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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Eaton's Poster Stamps & The New York World's Fair 1939

Below, from my collection, are the 1930's poster stamps made by the American Bank Note Company for the Eaton Paper Corporation depicting views of New York City and advertising Eaton's Fine Letter Papers for the 1939 New York World's Fair.


They looked so real, that the Post Office told them to stop producing them. People were actually putting these stamps on items to mail.

New York From the Air

New York from the Air

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

Little Church Around the Corner

The Little Church Around the Corner

Columbia University

Columbia University

Flagship Over Downtown New York

Flagship Over Downtown New York

New York Public Library

New York Public Library

United States Liner Manhattan

United States Liner Manhattan

Central Park In April

Central Park In April

Pennsylvania R.R. Broadway Limited

Pennsylvania R.R. Broadway Limited

George Washington Bridge

George Washington Bridge

Eaton Factory

The Eaton, Crane & Pike Company Factory is a historic former factory building at 75 S. Church Street in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The brick factory building was built in 1883 by the Terry Clock Company, which had its origins in the manufacture of clocks by Eli Terry in 1793. That company and its successors owned the facility until 1899, when it was acquired by Arthur W. Eaton and his business associates, the forerunners of the Eaton Paper Company.

The factory was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.

Have a great day !

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Idaho - The 43rd State

Idaho is more than potatoes.

It's the Rocky Mountains, ski slopes, nuclear energy, natural beauty and great resources.

Home to the largest silver mine in the United States, Idaho earned the nickname "The Gem State".


The circular date stamp tied to the flags represents the anniversary of Idaho Statehood.


Would you like sour cream and onions with that spud ?

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hawaii - The 50th State

I haven't been to Hawaii yet.

But is there anyplace in the world any more beautiful ?


The circular date stamp tied to the flag on the anniversary of Hawaii's statehood, August 21, 1959.


 Aloha !

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Georgia - The 4th State

Georgia has southern charm.

Abundant natural beauty and resources.


The circular date stamp tied to the U.S. flag stamp represents the anniversary of Georgia Statehood.


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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Florida - The 27th State

Florida is one of the most beautiful places on the planet.


Go there !


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Delaware - The First State

Delaware is the second smallest state in my nation.

Rhode Island is the smallest.

But Delaware is our first state.

For nearly two centuries Delaware's chief industry has been chemicals.

Wilmington, Delaware is known as "The Chemical Capital of the World".

In the panel below are stamps corresponding to Scott #'s 1633, 2336 & 1960


The historical circular date stamp is tied to Scott # 2278, "Flags & Clouds".


It took great courage to become the first of our fifty states.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Connecting Wynne to the World - Coober Pedy Update

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy

Thank you David Owens and the Wynne Progress.

Please let me clarify, however, that I am not a professor, although I should have been :-), and serve the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis as a volunteer this day as I have for many years.

My sincerest thanks and best regards to all of my friends and the great citizens of Wynne and Coober Pedy. 

May this instrument of goodwill unite us in friendship, always.

Kangaroo Waving

-David Saks-

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Connecticut - The 5th State

Connecticut has a number of industries that support the defense of our nation.

It's "The Constitution State".

In the panel are Scott #'s 772, 1959, 2340 & 1637


Connecticut is the third smallest state in America, but it's impact on my nation's economy is vital.

The historical circular date stamp is tied to Scott # 2278, "Flags & Clouds".


Connecticut is beautiful.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

My Pals

Stamp collecting was about the biggest part of my life when I was ten years old, next to my best pals Cathy Clendennon, Phillip and Linda Settles, Billy and Jack Lufkin, Jimmy and Buster Pearson, May Eaton, Scott and Rick Morrow, Stan Davis, Ronnie and Larry Becker, Richard and Lee Carter, and Terry Moore.

I loved the piano.and listened to Elvis, the Beatles, George Gershwin, the Rollng Stones and the Four Seasons everyday with my pals.

David Saks 1962 on Rolling Oaks

Monopoly and chess marathons, the all night horror movies on Saturday, and the endless wiffle ball games in the street are among my greatest memories.

Some of my childhood pals are with the Lord now. They were my brothers and sisters and our friendships, and the memory of them, will stay in my mind and heart forever.

Ironically, my stamp club still meets across the street from the homes where we grew up in and played together, on Rolling Oaks Drive.

Rolling Oaks was a street of dreams in 1962.

Maybe it was because, like our President, John F. Kennedy, we believed in Camelot.

I also believed in and loved my friends, the music, and stamp collecting,

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Colorado - The 38th State

Colorado is a big hit with everyone who visits.

The ski slopes of Vail and Aspen.

The music of Telluride and so much more.

In the panel below are Scott #'s 1001, 1670, 1958 & 1711


The commemorative circular date stamp is tied to the flag stamp definitive, Scott #2531, "Flags On Parade".


Whether it's warmth from the fireplace in a ski lodge or wealth from gold, Colorado is waiting for you.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

IKeith Emerson 1944 - 2016

I found out about Keith Emerson's death a little while ago.

I wish that I could have stopped him.

Depression is a miserable killer.

He's one of the main reasons why I wrote music for the piano.

Keith Emerson

 Getty photo

I've posted a tribute to Keith on my YouTube Channel (click here)

Goodbye my friend.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

California - The 31st State

On September 9, 1850, California became the 31st state in the Union.

Known as the "Golden State", the natural wonders and majestic redwoods of California will take your breath away.

Shown below are Scott #'s 997, 1663, 1957 & 1373.


The commemorative circular date stamp is tied to the flag stamp definitive, Scott #2531, "Flags On Parade".


I spent the better part of 1975 in California studying the piano and composing.

I called Berkeley and San Francisco home for a few months as a young musician.  

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Arkansas - The 25th State

Arkansas is beautiful.

God is gardener.

It's known as "The Land of Opportunity".

Represented below are Scott #s 782, 2167, 1956 & 1657.


Tied by the statehood anniversary circular date stamp is Scott # 2278.


On June 15th, 1836 Arkansas became our 25th state.

Please visit Arkansas.

You'll never forget it's breathtaking cliffs, fresh spring waters and abundant natural resources.

A state with astounding natural beauty.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Tesla - May 11th Little Rock - Want to Go ?

Tesla's a helluva band !


They'll be in Little Rock May 11th.

Want to go ?

Send me an email.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Arizona - The 48th State

On February 14, 1912 Arizona became the 48th state of the United States.

Known as "the Grand Canyon State", Arizona is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Arizona's mines continue to produce gold, silver and copper, and farming bristles throughout it's fertile landscape.


Top to bottom stamps are Scott #'s 1680, 1192 & 1955


Tied by the statehood anniversary circular date stamp are stamps with Scott #'s 2452 & 2278.

Visit Arizona. The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Alaska - The 49th State

Northwestern-most and important to the defense of our nation, here's Alaska, "The Last Frontier", and the great stamps honoring our beautiful state.


Stamps are, top to bottom, Scott #'s 800, 1954, C70, C53, 2066, and 1681.

Full of natural resources including oil, gold, and salmon, Alaska has paid for itself many times over since we purchased it from Russia in 1867.

Alaska became our 49th state on January 3, 1959.


Dress warm when you visit in the winter.

Temperatures can fall to 80 degrees below zero in Alaska.

Of course the good thing about it is that you can keep your food fresh on the porch outside and won't need a refrigerator.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Alabama - The 22nd State

Today, let's look at the stamps of "The Heart of Dixie", Alabama.


Stamps are top to bottom Scott #'s 1375, 1654 & 1953


And don't forget "Bear" ! (click)

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Our Stamps - The 1st 100 Years 1847 - 1947
From the Smithsonian:

"Timed to coincide with the centenary of the first United States postage stamp, the Centenary International Philatelic Exhibition was held in New York City from May 17 to 25, 1947. In addition to the stamp issued for the centenary (Scott USA 947), a sheet issued on May 19, 1947, marked the occasion and served as a souvenir of the exhibition. The imperforate sheet contained reproductions of the first postage stamps in different colors—the 5-cent blue picturing Benjamin Franklin and the 10-cent brown orange picturing George Washington. Text around the border of the sheet provided information about the production of the sheet."

Represented are great examples of the first day cover cachets created by PentArts for the 1947 Exhibition.

PentArts was part of a company known as Collectors Surplus of Kansas City, Missouri. There is little information to be found about the company as of this entry.

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1847

Centenary 1847

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Centenary 1947

Lots of history here.

Glad I can share it with you.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Naval Aviation 50th Anniversary 1911 - 1961

The American Navy's aviation fleet took to the air in 1911.

Naval Aviation

It was honored with Scott Catalog #1185 on August 20, 1961 in a first day ceremony in San Diego.

Naval Aviation

The 4 cent blue stamp was designed by John Maass for the United States Postal Service, was perforated 11x10.5, is a rotary press printing and features illutrations of the Navy's first plane, the Curtis A-1 of 1911 and Naval Air Wings.

Naval Aviation

And of course my favorite Naval Aviators are my pals, and the subject of the trial 70th anniversary stamp I created for them below. See them when you can. You will never forget them.

Blue Angels

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Monday, March 7, 2016

American Education

This stamp and first day cover, issued September 12, 1980, commemorates American Education and is a salute to learning.

American Education

The city chosen for the first day ceremony for this stamp (Scott Catalog #1833) was Franklin, Massachusetts, the home of Horace Mann, the father of American public education.

American Education

The design is the painting Glow by Josef Albers, part of his Homage to the Square series.

American Education

The 15 cent stamp honoring the achievements of American education was designed by Bradbury Thompson of Riverside, Connecticut.

"Whenever the people are well informed , they can be trusted with their own government."

-Thomas Jefferson-

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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

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David Saks

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