First Coast Spring Stamp Show scheduled for April 18
I received a flyer in the mail this week announcing that the annual First Coast Spring Stamp Show in Jacksonville, Florida, is scheduled for this coming Saturday, April 18. The show is being held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northeast Florida Safety Council Building at 1725 Art Museum Drive.
If you plan to attend the show, the Jacksonville Stamp Collectors Club has a Facebook page set up for the event.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend because I have church commitments on Saturday. I’ve written to the club a couple of times in the past suggesting a Sunday show because I would love to go, but my inquiries have gone unanswered. Maybe Saturdays work better for dealers and a lot of other collectors in the area; for now, I’ll keep holding out hope that one day it will work out for me to attend.
Each spring, my wife and I go through our humble abode top to bottom on a cleaning quest, removing any leavening we can find. Our tradition is based primarily on our religious beliefs, but there’s also a certain amount of satisfaction that comes with cleaning out old junk and things no longer needed and just tidying up in general.
We’ve been working on this project for several weekends now, and should be able to finish the dining area and patio this Sunday. And after that? Well, most likely another diaper change and feeding; the little one is approaching six months old. But after that? Stamps, I hope! It’s time to put together another issue of the Philosateleian Post Horn, and I owe several individuals letters.
I’m eager to get on to some of that, plus do some more writing for this blog. I realize I haven’t been terribly prolific over the past couple of weeks, but I appreciate your patience as we’ve been taking care of “real world” duties.
Gemini 3 astronauts have right stuff for Purgatory Post’s newest stamps
Purgatory Post’s Scott A. is at it again! His latest cover showed up in my mailbox last week, and the stamps on it pay homage to the astronauts of Gemini 3.
Gemini 3 was the first manned mission in the United States of America’s Gemini space program. The mission’s crew was comprised of Gus Grissom and John Young. Grissom, of course, died during a test of the Apollo Command Module; Young, however, went on to fly the Apollo 10 and Apollo 16 missions, and later flew on the space shuttle.
Scott tells me that he has several more Gemini stamps planned, so we’ll look forward to seeing those as the year progresses.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a letter from a Mr. Alan B. of Essex, England. Alan began his letter by explaining explained that he is a member of the Letter Writers Alliance and a “stamp-fancier.” Seeing that we have some mutual interests, I read on.
In addition to his other pursuits, Alan enjoys letterpress printing and creating “stamps” for his Kingdom of Adanaland and related territories. He sent samples of his work, a few of which I wanted to share here.
It’s more than a little unusual to see cinderella revenue stamps:
And then there’s Alan’s Expanded Egyptian Territories, identified on this stamp as an Adanaland Protectorate. Note that the face value of this stamp is in picas; the pica, of course, is a unit of measurement used by printers.
Although Alan’s stamps are not necessarily as colorful as those created by some other stamp-issuing entities, the printing is incredibly sharp—a result, I suppose, of the printing method, and a testament to his skill at operating letterpress equipment. I’m impressed by what he has done, and look forward to seeing more of his work in the future!
A few days ago, someone gave me a common, run-of-the-mill United States definitive stamp picturing a flower. At least, it will be a common, run-of-the-mill definitive stamp beginning later this week. For now, it’s something unattainable.
The stamp, as you can see, is from the new Water Lilies booklet. Floral designs tend to be popular with stamp-buying mailers, so it’s no surprise to see this one used. What did surprise me, however, was to see a copy used more than a week before the stamp’s official first day of issue, March 20!
Unfortunately, the stamp had been clipped from its envelope, so I was able to determine only that it was postmarked somewhere in Florida.
It’s not exactly unheard of for stamps to be sold ahead of their official issue date, but I can’t say that it’s a common occurrence, either. And naturally, once March 20 rolls around, this will be just another stamp, but for now, it’s something that few if any other collectors own.
Do you have any examples of stamps used too early in your collection?