Hero Who Saved Christmas Receives Honor
The wait is finally over! One of the world’s biggest, best known and most love television stars has finally achieved his lifelong dream of being honored with his very own US Postage stamp.
In an interview following the unveiling ceremony the star was quoted as saying ‘It has been a long time coming. I’ve always known my skill set was limited and to be honored like this gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. It just goes to show that anyone, regardless of physical differences or public misconceptions, can achieve any goal they set for themselves.”
If you still don’t know who it is, you will kick yourself when you find out.
A staple on television sets all over the world during the Christmas holiday season, this beloved character overcame years of taunting and abuse from friends and family. He leapt into the spotlight 50 years ago and seems to have at least 50 years left.
For years, children all over the world have literally sung his...
I'm reminded, on this thirty-first anniversary, of the little "Goodwill Ambassador" of the Cold War. When she was ten years old, Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, caught the attention of the world by writing a letter to (and receiving a reply from) Yuri Andropov. Andropov was the leader of the Soviet Union for a short time, late 1982 to early 1984.
Her letter to Andropov was simple, as you'd expect for a ten year old.
I was browsing through my 19th century covers and noticed that some have the actual time stamp on the bottom and it got me thinking about when and why these came about. Apparently these came about because the timely delivery of your mail was (and hopefully is) paramount and so the time is relevant here. The early ones was just a few changes in the slugs at the bottom of the C.D.S. your used to seeing and I read that they started coming about in the 1880's. In fact I found this Patent info from a Walter D.Wesson on November 22nd 1881. The earliest known T.O.B.'s was recorded as "type Ia & Ib" featured a curved state marking and either 3 or 4 individual slugs in the date line. (I do NOT own one sadly) I really love the early T.O.B. as well as the C.D.S. cancels. enjoy. Any input and/or images would be appreciated.[/CENTER]
I know that the earliest known was between 1877-83 Worcester, Mass July 6th. I know that the earliest known T.O.B.'s is before...
Well they really weren't lost, just hidden away. About 30 years or more ago, I had this habit of buying old, partial albums at stamp shows. These albums had been searched by dealers themselves, but I had lower expectations at that time than they did. So for a small sum, I would take home an old treasure book and enjoy going through and taking stamps I did not have and then having this remaindered albums. I thought about putting this on ebay, but decided to look through it first. The album
The Smithsonian press contribution to history and technology # 56
The Winton M. Blount Postal History Symposia, select papers, 2010-2011.
130 plus pages of postasl history historical papers. here are just a couple of the papers to interst you
I just recieved this in the box today and it was sold to me as a #163 but I disagree. From what I was able to find it might be #141 or a #152?
I'm trying very very hard to learn all I can about the secret marks and know that this particular denomination has never definitively had a die-hard factual secret mark and the upper right "coffer" has an anomaly that shows up on the different types of papers used by the different printing companies (National & Continental) and wear on the dies and is probably better suited for I.D.-ing that than the actual scott number...I think I understood that correctly?
Any ideas on what this is? I'll do a lerger scan of the upper left hand "coffer" for your scrutiny.
OK, here is my stamp:
I'm a currency and coin collector, never stamps, so I know very little about them beyond that the one with the upside down airplane is worth a lot , and I've run into a pretty large stamp problem. My father recently gave me a stamp book that was my great-great grandfather's when he was a child. There are hundreds of them many of them are from the 1800's looking at some of them that are postmarked that are from all around the world. My dad never did anything with them what-so-ever they and sat in this book for over 100 years. The problem is the book is something akin to a dollar store composition wide ruled notebook that the stamps have been pasted or affixed to somehow. The paper they are affixed to is all yellowed and is obviously not acid free, and the book as a whole is battered and barely holding together. One one hand I'm thinking that I should try to remove them from the book and put them into a proper preservation holders or whatever, on the other hand I don't want to...
Part of my collection consists of quite a few pieces of Postal Stationary. This is apparently something that many people, even collectors, are unfamiliar with. I've never met anyone else who collects these.
Postal stationary is envelopes - air and regular, letter sheets - air and regular (also unfamiliar to many), post cards - air and reguar, newspaper wrappers (huh?), non-profit orginazitions and official mail pieces which have the postage device either embossed and colored, or simply printed flat on the envelope or sheet. Very little of this is seen today other than an occasional post card, but at one time these were seen and used almost as much as envelopes with stamps affixed.
These peices are collected as either entires - the full postal piece, or as cut squares - a 2" square containing just the postage part. Most desirable are unused entire pieces. All of mine are unused entires.
Not being a popular collectable, many of these items are relatively inexpensive but some are...
The National Postal Museum received a major Smithsonian grant to digitize its certified plate proof collections. Watch a video — "Out of The Vault: The Certified Plate Proof Collection" — as it tells the story from start to finish.
This article was in the APS March Member Newsletter. Thought it was interesting.
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