Hello and welcome to my web site. My name is John and I am a combination of stamp collector, stamp dealer and stamp research specialist.
I started collecting around 1984 and my first passion was Egyptian stamps. It soon blossomed into worldwide collecting with my interests branching
into the rare and unknown to exist varieties for many countries. Time went on and I collected a massive amount of material and so began selling stamps
on eBay when it was created. I have sold many stamps there and am well known by some collectors. My pricing being extremely competitive thus the
user name "golowenow".
As time went on in my personal collecting, I dealt with many stamp dealers, some on a small scale and others on a very large scale. I specialized
in Egyptian, Cuban, Canadian, Middle Eastern and British Commonwealth stamps. Many years ago I had the pleasure of dealing with a famous stamp
dealer in Canada. His name was Kasamir Bileski. At the time the largest Canadian stamp dealer in the world. I was interested in varieties of Canadian
stamps at the time and made a number of large purchases from him. With these purchases Mr. Bileski would send "bonuses". These were from purchases
of various printers archives and from the Royal Collections of Egypt.
Mr. Bileski's passion was research on archival material and he was one of the biggest buyers when the archives were sold from Waterlow and Sons, the
ABN Co. the Royal Collections of Egypt, just to name a few. Today thousands of the pieces from these archives are sold all over the world and many
do not know that much originated from this stamp dealer.
In some of the bonus lots he sent to me were pieces from a printing company called The Format International Security Printers. They printed stamps
for over 100 countries, mainly the British Commonwealth countries. They had a very short existence beginning in 1968 and closing in 1989. During
their existence they printed millions of stamps, many being very famous issues like the Royal Weddings, Statue of Liberty Centennial, Richenbachia
Orchids, Norman Rockwell, just to name a few. The bonus pieces he sent me were unknown to exist varieties from the archive of this printer.
That is where my interests turned and is my specialty today! I now call myself the lead specialist on the Format Printers and the stamps they produced.
I have amassed over a ton over the years of varieties produced by the printer. Many were unknown to exist. Many from the unique press sheets found
in the archive.
My research is ground breaking in philatelics and I decided to show it here on my site. Some wish to conflict with it either from personal bias
against the past history of the company or from hearsay from others. In the majority of cases, they have nothing to back their claims except words.
They have no research, no documents, no proof. In my years of research I have obtained a mass of them and therefore if you are interested you can
visit my introductory page to learn more about this fascinating company and the connections with all the other printers and agents of that time era.
Here is the link.
I do offer stamps and varieties for sale. In 2015 I dropped the shopping cart from my site. Too many hassles with updates, security and the like
which takes my already limited time away from the research, family and my trade. I am a Union painter and will retire 8 years from now.
I now sell strictly on eBay, Delcampe and ebid. Below I have placed links to either my profile or my store which you can visit to see what I am
offering at those sites. On eBay many times I will put material up for $1.00 start bid that is worth a ton more! Goes on the weekends.
Maybe you can catch one of them sometime!