Friday, December 15, 2017
Return of the Wright Flyer - December 17, 1949
1:30 pm cst
On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright piloted the first powered airplane 20 feet above a
windy beach in North Carolina. The flight lasted 12 seconds and covered 120 feet.
a first day cover from my collection that commemorates the 46th anniversary of that flight and heralds the return of the The
Wright Flyer 1, the first successful heavier-than-air powered aircraft designed and built by the Wright brothers. They flew
it four times on December 17, 1903, near Kill Devil Hills four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, US. Today, the
airplane may be seen at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
Scott #C45 airmail, The Wright Brothers Issue, is tied to the first day cover
by the first day bar cancel in addition to the Kitty Hawk, North Carolina circular date stamp of December 17, 1949, 9-AM.
And the great cachet.
This is a House of Farnum cachet. Notice the initials "HF" at the bottom
left of the lower wing.
Great example of historic aviation philately !
Monday, December 11, 2017
Letter to Loretta - " I Should Worry " ???
1:18 pm cst
M.C. sent this postcard to Loretta Cook on May 21, 1918.
postcard looks like it was given to M.C. by the American Red Cross, Richmond, Virginia Chapter's Canteen Committee from the
purple hand stamp to the left of the three cent violet Washington, Scott #501.
penned his message on Monday.
It was postmarked on Tuesday.
"Mon. am. Am O.K. except R.R. pick. Good bye. God bless you. Write soon. Hope M.C."
I like the dual seven line wavy machine cancellations. The top cancel on the
stamp and the upside down bottom cancel. Wonder why the card went through the machine twice ?
Here's a better look at Scott #501, the upper right machine cancel and Red Cross handstamp.
The seven bar machine cancel is most likely a Universal Machine Cancel which entered into use in
And the piece de resistance:
What in the hell does it mean ? " I should worry become a hunter and catch
a deer " ???
It means that he's worried that his lover will cheat on him
while he's away at war and that the only thing he can do is bag a cervid instead of a trophy wife after she shafts him.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Letter to Loretta - The Jewish Welfare Board 1919
1:23 pm cst
The first world war was over, but the agression still lingered.
Loretta Clark lived in Memphis and corresponded with soldiers.
got this postcard from a jewish soldier, a member of the First Company, Regiment 11, in 1919 after he had returned to America
on the U.S.S. South Dakota on July 19th, 1919.
The ship was anchored in Hempstead,
New York on the Atlantic Ocean.
"We landed July 19th, 1919. Will say I was mighty glad to get back to America.
Will write again."
The stamp, Scott #498, is tied to the postcard by the
Hempstead, New York, July 21, 1919, 6PM, circular date stamp and military flag wavy machine cancellation.
This scarce postcard was provided to our jewish soldiers and others by theJewish
Welfare Board, United States Army and Navy, for soldiers arriving on U.S. shores and in this case returning to Camp Mills
Long Island, New York.
I'm proud to have this fine postcard in my collection.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Apollo-Soyuz Before the Docking - The Setenant July 15, 1975
5:42 pm cst
The other setenant undocked.
Scott #1570 Apollo-Soyuz
The ArtCraft Cachet
The Cape Kennedy circular date stamp and first day of issue cancellation.
Collecting space covers can be very rewarding.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Apollo-Soyuz - Docked - The Setenant July 15, 1975
10:46 am cst
The US Postal Service issued a setenant pair of two 10-cent multicolored stamps on July
15, 1975, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
The stamp, Scott #1569, represents
the docking of the Apollo-Spyuz mission.
Two nations collaborated on a space project for the first time.
In July 1975, the United States launched the manned Apollo Command to rendezvous with Russia's manned
Soyuz spacecraft. A special docking station made it possible for the astronauts to work together.
Television stations worldwide broadcast the historic event. The
modules remained docked for two days while the teams performed experiments in space.
with the circular date stamp and first day of issue bar line cancellation, the first half of the setenant pair of stamps portrays
the docking of the two spacecraft.
The ArtCraft cachet beautifully portrays this great moment in the history of
The other half of the setenant, "before the link-up", will
be posted for you soon.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
Comoros Islands Commemorate Apollo-Soyuz 1975
8:14 am cst
The Comoro Islands, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago
island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa
between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar. Other countries near the Comoros are Tanzania to the northwest
and the Seychelles to the northeast. Its capital is Moroni, on Grande Comore. The Union of the Comoros has three official
languages – Comorian, Arabic and French. The religion of the majority of the population is Islam.
This great souvenir sheet was issued in 1975 to commemorate the Apollo-Soyuz rendezvous and docking mission
Scott #163 Comoro Islands issued December 15, 1975
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
The Rural Electrification Administration
12:20 pm cst
President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification
Administration by executive order on May 11, 1935. It was established by Act of Congress on May 20, 1936 and authorized
to serve as a lending agency and develop a program for rural electrification. The REA became part of the Department of Agriculture.
The stamp, issued on May 11, 1985 in Madison, South Dakota, is
Scott #2144 on an Art Craft cachet.
In 1935 only about one out of ten farms had
Monday, October 30, 2017
Pioneer Jupiter Mission - Scott #1556
5:51 pm cdt
In March of 1972, NASA launched spacecraft Pioneer 10
to gather information about Jupiter.
Pioneer commemorative stamp was issued on February 28, 1975 in Mountain View, California, and beautifully represented in this
Art Craft cachet and first day of issue cover.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Railroad Engineers Issue 1950 - Scott #993
9:24 pm cdt
This great Cachet Craft first day cover, Scott catalog
#993, was issued in Jackson, Tennessee on April 29th, 1950.
Click any scan for more.
Monday, October 23, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 The War Department
12:26 am cdt
United States Officials 1873-1875 The Department of the Treasury
11:26 am cdt
Saturday, October 21, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 State Department
10:42 am cdt
Friday, October 20, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Post Office
11:06 am cdt
Sunday, October 15, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Navy
5:14 pm cdt
Saturday, October 14, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Justice
3:59 pm cdt
Thursday, October 12, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior II
12:26 am cdt
United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior
4:59 pm cdt
Monday, October 9, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Executive
10:42 am cdt
Sunday, October 8, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Agriculture
12:06 pm cdt
Saturday, October 7, 2017
United States Officials 1873-1875 Specimen Overprints
6:01 pm cdt