Kevin Blackston
PO Box 217
Floresville TX 78114-0217
United States of America

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Muskogee first day cover a highlight of my collection

For most of us stamp collectors, there are certain items that we never expect to be able to add to our collections. The vast majority of us, for example, will never own an Inverted Jenny, or even one of the imperforate Bugs Bunny panes. We admire such items from afar, but our collections are made up mainly of common material.

You may be aware that the 14¢ American Indian stamp is near and dear to my heart. While I keep an eye out for solo uses and plate varieties of that stamp, I thought my first day cover postmarked in Washington, D.C., was probably the most expensive 14¢ piece that I would ever own. The other items of particular note listed in Scott have catalogue values that are simply out of my league. They were for all practical purposes in the same category as the Inverted Jenny: nice to look at, but not something I would ever own.

Last month, however, I had the opportunity to purchase a 14¢ American Indian FDC used in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the other first day city. I had to think about it for a while because although the asking price was well below catalogue value, it was also a lot more than I had ever paid for any stamp or cover. Ultimately, though, I decided to take the plunge, and here is my new acquisition in all its delightful glory.

Front of first day cover bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian first day cover

This piece is without question a highlight of my collection, and one that is really only rivaled by the commercial solo usages of this stamp that I’ve acquired, and as you might imagine, I’m quite excited about it.

July Boys Town mailing features more hydrangea cinderella stamps

I wrote in March about receiving a nonprofit mailing from Boys Town that contained a business reply envelope bearing several copies of an interesting cinderella stamp picturing hydrangeas; in June, the envelope enclosed with another mailing had several stamp-sized designs printed on it.

This week, I received another Boys Town mailing, this one like the first having a business reply envelope with several self-adhesive cinderella stamps attached to it.

Boys Town business reply envelope bearing hydrangea cinderella stamps
Boys Town business reply envelope with hydrangea cinderella stamps

As you can see, the cinderellas or stickers on this envelope are different than the ones used on the first mailing in that the design is simpler, but there’s also something familiar about it. It appears to me that the newer labels use the same basic hydrangea artwork, but without having the appearance of a seed packet.

Boys Town cinderella stamp picturing hydrangea
Boys Town hydrangea cinderella stamp

I think that the cinderellas on the first envelope that I received earlier in the year are more attractive, but this is an interesting curio to tuck away in my collection. It’s not likely to ever have any particular value, but as I’ve observed previously, it seems like the sort of thing where not many are likely to be saved.

Louisiana seller offers Rosback perforator for 1¢

How would you like to own your very own antique Rosback pinhole perforator for just a penny? Someone could come away with just that with a seller in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, offering a full-size Rosback that appears to date from the 1930s with a starting bid of $0.01 or a buy-it-now price of $150.

That’s not to say that there wouldn’t be some additional costs involved even if you were the only bidder. For one thing, the seller is offering local pick-up only, so you would have to figure out a way to get the machine from Baton Rouge to wherever you are. In addition, this Rosback looks as though it has seen better days. At a minimum, you would have to build a new table, and to make use of the full width of the perforator, you would need to find some metal bars to hold down the pins along the right end. And I have no idea what condition the pins may be in.

I’m way too far from Baton Rouge to give this one any consideration, but I do hope someone puts in a bid with the idea of doing something creative with this machine, not just scrapping it for the metal value. It should be an interesting lot to watch.

1940s postcard features beautiful view of Corpus Christi Bay

I’m not usually all that interested in postcards. There are some attractive ones, no doubt, but I can’t collect everything. Stamps are what I collect, and that’s that.

I will make an occasional exception, however, and that happened during my most recent visit to the local stamp shop, ABC Stamps. While browsing through a box of postcards, I ran across this beauty with the caption “Eventing Scene on Corpus Christi Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas.” It’s certainly not the most colorful postcard that I’ve ever seen, but the clouds and shadows in the picture really make it stand out. I almost want to frame it!

1940s postcard with image captioned 'Evening Scene on Corpus Christi Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas
Postcard picturing “Evening Scene on Corpus Christi Bay, Corpus Christi, Texas“

According to the Guide to Dating Curt Teich Postcards, this postcard was first printed by the Curt Teich Company of Chicago in 1940. This particular example was mailed from Corpus Christi to San Antonio, Texas, on April 25, 1946, as the postmark on the reverse shows. A 1¢ George Washington “Prexie” paid postage.

Reverse of 1940s postcard with message from newlywed to his mother
Message side of postcard

The message itself is from a young newlywed to his mother, and in it he gushes about his “wonderful little wife.” It’s an interesting glimpse of life in post-World War II America.

Jefferson Territory Ghost Post issues two new stamps

Jefferson Territory Ghost Post, the successor to Colorado Ghost Post of the 1970s, on July 1 issued two new local post stamps.

The first of the self-adhesive stamps pictures The Wall That Heals, a ¾-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Jefferson Territory Ghost Post’s Ghostmaster General, Rusty Morse, says that the photo on the stamp was taken while the wall was in Arvada, Colorado, in June 2019.

.01-dwt Au Jefferson Territory Ghost Post stamp picturing replica of Vietnam Wall
Jefferson Territory Ghost Post “The Wall That Heals” stamp

The second stamp pictures Jefferson Territory Ghost Post’s guard dog, Lily, along with the text “On Guard.” Although the picture used on the stamp depicts Lily at a younger age, Morse notes that she is now a five-year veteran in her role.

.01-dwt Au Jefferson Territory Ghost Post stamp picturing guard dog
Jefferson Territory Ghost Post “On Guard” stamp

Both of the stamps are denominated in pennyweights of gold, each having a face value of .01-dwt Au.

You can read more about Colorado Ghost Post and subsequent revivals of that local post service on the Rusty’s Maps Projects page.

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