Do you collect Australian stamps with tabs?
What is a Tab
A Tab is an extra piece attached to a stamp containing text and/or graphics. Tabs may be joined to the stamp with or without perforations. If the tab is joined without perforations it is known as an integrated tab. A stamp with a tab that has a customerâs photo or image printed on the tab is known as a Personalised Stamp or P-stamp. If the tab contains a photo it is often referred to as a âphoto tabâ. Occasionally Australia Post issues tabs with a âgenericâ photo. These stamps and tabs are not P-stamps. They are usually issued in Special Event Sheets or Snapshot! Booklets.
Sources of stamps with tabs include: Souvenir Stamp Sheets (SSS)
Special Event Sheets (SES)
Prestige Booklet pages
Snapshot! Booklet pages
Personalised Stamp (P-Stamp) sheets
Here are some resources you may find useful:1. http://www.smilers-info.com
Ridgewood Stamp Sheets has a 487 page list of the above Australian sources of stamps with tabs. This is the most comprehensive list available. If you have a sheet or page not shown please send it to Graham Howard at Ridgewood and he will add it to the listing.2. http://www.asv.net.au/catalogue.htm
The ASV Catalogue lists decimal stamp variations with tabs from 1966 to 2010. The list only includes those related to a stamp issue that were released at or about the same time as the sheet stamps. Stamps with tabs that contained a new variation such as a different perforation or layout from the original issue are also included.3. http://www.asv.net.au/information/P-stampList.pdf
The ASV website has a list of all P-Stamps released from 1999 to 2010. Significant dates related to Tabs and P-Stamps are at the bottom of the list.4. http://www.asv.net.au/PstampAlbum.htm
The ASV on-line album of scarce self-adhesive P-Stamps from 2005 to 2010.
If you know of any other resources to help the Australian tab collector please reply to this post.
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