.

And some Tips from: http://www.stingraystamps.com/tips.htm

The Washington and Franklin Head stamps prove to be the most difficult for new collectors to tell apart. There are different perfs and you can use a perfgauge to determine what the perforations are. There are different types, which a good magnifying glass will determine which is which, but what do you use to tell a rotary press stamp From a flat plate press stamp? There is a thing called a Marshall's "Phil-O-Meter" gauge which if you can find one is very handy for determining this. It is also great for determining rotary press from flat plate press stamps on cover. Unfortunately, they haven't made this gauge since 1979, but some supply dealer have them if you check. A simple way to do this is to paste a used copy of a catalog number 405,406, 424 or 425 down on a piece of cardboard. Keep in mind that rotary press stamps are wider and longer than flat plate stamps. Take a stamp of the Washington/Franklin types and place it exactly over the 405, 406, 424 or 425. If it matches the exact width and length as the 405 stamp, then it is a flat plate printing. If the stamp in question is a millimeter or two larger either horizontally or vertically, then it is a rotary press stamp. AND: Early stamps were engraved, just like our paper currency.

Starting with Scott Catalog No. 525 the USPOD began having the Bureau of Engraving and Printing use offset presses for a while. How do you tell the difference between offset issues and engraved stamps the easy way?

Very simple. Turn the stamp face up. With your fingernail gently move across the face of the stamp. If your fingernail sticks while moving across the stamp, it is line engraved. If your fingernail slides easily over the face of the stamp and the stamp face has a "soapy" feel to it, it is an offset stamp.

History of the United States Postal Service 1775-1993
From the USPS.

United States Postal History
Information about postal history of the United States may be found in this section by State, then by County or City.
(lists only:)
Worcester - Postal History of Worcester (preserved)
Obviously a page that needs help - so why don't you dig up a few links and submit 'em at www.philately.com? aj

United States -
Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico

Independence: 4 July 1776 (from England)

US Catalogs and Albums

Download US & Possessions Album Pages: - $5/year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

USA catalog to 7/91 - APS's WPID data is in ASCII comma delimited format (cf.)
...The data can be imported into a database program such as Access, Approach, dBase, Foxpro, Paradox etc.

Also the data has not been updated in a number of years... - others are needed to continue this task.

ftp sites for the WPID data: (cf.)

To enter new information contact the co-ordinator J. M. Myerson (71054.546@compuserve.com.)
Computers in Philately Committee
c/o Lois M. Evans-de Violini, Chairperson
P. O. Box 5025, Oxnard, CA 93031 USA
e-mail: lmevans@rain.org

The Numbers of US Stamps issued pre 1900 - The "Classic" U.S. period

And more from stingraystamps.com (now '404')

One of the greatest joys of collecting United States stamps is the fact that there is almost always an enjoyable and intriguing story behind them. There are, for instance, great tales behind the discovery of some of our major errors as with the 24-cent inverted airmail stamp of 1918, which was purchased by a stamp collector in Washington, D.C. In 1869, after the U.S. Post Office Department had been issuing stamps depicting our Founding Fathers for 22 years (since our first stamps in 1847), a decision was made to change the format of America's postage stamps from rectangular to square—and depict not only Washington, Franklin and Lincoln, but pictorial designs such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Thus the definitive issue of 1869 was born. With four of the stamps printed in two colors, it is considered today to be one of our most beautiful sets. But people didn't think so in 1869! In fact, there was a giant public outcry when the 1869's were issued. People didn't like the smaller format and they especially didn't like the pictorial depictions on the stamps.

Newspapers all over the country published editorials in protest of their issuance. The POD was aghast at what they had done and immediately went back to the drawing boards to produce a brand new issue.

Consequently, the 1869's were only in formal use for less than a year. They were replaced in 1870 by what many deemed as a rather boring set of formal bust-like depictions of famous Americans. Best of all, though, the lovely 1869's are still within the budgetary reach of most collectors. They are tiny colorful jewels on an album page and, contrary to when they were issued, they are very, very popular with philatelists!

Hawaiian Stamps - (an award winning site - aj)
On October 1, 1851 the first Hawaiian stamps, the so called "Missionaries" were placed on sale. The stamps took on the name "Missionaries" because they are nearly always found on correspondence from American missionaries in Hawaii to their family back in California, New York, Connecticut, or Massachusetts. (from History page.) aj

General Issue and Provisional Govt.
Official Stamps
Kahului Railroad Company
Revenue Stamps
Post Cards and Envelopes
Registered Mail
History of the Hawaiian Monarch

loaded with images... aj

Postage stamps and postal history of the United States
The history of postal service of the United States evolved from stampless letters, whose cost was borne by the receiving person, to letters carried by private mail carriers and provisional post offices, and then on to letters bearing adhesive postage stamps. Ship captains arriving in port with stampless mail would advertise in the local newspaper names of those having mail and for them to come collect and pay for it, if not already paid for by the sender.

The postal history of the United States was rather haphazard until after the Revolutionary War, when eventually a national postal system was established. Stampless letters, paid for by the receiver, and private postal systems, continued until the introduction of adhesive postage stamps, first issued by the U.S. government post office July 1, 1847 in the denominations of five and ten cents. . . (Wikipedia)

US Specialized Areas and Services

U.S Civil War Postage Currency - with images
During the first years of the Civil War the minor coins in circulation vary rapidly disappeared. Cash, in the form of coins, became a tangible asset. Anything else was just a promise. A most acute situation followed and in order that business could be transacted merchants were forced to issue notes of credit, promises to pay, tokens, store cards, etc, as means of making change. The Treasury of the United States found itself confronted with the same difficulty as everyone else. The Treasurer, Mr. F. E. Spinner, sponsored the plan of pasting postage stamps, singly and in multiples, on treasury paper to be used as small currency. Arrangements were made with the Post Office to replace worn stamps with new as occasion demanded. From that idea it was but a step to printing the stamps on treasury paper and on July 17, 1862 an Act was passed by Congress authorizing the issue of such currency to be known as Postage Currency. This currency was not money, nor did it pretend to be. It was merely a means of making postage stamps negotiable and remained in use until 1876 when Congress authorized the minting of fractional silver coins to redeem the outstanding paper fractional currency.
(this is a commercial site selling them - aj)

Shanghai overprint on US stamps
Ben Sheng, bsheng@uwyo.edu

50 Classic Hawaiian Items for sale (including stamps)

Perforations, Modern U.S. - FAQ 25.2
Steve Schatz writes: I am hoping someone can explain to me what the different types of perforations on current US stamps are.
"I think I know what `normal' perfs are, but what are
1. L perfs? 2. Bullseye perfs? 3. Slit perfs? (I think I know what these are, but I want to be complete)
4. Roulette? (Are these even perfs?)
5. Any others?

Presidents of the United States and their Cabinets

U.S. Census Bureau Tiger Map Servuce Home Page
The main purpose of the TIGER Map Service project is to provide a good-quality, national scale, street-level map to users of the World Wide Web. This service is freely accessible to the public, and based on an open architecture that allows other Web developers and publishers to use public domain maps generated by this service in their own applications and documents. We planned to provide high-quality street maps, with simple GIS capabilities such as point display (by lat/lon or address) and statistical choropleth mapping.

A brief feature list (as of TMS version 2.1):

- Street-level detail for the entire United States.
- Counties and States for the entire United States
- Cartographic design, including color, fills, and line styles, all able to be altered by the arbitrary scale.
- Users can turn individual layers on and off. This is not yet integrated into the map browser, though.
- Open interface to images (through mapgen script), allowing any user to request maps directly to inline in other documents.
- Map Browser interface, allowing users to view and browse the map database.
- Markers can be placed on the map by geographic coordinates (lat/lon). In fact, if a Web publisher has a series of points to display, this can be done with a marker file
- Creation of a legend/scale box, as a separate image.
- Reverse Coordinate Decoding, allowing a user to send a pixel coordinate (x,y) from the map and get the associated real-world coordinate. This makes interactive map-based applications using this service viable.
- Integration of a US Gazetteer, allowing users to search for a place, county, or zip code to display.
-Basic labelling of places, using a unique formula to determine relative importance of cities for selection. (v1.3)
- Creation of thematic maps based on 1990 Census Statistical data. (v2.0)

Please email comments and suggestions to: TMS@Census.GOV

US Postal Authority, rates, codes, Societies, Clubs, Museums, Shows

Societies, Clubs and Shows

American Philatelic Society
For infor on American Philatelic Society (APS) Membership

Frank Sente (flsente@stamps.org)
P.O. Box 8000
State College PA 16803 USA
PHONE (814) 237-3803
FAX (814) 237-6128

APS's On-Line Electronic Chapters

The U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, Inc.
We are a non-profit organization. If you are interested in membership in the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, please send your name and mailing address (snail mail) for an application to:

Carl Albrecht calbrech@infinet.com
Membership Chairman
(Dept. P), P.O. Box 82252
Columbus, OH 43202

Confederate Stamp Alliance Authentication Committee
522 Old State
Road Lincoln, DE 19960

Bureau Issues Assoc (APS #150) - U.S.
Formed in 1930 as a non-profit organization, the Bureau Issues Association is the successor to the Philatelic Plate Number Association. As APS affiliate #150 with over 2200 members worldwide, the BIA is THE society for collectors of stamp and revenue paper produced for use in the United States and U.S.-administered areas. Once concerned mainly with the output of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, the BIA has expanded its coverage to include all U.S. issues, both classics and modern, regardless of the printer.

Membership - Mail to: Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 2641, Reston, VA 20195 == or visit here is best.

1954 Liberty Series Study Committee
Welcome to the Bureau Issues Association (BIA) 1954 Liberty Series Study Committee
Home Page! We are an informal group of philatelic specialists who share a desire to expand our knowledge about the Sixth Bureau Issue of United States postage stamps...

CHAIRMAN: Roland Austin
email: RAustin13@aol.com

American First Day Cover Society
Information about the AFDCS may be obtained from the:
AFDCS Central Office
P. O. Box 65960
Tucson, Arizona 85728

E-mail to Compuserve 72531,1414;
the Internet: AFDCS@aol.com
or: America Online - AFDCS

State Revenue Society Homepage

Upcoming Major International (and U.S.) Stamp Shows from the APS
Sights To See! ...includes:
U.S.A. shows || Major Non-FIP shows ||
FIP Exhibitions
note: when it's updated I will put this link in the 'New' folder of the 'Exhibits' page and if you have that page (or APS's) registered with a 'minder' servie (see UTILITIES section) you will be notified.

US Stamp Shows.com - USA Calendar
state by state; by season..

Delphi fourm: Stamp Collecting - like a magazine

The Collector's Club; "America's premier philatelic organization" - http://www.collectorsclub.org/
search engine did not reveal it as philatelic

State by State

Linn's: Reference: Postal History Societies by State in the US ; snail mail only

The Hawaiian Philatelic Society

Indiana Postal History Society

U.S. Postal Museums and related

National Postal Museum
..stamps, postal history, stamp collecting, hobbies, transportation, communication, airmail, railway, letter writing, technology, post offices, post roads..

U.S. National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution -
keywords: stamps, postal history, stamp collecting, hobbies, transportation, communication, airmail, railway, letter writing, technology, post offices, post roads...

National Postal Museum Library and Research Center

Western Philatelic Library
Western Philatelic Library
P.O. Box 2219
Sunnyvale, CA 94087-0219
Phone: 408, 733-0336
e-mail: stulev@ix.netcom.com
This library has a specialized collection of over 8,000 books and monographs focused on:
Stamp Collecting
Postal History
Postal Operations
Topical Collecting
Site includes a map of the area ++...

US Philatelic Museums & Libraries links:
with a jpeg of the inverted 'Jenny' it contents are by state as follows:
State Index:
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Washington DC
Wash'ton State

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Smithsonian Institution Libraries

The U.S. Postal Service, related .gov sites and misc.

>United States Postal Service

USPS - Stamp Collecting Information

US Postal Service News

USPS's 'Stamps Online' - collectors information

Fedral Duck Stamp Home Page - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Call 1-888-534-0400 to place an order

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)

Write Your Representative - Lookup Representative via your zipcode
just plug in your zipcode...

Postal News . com - not affiliated with, nor endorsed by, the US Postal Service... (thank God- aj)
AMMA's CATO Archive - Forum on the Mail Monopoly
Advertising Mail Marketing Association
1333 F St., NW, Ste. 710 *
Washington, DC 20004-1146
The CATO Institute's offer of streaming video of many of the presentations offered here and many others from its Mail @ The Millenium Conference. Check it out!!
The USPS and Legislative Reform: A Mailer's Prospective by Gene Del Polito, President, AMMA.
Or, view the presentation by Del Polito and two other panelists.
The World Is Being Transformed, So Must We by Postmaster General William Henderson
Consequences of Competition by Robert Cohen, Postal Rate Commission
Hill Action on Postal Reform: HR22 by Robert Taub, Staff Director, House Subcommittee on the USPS
The United States' Postal Contradiction by Murray Comarow, Former Senior Assistant Postmaster General
Privatization of the United States Postal Service Messrs. Crew of Rutgers University and Kleindorfer of University of Pennsylvania
The Postal Reform Act of 1997 (HR 22) Free Market Critique by Douglas Adie, Ohio University
Fatal Flaws in the Structure of the USPS by Rick Geddes of Fordham University
Views of the Competitor by FedEx Chairman Fred Smith
The Future of Messaging by Pitney Bowes CEO Michael Critelli

POST OFFICES OF VA, USA ; Essex , Matthews Co's

Postal Rates & Codes

FAQ 22.4 Barcodes on U.S. mail
In the USA, the barcode-like bars at the top and bottom edges of the envelope are affixed by the sender. The bars at the top alert the sorting machine to scan for the bars at the bottom. The bars at the bottom contain the full address (not just a postcode or zip code). They are NOT imprinted by the USPS at any time during the process of sending the mail, but are printed on the envelope beforehand by the sender. They enable the sender to use a lower postal rate than the standard first-class charge. FAQ 22.4

USPS Rate Calculators

Postage rates

USPS ZIP Code Lookup and Address Information

USPS Official Abbreviations
States and Possessions
Street Suffixes
Secondary Unit Designators

Ajay Shekhawat's U.S. National Address TO Zip Code Server
note: the USPS has one too.

Some Dealers Specializing in US

Joseph Luft
My purpose here is two-fold: to offer a range of U.S. stamps for sale; and to provide a jumping-off point for philatelic resources on the World Wide Web.

(THE most often cited source on the 'net - aj.)

Century Stamps OnLine Catalog Dealing ONLY in Quality United States Stamps 1847-1930
Century Stamps
Dept. I
PO Box 69
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Phone: 516-385-4647
FAX: 516-385-4655
email: ereiser@pb.net

Hours of Business: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday

Coughlin's - U.S Possesions and Postal History Covers - all eras - via shows/private treaty sales
"Coughlin's: Specialists in US Possessions stamps and posta history (all era's). Ray is a major show dealer. ...In 1970 Ray decided that he would become the world's foremost dealer in US Possessions stamps and covers. He is still working at that goal."

email: coughlin@teleport.com (hmmm...)

VBstamps Stamps for Collectors - Discount Postage - US Varieties - Precancels
VBstamps Stamps Collectors source for postage stamps, and discount postage from a professional Stamp Dealer, specialist in US varieties: Precancels Tagged/Untagged Errors, Perforations, Gum Varieties, Wet/ Dry/ Flat/ Rotary Printing., Self Adhesives Booklets Panes. Coils Large, Small Holes...

I found his language a bit off but... aj

Some US Auction Links

and, of course, ebay.com

Connexus - Auctions (covers, lots, back of book)
Phone: (828) 859-5882
Fax: (828) 859-2702
E-mail: Connexus1@worldnet.att.net

P.O. Box 130, Tryon, NC 28782

(I've had good results here - aj)

James J. Reeves Inc. - auctions: stamps, coins, gems, supplies...
e-mail : comment@jamesjreeves.com (hmmmmmmmm?)
Phone: 1-814-643-5497
Fax: 1-814-641-2600

James J. Reeves, Inc.
P.O. Box 219-OL
Huntingdon, PA 16652-0219

We are a member of:

American Philatelic Society.
Box 8000 State College, PA 16803
Phone (814) 237-3803

American Stamp Dealer's Association,
3 School St, Glen Cove, NY 11542-2548
Phone (516) 759-7000

American Numismatic Association
818 N. Cascade Ave.
Co. Springs, CO 80902
Phone (719) 632-2646
For references contact
Coin World
PO Box 150, Sidney, OH 45365

Krause Publications
700 E. State Rd., Iola, WI 54990

Coin Magazine
4880 Market St., Ventura, CA 93003

Upper Senegal-Niger - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
(later 'French Sudan') - Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

Upper Silesia 1920-1923 (Germany, Poland ..) - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

Upper Volta 1920-1984 - See: Burkina Faso


Administración Nacional de Correos (cf.)
M. Mario Pintos
Gerente de Area Comercial
Buenos Aires 451 y Misiones - 1° Piso
Téléphone (+598 2) 916 67 15
Téléfax (+598 2) 916 35 02
From UPU

and from Fabio's '47 emails..'
Oficina Filatelica
Direccion Nacional de Correos (cf.)
CC 296, Montevideo

Uruguay -
Uruguay was visited by the Spanish in 1515. It was part of the Spanish Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata in 1726 and the province of Brazil, 1814 to 1825. It became independent as the Eastern Province of Uruguay in 1828.

Postage stamps have been issued since 1856

Direccion National de Correos

Departamento de Filatelica (cf.)
Casilla de Correo 1296
Montevideo, Uruguay

see also the Postal Authority's list below.

Uruguay - Download Album Pages: - $5 a year for all the countries you can eat!
Free Album Pages? This site is sort of like "shareware" software.

Uruguay, Oriental Republic of -
Location: Southern South America, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Argentina and Brazil
Independence: 25 August 1825 (from Brazil)

Códigos Postales de Uruguay. (post codes)
Códigos Postales por departamento (Imagen 301 KB)
Códigos postales de Montevideo (Imagen 261 KB)

Postage rates

>Administración Nacional de Correos - Uruguay - lists 1992-98 & very 1st issue - postal authority
list of Philatelic Associations:

Círculo Filatélico
Constituyente Tel 401 3452

Club Filatélico
Mercedes, 1540 Montevideo

Academia de Filatelia
Casilla de Correos N° 850 Montevideo
Telefax 7087285

Asociación de Cronistas Filatélicos
Bvr. Artigas 607/201 CP,
11300 Montevideo - Uruguay

Federación Uruguaya de Filatelia
Uruguay 1333 ap.101, Montevideo

Grupo Filatélico Temático
Casilla de Correos N° 443 Montevideo - Uruguay

Unión de Filatelistas Temáticos
Casilla de Correos N° 6369 CP
11000 Montevideo - Uruguay

Asociación Filatélica de Salto
Rivera 1234 Salto - Uruguay

Encuentro Filatélico- AFISAN
Setembrino Pereda 694 Paysandú

Filatelic Sales office of postal authority:
Sales Office: (cf.)
Misiones 1328 1er. Piso.
Tel.: (598-2) 916 02 00/07 int. 112
C. C. 1296 - CP. 11000
República Oriental del Uruguay
Email: Filatelia@correo.com.uy


«Poste Ouzbeke» (cf.)
M. Koural Toulebayev
Directeur général adjoint
Rue Amir Témour 1-e proyezd, 2
Téléphone (+7 371) 136 36 57
Téléfax (+7 371) 136 09 21
From UPU

Uzbekistan -
Uzbekistan was conquered by Russia in the mid-19th century. It became the Uzbek Republic in 1924 and the Uzbekistan Soviet Socialist Republic in 1925. It declared independence in 1991.

Stamps have been issued by Tadjikistan since 1992
(no addres available yet) aj

Modern Uzbekistan - catalog to 1996
1 Princess Nadira, 1v: 20k 07.05.92

Uzbekistan -
Location: Central Asia, north of Afghanistan - note: along with Liechtenstein, one of the only two doubly landlocked countries in the world
former: Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic
Independence: 31 August 1991 (from Soviet Union)
National holiday: Independence Day, 1 September (1991)
(why the difference? - aj)

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