Whole Number 28 January 2010

New Zealand's First Map Stamp,
by Brian Marshall.
In 1901 New Zealand introduced a uniform postal rate of one penny for all first class mail, regardless of whether the mail was destined for delivery within New Zealand or to somewhere overseas. Many countries agreed to this, and dropped their own postal rates accordingly, while other countries, including the United States, France and Germany, agreed to accept letters from New Zealand carrying one penny postage only, without charging postage due. Australia, New Zealand's nearest neighbour, on the other hand threatened to return any letters that carried only one penny postage. To commemorate the introduction of penny postage in New Zealand, a new stamp was issued, commonly known as the Penny Universal. It is New Zealand's most studied stamp, mainly because it was in use for a long time, so various plates, different papers, and different perforating machines were used. The stamp has as its design a female figure denoting New Zealand, standing in front of a globe. This has caused some to consider this stamp to be New Zealand's first map stamp. The CartoPhilatelic Society's Checklist lists it as New Zealand's first “map stamp”. The design is clearly a globe, but it is not possible to locate any particular place on the globe – not even New Zealand. One newspaper response to the design suggested it was actually a school teacher trying to teach geography to an uninterested class, and holding on to a cane. The stamp was also issued with an OFFICIAL overprint, for use on mail sent by government departments, and was overprinted for use in the south Pacific islands of Aitutaki, Niue and Penrhyn. In 1907 the stamp was slightly redrawn, and reissued. New Zealand became a Dominion in 1907, and the stamp now has the wording DOMINION OF NEW ZEALAND. The lines of shading on the globe were drawn diagonally, whereas in the 1901 version they appear vertically. The plates for the “Penny Dominion” (as it is commonly called), were made by Perkins, Bacon and Company, and the stamps were surface-printed by the Government Printer in Wellington. The final printing of the Penny Universal took place in 1926. The “Penny Dominion” was also issued with an OFFICIAL overprint, and was overprinted for use in Aitutaki, Niue, Rarotonga and Samoa. It was also overprinted to commemorate the Auckland Exhibition of 1913.
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“Penny Universal”

“Penny Dominion”

The stamp was designed by Guido Bach, who was commissioned to do so by Waterlow and Sons. The first supplies of this stamp were printed in London, later sheets were recess printed by the Government Printer in Wellington, New Zealand. Each sheet of stamps consisted of 240 stamps, arranged in 10 horizontal rows each of 24.
Inside this issue:
New Zealand, First Map. Errors on Map Stamps. Miniature Messages. Lesotho Water Project. Denmark and Its Maps Andrea Palladio Tiki Tour 1 3 4 5 7 9 10

Special points of interest: At the Auctions Society News New Issue Illustrations Check List Ballot 6 8 10 11 16

(NZ first map stamp, continued. from p1.)

New Zealand's first true map stamp was issued in 1923. Penny postage, introduced in New Zealand in 1901, remained the standard rate until 1915, when rates were increased because of the First World War. In 1923 the New Zealand Government decided to reintroduce penny postage within New Zealand, to places in the British Empire, and to countries with which New Zealand had special postal agreements. Robert Francis (Frank) Joyce, who was active in New Zealand philatelic circles, suggested that the design on the stamp should be a map of New Zealand, to allow for easy recognition of the country of origin on any mail carrying the stamp, and the Postmaster-General gave his approval. William Rose Bock, a Wellington engraver, was given the task of preparing the design and engraving a steel die for the production of the printing plates. The stamps were printed in Wellington by the Stamp Printing Branch of the Government Printing Office, and were made available to the public on 1 October 1923.

paper appeared in sheets of 120 stamps each, in ten horizontal rows of 12. The colour of the stamps printed on the de la Rue and Jones papers is usually described as carmine, whereas the colour for the stamp printed on the Cowan paper is usually described as carmine-pink. The stamp remained on sale until stocks ran out in 1925. The stamp also appeared pre-printed on lettercards from 1923 through to 1927. Reaction to the design was generally unfavourable. Noted philatelists of the day commented adversely on the overall design, commenting that the inscriptions at the bottom of the stamp were rather too large and heavy, while the value in figures and the lettering for NEW ZEALAND were too small. It was also noted that the space in the center of the stamp was not large enough for an accurate map to be shown. The editor of the New Zealand Stamp Collector referred to the stamp as an “ugly duckling,” the New Zealand Herald dismissed the stamp as “somewhat plain,” and a comment was made that the map must have been copied from an early chart of New Zealand made before the coastline had been properly surveyed. A strongly worded letter to the editor of the New Zealand Herald argued that “...it is not a map at all: it is a very incorrect outline, with the country itself as blank as an unexplored continent!....the result is that we have … an utterly faulty ground plan of this fair Dominion... It is by far the poorest stamp ever issued in New Zealand, both in design and execution.”

A quite different view was given by the American cartophilatelist Walter Klinefelter. Writing in the September 1955 issue of the Carto-Philatelist he commented that the map stamp was “...a very fine example of cartography reduced to its bare essentials....here is a small stamp so unpretentious in appearance that its excellence may easily be overlooked. Yet the uncrowded composition, the narrow frame of native decorative elements, the restrained lettering, all combine to provide a simple austere design. In short, it is the very simplicity of the design that recommends it for more intent consideration”. My personal view is that this stamp fits into the “ugly duckling” category, but nevertheless is suitable for “more intent consideration” because it is New Zealand's first map stamp, and the different printings give it an interesting complexity worthy of study.■
Brian Marshall M.A., Dip.N.Z.L.S., FLIANZA, RLIANZA. Subject Librarian – Geography and Environmental Science. Room M11 Level M, General Library, University of Auckland, 5 Alfred Street, Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, New Zealand. Phone: 64 - 9 - 3737599 ext. 88452 bw.marshall@auckland.ac.nz

Immediately there was a problem. When the first printings were made it was discovered that a chemical reaction was set up between the copper surface of the plate and the ink, resulting in the colour being affected and the plate beginning to wear. Just two days after the stamp went on sale it was necessary to manufacture a new plate. Printings from the first and second plates were made on de la Rue chalk-surfaced paper. In March 1924 a switch was made to Jones thick chalk-surfaced paper, and in 1925 a further switch was made to Cowan unsurfaced paper. The stamps printed on the Cowan paper are the scarcest to find. The stamps printed on the de la Rue and Jones papers consisted of sheets of 240 stamps each, in ten horizontal rows of 24. The stamps printed on the Cowan

Map showing New Zealand's correct outline.

Outline of New Zealand as shown on the 1923 map stamp.


Errors on Map Stamps, by Diedrik Nelson.
In 1999 Jean-Pierre Mangin, President of the European Academy of Philatelia published the first of two volumes of his Guide Mondial des Timbres Erronés. He identified his subject as “...errors of conception and creation that affect entire issues and convey a different message from that intended.” It is to such errors that this article is directed with one more limitation. The stamp issues under consideraton all have maps as their subject. There are over 250 map stamps with design errors. In a series of articles in The New CartoPhilatelist I have examined about fifty of them. In this article I will focus on four more. First, a bit of introduction. The errors in question are not the notorious production errors which effect one or two stamps, but design errors, which effect the whole issue. For example, Germany 2019 issued in 1998. This is a very nice stamp which includes in its design a ship and a portion of a map. All is well until we remember some physics. Notice the flags that fly from the mast heads of the ship. They all fly toward the rear of the ship. The wind which blows the flags must also power the ship which is moving forward. So, if the wind is filling the sails from behind then it must also be blowing the flags from behind! On this stamp and several others the error is that the flags are blowing in the wrong direction. There are a number of drawing errors on the map. Africa is separated from Eurasia and the Strait of Gibraltar does not exist. North America is unrecognizable. Neither the Aleutian Islands, nor Japan appear on the map. Madagascar, Greenland and Ceylon are missing, and India is only a bump on the southern coast of Asia. Cape Horn, which emerges from behind the sculptor‟s head, has a strange shape. The Cape of Good Hope is misshaped. Many islands are omitted or misplaced. At first glance, Guatemala C141 issued in 1946 it is a beautiful stamp. But that is an illusion which disappears upon examination. The frame and the bird are fine, but the map is a mess. On the western hemisphere there is a large island in the Gulf of Mexico and a strange island in the south Pacific, the shape of North America is distorted and Hudson's Bay is missing. On the eastern hemisphere Europe appears as an island separated from Asia, the Mediterranean Sea is missing, Africa is disconnected from Asia Minor and Australia is almost as large as Asia. And finally, although the dates on the stamp might indicate that the stamp was issued in 1940, it was in fact issued in 1946.

Dominican Republic Sc 351-355

string bean. The Equator bisects Central America. It should pass through the northern part of South America. Vancouver Island seems to be attached to the mainland. Baja California is too small. Cuba should be due south of Florida (Where is Florida?). The island of Hispaniola, which is the location of the Dominican Republic should be due west of Cuba. The shape and location of the land masses in the Arctic are wrong. Hudson Bay and Newfoundland are missing. Nicaragua issued a stamp in 1954 to honor the United Nations as indicated by the legend at the bottom of the stamp. The design has the emblem of the United Nations being engraved by a sculptor.

Germany, Sc 2019

Nicaragua SC 750.

Guatemala Sc C141.

The Dominican Republic issued 351355 in 1940 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the PanAmerican Union in 1840. They feature a map of the western hemisphere encircled by the flags of the countries of the Union. Here the problem is bad drawing. North America from the Mexican border with the United States to the coast of South America looks like a

These stamps illustrate the errors made and passed over by those who create our stamps. Such errors are made by every postal service, and mostly without correction. For the most part the only ones corrected are those that have an incorrect value for the stamp.
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(Errors on stamps, continued from page 3.)

Clearly the interest is lost revenue, not a correct design. According to Phyllis Theroux, “Mistakes are the usual bridge between inexperience and wisdom.” You may draw your own conclusions. The Dominican Republic, Scott 118 reads "Cinco" (five) while these are 50c stamps (Cincuenta). The errors of these stamps are said to be fabricated, even if you have real stamps (check the perf).

Miniature Messages; The Semiotics and Politics of Latin American Postage Stamps,
reviewed by Miklos Pinther.
By Jack Child Duke University Press, 247 pp, paper $23.95.

flict resolution in Latin America at the American University in Washington, DC, he was born and raised in Buenos Aires, traveled extensively throughout South America, and is a lifelong stamp collector. He is also known to have nudged his students, from time to time, to include philately in their class papers. Professor Child uses over 600 stamps from all of Latin America as well as Belize and Guyana (154 are reproduced in a color insert) to dissect a broad range of topics on stamps, from advertisement to wars. The narrative is enlivened by anecdotes of profiteering, errors, censorship, and internal politics, among others. Some will be familiar, such as the controversial episode of the “Seebecks” or the stamps of the Chaco War period. In others, like the Falkland conflict or the Antarctic claims, the reader will find fresh, personal insight. And cartophilatelists will encounter plenty of examples of maps as national “iconographic signs.” To accomplish all this, the author successfully weaves together a vast array of publications, all carefully referenced in over 400 endnotes. Philatelists will find the index to the stamps mentioned a particularly helpful tool. Originally, I came across this book while searching for ideas on writing up rejected stamp designs for a possible future exhibit. The new way of looking at stamp designs and the body of literature reviewed by Professor Child was an eye-opener for me. It is hard to imagine anyone undertaking a serious Latin American philatelic study without consulting this groundbreaking work.■

Dominican Republic SC 118.

There is another kind of error on this stamp with the map image reversed. Jean-Pierre Mangin, Timbres des Errornes. I:189.

Looking at the subtitle one might approach this book with caution: “Semiotics and Politics?” Is this an abstract, academic study? Perhaps it has value for a political scientist, but would it be useful for a philatelist? A perusal of the preface and introduction, however, quickly allays such concerns. The reader will be attracted by the direct, personal style and the considered manner in which the author explains the connection between semiotics and stamps. The “power” of stamps… Child never uses the word “power,” yet as a cartographer this work reminds me of the opening line in Denis Wood‟s book, The Power of Maps, “Power is the ability to do work. Which is what maps do: they work.” Jack Child explains to us how stamps work. Let‟s clear the air; this book is not a treatise on postal rates or postal history. It is not a minute inspection of physical or technical attributes. Rather, it is an exploration of the thematic aspects of Latin American stamps. For inspiration, Child credits the work of David Scott in his European Stamp Design: A Semiotic Approach to Designing Messages. For methodology, he adopts the semiotic analysis work of Charles Sanders Peirce, a 19th century American philosopher. The author emphatically reminds us that postage stamps are one of the “smallest, densest, universal symbols” and that our repetitive contact with them “reinforces the impact of the semiotic messages” they carry. He puts forth the notion that stamps can indeed make valuable contributions to academic studies, which he is in a unique position to defend. A popular professor of cultural studies and con-

Image Reversed.

The true error on these stamps is the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti which juts into Haitian territory some 50 miles in the area of Lake Eriquillo and in the vicinity of La Citadelle, claiming possession of the Hatian town of Hincha. The border was finally agreed on in 1929.■ Articles Wanted.
The hardest part about being an editor is having enough good articles of varying length to fill the pages. Please write about your favorite map stamps and tell us why they are important to you. Martin Oakes

David Scott, European Stamp Design: A Semiotic Approach To Designing Messages. London: Academic Editions, 1995, 144 pp. Large 10x12 inch format; over 1300 illustrations, most in color; bibliography and index to stamp designers. 2 For further research see also: Jack Child, "Researching the Politics and History of Latin American Postage Stamps at the APRL" in The Philatelic Literature Review, Volume 52, 1st Quarter / 2003, pp. 50-63. Jack Child is a CPS member.



The Lesotho Highlands Water Project, by Roger Kirby.
The back page of TNCP No. 27 (October 2009) features a sheetlet of 10 map stamps of the Malibamatso Valley, Lesotho, as mapped in 1911 [See note.] This sheetlet is part of a stamp issue that deserves a comment for its special cartographic and geographic interests. In 1996 Lesotho issued three sheetlets of 10 (2 x 5) stamps (SG 1238-1267), each forming a composite design and covering 16 x 36 km of the Malibamatso Valley. The three sheetlets are portions of the national map coverages at 1:250,000 scale as mapped in 1911, 1978 and 1994. While examples exist from other countries of map stamps reproducing parts of national map series at so-called topographic scales, and even sets for different dates, for example UK 1991 Ordnance Survey map series (SG 1578-1581), three blocks of 10 stamps of the same area for different dates is novel. But there are special factors about the Malibamatso Valley responsible for this. The Malibamatso Valley is in the extreme north of Lesotho in the upper part of the Orange River basin. Lesotho itself has two remarkable geographical facts: it is an enclave, completely surrounded by South Africa; and the entire country is very high above sea level, the lowest point of the country being at 1,400 metres (4,593 ft.). Water is always scarce. The Lesotho Highlands Water Project was created in the 1980s for twin purposes: to allow water to be stored and diverted into the Vaal River in South Africa to supply the major cities of Johannesburg and Soweto; and to generate electricity within the country rather than importing from South Africa. Already, by 1990, South Africa was celebrating the Highlands Water Project by a map stamp (SG 702) in a stamp issue on various co-operative projects in Southern Africa. On the map of Lesotho and its surrounds are shown the water delivery tunnel running northwards to the Vaal River and the Orange -Vaal water transfer scheme around the west of Lesotho running southwards to the Orange River.

theodolite traverses, resulting in very inaccurate maps compared with the later products. The 1911 map shows some paths and only a few settlement names which are mostly not present on the later maps. By comparison, the 1978 and 1994 maps were produced from aerial photographs by photogrammetric plotting so the topography and rivers are much more accurately portrayed. The first stage of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project installed the Katse Dam across the Malibamatso River and a 45 km tunnel to Muela, where hydroelectricity would be generated. By 1994, the date of the completion of the New Standard Map of Lesotho, the Katse Dam was nearly finished and the stamps for this date show the Katse Reservoir at the expected 1997 full supply level. By 1994, this part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project had led to new settlements at each end of the reservoir as well as construction of new roads, airfields and other infrastructure. When the dam was completed in 1997, at 185 metres tall it was the largest in Africa. The SG catalogues state that the sheetlets were issued in conjunction with a schools campaign to promote the use and understanding of maps. But without the Lesotho Highlands Water Project this memorable 1996 set of three blocks of map stamps would probably never have been produced.■
Note: To aid in collation this page was added to the printed TNCP only.

South Africa, SG 702.

The three blocks of Lesotho map stamps show stages in the Malibamatso Valley‟s development. The 1911 map was produced by rough ground surveying methods involving plane table and

SG 1238-47

SG 1248-57

SG 1258-67



At the Auctions… by Miklos Pinther
On November 1, 2009, a brief story circled the globe: China stamp fetches record price. Carried by dozens of online news outlets, this was stunning information because new copies of two of China‟s rarest stamps resurfaced and were sold the day before for unprecedented high prices by John Bull Stamp Auctions Ltd of Hong Kong. THE AUCTION – There were three lots of the China map stamps known as the “Whole Country is Red,” Scott no. 999A (Yang W63): lot 751, single used copy, final bid HK$276,000; lot 752, s ing le mint co p y, fina l b id HK$356,500; and lot 753, upper left block of four mint stamps, final bid HK$2,300,000. A fourth lot, no. 754, was a similar, larger size map error stamp, which was never officially issued (Yang W83). This was hammered down at HK$3,680,000!!1 As noted by the auctioneer, these stamps were the stars of the sale. “No auction house in China,” claimed John Bull, “has offered 7 copies in one auction.” No doubt about it, it was a remarkable event. A BIT OF HISTORY – So, how scarce are these stamps? We do not know the exact number in private collections, but they are very rare indeed. Yet, some time ago, there were other historic sales of these stamps which are interesting to note because it gives us a glimpse of the strength of the Chinese philatelic market. In the late 1980s, Unitric Philatelic Company in Hong Kong conducted a series of sales that was equally significant. In April 1987 Unitric sold a large used (?) copy of the “Whole Country is Red” to a Hong Kong collector for HK$73,000, and noted that only three copies were recorded. In December 1988, it sold a large mint copy to a Swiss collector for HK$205,000. In this same auction there was also a top margin block of four of the small stamp which realized HK$155,000. And the following year, in August 1989, Unitric sold a lower left corner block of 8 small stamps, with imprint, for HK$200,000 to an Indonesian collector.2 (The relatively low price was possibly the result of some marginal soiling.) At the time this was believed to be the largest block
Fig. 1. The “Whole Country is Red” small stamp, Scott no. 999A.

Press) was a little unclear because there are two different stamps which are frequently referred to as “The Whole Country is Red.”5 As indicated above, they are also commonly labeled as the “small” and the “large” stamps. The small one is a vertical stamp measuring 30x40 mm (Fig. 1). The large stamp is horizontal with 60x40 mm dimensions (Fig. 2). The small stamp was issued on November 25, 1968; the large stamp was completed but never released. 1968 was a tumultuous year in China. It followed the Socialist Educational Movement of 1962-1966 and the major Cultural Revolution struggles of 19661967. This year marked the beginning of the movement of urban youth to the countryside and the establishment of Revolutionary Committees throughout the country. The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications wanted to commemorate these achievements with this issue. Graphic artist, Wang Weisheng, was tasked to create the stamp. After an initial design was rejected, he was under some pressure to come up with an alternative, which is the so-called “small” version. The slogan written across the map, “Whole Country is red,” signifies the victory of the proletarian Cultural Revolution and gives the name to the stamp. There seems to be 29 red flags for the Revolutionary Committees, red balloons fly in the sky, and the little red book of Mao‟s quotations are waved by the joyful masses. Above them, almost like an ethereal glow, floats the map all in red, clearly the focus of the design.

Fig. 2. The “Whole Country is Red” large stamp, Yang no. W83.

recorded. In October 1997, however, a full sheet of 50 stamps was placed on display at the China Philatelic Expo in Guangzhou. The sheet is considered to be a “national treasure” and valued at o ver RMB10,000,000 o r abo ut US$1,500,000.3 To round out the historic valuation of these stamps we should note that the 1998 Yang catalog (12th edition) lists the small stamp (W63) at US$18,000, and the large one (W83) at US$90,000.4 THE STAMPS – Now let us return to the stamps. The original report of the John Bull sale by AFP (American Free

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Prices realized do not include the 18% buyer‟s commission. The Hong Kong dollar exchange rate has been quite stable, approximately 7.8 to 1 US$. For further information see the web site of John Bull Stamp Auctions Ltd at http://www.jbull.com/default.aspx. 2 Prices realized do not include a 10% buyer‟s commission. Information was kindly provided by John Tsang of Unitric Philatelic Company, Hong Kong. 3 For further information visit the web site of China National Philatelic Corporation at http:// www.cpi.com.cn/cpi-eng/index.asp. 4 For further information on the status of philately in China see, Michael J. Leyden II, “Chinese Philately is „Red‟ Hot!” in American Philatelist, October 1997, pages 946-950. 5 For a more accurate report see Rick Miller, “Record realization for unissued Chinese stamp” in Linn’s Stamp News, December 14, 2009, pages 1 and 13. 6 Carla Michel has done extensive research on this stamp, particularly on how to identify forgeries. For example see, “Ganz China ist Rot – Marken- und Brieffälschungen” in Die China-Philatelie, no. 124, October 2002.


Denmark and its Map Stamps,
by Volker Woesner.
It was only recently, that a man said: ”Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” That person was the Danish Prince Hamlet and Shakespeare the reporter. Beyond this I do not know much about Denmark (Fig.1) except it is one of the oldest monarchies in the world dating from the 9th century.

The oldest map of Denmark is depicted on fig.8. It was sketched in 1552 by Marcus Jordan and copied many times . This map is a copy from 1585. There is no scale but the relative position of features is correct. The map shows that Denmark possessed southern parts of Sweden.

Fig. 4 Sc 1023

Well known to everybody is the Viking king of Denmark, Harold Bluetooth (around 970.) His name is used as a symbol for short wireless connection of electronic devices.

Fig. 1 Sc 937

Fig.9 features a map of 1650 by Johannes Mejer. Mejer was a mathematician and an astronomer. The measurements for the map were done by using geodetic principles. The latitudes of places like towns and villages were calculated by measuring the elevation of the pole. The longitudes were relatively correct. As the map was very detailed, the Danish authorities were afraid, the map would fall into enemies‟ hands. So it was not published until 1947.

It is situated in Northern Europe with the capital Copenhagen and is a member of the European Union. Denmark has just one land border with Germany (Fig.2.)

Fig. 5 Sc 35

On July 12 to 17, 2009 a Conference on the History of Cartography took place in the Capital of Denmark, Copenhagen.

Fig. 9 Sc 1439

Fig. 2 Sc 770

All other borders are sea boundaries, e.g. with Sweden and Norway. In medieval times until 1814 Denmark was one of the largest Empires in Northern Europe with Norway, southern parts of Sweden and two German duchies, Schleswig and Holstein (Fig.3) that were also part of Denmark until 1864.

Fig. 6 Sc 70

The fourth and last stamp of this issue (Fig.10) is a map from 1841 by the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters in Copenhagen. It depicts the mainland of Denmark and the German duchy of Schleswig.

To mark this event, four stamps with historical maps of Denmark were issued on July 15.
Fig. 10 Sc 1438 Fig. 7 Sc 1441

Fig. 3 Sc 1713

The first map (Fig.7) was a drawing by Abraham Ortelius from 1570 and is the oldest printed map of Denmark.

This map is a correct cartographic map. Trained land surveyors did all surveying by means of triangulation networks. The scale was 1:480.000. The latitudes and longitudes are correct. The Prime longitude in the map runs through Copenhagen.■ References: URL: www. postdanmark.de

Today Denmark consists of the mainland, numerous islands (Fig.4) and two dependencies, Faeroe Islands (Fig.5) and Greenland (Fig. 6.) Neither are members of the European Union.

Fig. 8 Sc 1440

Catalogue on historical geodetic surveying in Denmark.


Society News, by David Wolfersberger
GREETINGS! By the time you receive this the holidays will be over and new year beginning. All of the officers of the CartoPhilatelic Society hope you had enjoyable times and we wish you best wishes for a happy and successful 2010! ELECTIONS! As announced in the last issue of The New CartoPhilatelist, it is now time for elections. All officers are to be elected for three year terms beginning April 1, 2010. The nominees are: President – David Wolfersberger (US) Vice President – Mark Honig (NL) Secretary/Treasurer – Alf Jordan (US) European Representative – Volker Woesner (DE) Representative at Large – Ed Vallery (US) Al Underberg, who has served many years as Vice President, has decided not to seek re-election. Thanks Al for your efforts on behalf of the Society. 2010 MEETING As mentioned previously, the Society will meet at the American Philatelic Society‟s StampShow 2010 in Richmond, VA, August 12-15. No additional information is available from the APS at this time. As you look forward to 2010, plan to attend this event. Our meeting will take place on the morning of Saturday August 14. Please let me know if you are planning to attend so I can be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Some other thoughts Susan Featherstone found a site www.charlesclosesociety.org - for those interested in studying the Ordnance Maps of Britain and Ireland. It provides information on these maps as well as links to other sites that are of interest to those who are interested in the “OS” maps. Susan also brought to my attention a book, The Fourth Part of the World, The

(At the Auctions, Continued from page 6.)

Epic Story of History’s Greatest Map, by Toby Lester. This is another book about the Waldseemüller map, but after reading the first few chapters it seems to place this map in a larger context of world history. I hope to have a review in the next issue but meantime I would recommend this book to you. I just received a letter notifying us that America on the Map received a Silver medal at Chicagopex 2009. Congratulations again to Miklos for the great job he put in on this excellent volume, and to all of the contributors. It is not easy for a thematic publication to compete in a show that is aimed more at traditional philately, so a Silver medal is nice recognition for the book. A few issues ago I commented about being a “map person” like many of us are. Here is another indication that I enjoy maps. My wife and I travel by train from our home in St. Louis to visit our two daughters in Chicago. A regular road map does a pretty good of plotting the tracks but I knew there had to be a real “railroad atlas.” Sure enough, a quick search on the „net found a series of atlases called SPV Railroad Atlases of North America. This is a series of 17 atlases covering all railroads in the US and Canada. The maps are very detailed, especially in terminals, and show some major industrial sidings. In addition the owner and users of the various tracks are noted. I will have this with me on our next trip to Chicago (just to be sure the engineer doesn‟t get lost!).■
Steam Powered Video is a British company in its 26th year. In that time it has been responsible for popularizing the North American railroad scene in Europe and Australasia. The maps, authored by Mike Walker, have a lot of historical detail and are generally quite accurate. The railroad atlases of North America are divided by region. They may be found on line used or purchased new from the UK. Price about $30. Printed on quality art paper with soft back cover stitch bound. http://www.spv.co.uk/railroading.shtml The Editor.

THE ERROR – The new issue was distributed early to some post offices, and advanced copies were also given out to officials. Within a few hours, however, an editor of the Map Publishing House in Beijing reported a problem with the map: it did not include certain island groups in the South China Sea, and most regrettably, Taiwan was not shown in red. Authorities of the People‟s Army immediately stopped the issue, and were able to destroy all but a few copies. Thus originated China‟s most well known map stamp error. The initial rejected design was probably the large version. This was actually a two-stamp set. One stamp shows Chairman Mao and Lin Piao greeting the masses. The other stamp is very similar to the issued small version with the map and the slogan. Written on the bottom of both stamps is “Great Victory of Cultural Revolution,” which is how this set is called more formally. THE SURPRISE – It was a pleasant surprise to learn that Wang Weisheng is still around and apparently attended the auction. Afterwards he told AFP that for a long time he was afraid that he would be jailed for the error. The precise circumstances surrounding these two stamps are still not well known. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, Mr. Wang will give an in-depth interview about his work, perhaps to German philatelist Carla Michel who is a foremost expert on this topic and well respected in China.6 ■

Bronze award for German map stamp unit in Berlin.
On October 10, 2009 a big stamp fair took place in Berlin, Germany. Beside the stamp dealers a one-frame exhibition took place. 17 stamp units participated with 5 frames each plus their publications. The map stamp unit won the bronze award. Other competitors were stamp units with ships, standardization, trains, music, castles, history etc. The gold and silver medal won –I hardly dare to say it - the ornithologists and zoologists, as always. Volker Woesner, Cartophilatelist


Andrea Palladio, by David Wolfersberger.
In 2008 Vatican City issued two stamps and a souvenir sheet (Scott 1396-98) honoring architect Andrea Palladio on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his birth. Born Andrea di Pietro della Gondolain in Padua, Italy, Palladio was apprenticed to a stone mason and later worked with sculptors in Vicenza. In 1537 he met amateur architect Giangiorgio Trissino who led him on studies of classical buildings, thus igniting Palladio‟s interest in architecture. Palladio started his own architecture business in 1540. His reconstruction of loggias of the Basilica in Vicenza led to big demands for his services to design and build villas and houses for the wealthy in Vicenza and Venice. His first church building in Venice was the refectory for the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore. This was followed by numerous other religious buildings in Venice and elsewhere. In total, it is estimated the Palladio designed and/or build about 47 villas and palaces, and 15 churches and other religious buildings. One of his most important contributions to architecture was his book I Quattro Libri dell' Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture]. This book contained his architectural principles and practical advice for builders. One important aspect of this work is the set of meticulous woodcut illustrations to illustrate the text. This book remains in print today. One source even goes so far as to state “Andrea Palladio is often described as the most influential and most copied architect in the Western world.” (http://architecture.about.com/ od/greatarchitects/p/palladio.htm)
Scott 1398

The €0.65 stamp shows the layout of the Villa Capra or Villa Rotunda. This was built by Palladio beginning is 1566 for a retired priest. Located near Vicenza, Palladio‟s inspiration was the Pantheon in Rome. In turn, Villa Rotunda influenced hundreds of other buildings around the world including the White House in Washington, DC. The €0.85 stamp shows the layout of the San Giorgio Maggiore Church mentioned above. Construction was begun in 1566 but not completed until 1610, well after Palladio‟s death in 1580. This is a beautiful example of Palladio‟s design elements of classical design being used in a Renaissance building.

The souvenir sheet shows the façade and floor plan of Villa Valmarana, which Palladio designed in 1563 for Grianfrancesco Valmarana. Because of the death of Valmarana in 1566, this villa was not completed as shown in this drawing. Comparing a picture of the villa as it appears today reveals many differences from the plan: Windows, second floor loggia, roof, and many other details. While some might not consider these to be “map stamps,” they are beautiful examples of stamps showing plans of buildings. I believe that these types of stamps have a place in a map stamp collection but as always the decision remains with the collector.■

Scott 1396

Scott 1397

References consulted: http://www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Andrea_Palladio.html http://www.vaticanstate.va/EN/Services/Philatelic_and_Numismatic_Office/ _dettaglio_emissioni--id--Shop%20Francobolli--cat--2008--prod--F_2008_015.htm http://www.boglewood.com/palladio/life.html



A Tiki Tour, by David Wolfersberger.
In case you missed Mark Honig‟s description of the new sheet, “A Tiki Tour of New Zealand,” on our website and blog, this information is presented here. Thanks to Mark for continuing to stay on top of new issues and posting them on our blog. New Zealand issued a sheet of 24 stamps (Scott 2264) featuring various sites and attractions around the country. According to the New Zealand Post press release, this sheet “provides Kiwi travelers and tourists with an effective tick list of sights and attractions across the country - and a visual record they can send to friends and family of each region they visit.” So what is a “Tiki Tour?” According to the information on the sheet, a Tiki Tour can be described as the “scenic route” or “roundabout way.” According to New Zealand Post, a Tiki Tour “involves getting from A to B via L&P. Your classic Tiki Tour is all about enjoying the journey as much as the destination.” Altogether some 88 sites and activities are shown on the sheet. A poster is available describing all of these and there is a list on line at http://www.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/ AboutUs/MediaCentre/ MediaReleases/4August2009.htm.

The things shown range from hang gliding to curling to skiing, from whales to crawfish to blue cod, from a lighthouse to an airplane to a caravan. An interesting feature is in the upper left corner. From Mark‟s note, this “appears to be image of a „Tik,i‟ a wooden or stone carving of human form from Māori mythology where Tiki is the first man.” Wouldn‟t it be great to visit all of these locations and sites, and participate in the activities shown on this interesting sheet, then mail a letter from each place with the appropriate stamp? What a great collection that would make! Picture below.

New Issue Illustrations
by David Wolfersberger

Dominican Republic 1458

Dominica 2680

Latvia 754



MAPS ON STAMPS CHECK LIST November 2009 to January 2010 Scott's Monthly Update Issue Country Date 2009 Aruba Issue Scott Cat. Format # 347 Sheet of 4, 347a -d Grade Coverage Face Value 200c, 2x250c, 300c Michel SG

Global Warming


Southern US, Caribbean on 347a; Arctic on 374b



2009 Australia

Queensland 150th anniv.


S/S of 2, 308485


Detailed map of 55c, Queensland on margin $2.75 Australia #15, map of Australia, on stamp Australia #15, map of Australia, on stamp Australia #15, map of Australia, on stamp 55c 55c 55c



2009 Australia 2009 Australia 2009 Australia 2009 Azerbaijan 2009 Benin

Australia's Favorite Stamps 3086 Australia's Favorite Stamps 3086a Australia's Favorite Stamps 3091 Europa - Astronomy 15th Anniv. Council of Accord Cent. Int'l Meteorological Cooperation General Administration of Posts, 200th anniv. 896 1419 Booklet Coil S/A


3214 Noted 3219 758A 1497

3208 SP174 3213 735 TBD

Dahomey 334 surcharged Dahomey C188 surcharged

Old globe 20g Dahomey, Togo, Ivory 200fr Coast, Niger, Upper on 65fr Volta World 300fr on 100fr 1r 10E 60e 470p 3000p 470p each 1500p each 1400p 75c each 85c 50c, 65c, 90c, $1 $1 $5

2009 Benin





2008 Brazil 2007 Cape Verde 2006 Cape Verde 2008 Chile 2008 Chile 2009 Chile 2009 Chile


A A A A S/S Pair, 1523a-b S/S of 2 A A A

Brazil World projection Globe Antarctica Antarctica on margin Globe with Arctic on a, and Antarctic on b. Excellent globe on1524a-b, Antarctic on margin Braille map of Colombia Cuba on 4835a, part of Iran on 4835b Globe with Cyprus highlighted World in background, Dominica on flag

3572 910 TBD 2324 B61 2326-27 B62

3561 TBD TBD 2250 MS2251 TBD TBD

100th anniv. Airline TBD Community of Port. Speak- 872 ing Nations Expo Antarctica Philatelic Exhibition Expo Antarctica Philatelic Exhibition Preservation of Polar Regions Preservation of Polar Regions National Institute of the Blind Flora and Fauna 1521 1522 1523 1524

2008 Colombia 2008 Cuba

1287 4835 Pair with central label. Joint issue with Iran S/S


2483 TBD

2523 TBD

2009 Cyprus 2009 Dominica

Cyprus Philatelic Society, 50th anniv. Relationship with China

1115 2676-79



MS1193 3635-38

2009 Dominica 2009 Dominica

Relationship with China Relationship with China

Not listed Mini-sheet of 6, 2679 2680 S/S


World in background, Dominica on flag World in background, Dominica on flag. Globe on margin Hispanola, Columbus


3639 note MS3639

2008 Dominican Republic

Discovery of Hispanola by Columbus in 1492








Issue Country Date 2008 Ecuador


Scott Cat. Format # 1938-39

Grade Coverage

Face Value 24c, 30c 150p 150p 150p



Int'l Swimming Federation cent.


World projection as part of emblem; world map on 1938 World World in background Globe



2009 Egypt 2009 Egypt 2009 Egypt

Int'l Francophone Day 2034 Int'l Labor Org. 90th anniv. 2036 Women's Peace Movement 2037 513 S/S of 6, 513a-f



TBD 2506 2507 MS596

2009 Faroe Island Geological formations in Faroe Islands 2009 France 2008 Gambia 2009 Gambia 2008 Georgia 2008 Georgia 2009 Georgia 2009 Indonesia 2009 Iran 2009 Iran 2008 Iraq 2009 Israel 2009 Italy 2008 Japan Chocolate Christmas Obama Europa Europa Anti-War Movement Opening of Suramuda Bridge Persain Gulf Economic Cooperation Council National Reconciliation Environmental Quality Italia 2009 Philatelic Exh. Travel Scenes

Various parts of Faroe 6x10k Islands on 513c, d and f France on 3682e West Africa Map of train route Globe Globe Georgia on margin Indonesia showing location of bridge Persian Gulf Nice map of middle eastern countries Iraq Partial globes on each stamp Europe Map showing location of sites in Kyoto, Arashiyama-Sagano, on margin Map of mine location on 3067a Map showing location of sites in Okinawa, Shurijo Castle-Kokusai Street, on margin 10x55c 25d 25d

3682 3171 3193 440 440a 455 2187 2961 2981 1742 1778 2916 3063

S/S of 10, 3682a-j S/S of 4, 3193ad Booklet S/S of 3, 455a-c S/S


4690 TBD TBD

MS4648 5217 MS5252

1.0l 561 531 1.0l 561 note 531 note 30t, TBD TBD 50t, 70t 10,000r 3000r 1300r 250d 2.30s each €1 80y each TBD TBD TBD 1759 TBD 3284 4673-82 MS3292 TBD 3266 2245-47? 1949-51 3186 3839-48

Strip of 3, 1778a -c S/S of 10, 3062a-j


2008 Japan 2009 Japan

Iwami Silver Mine Site Travel Scenes

3067 3092

S/S of 10, 3067a-j S/S of 10, 3092a-j


80y each 80y each

4686-95 4768-77

3882-91 3952-61

2009 Japan

Travel Scenes


S/S of 10, 3093a-j


Map showing location 80y of sites, Okinawa, Oki- each nawa Churaumi Aquarium-Yanbaru Map showing location of sites in Nara, Nara Park area Arctic Partial globe showing Korea 80y each 230te 120w



2009 Japan

Travel Scenes


S/S of 10, 3105a-j



33924001 TBD TBD

2009 Kazakhstan

Preservation of Polar Regions

590 4855 S/S


TBD B724

2009 Korea (North) Rocket launch



Issue Country Date 2009 Latvia 2008 Libya 2008 Libya 2008 Libya


Scott Cat. Format # 734

Grade Coverage

Face Value 35s 500d 500d 750d 1000d 750d 130rp 3l 6d 310fr 44c 44c 10.50p



Nat'l Museum of History

AR A Printing variation A A A A A S/S of 6, 897a-f MS of 4, 1051ad Sheet of 16. S/S A A A A A A S/S of 4, 1223ad Sheet of 24 + label AR A A A Sheet of 8, four each 7139/7140 A A S/S S/S S/S A A A

Old map of Latvia in background` Globe with Africa highlighted Globe with Africa highlighted Northern Africa, Europe, western Asia Africa Libya Lichtenstein. Holes along outline of map. Europe Globe Arctic on 1051b Marshall Islands on 938p Marshall Islands Globe with North America

759 2912 ------TBD TBD TBD TBD B39 145 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD 2375 1548 1549 1623-24 B31 B32 TBD

750 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD MS980 594 TBD 2318-32 MS2333 TBD TBD MS3157 TBD 7601-02 7601-02 1547-48 MS1549 MS1558 MS1239

People's Authority Declara- 1715 tion People's Authority Declara- 1715a tion 6+6 Mediterranean Project 1723

2008 Libya Anniv of Revoluiton 1727 2008 Libya Mobile phones in Libya 1728 2009 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein Philatelic So- 1450 ciety 2009 Lithuania 2008 Macedonia 1999 Mali 2009 Marshall Islands 2009 Marshall Islands 2009 Mexico 2009 Montserrat 1000th anniv. Of Lithuania Red Cross Week Millennium 897 RA144 1051

US Military Heroes of the Air 938 Postal Service 25th annv. World Environment Day Charles Darwin 939 2620 1223 2264 1680 7139-40 7140a 1396-97 1398 1410 1112

Map of Pacific Ocean o $2.75 margin each New Zealand on stamps and margin Globe Weather map Weather map Layout of church Layout of church on stamp and margin 50c 5.50s 8r, 9r 8r, 9r 65c, 85c € 2.80

2009 New Zealand Tiki Tour of New Zealand 2009 Peru 2009 Russia 2009 Russia 2008 Vatican City 2008 Vatican City 2009 Vatican City Earth Day Hydrometeorological Service 175th anniv. Hydrometeorological Service 175th anniv. Andrea Palladio, Architect Andrea Palladio, Architect Vatican City 80th anniv.

Map of Vatican City on € 2.80 stamp and margin World $2

2009 Virgin Islands Exploriers - Columbus

Latvia 754 Italy 2916

Vatican City 1410 Chile 1524



Collectors of Maps on stamps

Editor: Martin Oakes 2100 Oriole Drive Freeport, IL 61032, USA Email: martinoakes@aeroinc.net

The CartoPhilatelic Society is a nonprofit philatelic organization with a world-wide membership of collectors of maps on stamps. Founded in 1955, the organization was rejuvenated in 2003. We are associated with the American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association. Annual dues are US$18 for residents of North America, and US$20 for members residing elsewhere for hard copy, and US$15 for PDF everywhere. You are cordially invited to join us and share our enthusiasm for maps on stamps. A membership application may be found on our website or obtained from the Secretary. Please send your application and dues to the Secretary—Treasurer.
President & Checklist Editor Vice President SecretaryTreasurer Webmaster David Wolfersberger Al Underberg 768 Chain Ridge Road St. Louis, MO 63122

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Russia 7140a

Faroe Islands 513 Marshall Islands 939



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