Spent the weekend redoing the Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album 2006 supplement. The following changes have been added to the supplement:
- MICHEL Catalog numbers and dates of issue have been added for all stamps
- Added an extra option to mount the Europa booklet opened on it’s own page. Pick which one you would prefer to mount out your booklet.
- The Mickiewicz Square stamp is now just a stamp instead of a whole sheet. I thought it was silly to mount the whole sheet. If anyone wants the whole sheet back, let me know.
- Added MICHEL BLOCK 57 – Ukrainian Cossack State, because I completely forgot them.
And the file: Ukraine_2006
The 2012 Supplement update with dates and catalog numbers has been sitting around and waiting for me to finish it for a long time. Well, with the holiday weekend in the US, I took an hour out this morning and finally finished it.
The supplement is the same as the old 2012 supplement, except it now includes MICHEL catalog numbers and release dates.
Here’s a sample page of the definitives:
And here’s the massive 7-zip archive that contains PDFs, Scribus files, and images: Ukraine 2012
All the A4 headers were off! Updated files here:Ukraine-2014
Sorry about that!
I finally managed to complete the 2014 stamp supplement!
A couple of notes about the 2014 Supplement:
- The 2014 Europa booklet is a mess. The only way to really mount it is to tear out the two pages and mount them. There is an explanation in the PDF
- This supplement includes PDFs with stamp images, “inksaver” PDFs without stamp images, and “inksaver” pdfs with no MICHEL catalog numbers.
- There were quite a number of microprint varieties of the 8th definitive series. A lot of them have not been assigned MICHEL catalog numbers. I spent some time and figured out what the catalog numbers are going to be, based on MICHEL’s numbering policy.
- Special thanks to UPNS member Mark Stelmacovich for providing me scans of the 8th definitive series, so I could see the release date in the selvage.
- Ukraine released a self-adhesive definitive this year. It was sold in a sheet that looks like it was designed for vending machines. My plan is to mount the stamp individually, and I designed the sheets that way. If you want to mount the whole sheet, please leave a comment or email me and I’ll whip up a page for the whole booklet.
And here’s a screenshot of a random page:
And the 7-zip for download: Ukraine-2014
The rest of the 2014 Ukrainian stamps I ordered! That means the 2014 supplement is that much closer to release. How close? well, they’re printed out and waiting for my wife to proofread them.
All stamps have been placed into mounts, and all test fitting is done. So, with any luck, you’ll see a release this weekend.
If, for some reason, you want to get rid of the MICHEL catalogue number from my pages, I’ve whipped up a few scripts to make your life easier.
Inside the linked 7-ZIP file are two scripts:
Simply extract these and place them somewhere on your drive.
Then do the following:
- Load the file you want to remove the catalogue numbers from.
- Go under the script menu and choose Execute Script.
- Browse to the script hide_catalog_number.py.
Once the script runs, all the catalog numbers will be changed to white and hidden from view:
Then all you need to do is export to PDF:
- Go to File->Export->Export to PDF
- Click on Ignore Errors
- Click Save
That’s it. Catalog number are gone.
If you want to get them back, just run the same process above, but run show_catalog_numbers.py.
And here are the scripts: Scribus Scripts
The 2013 supplement needed some work. Two things were changed:
- Dates of Issue were added to each stamp description
- A whole lot of definitive microprint varieties were added that I totally missed when I did this supplement.
Here’s a screenshot of how things look now:
And here is the 7-zip file with everything you need to print and edit pages: Ukraine 2013
I had said in a previous post that I was going to be adding MICHEL catalog numbers to older stamp pages. Well, I decided, if I am going to redo it., I’m going to redo it right. So, the new pages have Catalog numbers AND date of issue on them. The difference between the new old pages aren’t that great, so you should be able to just use new pages going forward without having to remount everything, unless you want the extra information.
A typical stamp with title, date, catalog number and description will look like this:
A completed page looks like this;
The stamps are also on the pages in release order, to the best of my ability.
So, far I have completed 1992-1997. I was going to try and get all of the 20th century done before I released them, but with the holidays coming up, my time is going to be limited. So, I figured it’s better to release what I have. So, here goes:
Ukraine 1992: Ukraine 1992
Ukraine 1993: Ukraine 1993
Ukraine 1994: Ukraine 1994
Ukraine 1995: Ukraine 1995
Ukraine 1996: Ukraine 1996
Ukraine 1997: Ukraine 1997
I learned last week that the 2013 Ukrainian Stamp Album was missing stamps. The Pectoral Miniature Sheet was available as an imperf sheet for the XIV National Philatelic Exhibition in Kyiv, Ukraine. So, I decided to re-release the supplement with an additional page.
While I was at it, I added the MICHEL catalog numbers to the pages. Having access to real catalog numbers on pages is a huge win for me. And if you’re wondering why I chose MICHEL, here’s why:
- UKRPOSHTA used to use MICHEL numbers on their site before they came up with their own numbering system.
- Almost every Russian stamp I see listed has a Scott number listed with a MICHEL number, so there is a good bet that MICHEL numbers are used for Eastern European stamps.
- MICHEL, unlike Scott Publishing, granted me a license to use their catalog numbers.
I’m also making ONE file available with everything in it. And it’s a .7z archive. You will need to use 7-zip to open the file and decompress it.
Why did I choose 7-zip? When I made the ZIP file, it was 78 MB. The 7z file was only 47 MB. That’s a pretty big difference in size! Plus, 7-zip is completely free.
To learn more about 7-zip, click on the link in the top menu labeled “About 7-Zip.”
And here’s a screenshot of the page with the MICHEL catalog numbers:
And here’s the .7z file with US-Letter PDF, A4 PDF and Scribus files: Ukraine 2013
OK, I’m going to be making some changes to the Tryzub Ukrainian Stamp Album:
- There will ONE download per stamp album year. It will be a zip file containing the US Letter PDF, A4 PDF, inksaver PDFs (no stamp images), and the scribus source and images for that year.
- Stamp pages will now contain MICHEL catalog numbers on them. I have been granted a license to use these numbers by the publisher.
- Each supplement will include the required MICHEL disclaimer on a seperate page. I recommend you print ONE copy of this and place it in the front of your album somewhere to remind you (and let anyone else know) what numbering system is being used on the pages.
I am slowly going to work my way back and add MICHEL numbers to the older supplements, but it is not going to be quick, or easy. But everything going forward as of today will have MICHEL numbers in it.