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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 September 2019 at 13:45
More covers from Bruce - many thanks






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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2019 at 16:18
Originally posted by Bas S Warwick Bas S Warwick wrote:

More covers from Bruce - many thanks




Lucky you, getting an inverted overprint on the Occussi-Ambeno zeppelin flight cover!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2019 at 17:11
Yes I am the lucky one. (Treasured)

Greatly appreciate the recent package Bruce
Some nice 'space' material to add to my space collection. Covers and min-sheet
Scans to follow
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 October 2019 at 23:22
Here is a nice issue from Occussi-Ambeno, way back in 2007. The campaign to eradicate fleas from Occussi-Ambeno to make the country a lot less itchy.


Occussi-Ambeno 2007 Anti-flea campaign.

Occussi-Ambeno was proud to become the first country on planet Earth to feature a set of stamps showing fleas.  But many of the mail-using public were rather repulsed by the designs: Postal staff were advised to remark to such folk that "Better to just see a photo than the real thing!"

The design includes the life cycle of the flea, and various close-up views of the evil vampire insect.  Hopefully soon to be genocided on this planet!

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The flea, the common name for the order Siphonaptera, includes 2,500 species of small flightless insects that survive as external parasites of mammals and birds. Fleas live by consuming blood, or hematophagy, from their hosts. Adult fleas grow to about 3 mm long, are usually brown, and have bodies that are "flattened" sideways or narrow, enabling them to move through their host's fur or feathers. They lack wings, but have strong claws preventing them from being dislodged, mouthparts adapted for piercing skin and sucking blood, and hind legs extremely well adapted for jumping. They are able to leap a distance of some 50 times their body length, a feat second only to jumps made by another group of insects, the superfamily of froghoppers. Flea larvae are worm-like with no limbs; they have chewing mouthparts and feed on organic debris left on their host's skin.

The Siphonaptera are most closely related to the snow scorpionflies, or snow fleas in the UK, formally the Boreidae, placing them within the Endopterygote insect order Mecoptera. Fleas arose in the early Cretaceous, most likely as ectoparasites of mammals, before moving on to other groups, including birds. Each species of flea is more or less a specialist with respect to its host animal species: many species never breed on any other host, though some are less selective. Some families of fleas are exclusive to a single host group; for example, the Malacopsyllidae are found only on armadillos, the Ischnopsyllidae only on bats, and the Chimaeropsyllidae only on elephant shrews.

The oriental rat flea, Xenopsylla cheopis, is a vector of Yersinia pestis, the bacterium which causes bubonic plague. The disease was spread to humans by rodents such as the black rat, which were bitten by infected fleas. Major outbreaks included the Plague of Justinian, c. 540 and the Black Death, c. 1350, both of which killed a sizeable fraction of the world's population.

Fleas appear in human culture in such diverse forms as flea circuses, poems like John Donne's erotic The Flea, works of music such as by Modest Mussorgsky, and a film by Charlie Chaplin.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 October 2019 at 00:04
A philatelist recently inquired if by any chance have I made or do I plan to make a catalogue of all the private post stamps, fantasy stamps, cinderellas etc that I have printed/produced/issued over the years?

She thinks such a catalogue (online or printed) would be very interesting to cinderella collectors, and it would be a shame for cinderella philately if my creations are not listed and documented for posterity.


I agree, such a catalogue would be of interest, and I have already done catalogues of some of the lands I print stamps for (including Occussi-Ambeno, Kemp Land, Chyan, Free Vinland, Raoul Island, Waikoa Island.)

But most of my rather busy time is taken up with continuing to keep my fantasy lands active and sending off more mail to friends and colleagues, rather than documenting earlier issues.  However, I would be happy to collaborate with some other person who wants to do such a catalogue.

And Ralph Phillips in Israel has done a number of CD catalogues which include many of my countries.  Contact him for details of his excellent works and to buy his CD catalogues.  And any stamps you need to complete your collection, contact me.  Though not all issues are still available, I am always happy to exchange (both "normal" stamps or cinderellas) for those you would like.

The Norwegian philatelist Geir Sor-Reime wrote a five-part article on my stamps, "Long Live the Sultan", * in UK magazine The Cinderella Philatelist in 2016, which mentioned many of the stamps I have done.  But his articles also omitted many as well. Despite my correcting and updating much of what he wrote, the editors of The Cinderella Philatelist only printed what Geir gave them, thereby relegating their article to be an incomplete version. I am happy to send the pdf of the enhanced version to anyone on request.

So any volunteers to update my biography, get in touch!

regards, Bruce.

* The title for the article comes from an Occussian law that says that ALL mail MUST have the words "Long live the Sultan!" written, printed, or stamped on the front.  Most Occussians use a rubber stamp for this. And some Occussians also use these rubber stamps on mail they send to other sultanates, such as Brunei and Oman.



Waikoa Island 1965 50c with 1970 Lefaga, Samoa postmark!
WI catalogue # 6.


Free Vinland 2008 Helicopters help humanity set.
FVR catalogue # 61 - 63.

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Occussi-Ambeno joined much of the civilised world to issue this attractive set on 20th July 2019, to celebrate 50 years since the first humans walking on the Moon.

And fifty years ago, the country's first ever commemorative stamp celebrated the actual landing, so this set is highly appropriate.


Here is my latest Space issue.  Plenty of extras available for anybody who would like to add some to your collection: I am always amenable to a trade!


Occussi-Ambeno 2019 50th anniversary of the first human landing on the Moon.

The first Moon Walk took place in 1969, which was just one year after Occussi-Ambeno gained its independence and started issuing its own stamps.

This set was issued on 20th July 2019.

A special overprint was issued to celebrate the actual moon landing, and that was Occussi-Ambeno's first-ever commemorative set (if you exclude the "independence" overprints.)

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Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their Apollo Lunar Module on 20th July, 1969, and walked on the lunar surface, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command and service module, and all three landed safely on Earth on 24th July. Five subsequent Apollo missions also landed astronauts on the Moon, the last in December 1972. In these six spaceflights, twelve men walked on the Moon.

Apollo ran from 1961 to 1972, with the first crewed flight in 1968. It achieved its goal of crewed lunar landing, despite the major setback of a 1967 Apollo 1 cabin fire that killed the entire crew during a prelaunch test. Five of the remaining six missions achieved successful landings, but the Apollo 13 landing was prevented by an oxygen tank explosion in transit to the Moon, which destroyed the service module's capability to provide electrical power, crippling the CSM's propulsion and life support systems. The crew returned to Earth safely by using the lunar module as a "lifeboat" for these functions. Apollo used Saturn family rockets as launch vehicles, which were also used for an Apollo Applications Program, which consisted of Skylab, a space station that supported three crewed missions in 1973–74, and the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project, a joint US-Soviet Union Earth-orbit mission in 1975.

The final Apollo 17 mission marked the sixth Moon landing and the ninth crewed mission beyond low Earth orbit. The program returned 382 kg of lunar rocks and soil to Earth, greatly contributing to the understanding of the Moon's composition and geological history.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 November 2019 at 01:46
I have had a nice package of stamps from Bruce, covers and sheets. Lovely stuff. Even better was that I wasn't expecting them so it was a nice surprise. You may have seen some of these but so what? TV shows often repeat too.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Panterra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 December 2019 at 15:37
Sonne Empire 1990, first flight of zeppelin airship from Sonne to Occussi-Ambeno.

Sonne was discussed briefly on another thread.  Back pre-earthquake, in happier times the two countries were quite close.

The overprint is metallic purple, which reflects the light wonderfully when you move it, almost giving a "rainbow" effect.
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