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Stamps In Political Propaganda

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Russian stamps of the 1930s have always fascinated me. They are beautiful and well designed with friendly, internationalist themes, and yet they were issued by a vicious regime that was systematically exploiting its citizens and was highly militarist...
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Forgeries

Monday, April 24, 2017

Almost from the very day that Philately began as a serious hobby, stamp collectors were plagued by forgeries. Forgeries exist in two types; those made for philatelic consumption and those produced to defraud the postal service of revenue (called post...
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A Novel Savings Plan

Friday, April 21, 2017

There are very few long term savings certificates that are tied to the rate of inflation, but several years ago the United States Post Office effectively issued an even better investment vehicle. With the "First Class Forever" stamps, the Post Office...
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Original Gum & Regumming

Thursday, April 20, 2017

When Rowland Hill invented the postage stamp, an integral part of his design was a "wash of mucilage applied to the back, which, when moistened would allow the stamp to adhere to paper." In the very early years of stamp collecting, collectors primari...
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Rarest Confederate General Issue

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Confederate States regular issues consist of fourteen Scott issued stamps that were issued over a period of four years during which the Civil War was fought. There are only two scarce stamps, and both of these issues occurred when the Confederate Sta...
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Stamps Are Safer Now

Monday, April 17, 2017

Image result for thiefStamp theft, despite the scare stories that you sometimes hear, is really not much of a problem. We rarely have a customer inform us that his stamps were stolen and the APS's stamp theft committee almost never sends out an advisory of a stolen collec...

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Africa is a large continent, inhabited by scores of different ethnicities, speaking hundreds of different languages and dialects. By about 1850, partly through the interference of European powers, partly because of the ebb and flow of history (severa...

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Value Of Original Gum

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

There is no more valuable substance in the world by weight and volume than original gum. Consider—the gum on a thousand mint US Ten Cent 1847's if miraculously removed, commingled and weighed would total about an ounce. And the value of such gum on t...

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Newer US Issues

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hard as this is to believe, throughout the 1950s, the United States Post Office issued an average of ten stamps per year with a total face value of 30¢. Last year, there were over 150 issues with a $77 face value. When one is tallying up where collec...
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An Investment Opportunity

Friday, April 7, 2017

 

One of the most remarkable economic trends of the last several years has been the beginnings of economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. In the last few years, seven of the twenty countries worldwide with the highest GDP growth rates were in sub-Sahar...
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