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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Happy New Year! Hurry, There's Still Time to Cash In on Our Year-End Sales!

Happy New Year from County Stamp Center! We wish all of our customers, near and far, a peaceful and prosperous New Year -- and, of course, a year filled with the joys of stamp collecting!

Peace to the World! announces the Peace Dove stamp pictured at left (click the link to order). Issued by Armenia in November 2006, it is one of many new issues you'll find when you visit the County Stamp Center website. Just click on New Issues on our home page or click the link.

Visit County Stamp Center in 2007 for all the latest worldwide stamp issues, unusual stamps, historic issues, fabulous special offers, and great prices. You'll love our unique search feature which allows you to find what you're looking for by category, key word or Scott catalog number. Take advantage 0f our subscription service to keep your collection up to date. We'll make sure you don't miss an important issue. Contact our buyer if you have a special request. Sign up for our free newsletter so you don't miss our special offers and monthly discounts. Enter our monthly drawing to win great prizes. You still have until midnight December 31, 2006 to enter this month's drawing to win a 32-page Lindner stock book. We even buy collections.

Visit the County Stamp Center website to view our extensive stamp collections. We have thousands of stamps on every topic imaginable. We also offer a full range of stamp collecting supplies at discounted prices. The clock is ticking down on our 2006 year-end sales, but you still have time to stock up on supplies. To cash in on our special 20% year-end discount on all stamp collecting supplies, enter coupon #supply2006 at checkout.

Whether you're new to stamp collecting or an experienced collector, County Stamp Center has everything you need at great prices. Visit our website today. You'll marvel at the breadth and depth of our extensive collections. You'll love our easy-to-use website. And you'll be able to buy much more with our discounted prices. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs in 2007 and Happy New Year!.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

In Memoriam: President Gerald R. Ford 1913-2006

An unassuming Midwesterner who salved the wounds of Watergate, President Gerald R. Ford died this week at the age of 93, the longest-living president. Tapped to fill the void when Vice President Agnew resigned in disgrace, then stepping up again when President Nixon resigned, the Congressman from Michigan brought a quiet integrity, down home common sense, and innate kindness to a country roiling in political chaos. With typical self-effacing humor, he joked about his promotion from congressman to instant vice president to instant president: "The United States Marine Corps Band is so confused they don't know whether to play Hail to the Chief or You've Come a Long Way, Baby."

An unassuming man thrust into the political spotlight during one of our nation's bleakest hours, at his swearing in Gerald Ford told the nation, "I have not sought this enormous responsibility. But I will not shirk it." Ford "was exactly the right person for that moment and being the right person meant he was very unpresidential," said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington. "He was not an elegant speaker. He was not a person who had airs. He was a smart but simple man. He was a man most people would have liked to have as a next-door neighbor." And that was the crux of President Ford's success. His humble demeanor, dedication to family and country, and gentle good humor made him seem like one of us.

Gerald Ford was someone we could trust at a time when the nation felt sorely betrayed by the scandals of the Nixon administration and the discontented ending of the Vietnam War. Ford's controversial pardon of Richard Nixon probably cost him the presidency when he ran against Jimmy Carter in 1976, but history is showing it to be the tough love that healed the nation. In office a mere 895 days, President Ford did what he set out to do: unify the nation and heal its wounds. He was the right man for the time.

County Stamp Center mourns the loss of President Ford. His presidency is commemorated in this 45-stamp sheetlet of US Presidents issued by the Marshall Islands. (Click the post title to order.) Visit our website for more stamps on US history and hundreds of other topics. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Hurry! Stamp Collecting Supply Sale Ends Soon!

If the jolly old elf missed a few items on your wish list, it's not too late! County Stamp Center has thousands of stamps available at our fabulous discounted prices, perfect for a belated holiday gift, a New Year's splurge, a coming birthday or anniversary, or just because you've been a particularly good boy or girl this year! Visit our website today to take advantage of this month's special offers before the year ends.

While you're there, don't forget to check out our supply page; just click the link or post title. You only have a few more days to take advantage of our year-end supply sale. Through December 31, 2006, all stamp collecting supplies are 20% off! Remember to enter coupon code #supply2006 when you checkout. County Stamp Center has a wonderful supply of binders, first day cover albums, stamp stock books, Lindner mint sheet files, and a variety of glassine envelopes on sale. This is the time to stock up on supplies you'll use all year. And don't forget to enter our monthly contest to win a free Lindner 32-page stockbook. Contest ends at midnight on December 31, 2006. Visit County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Holidays to All and to All a Good Night!

County Stamp Center wishes all our friends
peace and joy this holiday season.

Whatever your holiday tradition, the staff at County Stamp Center wishes you a wonderful day surrounded by the warmth and love of family and friends.

Visit the County Stamp Center website for all your philatelic needs. Stamps pictured are all 2006 issues:

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Italian Cloth Stamp Features Delicate Embroidery

If you're looking for something truly unique for your collection, County Stamp Center offers this beautiful embroidered cloth stamp from Italy. The stamp features delicate flowers, intricately embroidered with fine thread on deep navy cloth. Click the post title to order.

County Stamp Center has quite a few interesting and unique stamps in its collection. If you like the weird and bizarre, go to the Shop by Category box at the top left of our website, scroll down to Topics, and choose Strange & Unusual. You'll find perfume-scented stamps, glowing lighthouses, unusually shaped sea turtles, gold foil Trek sets, silver metal Vatican stamps, and unusual subjects from Punch & Judy to Monty Python to Harry Potter. You'll even find a stamp set from New Zealand that features pictures of some pretty bizarre food choices like possum pate and curried worm burger, recipes included! Fortunately they don't come in scratch & sniff!

No matter what you're looking for, County Stamp Center has it. Visit our website for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Whimsical Christmas Stamps from New Zealand

Add a little holiday whimsy to your stamp collection with a cheerful Christmas 2006 souvenir sheet from New Zealand. Designed by children, each delightful stamp shows "what Christmas means to me." From a cheerfully colored family gathering to a tender Madonna and Child, each of the six stamps on the sheet is beautifully colored and charmingly drawn by the children of New Zealand. Click the post title to order.

County Stamp Center offers a huge assortment of holiday stamps -- from the silly to the sublime. Visit our website and enter "Christmas" in our unique search feature. You can search for stamps by category, key word or Scott catalog number.

No matter what your philatelic interest, you'll find it at County Stamp Center. If you're looking for something in particular and can't find it in our collections, please contact our buyer. And check out our new eBay store for unique and rare philatelic items from our worldwide collections!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Special Promotional Pricing on US Classics

This month's special offer is the Battle of White Plains sheet issued in 1926, mint #630. With clean margins, this is a very nicely centered sheet of 25 values offered at an exceptional price with free shipping this month. Click the post title for more details and to order.

The Battle of White Plains sheet is just one of the selections in our newly revised US Classics category. Other selections include Columbian Expo singles and sets (both mint and used), Louisiana Purchase set, Pan American Expo, historic US figures, and more. Discerning collectors will appreciate the highly detailed descriptions and photographs of each offering. You'll want to take advantage of our promotional pricing to add several of these historic issues to your collection.

Visit the County Stamp Center website (or click the link above) to view our entire collection of US Classics. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ryder Cup Prestige Booklet Perfect Gift for the Golfer on Your List

County Stamp Center is pleased to offer the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament Prestige Booklet commemorating the 2006 biennial competition. Held this year at the K Club in Ireland, the Ryder Golf Tournament pits the best professional golfers in European against those in the US. This beautifully detailed booklet describes the tournament course, history of the series, development of golf in Ireland, portraits of golf champions, and special info on the featured "action stamps."

Founded on prestige, not prize money, the biennial Ryder Cup was first contested in 1927 with the 2006 Cup being the 36th transatlantic matchup. The origination of the idea has become hazy with time and is attributed either to Sylvanus Jermain, president of Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, or to James Harnett as a circulation booster for Golf Illustrated. The original matches pitted professional golfers in Great Britain against Americans. The first unofficial match was played in 1921 at Gleneagles, Scotland with the British routing the Americans 9-3.

During the 1926 unofficial match, English entrepreneur and golf enthusiast Samuel Ryder, inspired by the camaraderie of the players, exclaimed, "Why can't they all get to know each other? I will give 5 pounds to each of the winning players, and give a party afterwards with champagne and chicken sandwiches." From this humble beginning sprang one of golfing's great events. Ryder enthusiastically agreed to provide a trophy and worked to establish regular matches. The golden trophy cup he donated bears his name and a likeness of British golf great Abe Mitchell, who beat the reigning US Open Champion Jim Barnes in the 1926 singles matchup, going on to help the British team beat the Americans that year.

In 1979 Great Britain expanded its player pool to include golfers from continental Europe. The change was suggested by US golfing icon Jack Nicklaus who said, "It is vital to widen the selection procedures if the Ryder Cup is to continue to enjoy its past prestige." Ironically, this marked the end of US domination of the competition.

Wonderful color photos, extensive text, and dynamic stamps make the Ryder Cup prestige booklet a great collectible for golfers, sports enthusiasts, and stamp collectors alike. Specially priced at County Stamp Center for only $25.62, click the post title to order.

And while you're visiting our website, take a look at our selection of US Classics, newly revised, exquisitely detailed, and specially priced. Don't miss this great opportunity to add to your collection some of the rarest and most desired US stamps of the late 1800s and early 1900s, including the Battle of White Plains sheet, Columbian Expo singles and sets, Louisiana Purchase set, Pan American Expo set, and many more. Visit the County Stamp Center website for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

P.O. Box Moon Base 1

Space shuttle Discovery launched successfully this week and astronauts are already hard at work at the international space station. In 1960 President John F. Kennedy fired America's imagination by proclaiming that the US would be first to the moon. In 1969 Neil Armstrong took that "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" on the lunar surface. Last week NASA announced plans to build and inhabit a permanent moon base by 2024!

It's been not quite 50 years since America's fledgling space program got off the ground with President Dwight D. Eisenhower's signing of the National Aeronautics and Space Act in 1958. The Act established NASA and launched America's entry into the space race. Begun as an alarmed response to the Soviet's 1957 launching of the first manmade satellite, Sputnik 1, the initial development of the US space program relied heavily on German rocket technology brought to the US by Wernher von Braun during World War II. Regarded as the father of the US space program, von Braun became a naturalized citizen after the war. (Read more on Wikipedia.)

The Mercury rocket program of the 1950s readied NASA for the first launch of an American into orbit. John Glenn orbited the Earth on February 20, 1962 during the 5-hour Friendship 7 flight. I remember being riveted to our tiny black and white TV, Walter Cronkite's sonorous voice filling the void, while we waited to see if Glenn would return alive. We sat on the edge of our chairs as the frogmen swam to the capsule and popped the hatch, cheering in our living rooms as Glenn emerged and was ferried to the waiting aircraft carrier. In those days the uncertainty and danger of space travel were very real.

In the 1960s the Gemini program increased our space endurance and skills leading to the Apollo flights as we stretched to reach the moon. With the launch of the shuttle Columbia in 1981, NASA realized its dream of reusable vehicles and we took our first step toward the stars. In the 1990s collaborative efforts with Russian and European space agencies became the norm and today multi-national astronauts build and live in the Mir International Space Station.

In the early days, television brought each space flight into our living rooms. We delighted in watching astronauts tumble about their tiny cockpits in zero gravity, floating food and tools to each other. They were our heroes, bold adventurers charting the unknown. Gradually the amazing became commonplace as NASA's successes mounted. It took the occasional tragedy to remind us of the dangers astronauts face as they push mankind's horizons outward.

Half a century ago. outside the realm of science fiction. who could have predicted that Americans would be playing on Mars and preparing to live on the moon? County Stamp Center salutes the space program and the astronauts who "boldly go where no one has gone before." We offer myriad stamps commemorating the space program and its heroes in America and around the world. Just click the post title to view a complete listing. The stamp featured was issued by Micronesia and honors previous missions of the shuttle Discovery (click the link to purchase). If there's a youngster on your gift list, what better way to introduce the world of stamp collecting than with stamps celebrating the wondrous adventures of space exploration. Visit the County Stamp Center website; we have everything you need to get started. And in 2024, check our website for first day covers postmarked Moon Base 1!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Special Discounts on Stamp Collecting Supplies

Still looking for the perfect gift for the stamp collectors on your list? County Stamp Center has great prices on must-have supplies. Until December 31, 2006, County Stamp Center is offering a special 20% discount on all stamp collecting supplies. That includes stamp collecting binders, first day cover albums, stamp stock books, Lindner mint sheet files, and a selection of glassine envelopes in a variety of sizes. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on supplies your favorite philatelist will use all year long. To receive this special 20% discount, enter coupon code #supply2006 when you checkout. Just click the post title to go to our online supply center.

While you're shopping, don't miss these special limited time offers:

  • Lighthouse First Day Cover Albums for US size #6 envelopes. Covered in attractive brown leatherette with a gold imprint of the Lighthouse logo on the spine, the binder has two screw posts and an index window on the spine. Inside, double-sided pages that open on the side and include a black paper insert will hold covers up to 6.5" x 4". Regularly $19.95, the Lighthouse First Day Cover Album is on sale at County Stamp Center for only $10, a 50% savings! Enter coupon #FDC at checkout to get this special winter sale price.

  • Lindner 32-page stockbooks are 25% off at County Stamp Center. Regularly $19, the sale price is only $14.25! Enter coupon code #LSB at checkout. Don't delay as this special discount will only be available for a limited time.
While you're shopping on our website, don't forget to enter County Stamp Center's monthly contest. This month you could win a 32-page Lindner stock book, a $24 retail value. Don't delay; the drawing ends at 12 midnight on December 31, 2006! And remember to sign up for our free monthly newsletter. Each month we'll e-mail you a notice of special offers, coupon codes, discounts and more. Visit County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Day of Infamy to be Remembered with Construction of New Pearl Harbor Memorial

On an infamous day 65 years ago, 2,390 U.S. service members and civilians were killed when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, propelling the United States into World War II. Dedicated in 1980, a memorial was constructed on landfill above the watery grave of the battleship Arizona and the 1,177 sailors who perished with it. The USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Visitor Center in Hawaii is now in peril, the structural foundation deteriorating so rapidly it may have to be closed within the next two years.

Myriad problems and the need to accommodate more visitors -- 4,500 people a day visit the memorial, twice what it was built to accommodate -- have prompted a grassroots campaign to raise money to replace the memorial. A new facility, to be renamed the Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum and Visitor Center, is envisioned. Planned improvements include a 5-acre site expansion, doubling the size of the museum so that historical artifacts can be housed in a climate controlled environment, construction of a research and education center, expansion of the bookstore, and the addition of an outdoor amphitheatre.
Boosters have already raised three-quarters of the $28 million needed to break ground on a new facility next December. If the entire $50 million dollar fund raising goal is met, the planned new complex could open to visitors in 2009. To contribute to the fund drive, write Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund, 1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96818 or visit their website.

County Stamp Center remembers and honors those who lost their lives on that tragic day in 1941. In two short hours, Japanese aircraft decended on Pearl Harbor, destroying or heavily damaging 21 ships and 320 aircraft, killing 2,390 and wounding 1,178 others. Four in five servicemen on the USS Arizona did not survive the day, the greatest loss of life of any ship in U.S. naval history. Every 5 years, on December 7, Pearl Harbor survivors have gathered at the USS Arizona Memorial to honor the dead. With survivors now in their 80s and 90s, this year may be their last official gathering. It will be up to future generations to make sure they are not forgotten.

To order the pictured stamp depicting scenes from the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the war in the Pacific Theater, click the post title. County Stamp Center offers an extensive collection of stamps commemorating World War II. Visit our website to view our entire collection. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Delightful Illustrations Grace French Regional Portraits

Looking for a unique gift this holiday? County Stamp Center offers the Regional Portraits Prestige Booklet from France. This delightful booklet of 10 stamps features alluring portraits of France's agricultural regions, celebrations and specialty products. Alan Bouldouyle's charming illustrations include wonderfully detailed color sketches of a Parisian cafe, farmers' market and grape harvest. Among the special products featured are cheese, coffee, olive oil and butter.

Think what a lovely gift this unusual stamp booklet would make paired with a basket of wine and cheese, crusty bread with flavored olive oil, or specialty coffees and pastries. This wonderful booklet is available from County Stamp Center at the special holiday price of only $36.58 which includes free shipping. Click the post title to view more of the charming illustrations featured in this delightful booklet and to order for the gourmet, wine connoisseur or Francophile on your gift list.

Visit our website to shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday season. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs -- you can't beat our quality, selection or prices!