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No. 20 
June 2014

APS Summer Show
21-24 Aug 2014
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12-14 Sept 2014
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Bellefonte, Pa


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by Derek Diamond

Dear Friend,

Welcome to Newsletter 20. This months features include-

  1. Guyana. Sometimes rarity can be hiding in plain sight. This Guyanese stamp illustrated here was a workhorse that saw a lot of use over a number of years. But it wasn't listed in the catalogs, and it took a while to realize this. By then all the mint stamps had been used up. And thus, a rarity is born. Such is the life and times of the Guyana stamp world- nothing is quite as expected. What looks common is rare and what looks rare is common.
  2. A Scarce Australian FDC
  3. New Guinea 2d embossed stamp duty. This is a new discovery. 
  4. Gilbert WWII local cover
  5. Norfolk Forerunner
  6. Tokelau commercial postcard
  7. A link to some recently added interesting material.
  8. A link to order Derek Diamonds book on the 1898 Pictorials of New Zealand. 
Please enjoy, critique, and comment as always, I enjoy it.




  Steven Zirinsky

New Guinea embossed 2d Stamp Duty

 PO BOX 230049, Ansonia Station, New York, New York  10023 USA