Helping Young Stamp
I've Still got Unanswered Questions - Where can I get More Help?
You can send an email to
The Sage with your questions and problems.
If he can help he will - and if he can't he'll try and put you in touch
with someone who can.
Sometimes stamps are printed with the
adjoining stamp upside-down. Collectors
call them tete-beche from the
French, meaning 'head to tail',
(pronounced 'tayt beh-sh').
These South Africa stamps were issued in
1927 and come from booklets of stamps that
were wrongly cut from larger sheets when
We've listed a few useful websites on the next page, but the best way to learn is from
experienced collectors. Ask if your school has got a stamp club, and if it has join it.
There are about 400 local stamp clubs and societies for adults in the United Kingdom,
and some have special Junior Sections. You can also
read the stamp magazines at your local library. You will find lots of interesting articles in
them about many of the subjects that we haven't even mentioned in these brief notes. The main
magazines published monthly in the United Kingdom are -
Gibbons Stamp Monthly, and
Stamp & Coin Mart
But if you are under 18 always get the permission of your parents
before you reply to any advertisements you see in the magazines.
Many countries have changed their names over the years.
We list some below that will help you to identify the countries that have issued stamps with
names different from the ones they are now using.
Aden changed its name to South Arabian
Federation in 1965
Basutoland has been Lesotho since 1966
Bechuanaland changed to Botswana in 1966
British East Africa became Kenya, Uganda and
Tanganyika in 1903
(See also under Tanganyika below)
British Guiana became Guyana in 1966
British Honduras has been called Belize
Burma has been Myanmar since 1991
Cambodia became Kampuchea in 1980
Ceylon has been called Sri Lanka since 1972
Congo became Zaire in 1971
Ellice Islands have been Tuvalu since 1976
Gilbert Islands changed to Kiribati in 1979
Gold Coast has been known as Ghana since 1957
New Hebrides became Vanuatu in 1980
North Borneo has been Sabah since 1964
Nyasaland changed to Malawi in 1964
Persia has been called Iran since 1935
Rhodesia (Northern) has been known as Zambia
Rhodesia (Southern) has been Zimbabwe
Part of Ruanda-Urundi became Burundi in 1962
Siam was renamed Thailand in 1949
South West Africa became Namibia in 1990
Tanganyika and Zanzibar combined to
become Tanzania in 1965
Upper Volta became Burkina Faso in 1984
There are also many territories and colonies that issued stamps before they combined to make
larger countries. For example you will find stamps issued by Newfoundland and Nova Scotia,
which are now parts of Canada, and by Tasmania, and Victoria that are parts of
Australia. In Europe, Germany and Italy were divided into smaller states before they
united to become larger countries.
A good knowledge of geography will help you identify the countries from
which these earlier 'territorial' stamps came from.
You will also find it interesting to discover the history behind the way countries
have developed. Alaska, was originally part of Russia, but in 1867 the United States
purchased it for $7,200,000 - about 2 cents an acre! Since then large gold and oil
deposits have been discovered in Alaska, making it one of the best land deals of all time.
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