Saturday, June 18, 2016
Are You Kidding Me ?
3:16 am cdt
I found this on the back of one of the comics in my collection
I laughed so hard I fell out of
It's on the back of a
1993 comic titled "Mystery Incorporated".
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
6:40 pm cdt
The Guatemalan Quetzal (Scott no. 25) was one
of the most beautiful stamps in the world.
was issued Novemeber 7, 1881.
It is engraved
and has 12 perforations per two centimeters horizontally and vertically.
The resplendent quetzal is a large trogon, a forest bird of the warm regions of the New World, having
brilliant lustrous plumage and long tails.
quetzal is of Central America and South America and has golden-green and scarlet plumage.
Here's an example from my stamp collection.
I found it in an old decaying stamp album that was printed in the first decade of the 20th century.
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
are the 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
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.
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 !