What's New:  March 2003

Here is the material that was added or modified for this update:

  1. Catalog Abbreviations
    GR = Green's Catalog of Tuberculosis Seals of the World. Revised 1983 and updated quarterly in Seal News. (Published by The Christmas Seal and Charity Stamp Society)
    GUI = The Republican Local War Tax Stamps, 1936-1939 (Spanish Philatelic Society Bookclub No. 9, by F. Gómez-Guillamón; 3rd Edition by Pablo Labarga (2002); Labarga-Benlloch, Seville, Spain)

  2. List of Stamps Arranged by Country

  3. Appendix II: Labels, Seals, Advertising Stamps, Etc.


    A fantasy label created by Robert Rudine in 1991. This label depicts the symbols of nine fictitious countries which are joined together in a fictitious federation in the U.S. and Canada. One of these fantasy countries is The Kingdom of Aldabra, whose symbol is a turtle, which appears on the 1991 label in the lower right corner.


    Sheet of forty seals inscribed "Save the Earth, Protect Our Endangered Species" in upper selvedge. Inscribed "Philippines Tuberculosis Society, Inc." in bottom selvedge. Turtles are depicted on five seals as follows: four identical seals depicting Chelonia mydas, plus one seal depicting Chelonia mydas and a peacock. 1993. These sheets exist perf 11 (Green Philippines #48x1) and rouletted 9 (Green Philippines #48x2).


    Six revenue stamps issued in the Republican Area during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). All have the same design showing a tortoise, an airplane and the wording "JUNTA LOCAL DE DEFENSA PASIVA - CASTELLON". They are listed in the Gómez-Guillamón catalog as follows:

    GUI #3405cgreen                          
    GUI #34110ccarmine
    GUI #34225cdark blue
    GUI #3431pochre
    GUI #3441p blue
    GUI #345     This is #340 surcharged "2 Pesetas" horizontally in black.

    At least some of these stamps are also listed in a specialized catalog of Spanish Civil War stamps known as the Sofima Catalog. The complete title is "Catalogo de los Sellos Locales Emitidos Durante la Guerra Civil Espanola 1936-1939", published in 1995 by FESOFI.

  4. Appendix IV: Chelonian Taxa Appearing on Postage Stamps of the World
    Proganochelys   (extinct)

  5. Appendix V: Post Offices with "Turtle" or "Tortoise" in Their Names
    Jicotea, Cuba  (1901)

Last modified:  March 9, 2003