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Emmy Award winners, they uphold the revered  traditions of Mark Twain, Will Rogers and Bennett Cerf. They understand very well that laughter is the greatest medicine, and that the quickest way to repair a broken heart is through tickled ribs. In that regard, Matt and Zach are great physicians. They have many patients who depend upon their power to heal with a prescription for joy, mirth and merriment. Their viewers lives are enriched by them. Inspired by them. Their many thousands of adoring  fans enjoy well-being and contentment because of them. The thought of Matt and Zach will always bring bountiful smiles into the hearts of those who have known them. Their work and good deeds will never be forgotten.
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Three Jennys
I spent the day at the annual stamp show, Memphex 2018.

I bought several examples of scarce Graf Zeppelin flight covers and some great examples of early airmail postal history from stamp dealer Jared Cassidy, of Huntsville, Alabama. Jared is a very friendly, knowledgable philatelist. Make sure you visit with him when he comes to your stamp show.

 Jared gets my big "thumbs up" ! 
I won a vermeil ribbon for my airmail exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary, the Centennial, of airmail delivery by the United States Postal Service which began in May of 1918 with the "Jenny". Many kind friends in attendance commented that it should have won a gold. I appreciate their  thoughtful remarks.
The president of the stamp club, Andy Burkman, said that my exhibit "significantly elevated the quality of the show" !  Thank you, Andy.

Here's a scan of one of the "Jenny" covers that I bought. Examples of the nation's first three airmail stamps, Scott #'s C1, C2 and C3, mailed in 1918 to New Britain, Connecticut, frank the letter. I believe that it may have been sent from New York City as indicated by the faint lettering in the early wavy-line machine cancellation. The three "Jenny's" on cover are rare.


She's a beauty !

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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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