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    Posted: 24 January 2020 at 21:04

Monte Bello Islands: 1993 definitive set (minus the $1 value), and with both shades of the 17c.

The Monte Bello Islands' first stamps appeared in 1952, but in 1993 this attractive tricolour set appeared, to mark the resumption of the mail service at Hermite Island. The stamp design is by Timothy Bolotnikoff, and they were printed by typography by the Imperial Occussi-Ambeno Government Printing Office (KDPN), Baleksetung, on white paper with invisible gum, and perf 12.

Note that the 17c value occurs in dark and light green.  These were printed over two days, so when night fell, the press was shut down and all ink cleaned off.  Next day, printing was resumed, but a different can of green ink was used, with a noticeable difference in shade.

There is also a $1 value, not shown here, as it is missing from my collection.  The vast majority of this set were later given commemorative overprints in 1994 and 1995, and most of the $1 stamps suffered this fate.

Originally posted by Monte Bello Gazette Monte Bello Gazette wrote:

The Lighthouse. Work has commenced on repainting Rutherford Lighthouse, on Hermite Island. This lighthouse was shown in glorious colour at dawn on the $1 stamp of 2005, and provides an important service to seafarers.


Monte Bello Islands 2005 $1 stamp, featuring Rutherford Lighthouse
 when its paintjob was a lot neater than today.


The Tourist Problem. We seem to be getting increasingly huge volumes of tourists calling at the islands, and this is placing a strain on our resources.  The tourists assume that they can visit our stores and flourish cash and buy up all the available food in sight, which has frequently left locals going without their supper over the past weeks.  Our shops normally only import enough food for the expected local consumption.  The Council will consider whether tourism should be banned completely, and feedback from local residents is requested.

The New Chairman. Mr Jon Allen was recently elected as Chairman of the Island Council.  He will be known as Chairman Jon. He takes up his new position on 17th February 2020.

Chairman Jon is a keen philatelist, and has plans to upgrade Monte Bello stamp issues, which have seen very few new stamps over recent years.  He welcomes suggestions for new stamps.


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Some more mini sheets from Bruce - thanks again


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Mini Sheets from Kemp Land and Occussi Ambeno

As always - my great appreciation Bruce.


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Recently from Bruce
Zeppelin Mini Sheet from Occussi Ambeno

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 2018  50th anniversary joint issue with Occussi Ambeno and Takangarika Island
with kind thanks to Bruce for organising

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bas S Warwick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2020 at 12:39
Thanks Bruce for the material posted to me recently.

Mini Sheets
Sandy Isles
and Principality of Thanatos

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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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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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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.)

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

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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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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