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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Laos & Liberia Fish, Rice, Wheat & Grain

Laos and Liberia stamps proudly display their efforts to combat hunger.

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Laos features fishing, rice fields, wheat threshing and grain cutting.

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Liberia proudly displays the seals of the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Farm Outlines, Wheat & Livestock

 Korea, Kuwait and Malagasy combat hunger with fertile farmland and livestock.

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 Korea with farm oulines and wheat.

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Iraq Helping The World Fight Hunger

Iraq joins the world in the fight against hunger and famine.

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 These beautiful stamps raise funds necessary to combat starvation.

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They were printed for Iraq by Bundesdruckerei Berlin Germany. 

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Tractor Farming, Man & Corn

Iraq, Jugoslavia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika join the worldwide effort to eradicate hunger.

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Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika use the machinery of agriculture with Tractor Farming.

A man proudly raises a corn stalk.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Harvesting Wheat & Planting Seeds

Greece, Grenada, Hong Kong, Italy, Ivory Coast and Jamaica join the fight against famine.

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Italy 1963 "Broadcasting Seed" & "Man Harvesting Wheat".

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Shovels, Protein, The Globe

Ecuador, Fiji, Finland, French Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Gibraltar, Gilbert and Ellice Islands join the fight against hunger.

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Ecuador's shovels to end hunger.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic joins the battle to end hunger.

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The Dominican Republic's special souvenir sheet represents the world campaign against hunger.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Chile, Congo, Dominica & Falkland Islands

The fight against hunger continues throughout Africa and South America.

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The "Empty Bowl, Mother & Child" of Chile will seize your heart.

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The juxtaposition of "Primitive and Modern Harvesting" in the Congo represents the modern effort to combat hunger.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Burma Overprints & Others

The British Commonwealth is dedicated to assisting nations in the war against hunger.

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To support the decision of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to establish the world campaign against hunger, Burma issued special postage stamps. Two stamp designs, 1954 definitive issue of 10 Pyas in yellowish green and 50 Pyas in blue. These designs were originally the designs of the 1949 first anniversary independence issue stamps, a cultivator with his yoke of oxen plowing a paddy, and a group of cultivators at work in a paddy field. The currency of the stamps were changed to the Burmese Monetary System. These stamps were overprinted with the words "FREEDOM FROM HUNGER" in the center of the stamps in violet and red colors. These stamps were sold to the public on March 21, 1963.

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Freedom From Hunger - Queen Elizabeth Fighting Hunger

The British Commonwealth joins the fight against hunger.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Freedom From Hunger

Continuing the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

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Round Trip

Here's another nice discovery from the old trunk.

Fantastic piece of aviation history originally sold by the Fidelity Stamp Company of Washington, D.C.

Small tear at top center of the cachet, but otherwise a beautiful historical cover from Stanley Gibbons in 1939.

The original enclosed memorandum,  with historical details of the flight and cancellation sequence, is below for you.

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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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“The Scott Numbers are the copyrighted property of Amos Press Inc., dba Scott
Publishing Co. The marks Scott and Scott’s are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
and are trademarks of Amos Press, Inc. dba Scott Publishing Co. No use may be
made of these marks or of material which is reprinted from a copyrighted
publication of Amos Press, Inc., without the express written permission of Amos
Press, Inc., dba Scott Publishing Co., Sidney, Ohio 45365.”

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