Carto-Philatelist Digital Archive Now Online

The Carto-Philatelist Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1 and
Vol. 40, Nos. 3-4, 1955 – 1995

The eagerly awaited Carto-Philatelist Journal Digital Archive is now online and accessible to members of the CartoPhilatelic Society.

Established in 1955 by a small group of avid topical map stamp collectors, the CartoPhilatelic Society is soon approaching its 65th year anniversary as an organized society. From its inception, the members of the Society have published an official Journal.

Although the Society has existed for more than sixty years, early editions of the Society’s Journal, The Carto-Philatelist, have been surprisingly difficult to acquire. There is a massive amount of detailed research gathered by Society members and others locked away in the printed pages of the early issues. Those original Journals also offer a unique window into the past operations of the Society through the often-exciting biographical sketches of the members, their communications with the Society, and the witty commentary of the Editors. A full run of the Society’s earlier Journals provides exciting reading spanning the last half century.

The officers along with some earlier members of the Society pursued the idea to make the original Carto-Philatelist Journals available using Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). A complete set of Journals was assembled, digitally scanned, and converted to PDF format. The archive comprises 165 individual issues and over 3,840 pages.  The members only, password protected archive can be accessed from this link or using the “Publications” menu on the Society’s web site. [ The CPS thanks all of the members who donated issues and scans over the years to help make this archive a reality. – admin ]

Cumulative Tables of Contents Listings Ready for Download

Just in time to help with a new year of CartoPhilatelic research, the Cumulative Tables of Contents (CTC) listings, complied by our European Representative, Mr. Volker Woesner, and  introduced on page 19 of the January 2017 TNCP #56 are ready for download! Learn more about these important resources. The CTC lists will continue to be available for open download through the “Publications” menu. [we look forward to your feedback -web admin] 

‘On the Map – Or Perhaps Not!’ Cartophilatelic Article Featured in July 2015 GSM

GSM July 2015, N. Davenhill, "On the Map - Or Perhaps Not!"

GSM July 2015, N. Davenhill, “On the Map – Or Perhaps Not!”

The July 2015 issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly features a richly illustrated cartophilatelic article by Noel Davenhill entitled On the Map — or Perhaps Not! The five page article “charts a course around the Commonwealth to seek out examples issued by Britain’s former colonies, dependencies and protectorates” examining a number of important map stamps prior to 1970. The author begins in the Mediterranean, looking at the 1928 issue from Cyprus and then “travels” south on the African continent, examining some of the early Commonwealth issues, mentioning a number of interesting facts. Leaving Africa, the Caribbean is the next stop, providing details about issues from Barbuda, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla.  After a brief stop in South America to examine issues from British Guiana, the article examines a number of important issues from commonwealth members in the Pacific.  Moving to South East Asia,  the article contrasts the differences in issues from North Borneo.  Next stop is the Indian Ocean where the author highlights coordinate errors on an early Mauritius issue and also notes positional discrepancies on early Seychelles issues.  The article ends in the South Atlantic with a comparison of the issues from Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena, the Falklands and their dependencies.  [with thanks to CPS President Mark Honig for the first page image and written description;  member Tom H. from Norway tells us that there is a Gibbons Stamp Monthly as an Apple app, downloadable from the app store, where you can buy a single issue, approx USD 6 USD or possible to subscribe. The article is on page 124. Thanks Tom! – admin]

New CartoPhilatelic Reference: World History of Maps: Explorers and Map Makers

T. Nishiumi, "World History of Maps - Explorers and Map Makers"

T. Nishiumi, “World History of Maps – Explorers and Map Makers,” 2008

A foreign cartophilatelic reference has recently been brought to our attention. A Japanese book entitled World History of Maps: Explorers and Map Makers by Mr. T. Nishiumi was published in 2008. Mr. Nishiumi won a Large Vermeil at Brasiliana 2013, with a score of 89 points. The book, written in Japanese, contains concise text and superb full-color reproductions of over 400 stamps. The subject matter and selection of the states are based on exhibits prepared by the author, many of which have won international Silver and Gold Awards.  As the instructional value of Nishiumi’s book is of merit for those who contemplate the preparation of similar exhibits or the compilation of a related collection,  a comprehensive checklist of the illustrated stamps has been prepared.  This page-by-page inventory, is separated by the chapter titles translated into English and follows the style of our Maps on Stamps (MoS) Checklist. The list may also be used as a reading guide for those who decide to purchase the book. The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet for download. Those who wish to purchase the book outside Japan can use the Kinokuniya web site.

 

Discovery of Some Previously Unknown Map Stamps

New Caledonia sc651

New Caledonia sc651

New Caledonia scC275

New Caledonia scC275

China sc3031

China sc3031

South Korea sc1516

South Korea sc1516

Cartophilatelic Society president Mark Honig informs us of finding some previously unknown map stamps. First up is the 170fr August 26, 1991 issue from New Caledonia for the French Institute of Scientific Research (sc651). A number of research themes are depicted on this very colorful stamp. In the center is a stereo or dissecting microscope and on the stage of the microscope is a map of New Caledonia.  Definitely a hidden map! The next newly discovered map stamp also comes from New Caledonia. The 130fr airmail issue of July 20, 1996 marks the Indonesian Centenary (scC275). The stamp depicts a man and woman dressed in traditional Indonesian attire. Behind the couple is a tree. In the branches and leaves of the tree, the islands of the Indonesian Archipelago can be seen. A very interesting and uniquely designed map stamp. From the South Pacific we move to North Asia.  Here, the first newly discovered map stamp is from the June 1, 2000 “Stampin’ the Future” children’s stamp design issue (sc3031). The 60f denomination stamp features an image of a young girl in front of a computer screen which depicts a map of China and Taiwan and a “bridge being constructed” across the South China Sea between China and Taiwan. The next discovery is from South Korea (sc1516), with the 80w October 8, 1988 issue marking the 22nd Congress of The International Iron and Steel Institute, that we assume was held in Seoul about that time.   This thematic stamp depicts a large foundry ladle in a steel mill pouring out molten metal. A world map with a very interesting looking projection is shown on the side of the ladle. For our final discovery we move to the Netherlands and a personal note from Mark regarding the next newly discovered map stamp. Mark writes, when I was browsing ebay for map stamps I noticed this stamp with what looks like a small map. I immediately knew I must have this stamp because it is a stamp from my own country. I pulled my album and I scanned for the stamp. This stamp has been issued, as part of a set of 4, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the liberation for the Netherlands from nazi-Germany in 1945.  The detail shown in the map is part of a newspaper, “The Flying Dutchman,” air-dropped by the Allied Air Forces, and shows the Russian front advancing from Tarnopol to Cherzon.  After a bit of searching I found the map was shown on  the cover of the March 16, 1944 issue. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that this stamp has been in my album for 28 years without me noticing it as a map stamp.  The stamp (and set) are not expensive. The stamp has also been issued as a coil stamp. These coil stamps can be recognized by the cut perforations along the top and bottom. Mint coils have a number on the back of every 5th stamp.  Perhaps now is the time to check your own collections for more hidden map stamps, you never know what may be hiding there. Please let us know what you find!

Netherlands sc666

Netherlands sc666

"The Flying Dutchman," March 16, 1944

“The Flying Dutchman,” March 16, 1944

“Maps on Stamps” a New Detailed Introductory Article

"Maps on Stamps" an introductory article by Mark HonigEarlier in the spring of 2012, Mark Honig, our Society’s then vice-president wrote an introductory article entitled “Landkaarten op postzegels” that appeared in the April 2012 issue of the Dutch philatelic magazine “Thema,” published by NEDERLANDSE VERENIGING VOOR THEMATISCHE FILATELIE (NVTF) [The Dutch Society for Thematic Philately]. NVTF is the only general thematic philatelic society in the Netherlands with over 800 members.

NVTF has graciously allowed Mark to produce a revised translation of the original version of the article and we are very happy to offer it here, for download: Maps on Stamps Introduction Article 2012. You wont want to miss this detailed and colorful introduction to the various categories that await the new carto-philatelic collector. [The Carto-Philatelic Society wishes to thank NVTF for allowing this article to be translated and reach a wider audience. ]