Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SCOTT #614-16 HUGUENOT-WALLOON 3 STAMP ISSUE

                         IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS
     Once again, fear and persecution drove people down to the sea. The Huguenots, French Protestants, came ashore at Mayport, Florida, in 1562. "Ill-fated" best describes that settlement. It was destroyed by disease, Indians, and finally the Spanish. The Walloons, French and Belgian Protestants, fared better. The Dutch West Indian Company engaged them in 1624 to settle "New Netherland" at Fort Orange, now the city of Albany. The search for liberty took them all to the ends of the earth.



                               

Friday, October 27, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?.

     You're probably familiar with the motto of the postal carrier, which is found inscribed on the New York City Main Post Office: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."
     The actual words were rendered by architect William  Mitchel Kendall. However, he based the motto on words written by the Greek historian Herodotus back in the 4th century B.C.
     Herodotus was speaking of the swift Persian messengers, who he said "travel with a velocity which nothing human can equal. Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor darkness, are permitted to obstruct their speed."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DID YOU KNOW?.

     1. Dogs were used to haul mail carts in Sussex, England.
     2. Mail was transported by dog sleds in Alaska until the late 1950's.
     3. In northern Scandinavia and Russia, reindeer have been used to carry the mail.
     4. The first horseless carriage used to move the mail was a steam-driven van in 1897. Later that year, an internal-combustion, petrol-powered vehicle was used experimentally.
     5. In 1855, The London and Bristol Special Mail became the first train to be used exclusively for mail service. The train consisted of two sorting carts, storage car, and a locomotive.

Monday, October 16, 2017

SCOTT #630 WHITE PLAINS 2 CENT

     A commemorative honoring the 150th anniversary of the Battle of White Plains was issued in 1926 in a 100 stamp sheet. Later that year, a special 25 stamp sheet, with a commemorative inscription in the sheet margin, was issued with the same design for the International Philatelic Exhibition--this was the first U.S. souvenir sheet. Only 107,398 were printed, making it the rarest of all souvenir sheets.








                               








                                     

Thursday, October 12, 2017

SCOTT #619 MINUTE MAN 5 CENT

     Early one April morning in 1775, 50 ragged "minutemen" faced 1,000 red-coated British soldiers across the bridge at Lexington--a shot was fired. "The shot heard round the world".
     The "Minute Man" statue at Concord, is pictured on the five-cent stamp in tribute to those  colonists who were the first Americans to die in battle in the defense of freedom.








                                         












Friday, October 6, 2017

SCOTT #998 CONFEDERATE SOLDIER AND VETERAN 3 CENT 1951

     The United Confederate Veterans was an organization founded by Confederate Veterans in 1889 as a means of preserving friendships and supporting members, widows, and orphans of the Civil War. Should these stamps be destroyed as statues are being taken down through out the South?





                            

Sunday, October 1, 2017

SCOTT #929 RAISING THE FLAG ON IWO JIMA 3 CENT

     Do you ever wonder what these heroes would think if they saw millionaire football players taking their knee during the Anthem?








                                            

Saturday, September 30, 2017

SCOTT #2109 VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL 20 CENT

     The name of every American who died or is still listed as missing is inscribed on walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
     I wish every millionaire football player that takes a knee during our Anthem goes to the wall and reads every name and gets an understanding of what sacrifice is all about.






                                         

Friday, September 29, 2017

SCOTT #1802 VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL 15 CENT

    I just thought this was the time to display this stamp honoring Vietnam Service Men. Every time I see one of the privileged millionaire football player on his knees for the National Anthem, I think how lucky they are to be in a country that they can get away with it.
    Goodell, commissioner of football is a coward for not enforcing football's rules on standing for the Anthem. Some boss, afraid of his hired help.







                                   
   

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SCOTT #2016 JACKIE ROBINSON 20 CENT

     In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he became the first African American to play major league baseball. He played his entire career with the Brooklyn Dodgers. With a .311 lifetime batting average, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, Robinson was one of the best baseball players in major league history.




                                      

Saturday, September 23, 2017

SCOTT 2267-74 SPECIAL OCCASIONS 22 CENT

     For many years, the Postal Service received requests for stamps that could be used for special occasions. These were the first U.S. stamps to be specifically created for a specialized retail market.







                                            

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SCOTT #2286-2335 AMERICAN WILDLIFE 22 CENT

     Featuring wildlife from throughout the U.S., . Artist Chuck Ripper, premiere wildlife designer for the Postal Service, carefully selected and researched the animals, birds, and insects that appear on this beautiful stamps-rendering each one with lifelike detail.







                                

Monday, September 18, 2017

SCOTT #2619 OLYMPIC BASEBALL 29 CENT 1992

     The 1992 Summer Olympics were held in Barcelona, Spain. There baseball -- America's national pastime -- became an official Olympic sport. First introduced to the Olympics in 1912, America demonstrated the sport 7 times in all before it was admitted to the games.







                                     

Friday, September 15, 2017

SCOTT #2647-96 WILDFLOWER SHEET 29 CENT 1992

     Exquisite flowers in vivid colors make these 50 stamps some of the prettiest and the most popular. In fact, the Postal Service was so certain this sheet would be in high demand, they ordered a press run tree times larger than that for normal commemoratives!
     All of the wildflowers pictured on this lovely sheet are native to America, and at least one or more can be found in each of the 50 states.






                                

Thursday, September 14, 2017

SCOTT #2750-53 AMERICAN CIRCUS 29 CENT 1993

     For thousand of years, children of all ages have loved the wonder and spectacle of the circus. Circus-type shows can be traced back to Roman times, but traveling circus shows existed during the Middle Ages of Europe. The circus as it is known today was developed in England.
     For years, large American circuses such as Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus performed their acts in huge tents; the largest housed the biggest attractions and was called the big top.Today, most large circuses perform in indoor locations.






                                    

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SCOTT #2806 SYMBOL OF AIDS AWARENESS 29 CENT

     The Aids Awareness stamp features the red ribbon, which symbolizes
 concerns for the victims of the disease.  Thirty other nations and the United Nations also released Aids awareness stamps.





                                   

Friday, September 1, 2017

SCOTT #2819-28 SILENT SCREEN STARS 29 CENT

     Legendary artist Al Hirschfeld created these Silent Screen caricatures. Hirschfeld's trademark is the addition of the word NINA, his daughter's name, in the lines of some drawings.







                                   

Thursday, August 31, 2017

SCOTT #2862 JAMES THURBER 29 CENT

     Author, humorist, play-write, and cartoonist James Thurber published 31 books and was frequently featured in the New Yorker magazine. His popular works include the short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," and the play "The Male Animal." This stamp features a Thurber self-portrait titled "Male Type."






                              

Saturday, August 26, 2017

SCOTT #2875 100TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE $2.00

     This souvenir sheet celebrates the 100th Anniversary of U. S. stamp printing by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Previously, private companies had printed American stamps. The Scott #262 stamp featured on the sheet was created in 1894 and was one of the first two designed at the BEP.






                           

Thursday, August 24, 2017

SCOTT #2966 POW/MIA 32 CENT

     Issued on Memorial Day, May 29th, 1995, the POW/MIA stamp features a pair of identification tags--often called Dog Tags. Military veterans and their supporters conducted an extensive lobbying campaign to get this stamp issued. Public response was overwhelming -- hundreds of thousand of people signed petitions supporting it's issue.





                                  

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SCOTT #73 ANDREW JACKSON 2 CENT

     With the introduction of home delivery in 1862, a 2 cent stamp was needed. The design picturing our 7th U.S. President was put in use. The famous stamp is know to collectors as the "Black Jack".
     Now here is the interesting part. In 1863 a Confederate 2 cent stamp uses the same portrait. So the USA and the CSA had a 2 cent stamp with the portrait of Andrew Jackson, at the same time, during the civil war.








                                      

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SCOTT #2975 CIVIL WAR SOUVENIR SHEET 32 CENT

     With all the controversy we have today, I thought I would re-post the Civil War Souvenir sheet that has the likes of Robert E. Lee and the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis.
      The designs for the Civil War sheet were painstakingly researched by leading authorities. Each stamp is historically accurate --- right down to the bridles used on the horses.
      Are we now supposed to burn all these stamps that pertain to the old South?







                         

Monday, August 14, 2017

SCOTT #3000 COMIC STRIP CLASSICS 32 CENT

     Few people know that 100 years ago yellow journalism got it's name from America's first comic strip--"The Yellow Kid." A purely American art form the comics have been going strong ever since, giving is our daily dose of fun and laughter. The Postal Service estimates 113 million Americans read the Sunday comics regularly!
     The 1995 Comic Strip Classics stamps illustrate 20 strips from the first 50 years of the "funnies". The back of each stamp features a capsule history of the comics on the front.







                         

Saturday, August 12, 2017

SCOTT #3081 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS 32 CENT

     The Breast Cancer Awareness stamp was part of a public service campaign to raise awareness of the disease that maims and kills thousands of women annually. The pink ribbon today symbolizes public education and the quest for a cure.









                            

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SCOTT #3082 JAMES DEAN 32 CENT

     An intense, restless, brooding young man of the 1950's, Dean came to symbolize youthful frustration and rebelliousness, especially the kind that dominated the turbulent 1960's and 1970's.
     before the car accident that took his young life, Dean managed to make 3 critic acclaimed movies. His first movie Rebel Without a Cause was perfect type casting and made him an instant star. He followed Rebel with East of Eden and his last movie,Giant, also starred Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.





                              

Sunday, August 6, 2017

SCOTT #3083-86 FOLK HEROES 32 CENT

     Did you know that of these four folk heroes, one was actually a real man. John Henry worked as a steel-driving man for the Chesapeake & Ontario Railroad. In 1870, he died while drilling a tunnel in West Virginia.









                              

Saturday, August 5, 2017

SCOTT #3091-95 RIVERBOATS 32 CENT

     The Riverboat stamp introduced a new kind of mint stamp-self adhesives that separate with the backing intact.
     This se-tenant pays tribute to all the the steamboats that opened the Hudson, Mississippi, Missouri, Columbia, and Chattahoochee rivers.
             







                                  

Friday, August 4, 2017

SCOTT #3119 CYCLING SOUVENIR SHEET 50 CENT

     From 1926-2004, the U.S. Postal Service sponsored the U.S. Pro Cycling Team. From 1999-2005, Lance Armstrong stunned the world by leading the team to an unprecedented seven consecutive wins at the legendary Tour de France, cycling's most prestigious race.
      Enough said, we all know how that turned out.






                                 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SCOTT #3105 ENDANGERED SPECIES 32 CENT

     From the elegant Schaus swallowtail butterfly to the stealthy Florida panther, this sheet captures the unique character and beauty of 15 animals on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species list. Issued for National Stamp Collecting Month, the theme of which was, "Protect and Collect", this sheet calls attention to their plight.
      Each stamp design is based on photographs by James Balog, whose work can be found in National Geographic and Outside magazines. Balog found the idea of creating photographs that would be reduced to stamp size a challenge-but as you can see the results are spectacular.






                                 








                                          







                                  

Thursday, July 27, 2017

SCOTT #3178 MARS PATHFINDER $3.00

     The Mars Pathfinder stamp measures a whopping 3 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high, making it the largest U.S. postage stamp ever! Newspaper/Periodical stamps from 1865 were bigger, but they weren't postage stamps







                            

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SCOTT #3198-3202 ALEXANDER CALDER 32 CENT

     Two black inks were used to give the Calder stamps a unique sense of depth. A "line" black was used to create the stamp's fine lines, and a "tone" black was used to make the shadows and the selvage portrait.








                          

Monday, July 24, 2017

SCOTT #3227 ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION 32 CENT

      Every day 11 people die waiting for a transplant. This stamp is part of a movement to raise public awareness of the need to sign donor cards and inform family members of your wish to be a donor.







                              

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SCOTT #3235 KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH 32 CENT

     1998 marked the 100th anniversary of the Klondike Gold Rush. Gold was first discovered in this area of Alaska and Canada in 1896, but 60,000 people rushed to the Klondike in 1898. First day of issue ceremony was held in Nome, Alaska.






                             

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SCOTT #3413 LANDING ON THE MOON $11.75

     America's first attempt at a hologram stamp, this one sheet from a set of 5.







                           

Friday, July 21, 2017

SCOTT #3329 JAMES CAGNEY 33 CENT

     James Cagney became America's favorite gangster in the movies of the 1930's and 1940's, and yet his most famous roll was when he played George M. Cohan, a song and dance man, author and play write, in the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy. This movie has become an American standard and is played on television every 4th of July.






                            

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SCOTT #BK-279 U.S. NAVY SUBMARINES PRESTIGE BOOKLET 22 CENT-$3.20

     This unique Prestige Booklet is the first created by the United States. It contains 2 panes of 5 stamps each., full color photographs of submarines,an informative history and decorative selvage. Each of the stamps showcases a different class of submarine, providing a wonderful overview of the U.S. fleet. Historic and attractive, the Submarine Prestige Booklet is a perfect gift for naval enthusiast or anyone who enjoys high-quality commemorative stamps.






                               

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SCOTT #3384-88 EDWIN POWELL HUBBLE 33 CENT

     The Hubble telescope is in orbit about 380 miles above the surface of the earth. This allows it to escape the effects of the atmosphere, which otherwise blur images. The Hubble can detect objects 50 times fainter than those observed on earth.







                              

Monday, July 17, 2017

SCOTT #3403 THE STARS AND STRIPES 33 CENT

     In a little less than 200 years, the Stars and Stripes increased its constellation from 13 to 50 stars. It has been an accurate chronicle of the growth of this great nation. The 20 stamp Stars and Stripes sheet pictures the original 13-star flag, our current 50-star flag, and eighteen others.







                             

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SCOTT #3439-43 DEEP SEA CREATURES 33 CENT

     The fish shown on this sheet live in the lower mid-water and deep water regions of the ocean. Reaching depths of 35,000 feet in places, this place is totally devoid of light. In order to live in such an environment, many of the fish have light-producing organs within their bodies.






                       

Saturday, July 15, 2017

SCOTT #3649 AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 37 CENT

     The striking images featured in this sheet represents 20 of the greatest American photographers. The stamps are arranged in chronological order according to when the pictures were taken. The earliest photographs date back to the Civil War era. The sheet's selvage depicts a photographer with an antiquated camera on the edge of a cliff, from a photo taken by William Henry Jackson. The 2002 release of this sheet marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams.







                                 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

SCOTT #3772 AMERICAN FILMMAKING 37 CENT

     The American Filmmaking sheet marks the third appearance of actor Boris Karloff on a U.S. stamp.  His first two came in a 1997 sheet of Classic Movie Monsters, featured as both Frankenstein and the Mummy. On the sheet shown below, he is being made up for his role in Frankenstein.







                        

Monday, July 10, 2017

SCOTT #3812 ROY ACUFF 37 CENT

     Roy Acuff (1903-92) became the King of Country Music. Acuff was an outstanding performer, wrote hit songs, was key in popularizing the Grand Ole Opry, and with Fred Rose, formed influential Acuff-Rose publishing.




                       
   

Sunday, July 9, 2017

SCOTT #3862 NATIONAL WORLD WAR 2 MEMORIAL

     The National World War 2 Memorial in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to all who served---military veterans, as well as citizens on the home front.  More than 15 million men and about 338,000 women served in the U.S. armed forces during W.W. 2. The war succeeded in ending oppressive European dictatorships.







                              

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SCOTT #3865-68 THE ART OF DISNEY 37 CENT

     Postmaster General John Potter stated The Art of Disney stamps,---capture the spirit of friendship as it appears in the art, the imagination, and the creative tradition of Walt Disney.






                               

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

SCOTT #3945-48 CONSTELLATIONS 37 CENT

     Ancient Greeks named stellar constellations for figures in mythology. The constellation Orion is named for a legendary hunter. Lyra for the harp Orpheus played. Leo for the fierce lion killed by Hercules, and Pegasus for the mythical winged horse.




                               

Monday, July 3, 2017

SCOTT #3997 LUNAR NEW YEAR 39 CENT

     Also known as the Spring Festival, the traditional Chinese New Year is a celebration of renewed hope for a prosperous New Year.





                            

Sunday, July 2, 2017

SCOTT #4143 STAR WARS 41 CENT

     In 2007 the Postal Service issued a commemorative sheet honoring the first Star War Movie.




                                 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

SCOTT #1953-2002 STATE BIRDS AND FLOWERS 20 CENT

        On April 14, 1982 the Postal Service issued a fifty stamp sheet with all different designs. Arthur and Alan Singer, was the first father and son to design stamps for the Postal Service. Each stamp is unique and shows the state bird and flower of each state. The father created the birds, and the son painted the flowers.






                       

Friday, June 30, 2017

SCOTT #2286-2335 AMERICAN WILDLIFE 22 CENT

    This sheet features wildlife from throughout the U.S.. Artist Chuck Ripper, premiere wildlife designer for the Postal Service, carefully selected and researched the animals, birds, and insects that appear on these beautiful stamps, rendering each one with lifelike detail.



                         

Thursday, June 22, 2017

APFELBAUM

Update. As the self proclaimed watch dog I'm happy to make this report. On 6/17 I tracked 7 different items and their starting prices. On 6/18 they ran a 20% off sale, that was truly a honest sale. On 6/21 they ran a 25% off sale, and again it was off the original starting price. I think through my Blogs that I accomplished Apfelbaum from raising their prices before running a percent off sale. I now recommend buying at their 25% off sale.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

SCOTT #2869 & 2870 LEGENDS OF THE WEST 29 CENT SOUVENIR SHEETS

In 1994 the Post Office produced a souvenir sheet called "Legends of the West". Unfortunately, they depicted the wrong black cowboy. The portrait was to be of the famous rodeo rider Bill Picket, but the picture was of his brother Ben. They reprinted the sheet with the real Bill Picket. I'm going to post both pictures. See if you can tell the difference.
     

    
Counting from the top, it is the seventh picture. Notice the left arm in one picture is touching the frame, that is Bill Pickett.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

APFELBAUM

As the self appointed watch dog on Apfelbaum stamps, I want to report that this week's offering went this way. I checked their prices on 5/26 and they were a little high. On 5/27 they ran a 10% off sale and they did not raise the original prices. On 5/30 they ran a 15% off sale, and again they did not raise the original prices. On 5/31 they ran a 20% off sale, and to their credit they kept the original prices in tact. I tried to buy 4 lots totaling over $500.00, only to find Missy Apfelbaum blocked me from buying from them because I pointed out their unethical way of doing business. So, on 6/1 they ran a 33% off sale, and this is where they get you. All the original prices were raised 20 to 30%, to trick the unsophisticated buyer. Again, I caution all buyers, don't fall for this deceptive practice.

Friday, May 26, 2017

APFELBAUM INC.

I want to warn all buyers about Apfelbaum, a seller that has a great selection of stamps for sale. Unfortunately, they feel they need a gimmick to sell stamps. Here is what they do. They list thousands of stamps at one price for a week, and then they  run a 10% off sale, but they raise the original price. After a few days they run a 25% off sale, but again, they raise the original starting price. After a few days, they run a 50% off sale, again raising the original starting price. If you write down the original starting price and compare it to the 50% off sale, you will find in many cases that you are paying more after the 50% off sale than the original price.
This is not only unethical but it borders on illegal. I want every stamp buyer to beware of this practice.