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GBla = Great Bitter Lake Association Stamps

 
 
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Posted 12/23/2017   05:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add valdpete to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
GBLA was formed by crews and passengers of 14 ships, trapped 1967-75 on the Great Bitter Lake in the middle of Suez canal. During those 8 years there were produced stamps.

For ASFE = A Stamp From Everywhere collectors it is important to know how the stamps were named. On internet can be found following names. Has anybody got any other GBLA stamps?

1. Afr. Glen, Djakbier GBLA
2. African Glen
3. African Glen GBLA
4. African Glen Yellow Fleet GBLA
5. Agalampus
6. Agalampus GBLA
7. Agalampus, Port Invercargill
8. Agapenor GBLA
9. Agapenor, Melampus
10. B. Bierut GBLA
11. Bierut
12. Bierut GBLA
13. Bol. Bierut, Djakarta
14. Boleslav Bierut Djabiporst GBLA
15. Boleslav Bierut GBLA
16. Djabiporst
17. Djabiporst Canal Maritime de Suez
18. Djabiporst GBLA
19. Djabiporst Suez Canal GBLA
20. Djabiporst Yellow Fleet GBLA
21. Djakarta
22. Djakarta GBLA
23. Djakarta Suez Canal
24. Djakbier GBLA
25. Djakbier, Muwinikies GBLA
26. Djakbier, Porstar GBLA
27. Djakbier, Portstar GBLA
28. Djakbiporst GBLA
29. GBLA
30. GBLFA
31. GBL.Y. Club
32. Great Bitter Lake
33. Great Bitter Lake Association
34. Killara GBLA
35. Killara, Nippon GBLA
36. Lednice GBLA
37. Ledmelaga GBLA
38. Ledmelaga Yelow Fleet GBLA
39. Levsky GBLA
40. Melampus GBLA
41. Melpenor GBLA
42. Muewinikies GBLA
43. Munsterland
44. Munsterland GBLA
45. Munsterland, Nordwind GBLA
46. Muwiniki
47. Muwiniki GBLA
48. Muwinikies
49. Muwinikies GBLA
50. Muwinikies Yellow Fleet GBLA
51. MWNKE GBLA
52. Neleus
53. Nippara GBLA
54. Nippon GBLA
55. Nordwind GBLA
56. Polish Oceanic Lines GBLA
57. Polskie Linie Oceanyczne GBLA
58. Port Invercargill
59. Port Invercargil Djabiporst GBLA
60. Port Invercargill GBLA
61. Portstar GBLA
62. Scotish Star GBLA
63. Scottish Star Djabiporst GBLA
64. Scottish Star GBLA
65. Sindh
66. Sindh Canal de Suez
67. Sindh Canal de Suez GBLA
68. Sindh GBLA
69. Suez
70. Suez GBLA
71. Suez Canal GBL
72. V. Levsky GBLA
73. Vasil Lewski GBLA
74. Vasil Levsky Yellow Fleet GBLA
75. Vassil Levsky GBLA
76. Yellow Fleet GBLA


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Posted 12/24/2017   6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valdpete to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The book by cpt. Hill is the best book on GBLA stamps so far. It is 80 - 90% about stamps.

If you are interested in GBLA, the right book is the one by Cath Senker. Just it is only 2% about stamps....as they were neither the principal goal nor activity of GBLA.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stranded-S...p/1999708504
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Posted 01/09/2018   06:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valdpete to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I see there are no answers to my question. Do any SCF members collect GBLA at all ? I would like to hear from you, thanks.
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Posted 01/16/2019   3:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add citizenA to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi,

I hope this is the appropriate thread to post my question.

My late father was a navy officer and a lecturer in Maritime Acadamy. He had solid contacts when it comes to obtaining maritime philatelic items. The items below are from his collection, passed onto me.

I have heard about many fake GBLA stamps, or souvenir stamps. I have in my possession 4 stamps below - all mint, the last one has gum. In your opinion, are they the real GBLA stamps? Could not find them anywhere (tried various search methods).



And I have this envelope, which has the stamps with the names of the GBLA ships and also a "Djabiporst" postal stamp not found by me anywhere (apparently commemorating the towing of ships our of the canal):





I would appreciate your opinion on those items, some more information on the items' originality.

Adam
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Posted 01/16/2019   4:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The problem with these stamps are most collectors are thinking these stamps were printed and issued after the fact, are there any contemporary news or philatelic articles about the stamps. Much like a lot of the private issued strike mail stamps I seen from Canada and Great Britain weeks after the strike is over.
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Posted 01/16/2019   5:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valdpete to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Adam,

your stamps are real GBLA items.

The towing stamp has nothing to do with ships leaving the canal.

greetings


Peter
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Posted 01/16/2019   5:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add citizenA to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi!

Thank you for your quick answers - wow! I truly appreciate it. This is definitely a forum to be.

I have read so much on the history of The Yellow Fleet and GBLA - fascinating. I thought that the blue stamp had to do something with the towing as there is a quote on it: "The biggest towing on Great Bitter Lake". Unless I misread it, or misunderstand it... It is such a pity I have not had a chance to ask my dad for more information.

I am aware of your catalogue (I understand it is not available in printed version yet) and read your posts on blogspot and stampboards - great, great work.

Greetings from Gdynia!

Adam
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Posted 01/16/2019   6:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add valdpete to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Adam,

the "biggest towing" was, as written also on the stamp, in 1972. The ships left canal in 1975....

Greetings from Bratislava,


Peter

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Posted 10/14/2019   5:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add t-rex to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Here are some GBLA stamps along with the envelope I inherited from my late father. My family comes from Gdansk - the home port of the two Polish vessels that were trapped on GBL as a result of the Six-Day War (the official home port was Gdynia - a smaller neighboring city).

T-Rex





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Posted 10/15/2019   03:29 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add citizenA to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi t-rex.

Thank you for your input.

Those are beauties! It's difficult to get GBLA stamps and envelopes, so keep them :) There is a gentleman in Gdańsk who is specialising in GBLA items and knows history of essentially each one of them, as well the the Bitter Lake story (people, events etc.). I do not have any more than the ones I posted here.

Adam
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