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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My First Stamps - Lundy Island
 
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Lundy Island was the beginning of stamp collecting for me.
 
Cinderellas (stamps not normally listed in the main stamp collecting catalogues), the little laughing bird known as the puffin grabbed my heart.
 
I was seven years old when I bought them from Herron-Hill Stamps on Main Street in Memphis. Sadly, Herron-Hill is not with us any longer. They were mentors, as the Weills
 
I paid a penny apiece for them in 1959.
 
They're worth about 12 dollars today. but priceless to me because they represent the beginning of a long, wonderful journey with stamp collecting.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Happy 500th Birthday Copernicus !

The International philatelic exhibition Polska '73 in Poznań, commemorated the 500th anniversary of the birth of Mikołaj Kopernik (Copernicus).

Mikołaj Kopernik (Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1543), is the Polish astronomer who discovered that the sun, not the earth, is the center of our solar system.

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This awesome souvenir card featuring three commemorative stamps for the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Polish astronomer Copernicus was issued by the Postal Service for POLSKA '73, the international philatelic exhibition held August 19 through September 2, 1973 in Poznan, Poland.

The card has an enlarged engraving of the U.S. 8‐cent tribute to the great Polish astronomer who revolutionized man's concept of the universe, and two of many commemoratives issued by Poland's postal authorities in his honor.

From left to right Scott #1488, Nicolaus Copernicus 1473-1543, issued April 23, 1973, and Scott #s 1544 and 1545 issued December 15, 1972 in Poland.

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The card was distributed without charge to those attending the exhibition, titled Swiatowa Wystawa Filatelistyczna, and this wording,runs across the top of the card,

Under the three stamps, in Polish, is a commemoration of the show and a description of the stamps over the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Klassen of the United States of America.

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The card, printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the U.S., was available for $1 plus a 50‐cent handling charge per order from the POLSKA Souvenir Card, Philatelic Sales Unit in Washington, D. C. if you couldn't attend this terrific event.

The card is not available from postal authorities any longer, and hasn't been for many years.

You'd have to search the web for one.

Światowa wystawa filatelistyczna = International philatelic exhibition.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

The International Airmail Exhibition, APEX 73

THREE airmails of the Americas, all incredible rarities, make up the design of a this souvenir card from the United States Postal Service in honor of the International Airmail Exhibition, APEX 73.

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The card was distributed at the exhibition, held in Manchester, England.

The show marked the 50th anniversary of the Aero Philatelic Club of London.

In the center of the card is the U. S. 24cent airmail of 1918, showing the Curtis “Jenny” with the vignette inverted and listed in Scott's Catalogue #C3a at $850,000 mint.

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To the left of the invert is a reproduction of the Newfoundland surcharged 60cent black De Pinedo airmail of 1927, which in mint condition is valued at $57,500 in Scott's, #C4. To the right is the 10‐cent Ulua Bridge of Honduras surcharged in 1925 as a 25‐cent airmail and valued in Scott's, #C12, at $75,000.

The card was available for $1 from the Philatelic Sales Unit and produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in limited quantities.

A brief commemoration of the exhibition and a description of the stamps appear in English on the card, above the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Klassen.

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Collect souvenir cards.

It's a great way to learn about the best aspects of philately.

Many souvenir cards are quite valuable and they can certainly be a good return on your investment when the time comes to trade or sell.

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Internationale Briefmarken Asutellung, IBRA 73

The IBRA Munich ' 73 international Stamp Exhibition was held in Munich, Germany 11-20 May 1973 part of the Fedration Internationale de Philatelie (FIP) or the International Philatelic Federation, founded in 1926.

The FIP's chief function is to promote international exhibits and other philatelic activities at the international level. It establishes standards for international philately. 

Once a year, in conjunction with an international exhibition, the FIP holds a congress that is attended by delegates from member organizations throughout the world.

In 1973 it was held in Munich alongside Internationale Briefmarken Asutellung, IBRA 73.

This fantastic souvenir card was distributed to participants at the events, printed in limited quantities by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in the United States.

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This Postal Service card, for the Munich show, bears a color reproduction of the official symbol of IBRA, in which the four letters form a rectangle of two letters on top of two letters, with the whole encircled by the formal name in German.

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But the major part of the card depicts the 65‐cent U. S. airmail stamp commemorating the flight of the dirigible Graf Zeppelin from Germany to the Americas in 1930, Scott #C13.

The stamp shows the Graf Zeppelin over the Atlantic on its return flight to Germany.

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A brief commentary on the exhibition and a description of the stamp appear in German over the signature of Postmaster General E. T. Kiassen. 

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This great IBRA souvenir card is in my collection.

The details the Bureau cards provide present you with a coup d'oeil, a quick look, at the greatest events, and achievements, in history.

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

There's No Business Like Show Business !

The Legends of American Music series discovered the lights of Broadway in New York, New York on September 21, 1999 with the Broadway Songwriters pane.

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Ira and George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and individual songwriters Lorenz Hart, Frank Loesser and Meredith Willson are featured in this classic series of six stamps representing nine of the greatest composers of popular American music for the musical theater.

Scott #'s 3345 - 3350

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Originally $6.60, the pane of 20 stamps is worth $25 to $30 today.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Hooray For Hollywood !

On September 16, 1999 the United States Postal Service remembered six of the greatest film composers of our time.

Part of the American Music Series, we honor our Hollywood Composers.

Scott #'s 3339 - 3344 pane of 20

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Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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The music these men created brought the dreams of the screen to life.

The $6.60 stamp investment in 1999 is worth nearly $30 today.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Something Fishy

On June 24, 1999, in Anaheim, California, the United States Postal Service issued the Aquarium Fish pane.

Designed by Richard Sheaff and printed by the Banknote Corporation of America, a full tagged pane of this issue catalogs for $350 dollars in the 2014 Scott Specialized Catalog of United States Stamps and Covers.

Scott #'s 3317-3320

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The bottom row.

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Descriptions

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Se-tenant left.

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Se-tenant right.

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Enlarged description left including plate position and plate color numerical.

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Enlarged description right to include plate color numeral.

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An aquarium in the home is a thing of great beauty and wonder.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Boo !!!

On September 30, 1997 the United States Postal Service used scare tactics to step up the national interest in stamp collecting.

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Scott #3168 Lon Chaney as The Phantom of the Opera, Scott#3169 Bela Lugosi as Dracula, Scott #3170 Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, Scott #3171 Boris Karloff as The Mummy, and Scott #3172 Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wold Man.

The Classic Movie Monsters

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Plate color numbers of this super pane of 20 are seen in the top left and right margins representing the colors used.

Hidden 3D images can be seen on these stamps when they're viewed with a special "Stamp Decoder" sold by the United States Postal Service.

Hard as heck to find now, the decoder uses a special patented process known as "scrambled indicia" that reveals masquerade masks, flying bats, bolts of electricity, Egyptian deities and howling wolves when held over the stamps.

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The Chaney's, Lugosi and Karloff turned the movie houses into meat lockers with the chills, screams and shivers from their fans, myself included.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Guatemala - The Quetzal Bird 1881
The Quetzal, a trogon, is a forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and a long tail.
 
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The stamps of Guatemala are among the most beautiful on the planet.
 
Scott #25 issued November 7, 1881, the Quetzal bird adorns this beautifully engraved example of the postal history of this great country.
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Hotel Times Square - Gone But Not Forgotten

Hotel Times Square was in the heart of Broadway.

Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Yip Harburg and many other great Broadway composers knew Hotel Times Square.

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Located on 43rd Street in Manhattan, where the great theaters of Broadway lined the streets,

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Hotel Times Square printed modest stationery that sedately announced, without the bravado and fanfare of most advertising covers, in the upper left hand corner, whence the letter originated.

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Scott #800, bottom left sheet margin with the plate number, the Alaskan landscape with Mount McKinley (issued November 12, 1937), is tied to the hotel advertising cover by the rectangular machine slogan cancel "Buy Defense Savings Bonds And Stamps", and the circular date stamp postmarked New York, N.Y. Sept.27, 10:30pm, 1941.

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On the back, this reminder to include a return address in the space provided below the paragraph.

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Visit New York.

You'll never forget Times Square.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Hotel Houston - Gone But Not Forgotten

The Houston Hotel is gone.

I don't know if it was demolished, rebuilt or what.

And nothing so far has surfaced on the web about it.

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Scott #774, the Boulder Dam issue of 1935, is postmarked with the international machine cancelllation of Oct 1, 2:30pm, 1935 Washington, D.C. and the the number 10 which may represent the cancellation station.

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Could this nice cover be one of the few things left of the great Hotel Houston, the hotel with,

"A Room And A Bath For Two And A Half" ?

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The hotel cover is a great collecting topic to pursue.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Baptist Sunday School Board

The Frost Building is historic.

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It was built for the Southern Baptist Convention.    

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A photograph of the historic Frost Building (Baptist Sunday School Board, Southern Baptist Convention) at 161 Eighth Avenue North (Rosa L. Parks Boulevard) in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, circa 1996. 

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A.H. Eilers was a publisher of religious text books and was located in St.Louis, Missouri. They were clients of the Baptist Sunday School Board located at 161 Eighth Avenue in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eilers is best known for the Sunday School maps they published, many of which are rare and valuable today.

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The front office of the building was named for James M. Frost (1848-1916), Pastor, denominational leader, and founder of the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in 1891. The architectural structure is a 1913 creation by architects Gardner and Seal, featuring elaborately worked ornamentation in the style of Beaux-Arts classicism with includes colossal Roman Corinthian columns, pilasters, and entablature. Built by Selden-Breck Construction Company. Forms part of the Nashville Room Historic Photographs Collection.

In 1979, the building was renovated by the Baptist Sunday School Board, and in 1993, the firm of Hart Freeland Roberts used photographs to restore the office of Dr. Frost.

Printers Foster & Parkes created the cachet of the Frost building.

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The two cent rose-colored Scott #499 type 1 is tied to the cover with an international machine cancellation and the circular date stamped postmark of July 27, 9pm, 1920 Nashville, Tenn originating at the number 1 cancellation station.

A fine representation of the beautiful architecture of Nashville, it's an outstanding cachet representing the first half-century of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Sovereign Military Order Of Malta

The only surviving order of military chivalry in the world today is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. The full name of the order is the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes, and of Malta. Its responsibility was to provide rest, provisions, and care for those who were injured in battle, as well as pilgrim, the poor and the sick. The Order was founded before Jerusalem was taken by the Crusaders in 1099. It was originally connected with the Order of St. Benedict. It had both military and charitable functions. It was expelled from the Holy Land in 1291, and made its home in Cyprus temporarily.

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In 1307 the Order landed on the island of Rhodes after finding a temporary home on Cyprus. Until 1522 the Muslim naval power was unable to prevail again the Order. At that time Suleyman the Magnificent did take the island and the Knights left with military honors.

After further years of exile Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor, provided the Order with a permanent home on the island of Malta for the rent of a single falcon per year. In 1798, after successfully withstanding many Turkish attempts to dislodge them the Knights of Malta were defeated by Napoleon and expelled from the island.


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The Knights of Malta finally established their headquarters in their palace in Rome, where it is today. They continue their charitable work with lepers, and providing medical service in emergency situations. The Order is not a member of the Universal Postal Union and its stamps are only recognized by countries that have bilateral agreements with it. 

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According to Wikipedia:

"The stamps are issued for both postal and charitable reasons. Despite over 50 bi-lateral postal agreements the stamps are usually classed as cinderella stamps as they do not have postal validity throughout the world. Most postal agreements are with countries in which the order does charitable work."

The SMOM is not a member of the Universal Postal Union.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Mississippi Neighbors

North Mississippi is a short drive south from my home, about 20 minutes.

I have relatives and friends throughout Mississippi, one of the finest states in America.

Mississippi has had it's share of troubles to include political, racial, agricultural.

Today Mississippi is breathtaking, picturesque, scenic, prospering and well-favored.

Scott #955 was issued on April 7, 1948 at 9AM in the morning in the magnificent city of Natchez.

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On December 10, 1817, Mississippi was the 20th state admitted to the Union.

The Mississippi Territory was organized on April 7, 1798.

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The map of Mississippi, the Great Seal of the State and the first Governor, Winthrop Sargent (effective from May 7, 1798 to May 25, 1801), are all illustrated on Scott #955.

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Mississippi is more than cotton.

It's a state rich with history, great culture, art, music and natural beauty.

I'm proud to have this first day cover in my collection

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Year Of The Rat

On January 9, 2008 the United States Postal Service celebrated the Chinese New Year with the Year of the Rat issue.

The first day of issue ceremony was held in San Francisco.

Scott #4221 pane of 12 stamps and the illustration of the rat.

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Designed by artist Ethel Kessler, the photogravure pane of 12 was printed Avery Dennison

Another view of the cancellations and the stamps.

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Sheets of 108 in nine panes of 12, not easy to find today, were also available.

The Earth Rat's Chinese start date is actually February 7, 2008 and the end date for this cycle is January 25, 2009.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Baden, Duren, Stamp Day & The World Philatelic Movement

This se-tenant was issued October 12, 1978 for "Stamp Day".

Scott #'s 1281, "The Baden Posthouse Sign", and 1282, Saxony #1 with the "World Philatelic Movement" cancel, express the great German passion for stamp collecting.

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The se-tenant

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The Duren cancel

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Milennium Party On Beale Street

This special commemorative cover rang in the milennium on Beale Street on the first of January 2000.

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A special cancellation only available on Beale Street on New Year's Day 2000 commemorates this great day in Memphis.

Scott #3369 featuring "Baby New Year" was issued on December 27, 1999,

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Click either image for great information about historic Beale Street and the musicans that put Memphis on the musical map forever.

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I've had some great times playing the piano on Beale.

Visit Beale Street. You'll never forget it !

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Music On Stamps & The Art Of William Harnett

William Harnett (August 10, 1848 – October 29, 1892) was an Irish-American painter who could trick the eye as few artists ever dreamt.

His style was Trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye", pronounced [tʁɔ̃p lœj]), an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create optical illusions. Objects exist in three dimensions.

His painting, "Old Models", which hangs in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, demonstrates this technique and his extraordinary proficiency in this style.

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Scott #1386 was issued on December 3rd, 1969 honoring Harnett.

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Collect music on stamps.

The discoveries among this topical collecting variety will astound you..

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

World Stamp Expo '89 Brought The World Together

World Stamp Expo '89 was the first international philatelic exhibition sponsored by the US Postal Service.

It took place November 17-20 and November 24-December 3 1989 and held in conjunction with the 20th Congress of the Universal Postal Union.

This show passport was available to visitors and participants at the Expo.

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The third page and the introduction from the Universal Postal Congress

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How To Use Your Passport

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The Left Page

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A Ticket To World Stamp Expo '89

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The Back Of The Ticket To World Stamp Expo '89

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1989 World Stamp Expo Souvenir Sheet- Scott #2433

A $3.60 imperforate souvenir sheet celebrating WORLD STAMP EXPO '89 was issued November 17, 1989, the first day of the exhibition, at the Washington, DC, Convention Center where the Expo was held.

The souvenir sheet was placed inside the passport on the United States page.

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World Stamp Expo '89, as an augury, exhibited clearly that the peace of stamp collecting will bring the world together.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Stampin' The Future - The Children's Stamp Design Contest Winners

To celebrate the coming of the twenty-first century, the Postal Service held a "Stampin' The Future" design contest for children ages 8-12.

Four 33-cent Stampin' The Future commemorative stamps were issued in Anaheim, California, on July 13, 2000.

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Left to right with the sheet margin are Scott #'s 3414, 3415, 3416 and 3417.

The four winning stamps were based on the artwork of four youthful artists — Zachary Canter's Astronauts, Morgan Hill's Rocket, Sarah Lipsey's Children, and Ashley Young's Dog.

They were exhibited at the World Kids' Congress hosted by the Postal Service at the World Stamp Expo 2000.

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Sarah Lipsey's Children.

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The original full pane sold for $6.60 in 2000.

It has a catalog value of about double that amount today.

Find it and encourage youngsters to collect stamps.

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ArtCraft

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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