Wednesday, May 27, 2020
I Haven't Changed Much (not)
2:09 am cdt
Me in the 1980's. I still have that blue shirt.
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Happy 180th Birthday "Penny Black" ! - The First Postage Stamp
1:32 am cdt
On this day 180 years ago, the government of Great Britain used a
postage stamp for the very first time. The use of a stamp was the proposal of an English teacher, Sir Rowland Hill. The first
stamp issued was the "one penny" also known as the Penny Black. The letter below is one of the very few known in
existence to have travelled on May 6th 1840. It is shown below with the "PD/May6/40" handstamp on the reverse. The
historical value of this letter is undeniable. It is extremely rare.
The portrait of Victoria was engraved by Charles
Heath and his son Frederick, based on a sketch provided by Henry Corbould. Corbould's sketch was in turn based on the 1834
cameo-like head by William Wyon, which was used on a medal to commemorate the Queen's visit to the City of London in 1837.
This portrait of Victoria remained on British stamps until her death in 1901, although by then she was 81 years old. All British
stamps still bear a portrait or silhouette of the monarch somewhere on the design.
Happy Birthday, Penny !
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Mud Slingers Inc.
10:14 pm cdt
Got a little muddy with my pals yesterday.
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 !