Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Marc Chagallís Stained Glass Windows
8:14 pm cdt
TRIBES OF ISRAEL. Issued March 27, 1973
(the first six values) and August 21, 1973 (the last six values).
From my collection:
a representative display of the above:
The windows symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel
blessed by Jacob and Moses
in verses which conclude Genesis and Deuteronomy.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:10 pm cdt
Here's another page from my 1912 Schaubek album.
Quiet day, light rain. Good day to clean up the old album pages.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Kansas - The 34th State
11:53 am cdt
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.
great jazz musicians called Kansas City home.
Basie, Charlie Parker, Jay McShann, and others played the nights away in Kansas City.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Iowa - The 29th State
2:35 am cdt
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").
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Brooklyn and Long Island Stamp Exhibit Association 1934
5:22 pm cdt
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.
& LONG ISLAND STAMP EXHIBITORS ASSOCIATION, N.Y.
(BALISEA) BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
1934 APRIL 5-8; 3rd ANNUAL
EXHIBIT; LABELS: BROOKLYN BRIDGE.
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.
SET OF 4. BLACK CENTERS & VIOLET; GREEN; RED; BLUE FRAMES,
ON WHITE PAPER. PERFED / GUMMED.
55mm X 41mm
Badly toned is Nicklin's inverted Brooklyn Bridge
New York is groovy !
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
The Olympic Games That Never Were - 1940
2:41 pm cdt
Monday, April 11, 2016
Cape of Good Hope 1855
1:01 pm cdt
This stamp was printed between 1855 and 1858 in South
Africa from the Cape of Good Hope.
to be cancelled with what was know as the BTO or "Barred Triangle Obliterator".
It's part of my collection.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
1873 Officials - The Department of Agriculture
5:04 pm cdt
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
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
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
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
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Classics from a Mississippi Junk Dealer
1:13 pm cdt
Got this page of 1851 to 1862 United States classics from
a junk dealer.
Some faulty, but rare.
You pros know the numbers.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Jefferson Davis 1863
9:08 pm cdt
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
It's a beauty.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Natal Long Ago
2:17 pm cdt
More from the beautiful old handmade album I discovered
Natal is on the southern coast of Africa and borders the Indian Ocean.
Natal is a former British
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.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Let's Visit Morocco
6:03 pm cdt
Here's a page from an old handmade album I purchased from
a junk dealer in Southaven, Mississippi.
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.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
11:30 am cdt
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 harbour.en.wikipedia.org
Monday, April 4, 2016
Monday Laugh Break
12:17 pm cdt
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Just a Quiet, Great Day !
11:21 pm cdt
Listening to music, etc.
Stamp club meeting Thursday night.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Indiana - The 19th State
3:10 pm cdt
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
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.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Illinois - The 21st State
5:41 am cdt
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" !