2019 was another very good year for our family and our business – if we don’t count my fall in late November. Business has been exceptionally good – 2019 was another all time best year. Our youngest daughter got married this summer and has revived our hopes for grandchildren. All in all it is hard to complain!
The gremlins have been nibbling away at our web site and some of our customers are having problems getting all of their order in. Jill is working on a
major revision to our software which we hope will slay most of the gremlins (Some always survive). If you have any problems placing your order online give us a call and we will work it out.
This month we have updated our German area price list Part C which includes Memel through Poland. Next month we are updating our Soviet Zone price list which has not been updated in five years, In the process we are scanning a lot of images for this area for our web site.
NEW ISSUE SERVICE
We are just now mailing all of the 2019 new issues. 2019 was a record year for new issues for both Austria and Germany, Both countries issued complete series of regular issues to cover every price category for their postal services. These issues included many high denomination issues and pushed the face value of their year sets to all time highs.
If you would like to start a new issue service, we can supply anything that the posts of Germany, Austria or Luxembourg issue. We tailor our new issue mailings to the needs of each customer. Most customers collect all of the issues listed by Scott catalogs as major catalog numbers as these will be the stamps that spaces are provided for in American made albums. Some of our customers use European albums and we can tailor our mailings to include issues that will appear in these albums too.
If you want to sign up for new issues, all you have to do is let us know which issues you want and we will send on approval via quarterly shipments. (We can also wait until of the end of each issuing year and send you new issues in one big batch. The yearly shipments have become very popular as you can put the stamps on anyone’s album pages for at least several months into the next year). No deposit is required. (We prefer though that you give us a MC/Visa/American Express account number and then we charge the issues as we ship them – it really simplifies our book keeping.)
Dr Ferchenbauer’s Austria Handbook
We continue to maintain a small stock of the 2008 Ferchenbauer edition which is in 4 hardbound volumes and weighs 18 pounds. (That’s 3 times the weight of the 2000 edition.) There are about 2800 pages total – each page in color with images that are so true in quality that they can be reliably used by collectors to verify their own varieties. Essentially the catalogs list and describe all philatelic items created from 1850 through 1918 – stamps, covers and postal stationery. Prices are given for all items.
We are the sole US distributor for this handbook/catalog set. Again – we have a small supply of these catalogs on hand. The price of the set of 4 catalogs – delivered – is $370.00.
Due to the high shipping weight, we offer these catalogs to US customers only.
Our Price Lists
Over the years our customer orders have shifted from coming from our price lists to ordering directly from our web site. Nevertheless we continue to mail at least one price list every month. The printed price lists do contain many more items than are listed on our web site – especially singles form sets. We try to send you only those price lists that you want. Following are all of the price lists we publish. If there are any that we publish which you don’t receive but want, just let us know which additional lists you want.
➣Austria and related areas
➣Austria covers, cards and ganzsachen
➣German WWI and WWII occupations
➣German Private Posts
➣German Offices and Colonies
➣German area covers and cards
➣Soviet Zone and Post War Locals
➣German Private Post
Keep in mind that we review our mailing lists often and try to limit our mailings to active collectors. If you have not made a purchase during the past year, your name may be deleted from our mailings. If you haven’t ordered anything in a long time but you still want our lists please let us know.