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Emmy Award winners, they uphold the revered  traditions of Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Bennett Cerf. They understand very well that laughter is the greatest medicine, and that the quickest way to repair a broken spirit is through tickled ribs. In that regard, Matt and Zach are great physicians. They have many patients who depend upon their prescription for joy, mirth and merriment. Their viewers lives are enriched by them. Inspired by them. Their fans enjoy well-being and contentment because of them. The thought of Matt and Zach will always bring bountiful smiles to those who have known them. 
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Monday, October 30, 2017

Pioneer Jupiter Mission - Scott #1556

In March of 1972, NASA launched spacecraft Pioneer 10 to gather information about Jupiter.

The 10-cent Pioneer commemorative stamp was issued on February 28, 1975 in Mountain View, California, and beautifully represented in this Art Craft cachet and first day of issue cover.




Scott #1556


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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Railroad Engineers Issue 1950 - Scott #993

This great Cachet Craft first day cover, Scott catalog #993, was issued in Jackson, Tennessee on April 29th, 1950.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 The War Department





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Sunday, October 22, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 The Department of the Treasury





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Saturday, October 21, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 State Department





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Friday, October 20, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Post Office





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Sunday, October 15, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Navy





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Saturday, October 14, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Justice



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Thursday, October 12, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior II



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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior



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Monday, October 9, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Executive



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Sunday, October 8, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Agriculture



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Saturday, October 7, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Specimen Overprints



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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Memphex Memories - 1973

More Memphex memories with this beautiful souvenir card and program from 1973.


Scott #285 Merquette on the Mississippi issued June 17, 1898


The description.


The event program.


The event program exhibit list.


14 dealers and 165 framed exhibits.

Will there ever be another like it in Memphis ?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crossword - Philatelic Primer A's & B's Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's crossword puzzle.


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crossword - Philatelic Primer A's & B's



Answers in the next blog post.

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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

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