About 15% of this website's pages have been added or modified in the past three months; 25% in the past 6½ months;
and about 32% in the past year. Sometimes it's only a typo or spelling error,
but often much more.
3 Sept. 2015: added a draft
Union Catalog, which attempts to consolidate all the catalog numbering schemes I've
found and adds some additional cataloging schemes for some varieties. I've tried this to inventory my own collection.
21 July 2015: Two more broken links in the
1200 dpi and
2400 dpi images
and some HTML errors in the freaks pages were fixed .
1 May 2015: James A. Elliott has translated a very interesting "travelogue"
by a German medic picking up some wounded soldiers in Przedbórz during the summer of 1915.
It's part of still-unfolding research on the
German military presence in Przedbórz during 1915.
6 Nov. 2014: A few broken links have been fixed, mainly regarding the
1200 dpi and
2400 dpi images.
3 Nov. 2014: Added an image and discussion of a presumed genuine
Mi 8 type 1 stamp, perforated on top and left sides, imperf on bottom and right
26-28 Oct. 2014: Several changes have been made recently (listed in no special order):
The links page now has a section for helpful Dealers in Polish Philately. There is initially only one entry; please fell free to suggest others.
38 2400 dpi images have been added in response to a request "for the largest images you have."
These images are one I already had available; while I may add more when I'm
scanning stamps, I'm not going to do more scans "just to have more 2400 dpi
The various cross-reference lists are now available as a
In the preparation process, I discovered some errors, so I will be cross-checking the cross reference tables
and making any necessary corrections.
8,15 June 2014: Added a review of Kuzych's 2014 book and made other changes in the
discussions of his material. Also added links to larger scans of the maps
in Before Lemberg.
22 May 2014: Changed Abramson to Abramsohn everywhere. I was the only person to use the first spelling; all the literature uses the second.
11 May 2014: Over the past few weeks, we've fixed some broken links, marked others that couldn't be fixed, and did some general light editing.
We've also added or corrected links for 16 large multiples of Issue 5 and its posthumous version (F3's in this website).
Two additional synagogue photos were also added. About 10% of the pages have been modified in the past two weeks.
8 May 2013: Added description of the newly-discovered (March 2013) Mi 10 F4; it's like an F1 but with crude RPM letter in the hammers and sheaf. (F1's don't have letters.)
3 Mar. 2013: Added a link to Google Maps view of Przedbórz on the town map.
22-25 Feb. 2013: Deployed Google Analytics. Very instructive!
17 Feb. 2013: Trying out a lighter look by showing most links in normal type, instead of the bold type used since 2007.
8 Feb. 2013: Started removing "click here's" from the website on advise of my accessibility coach.
18 Jan. 2013: Now have a copy of the Rundschau 1919 article for which I had been searching for years.
30 July 2012: Rearranged the discussion of #18 forgeries to make it easier to tell one forgery from another. This includes a #18 F3 overlay on top of a #18 F5 to show the difference in sheaf sizes. Thanks to Unca' Joetoshop for helping with the overlay.
11-13, 20 May 2012: added or replaced almost 30 of the 1200 dpi images and made several smaller changes.
A few more may still needed.
9 May 2012: Updated some of the Polish-English Philatelic dictionary material
3 May 2012:
One of the links (The Jewish Gen "Shtetl link" on Przedbórz: http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Kolbuszowa/kolbuszowa2/Przedborz1.htm) has been removed because it is about a different Przedbórz -- the one in/near Gmina Kolbuszowa.
Corrected the spelling of the suburb across the bridge: it should probably have been Widoma, not Widama. (The Yiskor book, Słownik Geograficznya, a recent road map, and the 1929 business directory all spell it Widoma.) One photo used "Widama". (Only the text was changed, not file names.)
18-25 Apr 2012: Started added medium-compressed 1200 dpi images at the request of Morten Munck. A few are not yet available, and they have only been spotted-checked, so there could be some which have been mis-identified. Some links may be broken while I was loading the images.
12 Apr 2012: Added a link to Mapywig, the Map Archive for the Military Geographical Institute of Poland. Thanks to Ken Entin for telling me of this site. Added or revised other links, and moved some to the internet philately page
17-22 Jan. 2012: Added a cross-reference of major catalog numbers and other catalog-listed varieties. These were prompted by a question from Polonus member Richard Piotrowski, who asked about Fischer 9A, and I had to find a catalog to know how 9A is perforated.
Did NOT load OK with Internet Explorer 8 or Safari 4.0.5
The problem was an unmatched comment tag in the header. Moral: Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera are more forgiving browsers than the others.
22-23 Dec. 2011: Fixed lots of broken links and identified others with . Both Linkchecker 7.2 and W3C were used. Many broken URLs are still shown, so you may possibly find where I got the info by using the Wayback machine (internet archive), or something similar.
(I have yet not tried it.)
(But all broken links I have found to date have been removed, or are no longer shown as active hyperlinks, but just as text.)
18 Dec. 2011: Installed Linkchecker 7.2 free link-checking software. Seems to work well. But I need a symbol to indicate broken links. Will try for now.
16 Oct. 2011: Added some scans and info from a Gärtnuer Christoph Auktionshaus auction listing: Issue 1 bisect registered cover, Issue 2 4gr. cover,
Issue 3 4gr. cover.
Thanks to Roman Sobus for telling me of this auction.
3 Oct. 2011: Added a scan of a genuine Mi2 twice line-perfed on top. Also discovered that sometimes diacritic marks aren't displayed at all. I probably forgot to specify UTF-8 encoding on some web pages.
2 Oct. 2011: Started cleaning up broken links again. This will take quite awhile.
23-25 Sept. 2011:
A new explanation of the coat-of-arms history has been provided by Paweł Zięba, with the translation help of Roman Harmel and a few details added by me from Wikipedia and other internet sources.
Revised the Philatelic History page to incorporate and link to the appropriate sections of the Przedbórz Biographical Dictionary. (Particularly the bios of Abramsohn and Franczak.)
(The links are to the where their names first appear in the philatelic history section.)
I expect to make more changes after getting help with the original text in Polish.
12 Sept. 2011: New
Przedbórz bridge cancel substituted for a Non-Przedbórz example. (With thanks to Unca' Joetoshop.)
27 June 2011: The fourth occasional Przedbórz website award winners are
long-time Polonus member Roman Harmel and his friends Zdzislaw and Marek Porawski.
24 Oct. 2010: Added a #3 freak, thanks to Hagen Hanke.
18-19 Oct. 2010: Made a few changes and corrections to the Eagle Stamp Identifier, as well as small changes to several other z.
13 Oct. 2010: Added a new bibliography item, Senf , describing the first mention of how to separate forgeries from genuine "Eagle" stamps. Also added an additional note about Gebrüder Senf, provided by my Berliner friend, Hagen Hanke. About six other pages have been changed since the last "What's New" posting.
8 Sept. 2010: Reorganized the top of the translation page, adding a table of contents, so to speak, and added some preliminary comments on bab.la, an up-and-coming language portal. (Subsequent discussions have identified the need for a complete rewrite of the translation section, but that won't happen for a few months.)
15 August 2010: Added scan of a postcard showing the Pilica river bridge, probably in the 1930's. Changes have been made to about 16 pages since the prior What's New posting.
2 July 2010: Added a list of backlinks, and a discussion of them in web stuff. Also discovered that about 20% of this site's 200+ content webpages have been modified or created within the past 90 days; 60% between 90 days and 2 years; and 20% have not changed in the past two years. Put another way, 6% of the content pages are unchanged from 2007, 21% from 2008, 43% from 2009, and 30% are new or changed in 2010. (In all fairness, a "change" might be only a spelling correction.)
24-27 June 2010: added some links and repaired or annotated others after running the W3C link checker.
18 Dec. 2009: Added some features of genuine #1, type 5 stamps which I hadn't noticed before.
7 Dec. 2009: I got tired of navigating to the pages I wanted, so I added a bunch of commonly used shortcuts to the side frame of the home page. Let me know if this helps or hinders (or simply makes no difference).
6 Dec. 2009: Started adding a list of sites related to internet philately, with no attempt at completeness.
3 Dec. 2009: Revised the "left wing dots" discussion to include F5's and more about Mi2 F2's.
29 Nov. 2009: Started using Krakow as standard spelling instead of Cracow (originally Austrian, now common English spelling1) or Kraków (standard Polish spelling). Krakow was chosen based on comments received from eleven Polonus officers and members. Cracow is still used when a document being quoted spells it that way.
22-27 Nov. 2009: Started adding more images of covers to the rates and usage section. My goal is to have an image of every rate for every issue, but that won't happen unless you, the user, help.
Revised the description of double-sided proofs, based on conversations at ChicagoPex 2009 with Hank Bieniecki and Zbigniew Korzeń.
20 Nov. 2009: Added alternative possibilities to the discussion of forgery perforations, as well as the discussion of how the forgeries were originally produced, both prompted by a conversation at ChicagoPex 2009 with Ray Simpson of the UK's Great Britain Philatelic Society.
13-16 Sept. 2009: Started repairing many broken links. This required removing some entries from the Links page. See Web Stuff for some fragments about how to check links.
Remind me to check links more often, so I don't have so many repairs. Oy!
11-13 Sept. 2009:
Reorganized the technical stuff webpages (although that may be invisible to the user), and moved most of the miscellany to more appropriate places in Varieties. The site map was also changed to be consistent with the new tech stuff organization.
16 August 2009: I put some Cyrillic text on the Philatelic History Page, but it seemed to take a few days to display properly in many browsers. (I have no idea why there was a delay.)
15 July 2009: Added discussion of a Provocative Cover apparently send by Abramsohn to himself.
11 June 2009: Corrected an error in the Henry IV charter description, noticed by Steve Scher. A number of smaller changes have been made since the end of March.
29 Mar. 2009: Consolidated the reasons Przedbórz local delivery stamps must have been a philatelic endeavor with some actual postal use.
13-22 Mar. 2009:
Added summary and recap of the 1st Issue genuine vs. forgery distinctions, in an attempt to make it easier to review the distinctions
Added scans of full stamps, both genuine and forged, as well as a directory to full scans throughout the site. (This corrects the problem that in many cases, the Identifier showed close-ups of details of stamps, but didn't show a large scan of the entire stamp.)
Made smaller edits and corrections to about 20 other pages throughout the site.
1 Feb. 2009: Added information about the newly-discovered or rediscovered Eagle F5 forgeries.
4 Jan. 2009: Fixed Freaks and Oddities side navigation bar to better distinguish between actual links and places-holders for future discoveries. (Thanks to Dr. Josh Kayman for pointing out that I had forgotten to fix this.)
26 Dec. 2008: Added a draft section on types of post offices in the Russian zone (1815-1915.)
11-14 Dec. 2008: Added some material on Kingdom of Poland 4-Ring cancels, courtesy of Leon Finik and David Skipton. Also added links to other stamp societies.
5 Dec. 2008: Reorganized Freaks & Oddities section to accommodate an unusual #7 scan provided by Bernard Paull.
Also reorganized the top navigation frame.
30 Oct. 2008: Removed all references to "download (old) PDF." The PDF's are too old, and the images are not print-resolution.
14 Sept. 2008: Added a scan of a full sheet of #18C, a constant-variety flaw in #15F1, and pane size of certain forgeries.
3 Sept. 2008: Added a short note about Stanley Kronenberg, whose Przedbórz collection scans will be a source of new information for the next several months.
27 August 2008: Moved the "selected new items" from the home page to this "what's new" page, with apologies to Ben Nieborg, who uses that format on his excellent Stamp Encyclopaedia Poland website. Also continued adding information from Stanley Kronenberg's scans.
4 August 2008: In the forgery cross-reference for Issue II, the F4 and F5 cross-references to Barefoot were wrong and have been corrected.
28 July 2008: Added Alan Blunt's forgery families, and started listing Kronenberg's as well.
15 May 2008: Added a preview section about Polish Jewish Charters, with translations and comparisons of the 1264 charter vs. certain others, a lengthy list of various other charters, and reaffirmation examples. This is still in process.
11 May 2008: Added a discussion of what may be the furthest known delivery of a postal item with a Przedbórz local delivery stamp. (Click on the preceding link; when you get there, click on the line just below "you are here".)
22 April 2008: Added a consolidated list of the questions buried throughout the website, and some new items in the links (primarily the PSGA links and WorldLingo's list of on-line or downloadable Polish dictionaries).
10 Dec. 2007 to 21 April 2008: The website was being changed almost daily during its first four months of being "on the air." The idea of a "what's new" page simply didn't occur to me until late April 2008.
Footnotes: 1. Per email from Jim Mazepa, 15 Nov. 2009.