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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.

A_Flag_for_All_Seasons_A4

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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:

usa_2013-fixed-page020

With stamps on it:

A Flag For All Seasons Vuescan

And the PDF:

A_Flag_For_All_Seasons

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:

usa_2002-page005

 

Greetings from America Page:

usa_2002-page007

 

And now the files:

US Letter PDF: usa_2002-no_scott

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

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How to make stamp pages for yourself that have catalog numbers, but remove them so you can give them to others.

So, I have recently begun work on an album of 21st Century US Stamps.  One of the things that’s insanely useful about properly laid out album pages, is the use of catalog numbers to you identify what you have and what you need.  You can design your own album pages and use catalog numbers, but distributing them to others can be a bit tricky.

From my personal experience, Scott will not give you a license to distribute their catalog numbers in album pages you make for others.  So what’s a guy to do?  USE STYLES!

Styles are a feature in Scribus that lets you set a certain font, size, color. spacing, justification, etc. and then apply those same settings to a text box.  You can then set the same style to multiple text boxes.  When you change the style, ALL the text boxes assigned to that style change also.

Here’s an example of a stamp with Scott catalog numbers on the bottom:

stamp block

 

And here is a part of a page with 3 different Scott numbers:

multiple-stamps

 

So, as you can see, you could not give this page to other people.  But, luckily I took the trouble to learn about Scribus style sheets and all the catalog numbers have the same style.

So, go to the menu up top and click on Edit and choose Styles:

menu

 

You will then see a list of styles:

style

 

Choose the style for your Catalog numbers and click on Edit:

color-change

 

Click on the Character style tab.  Go down to Colors and click on the arrow.  Choose White off the list.  Click on Apply and then choose Done.

Once that’s done, close the Style window and you’ll see all the catalog numbers are gone:

no-numbers

 

Now all you need to do is make a PDF file for people.  Go to the File menu, choose Export and then choose PDF:

pdfmenu

 

The PDF preflight checker will come up.  Just choose to Ignore errors:

pdferror

 

The next dialog will prompt you to save the PDF file.

pdfsave

 

Click on Save and you’ll have a PDF without Catalog numbers!

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The Community 2001 Stamp Album Scanned Pages

I scanned in all the pages with stamps on them.

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The Community 2001 US Stamp Album Supplement errata…

So, once again I went and posted a supplement without my wife proof reading it.  And again there were mistakes.  So, here’s version 1.0.1 to fix some typos.  Details are included on page 3 of the supplement.

I am also finally releasing the Scribus files, so you can edit the pages yourself.

The pages use the open source typeface Adobe Sans Source Pro.  If you want to edit the files, you MUST download and install the font from here:  http://sourceforge.net/projects/sourcesans.adobe/

And now the files:

PDF File: usa_2001

ZIP File containing Scribus file and images, that you can edit yourself: usa_2001

Enjoy!