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Stamps from Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.

For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Soviet stamp

Polish stamp

Polish stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Hungarian stamp

Stamps from British colonies

North Borneo

North Borneo

This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.

For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Nyassa

Newfoundland

Newfoundland

Bermuda

Bermuda

Stamps from Czechoslovakia

Stamp 26

This is just a taste of some loose stamps in my collection. I have many more mounted with hinges in albums and over time I’ll be working to unmount them and get them cleaned up and scanned.

For more on how these stamps were scanned and processed check out this post.

Stamp 20

Stamp 84

Stamp 79

Stamp 49

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Stamp 77

Tuva

Tuvan stamp

My friend Dale did some white balance work on this picture and it now looks great. My aim is to get more of this balancing done in the picture (rather than the computer) and once the setup is done, start pumping out images of some of my better small printed matter.

Tuva was made popular by the late Nobel prize winning physicist Richard Feynman. Feynman fixated on going there just because it’s in the middle of nowhere (well, Mongolia) and at the time, was part of the USSR so was harder to get to.

He also heard that people there could do something called “throat singing” which involved making tones and then numerous overtones in the throat producing an amazing multi-toned sound.

Feynman died of cancer before he got to go to Tuva but his interest pushed others to go and now Tuvan throat singers are in the mainstream. Want to see a great example of throat singing? Check out the DVD Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Live at the Quick. It’s a fantastic concert DVD of a great band and as a treat they do a number of pieces with a great Tuvan throat singer.

This stamp was given to me as part of a collection of Tuvan stamps by the physicist John Sites. I met John in Lexington, Kentucky after a talk I did down there and we got to talking about Feynman and Tuva. I told him I’d been a stamp collector as a kid and I had a few Tuvan stamps but nothing uncanceled and they were not in great shape (inherited from my father’s collection). John sent me a sheet of 20 mint tuvan stamps, most uncanceled and in perfect shape like this one. I will always make an association with him when I see this stamp; the story is a lot more than just Feynman or Bela Fleck to me.