I posted a link to this Blog on Facebook yesterday. I was asked what my album pages actually looks like.
The first scan is from Volume 1 of my Irish Stamp Collection. I started to specialise in Irish Stamps in October 1970, so this album page was probably written up in late 1970 or early 1971.
I use a single page for each issue. Sets with a lot of stamps or a miniature sheet require more than one page. The writing is always in black. The writing is small…too small really. I guess that when I was teenager, I did not realise that eyesight deteriorates. Even though I still dont wear glasses, I dont think that I could be this precise.
The first couple of lines are about the date of issue, designer and printer. The perforation and watermark details are always shown. There is text describing the subject…in this case Thomas Clarke, an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. The stamp issued in 1958 commemorates the centenary of his birth.
I obviously did not have the mint stamps, when I wrote up this page. I did not use stamp mounts until the early 1980s. The Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers are always included. At the time, I thought SG numbers were somehow relevant.
I bought the cover for just 30p at a Stamp Fair. It is not a First Day Cover. I like its authenticity…a genuine piece of post which travelled from Dublin to Belfast.
The second scan is from Volume 8 and features the stamp, commemorating Irish Immigration to the United States of America. The USA issued a similar stamp, which I also have. The format is basically the same.