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My primary interest is Masonic stamps and stamps that feature notable Freemasons and their accomplishments.

So far I have identified over 180 Masonic stamps that either purposefully honour Freemasonry or inadvertently feature a Masonic item.

Canada has yet to produce a "pure Masonic stamp" but it has produced this stamp for the Shriners (all shriners are Freemasons). Do you have any Masonic stamps that you can add to this thread?

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Here are few more:
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Some freemason stamps were produced in booklets in New Zealand a few years ago.

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Another more recent booklet of 50c stamps featuring masonic activities in New Zealand.

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These are the other different stamps in the booklet.

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St Kitts issued a set of 4 Mason stamps, think it was 1985 or thereabouts - here are some imperf between pairs from this set:-


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Some like these are for sale here:-

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Redcoat,

Something tells me the maple leaf comes from Canada

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General Lucius Fairchild, Grand Army of the Republic, became Masonic Grand Master of Kansas.
Remembered on this cover posted in 1961.

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Redcoat,

This fellow fought the redcoats (and won), but he was also a mason.
George Washington

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President William McKinley & Vice President Thedore Roosevelt were both members of masonic lodges.
A 1938 cover commemorates the event.

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A USA Benjamin Franklin ½c stamp of 1955 (wet print, or 1958 dry print) which has been overprinted with the masonic symbol.


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Would this have been an authorised overprint ?

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Scrooge McDuck as the Master of the Lodge

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Stampmogal, you are the maple leaf is from Canada.


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Stampmogul

I don't know the answer to you overprint question but it may have been the same person who overprinted this strip in my collection.

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Here a few more Masonic stamps, these are some of the stamps from Brazil.
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Hi There,

This is my first post after my initial compulsory post and to be honest I'm struggling how to navigate the stampboards forum.

I still haven't worked out to reply to all the kind welcoming posts i received, either.

Anyway enough about my problems.

I noticed a couple of masonic posts made reference to the 2011 India stamps of which I've got a block of 4 and a first day cover which arrived this week, what I didn't know was that there were other Indian masonic stamps as someone mentioned, so I'd appreciate any help with identifying them.

I've also got a few other masonic blocks of 4 and was wondering why they came in 4s rather than being sold as individual stamps? I only bought them because i looked the like of 4 rather than one and they seemed better value for money, ie not 4 times the cost of the individual stamp.

I've got many more questions but think that these two will do for now until I get the hang of posts and replying etc.

Cheers...

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I can tell you that the Indian Masonic stamp was also available in full sheets.

As for other Indian stamps I have the following freemasons so far on list (Scott #s). Feel free to checkout my Masonic Stamp Newsletter at: http://bytown.ottawamasons.ca//Stamp.html


Dunant Henri 291 A120 1957
Jeejeebhoy Sir Jamshedjee 324 A131 1959
Nehru Pandit Motilal 340 A146 1961
Tagore Rabindranath 341 A147 1961
Vivekananda Swami (Narendranath Dutta) 370 A170 1962
Dunant Henri 372 A172 1963
Naoroji Dadabhoy 376 A174 1963
Besant Annie 377 A175 1963
Radhakrishnan Sarvepalli 454 A236 1967
Gorky Maxim 465 A247 1968
Beethoven Ludwig van 529 A305 1970
Tagore Rabindranath 549 A324 1971
Symbolism Plumbline 552 A327 1972
Ranjitsinhji Kumar Shri 591 A361 1973
Ahmed Fakhruddin Ali 752 A464 1977
Chand Dhyand 822 A568 1980
Mountbatten Earl of Burma 872 A558 1980
Stephan Heinrich von 902 A578 1981
Roosevelt Franklin D. 1008 A626 1983
Bolivar Simon 1021 A637 1983
Tagore Rabindranath 1157 A738 1987
Devi Arundale Mrs. Rukmini 1196 A767 1987
Kher Dr. Balasaheb Gangdadhar 1269 A639 1983
Ataturk Mustafa Kemal 1288 A839 1989
Radhakrishnan Sarvepalli 1289 A840 1989
Mozart Wolfgang A 1391 A915 1991
Naoroji Dadabhoy 1453 A957 1993
Vivekananda Swami (Narendranath Dutta) 1454 A958 1993
Tata J.R.D. 1499 A995 1994
Mehta Sir Pherozeshah 1575 A1053 1996
Marti Jose 1596 A1073 1997

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In 1942, Serbia under Nazi Germany occupation issued a set of 4 stamps to publicize the Anti-Masonic exhibition held in Belgrade. The stamps designs are anti-Communist and anti-Semites.

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Thank you Redcoat,

I've now read a couple of your Ottawa newsletters and they make for good reading. The WWI piece was particularly poignant.

It also looks like that I've got a few more Indian masonic stamps to collect, so thanks again for your help.

I wonder if it's easier to list the countries who have issued masonic themed stamps or those that haven't?

In reply to Eli,

I purchased these four 1941 anti-masonic stamps last weekend and am currently awaiting their delivery from Belgrade.

As far as I can tell, the 1+1, 4+4 and 050+050 stamps are both anti masonic and anti semitic and the 2+2 stamp is anti communist, only.

I do find it odd that my chosen topic of stamp theme is not related to either World Wars and yet my first two replies on Stampboards reference both of them. Fascinating and thanks again for your comments....

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Gulliver,

Check out my article on the Serbian Stamps in the March 2013 issue of the Watermark.

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The 4+4 stamp shows a Serbian ruins two pillars with the letters "J" on one of them and "B" on the second. If I am not wrong, the J stands for Jude (Jew) and the B stands for Bolshevik. But I can be wrong.

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Not a masonic stamp per se, but it *IS* masonic, and is philatelic in nature, albeit fiscal. A wonderful bicolor document with an embossed cancel/seal that is absolutely hammered.

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Closeup of revenue stamp and embossed seal:

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Text from the back of the document:

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That is a really need item. Thanks for the great photos.

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Eli,

The J & B refer to Jachin and Boaz

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Redcoat wrote:Eli,

The J & B refer to Jachin and Boaz
Redcoat,

Thanks for the correction. Interesting that the Nazis used element from the Temple of Jerusalem (and from Synagogues). How can I see your article about the Serbian stamps? is it online or is it an article to members of some philatelic association?

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Eli you can read the article in the March 2013 issue of the Watermark at
http://bytown.ottawamasons.ca//Stamp.html

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Redcoat,

Thanks for the links. I just read the article about the Serbian stamps and learn a lot from it. Thanks for a well written article.

I didn't know there are many Masonic stamps in the world and after reading the article I searched for Israeli Masonic stamps but didn't find. All I found are three postmarks issued by Israeli post:

1993 - 40th anniversary of the Grand Lodge:

http://62.90.138.233/blogim/poststamps/images/%7b3C887B2D-2BED-4339-B598-BA20C74C6EC3%7d.jpg

1994 - Supreme Grand Royal arch chapter of the State of Israel:

http://62.90.138.233/blogim/poststamps/images/%7bB30F92B4-E6A4-4944-B9BD-4E50AA6AB434%7d.jpg

The third is a postmark from 2013, but I see that it appears in October 2013 issue of Watermark.

Thanks again for the article.
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Redcoat,

Great Serbian WW2 articles, thganks.
It will take me a while to read through the other Watermark newsletters, but they're all good stuff.

Eli,

I read somewhere that there was only around 180 masonic stamps worldwide but this doesn't seem that many to me.

Is there a definitive list of stamps showing masonic symbolism and/or famous freemasons?

I've noticed a 85 page 1964 booklet listing stamps with prominent masons for sale on EBay. Item id: 161167636969

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It depends on your definition of pure Masonic stamps, because my list is 232.

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Redcoat,

That's a very good point, how do you define a stamp as being masonic?
I would imagine that they could be listed as follows, and please remember that I've been stamp collecting for all of two months now, so am by no means an expert:

1.Stamps with masonic wording and symbolism,
2.Stamps showing famous freemasons with masonic symbolism,
3.Stamps showing famous freemasons without masonic symbolism,


What do you think and have you collected all of your 222?

Would you mind sharing your list as mine is only upto around 80 and I only have half of these?

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Redcoat wrote:Eli you can read the article in the March 2013 issue of the Watermark at
http://bytown.ottawamasons.ca//Stamp.html
There are no 2014 releases?
This is the best reference I have found for newly released stamps

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Bulgaria released a new pure Masonic stamp on April 15th 2014.

You should subscribe to the "Philatelic Freemason". The editor Robert Dominigue has been publishing the bi-monthly newsletter for years.

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The new Bulgarian stamp can be seen on Ebay or Delcamp

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This is an open appeal to all.

I'm trying to get my hands on a definative list of masonic related stamps.

I think that I purchased the 2014 Bulgarian sheet today from eBay but would like to tick it off a list, if one existed.

Any help or advice would br greatly appreciated.

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Guliver, seeing as you are in England, you might want to consider joining the "Masonic Philatelic Club".

Their web site is at http://www.masonicphilatelicclub.org.uk

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Redcoat,

It's on my "to do list" to become a member of the masonic philatelic club and thanks for the link.

I now realise that asking other stamp collectors to share there collection lists isn't the done thing. Apologies.

Does any of you watermark publications refer to the King George VI 1946 stamp, which could be considered the only English masonic stamp?

I ask as I have read conflicting versions of what the stamp symbolises and it is the stamp that got me started collecting.

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Guliver,

I would be happy to share my list with you. The issue is what are you collecting. If you include men who have been Freemasons then my list jumps from a little over 200 to over 10,000.

Mind you many of those stamps regard the same individual e.g. George Washington, Simon Bolivar, etc.

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Trying to classify what a Masonic stamp is can be a bit of a challenge. Many use the following "class system" as defined by the noted Canadian Masonic stamp author of "Postage Stamps and Freemasonry",Christopher Leo Murphy.

Masonic stamps can be divided into five (5) classifications:

Class 1 – Official Masonic Stamps
Class 2 – Depiction of Freemasons
Class 3 – Monuments to men who were Freemasons
Class 4 – Events that commemorate an event involving a Freemason
Class 5 – Stamps that were designed by a Freemason
Class 6 – Stamps that show Masonic symbols

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I hope nobody minds me showing these here as these are Just covers with Masonic links they came with some other bits I bought.

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I thought the Bahamas one was pretty nice

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So where would a collector of Masonic stamps fit these sorts of things into their collection. Or would these sorts of ancillary items not appeal to the purist in their order of classification.

I have these included under my Hawaii covers.

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Lundy, I have bad news for you. The Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics was not a Masonic organization. Like many other unions, they organized themselves as lodge but in no way Masonic.

The second one is a Communist organization which was sent to likely another communist party group (Red Chess)that was likely renting space in the Masonic Building.

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Patg

The answer to your question is that Cover collections can follow the same six classifications as stamps. In fact many collectors only collect covers. Some specialize in just postmarks, others First Day Covers and other Cachets, Maxi / Post cards or Masonic stationary or letters addressed to something Masonic.

To each their as the saying goes. The problem with collecting covers the amount of space they take up, coupled with the fact that there are so many cachets vets actual official postal first day covers.

In short there is no "official" way to collect or classify. The Murphy classification simply provides an organized system that clear defines what a stamp may be. In fact often a stamp can be in several classes at a time.

The new challenge to collecting is the sudden flooding of the market expensive and copious quantities of junk such as personalized stamps (Zazzle) or self designed Maxi Cards etc. This opens a new debate on whether this kind of junk should even be considered.

That is a topic for another time.

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I'm not interested in the zazzle type stamps but that's not to say that someone else can be and i did notice a load of Brazilian stamps for sale on eBay last week which actually were poor copies of the Brazilian 2004 traditions block of 4 stamps.

Nice covers Patg, I like them also.

I started collecting masonically themed stamps very recently and then bought a couple first day covers which matched the stamps that I'd acquired.
I've now bought some American astronaut masonic covers too, one of which is of Buzz Aldrin from 1969. He's a hero of mine so why not...

Redcoat,

Thanks for offering to share your masonic stamp list, I'd love to take a look at it. I've started my own little data base but its early days yet.
Christopher Leo Murphy's list of the 6 classes of masonic stamps has really got me thinking and thanks for sharing it as I'd never heard of it before.

My first stamp was the King George VI 1946 victory stamp and although it is clearly masonic in symbolism, it was not wholly designed by a Freemason. There is also a point of view that the symbols are detailed to show the rebuilding of Great Britain after WWII and are not masonic. By my recogning though, this stamp can be categorised as a class 2, 4, 5 and 6.

In answer to your question as to what I'm collecting, I started out with the victory stamp in a block of 6, 4 stamp blocks of 4 stamps from St Kitts 1985, a couple of Brazilian stamps with one from 1977, a 4 block of 2011 from the Grand Lodge of India, 4 stamp blocks of 4 stamps 1941 anti masonic Serbia, a few from Chile, one from France, Luxembourg and Uruguay and a set of 1950 King George VI stamps from Sarawak.

So basically, I think I'm collecting class 6 stamps, mostly.

Thanks for all your help and for sharing your knowledge.

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Redcoat wrote:Patg

To each their as the saying goes. The problem with collecting covers the amount of space they take up..................
Redcoat:
Most heartily agree with the old saying "to each their.........." :wink: As to covers, I believe that is why shoe-boxes were created (For myself, I am trying to evolve in that area :shock: ).

But seriously; I just wanted an excuse to show my covers. :lol:

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Well now this is great.

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Welcome Colin, its great to have you aboard! Hopefully with your input we can learn about South African Freemason on stamps.

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Redcoat wrote:Lundy, I have bad news for you. The Independent United Order of Scottish Mechanics was not a Masonic organization. Like many other unions, they organized themselves as lodge but in no way Masonic.

The second one is a Communist organization which was sent to likely another communist party group (Red Chess)that was likely renting space in the Masonic Building.
Apologies Redcoat,

And thanks for putting me straight

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Lundy,

There is no need for apologies. This is how we all learn :D

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I've attached a URL of an image i took this afternoon which
I hope you can access. It's of a Uruguayan Masonic stamp which arrived in the post today.

My open question to all is that this stamp doesn't appear to have any gum and is not self adhesive, so I'm wondering is this usual for a stamp of this type or is it a fake?

Not knowing how to spot a fake stamp, I could do with a bit of advice, please.

Also, does anyone know how to upload the actual images from photobucket, as I haven't managed it yet?

https://ci4.googleusercontent.com/proxy/hcn2oiTMuTIzAs3wkPYw ... a02959.jpg

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Re: Masonic Stamps

Post by Redcoat »

Guliver,

Your mini sheet is legitimate. I have three and the glue is very light.

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