Here are several pages, a study, of postage stamp examples from the 19th Century late colonial period. Among the examples you will find Indochina. (find the example and click on it- you will get a picture taken at that location-(each stamp will have a picture or an appropriate image eventually) Note that many of the colonial stamps maintain the same design of the colonizing nation. The visitor may find several things interesting about this collection. The artifacts are the actual stamps (and one envelope). They are assembled in approximate geographic order. Each example has been image mapped to allow identification upon mouse-over. And finally all of the pages represent the entire globe from 1840 to 1900. (there were no stamps prior to about 1840-letters delivered without stamps were called...stampless or pre stamp covers-some very expensive) Some of the examples presented will generate a photo scene of a place in that country- photos from personal collection or online (flickr.com..note watermarked credits)or stock photos. (hint-one example may be found at the stamp for Gibraltar. (Stamps are in approximate geographical order.) Good luck and enjoy the voyage. mtm

These pages now have the mouse-over identifier- I've put in the number range of the stamp starting at 1 to whatever the number was at 1900 or the turn of the 19th Century. Some series start mid 19th Century or around 1850, while other countries began issuing stamps much later. England's Penny Black for example issued around 1850 or a bit earlier. Aside from presenting interesting material, learning the image map skill opens other areas of web tools that offer a spring board for a variety of page designs.

The process of collecting a 19th Century(1800-1900) "Round Robin": Philately or stamp collecting has deep and interesting geopolitical roots and is worth some reading. If one wishes to begin such an assembly as this, the examples and the details I provide will help the beginner know the appropriate number range* of stamps issued from a given country or colony prior to 1900. An attempt to print these pages produces only vague outlines with little detail- but if the collector will write in the mouse over details on the sheets- it will be a good guide when talking with dealers and collectors selling on Ebay for example. Take care not to pursue mint items they can be very expensive. Note my example of the Penny Black of Great Britain. This famous old stamp was the very first postage stamp produced. The condition of my example is poor to very poor but was acceptable for the collection I pursued. It will take a long while, some travel and searching to finish this assembly. You should never have to pay more than a few cents to a few dollars U.S. for any stamp if you observe these rules.(any stamp number in the number range is game and condition is not important) (the resulting collection will be nearly worthless except for the knowledge, pursuit and disciplines you gained from the hunt.) Remember for the sake of this process, you are only buying one stamp in the number range, not all of them. Enjoy and good hunting! "19th Century Round Robin" is the copyrighted name for this type of collection. mtm

*Postal Stamps are formally identified by a number. The number indicates a specific identity in the various stamp catalogs used by collectors. Any nation, colony, or occupying nation post office issues will begin with a #1, indicating the first (sometimes only) stamp issued. The number corresponds to a date or year as with the first U.S. Stamp issued July 1847. (very expensive by the way)

*You may wish to find a copy of The Stamp Collectors Encyclopaedia by R.J.Sutton., Crown Publishers, New York.


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