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There is not the slightest doubt that this issue is unnecessary and intended to make money for someone through the charitable inclinations of stamp collectors, who are expected to be stupid enough to buy the pretty stickers. Until we have evidence that they pay postage we shall not recognize them. Even if, eventually, we are forced to admit that they have a postal franking power, it will not alter our opinion that they have no philatelic worth.
LATVIA: Mr. Eugene Klein shows us an unrecorded variety of one of the stamps issued during the Russian occupation of Mitau in 1919. This is the 70k on 15k red brown and blue, surcharged with cross in a rectangular frame (No. 449), 'with the surcharge inverted.
This country has a new currency, 100 centimes equal I lat, instead of I00 kapeikas equal I ruble. The lat is equal to I franc gold. Of course, there will be new postage stamps to correspond with the new currency. It is expected that the stamp of 20 centimes, replacing that of I ruble, will be the first to appear.
that they have falsifications, for such stamps were never issued.” We think he has made a slip here and probably intended his remark to apply only to the inverted overprints, since the normal varieties are all very common. Despatches to the daily press announce that the Council of Ambassadors has awarded Memel to Lithuania. Glory bel \Ne hope this means an end to the tiresome procession of surcharged stamps which, since I920, has represented the supposed postal needs of this trifling spot of earth. We may be going from bad to worse, for Lithuania has done much to disgust philatelists, but she is now credited with the intent to establish a new currency and with the promise of a permanent issue of stamps. Let us hope her good intentions will be carried out and that it will not be thought necessary to provide sepa
rate stamps for Memel.
ETHERLANDS: Mr. A. P. de Koen
ing has shown us a letter franked by an imperforate block of the 5c carmine, Queen's head type of I898-99, and Mr. H. K. Salzberg has a similar cover'with an imperforatc pair of the Ioc gray reengraved (No. 125). Mr. de Koening tells us that there was a shortage of stamps, owing to a strike in the establishment where they were printed, and that these imperforate stamps were placed on sale, for two days only, in three of the smaller cities.
USSIA: Mr. N. Ananieff writes us:
“I think readers of your Journal
will be interested in news which I have just received from Russia.
“On January Ilth the postage for a registered letter from Russia was again increased and now costs 7,000,000 rubles, or 700 rubles in the currency of 1922. Previously it was 3,000,000 rubles, as you published in the Ianuary Jou/rnal.
“I believe you know that two new sets of stamps are now in circulation in Russia. They are in the currency of 1922 and, therefore, have small denominations, like the issue to commemorate the five years of Soviet rule. One set has three stamps of small size: Iorbs blue with head of “red” workman, and 501-bs brown and I00 rbs red with head of "red” soldier in helmet. Another set was made by surcharging the imperial stamps with a five-pointed star, (having the letters “R.S.F.S.R.” in the points) and new values, 40rbs on I5kop brown and 2orbs on 70kop brown and orange.
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“In the near future, I believe, we will see no more million rubles postage nor even hundred rubles, but only kopeks, as before the war, because I am advised that they are now issuing the “currency of I923,” each ruble of which is equal to I00 rubles of 1922 or to 1,000,000 rubles of all preceding years; therefore, a letter will bear stamps amounting to only 7 rubles.
“By the way, let me tell you, that set of Russian stamps chronicled in the December Journal as types A47 to A53 are counterfeits, made somewhere in Europe. I have obtained this information from a philatelic magazine published in Russia.
“Also the stamps with train, aeroplane, ship and car are for use only in Russia. The letter prepaid with these stamps, which I received some time ago and reported to you, was accepted by the mail clerk by mistake, because the stamps are for intcrnal use only.”
This letter confirms our doubts about the large labels which we chronicled in December, with reserve. Though they were sent us by a prominent Swiss dealer, we were always suspicious of them. We described them in November but no comment was made on them, so we then put them in the chronicle, hoping they would attract attention there and bring information, which they have.
Without questioning the statement that the charity stamps which show various methods of transporting the mails are restricted to internal use, we would mention that we have recently bought a number of envelopes which had brought letters from Russia. Most of them bore these charity stamps, along with other issues. In one instance the charity stamps were not cancelled, in all others they were, but that may have been done through misunder
standing of the regulations. It is stated that values were not printed on these stamps so that the Authorities might fix a price each month at which they should be sold. In this way they would be able to keep pace with the continued depreciation of the ruble.
In the Bemer Briefmarhen Zeitung we find information which we reproduce for the benefit of our readers. It is known that, for some time, it has not been permitted in Russia to export or import postage stamps. The Soviet Government has recently decided to permit Russian collectors to send stamps abroad, but exclusively for exchange, their sale being strictly forbidden. Each letter may not contain more than four copies of the same stamp, and the maximum value of a shipment may not exceed 500 rubles gold (2,000 francs). Stamps may also be received from abroad under certain conditions. On each shipment sent to or received from other countries a tax is collected. This tax is 250 rubles, currency of 1922, for each shipment not exceeding a value of 500 francs according to the _Yvert-Tellier catalogue. The letters are controlled and taxed in the office of the Central Committee for Aid to the Hungry (for whose benefit the said tax is collected). Special stamps have been issued for this tax. They are the Kerensky stamps of 1918 surcharged in red, 250 rubles on the 35 kopeks and 500 rubles on the 70 kopeks. These stamps are affixed to the letters and obliterated with a special cancellation, having the date and permit number written in. Letters sent into Russia, when enclosing stamps, must be enclosed in a double enevelope, the outer one addressed to the Committee for Aid to the Hungry, and the inner one to the p_erson for whom it is intended; The second envelope will be opened by the Committee of Experts of the Aid to the Hungry, taxed, and forwarded to the addressee, after the tax has been paid.
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TALY: We translate from L’Echo dc la Timbrologie who, in turn, credit II Corriere Filatelicoz
“The new Minister of Posts has had the intention to abandon the issue of the stamps ‘For the Propagation of the Faith’ but the printing, of this series was so far advanced that he revoked his decision. The stamps will be placed on sale in the early part of 1923. The same Minister has refused to authorize an advertising issue for the next Sample Fair at Milan. But he has ordered the painter Calcaquadoro to prepare a design for a stamp which shall be issued in the four colonies of Eritrea, Somalia, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, with a surtax of 5 centesimi for the benefit of the Italian Colonial Institute.”
T. KITTS-NEVIS: I/Vhitfield, King 6‘ C0/s Bulletin says that the new issue, which we chronicle in this number, is “avowedly made with the object of raising funds for providing a public park for the people of the colony.” And a correspondent of Stamp Collecting quotes from The Cricketer: “It was a happy thought which prompted the people of St. Kitts to decide upon appropriately marking the anniversary of the Colony by making a really good cricket ground, the funds for which are to be raised by issuing a special tercentenary postage stamp." '
We call this a disgusting misuse of the postal service, which should be onevof the dignified functions of government, turning
it into a money-grabbing, “drop a penny.
in the hat" affair. In self-respecting communities, men who want a place to play cricket or other sports take the money from their own pockets and don’t try to make their government play the part of a genteel hold-up man. And there are governments that have suflicient sense of dccency that they would refuse to abet any such scheme.
OUTH WEST AFRICA: We quote from a letter of our good friend Mr. R. Roberts:
“The territory of the late German West Africa is now being administered by the Union of South Africa Government.
“Sheets of the postage stamps now in use in the Union of South Africa, bearing
6 S C OT T'S MO N T H L Y
J O U R N A L
UNNECESSARY COLONIAL ISSUES
Important Action by the Government
Just as we go to press we have received the following letter from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, which we are sure will be read by collectors with great satisfaction:—
CoLONIAL OFFICE .
I am directed by the Duke of Devonshire to, refer to your letter of the 3rd January, addressed to the Crown Agents for the Colonies, a copy of which has been forwarded to this Office, and to inform you that he has already had under consideration the desirability of limiting as far as possible, new issues of Colonial postage Stamps.
I am, however, to point out that in some recent instances, such as Kenya Colony, and Malta, an alteration in the status of the territory seemed to call for a new issue of stamps, while in the case of Tanganyika and Iraq, which had previously been using surcharged stamps, it was clearly desirable that a separate issue should be made.
A further source of new issues during
recent years has been the introduction of paper bearing the new script watermark, and it is possible that a revision of the
colours of the different values may be re-
W. ORMSBY GORE.
We reprint the foregoing from Whitfield, King & Co.'s Bulletin. It reads well but we think we have read just such pleasant sounding promises in the past and they had no fulfilment. High officials occupy difficult positions. It is not to be thought that they would countenance shady schemes if such were frankly presented. But it will, doubtless, be difficult in the future, as in the past, to refuse the demand of a colony for a special issue of stamps, when the plea is made that it is to commemorate some important historical event, while the fact that it is really a money-making scheme is adroitly concealed.
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CHRONICLE OF NEW ISSUES
(A Supplement to the Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.)
By JOHN N. LUFF.
REVENUE STAMPS. PLAYING CARD STAMPS.
- 1918 8
Stamp of 1896
learn that the “8c.” is not a surcharge but merely part of a cancellation.
ARCENTINE REPUBLIC. 1922 Type of 1917 Issue, Wmkd. R. A. in Sun. 313 A94 24c red brown
1922 Surcharged "M. G."
Type A25: The heads of rice in the side panels have a background of crossed lines instead of horizontal lines. The Temple of Heaven is strongly shaded and has a door. There are rows of pearls below the Chinese characters in the upper corners. The arabesques above the top inscription have been altered and are without shading lines.
COSTA RICA. CHARITY STAMP.
of 1910 Surcharged in Red - Unwmkd. Perf. 12. 351 A56 5c+5c orange * Issued for the benefit of the Costa Rican Red Cross society:
—Mr. Eugene A lein.
. Paper with Gray Overprint
Type of 1910-19 Issue.
|- - #
101, A14 10c olive green & lilac
—Mr. R. Roberts.
CHINA. 1923 Types of 1913-18 Issue.
Re-engraved. Type A24: Most of the “whitecaps” in front of the junk have been removed and the water made darker. The shading lines have been removed from the arabesques and pearls above the top inscription.
The inner shadings at the top and sides of the picture have been cut away.
FAR EASTERN REPUBLIC. VLADIvostok Issu E. 1922 Stamps 1917 of 1921 7-XI Surcharged 1 g 22 in Red Imperf. 110 A2 2k gray green a. Inverted surcharge 111 “ 4k rose a. Inverted surcharge b. Double surcharge 112 “ 5k claret a. Inverted surcharge b. Double surcharge 113 “ 10k blue a. Inverted surcharge Once in the setting the figures “23” of 1922 have the bottom stroke curved instead of straight. FIJI. 1922 Type of 1912-16 Issue. W mkd. Multiple Crown and Script C. A. Perf. 14. 95 A23 1p rose red 96 “ 2p gray 98 “ 5p dull violet & olive green 99 “ 6p dull violet & red violet —Mr. R. Roberts. FRANCE. Offices in China, 1922 2 CENTS Types of 1902-03 > Surcharged g 40"75 A3 1C on 5c orange 76 A4 2c on 10c green 77 “ 3c on 15c orange 78 “ 4c on 20c brown violet 79 “ 5c on 25c dark lilac 80 “ Gc on 30c red 82 “ 10c on 50c blue 83 A5 20c on 1 fr claret & olive green
8/, “ 40c on 2fr orange & pale blue
—Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp Vezos.
Surcharged Mi | | ièm 6S
645 A2 5m on 1c gray
—Champion’s Bullet in Mensuel.
200a. A29 10m dull blue
CREAT BRIT AIN.