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My name is Alan Barasch. I have been collecting the stamps of the Falkland Islands since about 1969 and exhibiting them since 1977. I am a life member of the American Philatelic Society, member of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors, St. Helena, Tristan and Ascension Study Group, a life member of the Society of Israel Philatelists, American Topical Association, Royal Philatelic Society, London, and a number of local clubs. In my spare time, I write the websites for all the local stamp shows and clubs.

How I Started Collecting Falkland Islands

I was a freshman in college (U of Tennessee, Knoxville) and I was telling a friend about my collection. At the time it was a total of 5 volumes; including Israel, a scattering of recent US, and some foreign. Falklands
This “friend” looks at it in disgust and said, real collectors specialize in something, they do not try to collect the world. I pulled my catalog off the shelf and opened it at random. It fell open to Falkland Islands. Over 30 years later I am still at it.

In 2012, I am redefining the exhibit even further. The new exhibit is should expand from one-frame of one penny stamps to 5 frames covering the entire QV period.

I have accumulated enough material to fill 6 frames but would rather tell a tight story. Showing 8 different postion pieces of a cheap item is not productive.

The Exhibit covers the years 1878 to 1902 or more appropriately, the issues of the Queen Victoria era.

The Scott's catalog numbers these issues 1 through 21 with several varieties. Stanley Gibbon's numbers them from 1 to 42 with considerably more varieties.

The Heijtz catalog, which I think is one of the most comprehensive, list numbers to 15 but goes into excruciating detail of the varieties in each value. There being about 18 color variations, these 2 kinds of bisects and constant varieties.

Watch WSP shows for this exhibit.


Detail from sheet showing ‘neck blemish’ constant error FI 1891 Bisect pairs

My friends think I am trying to corner the market on 1891 Bisect covers

In addition to Falkland Islands, I collect:
  • Nyassa
  • Offices in Palestine
  • Corfu
  • British Empire ‘War Tax’ and Postage Dues
  • DNA & Genealogy on Stamps
  • Computers on Stamps
  • Calligraphy on Stamps
  • Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, & Prince Edward Island
  • Buddha on Stamps
  • The descendants of Queen Victoria on Stamps
    • Here is a PDF of the presentation that I gave at Gladstone Philatelic Club in October 2015. It is over 8 megabytes.
  • ‘Dead’ Countries
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2 shilling 6d Proof

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