Friday, April 26, 2019
Sunshine & Shadow
12:44 am cdt
The year was 1907.
The M.T.Sheahan postcard company was located in Boston, Massachusettes.
"Sheahan's Good Mottos make the world brighter", as it says on the card.
I believe that Miss Nora Thomas had a brighter
day because of the 1906 picture of "Sunshine and Shadow" on the other side of the postcard.
This beautiful card was sent from Sheman, Texas
to Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Jamestown Exposition
commemorative stamp honoring Captain John Smith, Scott Catalog #328, was issued the same year on April 26th. It is perforated
12 with the 191 watermark. The duplex circular date stamp, postmarked July 3 3:30 PM, and 1907 shoeprint cancel, cancels the
Unbelievably, the card arrived in Shreveport,
Louisiana at 6:30 AM the next day on the Fourth of July, 1907.
I wish that I could have been there to see Nora smile..
I know that she had a beautiful, bright day because of Sunshine and Shadow.
Somehow, I can see and feel her smile when I hold the card in my hands
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 !