Saturday, July 24, 2021
Are You A Poseur ?
2:18 am cdt
I am not a poseur.
I am a stamp collector and pianist.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 10
11:59 am cdt
More Mexican revenues to inspire your desire to become
a stamp collector.
the album page for more information about them.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 9
7:24 am cdt
Another page of Mexican revenues.
They're amazing !
Stay tuned for
Sunday, May 30, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 8
8:46 am cdt
Page 8 from my Mexican
Aren't they awesome ?
Click the page for more great information about these beautiful stamps .
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 7
2:31 am cdt
Page 7 from my Mexican revenue collection. Click the page photo
for more information,
Monday, May 3, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 6
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Page six from my collection of Mexican revenues.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 5
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Page 5 from my collection.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 4
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More Mexican revenue stamps from my collection.
Friday, April 2, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 3
4:11 pm cdt
Another page from my collection.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1882 Page 2
1:59 pm cdt
The First Mexican stamps were issued in 1856. The
classical stamps of Mexico are popular with philatelists around the world. The plates for the first stamps of Mexico were
made in the same manner as those of the contemporary postage stamp issues of the United States. The plates for the stamps
were laid down by hand.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Mexican Revenue Stamps 1875-1889
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Saturday, March 13, 2021
Ne Plus Ultra
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Thursday, March 11, 2021
South Russia, Transcaucasia, Siberia & Georgia
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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Carolyn & David
5:32 am cst
Once upon a time, Carolyn Bailey and I fell in love.
White water rafted the rivers together.
Once upon a time never comes again.
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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Who Was William Ray Flesher & Why Was He In Japan In 1948 ?
4:52 pm cst
I discovered these pictures in my collection of whatsis today, and
the obituary below on the web.
Who was William
"Bill" Flesher ?
This a photo of Bill
Flesher (center with hat) possibly with Tokyo Imperial Univeristy's faculty wihile working for General Douglas MacArthur in
After some research I discovered Professor Flesher's
I also have this photograph of Bill on Christmas
day with friends in Yokohama, Japan.
And the typed inscription on the back of the
I believe this is the same Dr.Flesher of
Tokyo Imperial University. This photograph of Tokyo Imperial was taken in 1925. The entrance is identical to the group photograph
taken in 1948. It's known as known as Yasuda Auditorium.
There are sixteen Nobel Prize
Laureates from Tokyo Imperial University. To read about them clck here.
Along with the many
great scholars and faculty members in the astounding photograph, Bill Flesher should be remembered. I'd like to know if Bill
had friends in Memphis as I discovered the photograph among the papers of Memphis artist Louis Clericus (1856-1934), and well-known
Memphis chemist and socialist Louis Phillipi (1925-1998), of which I treasure and serve as the dutiful caretaker. http://davidsaks.com/2016.01.01_arch.html#/1452806484073 & https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144867289/louis-victor-philippi
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Philatelic Fraud - Dirty Deeds & A Warning !
5:05 pm cst
Here are some links about dealers and auction
who brazenly cheated buyers and sellers.
Other cases of philatelic fraud,
including fraudulent expertising certificates, are here as well.
This is just the tip of the philatelic fraud iceberg:
Stamp Collecting Is The World's Greatest Hobby !
It's No Longer A Hobby If You've Been Cheated
By A Dealer Or An Auction Firm !
Instead Of Being A Hobby
It Became A Crime And You Became A Victim Of Fraud
When A Smooth Talking Dealer Or An Auction Firm
Into BelievingThat A Worthless Piece Of Paper Had Value !
Or Even Worse When An Auction House Promises That
Healthy Proceeds From Their Next Auction,
Advances You A Small Fraction of Your Collections Value
As A Measure Of Goodwill, Runs Off With Your Collection, And You Never See Another
Dime After Swindlers
Pick Your Collection And Deplete It's Original Value !
False Promises Of Likely Prices Realized Are A Common Ruse With Auction Firms,
Many Double-Dipping The Sale With Ridiculously High Seller And Buyer Premium Fee Percentages Leaving the Seller With Little
If Any Proceeds From The Sale !
Many Stamp Dealers Have Been Prosecuted For Fraud
And Deceptive Business
They Will Lie To You To Get Your Stamps !
Dealers And Auction Firms Have Been Known To Prey Upon The Elderly, Families
Who Inherit Collections And Know Little Of The Value, And Despairing Sellers Showing Extreme Urgency Because Of
The Utmost Need For
Basic Human Resources !
Few In The Criminal Cases Were Vindicated, Many Facing Brutal Penalties,
Fines And Prison Sentences.
The World Is Full Of Con Artists
Working In The Stamp Business !
Are Many Integrity Minded Auction Firms And Dealers Who Belong To The American Stamp Dealers Association,
The American Philatelic Society,
And Other Notable Philatelic Organizations.
They Advertise In Linn's Stamp News And The American Philatelist,
Both Magazines Possessed Of The Highest Integrity And Moral Standards Of Which They Fiercely Protect !
Be Vigilant ! Be Careful !
Always Do Your HomeWork Before You Purchase Stamps
Either As A Hobby Or As An Investment !
When Buying From A Dealer Or Auction
"Caveat Emptor" Let The Buyer Beware !
When Selling To A Dealer Or Consigning For Auction
"Caveat Venditor" Let The Seller
Never Forget It Or You'll Always Regret It !
Your Hobby !
François Barraud (1899-1934)
Le Philateliste - The Philatelist