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How To Quickly Find The Year A Stamp Was Issued?

 
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Posted 11/07/2021   4:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add WorldWideWard to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm collecting worldwide stamps, and I print my album pages using Stamp Albums Web. All works well if I know a stamp's year of issue, but the other day I wanted to mount a green Japan definitive showing a songbird. It appeared to be 1970s to 1990s. I spent a long time trying to find it in my paper Scott catalog, and I never did find it; there were just too many bird images, and the black-and-white photos didn't help. My main time-consumer is trying to find year info on my unmounted stamps so I know which album page to mount it in or to print.

The digital Scotts would be great, but quite expensive for worldwide use. I'm thinking of some other software for such searches. Do any worldwide collectors out there have some tips for this problem?
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Posted 11/07/2021   4:55 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Depending on how good your French is, Yvert does a worldwide digital catalogue @129 - don't know how that compares with Scott. You could also look out for cheap copies of older, paper catalogues on eBay - Gibbons's Stamps of the World is a simplified worldwide catalogue.
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Posted 11/07/2021   5:00 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 51studebaker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Use a online image search (sometimes called a reverse image search). It is quick, easy, and finds most stamps in seconds. Here are instructions https://stampsmarter.org/learning/H...eSearch.html
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Posted 11/07/2021   5:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add shermae to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One of the problems with Scott is that only a few stamps are actually imaged. Stampworld has a catalog illustrating virtually all stamps, which should help you find the year quickly.

https://www.stampworld.com/en/maps/Asia/?

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Posted 11/07/2021   6:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add GoshKruse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I use the Stamp Identifier app on my iPhone - available in the App Store. It works amazingly well, successful over 90% of the time. It's easy to use, just point the camera. I strongly recommend using a black background.

Typically you just point your camera at the stamp and up pops a gallery of pictures to choose from. Sometimes the user will need to actually click and crop. Once the user chooses a possible match it will provide the country, year and catalog numbers from several different different catalogs.

A user can also upload a picture from their photo album. So a user can save pictures from the internet, then use this app to identify the stamp

There will always be issues with close varieties, colors, overprints, and strong cancelations. In the end, it saves me a ton of time.
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Posted 11/07/2021   6:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Gosh - Did not know that existed. Will have to check it out. Thanks!
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Posted 11/07/2021   6:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
GoshKruse. That is a great app. Thanks for showing.
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Posted 11/07/2021   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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My main time-consumer is trying to find year info on my unmounted stamps


Consider this your apprenticeship, as a World wide collector.
(Not many of us left)

The really difficult, you can post on this forum for ID.
Another option is to go to eBay, and search for "Japan" place the stamp value, and any other avail info, and see if it pops up there.

Japan is a general toughie for Identification, make sure your stamp is not a "Prefecture" that increases the difficulty.

My database came up with 25 "birds"
There is a green "Cuckoo" bird at Scott 598 and 1067 (3 yen)
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Posted 11/08/2021   12:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add WorldWideWard to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks so much, folks, for your responses. I tried GoshKruse's recommendation for the Stamp Identifier smartphone app, and it worked perfectly. Now, all I have to do is find that darned Japan stamp, take a photo, and albumize it.
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Posted 11/08/2021   7:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Petert4522 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
WWW, would it not help if you post a picture of your stamp?


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Posted 11/09/2021   05:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Roberto59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Helo.
At the UPU Congress in 1974 it was agreed that all stamps would have the year of their issuance written.
Not all countries do, despite having agreed.
Regards.
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Posted 11/16/2021   1:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billresh to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You can also go directly to the camera icon on the google phone app and take a picture of the stamp. It will search for a picture of your stamp without your having to upload it.
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