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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Airmail 1941 & The Missing Man Formation

All of the new airmail stamps but one are represented on this magnificent first day cover issued October 29, 1941.

Twin-mounted Transport 1941

Scott Catalog #'s C25, 27,28,29, 30 and 31.

Why ?

Because, for some unknown reason, Scott Catalog # 26, the 8 cent olive green stamp, wasn't issued until 1944.


Hence, the missing man.

Here's the cover reverse:

!941 FDC AM Reverse

Following are close-ups of the fantastic micro-sized black and white photographs of the panes adorning this fabulous airmail cover.

Washington D.C.


American Philatelic Society Baltimore

APS Baltimore

Kansas City

Kansas City 1941

Atlantic City

Air Mail Society Atlantic City


Philadelphia 1941

Saint Louis

World Wide Philatelic Convention St. Louis

Block of 6


Cancelled First Day at The World Wide Philatelic Convention, St.Louis, Missouri October 29, 1941 9:00 AM.

Wow ! What a find !

But we now know why the man is missing.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Follow - Deuteronomy 16:20

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is dead.

(March 11, 1936 – February 12/13, 2016)

He had a heart attack during the evening of Saturday February 12 or early morning February 13, 2016. He passed away in his sleep.

Justice Scalia at Rhodes College

He was here to lecture for our Constitution Day ceremonies not very long ago.

I spent some time with him on September 22, 2015 at Rhodes College.

Rhodes College

I spoke with him about stamp collecting.

He signed two pairs of First Day Covers for me which represent Freedom and Justice.

I presented two of them, Freedom of the Press and John Jay, to Rhodes College for their archives.

Justice Scalia signed an identical pair for me.

Freedom of the Press September 22, 1958

The first is the four cent commemorative 1958 Freedom of the Press FDC issued in connection with the 50th anniversary of the 1st School of Journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia, circular date stamped on September 22, 1958, 9am. Scott # 1119, design #A564 perf.10.5x11.

It was designed by Lester Beall and Charles Goslin, and is rotary press. It depicts an early press and a hand holding a quill. The cachet featuring the reporter and printmaster was designed by Artmaster.

The Freedom of the Press first day cover was signed by Justice Scalia 57 years ago to the exact date that it was issued, September 22, 1958.

Justice Scalia signed it September 22, 2015.

John Jay 1st Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice

The second is the fifteen cent Liberty Issue, regular issue, which memorializes the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, John Jay. It's also an Artmaster cachet First Day of Issue circular date stamped December 12, 1958, Washington, D.C. 9am. Scott #1046, design A493, rose lake, perf. 11x10.5 dry, rotary press printing.
Both covers bear special cancellations of what appear to be the columns of the Supreme Court Building.

Judge Scalia was very happy to see these first day covers depicting themes of justice and freedom and autographed them before a small audience at Rhodes College following his Constitution Day address.

 Justice Scalia emphasized the importance becoming familiar with "The Federalist Papers" the day I visited with him.

The Federalist, later known as The Federalist Papers, is a collection of 85 articles and essays written under the pseudonym Publius by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

It promoted the confirmation and validity of the United States Constitution. 

Here is a link to the Federalist Papers:

I offer my condolences to his beloved family and prayers of thanksgiving for his service to our nation, his wisdom and honor.


“Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”

Deuteuronomy 16:20

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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Skilled Hands of the American Revolution

American freedom wasn't just fought for and won on the battleground in the 18th century by soldiers.

It was also won by the skilled hands of our colonial artisans.

Skilled Hands for Independence

The seamstress made and mended our soldiers uniforms, those of the Continental Army and Navy.

Betsy Ross made our flag.

The blacksmith was a toolmaker. He shoed our calvary horses and repaired our guns.

The wheelwright made the wheels for the colonial army's wagons, caissons and rolling canon.

The leatherworker tanned hides and manufactured cartridge cases, boots and saddles.

Together they were the Spirit of The American Revolution with their skilled hands and created the things America needed to win freedom.

Seamstress, Blacksmith, Wheelwright & Leatherworker

Leonard Everette Fisher created the beautiful block of four unseparated stamps having different colors and designs, se-tenant stamps, commemorated in a First Day of Issue ceremony on July 4, 1977.

The cachet was designed by Norman Todhunter for the Postal Commemorative Society. Mr.Todhunter designed stamps for the United States Postal Service including the 1965 Herbert Hoover stamps and the 1968 Henry Ford stamps.

Issuance of the block of four stamps, Scott Catalog #1720a, on July 4th continued the Postal Service practice begun in 1971 of marking our Nation's birthday each year with a new commemorative stamp. 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jennifer Davison - The Royal Coober Pedy Historical Society

Jennifer Davison with The Royal Coober Pedy Historical Society sent me some fascinating documents this weekend as a follow-up to my exhaustive inquiry about the 1940 Coober Pedy Exhibition Cachet that I discovered on February 3, 2016.

(see my entry Wednesday February 10, 2016 (click here)

The Adelaide Exhibition Cachet appears to have been mailed from Coober Pedy, Australia on September 30, 1939 in the circular date stamped cancellation on the kangaroo definitive stamps, Scott Catalog #166. The stamps were issued in 1937.

Jenny, Duncan McLaren and I agree that it's an astonishing and remarkable 21st century philatelic discovery.

It is truly extraordinary and magnificent.

The Holy Grail of Coober Pedy philately.

Coober Pedy Cover

Coober Pedy Cover

Jennifer has also remarked that the cachet cover would become a prized possession for the Historical Society and Coober Pedy,

Here's Jennifer's reply:

Dear David,
Duncan (McLaren) from the Coober Pedy Visitor Centre at the local Council passed your email on to me, as a member of the Coober Pedy Historical Society.
Your find is absolutely amazing!
In our archives, we have some information about Alfred North who was the Post Master at Coober Pedy from 1935-1940, and who had a sideline of stamped covers, however yours featuring the Adelaide Exhibition is completely new to us in the Society.
I am attaching some articles about Alfred, which I’m sure you will find interesting.
We only have photocopies of some covers from Alfred with only the Underground Post Office information and his signature on them and an unstamped, unaddressed cover.
Good luck with your search. A woman from here bought a cover on ebay some years ago. They must be out there.
Kind regards,
Jenny Davison


So far, there isn't another .

I've seached for eleven days and many hours for another.

There is not another to be found anywhere in the world as of this entry.

It's remarkable, rare, unknown and a valuable example of the postal history of her nation.

Here is an example of an addressed cover created by Postmaster North with the Coober Pedy handstamp similar to the one on the 1940 exhibition cover in the lower left hand corner, as this one, but none discovered anything like the 1940 exhibition cachet. This is a scan of the addressed cover in the archives of the Coober Pedy Historical Society.TheCoober Pedy  Historical Society does not possess an actual copy of this cover, only a photoscan, although they have an unaddressed example of Postmaster North's Coober Pedy souvenir covers :

Postamster North Cover CBHS

I'm sharing the information that Jennifer has graciously provided about the great history of Coober Pedy with you today.

As a side note, I respectfully disagree with Art Delaney's comment that Coober Pedy covers are "hardly gems" in the article below entitled "Underground p.o. served mines". Dr.Delaney's comment couldn't be farther from the truth.

He quite obviously never laid his eyes on, nor held, the exhibition cachet.

It always amazes me how some writers will profess to know so very much about a place that they've never been to or only spent a few days visiting and researching. They'll spend hours rehashing material and their experiences from travelogues and encyclopedias like they were writing about their own neighborhoods.

It's always loathsome and offensive whenever a philatelic writer, stamp dealer or auctioneer speaks rebuke for the entire world of collectors without any consideration for their collecting enthusiasm and casually, nonchalantly berates their discovery.

Sort of reminds me of the passage in the book proverbs, Proverbs 20:14 that says, 

“It is nought, it is nought (saith the buyer:) but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.”


Here are additional historical documents provided by Jennifer Davison and the Coober Pedy Historical Society:

Coober Pedy 1930

Coober Pedy Underground Post Office

Underground Post Office

Coober Pedy History

Coober Pedy Post

Coober Pedy Post Office

The community of Adelaide, where the exhibition was held in 1940, may have additional answers.

A link to the Coober Pedy cachet has been included in Wikipedia (click here).

Thank you, Jenny, Duncan, and all of my friends in Coober Pedy, Australia.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Prisoner of War Mail - South Africa

I believe this mail may be from the First or  Second Boer War, The Second Boer was fought between 1899 and 1902. The First Boer between 1880 and 1881.

I discovered it on February 3rd, 2016.

It's Prisoner of War mail and appears to have been censored by an army official in the town of Aliwal North.

The censor's circular date stamp can be seen to the center right intersecting the name of the addressee, a Mr.J.A. Lambart. Circular date stamps from "Rouxville" intersect the censor stamp above and below it. The Rouxville post office was about 30 miles (35km) from Aliwal.

Rouxville is a small wool and cattle farming town in the Free State province of South Africa and is situated on the N6 national route. The town is at the centre of the wool producing area of the Transgariep.

The stamp was removed from the upper right corner for reasons unknown, but the lower portion of the circular date stamp cancellation remains where the stamp had been.

Prisoner of War

Aliwal North (Afrikaans: Aliwal-Noord) is a town in central South Africa on the Orange River, Eastern Cape Province. Aliwal North is the seat of the Maletswai Local Municipality within the Joe Gqabi District Municipality.

Here's the reverse with the Aliwal North / Cape of Good Hope (C.G.H.) square circle cancellation.

Aliwal North / C.G.H. Reverse Cancel

The Cape of Good Hope post office serviced Aliwal mail even though it was many miles away.

I'm unable to determine the exact dates and year of the cancellations although the SP 29 may represent September 29. The year may be 1880.

The blue ink in the upper left hand corner appears to be the cost of the postage, perhaps 1 shilling 3 penny.

The blue ink above the upper Rouxville cancellation on the front may be the postmaster's or censor's intials, "RW".

Perhaps you can help identify this important example of South African postal history.

Send me an email.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

50th Anniversary of Commercial Aviation

February 15, 2016 will be the date of the 90th anniversary of the first contract airmail flight.

However, for my blog post I want to show you this beautiful ArtCraft cachet from my collection which represents the 50th anniversary commemorated with a great stamp on March 19, 1976.

Commercial Aviation Contract Airmail

The first contract airmail flight took place in 1926.

Earlier, in 1925, the Kelly Act was passed.

The Kelly Act authorized the United States Post Office Department to contract with private operators for mail transportation.

The 13 cent stamp on the first day cover was designed by Robert E. Cunningham of Fort Worth, Texas. Robert was a design specialist for one of our major aircraft manufacturers, General Dynamics Corporation.

Commercial Aviation Contract Airmail

The upper left plane is the Ford Pullman all-metal monoplane used by the Ford Motor Company to complete the first contract airmail flight on February 15, 1926, 90 years ago, from Dearborn, Michigan to Cleveland, Ohio.

The plane below is the Laird Swallow biplane which flew a contract route from Pasco, Washington to Elko, Nevada via Boise, Idaho on April 6, 1926. The operater was Varney Airlines, the predecessor of United Air Lines.

The First Day ceremonies for this stamp were held at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.

The Scott Catalog number for the stamp is #1684. 

By the way, experimental flights of this nature were conducted as early as 1918, the year the Inverted Jenny was discovered by William Robey on May 14, 1918.

C3a Inverted Jenny 

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

My 25 Years With The American Philatelic Society 1991-2016

The American Philatelic Society 25 Years

I was unable to attend AmeriStamp /Southeastern Stamp Expo Jan. 29-31, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
I was honored at the board meeting of the American Philatelic Society for 25 years of membership.

I forwarded remarks of thanks to our friend and Executive Director Scott English.

Here is my address to the American Philatelic Society Board of Directors:

My fellow members of the American Philatelic Society and dear friends.

Good morning to all of you from the City of Memphis, Tennessee.

My name is David Saks.

It was 23 years ago this week that the late great Bill Welch requested that I fill for his guest editorial in the American Philatelist. Elvis never meant more to the world than he did in that magical month of January in 1993. He went on to become the most licked man in history :-)

Stamp collecting is a beloved and crucial aspect of my being.

It's been a guiding light full of inspiration and wonder.

I cherish my hobby and I have done so since I began to walk.

Stamp collecting has been a part of most every day of my entire existence.

Most importantly, throughout the past quarter century the American Philatelic Society has enriched my life in many, many ways of which I must sincerely thank you and offer my sincerest gratitude.

Many years have passed since the last APS conference in Memphis, one of the most important having been held here 85 years ago this September, and it's my hope that you'll find Southern Hospitality in my home town once again in the near future.

Please call upon me at any time and please accept my sincerest best wishes and hopes for all of you.

I'd like to thank the American Philatelic Society for today's honor and recognition for 25 years, and I thank you from my heart.

I wish that I could be there with you today to shake each and every hand.

Raymond Weill said to me, in March of 1991, while we were reminiscing about Roger, "David, I have always gained greater pleasure from my association with a stamp collector than I did from the fact that knowing you was the result of my occupation".

I know how he felt.

Thank you.

David Saks

APS Exec. Dir. Scott English

 American Philatelic Society

APS 25 Years of Membership

Thank you, from my heart, to all of my friends, esteemed and honorable members of

the American Philatelic Society.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Coober Pedy & The Priceless Opal

Coober Pedy Australia is the opal capital of the world.

Ninety-five percent of the world's opal comes from this region.

The news about the discovery of these priceless opalised pearls began surfacing last Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

Coober Pedy Opalized Pearls

Ironically, the same day, I discoverd this exhibition cover in the bottom of an old plastic tub full of stamps and first day covers, before I heard the news about the opals:

Coober Pedy - Adelaide Exhibition 1940

 And the other side :

Coober Pedy - Adelaide Exhibition 1940

It appears to have been issued to commemorate an exhibition which was held in Adelaide in 1940 along with the town of Coober Pedy.
It also appears to contain traces of opal, or a green tint teaser, embedded in the gold embossed boomerang and the gold map of Australia in the upper left corner.

It's also signed by the postmaster in the lower left corner, Alfred P. North.

There's a letter still sealed inside.

I've been unable to locate another anywhere in the world.

I've been searching since last Wednesday.

Ironically, it's addressed to a woman named "Pearl".

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Thomas Stearns "T.S." Elliot

Thomas Stearns "T.S." Elliot is considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

He was a poet, published dramatic works, commented on currect and past events, and shared criticism that shaped the thinking of modern intellectualism.


He was born in St.Louis, Missouri and attended Harvard, the Sorbonne in Paris and Oxford University in England.

He was awarded both the British Order of Merit and the Nobel Prize in 1948.


The stamp and first day cover were issued on the 100th anniversary of his birth in his hometown of St.Louis, Missouri om September 26, 1986.

Bradbury Thompson of Riverside, Connecticut designed the U.S. stamp honoring T.S.Elliot.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Sultan of Swat - George Herman "Babe" Ruth

George Herman "Babe" Ruth (1895 - 1948) was probably the greatest figure in American sports.

Babe Ruth

He was the idol of millions during his 22-year baseball career.

Today I pay tribute to the "Babe" with this fantastic ArtCraft first day cover issued on July 6, 1983 in Chicago. It was released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of baseball's first All-Star Game which was held in Chicago.

The Babe hit the winning home run in this game.

George Herman

The Babe Ruth stamp was designed by Richard Gangel of Weston, Connecticut.

Babe Ruth

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Paul Dudley White, M.D. - Pioneer of Cardiology

Dr.Paul Dudley White (1876-1973) understood heart disease.

He pioneered it's diagnosis and treatment.

When President Eisenhower suffered a heart attack in 1955 Dr.White became his chief medical advisor.

Dr.White received the Lasker Award for his contributions to medical science, was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and was honored by many nations, including Greece, Cuba, Poland, Brazil and Czechosolvakia.

Dr. Paul Dudley White

Paul Dudley White

Christopher Calle of Stamford, Connecticut designed the United States stamp honoring Dr.Paul Dudley White.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Grill That Really Cooks

I found a few pages, like the ones below, that I didn't know that I had until this past Wednesday.

I posted a couple of the pages for you. There are many more.

10 cent green design A27, at the bottom, was on the first page.
I removed it and tried to measure the grill.
It's looks like it could be the 14X17 E Grill or 17X16.
If 17X16 it'd be a C or D grill, and possibly the only known copy of the 10 cent A27 design in either the C or D grill variety.

The Scott Catalog doesn't list the 10 cent green variety with the C or D grills.

If 18 vertical it's a Z grill, would make history, and I'd become quite wealthy.

I need a pro on this one.

The others need to be identified in addition to the 1869 grills.

The 1875 officials, Scott "O", which I haven't scanned yet, catalog at over 30 thousand dollars. Quite a number of the "Specimen", "S" suffix designated 1875 overprints are included with the officials.

Nothing has been submitted for expertise and the only thing I've looked at with any scrutiny is the 10 cent grill.

United States Classic Page 1
United States Classics Page 2
United States Classics page 3

 Which Grill ?

C, D, E, or Z ?



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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Snow Cruiser Reaches the South Pole 1941

The Snow Cruiser was a mobile research laboratory developed by Armour Research Foundation (ARF) to be used by Adm. Richard E. Byrd on his third expedition to Antarctica in 1939.

The Snow Cruiser 1941

The vehicle was driven across land from Chicago where it was built to the East Coast of the United States where it was loaded onto a ship and taken to “Little America” in the Antarctic. Dr. F. Alton Wade was the vehicle’s captain.

When Adm. Byrd was recalled to the United States, the Snow Cruiser was left in Antarctica.  In 1958, it was found “under 14 feet of ice and snow,” according to IITRI: A Fifty Year Portrait, 1936 –1986.

Armour Research Foundation (ARF) was one of the first private, not-for-profit contract research laboratories in the United States.  Begun in Chicago in 1936 by Armour Institute of Technology (AIT), ARF was acquired by Illinois Institute of Technology in 1940 when IIT was created by the merger of AIT and Lewis Institute. Re-named Armour Research Foundation of Illinois Institute of Technology, it was later reorganized as the IIT Research Institute (IITRI). Under all its iterations, the laboratory conducted research for commercial and government sources, expanding to an international operation. 

The Snow Cruiser reverse 1941

Cancelled stamp cover commemorating the Snow Cruiser’s arrival at the South
Pole; cancellation dated May 6, 1941, Boston, Mass.

Cover shows a drawing of the Snow Cruiser with the plane mounted on top.

The plane Ted A. Petras flew in Antarctica, carried on top of the Snow Cruiser, is The Beech Aircraft Corporation, "D17A". It's believed that Beechcraft commisioned the cachet. The artist is unknown. When I discover who the artist was I'll post it for you.

Markings: on obverse: The Snow Cruiser Reaches the South Pole/Defense plans halted/ Byrd Antarctic Expedition III/in south polar regions/Lat. 78º 30’ S. Long. 163º 30’ W./Research Foundation
of the Armour Institute of Technology.

On reverse: Registered No. 1538/Carried from Little America by U. S. S. North Star.
The stamp is the 3 cent "Torch of Enlightenment" Scott Catalog #901.

Scarce cover ? Yes !

Historical ? Absolutely !

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Certified Mail

On June 6th, 1955 in Washington D.C. at 9am in the morning the United States Postal Service issued the first Certified Mail stamp, Scott Catalog #FA1.

Certified Mail 1955

Certified mail service began June 6, 1955 for use on first class mail. Proof of mailing and proof of delivery are available at less cost than registered mail.

The mailer receives one receipt and the addressee signs another when the postamn delivers the letter, the second receipt being kept on file at the post office for six months.

The charge of Certified Mail, which was originally 15 cents, is in addition to the regular postage being either speaicla delivery, air or surface mail.

Certified Mail Receipt

And the instructions on the back of the receipt:

Instructions Certified Mail 1955

U.S. certified mail began in 1955 after the idea was originated by Assistant U.S. Postmaster General Joseph Cooper. It is also acceptable to send U.S. Government classified information at the Confidential level using the Certified Mail service. Certified mail may be selected for many reasons, not just for important business mailings. It is used by anyone who needs or wishes to provide a tracking number to the receiver as proof of mailing.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Navajo Indian Art

The Navajos had one of the largest Indian tribes in the United States. They migrated to the Southwest between the 10th and 13th centuries.

It was in the Southwest that they met the Pueblo Indians.

The Pueblos influenced the Navajos in the arts of painting, both pottery and sand, and in blanket weaving.

This beautiful ArtCraft first day cover recognizes the beauty of the Navajo art in their blankets.

Navajo Indian Art 1986 FDC

Four examples of the Navajo blankets are represented in the block of four on this ArtCraft first day cover issued on September 4, 1986 in Window Rock, Arizona, where the largest population of Navajos reside.

Navajo Indian Art FDC 1986

Derry Noyes of Washington, D.C. designed the stamps.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reverend Monsignori Father Edward Joseph Flanagan

Boys Town is a home and school for homeless and neglected boys near Omaha, Nebraska.

It is the living testament to the work of a great man,

Father Edward Joseph Flanagan  (13 July 1886 – 15 May 1948).

Father Edward Joseph Flanagan

Father Flanagan was a Roman Catholic priest who dedicated more than 30 years to his project which serves youngsters of every race and religion. He devoted his life to helping children grow into responsible and productive members of society.

Boys Town will be 100 years old next year.

Father Edward Jospeh Flanagan

News of Father Flanagan’s work became well known throughout the world with the success of the 1938 movie, “Boys Town”. Spencer Tracy won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, which he later donated to the priest.

Boys Town

After World War II, President Truman asked Father Flanagan to take his message to the world. He traveled the globe visiting war orphans and advising government leaders on how to care for displaced children.

Fether Edward Joseph Flanagan

Christopher Calle of Stamford, Connecticut designed the United States stamp honoring Father Edward Joseph Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town.

The stamp was issued July 14, 1986 at Boys Town, Nebraska.

On February 25, 2012, the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska opened the canonization process of Father Flanagan. At a March 17, 2012 prayer service at Boys Town's Immaculate Conception Church, he was given the title, "Servant of God", the first of three titles bestowed before canonization as a Catholic saint.

The investigation was completed in June, 2015, and the results forwarded to the Vatican. If the Vatican approves the local findings, Flanagan would be declared venerable. The next steps would be beatification and canonization.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Currier & Ives, Stamp Collecting and Nassau Street

Currier & Ives opened it's first print shop at 148 Nassau Street in New York City in 1836.

It was on Nassau Street for 56 years.

Is it a coincidence that the world's most distinquished address for stamp dealers and collectors in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was 116 Nassau Street, otherwise know as the Stamp Center Building ?

Look at this great website, a database of the prints of Currier & Ives:

Currier & Ives.Net

The Road Winter by Otto Knirsch

 The Road - Winter by Otto Knirsch, published by C&I in 1853

A cornucopia of printing methods fabricate the world of the stamp collector.

Nassau Street's stamp dealers knew this well.

I believe that Currier & Ives was the catalyst to the migration of the world's great stamp dealers to Nassau Street in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Currier & Ives and the Stamp Center Building are no more

Today, let's look at Currier & Ives and a few examples of the work of this fantastic company from a small, scarce volume and 1st edition of F.A.Conningham's beautiful work, "Currier & Ives" printed in 1950 by the American Arts Library.

Here's the cover featuring George Henry Durrie's Winter Morning

Currier & Ives - F.A.Conningham

Here's the content page.

Currier & Ives content page

The Night Express : The Start by Charles Parsons

The Night Express - Charles Parsons

The Village Street by Fannie Palmer

The Village Street by Fannie Palmer

American Country Life by Fannie Palmer

American Country Life by Fannie Palmer

Blackwell's Island by Fannie Palmer

Blackwell's Island by Fannie Palmer

Life of a Fireman by Louis Maurer (last surviving member of Currier & Ives - died 1932)

Life of a Fireman by Louis Maurer

Snipe Shooting by Fannie Palmer

Snipe Shooting by Fannie Palmer

American Whalers Crushed In the Ice (ca.1872) by Unknown

American Whalers Crushed In the Ice 

All of these prints are in great demand today by art enthusiasts and collectors thoughout the world. 

I found the book with the prints in a basket in a second-hand store and paid 25 cents for them.

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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

 Linn's Stamp News

“The Scott Numbers are the copyrighted property of Amos Press Inc., dba Scott
Publishing Co. The marks Scott and Scott’s are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
and are trademarks of Amos Press, Inc. dba Scott Publishing Co. No use may be
made of these marks or of material which is reprinted from a copyrighted
publication of Amos Press, Inc., without the express written permission of Amos
Press, Inc., dba Scott Publishing Co., Sidney, Ohio 45365.”


David Saks

Winner of the Coveted Memphex 2019 Marshall Trophy for "Best of Show"
Philatelic Exhibit "The Famous American Stamp Series of 1940"