I am a pre-1930 WW collector, so Palestine Mandate stamps definitely fall into that area. Thanks to an excellent trading partner back in the US who once bought a Palestine collection with lots of duplication, I managed to get a pretty good representation of these stamps for my WW collection. I have a strong interest in this area because I have travelled to Israel several times and have a number of good friends there.
I am from the US, but I have been living in Europe since Mar-2018. I am currently in the UK, having moved here in Oct-2019. Unfortunately, almost all of my Palestine stamps are currently back at my home in California. I have a few that I have acquired during my time here, but I think they are pretty common ones that have already been posted in another thread on the Palestine sub-board.
That said, I will have a look this weekend and see what I have on hand. I do not have any postal history from the era, just stamps. Palestine Mandate is an area of my collection of strong interest, but not one on which I have spent much time up until now. If there are others who express an interest, perhaps we can organize an online meeting to discuss?
Anyway, thanks for your post on this interesting subject. Let's see if others are also interested.
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Thanks for your reply. Your focus subject of collecting is very interesting and must be very broad.
I started with Palestine some 25 years ago but for a very short period. Two years ago I got back to the subject and became very addicted. I got myself a lot of literature to support my understanding and research. I collect stamps and postal history.
I found it extremely difficult to build up the knowledge especially as I did not not know anyone who also collects and willing to share with me his knowledge.
I started recently a Facebook group called Palestine Mandate Stamps & Study Group. This is a good source for learning about the subject but I found out that there are very few collectors who collect Palestine Mandate.
I was expecting Israelis to be interested ( I am from Israel ) but did not find many of them.
it would be great if we can assemble a group of collectors to share knowledge and analysis
Larry Goldberg got me interested in the pictorial set from Palestine. It was issued beginning in 1927 and continued until the end of the mandate in 1948. During this time there were four different papers used for printing the stamps. They are very distinctive and can be easily identified and sorted. They are listed below:
1. Thin paper - used for the initial 1927 printings. 2. Thick paper with Vertical Ribbing - used for printings beginning in 1928 thru 1932. 3. Thick paper with Horizontal Ribbing - used for 1937 printings. 4. Wove, white paper - used for printings beginning in 1936 until the end of the Mandate.
In addition to the paper types, there are also color shades resulting from multiple printings. These are detailed in "The Stamps of Palestine Mandate" by Michael Bale along with the various print flaws that have been found on the stamps.
If you are interested in the stamps from this issue, please see my web site for an overview of this interesting set.
Hi all, Thanks for your replies. I started recently a facebook group called Palestine Mandate Stamps & Study Group. You are all welcome to join. It is difficult to find people who specialize in this subject.
Thanks for posting the correct URL, I have corrected the link in my post as well.
The local development copy of the website on my computer is .local, whereas, the public website is .com, and I hadn't noticed that I had inadvertently copied the local URL by mistake. It is not the first time that I have made that mistake, I must try and be more careful in the future.
For anyone who comes across this thread in the future, best to use the www.thestampweb.com/albums/free-downloads link rather than the direct download to the pdf file given above, as I will probably change the file location in the future. I moved the album files to Sourceforge as a temporary measure as my web hosting costs were becoming prohibitive - I was hoping that the increased number of adverts I have added to the site would cover the hosting costs, but, alas, they have not. Clive
I also collect the stamps from the Gaza Strip - which are the Egyptian stamps overprinted Palestine. I don't collect the entire time period, just the earlier issues to about 1953. There are also Jordan stamps overprinted Palestine that are an interesting collection.
Here is a link to the page where I have page scans of both areas from my collection.