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Bicolored reproductions reimagine 1934 National Parks stamps

It has been a long time since I did any stamp production beyond printing and perforating additional copies of Philosateleian Post’s Contemporary Art stamp issued earlier this year. Last week, however, I finally got around to working on something that had been on my want-to-do list for a long, long time: bicolored reproductions of the 1934 National Parks Year stamps.

Sheet of 10 bicolored reproductions of the 1934 National Parks Year stamps
National Parks Year bicolored reproductions

I scanned a mint set of stamps that I picked up from the local stamp dealer, then modified each of the designs to remove any references to U.S. postage or face values; these are not real stamps, and I don’t want to give the false impression that they are! After that, I turned the frame of each stamp black, and modified the color of the vignettes for the Acadia and Great Smoky Mountains stamps since the originals were printed in black.

Beginning in the 1930s, United States stamps tended to minimize frames in favor of a larger vignette, so bicolored variations are arguably less impressive than they might otherwise have been. Nevertheless, I had fun doing these, and it got me back into some stamp production work, so I think it was a worthwhile project.

If you like what I’ve done, copies of this sheet are available through my online shop.

Como Park Post issues 50¢ parcel rate stamp

Earlier this week, I received a copy of longtime local post stamp producer Tom Betz’s latest creation: a 50¢ parcel rate stamp for Minnesota’s Como Park Post.

Como Park Post 50-cent parcel rate stamp
Como Park Post 50¢ parcel rate stamp

To my eyes, the stamp is printed in a lovely lavender shade.

The ¢ symbol makes up part of the right edge of the “0” in “50,” but that appears to be about the extent of fanciness in this design. That simple appearance belies the skill required to carve such a design, however; in my opinion, it’s no small feat at all!

Purgatory Post commemorates Apollo 7’s 50th anniversary

Purgatory Post has been commemorating the anniversaries of the various United States space flights for a while. This month marks the 50th anniversary of the flight of Apollo 7, and the New Hampshire-based private local post operated by Scott Abbot, another Local Post Collectors Society member, has released a pair of stamps commemorating that mission. Both stamps have face values of 7 sola.

Purgatory Post 7-sola Apollo 7 stamps
Purgatory Post Apollo 7 stamps

The first stamp in this pair pitctures crew members Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele, and Walt Cunningham, along with Apollo 7 just after liftoff. The second stamp depicts one stage of the Saturn rocket used to propel the crew into space.

I understand from Scott that he plans to continue this series to commemorate the rest of the Apollo missions, so we should see plenty more stamps along these lines over the next year or so.

TSDA in San Antonio this weekend for fall bourse

Several members of the Texas Stamp Dealers Association will be in town this weekend for the TSDA’s second San Antonio show of the year. The event is being held at Norris Conference Center at 618 Northwest Loop 410, and is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

According to an email reminder I received, the following dealers are scheduled to be on hand:

  • Tom Cunningham
  • James Garrett
  • Ken Scheller
  • George Watkins

Although this is a bourse with no exhibits, I’ve been to a couple of previous editions of the show and have always enjoyed myself. I missed the TSDA’s San Antonio show earlier this year due to preexisting commitments, but am looking forward to attending on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

Identifying rounded and square corners on the 2001 Statue of Liberty stamps

Gene H., a longtime user of the The Philosateleian U.S. Stamp Album, recently wrote asking what the difference is between a couple of self-adhesive die-cut varieties of the 34¢ Statue of Liberty stamps issued in 2001: those with rounded corners, and those with square corners. It’s a good question, and one best answered with a picture.

In this image, the stamp on the left (Scott 3466) has rounded corners, while the stamp on the right (Scott 3477) has square corners.

United States 34¢ Statue of Liberty stamps with rounded and square corners
Statue of Liberty stamps with rounded (left) and square (right) corners

That’s really all there is to it, and it’s a little surprising that the editors of the Scott catalogues decided that such a minor variation justified the two stamps being listed under separate major catalogue numbers. Nevertheless, I hope this helps you to tell the difference.

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