Friday, March 31, 2017
The Hare & The Tortoise - The Concorde & The Zeppelin of the Comoros
12:53 am cdt
The Comoros is a sovereign archipelago island nation in
the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern
Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar.
main islands and numerous islets in the Indian Ocean between Mozambique and Madagascar make up the Comoros Islands.
They issued these stamps on November 25, 1976 for the 25th Anniversary
of U.N. Postal Services and feature the Concorde, airship Graf Zeppelin and U.N. ICAO stamp.
First, the lithographed, perforated stamp.
And finally, the lithographed, imperforate.
Read about the exotic Comoros by clicking either stamp.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Liberia Remembers the Zeppelin and Alexander Graham Bell
12:29 am cdt
Liberia is on the west coast of Africa between the Ivory
Coast and Sierra Leone.
It's capital, Monrovia.
The first stamps issued in 1860.
From my collection, Scott #747 was issued June 4, 1976, the 100th anniversary of the first telephone,
and features the Universal Postal Union emblem, the Wright Brothers plane, the Concorde supersonic jet and Graf Zeppelin D-LZ129.
Alexander Graham bell made his first telephone call
on March 10, 1876.
Liberia is a friend that
wants the world to always remember that historic day, in addition to our planet's other great achievements.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Nicaragua Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the Zeppelin
12:44 am cdt
Nicaragua is a republic in Central America located between
Honduras and Costa Rica.
Nice topical stamps
come from this scenic country.
Here's a souvenir sheet issued October 31, 1977 commemorating
the 75th anniversay of the Zeppelin.
Scott #C925 illustrates the Zeppelin with lead lines
Again, looks like LZ127.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Zeppelins & Icebreakers In the U.S.S.R.
1:37 am cdt
On December 22, 1976, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
issued this stamp.
Scott #4536 20kopec features the Russian icebreaker,
And a Zeppelin in the upper
left hand corner.
looks like LZ127
The "Krassin" is
one from a set of five different icebreakers.
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Zeppelin Stamps of the People's Republic of Congo - 1977
4:34 am cdt
A retrospective history of the Zeppelin was portrayed
on the People's Republic of Congo stamps, issued August 5, 1977.
This very beautiful country has produced many topical stamps for collectors to assist it's economy, it's medical,
and it's agricultural services.
Here is Scott
#408, “Schwaben” LZ 10, 1911
Scott #409, Viktoria Luise LZ11, named after the Kaiser's daughter, 1913
Scott #410, LZ120
Scott #411, LZ127
Scott #412, "Graf Zeppelin"
Souvenir Sheet LZ127
The principal food crops of the People's Republic
of Congo, produced primarily for family consumption, are manioc, sweet potatoes, yams, taro, millet, corn, rice, plantains,
and various vegetables.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
The Zeppelins of Mali
2:04 pm cdt
The Federation of Mali is in West Africa.
It was founded on January 17, 1959, consisted of the Republic of
Senegal and the French Sudan, and broke up in June of 1960. Capital Damar and Bamako.
In my series on modern Zeppelin issues, let's look at these engraved stamps, issued May 30, 1977.
Scott #305 Zeppelin 120 fr No. 1, 1900
130fr, Graf Zeppelin, 1924 Scott #306
350fr Hindenburg aflame at Lakehurst, NJ, May 6, 1937,
500fr, Ferdinand von Zeppelin and Graf Zeppelin, Scott
Friday, March 24, 2017
Kaiser Daliwonga Mathanzima 1915 – 2003 - President of Transkei
1:22 am cdt
Transkei, in the South African language Xhosa, means "the
area beyond the river (kei).
country is in the southeastern region of South Africa, part of the Eastern Cape province, it's capital Umtata, now Mthatha.
Kaiser Daliwonga Mathanzima (15 June 1915 – 15 June 2003) was the nephew of Nelson Mandela.
Stamps were issued February 20, 1979, the day of his inauguration
as President, to honor him.
This strip of five
was produced from plate numbers 288 and 289. They are Scott #56.
This strip of five was produced from plate numbers
290 and 291. Scott Catalog #57.
K.D. was great man who cared for, and believed in,
the welfare of his people.
Issued the year
before K.D.'s inauguration, on Novemebr 30, 1978 stamps were issued recognizing the need for the care of the physically challenged.
Leg Brace on a child, Scott #41
A man in a wheelchair, Scott #42
Nurse examining child, Scott #43
Known in the art world as A H Barrett, Barry Barrett
designed these stamps. He was a talented, fine artist, born in England. He immigrated to South Africa as a young man
and earned his living painting portraits, illustrating books, calendars and postage stamps.
died in 1999 at the age of 82.
These are the
stamps of a peace-loving, beautiful nation.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Church of Sainte Madeleine - Troyes France
2:43 am cdt
Troyes is the
capital of Aube in north-central France. It is located on the Seine river.
This mint block of four stamps, from my collection, is a 16th century stained glass window in the
Church of Sainte Madeleine, Troyes.
Issued in 1967, Scott Catalog #1175 is Saint Eloi,
the Goldsmith, at Work.
Created in the 16th century, this is the actual stained
glass, a bit blurry and hazy, from the photographic exposure.
This colorful engraved stamp's perforations are 13x12mm.
Now 50 years old, it is still common, and beautiful.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Maluku Selatan - Nation In Exile
1:31 am cdt
The Republic of South Maluku, also known as the Republic
of the South Moluccas, was founded as a self-proclaimed republic in the Maluku Islands on April 25, 1960.
It's north of Australia in the Indonesian archipelago consisting
of over 15,000 islands.
It was an exiled government,
it's stamps considerd bogus and never recognized by postal authorities.
The stamp catalogs of the world do not recognize the stamps of Maluku Selatan as valid for postage,
nor as postage stamps, as they were privately issued by the exiled leaders with hopes of recognition by the Universal Postal
The stamps were believed to have been sold by the
exiled government in the Netherlands.
The purpose of the issues was to announce the archipelago and flag of the
Republic of South Moluccas, address the concern of this exile government, and gather world-wide support from organizations
such as the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the United Nations (UN).
General Douglas MacArthur was honored in an attempt
to obtain his recognition and defense.
It's believed that these stamps, from a decades-old
album page in my collection, were issued in 1952.
one time, the Maluku Islands were the only place in the world that grew clove and nutmeg.
Becoming scarce, they're the stamps of a nation still in exile this very day.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Princess Grace of Monaco
3:23 pm cdt
Grace Kelly will be much loved by this country of ours
and the nations of the world forever.
She retired from acting in the United States at the
age of 26 to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco.
became the Princess of Monaco.
was devoted to the promotion of human welfare and to social reforms.
She joined the world-wide effort to fund research for multiple sclerosis.
I want to share images of my first day cover from Princess Grace with you.
On June 6, 1962 in Monaco, the Sun, Flowers and Hope
Chest stamp was issued to publicize the work of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of New York.
The first day of issue cancellation, Jour d'Emission,
is to the left of the Monacan circular date stamp tied to Scott catalog #506.
The cachet features the microscope of research circling
the world and one who requires care.
Grace included this letter.
On September 13, 1982, Princess Grace had a stroke
while driving and lost control of her car.
died September 14, 1982. I will always remember that very sad day.
Monday, March 20, 2017
The $215 Dollar New York Bank Draft of 1899
4:43 am cdt
A bank draft from Bainbridge, New York.
Revenue Stamped Paper was used to collect taxes on documents.
Scott #RN- X7. First National Bank 1899.
Black & red, gray safety engraved on beige.
Printed by Benj. D. Benson & Son, Stationers,
49 John St., N.Y.
Payable at Chase National
Bank, New York with the New York state seal.
X imprints were printed by 28 companies licensed by the government. They appear most often on checks, drafts, bills of
exchange and certificates of deposit, as well as on time drafts, promissory notes, money orders, telegrams, cablegrams, parlor
car tickets and express receipts for cans of milk.
A used, very fine example of revenue stamped
paper from my collection.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Finlandia Philatelic Exhibition 1956
1:21 am cdt
Finland issued this stamp 61 years ago. It was issued
to publicize the Finlandia Philatelic Exhibition held in Helsinki from July 7 through July 15, 1956.
Finnish stamps were first issued in 1856 under the
Russian Empire. The Russian Coat of Arms illustration appeared on the first stamps.
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The Amercian Red Cross 1918 - Angels of Mercy
2:09 am cdt
Censored mail came and went during the first world war.
Before the mail could cross the lines in 1918 a censor had to proof
read it before it was placed in the outgoing mail bag.
American Red Cross played a vital role in winning the 1st World War.
And the Christmas Stamps of 1918 encouraged warring nations to start saving lives rather than destroy
them with military campaigns.
The American Red
Cross letters of December 12, 1918 and January 2, 1919 remind us of the tragedy of war.
The Statue of Liberty bears the torch and shield with the salutations "Christmas Greetings",
"Happy New Year" 1918.
Here are some
scarce examples from my collection:
Censored Mail Red Cross Army Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.)
I'm not exactly certain, but I think the
M.R.E.S. in the circular date stamp may be an abbreviation for "Medical Rescue and Emergency Services.
January 2, 1919
And finally, the censor's stamp of approval before
the mail goes out.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Advanced Stamp Collecting - Mongolia 1963
4:59 am cdt
Here's some advanced stamp collecting for you.
Mongolia and the Space Program in 1963.
The greatest dog that ever flew in a rocket, Laika, was memorialized on these great examples from
the beginning of the space race.
Orbital Rocket is rendered in a way that reflects the events of that time as no other illustration can.
And the block of four.
And the cancellation.
The Scott Catalog 2009 listing for Scott #319.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Afghanistan - Remembering Human Rights In A War Torn Nation
12:32 pm cdt
The world knows of the beauty, and the horrors, of Afghanistan.
A nation where war appears to be incessant.
Afghanistan was listed in 2002 as one of the most dangerous countries
in the world to be born a woman. Half a million die annually in childbirth.
On December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations
General Assembly at the Palais De Chaillot, Paris.
represents the first global expression of the rights to which all human beings are entitled.
Afghanistan commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration with two new stamps
and first day of issue covers in a ceremony held in Kaboul, Afghanistan on December 10, 1958.
Here they are, from my collection:
The circular dated handstamp, which ties Scott
#466, the 50p lilac rose Globe and Torch, to the cover, originated in Kaboul.
The cachet represents more today than ever.
The second cover includes the second stamp issued
by the Afghanistan Postal Authority.
100p maroon, Globe and Torch, also tied to the Kaboul first day of issue circular dated handstamp.
The Kaboul cancel on the 100p.
Afghanistan will become a beautiful, peaceful nation
once more if her citizens and leaders will remember this day.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Czechoslovakia & The New York World's Fair 1940
1:17 am cdt
Czechoslovakia originally issued this gallant souvenir
sheet, designed by Professor Karl Seizinger, known as the Bratislava Philatelic Exhibition Issue, on October 24, 1937 without
the coat of arms at the top or the inscription about the New York World's Fair at the bottom.
The coat of arms and inscription about the World's
Fair were both printed specifically for the fair.
These resplendent stamps show a view of Poprad Lake
(50h) and the tomb of General Milan Stefanik 1939, (1k).
This issue was overprinted with the Czechoslovak
View of Cathedral of arms and “Czecho-Slovak Participation New Opening of the Slovakian Parliament. New York World’s
Fair 1940, Czecho-Slovak Pavilion” and privately produced to finance Czechoslovakian participation in the exhibition.
The 1938, June 24 overprint exists in black, green,
red, blue, gold, deep green and silver.
overprinted souvenir sheet, Scott #239, is scarce today.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
David Saks & John"Bad Dog"McCormack (1955 - 2011)
2:05 pm cdt
Today, let's all remember one of the best friends I've
John "Bad Dog" McCormack
"Bad Dog" died on March 10, 2011 and was buried on this
day, March 14th, in Memphis.
I miss you,
pal, and always will !
David & Bad Dog
Barbuda & The Centenary of the Universal Postal Union 1874 - 1875
1:39 am cdt
The Universal Postal Union, the U.P.U., was established
It's headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.
A specialized agency of the United Nations, it sets the rules for
international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to create growth in mail, parcel and finance improving the quality
of service for customers throughout the world.
beautiful island of Barbuda honored the U.P.U. with a souvenir sheet for stamp collectors in 1974, the 100th anniversary of
the founding of the Universal Postal Union.
Featured on this great collectible are Scott #'s 167,
a ship's letter from Barbuda, #168, the first Barbuda postage stamps, and #169, mail transportation by air.
The souvenir sheet includes a fine illustration of
the aircraft and the ship.
And the flag of the Universal Postal
Barbuda is an island paradise in
the eastern Caribbean.
It is north of Antigua in the middle
of the Leeward Islands.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Grenada - Our Friends
1:53 pm cdt
Grenada is a beautiful island country in the Lesser Antilles
to the northeast of Venezuela in the Carribean Sea.
For the bicentennial year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, 1976, Grenada honored the United
States with a set of souvenir sheets for stamp collectors in 1975.
Issued May 6, 1975, Scott #'s C29, C30 and C31- Hancock, Franklin and Adams.
Another souvenir sheet was released with Marquis de
Lafayette, a $1 denomination.
for being our friends.
Sunday, March 12, 2017
USS Hobson - September 8, 1941
2:12 pm cdt
The USS Hobson (DD-464/DMS-26), was a Gleaves-class destroyer.
From my collection, here is the historic cover and
cachet commemorating the day of the Hobson's launch from the United States Navy Yard in Charleston, South Carolina, September
The stamp, Scott #805, the one and a half cent Martha
Washington issue of 1938, is tied to the official Navy Yard Station seven bar horizontal machine cancellation.
The cachet is a fine illustrated representation of
this deadly war machine.
The circular date stamp tied to the cachet represents
the actual day of the launch, September 8, 1941.
D F Griffin served as the official illustrator/cachet
maker for the Navy and the Hobson launch.
Sadly, on April 26 1952, in the North Atlantic, the
USS Hobson collided with the USS WASP.
surface radar failed and the aircraft carrier slammed into the Hudson and ripped it in half.
The Hobson sunk and 176 of her crew were lost with the ship.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Philatelist Versus Stamp Collector - What's The Difference ?
2:17 am cst
There are seven varieties of the stamps below.
They were printed by the National Bank
Note Compnay, the American Bank Note Company and the Continental Bank Note Company between 1870 and 1881.
between a philatelist and a stamp collector is this:
The philatelist can tell you which stamp is worth five
dollars and which stamp is worth fifty thousand dollars.
A stamp collector cannot.
collector is a person who collects stamps.
A philatelist studies stamps, the history of stamps, the design of stamps
and all things concerned with stamps and their production.
1. Printing of stamps
of stamps, for example: Air Mail, special delivery, postage due, revenue, commemorative, definitive, etc.
Formats of stamps such as: Sheets of stamps, coils, imperforate stamps, plate blocks, miniature sheets
First Day Covers
5. Topical stamps such as birds on stamps, space stamps, floral stamps etc.
6. Errors on stamps, Inverted stamps
7. Postal marks and cancellations
8. Pre-cancels on stamps
9. Counterfeiting of stamps, forgeries and fakes designed to fool collectors
10. Design of
11. History of Stamps
That's the difference between a stamp collector and
L. N. Williams, in his fantastic book Fundamentals of Philately, defines a philatelist as:
"one of a class interested in every facet of the production, issue, and use of stamps."
Friday, March 10, 2017
Charles Haviland Mekeel 1861-1921
1:26 pm cst
Charles H. Mekeel, born in St.Louis, Missouri, was one
of America’s greatest stamp dealers and editors.
He became a dealer in 1877 and continued for the rest of his life. His editing began in 1881 with The Stamp Collectors’
Bureau (later called The Collectors’ Bureau).
most famous publication was Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, begun in January 1891 through 1897.
He sold it to his brother Isaac in 1897 and it remained one of the nation’s leading weekly
stamp publication well into the twentieth century.
with his photo, I've included one his business envelopes from my collection.
Charles Haviland MeKeel
The cover was sent to W.F. Hardy, Jr., the son of
the very prominent Missouri painter William Franklin Hardy, Sr.
W.F. Hardy, Sr. was a landscape painter and painted many subject canvasses which he presented to institutions
Here is one
of Mr.Hardy's paintings.
Landscape painting by William Franklin Hardy, Senior
The cover reverse side has a nice Clayton, Missouri
"received" circular date stamp, arriving the same day it was sent.
The carmine two cent Washington stamp, Scott #332,
is tied to the June 30, 1911 Pine Lawn machine cancel, Doane Type 4Aa 4-Bar cancel, 14mm
the top to the bottom of the bars, and circular date stamp.
Charles H. MeKeel was admitted to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1972.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
London Ontario to Detroit Michigan - 1933 Airmail
9:19 am cst
This airmail cover is scarce.
It ties the 2 cent King George the Fifth, Scott #196,
and the 1933 Canadian surcharged overprint, Scott #C2 now #C4, to a nice February 11, 1933 London, Ontario circular date stamp.
This sought-after airmail cover arrived the same
day at it's destination, Detroit. Michigan, evidenced by the red Detroit circular date stamp.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
New York 1939
2:36 am cst
From my collection, the official "First Day Of Issue"
New York World's Fair, issued April 1, 1939.
The stamp is perf. 10.5x11, Scott #853 design A312, 3c
deep purple addressed to the Rainbow Cover Service in Edmond, Oklahoma.
The circular date stamp and machine cancellation indicate that this futuristic first day cover laft
New York City on April the 1st, 1939 at 9 AM in the morning.
The Trylon and Perisphere cachet, symbols of the
World's Fair, are great signs of amazing things to come.
Trylon, a 700-foot-tall spire, was connected to the Perisphere – a sphere with a diameter of 180 feet. These
images, issued on U.S. Scott #853 on April 1, 1939, were open to the public at the Grand Opening held April 30.
The Perisphere housed the “world of tomorrow”
model city that could be seen by visitors on a moving walkway.
Lots of stamps were printed, but not many first day
covers like this one.
Stamps Issued: 101,699,550
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Method: Rotary Press
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Angra - The Early Stamps 1892 - 1893
12:38 am cst
Angra is an administrative district located in the Azores
islands, situated about one-third of the distance between Europe and North America. It served as a key destination for
explorers and travelers during the golden age of sailing ships.
The official name is Angra do Heroísmo, "Angra the Heroic" in honor of it's citizen's successful
defense of the island in 1829.
The Scott catalog
lists only the two series of stamps from 1892 through 1905, both series of issued stamps bearing the likeness of King Carlos
Here are few of the early stamps
from my collection:
Scott #'s 1, 2, 3 & 4 issued in 1892
Issued in 1893, Scott #'s 7 (1892) & 10
You're beautiful when you're Angra :-)
Monday, March 6, 2017
12:57 pm cst
Charles Lindbergh made his way to St.Louis, Missouri June
18, 1927 for the first day of issue ceremonies celebrating a new airmal stamp commemorating his historic flight from New York
to Paris May 20-21, 1927.
From my collection, covers, flown by Lindy, with the
Lindbergh stamp, Scott# C10, official ceremony cachets, and circular date stamps, both Saint Louis and Chicago (on reverse).
Once again, the wavy Chicago wavy machine cancellation
is of the Columbia Postal Supply Company of Silver Creek, New York.
Note the cover was flown from Saint Louis and delivered in Chicago the same day, nine hours from
the first midnight cancel in St.Louis to the 9pm arrival circular date cancellation in Chicago.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Scott #807 is tied to the cover with a wavy machine cancel.
1:41 am cst
Whose cancellation machine is it ?
The answer would be the Columbia Postal Supply Company
of Silver Creek, New York !
Don't cry if you
Here's the U.S.S. Patterson, a deadly killing machine
on the water, in 1939.
Looks like wartime.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Azerbaijan - A Dead Country Revived, Liberated & Independent
1:16 am cst
From its incorporation to the Russian Empire in 1806,
to its briefly obtained independence in 1918, which it lost to the Soviet Union in 1920, Azerbaijan re-acquired independence
in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union.
are a few of the earliest stamps of Azerbaijan.
were included in a small packet mixture envelope, perhaps sent as an approval to a collector in the early part of the 20th
Represented top row above, issued in 1919, from left
to right, are Scott #'s62 & 79.
left to right, issued in 1922, are Scott #'s21 & 29.
Friday, March 3, 2017
A New Era For Memphis Tourism - Mud Island
9:20 am cst
Mud Island is a Memphis gateway to great entertainment
on the Mighty Mississippi.
It officially opened
on Juy 3rd, 1982. I was there.
Here's a philatelic
A pair of stamps, Scott #'s1319 "Great River
Road", featuring maps of the Mississippi River, are nicely cancelled with a Memphis first day of issue circular date
stamp with the river running through it.
stamps were issued in 1966 to publicize the 5,600 mile Great River Road, which is an undivided highway through the Mississippi
River from New Orleans to Ontario, Canada.
10 cent, Scott #1592, "People's Right to Petition for Redress" stamp is attached, to the cover to the right of the
river pair, and cancelled by the river cancellation running through it.
It was a fine day in Memphis !
had dreams about Mud Island when I was a little boy, perhaps from the stories by Mark Twain and other great writers.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
"Elvis Presley's Memphis" Opens Today At Graceland
12:44 am cst
Elvis would be thrilled if he could see the great new
complex opening today for all of his fans at Graceland.
In honor of this great day,
here's the famous first day cover that you could only get if you were at Graceland the day of the stamp ceremony, January
8th, 1993, the official "I Was There" cover.
There were only 5000 printed by Graceland.
Authorized by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., the United States
Postal Service and printed by The River Group, they're now very rare.
I'm very proud to have the "I Was There" first day cover in my collection.
Congratulations Priscilla Presley, Jack Soden, George Klein, Joel Weinshanker, and all of my friends at Graceland !
To my friends throughout the world, please come to Memphis
and visit Graceland.
be in our hearts forever !
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
1:21 pm cst
These beautiful stamps were issued by the British Post
Office, the Royal Mail, on June 30, 1976.
mark the Centenary of the Royal National Rose Society, founded December 7, 1876.
The Queen, HM Elizabeth, is the Society patron.