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Saturday, October 31, 2020

San Angelo Army Air Field - 1942
San Angelo Army Air Field Texas was the site for much of the bomber and fighter pilot training for our nation during the second world war.
The plane represented in the stamp is artist William Roach's illustration for the new transport plane series stamps that were in service for air mail delivery in the United States from 1941 until 1942. If you click the stamp a document with examples of the transport plane stamps in my collection will open for you.
Stamp collecting is the greatest hobby in the world.
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Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett - Deuteronomy 16:20

Dear Amy, 


Deuteronomy 16:20
Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

{S} כ צֶדֶק צֶדֶק, תִּרְדֹּף--לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ. {ס}

This portion of the Torah was the foundation of my bar mitzvah speech in August of 1965.

I know that you have not only lived by this edict, but have devoted your life of service to it.

We are very proud of you, and equally so to know that you have walked the corridors of the hallowed halls of our beloved Rhodes College.

As President Franklin D.Roosevelt was, I have been a stamp collector throughout my lifetime, beginning as a child, at the age of five, exploring the world illuminated by a tiny canvas known as a stamp.

When Justice Antonin Scalia visited the Rhodes Campus on September 22, 2015 he allowed me to visit with him. I was honored that he accorded the privilege of his signatures on two envelopes bearing stamps representing the history of our nation, that of John Jay, the first Supreme Court Justice of the United States,


& Freedom of the Press.


Judge Scalia noticed that the envelope bearing the Freedom of The Press stamp also had a cancellation of September 22, 1958, 57 years to the day of his visit to Rhodes College for his Constitution Day lecture.


Rhodes College also has both first day covers, signed by Justice Scalia, in the archives as I had two sets of each envelope with me that day, one for me and one for Rhodes.

This envelope bears the cancellation for the first day of issue of our nation's stamp honoring the Drafting of the Bill of Rights.


It is my hope that one day it will also bear your signature.

May God, in His infinite wisdom, guide you, always.


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Monday, October 26, 2020

Denise, David & Rose - Three Coins In The Fountain


My girlfriend, Denise, me, and her best friend, Rose, in Tupelo, Mississippi some years ago. Rose had me strapped in tight with that big bear hug. Rose was a beautiful woman, brilliant artist, scholar and stamp collector, too. Denise is a very successful real estate broker and philanthropist. I loved them very much. For a brief moment in time, the three of us were inseparable, like the unforgettable song of the same name,
"Three Coins In The Fountain"

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

Good Advice From A Great Doctor


"I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica, as now used, could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be better for mankind-and all the worse for the fishes, to wit, if all the medicine in the world were thrown into the sea, it would be bad for the fish and good for humanity."

-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.- (29 August 1809 - October 8, 1894) American physician, writer, poet, and the father of US Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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Friday, October 9, 2020


This young piano player and philatelist was enjoying a lovely autumn day at the university when his girfriend snagged this pic of him in 1988.

What could he possibly have been thinking about ? A hayride, a walk in the park, kisses, stamp collecting, the Beatles and Elvis ?

It's a little bit thinner and a little bit lighter now, but I still have most of that signature rag top of mine.


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Saturday, October 3, 2020

Jenny's A Sweetheart !

Jenny Airmail Cover From the Collection of David Saks

Scott Catalog #C3, the carmine, rose and blue 24¢ airmail stamp, the Jenny, issued May 13, 1918, franks this rare cover along with Scott #C1, the 6¢ orange issued December 10, 1918 and Scott #C2, the 16¢ green issued July 11, 1918.


On close inspection it appears to have been mailed January 16, 1919, as shown in the New Britain Connecticut wavy machine cancellation.


U.S. postmarking machines were first developed in 1876 but few survived into the 1920’s. By then postmarks from these machines were usually circular and, while formats varied, all cancellations included bars or lines. Nearly all machine-cancellation devices applied both postmark and cancellation simultaneously. The circular postmark on a machine cancel is sometimes referred to as a dial. There is no circular postmark on this rare cover which leads me to believe it was produced by the Barnard or Universal cancellation machines produced in the late 19th and early 20th century. As a personal observation, without reverse cancellations, Mr. Prebis may have been a stamp collector. The cover appears to have been mailed from his home post office with a total of 46¢ postage far exceeding the postal rate for domestic mail required in 1918. The postal rate for the first ounce of a letter was 3¢ as of November 2, 1917. It was subsequently decreased to 2¢ on July 1, 1919 by an act of Congress following World War One.

All three Jenny's in mint condition are also in my collection.


On 1 March 1918 the Army placed an order with the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company for 12 new airplanes to be used for airmail service. The order was divided equally between the Curtiss JN-4HM and R-4LM models. The “M” in each instance indicates the basic plane was modified to carry mail. An additional six JR-1B planes were ordered from the Standard Aircraft Corporation in July 1918 for use in the airmail service (the “B” model was a modified version of the Standard JR-1 training plane). The JR-1B’s were delivered on 6 August 1918.

Only the JN-4HM planes were used for the first airmail flights. The model that appears on the 24¢ stamp is an unmodified trainer with two seats. The photograph provided by the War Department to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing was made from one of the regular Jennys, not a modified mail plane.

In 1915 Curtiss began production of a new plane that combined features of the earlier “J” and “N” models used by the Army and Navy. The JN series' initials gave rise to the plane's popular nickname “Jenny.”

But this is the "Jenny" I want to fly with.


One great day she'll land on my stamp collection.

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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"