I originally did the Community US Stamp album supplement, because hacking Mystic past 2000 was looking to turn into a major undertaking. With the sheer volume of the se-tenants and miniature sheets that USPS produced in the 2000s and 2010s, it would have required hacking a LOT of pages, as many as 50% of pages per supplement. So, I thought it would be a lot easier to make my own pages.
But now I am looking at making 19 years of pages. That’s a whole lot of work to do, especially when trying to crank out a stamp album with page descriptions. The description are blatantly stolen from the US Postal Bulletin. But it is very time consuming to turn around and cut and paste descriptions from the US Postal Bulletin into a spreadsheet.
I get like 90% of what I need from the Scott Minuteman Album. It has descriptions for all commemorative stamps, and se-tenants are almost always displayed the way I intend to collect them. The only thing I don’t like is how thin the paper is.
But I think I can get past that.
If there is anyone besides me that thought that this album was a good idea, and is willing to dedicate some time into helping me cut and paste descriptions into an online spreadsheet, I’d be happy to continue the work. If no one is using the supplement, then I see no real point in continuing the make pages for this supplement.
I may have found a way to read catalog numbers in from an external CSV file, allowing you to insert the catalog numbers of your choice into the stamp pages. This would take a rework of all the pages to make it work. But once done, you’d be able to use Scott, SG, MICHEL, UKRPOSHTA or any numbering system you want. You’d need to use Scribus and a third party tool to do it.
Price was a tad more than I expected. I may use a Ukrainian eBay seller next time. It used to cost me around $25 for a year set with shipping. This year I paid $40 and I did not get all the microprint varieties of the definitives or the booklet. There’s one eBay seller that had the whole year, including booklets and all microprint varieties for $45.00 + $7.00 shipping. Overall, a better deal.
Stamps should be here in 2 weeks. In the mean time, I am working on the pages now. Just need the stamps to put in mounts and test fit before I release them.
So, it’s important to make sure you match fonts for the pages you’re hacking. Mystic pages use the fonts Helvetica and Times. Despite what people think, Arial is NOT a substitute for Helvetica and Times New Roman is not a substitute for Times.
If you don’t have access to either of these fonts and need something compatible, you can use the following two fonts:
For Helvetica, the font Nimbus Sans L is glyph compatible with Helvetica and the 4 standard styles (Normal, Italic, Bold and Bold Italic) and available under and open source license.
For Times, Nimbus Roman No 9 L is glyph compatible with Times and the 4 standard styles (Roman, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic) are also available under an open source license.
Two fonts to consider when you absolutely have to have Times or Helvetica.
I know I have not posted anything in a while. But September hit and the kids went back to school and Cub Scouts started back up again. Now that I have a few days off, I’m busy actually mounting stamps in my album. Hopfully I’ll some new pages for USA 2003 up in a few weeks. We’ll see what my budget allows me to buy.