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Saturday, July 24, 2021

Are You A Poseur ?

I am not a poseur.


I am a stamp collector and pianist.

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 10

More Mexican revenues to inspire your desire to become a stamp collector.

Click the album page for more information about them.


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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 9

Another page of Mexican revenues.

They're amazing !

Stay tuned for more !


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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 8

Page 8 from my Mexican Revenue collection.

Aren't they awesome ?

Click the page for more great information about these beautiful stamps .


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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 7

Page 7 from my Mexican revenue collection. Click the page photo for more information,


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Monday, May 3, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 6

Page six from my collection of Mexican revenues.


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Thursday, April 29, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 5

Page 5 from my collection.


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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 4

More Mexican revenue stamps from my collection.


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Friday, April 2, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1881 Page 3

Another page from my collection.


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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mexican Revenue Stamps 1879-1882 Page 2

 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.


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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

Once upon a time, Carolyn Bailey and I fell in love.

We flew together.

White water rafted the rivers together.

Danced together.

Dreamed together.


Once upon a time never comes again.

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

153 Years Later

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.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

Forty Five Women - 1920's ?

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.

Sometimes I feel like I'm playing for them, that I know them and that they're watching and listening.

It's a good feeling.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Azores Inverted Black Overprint of 1871-1875 Scott #25a

The Azores are a beautiful group of islands to the west of Portugal.

This is Azores 25a and Portugal design A15. The labels outside of the cameo on Portugal design A15 are longer than Portugal A14. 
A15 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.


Scott Specialized 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.
This overprint might be a little different.
I'm unaware of inverted forgeries from the country.
Early Azores, 1871 through 1875, can be scarce or rare and very expensive.
Many deficient in quantity.
#25a doesn't appear to be widely known and is marked by an uncommon quality.
Especially one that's superlative and extreme of it's kind for the issue.
Such is the magic of philately.
Thanks to Memphis Stamp Collectors Society president Andy Burkman for assisting me with the identification of this scarce stamp.
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Saturday, January 2, 2021

Forgotten Smiles

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.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Who Was William Ray Flesher & Why Was He In Japan In 1948 ?

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 1948.


After some research I discovered Professor Flesher's obituary.


I also have this photograph of Bill on Christmas day with friends in Yokohama, Japan.


And the typed inscription on the back of the photograph.


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. &

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Sunday, December 27, 2020

Philatelic Fraud - Dirty Deeds & A Warning !

Here are some links about dealers and auction houses
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
Tricked You
Into BelievingThat A Worthless Piece Of Paper Had Value !
Or Even Worse When An Auction House Promises That You'll 
Receive 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
Cherry 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 Practices !
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 !
There 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 Beware !
 Never Forget It Or You'll Always Regret It !

Enjoy Your Hobby !
-David Saks-

François Barraud (1899-1934)

Le Philateliste - The Philatelist


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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

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