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Sunday, November 15, 2020

Teddy B, Teddy R, Donald T & Elvis P

Theodore Roosevelt Jr. [b] October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), often referred to as Teddy Roosevelt or his initials T. R., was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.


Whether or not Miss Florence Craven Harvey of 154 North Lexington Avenue Cook County, Illinois understood the meaning of this unusual postcard is anybody's guess.

The large walking stick and safari hat may have been alluding to the flamboyant Mr.Roosevelt, hunter, naturalist, writer and politician.

After all, it was Teddy Roosevelt who said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."


The specifics are that this is the Teddy B Hiking Bear with Walking Stick & Hat Embossed UB Postcard created by the ILL Postcard Card & NOV.CO. NY. The shadow around the bear was originally a green amber tint that faded, which is understandable since the card is almost 114 years old. It's approximate Size is 3.25" x 5.5".

Here's the front of Miss Harvey's great piece of postal history with the Scott Catalog #300 blue green one cent Ben Franklin stamp, issued between 1902 and 1903, struck twice with six line wavy machine cancels with the circular date stamp of Saint Joseph Missouri, August 25, 1907. Kind of looks like the weaker set of wavy lines came first but were applied inverted which caused the circular date to run off the page. I suppose they might have flipped the card around so the date of cancellation would show up.


Here's a closer look at the cancellations.


Teddy B reminds me of another American that carries a big stick.


Elvis, most likely, would have loved the Teddy B card.


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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Visual Scribble & Ish Kabibble

I bought some pencils, crayons, watercolors, pastels, felt-tipped pens, a ruler and a pencil sharpener (sounds like a song, doesn't it) yesterday and did this on an old 5 by 4 inch blank card that was used to mount Polaroid instant camera pics.


Does it look like a sky, a house, a mountain and a tree ?

Or an old blank Polaroid mount with scribbles on it ?

I have dozens of these old blank Polaroid mounts to scribble on.

Aren't we having fun ?

Ish Kabibble (January 19, 1908 – June 5, 1994) was an American comedian and cornet player. Born Merwyn Bogue in North East Pennsylvania, Ish Kabibble was the lead trumpet for the Kay Kyser Band and studied law at West Virginia University.


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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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David Saks

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Philatelic Exhibit "The Famous American Stamp Series of 1940"