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Cinderellas

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Preprinted labels as collected by philatelists come in three broad categories: postage stamps, revenues, and Cinderellas. Postage stamps are collected by all philatelists. They are the major stamp issues of each country and are issued for the prepaym...

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Posted By John Apfelbaum

Great Buys

Monday, February 19th, 2018

In all the many ways that the hobby of stamp collecting has changed in the last 50 years, probably the most significant has been in the de-emphasis of the "great buy" that was at the heart of philatelic writing in previous generations. Everyone wants...

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Hyde Park On The Hudson

Friday, February 16th, 2018

The movie Hyde Park on the Hudson is the first mainstream movie in years in which stamps and stamp collecting play a major part. The movie is about Roosevelt in the late 1930s at his summer home in Hyde Park, and Roosevelt is portrayed as a person to...

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Hieroglyphics

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Image result for egyptian hieroglyphicsOne of the great stories in cryptology over the last 200 years was working out the meaning of Egyptian hieroglyphs. This was the Egyptian writing of the old dynasties (the ones that had built the pyramids). The writing had fallen out of use and been ...

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End of Auction Catalogs

Friday, February 9th, 2018

Image result for crank starting a car b wEarly cars had mechanical crank starters. They didn't work very well, were hard to use, and required the strength of a good sized man to turn them. In cold weather they sometime "kicked", breaking the hand of the person trying to start his car. Yet e...

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Stamp Collecting In Japan

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Like Germany, Japan was devastated as a result of WWII. American bombing had destroyed industrial production, and the war had killed a high percentage of young adult males. Many homes were in ruins, and the electric and telecommunications grid was an...

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Philately in A Changing World

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Image result for changing worldGet a group of sixty year old doctors together, and you are sure to hear complaints about managed care and capitation and MBAs that get between doctors and patients. Lawyers have similar issues. People in the printing and publishing business lament t...

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Broad Traits That Collectors Share

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Image result for stamp collectors imageThere are three broad traits that philatelists share with each other. The first is inquisitiveness. Many very intelligent people are quite content with what they know. They do well in their professions and in their life, and their idle time is spent ...
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Rooms Full of Stamps...

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Many collectors who thoroughly enjoy their hobby imagine that their pleasure in their hobby would increase if only they had more stamps. The fantasy grows from one album to a dozen to a full shelf to a stamp room. Several years ago, we were called in...
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Italian Area Speculation of 1965

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Image result for san marino high value stamps 1960sThe great stamp speculation of the late 1970s, which saw worldwide stamps at least double in price in less than five years, had a precursor in the mid 1960s. The European stamp speculations that were then the driving force in worldwide price increase...
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