Sunday, September 30, 2018
11:21 pm cdt
I spent the day at the annual stamp show, Memphex 2018.
I bought several
examples of scarce Graf Zeppelin flight covers and some great examples of early airmail postal history from
stamp dealer Jared Cassidy, of Huntsville, Alabama. Jared is a very friendly, knowledgable philatelist. Make sure you visit
with him when he comes to your stamp show.
Jared gets my big "thumbs up" !
I won a vermeil ribbon for my airmail exhibit commemorating
the 100th anniversary, the Centennial, of airmail delivery by the United States Postal Service which began in May of 1918
with the "Jenny". Many kind friends in attendance commented that it should have won a gold. I appreciate their
The president of the stamp club, Andy Burkman, said
that my exhibit "significantly elevated the quality of the show" ! Thank you, Andy.
Here's a scan of one of the "Jenny" covers that I bought. Examples of the nation's first three airmail stamps, Scott
#'s C1, C2 and C3, mailed in 1918 to New Britain, Connecticut, frank the letter. I believe that it may have been sent
from New York City as indicated by the faint lettering in the early wavy-line machine cancellation. The three
"Jenny's" on cover are rare.
She's a beauty !
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
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.
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
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 !