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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Marc Chagallís Stained Glass Windows

Chagall 12 Tribes

TRIBES OF ISRAEL. Issued March 27, 1973 (the first six values) and August 21, 1973 (the last six values).

From my collection:

And a representative display of the above:

Chagall 12 Tribes

The  windows symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel blessed by Jacob and Moses
in verses which conclude Genesis and Deuteronomy.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Here's another page from my 1912 Schaubek album.


Quiet day, light rain. Good day to clean up the old album pages.


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Kansas - The 34th State

Dorothy and Toto were from Kansas.

So were many other great people.

The jazz clubs in Kansas City at the legendary Kansas City jazz district of 12th Street and 18th and Vine will mesmerize you.

Many great jazz musicians called Kansas City home.

Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Jay McShann, and others played the nights away in Kansas City.



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Iowa - The 29th State

Home of the "Red Delicious Apple", originally know as the Hawkeye Apple, Iowa developed and added this great delicacy to the homes of America in the 1880's.



You really ought to give Iowa a try !

(verse from Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man").

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Brooklyn and Long Island Stamp Exhibit Association 1934

Brooklyn and Long Island Stamp Exhibit Association Brooklyn, New York April 5th-8th, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, 1934, Third Annual Stamp Exhibition, B. & L.I. S.E.A., red and black poster stamp, cinderella label.  The vignette shows the Brooklyn Bridge with the New York City skyline in the background.  Size:  40 mm. x 56 mm.  Full gum, hinged.



Printed by author John W. Nicklin for the exhibit, this is the set of four poster stamps depicting the Brooklyn Bridge issued for the Brookland and Long Island Stamp Exhibit Association's Third Annual Stamp Exhibition. The Association's exhibition was held in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the chartering of the city of Brooklyn, New York which occurred on April 7th, 1834.



Badly toned is Nicklin's inverted Brooklyn Bridge

New York is groovy !

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Olympic Games That Never Were - 1940

Poster stamps commemorating the 1940 Olympic Games were produced by the American Bank Note Company.

Olympics 1940
The Games were scheduled to be staged from July 20 to August 4, 1940.

The 1940 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XII Olympiad, originally scheduled to be held from 21 September to 6 October 1940 in Tokyo, Japan, were cancelled due to the outbreak of World War II.

The Olympic Games were suspended following the outbreak of World War II until the London Games of 1948.

These stamps represent the Helsinki-St.Moritz Olympic games that were never held.

More information in addition to other stamps and labels related to the 1940 Olympics may be found at this link:


Here are a few more links for you, too:

Starting a Collection
How to Begin Stamp Collecting
Starting a Stamp Collection (PDF)
Tips for Collecting Stamps
Preserving and Conserving Your Collection
How to Collect Stamps
Reasons to Start Collecting Stamps
10 Philatelic Exhibiting Tips (PDF)
Topical Stamp Collecting
Exploring the Fascinating World of Stamps (PDF)

Exploring the World of Stamps in Your Classroom (PDF)
Smithsonian Kids: Stamp Collecting
An Introduction to Stamp Collecting
Postage Stamp Terminology
Glossary of Philatelic Terms (PDF)

The United States Stamp Society
Nashville Philatelic Society
Metro Louisville Stamp Society
Welcome to the World of Stamp Exhibiting
The Collector’s Club History
British North America Philatelic Society
Omaha Philatelic Society
Singapore Philatelic Museum
Central Florida Stamp Club
Utah Philatelic Society
Postal History Foundation History
Is Stamp Collecting for You?

Philatelic Library News (PDF)
How Are Stamps Made?
History of the Royal Philatelic Collection
Postal Forgeries in Two World Wars
Stamp Collecting (PDF)
History of British Stamps
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Monday, April 11, 2016

Cape of Good Hope 1855

This stamp was printed between 1855 and 1858 in South Africa from the Cape of Good Hope.

It appears to be cancelled with what was know as the BTO or "Barred Triangle Obliterator".

Cape of Good Hope

It's part of my collection.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

1873 Officials - The Department of Agriculture

After years of abuse, Congress abolished the franking privilege in 1873 and authorized official stamps to be prepared for the Executive Office and its sub-ordinate departments. In less than three months, the Continental Bank Note Company adapted the designs of the regular issues to produce 90 different stamps by July 1. A distinctive frame design and color was assigned to each department.
This was by far the most elaborate series of official stamps ever produced by any government: the expedient solution elsewhere was to produce a generic set or simply overprint the regular issues. Two supplemental 24¢ values for Treasury and Agriculture were issued later that year. Stamped envelopes were also also prepared for the Post Office and War departments. The
stamp agent sent Post Office stamps directly to postmasters across the
country but the other departments requisitioned their stamps on a quarterly basis and then distributed them to the field offices. Official stamps were valid only on government mail and were never sold to the public, so stamp-gatherers found assembling this long series a challenge. They could
however purchase the special printings of 1875, which were ungummed and overprinted “Specimen” to discourage postal use.

Between 1873 and 1877, official stamps accounted for 4.3% of the postage
sold in this country. The original projected needs for many of these
stamps was drastically overestimated. In 1877, Congress authorized the
use of penalty franks, which was expanded to include field offices in 1879.
During the transitional period when penalty franks and official stamps
were valid concurrently, the use of official stamps declined steeply, and
they were finally declared obsolete on July 5, 1884. Surplus stamps were
supposed to be returned to the Post Office Department for destruction, but
not all departments complied, and these remainders are the main source of
unused stamps in collector hands today. At least 73 of the ll7 stamps
printed by Continental Bank Note Company and American Bank Note Company are rarer used than unused.
The period in which the official stamps were valid was 1873-1884.

Here are some from my collection:

The Department of Agriculture

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Classics from a Mississippi Junk Dealer

Got this page of 1851 to 1862 United States classics from a junk dealer.

Some faulty, but rare.

You pros know the numbers.



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Friday, April 8, 2016

Jefferson Davis 1863

I bought this at the stamp club last night.

It appears to be Scott's #11 A7 Die A Confederate States 10 cent Jefferson Davis.

It was issued in April of 1863.

It's a beauty.






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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Natal Long Ago

More from the beautiful old handmade album I discovered in Mississippi.

Natal is on the southern coast of Africa and borders the Indian Ocean.
Natal is a former British Crown Colony.
It's Capital is Pietermaritzburg.
Natal united with the Cape of Good Hope, Orange Free State and Transvaal in 1910 to form the Union of South Africa.









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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Let's Visit Morocco

Here's a page from an old handmade album I purchased from a junk dealer in Southaven, Mississippi.

Morocco is a kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population.

It achieved independence from France in 1956.

The stamps from Morocco are part of an old British Commonwealth collection.



Tangier is a city of northern Morocco at the west end of the Strait of Gibralta, and mind-blowing beautiful.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Labuan is a federal territory of Malaysia off the coast of Borneo in East Malaysia. It is made up of the homonymous Labuan Island and six smaller islands, and is located off the coast of the state of Sabah. Labuan's capital is Victoria and is best known as an offshore financial centre offering international financial and business services via Labuan IBFC since 1990 as well as being an offshore support hub for deepwater oil and gas activities in the region. It is also a tourist destination for people travelling through Sabah, nearby Bruneians and scuba divers. The name Labuan derives from the Malay word labuhan which means ·

From my collection:




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Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Laugh Break
Dog Bananas
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Just a Quiet, Great Day !

Listening to music, etc.

Stamp club meeting Thursday night.

Memphis Stamp Collectors Society

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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Indiana - The 19th State

Why do we call Indiana the "Hoosier State" ?

Shawnee Indians used the word "hoosier" as a greeting.

The word "hoosier", in their language, means "who's here".

Indiana is also became the home, in 1911, of the very first long-distance automobile race known as the "Indy 500".


The circular date stamp tied to the flag stamp represents the anniversary of Indiana statehood.


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Friday, April 1, 2016

Illinois - The 21st State

With four state forests and 72 state parks, Illinois may be said to be quite beautiful.


The circular date stamp cancel tied to the flag stamp represents the anniversary of Illinois' statehood.


See Chicago, like Frank Sinatra says, "That toddlin' town...betcha bottom dollar you lose the blues in Chicago" !

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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

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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"