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Monday, June 29, 2009

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Bob Hope Postage Stamps Part II Of II

In continuation from Wednesday…

Bob Hope is also known for his support of the United Service Organizations (USO). Hope’s USO support spanned 50 years and 60 tours! He first began performing for the troops in 1941 at March Field, in California. He continued to travel and entertain troops for the rest of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War. Hope always performed for the troops wearing Army fatigues as a show of support for our great service men and women.

Bob Hope lived an amazing life and received many awards and honors to his credit. He was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kennedy Center and The Freedom Award by Nancy Reagan. Hope was also appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bob Hope celebrated his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003. To mark the event, 35 states declared the date “Bob Hope Day” and the famous intersection of Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Vine was named “Bob Hope Square”. Bob Hope died at home on July 27, 2003.

According to his official website “Bob Hope became the most recognized profile and talent in the world. And, in the entire history of show business, no individual traveled so far -- so often -- to entertain so many.”

Stop by Stamp Center to see the many different Bob Hope postage stamps available from around the globe.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Bob Hope Postage Stamps Part I Of II

One of America’s most revered funny men will forever be remembered as the United States Postal Service released the Bob Hope postage stamp on May 29, 2009. The picture of Mr. Hope that is used on the commemorative stamp was taken on the flight deck of the USS Midway where Hope had entertained countless servicemen and women.

Leslie Townes Hope…otherwise known as Bob Hope, was one of five sons. He was born in London, England on May 29, 1903. His family imigrated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1908. Bob Hope was an entertainer from the young age of 12 when he began his career dancing and performing comedy on a local boardwalk. He eventually joined Hurley’s Jolly Follies in 1925 and played third billing to Siamese twins and trained seals.

Bob Hope appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, and in radio, television and movies. Hope celebrated 60 years working for NBC in 1996. He is famous for his Christmas specials where he usually performed a duet of “Silver Bells” for the audience. In the 1950’s Bob Hope was asked to appear on one of the most popular shows of the time…“I Love Lucy”. Without hesitation he accepted, but asked to do the show without a script. Showing his true comedic talent, Mr. Hope ad-libbed the entire episode, much to the delight of the viewers.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this post.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Having More Fun With Postage Stamp Errors

Last week I had so much fun finding postage stamps from around the world that had errors on them. I thought I would share a couple more with you. Leave a comment if you have a good one that you would like showcased and I will do my best to post information about it.

The top postage stamp will likely be more tricky to figure out the problem. It was issued by Saudi Arabia in 1949 and was never corrected. This plane looks correct…or does it? Can you figure out the problem? The picture appears to be one of a commercial aircraft. The first “jet” aircraft was developed in Germany in 1931. It was not until 1943 that the first jet fighter aircraft went into service. It was not until the early 1950’s that commercial jet airplanes began production. Perhaps Saudi Arabia had a vision into the future with this commercial jet postage
stamp. Technically, this airplane should have had propellers and not jet engines.

I laughed when I saw the lower postage stamp above. It was issued by Monaco and features America’s beloved President Roosevelt. Roosevelt, who was an avid postage stamp collector, appears to be admiring his postage stamp collection in this picture. Can you spot the trouble? Look closely at Roosevelt’s left hand. He is sporting one too many fingers. I count five fingers and one thumb. Oops! The stamp was issued in 1947. It was never corrected or reissued by Monaco.

Don’t forget to check out the many fun postage stamps that are available at Stamp Center today!

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Having Fun With Postage Stamp Errors

Throughout the history of postage stamp releases there have certainly been some printing errors. Some are glaring and spotted by the public immediately. Some have been more subtle and far more difficult to find. One of America’s most famous postage stamp errors that most everyone knows about is the Inverted Jenny. In that stamp, during the printing process the airplane was printed flying upside down. If you are lucky enough to own the Inverted Jenny, it certainly is a great find. In today’s stamp printing, it is far more difficult for a stamp to pass through the process without an error being caught. If you find a stamp with an error, hang on to it as it will likely we worth more than your average stamp.

The brown postage stamp above was issued by Guadeloupe. At first glance, you might not see the mistakes from the artist. This stamp was printed in 1946 and was never corrected or reissued. Can you figure out what the problem is? If you look closely, the camels in the front of the design are missing an important feature…a couple of legs!

The red colored postage stamp above looks pretty simple and serene. It was originally issued by Fiji in 1938 and then reissued with the corrected version in 1940. Can you see the problem? The original stamp features an outrigger canoe that is under full sail. Experienced sailors will attest that a boat cannot be in full sail without a crew! In the second version of the stamp, one crewmember was added to the picture.

Stamp Center has postage stamps available from all around the world. You are sure to find something special to add to your collection.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Postage Stamps – The Choices Are Endless Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

Unless you are an experienced collector, you should not buy postage stamps as an investment. Buy stamps that call your name and put a smile on your face. When deciding on what type of postage stamp you want to add to your collection; it is wise to do some research to see how much the stamp is worth before you buy it. There are many books you can read to help you learn more about postage stamp values. You can also contact a reputable Stamp Dealer to help you find what you are looking for. Always remember, a collection is what you want it to be and it doesn’t have to be expensive. You should still buy a postage stamp that is in the best condition that you can afford just in case you want to sell or trade it at a later date.

Be sure to find out how to properly care for your stamp collection. There are many stamp collecting products available to help with storage and treatment of the stamps. One thing that many stamp collectors don’t think about is buying insurance for their stamp collection. Many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover stamp collections, so it is a good idea to find out what coverage, if any, you have for your collection. If you don’t have coverage, it is easy to obtain, and usually not very expensive. Don’t forget to keep a detailed inventory list of what stamps you have in your collection and how much they cost. This is important for insurance claims and selling or trading your stamps.

Stamp Center has postage stamps (new and older) available from all over the world. No matter what your preference is, you are sure to find a wonderful postage stamp to add to your collection when you visit Stamp Center.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Postage Stamps – The Choices Are Endless Part I Of II

People have been collecting things most likely since the beginning of time. A quick internet search and you will find that what some people view as strange to collect; others are passionate about their favorite items. As diverse as people are, so are their collections. You can find people who collect mugs, buttons, cookie jars, toys, traffic signs, air sick bags, candy wrappers, and of course postage stamps, to name a few. Postage stamps are by far the most collected item around the world. They can show a bit of history and often times tell a story of their origin.
They are fun, easy to obtain, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on this hobby.

Unlike some collectibles, there are many choices available when it comes to stamp collecting. If you are new to stamp collecting, you might be wondering where to begin your collection. Should you pick stamps with flowers, presidents, animals, foreign releases, domestic releases, or would you like to dabble in a little bit of everything? Should I only buy cancelled stamps or would un-cancelled stamps be a better value? One of the greatest things about collecting postage stamps is that the possibilities are endless. You can buy stamps from Stamp Dealers, online, from postal authorities, or from other collectors.

Stamp collectors love to show their wonderful stamp finds. There are many stamp collectors clubs that get together to share information, buy or trade stamps, and see what other great finds their fellow collectors have found.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion to this post.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Redwood Forest Priority Mail Postage Stamp

John Muir, who is one of America’s most famous conservationists, spent his life dedicated to saving the California Redwoods. He would be so proud to see that the United States Postal Service has paid tribute to the beautiful California Redwood Forests. The Priority Mail postage stamp was released in January of 2009. It is digitally made with a stamp value of $4.95. The stamp ceremony took place at the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park among the
Redwood trees.

The California Redwoods, in my opinion, are the most beautiful forests in the world. Giant Sequoias, Coastal Redwoods and Douglas Firs are all part of these amazing forests. In America’s not so distant past, the forests were cut down with little thought about the damage that was being caused to the land and the species that inhabited it. Through John Muir’s efforts, logging was stopped and these trees were saved.

Many of the California Redwoods are over 300 years old and are some of the oldest trees in the world. They are named for the color of their bark and heartwood. They are the tallest living trees in the world. The trunks alone are so large that when a cavity is formed, a car can drive through them.

Today the Redwoods are protected and are a treasured part of the western landscape. Thousands of visitors enjoy their majestic quality each year. Redwood National Park, Yosemite, and John Muir Woods are a few of the most favored destinations in California.

Stamp Center has this beautiful Redwood Forest Priority Mail postage stamp ready to ship to you.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Whistler’s Mother Postage Stamp

James Abbot McNeill Whistler was an American-born British based artist. Originally his painting, which was made into a postage stamp, was titled “Arrangement in Grey and Black: The Artist’s Mother”, but was later shortened to “Whistler’s Mother”. The Whistler’s Mother postage stamp was released in 1934, three decades after the artist’s death. The stamp stands as a tribute to not only the famous American painter’s mother, but to all mother’s in America. This three cent postage stamp reads “US Postage-In memory and in honor of the mothers of America.”

The lady sitting sideways as the model (a traditional pose of the time period) is Anna McNeill Whistler. When the painting was first exhibited, it was not much admired by the public. As Whistler’s reputation grew, so did the admiration of this painting, as well as his other works of art.

The painting was purchased for the Luxembourg Museum in Paris by the French government for the less than $1000, when Whistler came upon hard times. This was much less than a private collector would have paid. As with all of Whistler’s paintings, it had to be restored because poor materials were used. It is currently on display in a Musée d’Orsay Gallery not far from famous Van Gogh and Renoir masterpieces.

As with many stamps that are produced, there is often someone who takes issue with the final product. Art critics denounce the fact that the US Postal Service cropped the picture so that the subjects face appears much closer than in the original painting. The stamp designer also decided to add a bouquet of flowers to the scene, in the far left corner of the stamp. The changes depicted on the stamp brought many protests from art experts.

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Monday, June 08, 2009

Steve Irwin Postage Stamps

All of the Crocodile Hunter fans in America and around the world will be glad to know that Australia issued a commemorative postage stamp to honor Steve Irwin.

Steve Irwin was a wildlife expert and conservationist who received worldwide fame from his television show “The Crocodile Hunter”. His vibrant personality lit up the television screen and you simply could not help be drawn into the world of wildlife as seen through the eyes of Steve Irwin. Irwin and his wife co-owned and operated the Australia Zoo which has welcomed people from around the world.

Steve Irwin died on September 4, 2006 when his chest was pierced by a stingray spine while he was snorkeling and filming a documentary at the Great Barrier Reef. The horrible accident and subsequent death sent shockwaves around the world.

The postage stamp was issued just before Australia’s inaugural “Steve Irwin Day” which takes place on November 15th. Along with the stamp came a New Idea magazine commemorative cover of Irwin, his 2 children and a large snake. Proceeds from the stamps went to “Wildlife Warriors”, which is Irwin’s conservation charity.

The Steve Irwin postage stamp is one of many types of memorials honoring Irwin. There is a nature park, roadways, and a national park to name a few. Steve Irwin’s legacy continues to live on through his wife and 2 children who concentrate their time on protecting wildlife and conservation too.

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Friday, June 05, 2009

Hospice Care Postage Stamp

The Hospice Care postage stamp was one of the many social awareness stamps there have been issued by the United States Postal Service. Originally slated for a November 1998 release date, it was delayed until February 1999 so that the stamp could have a longer shelf life due to the then postage stamp price increase. The special stamp ceremony was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the national first-day-of-issue ceremony took place in Largo, Florida on February 9, 1999.

Hospice is a team oriented care program that affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice doctors and nurses treat and comfort terminally ill patients by providing personalized services so that patients and families can be supported during their time of need. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death; but provides skilled services to patients who have decided to spend their last months at home or away from a hospital setting. Hospice care dates back to ancient times, but the first service in the United States dates back to 1974. Since its inception, each year more people are choosing to utilize hospice services.

The Hospice Care postage stamp is beautiful and serene. The stamp features a little white house with a colorful butterfly hovering over head. According to the stamp’s designer, Mr. Phil Jordan, “The art symbolizes life's journey to its final stage, the part where hospice lends its vision. The butterfly is a symbol of spiritual release -- a positive metaphor for the last transition of life."
If you are looking to add the Hospice Care postage stamp or any of the other social awareness postage stamps to your collection, contact Stamp Center today.

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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

CD ROM Postage Stamp - Bhutan

Bhutan is a small nation that is sandwiched between India and China. It has only been producing postage stamps since 1962 when it released its first international postage stamp. With many interesting postage stamps under their belt, they are known for their colorful, creative and collectible stamps around the world.

In 2008, Bhutan once again released a postage stamp like no other. The first ever CD ROM postage stamp was created to show the world what Bhutan has accomplished during the past 100 years. The stamp set commemorates some of Bhutan’s most historic events on postage stamps as well as on video. The 100th anniversary of the monarchy, the coronation of the 5th King of Bhutan, the evolution of Bhutan’s democracy and the eventual signing of a new constitution, are all showcased for the world to see on the stamps and the video set. These postage stamps are mini-CDs that fit into a self adhesive envelope. When affixed to a larger envelope, the CD stamp can be used as postage. Definitely worth collecting!
Postage stamps remain the primary source of revenue for Bhutan. The revenues generated have helped build the nations infrastructure.

If you would like to add this very interesting CD ROM postage stamp or other stamps from Bhutan, contact Stamp Center today.

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Monday, June 01, 2009

Roller Coaster Postage Stamp

Today I thought it would be fun to run several internet searches on various obscure objects to see if a postage stamp had ever been issued depicting such object. One of the searches that I completed was “roller coaster postage stamp”.

After an extensive search, I only found one postage stamp, issued by a country that showcases a roller coaster. They can be found at “make your own stamps” website. Oddly enough, the stamp I found is a new stamp issued from Sweden on May 14, 2009.

The stamp features the Balder roller coaster which is located at the Liseberg amusement park. This wooden roller coaster opened in 2003 and has been voted “Best Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster” in the world two times since its opening. The stamp set includes 4 stamps that feature architectural wonders in Sweden. Along with the roller coaster stamps there is the Turning Torso (a twisted building in Sweden), the Kaknäs Tower in Stockholm, and the Lugnet ski jump which is 52 meters high.

Loving roller coasters like I do, I am feeling a bit slighted that there are no other roller coaster postage stamps. Do any of our readers know if any other roller coaster has ever been depicted on a postage stamp? Feel free to leave a comment if you know of any.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Part II Of I

In continuation from Wednesday…

In 1835, at 27 years old, Poe married his 13 year old first cousin, Virginia Clemm. She contracted Tuberculosis in 1842 and succumbed to the disease in 1847 at the age of 24. Virginia’s struggle with the illness and subsequent death are believed to have impacted Poe’s poetry and prose, where dying young women appears frequently.

In his short 40 years of life, Poe became famous for his writings and poetry. He is best known for his poems, and mystery and macabre style of writings. Poe died on October 7, 1849. To this day, Poe’s death remains a mystery, but it is speculated as various reasons like rabies, heart disease, suicide, alcohol, drugs or Tuberculosis.

Despite the fact that Poe lived a life of loneliness and for the most part poverty, Poe is referred to as the “America’s Shakespeare”. He is revered for his short stories, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and horror stories. There have been many of Poe’s former homes that have been deemed landmarks to honor this great American writer. The Poe Museum is located in Richmond, Virginia and has a year long celebration to honor Poe planned for 2009.

On January 6, 2009, the United States Postal Service issued stamps to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe. According to the USPS “One of Poe’s best-loved poems “The Raven,” was first published in 1845. In this special commemorative booklet edition, French artist Emmanuel Polanco graphically interprets “The Raven” in six original illustrations. The booklet also includes commentary by stamp artist Michael J. Deas and a block of four Edgar Allan Poe stamps with mount.”

Stamp Center has Edgar Allan Poe postage stamps that are issued from Monaco and the United States ready to ship to you.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe Part I Of II

Edgar Poe was born on January 18, 1809. His parents died when he was very young and he was taken in by the soon-to-be wealthy Allan family. The Allan’s did not adopt Poe, but they did give him the name of “Edgar Allan Poe.” As a child, he traveled with the Allan’s and attended school in England and Scotland before returning to their home in Richmond, Virginia in 1820.

After completing schooling in Virginia, Poe tried his hand at college life and attended the University of Virginia to study languages for one year. In 1827 Poe took a job as a newspaper writer and clerk, but had a difficult time supporting himself. He soon entered the United States Army and served at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor. To his delight, his military career was short, thanks in part to the efforts of Mr. Allan. After his discharge from the Army, Poe received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point. In 1831, through his purposeful bad actions, an unhappy Poe allowed himself to be discharged from West Point.

Poe’s first published literary work was a 40 page collection of his poetry called Tamerlane and Other Poems. It was met with no fan-fare and only 50 copies were printed. The book is so rare that a single copy today sells for over $200,000. He went on to write 2 other volumes of his poems. Poe began writing sensational tales and writing reviews which made him widely known as an American author. He continued to churn out literary works, some published, some not. By all accounts, Poe’s poem “The Raven” is what put him on top as an American writer.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion to this post.

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