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Friday, February 15, 2019

What Is Your Favorite Stamp, David ?


Any questions ?

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

George Klein - October 8, 1935 - February 5, 2019

George  Klein passed away February 5, 2019. Arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetary, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38119 phone (901) 767-8930.

George was one of Elvis Presley's friends and a friend of my family for many years.

I attended an event at Graceland, Elvis' home, with George in the early 1990's.

George worked with me to promote the Elvis Presley Stamp in 1992.

Here's a link to the radio show that we did together :

Here's a photo from the Graceland event.


 David Saks & George Klein at Graceland

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

One Day In Memphis ?

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

My Son Dennis & My Granddaughters

My son, Dennis with his children, my granddaughters, Millie, Mollie and Tessie and their best friend.

I love all of my children.


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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Chinese Martyrs 1940-1941 - Why is Chu Chih-hsin Inverted ?

Teng Keng, Ch'en Ying Shih, Chu Chih-hsin, Sung Chiao-jen, Huang Hsing and Liao Chung-kai are the Martyrs Stamps of China.

They honor six men who died in the 1911 revolution led by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.

The use of these stamps in various forms spans approximately a 17-year period from 1932 to 1949.

One of the stamps on this approval sheet is inverted in relation to the other 18. These stamps were printed between 1940 and 1941. Another set was issued in 1932.


Do you know why these are different from the issues of 1932-1934 ?  

Do you know why Chu Chih-hsin is inverted in relation to the other 18 stamps ?


Here's a hint !


If you know the answer send me an email.

If you're the first to answer correctly you'll win 100 dollars and dinner with me. 

Good luck ! 

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Slim Rhodes & The Mountaineers

One of my favorite bands on Memphis television in the late 50's and early 60's was Slim Rhodes.

I found this old picture of Slim tonight a box I had almost forgotten.

I'm glad I found this great picture of Slim with his guitar, and from left to right, Slim's brother Dusty on the fiddle, Tiny Dixon on rhythm guitar, Slim, brother (and great comedian) Speck Rhodes on the stand up bass, and seated at the pedal steel guitar, the unforgettable Rocky Rhodes.


Slim and the band were at Stanley's By-Ryt Grocery Store on Macon Road playing the parking lot that day for lots of Stanley's customers.

Slim and the band autographed the back of the photo.


Slim Rhodes and his Mountaineers were a popular act in Memphis going back to the 1930s. So much so, that Sam Phillips and Sun Record company signed them to a recording contract in the 1950s.

The group got its start back in 1932, when Slim and two of his brothers formed a group while they were in high school and played country fairs.

In a 1946 letter to the editor of the Commercial Appeal attributed to Slim Rhodes, he mentions they were on WMC in Memphis, Tennessee at 11:30am each day as well as the Central Quality Network, sponsored by Mother's Best Flour. Slim said they had been with their sponsor for seven years at that time.

Speck Rhodes played the bass fiddle then and did comedy. Later in his career, he was part of Porter Wagoner's band. Slim, Dusty and Speck were brothers.

Slim Rhodes and his Mountaineers had a weekly Saturday show over WMCT in Memphis, from 12:00 to 12:30. They also had a 30-minute show over KATV in ine Bluff, Arkansas every Tuesday. I watched them everday that I could when I was a little boy.

I'm very proud to have this picture of Slim and the band

I cherish it. 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Three Jennys
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  thoughtful remarks.
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 !

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Monday, August 20, 2018

Williams Street Swap Shop & "The Deal On Beale" !

Turner Broadcasting, the Adult Swim & Cartoon Network, The William Street Swap Shop and great host Zach White along with his great technicians, Jackson, Jay and Eddie, honored me with a week-long celebration of my birthday that included three one hour live broadcasts seen throughout the world.

On the front page, Zach, me, Jackson and Jay (Eddie is with us on the side) !


The first, a live one hour interview from my home on the phone on August 1st.

The second, a live one hour visit in my home on August 8th.

I played the piano and sang for viewers. Zach is talking with me about stamp collecting in the photo below.

Thank you, Jackson, for the fantastic Memphis T-Shirt (I'm wearing it) that you designed for me. It was the best birthday surprise ever !


Finally a visit downtown that I arranged for Zach and his great crew prior to their departure from Memphis.


I took the Swap Shop crew on a tour of Memphis after I had dinner with them at Blues City Cafe on Beale Street.

Thank you Johnny Stinson, Lonnie Hammer, James Alexander and Boo Mitchell for accepting my invitation to participate.

I also want to thank Johnny and Cathy Stinson and all of my beautiful friends who made it to the surprise birthday party for me at Lafayette's Music Hall in Overton Square ! It was an unforgettable evening ! Much love to all !

The Williams Street Swap Shop is seen by millions of viewers daily at 5pm Eastern, 4pm Central

Thank you Zach White, Matthew Hutchinson, Jackson, Jay, Eddie, Turner Broadcasting, AdultSwim, the Cartoon Network and The Williams Street Swap Shop, Blues City Cafe and The Hard Rock Cafe Memphis for "The Deal on Beale", and for my making my birthday a very special one.

Zach promised that he'll be back very soon to do another special with me.

Stay tuned !

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Never Forget !


 Austria's campaign against drug abuse 1973

Never forget !

Drugs Are Death !

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Monday, June 4, 2018


I don't know who this man is, but one thing is for sure.

He has a contagious smile.


I discovered his photo in a box of stamps.

My guess is that the picture was taken sixty of seventy years ago.

Try to think of anything evil when you look at that smile.

I'll bet you can't do it !

What do you think his occupation was ?

Did he run an optical dispensory ? Sell shoes ? Gynecologist ?

Let me know what you think ?

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Happy Hour

This was the marquee at the Holiday Inn diner at Union Avenue and McLean where I played the piano in the 1990's.


I had lots of fun there.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Jackass Mail

The 8th annual Jackass Mail Run took place on April 5th, 1969.

The mail was carried on the back of a jackass between Porterville, California and Springville, California, about 17 miles, on that historic day.


The cost to send the mail with a jackass was "four bits" or fifty cents.


This piece of mail was picked up by the jackass in Porterville, California and delivered to the post office in Springville, California the same day, Saturday April 5th, 1969 on the circular date stamp.

The four cent vertical coil Lincoln stamp, Scott #1058, is pencil line cancelled,

The vertical coil Roosevelt stamp, Scott #1305, is cancelled with the April 5, 1969 circular date stamp featuring the 93265 zip code of Springville, California with the seven bar wavy line machine cancel across the local post jackass.

Once the mail arrived in Springville it was cancelled and sent to the addressee in New York via airmail.


The handstamped "Via Jackass Mail" cachet adorns this monumental cover on the left.

This beautiful jackass cachet is also on the back of the cover.


In 1961, as part of the City of Porterville Centennial Celebration (100 years), the Jackass Mail Run event was born. 


Here's a photo from an early Jackass Mail Run.




The Jackass Mail Run recreates the old west when mail to Springville was delivered by horse or mule-drawn wagon. Hundreds of riders on horseback, covered wagons, buggies and stagecoaches will gather in front of City Hall in Porterville, and set out to deliver the mail to Springville, lead by the "Wagon Master".


The mail is collected for weeks in special handmade rustic boxes, stamped with a special "Jackass Mail Run Stamp" and transported to Springville. A posse of bandits are always waiting in Springville to steal the mail, and a gunfight ensues.


Wallace Beery, Marjorie Main and J.Carrol Naish starred in the 1942 film, "Jackass Mail".




 Spam, although not carried by a jackass, is also a form of jackass mail.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Stamps of Heligoland - "Holyland"

Helgoland (Heligoland to the English and on the stamps) is located in the North Sea about 30 miles from Schleswig-Holstein and sixty miles from the great Elbe river port of Hamburg. It was taken from the Danish and given to the British as a part of the settlement following the Napoleonic wars. While the British used it for its naval facilities and tourism, it was mainly inhabited by local fisherman and farmers.

Scott Catalog numbers 1 through 21 are represented here, 1867 to 1888. 


Stamps were issued for "Heligoland" from 1867 through 1890 under a complex arrangement between the British and the Germans. The postal administration was tied to Hamburg and to Germany after the unification in 1872. Stamps were printed by the Prussian printing office, which became the Reich Druckerei after unification, for German speaking people, but the stamps continued to feature the profile of Queen Victoria.

From 1875 its postage stamps were denominated in both sterling and gold marks.


In 1890 the British conveyed the island to Germany in exchange for some African territory. Heligoland came under the Reich postal administration and began to use the stamps of Germany.


 As a result of this change, Heligoland stamps became the past issues of a "dead territory" and very collectable.


There were more than twenty reprintings of the stamps for collectors in the nineteenth century, some of them official, some semi-offical, and a few restricted to private printings. Very few of the reprintings were actually "forgeries." A million and a third valid stamps were printed for use, but only about half of them were used. The rest were bought for resale to collectors. There were between five and seven million reprints depending on the source of confirmation.


The islands, with a population 1,127, are located in the Heligoland Bight which are part of the German Bight in the southeastern corner of the North Sea. They are the only German islands not in the immediate vicinity of the mainland. They lie approximately 69 kilometres (43 miles) by sea from Cuxhaven at the mouth of the River Elbe.


All Heligoland stamps are scarce, even the reprints if you're lucky enough to discover them.

However, please remember that forged cancellations are numerous because of the extreme rarity of Heligoland cancels. Have them expertised by the Amarican Philatelic Society expertising service, Stamps.Org.




I'm delighted to share 22 unused examples, and one cancelled, from my collection with you.

It's unkonwn at this time if they're reprints, forgeries or original.

In 1906 Arthur Wülbern published a little book called ORIGINALE UND NEUDRUCKE VON HELGOLAND

Original and Reprints of Heligoland.

To quote the late Mr. Wülbern:

Reprint: "That word alone is a horror for many collectors, for beneath the mask of originals creep the bastard stamps which appear as legitimate parts of a collection. Perhaps in no Country do reprints play such a large, remarkable and dangerous role as in Heligoland. One might expect Heligoland reprints to show weak embossing, junky printing, etc. and therefore be easily distinguishable. On the contrary, however, the reprints (especially the Berlin reprint of the 6 Schilling stamp) appear more professionally done and aesthetically attractive than the orginals.

It must be mentioned that one of the main methods of recognition, sometimes the only method, is by examining the stamp colors. Since Heligoland stamps display two or sometimes three colors, identification is made easier; but on the otherhand the many printings of the originals make identification more difficult and this difficulty is made greater by the varieties of issues of reprints. In any case, this area is one of the most difficult in Philately."

It's believed that the name Heligoland in origin means "Holy Land" (the modern Dutch and German heilig, "holy"). Several alter native theories have been considered throughout centuries, explaining that it's the name of the Danish king Heligo or from the ancient Frisian Germanic word hallig, meaning "salt marsh island".

The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica suggests an etymology of "Hallaglun, or Halligland, i.e. 'land of banks, which cover and uncover'".

I believe that Heligoland translated is "Holyland".

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

The Socialist Party Ticket - Memphis 1920

Eugene Victor Debs (November 5, 1855 – October 20, 1926) was an American union leader, one of the founding members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW or the Wobblies), and a five-time candidate of the Socialist Party of America for President of the United States.

On June 30, 1918 Debs was arrested and charged with sedition and went to prison on April 13, 1919.

He ran for president of the United States from his prison cell and received nearly a million votes.


The Socialist Party of Tennessee had an active chapter in Memphis.


This rare brochure, part of my collection, was a appeal to voters to support the Socialist Party Ticket.


It was printed in Memphis on October 15th, 1920.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Return of the Wright Flyer - December 17, 1949

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a windy beach in North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.

Here's a first day cover from my collection that commemorates the 46th anniversary of that flight and heralds the return of the The Wright Flyer 1, the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers. They flew it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, US. Today, the airplane may be seen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.


Scott #C45 airmail, The Wright Brothers Issue, is tied to the first day cover by the first day bar cancel in addition to the Kitty Hawk, North Carolina circular date stamp of December 17, 1949, 9-AM.


And the great cachet.


This is a House of Farnum cachet. Notice the initials "HF" at the bottom left of the lower wing.

Great example of historic aviation philately !

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Letter to Loretta - " I Should Worry " ???

M.C. sent this postcard to Loretta Cook on May 21, 1918.

The postcard looks like it was given to M.C. by the American Red Cross, Richmond, Virginia Chapter's Canteen Committee from the purple hand stamp to the left of the three cent violet Washington, Scott #501.

He penned his message on Monday.

It was postmarked on Tuesday.

"Mon. am. Am O.K. except R.R. pick. Good bye. God bless you. Write soon. Hope M.C."


I like the dual seven line wavy machine cancellations. The top cancel on the stamp and the upside down bottom cancel. Wonder why the card went through the machine twice ?

Here's a better look at Scott #501, the upper right machine cancel and Red Cross handstamp.

The seven bar machine cancel is most likely a Universal Machine Cancel which entered into use in 1909.


And the piece de resistance:


What in the hell does it mean ? " I should worry become a hunter and catch a deer " ???

It means that he's worried that his lover will cheat on him while he's away at war and that the only thing he can do is bag a cervid instead of a trophy wife after she shafts him.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Letter to Loretta - The Jewish Welfare Board 1919

The first world war was over, but the agression still lingered.

Loretta Clark lived in Memphis and corresponded with soldiers.

She got this postcard from a jewish soldier, a member of the First Company, Regiment 11, in 1919 after he had returned to America on the U.S.S. South Dakota on July 19th, 1919.

The ship was anchored in Hempstead, New York on the Atlantic Ocean.


"We landed July 19th, 1919. Will say I was mighty glad to get back to America. Will write again."

The stamp, Scott #498, is tied to the postcard by the Hempstead, New York, July 21, 1919, 6PM, circular date stamp and military flag wavy machine cancellation.


This scarce postcard was provided to our jewish soldiers and others by theJewish Welfare Board, United States Army and Navy, for soldiers arriving on U.S. shores and in this case returning to Camp Mills Long Island, New York.


I'm proud to have this fine postcard in my collection.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Apollo-Soyuz Before the Docking - The Setenant July 15, 1975

The other setenant undocked.

Scott #1570 Apollo-Soyuz undocked


The ArtCraft Cachet


The Cape Kennedy circular date stamp and first day of issue cancellation.


Collecting space covers can be very rewarding.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Apollo-Soyuz - Docked - The Setenant July 15, 1975

The US Postal Service issued a setenant pair of two 10-cent multicolored stamps on July 15, 1975, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The stamp, Scott #1569, represents the docking of the Apollo-Spyuz mission.BlogMisc/apollosoyuz1.jpg

Two nations collaborated on a space project for the first time.

In July 1975, the United States launched the manned Apollo Command to rendezvous with Russia's manned Soyuz spacecraft. A special docking station made it possible for the astronauts to work together.

Television stations worldwide broadcast the historic event. The modules remained docked for two days while the teams performed experiments in space.

Along with the circular date stamp and first day of issue bar line cancellation, the first half of the setenant pair of stamps portrays the docking of the two spacecraft.


The ArtCraft cachet beautifully portrays this great moment in the history of space exploration.


The other half of the setenant, "before the link-up", will be posted for you soon.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Comoros Islands Commemorate Apollo-Soyuz 1975

The Comoro Islands, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore. The Union of the Comoros has three official languages – Comorian, Arabic and French. The religion of the majority of the population is Islam.

This great souvenir sheet was issued in 1975 to commemorate the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous and docking mission in space.


Scott #163 Comoro Islands issued December 15, 1975


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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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