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More New Countries [Mar. 25th, 2012|12:43 am]
Beautiful Stamp Scans



In 2010 the Netherlands Antilles, a group of islands off the northern coast of South America, split into 3 separate entities: Saint Martin, Curacao, and Caribbean Netherlands. These are the first stamps issued by each of these new countries. They show maps of the islands, their flags, and on the Caribbean Netherlands stamp, the Queen of the Netherlands is shown.

[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2012-03-25 03:03 pm (UTC)
History being made! Interesting items. :)
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2012-03-25 03:54 pm (UTC)

Sorry that the scans are a little fuzzy and crooked. I need to work out a better way of holding the stamps on the scanner.
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2012-03-26 03:23 am (UTC)
Very interesting stamps. St Martin is one island but two nations. Is that still the status? They have the craziest airport ever.

The only way to straighten the stamps [if already scanned] is using your graphic software. The one I have allows me to change the tilt by as little as 0.5°.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2012-03-26 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, the northern part of St. Martin belongs to France, the southern part belongs to Netherlands. I believe that they formerly used Guadeloupe stamps in the French area of St Martin (until 1947), but now have cut ties with Guadeloupe and both St Martin and Guadeloupe, as integral parts of the French Republic, use French stamps.

Have you been to St. Martin, Prem?

Until last year I was using an older Hewlett-Packard scanner. I really liked its graphics software, which included the ability to tilt pictures and scans by as little as 1 degree. When I got this new computer, I also got a new scanner/printer/copier/fax machine, all-in-one, made by Kodak. It does not have graphic software that would allow me to tilt images slightly, only 90 or 180 degrees. If I can still find the disc, maybe I should try installing the old HP software in this new computer. I liked that editing software much more than the Kodak program I have now.

Edited at 2012-03-26 02:23 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2012-03-27 04:25 am (UTC)
Nope never been there, but because of my interest in aircraft I have seen numerous photos and videos of 747 coming on to land with their landing gear just about scraping the heads of the sun bathers on the beach:)

If you can install that HP programme that would surely help your image tilts. But sometimes if the scanner is not installed it may refuse to install. But no harm in trying. My previous HP programme had a nifty image stitching programme for creating panoramas. No such on the new one. Wonder why. The new one is also an HP.
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2012-03-29 09:45 am (UTC)

St. Maarten - Princess Juliana Airport
Just got this today.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2012-03-29 04:00 pm (UTC)
That jet looks WAY too close to people and buildings!

This photo from Wikipedia is from the same beach on St Martin.

Edited at 2012-03-29 04:12 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2012-03-30 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh I think a warning sign is for new comers only. And I am sure this being a tourist attraction people will be coming to the beach only to see the landing and takeoffs:)
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[User Picture]From: premkudva
2012-03-30 04:27 am (UTC)

Being under a Boeing 747 would more than make up for the vacation cost.
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