Nicknames of Famous Stamps
Some stamps have become so famous that they have been given nicknames.
Name for early issues of Russia picturing coat of arms.
"Baby Zeppelin" or "Baby Zep", the 50¢ green Graf Zeppelin airmail stamp, U.S. Scott C18
Name for 1858-1859 issues of Buenos Aries, Argentina picturing a steamship. 'Barquito' means 'little ships'.
First issue of Basil (1845) a canton of Switzerland, picturing a dove.
Early issues of Canada (1851-1859) picturing a beaver.
USA issue 2 cent picturing Andrew Jackson in (1863) and also called 'big head' due to the portrait taking up most of the design.
Black 1 pence first issue of Western Australia (1854) picturing a swan.
Name for the 1859 issue of Sicily picturing king Ferdinand. He was called 'bomba' because he used military force ('bomb') to control his subjects.
Design used for British Commonwealth issues of Mauritius 1859-1862, Barbados 1852-1878, and Trinidad 1851-1872 issues.
First issues of Brazil in 1843.
Name for 1869-1898 embossed Queen Victoria issues of Gambia.
Triangular issues of Cape of Good Hope in 1853-1864.
Queen Victoria portrait used for Canada 1851 12d, Bahamas 1859-1862, Greneda 1861- 1883, Natal 1860-1875, New Brunswick 1860- 1863, New Zealand 1855-1872, Nova Scotia 1851-1863, Prince Edward Island 1868-1870, Queensland 1860-1886, and Tasmania 1855- 1868. Alfred Chalon painted the portrait.
First issues of British Guiana in 1850-1851.
Name for Jamaica 1860-1863 - 1 shilling issue error. A vertical line went through the 'S' in shilling made it look like a dollar '$' sign. This error occurred once per sheet.
First issue of Geneva (1843), a canton of Switzerland. Called 'Double Geneva' because there are two identical designs on the stamp.
First issue of Belgium (1849) picturing Belgium's king in a military uniform. An 'epaulet' is an 'ornamental fringed shoulder pad' worn on a military uniform.
First issue of Victoria (1850), Australia picturing upper half of Queen Victoria.
First issues of Hawaii 1851-1852.
Name for 1861-1882 issues of Greece picturing the Greek good Hermes. Hermes is the messenger and herald of the Greek Gods.
Early issues of Mexico picturing Miguel Hidalgo.
Second issues of Brazil 1844-1846. Called 'inclinado' because the denomination numbers are slanted/inclined.
Name for early Bahamas issues (1859-1898) used for inter-island ('interinsular') mail.
4 pence issue of Western Australia (1854) with inverted frame.
1847 private issue stamp for mail carried by the ship Lady McLeod between Port of Spain, Trinidad and San Fernado, Trinidad.
1868-1876 issues of Canada.
1852 issue of New South Wales, Australia picturing Queen Victoria wearing a laurel wreath crown ('laureated'
early engraved issues of Great Britain
Second issue of Belgium (1849-1850) picturing Belgium's king.
Name for 1867-1868 British Virgin Islands 1 shilling error. The central portrait of the virgin is missing.
Name for 1858-1859 issues of Moldavia picturing a bull. Moldavia and Walachia joined together to form Romania in 1859.
1858-1860 issues of Uruguay. Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay.
A stamp issued in mourning of a recently deceased person, lost colony, etc.
1840 - 1 penny black issue of Great Britain
1841 - 1 penny red issue of Great Britain.
First issue of Bermuda's postmasters stamps (1848). Issued by Hamilton, Bermuda postmaster William Perot.
Norway's long running series of stamps picturing a post horn. The first post horn series was issued in 1872-1875.
First issues of Bermuda 1848-1854.
Second issue of Victoria (1852), Australia picturing full portrait of Queen Victoria seated on the throne.
1850-1852 issues of Switzerland bearing the inscription 'RAYON I', 'RAYON II', or 'RAYON III'.
Red 6 kreuzer 1856 newspaper stamp of Austria picturing the Roman god Mercury (messenger to the gods and god of science and commerce).
SAINT LOUIS BEARS
1846 postmaster provisional stamps issued by the Saint Louis, Missouri, USA postmaster that pictured three bears.
The 1 kreuzer stamp of Bavaria's first issue (1849). 'Schwartzer eisner' translates as 'the black one'.
The first issue of Scinde District Post in 1852, an area of India.
1870-1893 issues of Canada.
SMALL GENEVA EAGLE
Second issue of Geneva (1845-1848), a canton of Switzerland, picturing an eagle.
SPHINX AND PYRAMID
Name for 1867-1906? Issues of Egypt picturing a pyramid and a sphinx.
1854-1862 issues of Switzerland picturing Helvetia. 'Strubbelis' means 'tousel haired' (i.e., tangled hair)
First few issues of New South Wales, Australia 1850-1851 picturing the city of Sydney, Australia.
TETE DE SINGE
Name for poorly printed issues of Mauritius. These are also called 'monkeys head'.
Name for 1858-1860 issues of Naples showing the Naples coat of arms. It pictured medusa with three legs, the horse of Naples, and the fleur-de-lis of the ruling Bourbon family
1840 2 pence blue issue of Great Britain
Unissued, 1 franc first issue of France (1849-1850) printed in orange. The stamps were issued in red. In 1895, a French stamp dealer named Vervelle bought a sheet of the 1 franc orange after it was found with the printer's papers.
1861 triangular issue of Cape of Good Hope.