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17.03.2012 - MICHEL catalogues in a new guise and an elongated ‘dress’!
Sometimes you think there are things that will never change. Like to format of the Michel Overseas Stamp Catalogues, for instance. As long as one can remember they have been 15 centimeters wide and

Sometimes you think there are things that will never change. Like the dimensions of Michel´s Overseas Stamp Catalogues, for instance. As long as one can remember they have been 15 centimeters wide and 20.5 centimeters high. We have been aware of the fact that the publishers of the Michel catalogues have announced that the overseas series would receive a certain kind of facelift. But not many people will have suspected that the changes to come would not only regard printing in full-coulour and an adapted lay-out, but also a change in the dimensions of the volumes. With entrance from the volume titled ‘Michel North America’, the subsequent volumes of the overseas catalogue will have the new format of 14.8 centimeters wide and 22.5 centimeters high.

Those two extra centimetres of height do make a lot of difference, when one compares the number of pages of the old North America catalogue (636) to the number of pages in the newest edition (578). So by raising the format a mere two centimetres, the editorial staff of Michel has created an economisation of about ten percent! Not that this will be reflected in the selling price of the catalogue, because that price is even 12 Euros higher than it used to be. But that increase can be explained by the fact that the North America catalogue and all the other overseas volumes that will follow are in full-colour now. We have to add that the colour improvement only regards mostly issues from 1945 on, but then Rome was not built in one day. The publisher has promised to see to it that, in future, also the earlier stamp issues will be depicted in colour, and that the illustrations will be of a much higher quality than before.