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Introducing the Community US Stamp Album 2006 Supplement

Changes Going Forward

This took longer than I wanted it to, but it’s finally done. This supplement has some changes in it, but this is the “final form” of the Community US Stamp album. All future supplements will use this layout. All previous supplements will be retrofitted and re-released when I find time.

First, I am no longer breaking up stamps into commemorative, definite, special and airmail stamps. Everything just goes in release order for the year.

Second, each stamp box has a smaller 20% gray box in it. This SHOULD BE the size of the mount. It’s there to help you center the stamp mount. 20% grey is light enough that it’s not noticeable if it sticks out from under the mount.

Third, for stamps with multiple Scott major numbers for the same design, the text explaining what’s different about each stamp will be above the stamp image and below the date.

I take all release dates from the US Postal Bulletin. If the Scott Catalog and the US Postal Bulletin are in conflict, I will always go for the US Postal Bulletin.

A Specific Note About This Supplement

2006 saw the release of the Wonders of America 40 stamp se-tenant sheet. One of my cardinal rules is to NEVER break up se-tenants. So, the page for this stamp has a 300 DPI image of the sheet, along with the name, date and description. The bottom of the page has a PDF form box that lets you type in the location of where the sheet is stored. For example, for my sheet, I typed in Full Sheet Album, Page 8.

Scott Numbers

Nothing has changed regarding Scott Numbers. I don’t have a license from Amos to use them, because they won’t grant me one. The entire supplement has Scott numbers in it, but before I release them, I make the Scott numbers white and then generate the PDF. If you want to use Scott numbers, you’ll need to learn a little Scribus and undo what I did.

And finally, here is a screenshot of the first page:

As usual, all files are on my Google Drive, which you can find here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973?usp=sharing

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A Note About The Community US Stamp Album Font

The Community US Stamp Album uses an open source font from Adobe called Source Sans Pro. Adobe renamed this font to Source Sans 3.

According to Adobe, this is a “breaking change,” meaning, if you have any documents that use Source Sans Pro, they will not automatically switch to Source Sans 3. You’ll get an error that the font is missing. If you’re using style sheets in your apps, you’ll just need to update the style sheets and your document will be fixed.

The change only really affects anyone who’s editing my Scribus files. I’m working on the 2006 supplement now, and needed to make the switch from Source Sans Pro to Source Sans 3.

The two fonts look IDENTICAL, since this is just a name change on Adobe’s part. Here’s hoping when version 4 of the font comes out, they don’t rename it to Source Sans 4.

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Introducing the Community US Stamp Album 2005 Supplement

Slowly trudging away on these supplements. Finished 2005 today. I spent way more time than I should have on this today. God bless my wife for putting up with me.

Here is a sample page:

As usual, I had to remove the Scott numbers, since Amos won’t license them to me. But there’s a way to get them back, if you poke around the Scribus file.

The 7zip file containing everything you need is on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973?usp=sharing

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Community US Stamp Album 2004 Supplement Released!

Well, it took some time to straighten out all the definitive varieties, but it’s finally done! The 2004 supplement is up on my Google Drive.

Here’s a screen shot:

As usual, files are on my Google Drive:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973

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Community 2003 US Stamp Album “Errata”

Learned there is one small problem with the pages I just released. The copy I released has the Scott numbers hidden. Well, when you do that, then that leaves people REALLY confused when they look at 4 definitives that look exactly the same with no explanation of what each stamp is. So I did this:

I replaced the original file with this one. Same link downloads the new version.

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The Community US Stamp Album 2003 Supplement

Well, it’s been a VERY long time since I posted any new supplements in the Community Stamp Album. There have been some minor style changes. I will re-doing 2001 and 2002 to match the style of 2003. But I want to get 2004 out the door before I do that.

Most of them are minor:

  1. The spacing of the Name, Date of Issue, Stamp Box, Catalog Number and Description are tighter now.
  2. The top of every page now says the year and the stamp type: commemorative, definitive, semi-postal, airmail, etc.

Other than that, the page border, fonts, stamp border and everything else is the same.

Here is a screenshot of what the pages look like:

I know. I know. You’re looking at the page and saying, “But you said catalog numbers? Where are the catalog numbers?”

Well, I’m not legally allowed to use Scott catalog numbers, and they won’t license them to me. So I have them hidden. If you feel like hacking the Scribus file to turn the catalog numbers back on and then exporting your own PDF, I won’t stop you.

This supplement was a huge PITA to create. I had to use multiple sources to make sure I got every variety of definitive stamps that Scott assigned a major catalog number to. And once I had it done, I found out I missed a bunch. And then I found the USPS released a semi-postal stamp in 2003, so back for another revision.

Then, I had to wait for all the stamp mounts I needed to come in. The mounts for the Eagle definitives slowed me down a week, as I waited for those mounts to arrive.

But now it’s finally done. Feel free to print away.

I made a new Google Drive folder for the Community US Stamp album. It can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1sz9OHKT-TfNWOnOr2bu4YZpUI38k_973?usp=sharing

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Is anyone using the Community 21st Century US Stamp Album Supplement?

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.

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A Stamp for All Seasons Page in A4

Just to make rod222 happy, here’s an A4 version of the page.

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A Flag for All Seasons Stamp Page

So, I hack them as I get them. 2013 Ukraine should be here in another week. In the mean time, I have 2013 US Stamps that need a home, so I have been working on the 2013 supplement for the Community US Stamp Album. I received a complete set of “A Flag for All Seasons” stamps, so I made a page, and at the request of a number of people on stampcommunity.org, I made a PDF and decided to make it available.

So, here it is:

Screenshot:

Blank page:

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With stamps on it:

A Flag For All Seasons Vuescan

And the PDF:

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Have fun mounting stamps!

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The Community US Stamp Album 2002 Supplement is now available.

Ok, after way too much tweaking, and a last minute forgotten stamp I finally finished the Community 2002 US Stamp Album Supplement.

Some Notable Things:

Greetings from America Stamps

As you are probably aware, the USPS released the Greetings from America sheets in 2002, in both 34 cent and 37 cent varieties.  We have a whole fifty stamp sheet se-tenant.

One of my goals when making this album was to keep se-tenants together.  So, what I did was make a page with a high res color picture of the whole sheet along with the title, date of issue and description.  On the bottom of the page is a fillable form where you can type in where the stamps are.

So, others did not agree with what I wanted to do with the Greetings from America stamps.  To keep everyone happy, and to reach the largest audience possible, I made pages with 50 individual boxes, along with a master title and description, so you can mount the individual stamps.  I didn’t include the pictures on these pages.  If you want to edit the file yourself and add pictures, feel free to send me back your work and I will happily edit the original and repost with your additions.iu

File Size

Yes, the file size is pretty darn big.  That’s because of the high resolution scans of the Greetings from America stamps.

Catalog Numbers

You may notice the screen shots have Scott catalog numbers.  Well, as useful as they are, I am not legally allowed to distribute pages with Scott catalog numbers.  So, I had to hide them.  Check out a previous post on my site to learn how I did this.

Screenshots:

First Page:

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Greetings from America Page:

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And now the files:

US Letter PDF: usa_2002-no_scott

ZIP file containing the editable Scribus file and images:  2002-US-Stamps