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I'll use this page to keep track of progress in rewriting the web site. At the time of writing (April 2016), I am just about to finish bringing the Newsletter Index up-to-date and so will aim to include landmarks after that. The Newsletter reference standard is v8n3p17 = volume 8 number 3 page 17.
Events prior to April 2016, will be noted retrospectively.
I never know whether to build blogs with the latest entry at the top (so you can see what has happened recently) or at the bottom (so that you can experience the "narrative arc"). This one is the latter and when I archive it and start another page, I'll do it the other way.
The most important item on this page is the tracking of progress on the detail pages, so I'll move that to the top
|Country categories and checklist
Δ - 64 Kosovo awaiting recent catalogue access
to clarify what those columns mean,
|2000||Just trawling through the early Journals, I found these.||v8n3p17 & v8n4p7|
|2003||The first description of the FICC web site.||v11n1p9|
|2010||v18n2p1 & v18n3p1|
||v20n3p3, v20n4p1 & v20n4p2|
|26th Feb 2016||While rewriting the web site I asked for permission to show an image of Luxembourg's first stamp booklet from another site and the owner (Paul Ramsay) turned out to be the editor of the GBPS newsletter who asked for an article on first issues.
I pinched most of the piece (and all the images) from the 2006 exhibition, in an effort to keep to FICC orthodoxy.
|9th Feb 2016||I wrote to the officers of the club with a summary my suggestions:
|Mar 2016||Towards the end of March the detail pages for page 2 of the catalogue were completed. Rather than continue working on the additions chronologically, it is now intended to progress by category, starting with Europe.|
|6th April 2016||The index is now up to date with Newsletter v24n1, the first of 2016. This will allow me to use past Newsletter articles when writing the detail pages.|
|8th Apr 2016||The first European country to be done was San Marino and that provided an excellent example of catalogue differences and catalogue excess, with Scott, for once listing too many stamps (24 plus variants) in the first set while Gibbons, Michel and Y&T are beter organised. Google url shortener - https://goo.gl/ e.g. http://goo.gl/LU6ijq|
|11th Apr 2016||The Newsletter CD Archive comes as a single file containing the first 12 volumes (1990-2004), followed by some single whole year volumes and the most recent as single issues. I have created a second volume covering 2005 onwards that makes searches much easier.|
|17th Apr 2016||There's a long way to go before we get to the last page of the catalogue, but three Wikipedia pages that might prove useful there, and also along the way, are:|
|26th Apr 2016||An update from Dead Stamps introduced me to Stamp World History, an informative and attractive site which in turn has suggested some useful resources, notably the Statesman’s Year-Book Historical Companion, now on order.
I have also looked at WayBackMachine and found backups of the site to 2002.
|9th May 16||v24n2p1|
|17th May 16||Little progress on the Europe detail pages recently as I have been working on the plans for dealing with Journal Overflow onto the web, of which more later when the Committee has come to a decision.
[18th May] All in favour, so the exhibits option is enabled on the header menu.
|20th May 16||I have sent off my quarterly progress report to Tim for the next Journal. For my next report, I am thinking of leading with the WayBackMachine especially as I have learned that you can access some of the old Bulletin Board posts through it. I have also nominated the FICC site for the British Library's archive and it is now awaiting upload.
Having taken a break for the exhibits section, I am now wading through 1920s Europe again, currently TFR.
I might move this blog to (or mirror it on) blogspot where, I now notice, I already have a blog called First Issues, untouched since Feb 2014.
|31st May 16||I was nearing the end of Europe (1960s) when I realised that I had missed 1874 Montenegro, 1922 Ireland and some others. I have therefore paused to categorise all of the FICC catalogue so that (fingers crossed) I do not have to renumber Europe again. This has thrown up some difficulties I will have to address:
|5th June 16||With Europe nearing completion, it is time for a checklist of category tasks.
For Europe, the following detail pages are currently outstanding:
26Jun16 That's Europe about done except for new catalogue additions and changes to Georgia. Now on to the easy wins on country categories and then Africa.
|6th June 2016||Aide memoire, items to include in the next Journal piece (due ? - the submission deadlines are circa 15th Feb, 15th May, 15th Aug and 15th Nov)
Item 5 - it's here.
|10th June 2016||Having found the WayBackMachine backups and that they contain some of the Forum entries, here's one of the most useful, Tim Balm's September 2003 update on (then) recent first issues. I have asked Tim whether he can update it to the current day.
Here is some info on newer "first issues" -- post 1990...
23Apr2001 - England Regional (listed under Gr Brit in Scott, just before Northern Ireland regionals) set range = Sc#1-5, perf = 15x14, wmk = ??, desc = 2nd, 1st, E, 65p 68p denominations.
As for your notes 66.1 (Aruba) and 66.2 (Macedonia), The Aruba set you describe is Sc#18-21 issued 01Jan86. The first set for Scott goes from 1-17 and was released over 4 issue dates from 01Jan86 to 17July87. As for Macedonia, Scott lists #RA1 issued on 30Dec91, RA2-RA9 issued on 01Mar92, RA10-RA13 issued on 08May92, and RA14-17 issued on 01June92 -- all preceding the Sc#1 stamp issued on 08Sep92. Hope this helps on your web site. Don't hesitate to ask me questions of this nature that I might be able to help with. Sometimes knowing the answers feels good.
update from Tim June 2016,
|19th Jun 2016||The end of Europe is nigh: not the UK Brexit referendum next Thursday, but the completion of the Europe category. Except:
|21 Jun 2016||I had a good idea today. When writing the Africa (since Independence) pages, add a column to the table to show Previously. This will ensure that there is backward continuity and that the necessary previous pages are built as part of the process.|
|26 Jun 2016||Easy country categories and checklist
† Peru locals to be done, Argentina provinces, Colombian states.
to clarify what those columns mean,
|27 Jun 2016||Consider splitting p.8 of the catalogue at 1990 or 2000. Done 27Jun.|
|27 Jul 2016||Asia has taken longer than expected and that does not bode well for Africa after Independence. No matter, still the Asia polishing to do and then the Middle East.|
|5th Aug 2016||Aide memoire, items to include in the next Journal piece 15th Nov
The dates are: circa 15th Feb, 15th May, 15th Aug and 15th Nov).
The August submission was sent yesterday and the following are leftovers:
|22nd Aug 2016||There's been a flurry of activity in the flags and so I thought I would rerun the valuations.
The Alexa rating is above 30M, so WorthofWeb allowed a recalculation, though it fell from $58 to $54. Sitesworth is creeping up.
|24th Aug 2016||Nearing the end of the Middle East conveniently just before a trip to Scotland to visit some steam rail conservation lines. I will take one or more volumes of Africa Since Independence to make a start on that.|
|9th Sep 2016||Just bought six 2006 Michel catalogues on ebay for £7 ($9.66) each.|
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