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Cut Squares

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cut Squares and Entires (the Scott "U" numbers in the catalog) have always seemed to be less popular than they should be. They have several important specialty features going for them. They are scarce, attractive, and complex. There are hundreds of m...
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USPS & Seigniorage

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Image result for usps new issuesSeigniorage is the profit that governments make on securities that they issue, on which they don't pay interest, and that are retained unused by the public. Cash in mattresses represents a form of seigniorage, and, more than anything else, old face v...
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Japanese Philately

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Among the most interesting issues in philately are the classic first issues of Japan called the Dragons. Japan was a closed society for about three hundred years before 1854. Japanese leaders had made the decision that they wanted no contact with out...
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US Colonials

Monday, May 8, 2017

Of the major worldwide powers in the philately era (that is, since 1840), the least imperialistic has been the United States. Great Britain and France had between them hundreds of imperial philatelic entities. Germany was a big player, and even Italy...
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Thematic Philately

Friday, May 5, 2017

Thematic stamp collecting along conceptual lines has never really caught hold. There was a great gold medal collection making the rounds of the APS Champion of Champions shows several years ago entitled "Murder" where the collector sought to portray ...

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Female Stamp Collectors

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Women and men probably collect things about equally.  Women, however, just don't collect stamps. Philately has long been a man's domain. After the passing of the "timbremania" phase  about 1860, the vast majority of stamp collectors, and certainly th...
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Prices Ahead

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The value of most United States stamps have been falling over the last twenty years, and the CPI has been rising. Critics have claimed that the CPI overemphasizes increases in food, fuel, and housing (until the last few years, at least). We have not ...

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US Occupation of Japan

Monday, May 1, 2017

There is one entire country under the United States collecting umbrella that has issued hundreds of stamps, which is popular on two continents, and which is completable by even collectors of modest means. The country is the Ryukyu Islands which were ...
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A Hint For Your Collecting Enjoyment

Friday, April 28, 2017

Image result for stamps estate saleMany collectors spend a great deal of money on their hobby and don't have a great deal to show for it. Your money is yours to do with as you please (after all, this is America), but most people take some satisfaction in getting their money's worth wh...
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A Gift of The Magi

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Image result for us scott catalog C15Dave and Jenny were older when I first met them in the early 1970s. My first job at the company was working in the shop (we had one then), and Dave and Jenny were regulars. They had married late, and because of the economic distress of the Depression...
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