Friday, June 30, 2017
Philatokyo '81 & The Art of Hokusai (October 31, 1760 – May 10, 1849)
12:48 am cdt
Souvenir Cards were printed by the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing and issued by USPS at major Philatelic Exhibitions a few times each year beginning in 1954.
Most of the cards bear reproductions of United States stamps with
the design altered by removal of denomination and country name.
Philatokyo 81 was Japan's International Philatelic Exhibition.
This card features both a United States stamp and one from Japan.
The card bears a reproduction of Scott #1531,
the painting "Five Feminine Virtues" by Hokusai issued June 6, 1974 for the 100th anniversary of the Universal Postal
Union, and the Japanese stamp also painted by Hokusa, Scott #800, "The Great Wave of Kenegawa" issued October 10,
1963 for International Letter Writing Week October 6 through 12, a design from Hokusai's "96 Views of Fuji".
Greetings from United States Postmaster General
William F. Bolger in Japanese.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Summer of Tragedy - The 1972 Summer Olympics
11:30 pm cdt
The 1972 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele
1972), officially known as the Games of the XX Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event held in Munich, West Germany,
from August 26 to September 11, 1972.
The 1972 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XI Olympic Winter Games
Dai Jūichi-kai Orinpikku Tōkikyōgi Taikai) (French: Les XIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver), was held from February
3 to February 13, 1972, in Sapporo, Hokkaidō, Japan.
souvenir card is from the 1972 Summer Olympics, the most tragic event in the history of sports because of the Munich massacre
in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches, and a West German police officer, were killed. Five of the eight Black September
Palestinian terrorists who carried out the atrack were killed by police.Three terrorists were captured.
Scott #'s1460, 1461 and 1462 represent the
Summer Olympics and airmail Scott #C85 represents the Winter Olympics.
The greeting from United States Postmaster
General E.T. Klassen.
Never forget the brave Israeli athletes who
died at the hands of desperate scumbags and filthy cowards.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
My First Stamps - Lundy Island
12:42 pm cdt
Lundy Island was the beginning
of stamp collecting for me.
Cinderellas (stamps not normally listed
in the main stamp collecting catalogues), the little laughing bird known as the puffin grabbed my heart.
I was seven years old when I bought them from Herron-Hill Stamps
on Main Street in Memphis. Sadly, Herron-Hill is not with us any longer. They were mentors, as the Weills
I paid a penny apiece for them in 1959.
They're worth about 12 dollars today. but priceless to me because they represent the beginning of
a long, wonderful journey with stamp collecting.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Happy 500th Birthday Copernicus !
8:19 pm cdt
The International philatelic exhibition Polska '73 in
Poznań, commemorated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikołaj Kopernik (Copernicus).
Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1543),
is the Polish astronomer who discovered that the sun, not the earth, is the center of our solar system.
awesome souvenir card featuring three commemorative stamps for the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Polish astronomer
Copernicus was issued by the Postal Service for POLSKA '73, the international philatelic exhibition held August 19 through
September 2, 1973 in Poznan, Poland.
The card has an enlarged engraving of the U.S. 8‐cent tribute to the great Polish astronomer
who revolutionized man's concept of the universe, and two of many commemoratives issued by Poland's postal authorities in
left to right Scott #1488, Nicolaus Copernicus 1473-1543, issued April 23, 1973, and Scott #s 1544 and 1545 issued December
15, 1972 in Poland.
card was distributed without charge to those attending the exhibition, titled Swiatowa Wystawa Filatelistyczna, and this
wording,runs across the top of the card,
Under the three stamps, in Polish, is a commemoration of the show and a description of the stamps
over the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Klassen of the United States of America.
card, printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the U.S., was available for $1 plus a 50‐cent handling charge
per order from the POLSKA Souvenir Card, Philatelic Sales Unit in Washington, D. C. if you couldn't attend this terrific
card is not available from postal authorities any longer, and hasn't been for many years.
You'd have to search the web for one.
wystawa filatelistyczna = International philatelic exhibition.
Monday, June 26, 2017
The International Airmail Exhibition, APEX 73
12:20 pm cdt
THREE airmails of the Americas, all incredible rarities,
make up the design of a this souvenir card from the United States Postal Service in honor of the International Airmail Exhibition,
The card was distributed at the exhibition,
held in Manchester, England.
The show marked
the 50th anniversary of the Aero Philatelic Club of London.
In the center of the card is the U. S. 24cent airmail
of 1918, showing the Curtis “Jenny” with the vignette inverted and listed in Scott's Catalogue #C3a at $850,000
To the left of the invert is a reproduction
of the Newfoundland surcharged 60cent black De Pinedo airmail of 1927, which in mint condition is valued at $57,500 in Scott's,
#C4. To the right is the 10‐cent Ulua Bridge of Honduras surcharged in 1925 as a 25‐cent airmail and valued in
Scott's, #C12, at $75,000.
The card was available for $1 from the Philatelic Sales Unit and produced by the Bureau
of Engraving and Printing in limited quantities.
A brief commemoration of the exhibition and a description of the
stamps appear in English on the card, above the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Klassen.
Collect souvenir cards.
It's a great way to learn about the best aspects of philately.
Many souvenir cards are quite valuable and they can certainly be
a good return on your investment when the time comes to trade or sell.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Internationale Briefmarken Asutellung, IBRA 73
12:30 pm cdt
The IBRA Munich ' 73 international Stamp Exhibition was
held in Munich, Germany 11-20 May 1973 part of the Fedration Internationale de Philatelie (FIP) or the International Philatelic
Federation, founded in 1926.
The FIP's chief
function is to promote international exhibits and other philatelic activities at the international level. It establishes standards
for international philately.
Once a year,
in conjunction with an international exhibition, the FIP holds a congress that is attended by delegates from member organizations
throughout the world.
In 1973 it was held in
Munich alongside Internationale Briefmarken Asutellung, IBRA 73.
This fantastic souvenir card was distributed to participants at the events, printed in limited quantities
by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the United States.
This Postal Service card, for the Munich show,
bears a color reproduction of the official symbol of IBRA, in which the four letters form a rectangle of two letters on
top of two letters, with the whole encircled by the formal name in German.
But the major part of the card depicts the
65‐cent U. S. airmail stamp commemorating the flight of the dirigible Graf Zeppelin from Germany to the Americas in
1930, Scott #C13.
The stamp shows the Graf
Zeppelin over the Atlantic on its return flight to Germany.
A brief commentary on the exhibition and a
description of the stamp appear in German over the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Kiassen.
This great IBRA souvenir card is in my collection.
The details the Bureau cards provide present
you with a coup d'oeil, a quick look, at the greatest events, and achievements, in history.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
There's No Business Like Show Business !
4:00 am cdt
The Legends of American Music series discovered the lights
of Broadway in New York, New York on September 21, 1999 with the Broadway Songwriters pane.
Ira and George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers
and Oscar Hammerstein II, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and individual songwriters Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser and
Meredith Willson are featured in this classic series of six stamps representing nine of the greatest composers of popular
American music for the musical theater.
#'s 3345 - 3350
Originally $6.60, the pane of 20 stamps is
worth $25 to $30 today.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Hooray For Hollywood !
1:24 pm cdt
On September 16, 1999 the United States Postal Service
remembered six of the greatest film composers of our time.
of the American Music Series, we honor our Hollywood Composers.
Scott #'s 3339 - 3344 pane of 20
Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann,
Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
The music these men created brought the dreams
of the screen to life.
The $6.60 stamp investment
in 1999 is worth nearly $30 today.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
5:14 pm cdt
On June 24, 1999, in Anaheim, California, the United States
Postal Service issued the Aquarium Fish pane.
by Richard Sheaff and printed by the Banknote Corporation of America, a full tagged pane of this issue catalogs for $350 dollars
in the 2014 Scott Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps and Covers.
Scott #'s 3317-3320
The bottom row.
Enlarged description left including plate position
and plate color numerical.
Enlarged description right to include plate
An aquarium in the home is a thing of great
beauty and wonder.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
11:57 am cdt
On September 30, 1997 the United States Postal Service
used scare tactics to step up the national interest in stamp collecting.
Scott #3168 Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the
Opera, Scott#3169 Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Scott #3170 Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, Scott #3171 Boris Karloff as The Mummy,
and Scott #3172 Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wold Man.
Classic Movie Monsters
Plate color numbers of this super pane of 20
are seen in the top left and right margins representing the colors used.
Hidden 3D images can be seen on these stamps when they're viewed with a special "Stamp Decoder"
sold by the United States Postal Service.
as heck to find now, the decoder uses a special patented process known as "scrambled indicia" that reveals masquerade
masks, flying bats, bolts of electricity, Egyptian deities and howling wolves when held over the stamps.
The Chaney's, Lugosi and Karloff turned the
movie houses into meat lockers with the chills, screams and shivers from their fans, myself included.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Guatemala - The Quetzal Bird 1881
12:20 pm cdt
The Quetzal, a trogon, is a forest bird of warm regions
of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and a long tail.
The stamps of Guatemala are among the most
beautiful on the planet.
Scott #25 issued November 7, 1881, the Quetzal
bird adorns this beautifully engraved example of the postal history of this great country.
Hotel Times Square - Gone But Not Forgotten
11:14 am cdt
Hotel Times Square was in the heart of Broadway.
Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Yip
Harburg and many other great Broadway composers knew Hotel Times Square.
Located on 43rd Street in Manhattan, where
the great theaters of Broadway lined the streets,
Hotel Times Square printed modest stationery
that sedately announced, without the bravado and fanfare of most advertising covers, in the upper left hand corner, whence
the letter originated.
Scott #800, bottom left sheet margin with the
plate number, the Alaskan landscape with Mount McKinley (issued November 12, 1937), is tied to the hotel advertising cover
by the rectangular machine slogan cancel "Buy Defense Savings Bonds And Stamps", and the circular date stamp postmarked
New York, N.Y. Sept.27, 10:30pm, 1941.
On the back, this reminder to include a return
address in the space provided below the paragraph.
Visit New York.
You'll never forget Times Square.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hotel Houston - Gone But Not Forgotten
2:07 pm cdt
The Houston Hotel is gone.
I don't know if it was demolished, rebuilt or what.
And nothing so far has surfaced on the web about it.
Scott #774, the Boulder Dam issue of 1935,
is postmarked with the international machine cancelllation of Oct 1, 2:30pm, 1935 Washington, D.C. and the the number 10 which
may represent the cancellation station.
Could this nice cover be one of the few things
left of the great Hotel Houston, the hotel with,
Room And A Bath For Two And A Half" ?
The hotel cover is a great collecting topic
Sunday, June 18, 2017
The Baptist Sunday School Board
12:59 pm cdt
The Frost Building is historic.
It was built for the Southern Baptist Convention.
A photograph of the historic Frost Building
(Baptist Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention) at 161 Eighth Avenue North (Rosa L. Parks Boulevard) in downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, circa 1996.
A.H. Eilers was a publisher of religious text
books and was located in St.Louis, Missouri. They were clients of the Baptist Sunday School Board located at 161 Eighth Avenue
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Eilers is best known
for the Sunday School maps they published, many of which are rare and valuable today.
The front office of the building was named
for James M. Frost (1848-1916), Pastor, denominational leader, and founder of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist
Convention in 1891. The architectural structure is a 1913 creation by architects Gardner and Seal, featuring elaborately worked
ornamentation in the style of Beaux-Arts classicism with includes colossal Roman Corinthian columns, pilasters, and entablature.
Built by Selden-Breck Construction Company. Forms part of the Nashville Room Historic Photographs Collection.
1979, the building was renovated by the Baptist Sunday School Board, and in 1993, the firm of Hart Freeland Roberts used photographs
to restore the office of Dr. Frost.
Foster & Parkes created the cachet of the Frost building.
The two cent rose-colored Scott #499 type 1
is tied to the cover with an international machine cancellation and the circular date stamped postmark of July 27, 9pm, 1920
Nashville, Tenn originating at the number 1 cancellation station.
A fine representation of the beautiful architecture of Nashville, it's an outstanding cachet representing
the first half-century of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
The Sovereign Military Order Of Malta
2:07 pm cdt
The only surviving order of military
chivalry in the world today is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The full name of the order is the Sovereign Military
and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta. Its responsibility was to provide rest, provisions,
and care for those who were injured in battle, as well as pilgrim, the poor and the sick. The Order was founded before Jerusalem
was taken by the Crusaders in 1099. It was originally connected with the Order of St. Benedict. It had both military and charitable
functions. It was expelled from the Holy Land in 1291, and made its home in Cyprus temporarily.
In 1307 the Order landed on the island of Rhodes
after finding a temporary home on Cyprus. Until 1522 the Muslim naval power was unable to prevail again the Order. At that
time Suleyman the Magnificent did take the island and the Knights left with military honors.
After further years
of exile Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, provided the Order with a permanent home on the island of Malta for the rent of
a single falcon per year. In 1798, after successfully withstanding many Turkish attempts to dislodge them the Knights of Malta
were defeated by Napoleon and expelled from the island.
Knights of Malta finally established their headquarters in their palace in Rome, where it is today. They continue their charitable
work with lepers, and providing medical service in emergency situations. The Order is not a member of the Universal Postal
Union and its stamps are only recognized by countries that have bilateral agreements with it.
"The stamps are issued for both postal and charitable reasons. Despite over 50 bi-lateral postal
agreements the stamps are usually classed as cinderella stamps as they do not have postal validity throughout the world. Most
postal agreements are with countries in which the order does charitable work."
The SMOM is not a member of
the Universal Postal Union.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
My Mississippi Neighbors
10:18 am cdt
North Mississippi is a short drive south from my home,
about 20 minutes.
I have relatives and
friends throughout Mississippi, one of the finest states in America.
Mississippi has had it's share of troubles to include political, racial, agricultural.
Today Mississippi is breathtaking, picturesque, scenic, prospering
Scott #955 was issued on April
7, 1948 at 9AM in the morning in the magnificent city of Natchez.
On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the
20th state admitted to the Union.
Territory was organized on April 7, 1798.
The map of Mississippi, the Great Seal of the
State and the first Governor, Winthrop Sargent (effective from May 7, 1798 to May 25, 1801), are all illustrated on Scott
Mississippi is more than cotton.
It's a state rich with history, great culture, art, music and natural
I'm proud to have this first day cover
in my collection
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Year Of The Rat
9:38 am cdt
On January 9, 2008 the United States Postal Service celebrated
the Chinese New Year with the Year of the Rat issue.
first day of issue ceremony was held in San Francisco.
#4221 pane of 12 stamps and the illustration of the rat.
Designed by artist Ethel Kessler, the photogravure
pane of 12 was printed Avery Dennison
view of the cancellations and the stamps.
Sheets of 108 in nine panes of 12, not easy
to find today, were also available.
Rat's Chinese start date is actually February 7, 2008 and the end date for this cycle is January 25, 2009.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Baden, Duren, Stamp Day & The World Philatelic Movement
2:08 am cdt
This se-tenant was issued October 12, 1978 for "Stamp
Scott #'s 1281, "The Baden
Posthouse Sign", and 1282, Saxony #1 with the "World Philatelic Movement" cancel, express the great German
passion for stamp collecting.
The Duren cancel
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The Milennium Party On Beale Street
4:39 pm cdt
This special commemorative cover rang in the milennium
on Beale Street on the first of January 2000.
A special cancellation only available
on Beale Street on New Year's Day 2000 commemorates this great day in Memphis.
Scott #3369 featuring "Baby New Year" was issued on December 27, 1999,
Click either image for great information
about historic Beale Street and the musicans that put Memphis on the musical map forever.
I've had some great times playing the piano
Visit Beale Street. You'll
never forget it !
Friday, June 9, 2017
Music On Stamps & The Art Of William Harnett
1:45 am cdt
William Harnett (August 10, 1848 – October 29, 1892)
was an Irish-American painter who could trick the eye as few artists ever dreamt.
His style was Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye", pronounced [tʁɔ̃p
lœj]), an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create optical illusions. Objects exist in three dimensions.
His painting, "Old Models", which
hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, demonstrates this technique and his extraordinary proficiency in this style.
Scott #1386 was issued on December 3rd, 1969
Collect music on stamps.
The discoveries among this topical collecting
variety will astound you..
Thursday, June 8, 2017
World Stamp Expo '89 Brought The World Together
9:11 am cdt
World Stamp Expo '89 was the first international philatelic
exhibition sponsored by the US Postal Service.
took place November 17-20 and November 24-December 3 1989 and held in conjunction with the 20th Congress of the Universal
This show passport was available
to visitors and participants at the Expo.
The third page and the introduction from the
Universal Postal Congress
How To Use Your Passport
The Left Page
A Ticket To World Stamp Expo '89
The Back Of The Ticket To World Stamp Expo
1989 World Stamp Expo Souvenir Sheet- Scott #2433
$3.60 imperforate souvenir sheet celebrating WORLD STAMP EXPO '89 was issued November 17, 1989, the first day of the exhibition,
at the Washington, DC, Convention Center where the Expo was held.
The souvenir sheet was placed inside the passport on the United States page.
World Stamp Expo '89, as an augury, exhibited
clearly that the peace of stamp collecting will bring the world together.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Stampin' The Future - The Children's Stamp Design Contest Winners
6:35 pm cdt
To celebrate the coming of the twenty-first century, the
Postal Service held a "Stampin' The Future" design contest for children ages 8-12.
Four 33-cent Stampin' The Future commemorative stamps were issued in Anaheim, California, on July
Left to right with the sheet margin are Scott
#'s 3414, 3415, 3416 and 3417.
The four winning
stamps were based on the artwork of four youthful artists — Zachary Canter's Astronauts, Morgan Hill's Rocket, Sarah
Lipsey's Children, and Ashley Young's Dog.
were exhibited at the World Kids' Congress hosted by the Postal Service at the World Stamp Expo 2000.
Sarah Lipsey's Children.
The original full pane sold for $6.60 in 2000.
It has a catalog value of about double that amount today.
Find it and encourage youngsters to collect stamps.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Where The Money Is - Legends of the West & Investing In Stamps
12:53 pm cdt
In 1994, the U.S. issued a "Legends of the West"
sheet of 20 stamps, commemorating America's westward expansion. It features portraits of prominent figures of the era.
Unfortunately, a single stamp on the sheet
honoring African-American cowboy and rodeo star Bill Pickett mistakenly pictured his brother, Ben. It was recalled.
The Pickett family came forward and pointed
out the error, and the Postal Service issued 20 million of the corrected sheet (pictured below -Scott # 2869). To help defray
the expense of producing the errors, the U.S.P.S. decided to hold a "lottery" and thereby allowed some collectors to purchase 150,000 of the recalled sheets (Scott #2870, pictured above).
corrected sheet is common and retails for about twice face value.
Scott Catalog 2011 prices the recalled sheet at $275.00 unused.
It sells for more if it's in the original U.S.P.S. blue envelope.
For considerably more in some cases.
Not bad for a $5.80 cent investment. I have two recalled sheets.
The corrected sheet.
The official registered mail envelope from
the United States Postal Service containing the sheet.
The official letter from the United States
Postal Service attesting the authenticity of the recalled sheet.
The reverse of the blue envelope containing
the recalled sheet and the biographical information imprinted on the back of each stamp.
The real Bill Pickett.
Stamp collecting is a good investment.
Overwhelming levels of propaganda suggest that the hobby is in
Now is the time to buy.
inscription at the bottom of the blue envelope.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Madison Steel Engraved With Ten Stamps & Eight Cancellations
1:52 pm cdt
This steel engraved relic with modern postage is a show-stopper
Use the Scott Catalog to identify the stamps
on this scarce engraving.
Overwhelmingly beautiful steel engraved framed
vignette of Madison.
The top of the frame and the eagle.
The bottom of the frame and the steel engraving
of Madison in battle.
The U.S. Capitol
After Burning by the British, ca. 1814. In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain. On the evening
of August 24, 1814, British troops entered a largely abandoned Washington and set fire to many government buildings, including
In October 1775, at the start of the American
Revolutionary War, Madison was commissioned as the colonel of the Orange County militia.
The steel engraved signature of the fourth President of the United States.
Although bureau cards are not extremely rare,
this commemorative display is quite scarce.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Madison & His Eight Stamps & Six Cancels
9:20 pm cdt
Here's another Inaugural Journey cover from my collection.Another beautiful example of a steel engraved Inaugural Station
These historical philatelic treasures are hard
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Remarkable Inaugural Journey Part 2 - The Fantastic Framed Vignette
3:44 pm cdt
James Madison never looked better surrounded by this magnificent
embossed drape and tassel frame.
Seven stamps, five special cancels, steel engraved,
I challenge you to find another one like it
anywhere in the world.
Friday, June 2, 2017
First Inaugural Journey Station - A Remarkable Journey At That !
2:33 am cdt
James Madison was the "Father of the Constitution".
George Washington's first inaugural address, the first inaugural
address of any president, took place on April 30, 1789, 200 years prior to the issuance of this remarkable piece of philately.
This extraordinary souvenir is an old card stock steel engraving
of James Madison bearing eight stamps and five cancellations.
The card, with rounded corners, actually has gold edges. It's age, unknown.
The engraving has an indented signature of Madison at the bottom. It's approximately 7"X5".
It's a beauty !
The engraving, excepting the constitution-themed stamps, appears to be quite old..
stamps were cancelled with five special cancellations including two Doanes, a "First Inaugural Journey" cancel
commemorating the first inaugural address of a president, George Washington, and replica cancellations and signatures of
our first postmaster, Benjamin Franklin.
Bureau engravings and proofs have
90 degree corners, not rounded as this example which is rounded and has gold borders. It's a nice find !
They're selling in the 200 to
900 dollar range.