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South Florida hosting winter stamp show

I received a postcard in the mail today from the American Stamp Dealers Association regarding their upcoming Winter Postage Stamp Show in Boynton Beach, Florida. It’s being held February 8–10 at the Courtyard Marriott.

Over two dozen dealers are scheduled to be present at the show, and there will also be an auction and even gift certificate giveaways. Not bad for a show with free admission.

I probably won’t make this show due to the distance, but it sounds like a fun time. Do you plan to attend?

New U.S. landscape stamp to commemorate West Virginia statehood

For those of us who collect landscape stamps, there’s some great news from the United States Postal Service today. According to the USPS Stamp of Approval blog, a stamp commemorating West Virginia’s statehood sesquicentennial will be issued later this year, and it’s a beauty!

Stamp picturing wooded mountains in West Virginia
West Virginia stamp

According to information released today about the stamp, the scene it pictures is from Monongahela National Forest in eastern West Virginia. While it’s hard to beat the engraved designs of yore, this is one of the prettiest stamps announced so far this year, and I look forward to adding it to my landscapes collection when it’s issued. (No issue date has been announced yet.)

What do you think of the West Virginia stamp? Share your thoughts below.

Trying my hand at stamp collage

If you read the American Philatelist, the American Philatelic Society’s journal, you may have seen the article about stamp collages in the December 2012 issue. This inspired me to try my hand at the art, and my incredibly patient wife Sarah and I created this piece that I’ve titled (with apologies to Bruce Springsteen) “Barn in the USA.”

Stamp collage picturing barn and tractor
“Barn in the USA” stamp collage

Does this come anywhere close to the level of the collages in the American Philatelist? No, absolutely not. Nevertheless, it was a fun way to use some duplicate and in some cases damaged stamps.

Have you ever created a stamp collage? How did it turn out?

Solo usage of 14¢ American Indian stamp turns up in Sweden

I recently received a very interesting e-mail from a collector regarding the 14¢ American Indian stamp. Sören Andersson, webmaster for the Swedish Postal History Society, sent an image of a parcel wrapper bearing the stamp, and he has generously given me permission to share the picture with you.

Parcel wrapper bearing 14-cent American Indian stamp
14¢ American Indian stamp on parcel wrapper

According to Mr. Andersson, the 14¢ stamp correctly paid postage for a 1-pound parcel mailed from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Sweden in 1930, the year the wrapper was postmarked.

As you may be aware, solo commercial usages of the 14¢ American Indian stamp are, as is sometimes said in the South, “scarcer than hens’ teeth.” I have two covers in my personal collection on which the Indian stamp traveled solo, but one is a FDC, and the other is a first flight cover. This is the first example I’ve seen of the stamp on a parcel wrapper, and one can only assume even fewer wrappers survived than covers featuring solo usages of this stamp.

Do you have any other examples of the 14¢ American Indian used by itself on a wrapper? How about on a wrapper sent to Sweden? If you know of any, please let us know, and we’ll pass the information along to Mr. Andersson.

Free postal cards for me, free postal cards for you

While poking around on Facebook last week—did you know The Philosateleian has a Facebook page?—I ran across a post from the USPS Stamps page regarding the Scenic American Landscapes postal cards issued earlier this year. There was a link to the USPS Stamp of Approval blog, and being a huge fan of the Scenic American Landscapes series, I naturally clicked through to read.

As it turned out, the good folks at the Stamp of Approval blog were giving away several sets of the postal cards, and on a lark, I entered. And lo and behold, I won! Score! The postal cards were waiting on my when I checked my post office box today. Here's the writing side of one of the cards from the set:

Forever U.S. postal card with imprinted stamp design picturing 13 Mile Woods in New Hampshire, USA
13 Mile Woods postal card

First, many thanks to the people at the USPS Stamp of Approval blog for the awesome freebie. If you have a chance, you might like to check them out; they post some interesting material.

Second, these postal cards come in a booklet of 20, and since there are only 10 designs per booklet, that means there are two copies of each card. That means I have a set to share!

So here’s the scoop: a set of all 10 cards from the Scenic American Landscapes postal cards set two will be the giveaway in the January issue of the Philosateleian Post Horn. If you’re not already subscribed to the Post Horn (which is free), sign up now. You’ll be able to enter to win the postal cards. Good luck!

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