Saturday, January 30, 2021
153 Years Later
12:29 am cst
I found this deposit
signed by William G. Boone in a box full of old stamps.
It a nice example of revenue stamped paper.
It's a deposit slip for 100 dollars from T.M.
Stokes for the Capital City Bank of Jefferson City, Missouri dated September 7, 1868 and signed by William C. Boone, cash.
I believe it went into Mr.Stokes savings account,
unless it was interest checking because it's noted that when the certificate is returned it's payble at the the rate of "6
mos. after Jan. with 5% int. per annum", an incredible rate of return at that time !
The faded red certificate revenue stamp, Scott
Catalog #R24c, has a great blue Jefferson City Bank oval circular date cancellation of Sept 7, 1868. It appears as though
the blue ink inscription, "Jefferson City Bank", is reversed at the bottom of the cancellation.
The cachet for Jefferson City Bank slip No.43
is quite powerful.
Notice the bears !
Veteran philatelists know what I'm referring to.
Click the image for more.
It's still worth 100 bucks 153 years later.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Forty Five Women - 1920's ?
1:18 am cst
I discovered this photo in the corner of an attic in an old
house, built in 1912, in mid-town Memphis.
The home owner, who didn't know who they are, gave me the photo.
I'm guessing that the picture was taken in the 1920's.
Where, I don't know.
I like having having the photo
near the piano when I play.
I feel like I'm playing for them, that I know them and that they're watching and listening.
It's a good feeling.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The Azores Inverted Black Overprint of 1871-1875 Scott #25a
1:45 am cst
The Azores are a beautiful group of islands to the west
This is Azores
25a and Portugal design A15. The labels outside of the cameo on Portugal design A15 are longer than Portugal A14.
makes contact with the upper and lower curved labels.
The labels on the outside
of the cameo on Portugal A14 don't make contact with the upper and lower curved labels.
2021 Catalog© Listing - Azores
I know that the absence of value doesn't mean that stamp is scarce or rare, but that the dash in the value column usually means that the stamp is known and there's not enough information available to establish a catalog value,
i.e., U.S. Scott # 3X4 and a variety of used plate blocks.
overprint might be a little different.
I'm unaware of inverted forgeries from the country.
Azores, 1871 through 1875, can be scarce or rare and very expensive.
Many deficient in quantity.
appear to be widely known and is marked by an uncommon quality.
one that's superlative and extreme of it's kind for the issue.
is the magic of philately.
Thanks to Memphis Stamp Collectors Society president Andy Burkman for assisting me with the identification
of this scarce stamp.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
1:52 am cst
The photographs are from my collection of departed friends
and loved ones that I never knew, but wish that I had.
Photographs discovered in rubble, attics, demolished homes.
Look at them smile, look at their faces, and, in spirit, they'll become your friends.
They'll smile back at you, brightly.
Smiles become love when they enter your heart.