24 June 2016

Did You Know about BPS?


Commemorative stamps about William R. Brace, a Bristol printer that founded the APA (Amateur Printer's Association) in 1948. Today it is the BPS (British Printing Society).

These arrived, with a letter, inside this envelope sent by Alan (the UK)


Every time I receive stamps from Adanaland, I wonder which subjects I would like to issue stamps about...

11 comments:

  1. A wonderful and lovely stamp sheet!
    The snakes on the third stamp makes me think of aesclepius (the medical sign, and than double).

    I winder which subjects you would like to issue! The first thing I'm thinking of is the lighthouse of your birh town. Or a picture of your favourite pen(s), and one of your first handcarved stamp. A hommage to writer and mail artist and mail adventurist Eva :-)

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    1. But I don't have a favourite pen... :)

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  2. I do like how Adanaland has kept the old British monetary system for their stamps, although 3d isn't going to get you very far these days (I think that equates to 1.75p assuming the same conversion to metric).

    Topics for your own designs? I agree with Heleen - I'm sure your favorite lighthouses would be high on the list. Your favorite post offices, and favorite places to write a letter, perhaps. And maybe women writing letters to go with the theme of women reading that you like...

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    1. One good thing about having your own country is that you can decide the postage rate...

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  3. Thanks! Your ideas abut my stamp issues make me think if I shouldn't produce stamps... :D

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    1. You should give it a go - I like making artistamps, although I don't have the skill level of Alan.

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  4. Well spotted, Heleen! You are right, the rod of Asclepius has only one snake. The staff with two snakes is the caduceus of Hermes, god of commerce and communication. Threepence was enough to post a letter in my childhood. Now it's twelve shillings and fivepence!

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    1. When I started to send letters (1987), a letter up to 20 g for Adanaland would have cost from 45 to 50 peseta, i.e., 0,27 to 0,3€. Now is 1,15 to 1,55€ (the difference depends on the size).

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    2. Those rates were for EEC countries. Otherwise, it was 70 peseta (=0,42€). Nowadays is 1,15-1,55€ for Europe and 1,30-1,85€ for "the rest of the world".

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    3. I like the reason why you chose 3d, Alan. I did a little research, and discovered that first class (5d) and second class (4d) postage were introduced the year I was born.

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    4. Alan in Adanaland28.6.16

      Now I know your age, FinnBadger. Youngster!

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Thank you for coming. All your comments make me extremely happy.