Tuesday, June 30, 2009

World's first postage stamps displayed at Canadian Museum of Civilization

GATINEAU, Que. — The world's first postage stamps - known as the Penny Black and the Twopenny Blue, both of which feature the image of a young Queen Victoria - form the centrepiece of an exhibition presented by Canada Post at the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

"Her Majesty's Stamps" consists of more than 400 items from the Royal Philatelic Collection, which was formed by King George V and added to by subsequent monarchs, including the present Queen.

Housed in St. James's Palace in London, it's considered the . . .

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Zion National Park Postage Stamp Released

100 years » Ceremony is held during the year the international attraction is observing its centennial

Zion National Park » The U.S. Postal Service has given Zion National Park a stamp of recognition to coincide with the park's centennial celebration this year.

In a ceremony Sunday on the plaza outside the park's visitor center, the 79-cent international postage stamp, featuring a sandstone formation rising from surrounding slickrock, was unveiled before about . . .

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Grand Teton National Park international postage stamp unveiling

MOOSE - Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott wishes to invite the public to a special event to mark the first day of issue and the unveiling of a new 98-cent international postage stamp that pays tribute to Grand Teton National Park. This new stamp is part of the Scenic American Landscape series.

The stamp unveiling event will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, in the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center at Moose, Wyoming.

This is the first time that . . .

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Inverted stamp collection sells for more than $5M

The most recent Spink Shreves Galleries auction drew a lot of interest from collectors and the media alike, as some wondered what an "inverted Jenny" is, and others wondered just how much it would sell for. At the end of the two-day auction when the gavel fell for the final time, "inverted Jenny" and her 3,000+ fellow stamps sold for a combined $5 million dollars, according to a June 19 Associated Press article.

The collection, gathered by the late Robert H. Cunliffe over the course of 50-plus years, featured . . .

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Ted Harris has more than one million stamps in his collection

THE VILLAGES — When the mail arrives, Ted Harris may be more interested in what is on the outside of the envelopes than what is inside.

Unless someone has mailed him some stamps.

Since the 1950s, Harris has collected more than 1.5 million stamps, which are gathered in several large binders.

“I think it’s a wonderful thing for a retired person,” his wife, Susan, said, “because it keeps him in that room there. He’s really into it; he loves it.”

“That room” has a stamp-themed border near the ceiling, with a desk near a wall that has several stamp catalogs stacked in a pile.

Harris enjoys uncovering the . . .

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Man spends five decades on Ho Chi Minh stamp collection

HUE – After 50 years spent collecting stamps, one 80-year-old man from Hue is proud to hold in his hands four collections devoted to President Ho Chi Minh.

Nguyen Luong Hot has never missed a stamp featuring President Ho since 1945, and he’s always written a very clear introduction for each stamp in his collection. His four collections about the President feature his life and activities in the country’s resistance wars.

The stamp collection . . .

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$10K robbery in Craigslist postage stamp deal

A man was robbed of several thousand dollars in broad daylight in the parking lot of a Mesa restaurant after arranging to purchase postage stamps, officials said Thursday.

The victim told police he had met with the man previously to purchase stamps after he had posted an ad on Craigslist seeking large quantities of stamps, according to police spokesman Sgt. Steve Berry.

The victim arrived at the . . .

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Bob Hope honored on new postage stamp

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Hope is making one more appearance with the troops.

The comedian famed for his tireless travel to entertain American servicemen and women around the world is being honored with a 44-cent postage stamp Friday in ceremonies aboard the USS Midway in San Diego.

"I think that he would be thrilled, absolutely honored and love the thought of it," his daughter Linda Hope said in a telephone interview.

"It would also be an opportunity for him to get in a few jokes about the rise in the cost of postage," she added, recalling a . . .

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Will Coal Miners be Honored on U.S. Postage Stamp?

John Vengien’s widow promises to continue his longtime quest to get honor for coal miners.

PLYMOUTH – John Vengien saw dedicated miners put their lives on the line thousands of times to supply America with coal to keeping the country running, funneling the Industrial Revolution. The Plymouth resident began a quest in 1986 to honor past, present and future miners with a Coal Miners Postage Stamp. Vengien, 90, continued that quest until his death Tuesday.

“It is time for America to recognize the contributions of its coal miners, and a commemorative honor would be the greatest honor they could receive,” Julia Vengien recalled her husband always saying.

When John Vengien returned from serving in the South Pacific and Japan in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, he . . .

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Her Majesty's Stamps: The Queen hasn't licked them

When Sir Sandford Fleming, an engineer and the inventor of standard time zones, designed the first Canadian postage stamp in 1851, it was regarded as highly unusual - instead of portraying the image of a British monarch, it featured an animal.

A beaver, in fact. Profile view, with a smiling sun above it and the words "Three Pence" written underneath the log on which it sat. The design was apparently conceived over breakfast one morning - Fleming thought it nicely represented "the industry, ingenuity and perseverance of our young country."

While Queen Victoria . . .

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Rare Stolen Lincoln Postage Stamp Sold for $431,000

NEW YORK — A rare Abraham Lincoln stamp that was stolen from Indiana in 1967 and surfaced 39 years later in Chicago has sold at auction for more than $430,000.

The stamped envelope was auctioned Saturday at Manhattan's Robert A. Siegel galleries.

The buyer is Arthur K.M. Woo, a doctor who would reveal nothing more about himself.

He paid . . .

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Stamps & Coins: Empty "Ice House" envelope is full of philatelic mystery

I'm relieved to say I don't have what it takes to be a thief. In truth, I'll admit I don't know what it would take, but I do recognize what not to do.

Take the "Mona Lisa" (not literally). It's on display in a virtual vault behind bulletproof glass. But what if someone were to steal it? What could they do with it? If someone stopped by and asked, "Is that the 'Mona Lisa'?" the only response the "owner" could give is, "I dunno … maybe." And they couldn't possibly sell it. Eventually it would be discovered and . . .

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