Tuesday, February 28, 2017
1908 - 1922 Washington Franklins - The "Third Bureau Issues"
11:41 am cst
They are most difficult stamps in all of philately to
They included new techniques for printing,
in addition to flat plate printing, such as rotary press and offset printing methods.
They were the first coil stamps and were the first to employ the single line watermark "USPS".
And for just a moment in time in 1909 they were printed for the
first time on blue paper.
The Washington -
Fronklin Stamps of 1908 - 1922.
Here's a stock
book page from my collection.
Here's a closeup of three rows with Scott #'s 510,
511 and 512.
They've been stored like this since the late
Monday, February 27, 2017
The Clubhouse Letter That Got Clubbed
2:21 am cst
This 1928 cover, from The Panama Canal Clubhouse, to a
young lady in San Francisco, might have been from an admirer.
He was obviously jilted by Miss Roberta Saville, if that's the case.
This clubhouse cover got clubbed with cancellations, including the unclaimed kind.
Sad day for her admirer....but a great day for philately !
Nice pair of 1927 Canal Zone stamps Scott #99
Overprint Type "B" on U.S. Scott #591...awesome !
Look at all the postmarks and cancellations !
What a field day !
Chicago by air, Crisobal, San Francisco, New Orleans...wow !
The postman either couldn't find Miss Roberta or
she simply didn't want anything to do with the poor guy who sent clubbed clubhouse letter ! Boo hoo hoo ...
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Air Mail Special Delivery 1936
9:31 pm cst
Here's a neat first day cover flown from Washington D.C.
to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 10, 1936.
fine plate block of Air Mail Special delivery stamps, Scott #CE2, is nicely tied to the bar cancels and circular date stamp
reflecting the first day of issue of the stamp, February 10, 1936.
Looks like a special order with the Milwaukee Stamp
Company stamp on the reverse under the Milwaukee circular date stamps indicating that the cover arrived 10 hours later.
The lithographed pen and ink cachet says it all in
a drawing showing the mail going from the runway in Washington D.C. to the motorcycling special delivery rider from the postal
service in Milwaukee.
1936 16¢ Great
Air Post Special Delivery
Date: February 10, 1936
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Flat plate printing
It's scarce because of the numbered
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Webster Groves 1898
1:48 am cst
Two close friends, who I loved very much, graduated from
Webster College in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St.Louis.
This cover, from 1898, reminded me of the good times we had when we were kids back in the early 1970's.
Scott #286, the beautiful Trans-Mississippi Exposition
Issue two cent copper red stamp, "Farming In The West", is tied to an American Flag machine cancel with a circular
date stamp to the left from New Haven, Connecticut.
was mailed from New Haven, Connecticut on October 21, 1898 at 9:30pm.
The back of the envelope has two circular date stamps
announcing it's arrival in Webster Groves on October 24, 1898.
The circular date stamps of Webster Groves.
Webster College is now Webster University with 22,000
My friends have passed
on. I miss them.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Herron - Hill - Where I Bought My First Stamps
1:06 am cst
The stamp shop, where I bought my first set of stamps
at six years of age, was located in the alcove of the most beautiful theater in Memphis at the time, The Warner, located at
54 South Main Street.
I couldn't wait until
Saturday back in the 1950's to visit Herron - Hill.
post card, by Jaffe, represents that time and what I sincerely believed in as a child, and have continued to do so every day
of my life..
I was six years old when Herron - Hill published
I read it cover to cover as a
These are very first stamps that I purchased in 1958
at Herron - Hill with money that my great grandmother, Rachel Herzog, gave me to buy them with.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:43 am cst
Roger Jakes came to Memphis in July of 1908.
He came from McCrory, Arkansas, 72 miles away.
He sent his mother this post card.
Like any good son, he wanted his mother to know that
he "...got here all right".
The stamp, Scott #300, 1 cent Franklin, is tied to
a wavy bar machine cancel with a circular date stamp indicating that Roger's love for his mom was sent by the post office
on July 10,1908 at 4PM.
The seven bar wavy cancel
is International Machine Die type 3C.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Oops... I Missed !
6:24 am cst
Looks like the postal clerk missed this stamp with his
Scott #279 1c Franklin dodged the cork cancel on my
Green Ridge, Missouri to Clayton, Missouri cover sent February 1, 1898 in the afternoon.
The received (RES'D) circular date stamp on the reverse
found a nice quiet place to rest when this 119 year old piece of mail arrived at 9 A.M. the next day on February 2, 1898.
A nice view of the Clayton, Missouri cancel.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Railway Express & The WPA
1:19 am cst
The WPA, the Works Progress Administration, was created by President Franklin Roosevelt (a stamp collector like me) and employed great artists throughout America.
This beautiful label may have been created for the 1939 New York
World's Fair by WPA artists.
the 100th anniversary of Railway Express.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Moonshine & Secret Code ?
2:46 am cst
From my collection, this 19th Century January 4th New
York sender displayed a fine sense of humor when he sent this letter at 1:30pm in the afternoon.
He sketched a couple of dancing moonshine jugs for his friend, Sol Smith Esq., in St.Louis.
I'm guessing it was sent around 1867.
Notice the interesting "V" shaped
marking on the jug to the right.
Could it be
secret code for a Confederate, Union officer, or government official ?
The stamp is grilled and includes an interesting
I'll try to determine which grill type,
i.e., "A", "B", etc., and post it later.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
It's Not Valentine's Day, But Tell Some One That You Love Them Anyway
2:42 pm cst
Find a way to say "I love you" to somebody today,
even if it's your cat.
This card of love is from the 19th century.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
4:00 pm cst
Friday, February 17, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - An End To Hunger - An End To War
2:04 am cst
Yemen and Iraq want to end hunger and malnutrition
along with all of the great nations of the world.
Iraq is a beautiful country opposed to war and understands
the importance, and peaceful meaning, of nourishing it's families and children.
Yemen, a magnificent, beautiful country in Western
Asia on the Red Sea, believes in freedom from hunger and remains vigilant in the fight to end starvation.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - The Wheat Of The World
12:54 am cst
Uruguay, Yemen and Paraguay fight hunger with the world's
Yemen includes an overprinted declaration of freedom
along with their fight to end hunger and famine.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Now Comes Sharjah
12:14 am cst
Two hands of Sharjah embrace wheat, food for the hungry,
strength for the poor, cure for disease.
Sharjah recognizes the importance of overcoming hunger
and malnutrition and joins the world to do so.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Harvesting Wheat To End Hunger
1:08 am cst
It takes hard work and love to end famine.
The countries of Liechtenstein, New Hebrides, Nicaragua, Peru and
the Phillipines believe this.
A woman harvesting wheat, featured on the beautiful
stamps of the Phillipines, demonstrates the importance of fighting hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Jordan Joins The Campaign 1963
12:58 am cst
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon joined the world in the
campaign to fight hunger and malnutrition in 1963.
Jordan's land is fertile. The farmers of Jordan skilled.
The dove of peace flies above the symbol of the United Nations.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Bread For The World
4:40 am cst
Czechoslovakia, Brazil, Western Germany (then behind the
Iron Curtain), Guatemala and Haiti join hands to end hunger and malnutrition.
The Hands of Haiti.
Bread for the world.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - The Peaceful Intentions of Afghanistan
3:18 am cst
What is peace ?
Is it harmonious relations ? Freedom from disputes ?
The state prevailing during the absence of war ?
Afghanistan had all of the above once upon a time.
Feeding the hungry was, and is, the mission of a peaceful nation.
Jordan and Sierra Leone join the fight against hunger and malnutrition along with Afghanistan.
Wheat and corn of Afghanistan.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Wheat Filled Hands
1:27 am cst
Countries at war lay their guns down when their children
Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bolivia
will fight hunger.
War-torn Afghanistan seeks peace and the elimination
of hunger and malnutrition.
Hands contre la faim...hands against hunger.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Maps, Corn, Wheat & Fish
12:17 am cst
Joining the fight against hunger and malnutrition are
the United Arab Republic in Palestine, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Yemen and Zanzibar.
The great stamps of Venezuela depict fish netting,
a map of the country, a man with his baby lambs, and a man harvesting wheat.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - A Ribbon Around The Globe
12:24 am cst
Eliminating hunger will solve many of the world's problems.
Trinidad & Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Turks Island, Upper Volta
and the United Arab Republic join hands in the fight against hunger and malnutrition.
The Republic of Upper Volta (French:
République de Haute-Volta) is a west-African country established on December 11, 1958.
This beautiful stamp unites world with a ribbon in the fight against
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Ending War = Ending Hunger
1:55 am cst
Countries at war are responsible for hunger and malnutrition.
Peaceful nations solve these problems.
Syria and Thailand join the fight to end hunger.
Syria's beautiful stamps represent a palm of wheat
and the bird of peace.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - The Lord's Prayer & Hands of Hunger
12:19 am cst
Seychelles, Spain, Somalia, Swaziland, Tonga and Sweden
join the battle against hunger and malnutrition.
Hungry hands of Sweden.
The Lord's Prayer from Spain.
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - The Tools of Agriculture
1:40 am cst
Rwanda illustrates the tools for harvesting wheat on stamps
issued to combat hunger.
Salvador, Senegal and
Saudi Arabia are devoted to ending hunger and famine.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Children & Milk
12:51 am cst
Milk is nutritious as noted in the beautiful stamps of
Along with Romania, Portugal, Pitcairn Islands, St.Helena,
St.Lucia, St.Vincent and Sarawak join the fight against Hunger.
The four stamps of Romania issued to end famine.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Wheat & The World
1:45 am cst
Wheat is from God. It saves lives.
Niger, Mexico, New Hebrides, Nepal, Netherlands and North Borneo
fight for the lives of those facing malnutrition
A man, his wheat, his tractor and his home.
The stamps of Nepal issued to raise funds to fight hunger.
"For the Lord your God is bringing you into a
good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and
barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey."
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Factories, Vegetables, Fish
2:05 am cst
Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montserrat
and Morocco fight hunger and malnutrition.
Monaco and the dove of peace feeding her young.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Freedom From Hunger - Laos by Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Poste PARIS
12:58 am cst
Atelier de Fabrication des Timbres-Poste (workshop of
production of stamps) for Laos in the fight against hunger.
Beautiful stamp prints of grain production
and wheat threshing.
The full sheet printed in Paris for Laos.