Thursday, August 17, 2017
Antonio Pacinotti (17 June 1841 – 24 March 1912)
10:47 pm cdt
Antonio Pacinotti invented an improved form of a direct
current-electrical generator, also known as a dynamo, in 1860.
He was honored by the Ministero Delle Poste E Delle Telecomunicazioni, the Ministry Of Post And Telecommunications,
in a four page biographical commemorative souvenir sheet in 1962.
Scott #'s851 and 852, the 30Lire rose and
70Lire ultra, are represented which include an illustration of the ring winding dynamo also known as "Pacinotti's Dynamo".
I'll have additional souvenir sheets from the
Ministry Of Post And Telecommunications, from my collection, over the next few days to share with you.
They're scarce, tough to find now.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977)
5:17 am cdt
I was visiting Graceland the day Elvis died and left the
house before the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital. I didn't know the ambulance was on the way and left about
thirty minutes before the emergency technicians arrived.
was unaware that he had suffered a heart attack.
is the most famous illustration of Elvis in the world by artist Mark Stutzman.
Today is the anniversary of his passing.
We will always love and miss Elvis.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Korea - Beautiful Flora & Fauna
3:53 am cdt
Korea is as beautiful a land as the flora and fauna that
inhabit the country.
Six souvenir sheets issued
in 1966 confirm this fact.
Below, in the stock
page, left to right top to bottom, in row one are Scott #'s 495a Firefly 3 Won and #500a Grasshopper 5 Won both isued September
Row two Scott #'s 502a Badger 3 Won
issued December 15, 1966 and #501a Silk Butterfly 7 Won issued September 15, 1966.
And finally in row three, Scott #'s 504 Tiger 7 Won and #503 Black Bear 5 Won both issued December
Stamp collectors throughout the world have
been delighted for decades with Korea's exciting stamp series evoking emotional admiration for the natural beauty of the land
as represented by Scott #504.
In the name of God, let us not engage the
machine of destruction with Korea or any nation or people.
Let us try to understand each other's needs in this grave moment and build a better future for the world.
Let us embark on a path of harmonious relations
free from dispute, ceasing hostilities.
American's, our legacy, our obligation is to carry the torch illuminating that state which prevails during the absence of
That which is the state of peace for all
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sneak A Peek At My Memphex (Memphis Philatelic Exhibition) Exhibit
9:24 pm cdt
Memphis, the Memphis Philatelic Exhibition, will be held
September 20th and October 1st at the Agricenter International here in Memphis, Tennessee.
Here's a sneak peak at my exhibit, which will be on display for two days, 'United States Officials
- 1873 -1875".
Click the specimens and link to the Memphis
Stamp Collectors Society's home page.
some more details for you about "Memphex 2017"
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
More Stock Pages - What Would Life Be Without Them ?
8:07 pm cdt
Stock pages are essential.
Without them a seasoned philatelist, like myself, would feel like an unredeemable hoarder.
Here's another page I dug out of the closet for you.
See if you can find the classics.
I'll post more stock pages for you in the days
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Stock Sheets - A "Must-Have" For Every Stamp Collector
10:40 am cdt
Stock sheets are a "must-have" for organizing
and preserving your collection.
I like the standard double-sided black stock
sheets for three ring binders with 6 to 8 clear pockets for storing, sorting and organizing my stamps.
Amos Advantage, your finest resource, has them in many different
Visit Amos by clicking the stock
Monday, August 7, 2017
1:45 pm cdt
Scott #1260, issued December 15, 1960, was issued on the
50th anniversary of the American Radio Relay League, the voice for our nation's amatuer radio operators.
I've always enjoyed experimenting with radio.
It began when I was a kid.
I earned a Morse Code / Signaling merit badge in Scouts at 14 and passed the Extra Class Amateur
Radio license exam a few years later.
a box of old cards and letters a while back and found this great picture of amateur radio operator Bill Hannah from Trenton,
New Jersey in his rocking chair. His radio call sign was W3EUH.
Bill sent this great picture to another ham
radio operator that he had a convesation with on the 160 meter amateur radio band (1.8 to 2.0 megahertz).
On the back, Bill included a signal report about the 160 meter
contact. Q5 means that he heard every word. R8 means that on a scale from 1 through 10 Martin's signal strength was received
as an 8, a very strong signal from W4GJV at 3:35 A.M. on the morning of November 3rd, 1940.
Martin was in region 4, indicated by the number 4 in his call sign, and probably in the South. Perhaps
Tennessee or Florida, at the time quite a distance for a hobby radio transmission from New Jersey.
Bill had run out of the customary QSL cards, the postal cards sent
as a confirmation of the contact between one station and another amateur station. QSL is the three letter designaton, also
sent in Morse code, confirming that that amateur radio operator has received and acknowledged the signal of the other station.
Amateur radio operators are among the first
responders providing emergency communication during war and disaster to assist and rescue those in peril.
During peace time, amateur radio is a hobby that has no equal and
provides countless hours of communication, learning and camaraderie with great friends throughout the world.
I never knew Bill. He was before my time. But from the great photo,
and his kind inscription to a fellow amateur radio operator, I'm quite certain that Bill had many, many friends.
I wish that I had known him. I'm sure that I could have learned
much about science and electronics from Bill.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic - Volga Famine Relief
1:41 pm cdt
The first postal and charitable stamps of the Russian
Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, the RSFSR, were issued on December 31, 1921 by a commission to collect donations to help
the starving Volga region, organized under the Central Executive Committee with the direct support of Lenin.
The series consisted of four brands of the same face value of 2,250
rubles, of which 250 rubles was postage, and 2000 rubles - a surcharge (an additional fee), which came to the charitable foundation
for helping the hungry Volga.
Three of the
four lithographed, imperforated stamps are shown here depicting ships bringing food to the hungry on the Volga River.
Scott #'s B14 green, B15 red, and B16 brown.
The fourth stamp is of a different design
in blue depicting the administration of aid to a famine victim and not represented here.
There were 3 issues of the stamp designs, 2 of which had original drawings.
The Soviet Philatelic Association created a special center, the
representatives of which sold these stamps throughout the world to help many starving people.
Unfortunately, forgeries of of Scott #'s 14 through 16, as well
as forged cancellations, are abundant.
historical stamps, in my collection, have light, clear original gum on the back of the paper which is an indication of authenticity.
The Russian Famine of 1921-1922 affected the
Volga and Ural River regions. A drought in 1921 worsened the problem and turned the situation into a worldwide tragedy.
During the course of the famine, it is estimated that over six million people died of starvation.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
The Go Green Initiative
12:41 pm cdt
The Go Green Initiative trains volunteers and teachers
to protect human health and natural resources for the future of the world.
Scott #4524, pane of 16, was issued on April 14, 2011
The Go Green Initiative fosters integration
of environmental education into existing school curriculums.
The first GGI school was Walnut Grove Elementary.
Read about Walnut Grove by clicking the stamps below.
What could be better than teaching our children about how to save
the world ?
Friday, August 4, 2017
12:29 pm cdt
No doubt that Jimi Hendrix was one of greatest Rock &
Roll guitarists who ever lived !
The United States Postal Service seconded
the motion with a stamp honoring Jimi.
Jimi Hendrix stamp was issued to honor "one of the greatest guitarists of all time" according to Rolling
Stone magazine. Hendrix used guitar and speaker effects to pioneer a new sound and inspire generations. Jimi could
not read or write music.
As a young boy in Seattle, Washington, Jimi was drawn to the guitar,
practicing on brooms before he got a real instrument. After a brief time as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, Jimi became
a backup guitarist and worked with top acts such as Ike and Tina Turner, the Isley Brothers, and Little Richard.
moved to London in 1966 to form the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In less than a year, their debut album, Are You Experienced,
topped the British charts with such classics as “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze,” and “Foxy Lady.”
Jimi then returned to America to play the Monterey International Pop Festival, becoming an overnight sensation after lighting
his guitar on fire during “Wild Thing.” His stage performances became the stuff of legend – his 1969
Woodstock performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” is considered one of the defining moments of the 1960s.
brilliant career was cut short after just four years when he died suddenly in 1970. However, a treasure trove of previously
unreleased recordings and countless tributes keep Jimi at the top of the charts and the inspiration of acts in every form
Artist Rudy Gutierrez used acrylic paints and colored pencils to
create the design for the stamps. The vivacious, vigorous, active colors resemble the psychedelic artwork from the
1960s. The stamps were arranged diagonally on the panes in blocks of four to give create kaleidoscopic, continually
shifting, rapidly changing effect.
49¢ Jimi Hendrix, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: March 13, 2014
City: Austin, TX, at the South by Southwest
Printed By: Banknote Corporation
of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Photogravure in sheets of 144, with nine panes of 16 per sheet
Serpentine Die Cut 10 ½
The Jimi Hendrix stamp was the fourth
in the Music Icons series. The series, which began in 2013, recognizes American musicians and their impact on the culture
of the nation and the world.
Jimi lived in Tennessee for a while when he was in the Army.
I saw Jimi play at the Atlanta
Pop Festival in Byron, Georgia on the Fourth of July at midnight, 1970.
I was only
a few feet from Jimi and saw every amazing thing he did with his guitar, heard every glorious note.
He died two months later.
Thursday, August 3, 2017
"Back the Blue" September 9th, 2017
9:44 am cdt
Please don't miss this great event !
I'll be there !
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Justice, Justice Shalt Thou Follow
11:58 pm cdt
“Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the
LORD thy God giveth thee.”.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Thank You Everyone For Making Today The Greatest Birthday !
11:08 pm cdt
To All For Making This Day So Very Special For Me !
Please Have Some Cake And Ice Cream !
Monday, July 31, 2017
Another Year of My Life Has Passed
11:48 pm cdt
It's close to midnight in Memphis.
In a few minutes I'll be 65 years old.
Funny, I don't feel that old.
More like 35 or younger.
Another year has passed.
Tomorrow is B-Day for me !
Thank you to all who are in my life, and
to those who have come and gone.
And thank you,
Love to all.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Creepy Crawlies - Insects & Spiders On Stamps
11:28 am cdt
On October 1, 1999 the United States Postal Service issued
the "Insects and Spiders" sheet, Scott Catalog #3351, as part of the "Classic Collection" of United States
A section of the pane of 20
The gum-side descriptions
Another view of the entire gum-side descriptions
Find this beautiful sheet and present it as
a gift to any young, aspiring, ambitious entomologist.
The $6.60 investment in 1999 is worth $15 to $18 dollars today.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
The David Saks Show Tonight !
10:32 pm cdt
Friday, July 28, 2017
Goodbye Norma Jeane
1:45 pm cdt
Norma Jeane Mortenson was a sweet child.
She was born in Los Angeles.
In August of 1946 a man from Hollywood by the name of Ben Lyon, an executive with 20th Century Fox,
called her Marilyn.
The United States Postal Service honored Marilyn
with a 32-cent commemorative stamp on June 1, 1995, at Universal Studios Hollywood, in Universal City, California.
Scott #2967, designed by artist Michael Deas of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The full pane of 20
The lower right biography.
Norma never knew who her father was.
She was raised in foster homes.
She was a high school dropout.
mother died in a mental instituion.
from a drug overdose at the age of 36 on August 5, 1962.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:59 am cdt
Rotary International is an organization for business and
Rotary provides humanitarian services and
builds goodwill and peace throughout the world.
8-cent stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of Rotary International was issued in Chicago, Illinois, on February 23,
The first Rotary club was organized in 1905
by attorney Paul P. Harris in Chicago.
I'm proud to have this first day cover in my colleftion.
Please support Rotary International.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society
9:17 am cdt
The Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society dates back to
1934 when a group of philatelists from Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, seeing a need for a greater fellowship among
the regions stamp collectors, made plans for an exhibition in Omaha.
Omaha had been host to the Trans-Mississippi
Exhibition in 1898 and was only natural tp the founders that "Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society" would become
the name of the organization, it's purpose to provide a convention and exhibition annually in the mid-west.
Kansas City, Missouri was the site of the annual Trans Mississippi
Philatelic Society convention on September 25, 1941, and it appears that this great first day cover, with a plate numbered
block of four Scott #C30's, was cancelled with a first day show cancellation consisting of the society's bar line cancellation
in addition to the postal service circular date stamp at the KC cancellation station on September 25, 1941 at 9AM in the morning.
The intaglio embossed cachet of Great Seal
of the United States.
And the now-scarce, beautiful micro-sized black
and white photograph of Pan American Airline's "Yankee Clipper, part of the cachet.
The Yankee Clipper, the Boeing 314, was produced
between 1938 and 1941.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
8:37 pm cdt
The 13-cent Energy Conservation / Development special
issue stamps, Scott #1723 and #1724, were first available on October 20, 1977, in Washington, D.C.
This fine first day if issue cover was issued on the same day in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania.
There were two stamps, se-tenants, and identical
except for the titles:
(Scott 1723) and Energy Development (Scott 1724).
stamp depicts a house, a gasoline container, and a light bulb.
Only one is shown here. Scott #1723, Energy Conservation.
The stamp was designed by Terrance McCaffrey.
Conserving energy saves our natural resource
and protects our planet.