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Saturday, October 21, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 State Department

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Friday, October 20, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Post Office

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Navy

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Justice

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior II


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Interior


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Monday, October 9, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Executive


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Agriculture


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Saturday, October 7, 2017

United States Officials 1873-1875 Specimen Overprints


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Memphex Memories - 1973

More Memphex memories with this beautiful souvenir card and program from 1973.

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Scott #285 Merquette on the Mississippi issued June 17, 1898

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The description.

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The event program.

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The event program exhibit list.

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14 dealers and 165 framed exhibits.

Will there ever be another like it in Memphis ?

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Crossword - Philatelic Primer A's & B's Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's crossword puzzle.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crossword - Philatelic Primer A's & B's

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Answers in the next blog post.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

MEMPHEX 2017 - Tomorrow At The Agricenter International


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Monaco - The Evolution of the Automobile 1900 - 1975

Monaco is a beautiful country on the southern coast of France and borders the Mediterranean Sea.

It's only 481 acres in size and has a population of about 39 thousand citizens.

On November 12, 1975 the Monaco postal service issued a set of eleven stamps commemorating and recognizing the development of the automobile from the years 1900 through 1975..

Scott #'s 980 through 990 depict some of the most exotic and remarkable automobiles ever produced.

The Rolls Royce, Hispano-Suiza & Isotta Fraschini

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Scott #'s 980, 981 & 982

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Bugatti & Voison V12

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Scott #'s 983 & 984

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The Duesenberg & Bugatti

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Soctt #'s 985 & 986

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The Cisitalia & Delahaye

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Scott #'s 987 & 988

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The Mercedes-Benz & Lamborghini

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Scott #'s 989 & 990

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For those of you who collect cars on stamps, a complete set of these first day covers is scarce.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Brazil - Victory of the Allied Nations In Europe 1945

On May 17, 1945 the Brazilian postal service cancelled this commemorative cover honoring the victory of the allied nations in Europe.

Scott #'s 628 through 632 adorn this beautiful souvenir cover withe the special circular date stamped cancels.

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The Rio deJaneiro cancellation honoring the victory of the allies

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Scott #632 "Cooperation"

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Scott #631 "Peace"

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The stamps in order, by Scott number, represent Tranquility, Glory, Victory, Peace and Cooperation.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sescal '87 - The Signing of the Constitution of the United States

Sescal '87 Los Angeles, the Stamp Exhibition of Southern California, was held on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States.

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This fine Bureau of Engraving and Printing souvenir card illustrates that historic day when, on September 17, 1787, the delegates representing the 13 original colonies gathered to sign the Constitution.

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The stamp, Scott #798, the Sesquecentennial Issue commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, was issued on September 17, 1937.

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The Great Seal of the State of California was adopted at the California state Constitutional Convention of 1849 and has had few changes since then. The seal features the Roman goddess Minerva (Athena in Greek mythology), the goddess of wisdom and war; a California grizzly bear (the official state animal) eating grape vines; a sheaf of grain that represents agriculture; a miner, representing the California Gold Rush and the mining industry; and sailing ships that represent the state's economic power. The word Eureka (εύρηκα in Greek), means "I have found it" and is the California state motto.

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Collect souvenir cards.

In many ways, you'll find reward.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Stampshow '88 - The Ratification of the Constitution

In a ceremony held at Stampshow '88 in Detroit, Michigan, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing issued this fantastic souvenir card commemorating the ratification of the United States Constitution.BlogMisc/ss88a.jpg

The Constitution Ratification Issue was released on June 21, 1938 commemorating the 150 anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution.

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The stamp illustration, Scott #835, features the Old Courthouse of Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Notice the two horsemen ready to deliver the good news to their countrymen.

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The Great Seal of the State of Michigan includes the latin word "TUEBOR" which means "I Will Defend".

Souvenir cards are just plain great ! They can be great investments, too !

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Souvenir Card - The United States Postal Service Arrives

Beginning in 1960 the United States Post Office Department, now the United States Postal service, began printing "official souvenir cards".

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing started producing souvenir cards in 1969. In 1972 the United Nations Postal Administration began this practice as well.

These are the only official producers of what are now known as nonpostal, highly collectible, cardboard souvenirs of stamps and stamp collecting. Some quite rare and valuable.

This souvenir card was printed by the United States Postal Service for the National Postal Forum VI held in Washington D.C. August 28 to 30, 1972. It honors the July 1, 1971 inauguration of the new United States Postal Service.

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Scott #1396 features the new United States postal Service emblem.

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More to come.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Souvenir Card - Shaking Hands With Canada - NAPEX '85

Beginning in 1960 the United States Post Office Department, now the United States Postal service, began printing "official souvenir cards".

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing started producing souvenir cards in 1969. In 1972 the United Nations Postal Administration began this practice as well.

These are the only official producers of what are now known as nonpostal, highly collectible, cardboard souvenirs of stamps and stamp collecting. Some quite rare and valuable.

This card was printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for the 1985 National Philatelic Exhibition, NAPEX '85.

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The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) NAPEX Souvenir Card was available at the BEP Booth (#13 on the show floor bourse) and sold for $3.00 U.S.

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The Bureau souvenir card illustrates the friendly relations between the United States and Canada and depicts a block of four stamps, each with a maple leaf and a rose which commemorates the Internationsl Peace Garden located along the border of North Dakota and the Province of Manitoba, Scott #2014 issued June 30, 1962.

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Also illustrated are the United states and Canafian flags joined by outstretched hands clasped in a handshake of frienship.

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Bureau cards are very popular with some, now scarce, commanding hefty prices.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Souvenir Card - London 1980

Beginning in 1960 the United States Post Office Department, now the United States Postal Service, began printing "official souvenir cards".

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing started producing souvenir cards in 1969. In 1972 the United Nations Postal Administration began this practice as well.

These are the only official producers of what are now known as nonpostal, highly collectible, cardboard souvenirs of stamps and stamp collecting. Some are quite rare and valuable.

This fine card was printed by the United States Postal Service for the 1980 London International Stamp Exhibition.

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Closeup of the Jamestown Exposition Issue of 1907, The Founding of Jamestown, Scott #329.

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The Jamestown Exposition was held in the United States from April 26th through December 1st, 1907 in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

I'll have more souvenir cards from my collection to share with you over the next few days.

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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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