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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Jim Crews - Artist and Friend


Jim Crews


Two great things about Jim Crews:

1. He's a brilliant artist.

2. We've been friends for many years.

Please visit Christian Brothers University and the beautiful Ross Gallery in the lower level of the Plough Library through April 14, 2016 to see Jim's exhibit.

Here are few examples of Jim's award-winning work:

Jim Crews

Abstract Humanity III, mixed media on paper , 36"x48"

Jim Crews

Radiance, serigraph on paper, 30" x 22"

Jim Crews

Young Couple, mixed media on paper, 60" x 44"

Jim Crews

Triangularization, mixed media on paper 60" x 40"

Jim Crews

Jim's exhibition is wonderful.

Please Visit the Ross Gallery at 650 East Parkway South, Memphis, Tennessee and call (901) 321-3432 if you need additional information.

Please click any image to link to Christian Brothers University and The Ross Gallery.

Jim Crews

Jim Crews
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Friday, March 4, 2016

To Celebrate Two Great African Americans - Black History Month 1948

Carter G. Woodson, an historian, was a remarkable man.

In February of 1926 as director of "The Association for the Study of Negro Life and History" he designated the second week of February as "Negro History Week".

This week was chosen because it was because it was the same week as the birthday of Abrahan Lincoln, February 12th, and that of Frederick Douglass, February 14th.

The balck communities of my nation have celebrated the lives of Lincoln and Douglass since the late 19th century.

Here is a Royal Crown Cola advertising cover from February 24th, 1948, now known as "Black History Month", which celebrates the lives of two great men upon the grand opening month of the post office at Hale's Ford, Virginia, known as the birthplace of Booker T. Washington.

Black History Month

The stamp, Scott #943 issued in January of 1948, commemorates the date of the fifth anniversary of the death of George Washington Carver, botanist and inventor.

The cachet on the left honors the life of Booker T. Washinton and is a reproduction of an illustration from Mr.Washington's essay, "The Story of My Life and Work". Mr.Washington is represented as the the child in the hat holding the stick in his hand in the lower center of the illustration.

Black History Month

Notice the circular date stamped machine cancellation "Booker Washington Birthplace VA. FEB 24 5-PM 1948" and the motto "A Memorial to a Great American".

Black History Month

The cover was part of a collection from Saint Francis county which also included the post office at Colt, Arkansas and was originally delivered to Crutcher's Grocery in Colt, perhaps the location of the town post office.

BHM Return to Writer

Crutcher refused the cover but it still managed to remain in the collection even after it was stamped with a "Return to Writer" handstamp with the "Unknown" line checked in the body of the handstamp.

BHM Reverse

It's circular date and flag stamped COLT MAR 10 P.M. 1948 ARK 

The "P.M." means it was recieved in Colt in the afternoon of March 10th, 1948, fourteen days after it was mailed from Virginia.

BHM Cancel

And signed, on the back, "this don't belong hear"

BHM signature

Why ?

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Year Was 5718

 First Day of Issue Elul 8, 5717

The Hebrew Calendar is incredible.

Fascinating and a marvel of space and time.

September 4, 1957, the date of the first day cover issued in Jerusalem, was three weeks to the day before the Jewish New Year which began on Thursday, the first day of Tishrei beginning the year 5718 according to the Hebrew calendar.

The State of Israel issued three beautiful stamps commemorating the Rosh Hashana, the New Year. 

They are the Ancient Seals of Israel,the horse,  the Lion and the Gazelle.

Rosh Hashana 5718

Scott Catalog #129, on the right, is the ancient horse and seal 50 prutot denomination. It's ochre and black in color with 14 perforation per 2 centimeters and is watermarked on the back.

The 160 prutot denomination, Scott Catalog #130, has 14 horizontal perforation per 2 centimeters and 13 perforation vertically per 2 centimeters.  It has no watermark.

The 300 prutot denomination on the left, Scott Catalog #131, is deep carmine, black and pink in color, has 14 perforations horizontally per two centimeters and 13 perforations vertically per two centimeters. It has no watermark.  

Ancient Seals 1957

I lived in Israel in 1974. I was a student.

God is an ever present force in Israel and in my life.

He's pretty good at blowing the garbage away..

Shana Tova

אהבה ושלום יכול להיות רצון האל לשארית ימי חייך

May love and peace be the will of God for the rest of your life.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Amateur Radio - The First 50 Years 1914 - 1964

I've been a ham radio operator since I was a kid.

Amateur Radio

The symbol above is a simple circuit diagram of the most basic elements of a radio receiver, an antenna, an inductor and a ground.

Stamp collecting and amateur radio have something in common:

You can travel around the world from your chair and never leave your home.

The difference, though, is that with ham radio you do it at the speed of light, and make new friends in real time.

Hams are vital to the communication structure of the world. 

Amateur radio operators seek to create a safe environment for all people in times of disaster and can relay communications in ways that no other form of conveying information is capable of.

Especially in time of war or in a national emergency.

Here's an example of amateur radio represented on an American stamp from my collection honoring amateur radio operators and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League 1914-1964:

Amateur Radio

Scott Catalog U.S. #1260
5¢ Amateur Radio
Issue Date: December 15, 1964
City: Anchorage, AK
Quantity: 122,230,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
10 1/2 x 11
Color: Red lilac
U.S. #1260 honors America’s amateur radio operators, of which there were nearly 250,000 in 1964. It was on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Radio Relay League and pictures a radio wave pattern and radio dial.
Amateur Radio 1964
On March 28, 1964, the largest earthquake in the history of the United States devastated Alaska, impacting Anchorage, Valdez, and the immediate area. 
The earthquake measured 8.3 on the Richter scale and created a tsunami.
125 people were killed.
This U.S. postage stamp honors the Amateur Radio Relay League for its important work during the 1964 Alaska earthquake. Amateur radio operators provided emergency communications, which assisted relief and rescue operations. Amateur radio operators are vital to this nation and the world when they serve during emergency situations.
Amateur Radio 1914 - 1964
I'm very proud to be an amateur radio operator.
WK2B / David
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Waters of Mineral Wells, Texas & The 1939 New York World's Fair

In 1877 an man by the name of J.A. Lynch from Denison, Texas decided to pick of his 50 head of cattle and his family and move west. They were seeking a climate that was free of the ravages of malaria, An infectious disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito and has symptoms marked by sudden attacks of chills and fever.

Mr. Lynch suffered from pain in the connective tissues and joints of his body, as did his wife.

As Indians, specifically the Comanches, were on the warpath, Mr.Lynch made the decision to settle in Palo Pinto County, Texas.

Since they was four miles from the Brazo River, the only source of water, Mr.Lynch made a deal with a well driller, a man by the name Providence, to drill a well in exchange for some of the family oxen.

 The Lynch's started drinking from the new well and began feeling better.

News of the great water began to circulate fast and soon thousands of people were making the pilgrimage to the area to taste the water as though it had become a sacred place.

Since Mr. Lynch could only produce 100 gallons a day at that time he had strangers sign a declaration that they were sick and needed the water.

In 1881 Mineral Wells was born and Mr.J.A. Lynch the new mayor.

In 1939, Mineral Wells drove a stage coach to the New York World's Fair to promote the healing power of their extraordinary water and it's benefits to health as "nature's gift to suffering humanity".

1939 NY World's Fair Mineral Springs Stage

Here are some items from my collection recalling that great event.

Scott Catalog U.S. #853
1939 3¢ Trylon and Perisphere

Issue Date: April 1, 1939
First City: New York, New York
Quantity Issued: 101,699,550
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 10 ½ x 11
Color: Deep Purple
1939 NY World's Fair FDC
The New York World’s Fair, featured on U.S. #853, was the largest world’s fair ever. The stamp showcases the “Trylon” and “Perisphere,” two of the most famous images of the Fair. Over 44 million people attended the fair.
1939 NY World's Fair FDC
The Trylon was a 700-foot-tall spire that was connected to the Perisphere – a sphere with a diameter of 180 feet. Their images were issued on U.S. #853 on April 1, 1939, but were open to the public later that month at the Grand Opening held on April 30. The Perisphere housed a “world of tomorrow” model city that could be viewed by visitors on a moving walkway.
1939 NY World's Fair Tryon & Perisphere
Photo by Sam Gottscho

SMineral Springs 1939 World's Fair Cover

And the great pamphlet that was enclosed inviting you to come to Mineral Wells:

Mineral Springs Pamphlet 1939

The stamp on this great advertising cover from the 1939 New York World's Fair represents the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition which was taking place the same year in San francisco.

Scott Catalog U.S. #852
1939 3¢ Golden Gate International Exposition

Issue Date: February 18, 1939
First City: San Francisco, California
Quantity Issued: 114,439,600
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforation: 10 ½ x 11
Color: Bright Purple
1939 Golden Gate Exposition
The Post Office Department issued Scott Catalog U.S. #852 in conjunction with the Golden Gate International Exposition – and on the same day it opened. The Exposition was a World’s Fair, celebrating two new bridges – the Golden Gate Bridge (opened in 1937) and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (opened in 1935).
The stamp illustrates the “Tower of the Sun,” symbolizing the “Pageant of the Pacific” theme. The tower was 400 feet high and surrounded by four statues representing Science, Agriculture, Industry, and Art.
The cachet on the Mineral Springs cover above has the New York World's Fair circular date cancel.
We could have had fun there dining on cotton candy and mineral water and listening to Albert Einstein lecture about cosmic rays.
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Monday, February 29, 2016

Please Hire the Disabled
Scott Catalog U.S. #1155
1960 4¢ Employ the Handicapped  
Issue Date: August 28, 1960
City: New York, New York
Quantity: 117,855,000
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations:  10 ½ 11
Color: Dark blue
Hire the Handicapped
Scott Catalog U.S. #1155 was issued in conjunction with the Eighth World Congress of the International Society for the Welfare of Cripples. The President’s Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped sponsored the Congress. Designed by Carl Bobertz, the stamp was released to promote the hiring of the handicapped, and shows a man in a wheelchair using a drill.
Hire the Handicapped
The Congress was held in New York City, opening on the same day the stamp was issued. Over 3,000 people attended, including doctors, nurses, therapists, and voluntary workers.
Hire the Handicapped 
Hire the Handicapped
The reverse with the circular date stamp from Parkin, Arkansas.
Hire the Handicapped 
Please help those who need your help and provide them with the jobs and resources they need to improve the quality of their lives.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Polio is a crippling and potentially fatal infectious disease.

There is no cure,

Only immunization can prevent it from spreading.

We must fight this disease and all birth defects with the help of God.

Please support the March of Dimes.




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For the next few weeks I'll be talking about the first day covers of ArtCraft along with everything else.

ArtCraft closed it's doors recently after 76 years of making philatelic history.

I'm predicting a sudden, salubrious escalation in the value of the ArtCraft cachet, all ArtCraft first day covers and ArtCraft portrait cards.
Including those connected to the Postal Commemorative Society

Their departure signals the end of an extraordinarily crucial, very important, highly significant and exceedingly meaningful period in philately

A mournful signal which will be heard around the world and lamented throughout the multitude of collectors

Leo and Sam August treasured their associations with the world's greatest philatelists

Leo's contributions to our hobby were significant enough to earn the coveted Luft Award and a place in the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame.

ArtCraft has well-earned it's place in the great chronological record in the history of philately.

Their raised ink, line-engraved intaglio printed cachets rank among the most aesthetic in the world.

ArtCraft cachets are not just beautiful.

They are works of art that showcase the wonders of the world and illuminate the powers of human creativity and ingenuity.

The Coober Pedy Cover
One of the World's Great Philatelic Rarities

Coober Pedy

Could this become la pièce de résistance de toute la modern Australian philatélie ?

Coober Pedy is a town in northern South Australia. The town is sometimes referred to as the "opal capital of the world" because of the quantity of precious opals that are mined there. Coober Pedy is renowned for its below-ground residences,called "dugouts", which are built in this fashion due to the scorching daytime heat. The name "Coober Pedy" comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means "white man's hole".

Opal was found in Coober Pedy on 1 February 1915; since then the town has been supplying most of the world's gem-quality opal. Coober Pedy today relies as much on tourism as the opal mining industry to provide the community with employment and sustainability. Coober Pedy has over 70 opal fields and is the largest opal mining area in the world.

Coober Pedy - no village, no buildings, no roads, just desert, mountains dotted with boulders. A bizarre lunar landscape, but for opal seekers is the most exciting place on earth, where again every day is the true challenge, happiness and luck just a shovel width apart and where life is defined by two words: winners and losers. Coober Pedy, grab your hat, throw it into the air and where it lands start digging !


Coober Pedy

 Linn's Stamp News

“The Scott Numbers are the copyrighted property of Amos Press Inc., dba Scott
Publishing Co. The marks Scott and Scott’s are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
and are trademarks of Amos Press, Inc. dba Scott Publishing Co. No use may be
made of these marks or of material which is reprinted from a copyrighted
publication of Amos Press, Inc., without the express written permission of Amos
Press, Inc., dba Scott Publishing Co., Sidney, Ohio 45365.”


David Saks

Winner of the Coveted Memphex 2019 Marshall Trophy for "Best of Show"
Philatelic Exhibit "The Famous American Stamp Series of 1940"