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Independence Day - Colonial Post

Friday, February 24, 2017

Two hundred and forty one years ago, the thirteen American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain and began a seven year war that would result in the the founding of the United States of America. Before our Revolutionary War, Great B...
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Affordable Premium Albums

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Image result for lighthouse stamps albumsThere is an unfortunate hobby arc that goes like this. A wealthy person decides that he wishes to be an enthusiast, buys an enormous amount of gear, and loses interest before he has gotten any of the real enjoyment out of his new whim. This is the fl...

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Standard For Gum?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Imagine the year 2100. You are starting to collect stamps and have progressed beyond the latest chip hologram issues and are beginning to acquire the stamps of the early twenty-first century. You get all the self adhesive issues, paying special atten...
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Philatelic Estate Planning

Monday, February 20, 2017

Image result for philatelic estateIn the 1950s and 1960s our company had an Estate Planning department. Estate Planning (it is so far in the distant philatelic past that it needs explanation) was advice to philatelists on what to do with their collections after they died, especially ...

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Stamp Collecting In The 1930s

Friday, February 17, 2017

The greatest publicity push that stamp collecting ever received was in 1933. Ivory soap promoted a radio show that featured stamp collecting. Called "The Ivory Stamp Club with Captain Tim" the show was a radio stamp club where kids followed along as ...
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Inflation Hedge

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For many years there was no relationship between the price of stamps and the price of gold. The value of gold, in currency terms, was fixed by national governments whereas the price of stamps was left to rise and fall with the market. Gold was decoup...
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Hobby vs A Fad

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Image result for children philatelyWho doesn't know what a Hula Hoop is? Who, of a certain age, never played with a slinky? When the Baby Boomers were kids nearly everyone collected stamps. In my neighborhood there were two different kid organized stamp clubs, created and administered...
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Columbian Exposition

Monday, February 13, 2017

The story of the 1893 Columbian Exposition issue is well known. World's Fairs, which was what the Columbian Exposition was, were a big thing until the advent of television and theme parks (in fact the last great US World Fair, the 1964 World's fair i...
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Perforations

Friday, February 10, 2017

Image result for stamp perforation machineThe first postage stamps were issued without a pre-ordered method of separation. In 1840, it was revolutionary enough for the stamp itself to be issued. Rowland Hill hardly thought it necessary to provide Great Britain's postal users with a means of ...
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Russian Propaganda Stamps

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Russian stamps of the 1930's 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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