It’s been a rainy week with the summer monsoon finally kicking in with a vengeance. Phuket has seen quite a few canals flooding, muddy landslides and downed power lines but once again we escaped the full brunt of the storm that brought wide-spread destruction to our neighbors to the northwest in Myanmar. Our local postman wisely stayed at home for several days, only venturing out on Wednesday for the first mail delivery we’ve had since the dual Buddhist holidays last week. I was happy to receive a small amount of mail, although a couple of the envelopes were somewhat water-damaged. Luckily, the stamps within remained dry in their glassine envelopes.
A dealer in New South Wales, Australia, sent me these three stamps issued by the Armenian republican government in 1920, part of s set of ten that never saw postal use. The Scott catalogue doesn’t assign numbers for these but does note that some were used fiscally and values the entire set at US $10. Scott further mentions that imperforate samples and reprints are also available.
My first Hawaiian stamp came, appropriately enough, from an eBay seller in the interestingly-named town of Captain Cook in Hawaii itself. This is Scott #43 picturing King David Kalakaua, 2 cent rose issued in 1886. I also received – by way of Portland, Oregon – the lovely postcard of Honolulu pictured below, bearing a U.S. stamp and a 1909 Honolulu cancellation depicting the U.S. flag some fifty years prior to statehood.
I’ve been buying a few Lundy Island items lately and felt that this postcard made a nice companion to the local post stamps. I started collecting Lundy Island stamps upon stumbling across one of the early puffin issues which had the number of puffins pictured to match the stamp’s denomination. In retrospect, I wish I’d followed a similar design plan for my own Muang Phuket Local Post as I could have had the currency valued in “gibbons” accompanied by pictures of the local primate population. I suppose I could have a currency-change series, but I digress…
Finally, from the pleasant-sounding Blue Jay, California, I received a mixed lot of 75 stamps from French Algeria, a sign that my original “A Stamp From Everywhere” collection is becoming a mite complicated. Often, I will start off obtaining a single stamp from a particular country and then that stamp causes me to want to add more. Packets such as this one can make it easy to put together nice collections of certain stamp-issuing countries without spending a whole lot of money.