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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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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, 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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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

James Dean Postage Stamps – Legends Of Hollywood Part II Of II


In continuation from Monday…

James Dean died an untimely death on a California Roadway on September 30, 1955 at the young age of 24. His short Hollywood career and early death transformed Dean into a cult type figure with timeless fascination by people from around the world. Dean is remembered by his home town of Fairmount, Indiana each year with a fantastic four day festival. Cholame, California has a concrete and steel memorial sculpture in front of the post office which is near the location where James Dean died. In September of 2005, the California Highway Department named a Junction in Cholame after James Dean to commemorate the anniversary of his death.
James Dean is buried in Park Cemetery in Fairmont, Indiana. In a strange twist, over the years Dean’s gravestone has been stolen, in its entirety, several times. It has been found and returned to the grave site after each theft. Many fans have traveled to see the headstone and some have actually chipped away at the gravestone and kept a portion of it as a souvenir. His worldwide popularity and following may never be dimmed.

The Legends of Hollywood postage stamps were a spectacular collection of many amazing stars. The James Dean postage stamps were quick to sell out and are hard to find on the market today. The great news is that Stamp Center has the James Dean Legends of Hollywood postage stamps in stock and ready to ship out. Stop on by and see what fantastic stamps are available for your collection.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

James Dean Postage Stamps – Legends Of Hollywood Part I Of II


Many stamp collectors will agree that the Legends of Hollywood series that was issued by the United States Postal Service was one of the best series of all times. The stamps depicted fantastic Hollywood icons of years past that have put their lasting mark on the television and film industry.

James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. He spent his early childhood in Fairmont, Indiana and then Santa Monica, California. After his Mother’s death from Cancer when Dean was just 9 years old, he was sent back to Indiana to live on a farm with his fathers relatives. It was in Indiana that he completed his schooling and was bitten by the acting bug. Dean eventually moved back to California and tried his hand at acting. Getting nowhere, he moved to New York City and became a stage performer. It was not long before Hollywood came calling and his fate as a legend was sealed.

Handsome and talented, James Dean is one of the faces that you will see in the Legends of Hollywood series. He made three films in his very short Hollywood career. “East of Eden”, “Rebel Without a Cause”, and “Giant”, are to his credit. East of Eden was the only film that was released while James Dean was alive. He received a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his efforts in the film. His other two films were released after his death and he also received posthumous nominations.

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

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bee Gees Postage Stamps Part II Of II


In continuation from Monday…

Interestingly enough, while researching different Bee Gees postage stamps available from around the world, I found information that there are “illegal postage stamp issues” in circulation for the Bee Gees as well as other celebrities, political figures, paintings, vehicles, etc. The following is information provided by The Postal Administration of CÔTE D'IVOIRE (REP.) “Thirteen miniature sheets in the same format each containing four postage stamps each featuring a different picture of the celebrities in question, either alone or with other people. The
name of each celebrity or group is inscribed at the top of each sheet, namely AC/DC, The Backstreet Boys, The Bee Gees, The Beatles, The Doors, Freddie Mercury, KISS, Madonna, Metallica, Queen and the Rolling Stones. Each postage stamp on each miniature sheet is inscribed with a value of 100 F, the year 2002 or 2003 and the logo of the Rotary
organization. There are various depictions of the celebrities or groups in the margins of each miniature sheet.” Apparently these postage stamps are not valid and were not issued by The Postal Administration of CÔTE D'IVOIRE so buyer beware!
The Bee Gees record sales are estimated to be well over $200 million dollars which makes them one of the best selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

Stamp Center has cool Bee Gees postage stamps in stock from the Ivory Coast and Benin. Stop by soon and see what stamps we have for you.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Bee Gees Postage Stamps Part I Of II


The Bee Gees were born on the Isle of Man to English parents. Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb spent 40 years recording their three part tight musical harmony and are known throughout the world for their musical endeavors. They are best known for their performances of soft rock music during the 1960’s and 1970’s and were huge stars of the Disco era in the 1970’s.

The Isle of Man issued souvenir sheets to commemorate the musical efforts of the Bee Gees in 1999. These interesting stamps featured a circular stamp within a circular sheet which looked just like a compact disk does. The stamp sheets feature several pictures of the Bee Gees from 1978 on one sheet and from 1998 on the other depicting great moments in their career. The stamps were first launched in London and then in New York City. These New York stamp release ceremony can be found on YouTube. It was filmed in New York City because the Bee Gees were not able to travel to the Isle of Man due to concert obligations. There are eight stamps issued in the set, each one themed around a specific Bee Gee song.

Proceeds from the sales of the stamps were given to the McMillian Cancer Support which is a charity in England, Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man. McMillian’s primary objective is to reach and improve the lives of everyone who is living with Cancer. The group provides information, support centers, mobile centers and is greatly regarded in the United Kingdom.

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

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Lincoln Brings In Millions

Last Friday a fantastic postage stamp collection went up for auction in New York City. By far, it is touted as one of the most amazing collections of President Lincoln stamps ever to be created. In total, the collection has more than 10,000 stamps depicting President Lincoln.

Originally inherited from his father, the stamp collection began to grow in 1977 when William J. Ainsworth’s interest in philately was sparked once again. Over the next 32 years he worked to create the most definitive collection of Lincoln’s image on United States postage stamps.

The collection was broken into more than 600 lots at the auction. One of the interesting favorites was the mint 90 cent vertical block of six Lincoln stamps that were issued in 1869. The stamps feature Lincoln’s portrait in black with a red background. They are considered rare because they have never been broken apart. There was also a proof of a block of eight mint condition 90 cent stamps of Lincoln with his image accidentally printed upside down.
This proof is one of only two proofs known to be in existence. There were many other Lincoln items available at the auction. Lincoln tax stamps, private issues, test printings, etc. There was even a die impression in red sealing wax of a test design with Lincoln’s profile. It was originally purchased at a flea market for 50 cents and included as one of the rare auction items.

This amazing collection sold at auction for almost $2,000,000.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Barack Obama Stamps Have International Appeal


Stamp collectors may find these stamps interesting, no matter which side of the political spectrum you align yourself with.

Although you must wait a while for the United States postage stamps to be issued, we can usually count on the international community to supply certain stamps that would create great interest, to be released at a much faster rate. Stamp Center has several postage stamps available that honor President Barack Obama. These beautiful stamps have been issued by the following Nation’s:

Tanzania
Sierra Leone
St. Vincent/Canouan
St. Vincent/Union
St. Vincent/Bequia
St. Vincent – a couple of different ones to choose from
Palau
Liberia
Grenada
Grenada Grenadines
Gambia
Nevis
Some of the stamps issued include the White House or the Capitol as a backdrop and others feature the Presidential seal as a backdrop. All of the stamps feature Obama with his trademark friendly grin. The United States is represented well on many of these stamps as they showcase “Old Glory” waving in the background. All of the stamps feature Obama with his trademark friendly grin.

The stamps issued from Tanzania have one in the set that includes Michelle Obama, the Presidents wife. The stamp issued from St. Vincent/Union features a background of people holding signs from either the inauguration or perhaps an Obama rally. I wonder if those people even know that they are issued on an official postage stamp. Unless they are collectors and have looked, it is doubtful!

Please stop by Stamp Center and check out all of the Barack Obama postage stamps that are currently available.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Paul McCartney Happy Memories Postage Stamps


In July of 2002, the Isle of Man, a small island in the Irish Sea, released a delightful set of postage stamps designed by musician, Sir Paul McCartney. McCartney was approached to design the limited edition postage stamps once the stamp bureau found out that he had made visits with his family to the island when he was a child.

The resulting postage stamps feature simple floral designs that are similar to ones that are used in McCartney’s favorite charity…Adopt A Minefield. The charity was founded in Great Britain in 1990 and has raised over $17 million to clear landmines in 126 villages in the war torn countries of Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Laos, Mozambique and Vietnam. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the stamps went to support the charity.

There were six stamps in the series and only 170,000 stamps issued. The stamp sets also feature six black and white photographs of Paul McCartney with his signature at the bottom of each photo.

If you are interested in purchasing the Paul McCartney Happy Memories postage stamps, visit Stamp Center today.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Cary Grant Postage Stamp Part II Of II


In continuation to Wednesday’s post…

Becoming a United States citizen and officially changing his name in 1942, Cary Grant is best known for his starring roles in romantic comedies. His many acting successes include “An Affair to Remember”, “Topper”, “Bringing Up Baby”, “The Philadelphia Story”, “Monkey Business”, “Charade”, “North by Northwest”, and “To Catch a Thief.” He was joined on film with several amazing actresses such as Grace Kelly, May West, Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn,
Ginger Rogers, and Marilyn Monroe. During his vast career, Grant completed over seventy films and was one of Hollywood’s top box office attractions for several years.

Cary Grant received two Academy Award nominations for his efforts in “Penny Serenade” and “None But the Lonely Heart”, but no Oscar was ever awarded. It is widely believed that Grant, who was one of the first actors to ever break away from a studio and work as an independent actor; was denied the Oscar throughout his active career because of his independence. In 1970, Grant did go on to receive a special Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 1986, at the age of 82, while on a speaking tour.
Come visit Stamp Center for the wonderful Cary Grant postage stamps and the Cary Grant Press Sheet issued by the United States Postal Service in 2002.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Cary Grant Postage Stamp Part I Of II


Long before Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio or other modern day movie heartthrobs surfaced; there was one celebrity in particular that stood out in a crowd. Cary Grant, otherwise known as Archibald Alec Leach, dazzled fans with his dashing good looks and debonair personality.

On October 15, 2002, the United States Postal Service honored Cary Grant with a commemorative postage stamp. The stamp was revealed in the most appropriate place, Hollywood, California. The Cary Grant 37 cent postage stamp was issued as part of the “Legends of Hollywood” series.

Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England on January 18, 1904. It is reported that he lived a somewhat sad childhood. In 1918, Grant was expelled from the grammar school that he attended. In 1920 he began his many years of stage performances by working as a stilt walker. After his stage troupe toured the United States; Grant decided to not join his fellow performers on their return trip to England. Remaining in America, Cary became a Hollywood Legend
by performing in many well known romantic comedies and thrillers.

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

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Monday, April 06, 2009

Yellow Submarine Postage Stamp


The United States Postal Service released the adorable Yellow Submarine postage stamp as part of the Celebrate the Century commemorative stamp program in 1999. This 33 cent postage stamp sits aside other stamps that represent the 1960’s.

The Celebrate the Century stamp program honored some of the most significant people, places, trends and events from each decade spanning over a 100 year time period. The USPS, along with the United States Department of Education, developed a special curriculum to teach over 300,000 classrooms across the US about these postage stamps and what they represent in the past 100 years of American history.

The Yellow Submarine postage stamp was produced to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the release of animated film, The Yellow Submarine. The movie was based on the music of The Beatles. The Beatles were not eligible to appear on the postage stamp because the United States has a rule that a person must be dead for at least 10 years in order to have their face on a postage stamp. All Presidents are exempt from this rule. Since the Beatles could not appear personally, the whimsical Yellow Submarine was chosen to represent them instead.

The stamps were released jointly in Denver and in Liverpool, England with a special celebration. Despite not hailing from America, the Beatles influenced music, fashion, entertainment and pop culture. To this day, the Beatles still continue to influence a new generation of music lovers.
Be sure to check out Stamp Center for great Beatles postage stamps.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

John Denver Postage Stamps Part II Of II


Continuing from the post on Wednesday…

John Denver used his music celebrity to draw focus on issues that were near and dear to his heart. His philanthropic involvements included serving as a member of the Presidential Commission on World Domestic Hunger. He was one of the five founders of The Hunger Project which is an organization that is committed to end chronic hunger in the world. He was awarded the Presidential “World Without Hunger Award” for his efforts. Denver also provided support to other organizations like The National Wildlife Federation, The Cousteau Society, Save the Children, and Friends of the Earth and the Human/Dolphin Foundation.

In the United States, there is a group that is requesting that the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee consider issuing a commemorative postage stamp honoring John Denver. If you are interested in supporting this effort, send your request to:

USPS Stamp Development
Attn: Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee
1735 N Lynn St. Ste 5013
Arlington, VA 22209-6432

John Denver died tragically on October 12, 1997 when the aircraft that he was piloting crashed off of the California coast. It would be nice to see the United States issue a stamp for this amazing singer that was loved the world over.

John Denver fans will be happy to know that Stamp Center has some very nice John Denver souvenir postage stamps that were issued by Nevis and Tanzania available and ready to ship.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

John Denver Postage Stamps Part I Of II


John Denver, otherwise known as Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., was born on December 31, 1943. Born in Roswell, New Mexico, he spent the majority of his childhood bouncing from state to state due to his father’s military assignments. Moving constantly did not suit Denver’s introverted personality well and he eventually discovered that he could make friends by singing and playing the guitar. At the age of 20, John headed to California to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician.

John soon adopted the surname “Denver” because he loved Colorado and “Deutschendorf” did not fit on any marquee well. After his arrival to California in 1964, he joined the Mitchell Trio which was a folk group that performed in clubs around Los Angeles.

In 1969 Denver began his solo career and cut his first album called “Rhymes and Reasons.” The album featured Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” which was later recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary with great fanfare. RCA, Denver’s recording company, did not promote his album with a tour, but Denver decided to take his show on the road himself and performed his music in as many cities as he could throughout the Midwest. Selling his albums along the way convinced RCA that he did indeed have fans who were interested in hearing more of his music. Denver went on to author and sing many musical hits such as “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “Sunshine on My Shoulders”, “Rocky Mountain High” and “Thank God I’m A Country Boy”, all of which awarded him great accolades in the music world.

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

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Prince Rainier’s Stamp Collection Part II Of II


Continuing from Wednesday…

Prince Rainier III is quoted as saying that stamps are “The best ambassador of a country.” Prince Rainier continued to add stamps and covers to the Royal collection throughout his years of reign. Each stamp in the collection is in chronological order and specifically classified. There are three main time periods that Prince Rainier’s collection maintains.
Les Precurseurs, otherwise known as the “Forerunners”, contains stamps that date back to 1641. This section also contains French and Sardinian postmarks used in Monaco and Menton. Those postmarks were issued prior to 1885 when Monaco began issuing their own postage stamps.

“Les Modernes”, otherwise known as the “Modern” section, dates back to 1921 and up through current day issues. Prince Rainier III and Prince Louis II postage stamps are stored in this set as well as many other commemorative stamps.

“Les Classiques”, otherwise known as the “Classics” feature issues issues of Monegasque stamps from 1885 to 1921 covering the reigns of Charles III and Albert I.

Many of the postage stamps that are in Prince Rainier’s collection can also be found at The Museum of Coins and Stamps in Monaco. The Prince founded the museum to allow the public to become more acquainted with philately. According to the Monaco’s official website, “The Rare Stamp Room is the high point of the Museum where priceless items are on display, including a « strip of 5 Charles III 5 franc stamps » and an envelope sent from Menton on 12th April 1851 with one of the first issues of the Sardinian stamp that was then used in the Principality.

Prince Rainier died on April 6, 2005. Stamp Center has the Prince Rainier III souvenir sheet as well as other beautiful postage stamps issued from Monaco in stock and ready to ship to you.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prince Rainier’s Stamp Collection Part I Of II

Prince Rainier, who served as the longest reigning Monarch, is touted as having one of the finest stamp collections of all time.

In 1917, Prince Albert I of Monaco bought a collection from the late Reverent G.G. Barber, who was an English Pastor who took up residence in Monaco. In this collection there were many philatelic rarities which included stamps cancelled from 1851 to 1885. It also included the first Monaco stamps that were issued with the head of Prince Charles III in 1885.

The collection expanded when Prince Louis II bought a set of mint first issues of the reign of Charles III and of Albert I from renowned collector, Albin Harnish. In 1937, Prince Louis II created the Monaco Philatelic Bureau and Post Office, which supplied and housed all of the Monaco philatelic issues.

Inheriting the stamp collection upon his accession to the throne in 1949, H.S.H. the Prince Rainier III kept the tradition of collecting stamps for the Royal Family a top priority. He searched and then added various vintage stamps that had been previously missing. He took an active role choosing the subjects, colors, sizes and formats of all stamps that were to be issued from Monaco. In fact, a Monegasque stamp could not be issued until it was officially approved by the Prince himself.

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

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

When Philately And A Presidency Collide


When do stamp collecting and politics appear in the same newspaper article? When the President of France decides to take up this fantastic hobby!

President Sarkozy, who has been known to be unpredictable and have a hot temper in the past, is enjoying his new found love…stamp collecting. This wife, Carla Bruni reports that she is glad that he has taken up such a calming activity as well.

His new passion is even being fueled by the upper echelon of political society. At a visit to Windsor Castle last year, Queen Elizabeth gave President Sarkozy a set issued by the Royal Mail in 2004. These stamps were issued to celebrate the centenary of the Entente Cordiale (Sarkozy’s now prize possessions) and many new stamp releases from Great Britain were supplied personally by the Queen. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, gave him a leather album filled with postage stamps as well. Other heads of state are jumping on the band wagon and sharing their stamps too. His collection to date is already quite extensive. I guess this is just another bonus given to a seated President. I wonder what Barack Obama will have in store for Sarkozy in the future.

President Sarkozy is now sponsoring a newly formed stamp club called the Elysee Philatelist Club, which is named after his official residence.

Other famed heads of state stamp collectors include Franklin Delano Roosevelt, King George V, Prince Albert, and Tzar Nicholas III of Russia, Prince Rainier III of Monaco and King Carol II of Romania II, to name a few.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

1893 Columbian Exposition Commemorative Postage Stamps Part II Of II


In continuation to the post on Friday…

Sixteen different pictures of Christopher Columbus were represented on these postage stamps. Each stamp had the dates 1492 and 1893 printed in the top corners. Critics did not like the variations in Columbus’s appearance on the various postage stamps and often pointed out the discrepancies. The denominations of the stamps were also a point of contention. At the time, First Class Postage was only two cents per ounce and you were only allowed to mail up to four pounds. So basically, the $2, $3, $4 and $5 stamps were completely useless. This made collectors even more frustrated because they were not able to find any of the higher denominations that had ever been cancelled, forcing them to buy them new for full value.

The complaints did not bother then Postmaster Wanamaker who encouraged customers to buy regular postage stamps instead. Despite complaints, they were very popular and collectors still bought the new type of stamps. At the end of the day, there were 2 billion Columbian Exposition stamps sold and over $40,000,000 made on these interesting stamps.

In today’s market, a used set would run you over $2,000 and a mint unused set would run you over $8,000. The United States Postal Service reproduced the set in 1992, in conjunction with the World's Columbian Stamp Expo '92 in Chicago. These were issued one year shy of Columbus’s 500th anniversary of his first American voyage.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Jacqueline Cochran, American Aviator Part II Of II

Continuing from the post on Friday…

Cochran began racing aircrafts in 1934 and soon set a new woman’s national speed record. By 1938, she was considered the best female pilot in the United States. She continued to set many flying records, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, was the first woman to fly a jet across the ocean, and was the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. She was known as the “Speed Queen” throughout her flying years. At the time of her death in 1980, she held the more aviation records for altitude, speed and distance than any of her contemporaries, both male and female.

Jacqueline Cochran is considered to be one of the most gifted racing pilots of her time. Cochran organized the Women’s Flying Training Detachment (WFTD), which trained women pilots on how to handle basic military flight support. She is also known for her contributions in the formation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC). The WASPs proved to be invaluable during the war effort. Under Cochran’s leadership, they transported planes overseas, tested military aircraft, and taught navigation to military men. Cochran was the first civilian woman ever to receive the US Distinguished Service Medal for her WASP work.

The Jacqueline Cochran postage stamps were issued in 1996. It is reported that at least one stamp collector in North Carolina purchased a block of 10 - 50 cent stamps in June of 1996. After arriving home, he realized that his stamps were missing one of the two black inks used during the printing process. His were missing the inscription at the lower left that says “Jacqueline Cochran Pioneer Pilot.” Has anyone else found any misprints on their stamps?

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Jacqueline Cochran, American Aviator Part I Of II


One of our readers recently requested that we showcase postage stamps that depict women pilots. I hope you enjoy reading about Jacqueline Cochran, who was a female pioneer American aviator.

Jacqueline Cochran, (a.k.a. Bessie Lee Pittman) was born on May 11, 1906 near Mobile, Alabama. Her family moved from town to town while her father set up and reworked existing saw mills. By the age of 14, Jacqueline married Robert Cochran who was a naval aircraft mechanic in Pensacola, Florida. After a few short years of marriage, Jacqueline filed for divorce and moved back to northwest Florida to be closer to her parents.

It was not long afterwards that Cochran became a hairdresser and eventually ended up moving to New York City. She worked at Saks Fifth Avenue and developed her own line of cosmetics.
In the 1930’s a friend offered her a ride on an airplane. Cochran fell in love with flying and soon began taking flying lessons. She learned to fly within an astounding three weeks time. She obtained her commercial pilots license within two years and began flying her own airplane around the United States promoting her cosmetic line called “Wings.” Cochran married Floyd Bostwick Odlum who was one of the ten richest men in the world at that time.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion to this story.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Honest Abe On Sale Now


The new set of Abraham Lincoln postage stamps were released by the United States Postal Service on Monday. The release ceremony was held in Springfield, Illinois at the Old State Capitol building where Lincoln spent many days as a lawmaker. These postage stamps commemorate the 200th birthday of this amazing past President. In keeping with his continued connection with Abraham Lincoln, President Barack Obama and other invited guests attended a banquet in Springfield on Monday to help kick off the release. Another special ceremony was also held at Lincoln High School in Rhode Island in front of hundreds of students and dignitaries.

The first day sales of these new postage stamps have drawn huge crowds already. It was reported that within a short time, the line to receive a free limited edition “first day of issue” envelope stretched around the Old State Capital. The free envelope contained all four first class stamps that were officially cancelled with a special Lincoln stamp, by the USPS. These 42-cent stamps show Lincoln as a rail splitter, a lawyer, a politician and a president.

Abraham Lincoln is one of America’s most treasured presidents. He is a hero and he serves as an example to all of the greatness that is the United States.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Stamps For Prince William’s 21st Birthday


Great Britain’s Royal Family is no stranger to having postage stamps issued in their honor. In fact, there have been stamps issued for family members since the beginning of their postage history. You can find various stamps with their image issued from many countries around the globe.

In 2003, Great Britain announced that they would issue a special commemorative stamp for Prince William’s 21st birthday. There were four stamps in the series with varying values. They were the first ever to be released in celebration of a Royal birthday. The Royal Mail printed 20 million of these princely postage stamps, which were quickly a best seller.

Critics have wondered if issuing these commemorative stamps were really a noteworthy event or if the Royal Mail was using Prince William as a way to make money from collectors and fans. Regardless of their motives, these stamps soared in popularity, not only in Great Britain, but around the world. The public could not get enough of these little images of the very popular Prince. Japan, Germany and the United States in particular, all clamored to get their hands on these stamps as well.

Prince William is the son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. He is next in line to the throne after his father. Check out the many Prince William postage stamps from around the world available at Stamp Center.

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Canadian Recording Artists Postage Stamp


Stamp collecting traditionalists may cringe at the fact that Canada has now joined the small amount of nations that depict living people on postage stamps. I must say though, that I love these stamps! The stamps feature Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Anka and Joni Mitchell. These living Canadian musical icons still perform around the world today.

The stamp design was inspired by L.P. covers of each artist. Each stamp is actually square and features a photo of the artist at the height of their popularity. Additionally, each stamp features distinctive font types that depict the era.

The printing process was complex on these stamps. There is under-printing in metallic silver ink and then over-printing of the remaining colors. According to the Canada Post, the end result is a “lustrous sheen to the artists’ portraits, and lends a ‘platinum album’ feel to the shiny, disc-shaped stamp booklets and souvenir sheet.” The end result is a cool set that looks like a shiny compact disk.

I think these stamps are great! What a wonderful tribute to these talented performers. Stamp Center has these stamps in stock listed in their “Best Sellers of 2008” category. If you are looking for a wonderful addition to your collection, pick up the Canadian Recording Artists Postage Stamps today!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Could There Really Be Another One In Existence? Part I Of II


Any serious stamp collector dreams of the day when they find a stamp that is so rare that people will beg to just be in the same room that it is in. Sometimes these treasures become family heirlooms and other times you will find them on the auction circuit bringing in a great deal of money.

One such collector in Vietnam may be the second proud owner of the Queen Victoria Orange that was published in Mauritius in 1847. Until today, it was believed that there was only one stamp of its kind in the entire world. That particular stamp was last sold at auction in 1993 for an amazing $1,072,260.

The collector, Le Phi Cong began collecting stamps with his school chums when he was in third grade. He is now 82 years old. Cong was a dedicated soldier until he returned home in 1945 after Vietnam fell to the French. In 1946, Cong soon found himself joining the resistance war and headed back into battle. Participating in war, did not squash his desire to continue to collect postage stamps.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion to this story.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

John Muir Postage Stamps Part II Of II


In continuation to the post on Monday...
John Muir was born in Scotland in 1838. He moved to Wisconsin with his family in 1849 and experienced a very difficult childhood. When he was 22 years old he entered the University of Wisconsin. After four years there he began his travels, usually on foot, around the United States. Later in his life, he traveled to Alaska and discovered the Alaskan Glacier which was later named after him. He also led scientific expeditions to Asia and the Artic.

John Muir spent his lifetime educating others on how to conserve and enjoy the environment via his travels, writings and drawings.
In 1892, John Muir formed the Sierra Club. He served as the President until his death in 1914. The Sierra Club is instrumental in conservation efforts still today. They are dedicated to teaching others how to reduce our carbon footprint and live a “green” lifestyle. They also focus their efforts on finding ways for America to reduce our dependency on foreign oil while still protecting our beautiful land.

Because of John Muir’s efforts to save the coastal redwoods, California named one beautiful forest “Muir Woods”. Muir Woods is one of California’s prime landmarks and has been visited by millions of people from around the world.

John Muir certainly deserves to be memorialized by having two postage stamps issued in his honor.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

John Muir Postage Stamps Part I Of II


You must be a very important person to not only have one postage stamp, but two postage stamps issued in your honor. John Muir is just the person who deserves that homage. He was featured on a 5 cent postage stamp in 1964 and in 1998 he was featured as part of the Celebrate the Century series for the 1900’s. He is also featured on the back of the highly collectible California State Quarter.

John Muir was a famous conservationist who lived most of his life enjoying the wonders of beautiful Northern California. Through his travels, he was one of the first Americans to realize that our nation’s forests should be protected by the United States government. It was largely through John Muir's influence that Yosemite National Park and Sequoia National Park were established in California. He was an instrumental force in having the government form National Parks throughout the United States and is often referred to as “The Father of our National Parks.” His love for the environment can be found in his many writings and drawings.
Through his conservation efforts, he was able to end the over-logging that was occurring in Yosemite, California and thus helped save the remaining 300+ year old Giant Sequoias. Sadly, by the time that officials would listen to John Muir, over half of the beautiful trees were cut down and used for grape stakes and roofing shingles.

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

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Friday, January 09, 2009

Presidential Libraries


August 4, 2005 was a special day in American postal history. It was on this day that the United States postal service released a commemorative postage stamp to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Libraries Act of 1955.

Some people may think that the Presidential Libraries are our wonderful tax dollars at work, but that would not be completely correct. According to The National Archives, the Presidential Libraries Act “provides for the transfer of Presidential papers and artifacts to the Federal Government. The law also provides for the construction of "presidential libraries" at no expense to the Government and for the transfer of these facilities to the Government along with the President's personal property.” Basically the libraries are privately built and federally maintained. Former Presidents are not required to supply their papers to the libraries, but it is strongly encouraged so that they will forever be preserved.

The issuance of this postage stamp was celebrated around the nation. Dedication ceremonies were held simultaneously at the Hoover, Truman, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton libraries as well as the Ford Museum.

Presidential libraries are important because they help Americans have an understanding of time specific history and our countries leaders at that time. They hold historical documents that showcase our country’s amazing heritage for generations to draw upon many years from now.
Stamp Center has this Presidential Libraries postage stamp, and other fine stamps, available every day.

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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Things To Look Forward To In 2009

Well folks, it’s official. The United States Postal Service has released their list of commemorative stamps that will be available to patrons in 2009. The list includes a wide array of choices to be had next year. All of the stamps will be released at the 42 cent rate until the expected increase in stamp costs this coming May.

Here are the stamps (in no particular order) that I have found.

The Alaska Statehood

Lunar New Year – Year of the Ox

Oregon Statehood

Edgar Allan Poe

Abraham Lincoln – Rail Splitter, Lawyer, Politician and President

Miami University Stamped Card

Civil Rights Pioneers – Mary Church Terrell, Mary White Ovington, J.R. Clifford, Joel Elias Spingarn, Oswald Garrison Villard, Daisy Gatson Bates, Charles Hamilton Houson, Walter White, Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, and Ruby Hurley.

Love: King and Queen of Hearts

Wedding Cake

Wedding Rings

Bob Hope

Anna Julia Cooper

Flags of Our Nation (Set 3 of 6) – Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and the Stars and Stripes.

Flags of Our Nation (Set 4 of 6) – Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota and the Stars and Stripes.

Hawaii Statehood

Gulf Coast Lighthouses

American Treasures: Edward Hopper

Early TV Memories: Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet; Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Dinah Shore Show; Dragnet; Ed Sullivan Show; George Burns & Gracie Allen Show; Hopalong Cassidy; The Honeymooners; Howdy Doody; I Love Lucy; Kukla, Fran and Ollie; Lassie; The Lone Ranger; Perry Mason; Phil Silvers Show; Red Skelton; Texaco Star Theater; Tonight Show; Twilight Zone; and You Bet Your Life.

Richard Wright

Thanksgiving Day Parade – Four stamps in the series.

Legends of Hollywood - Gary Cooper

United States Supreme Court Justices - Joseph Story, Louis D. Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and William J. Brennan, Jr.

Nature of America – Kelp Forest

Christmas – Madonna and Sleeping Child

Winter Holidays - Reindeer, Snowman, Gingerbread Man and Toy Soldier.

Angel with Lute

Hanukkah – Menorah

Kwanzaa – Family

Happy collecting everyone!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

John Lennon Stamp Support

There is a new petition that is circulating to have the United States Postal Service issue a commemorative postage stamp for John Lennon.

John Lennon was a British born citizen who rocked the world with his performances with the Beatles from 1957 to 1970. The Beatles caused a frenzy with legions of fans around the world. Lennon’s music has reached millions and is still loved after all of these years. In addition to being a singer/musician, he was also a songwriter, artist, actor and peace activist. He later went on to success as a solo performer. His work as a peace activist landed him in a bit of trouble in the 1970’s. During the Nixon era, the United States tried to deport him for his political ties, but was defeated in their efforts.

Sadly, Lennon was gunned down in New York City on December 8, 1980 by Mark David Chapman. His final album was released three weeks after his death.

Another reason that Lennon should be considered to be graced with a postage stamp is that he was an avid stamp collector. His collection containing more than 550 stamps has recently been auctioned off for a pricey sum.

The potential stamp is sponsored by Lennon supporter, collaborator and close friend Bruce Bieman. Sign your name on a petition heading to the Citizen’s Advisory Committee if you would like to see a John Lennon postage stamp issued in the near future.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Tiffany Lamp Postage Stamp


You too can own a Tiffany Lamp…one that can be put upon an envelope that is. In 2008, the United States Postal Service issued a 1 cent Definitive postage stamp that is sure to jazz up any piece of mail with great style.

This particular stamp depicts a Tiffany stained glass lampshade which showcases the grand Tiffany style this is loved around the world. The first Tiffany lamp was created in 1899. The record price for an original Tiffany Studios lamp at public sales will cost you over $8,000,000, if you can find one.

Louis Comfort Tiffany began his career as a painter. He then began to design stained glass windows while working for an interior design company in New York City. He quickly found use of left over glass pieces and began designing stained glass lampshades. His designs transformed what was considered Art Nouveau art in the United States and Europe.

This is not the first stamp honoring renowned glass creator Louis Comfort Tiffany. In 2007, a beautiful 41 cent postage stamp, with the image of one of his stained glass windows, was also produced. Many of his window creations still adorn churches and cathedrals around the east coast.

To purchase these Tiffany stamps as well as other fine stamps, click here.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

William Tecumseh Sherman Postage Stamp


William Tecumseh Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio on February 8, 1820. He grew up living with family friends and began his military career at the age of 16 years old. He was a graduate of the military academy at West Point. He is one of the 30 graduates and 2 distinguished attendees of West Point to ever appear on a postage stamp.

To this day, he is a despised legend in the South. His commitment to “total war” earned him the reputation of a fierce officer and commander. His strategy was always to economically cripple and psychologically intimidate his opponents. He did not hesitate to burn and destroy anything in his fighting path. Even civilians were subjected to his wrath and often met with an untimely demise.

Many historians regard him as a hero of the Civil War. He led the most famous march of 60,000 men from Atlanta to Savannah in 1864. This march soon brought the war to a conclusion.

Historians believe that had Sherman ran for President, he would have been elected. Sherman, however, never had any desire to serve in politics. After he left the military, he was unsuccessful in his career choices of becoming a banker and a lawyer.

Sherman has appeared on seven postage stamps of the United States, Guam, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. These four 8 cent stamps are lilac in color and were issued on March 21, 1893.
To see these and other neat historical stamps, click here.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Franklin $2 and $5 Postage Stamps


Benjamin Franklin is often regarded as the “Father of the United States Postal Service.” He was a scientist, diplomat, thinker, inventor, author and publisher. Benjamin Franklin was very well known, but never sought to serve in public office. He gained considerable wealth and was able to “retire” at the young age of 42. Retirement for him allowed him to pursue his many interests at his leisure. There have been many stamps issued over time, with different designs and denominations, portraying the image of Benjamin Franklin.

The Benjamin Franklin $5 green black was issued on August 19, 1918. It was issued at the same times as the $2 Franklin stamp. Each stamp was printed in two different colors and with a new stamp design for that time. Both stamps are almost identical and are rectangular shapes that are 7/8 inch wide and 3/4 inch high. Both stamps have a profile picture of Franklin which is printed in black. The only real differences between the two stamps are the denominations and the border colors. No covers are known to have been produced on this issuance date.

These stamps are hard to find because of their age. To purchase the Franklin $5 green black and many other amazing stamps, check out this site.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Jim Henson And The Muppets Stamps


Jim Henson and his merry band of friends were featured in 1995 with a series of postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service. I must say that the stamps in this series are one of the sweetest sets ever produced.

The stamps celebrated the 50th anniversary of the television series that showcased Kermit the Frog, who is considered to be the alter ego of Jim Henson. Jim Henson, who was world-renowned for being a director, producer, writer and puppeteer, is also commemorated in the series. The stamps showcase some of the most popular characters of The Muppet Show. There is Kermit the Frog, Sam the Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Animal, Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant, Beaker, and The Great Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken.

Besides having incredible digitally enhanced photographs of all of the characters, there is one surprise for would be collectors of these stamps. On the back of each stamp sheet there are humorous autographed notes from each of the Muppet characters.

Jim Henson died at the very young age of 54. Even today he is considered to be a creative visionary and entertainer who made a difference in the world.

These stamps are sure to be a great addition to any collection. If you are interested in purchasing this adorable stamp series, click here.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Arthur Ashe Postage Stamp


The Arthur Ashe postage stamp was issued by the USPS in August of 2005. It was appropriately dedicated at the stadium bearing Ashe’s name on the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the 2005 US Open.

The picture of Arthur Ashe was from Sports Illustrated when he was named the 1992 Sportsman of the Year. This was the first Sports Illustrated cover photo to ever be featured on a stamp by the USPS.

Arthur Ashe was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 10, 1943. At the time, Richmond was segregated and he was only allowed to play tennis on a “blacks only” playground. Ashe became one of the most recognized and talented tennis stars of all time.

Ashe broke racial barriers and went on to compete in the world’s top tennis tournaments. He was the first African American to represent the United States on the Davis Cup team and won Wimbledon in 1975.

Arthur Ashe was not only a tennis great. He was well known for his work with young people and his humanitarian efforts. He also helped in the fight against AIDS; which he unfortunately contracted during a blood transfusion during heart surgery.
To purchase this Arthur Ashe stamp as well as other amazing stamps visit http://www.stampcenter.com/ or more information about this particular stamp.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp Coming This Friday Part II Of II


In continuation to the post on Monday.

Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth “Bette” Davis on April 5, 1908. She was one of Hollywood’s leading actresses who never failed to mesmerize audiences with her ability to play characters that others stayed away from. Her range of acting skills covered all types of movie genres.

She began her life as a dancer but quickly realized how much acting was her true calling. Coming to Hollywood in the 1930’s, she did not hit it big until the 1940’s where she became one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actresses.

Bette Davis was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also the first woman to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

Despite her tough outward persona, Davis believed hugely in supporting American soldiers. She was the co-founder of The Hollywood Canteen. The club offered food, dancing and entertainment to men and women serving in the military. All of the services were provided free of charge to all branches of the military, when they came dressed in uniform.

In her lifetime, this amazing actress wowed audiences in over 100 big screen, theater and television performances. In the 1980’s there was also a very popular song “Bette Davis Eyes” that was sung by Kim Carnes. Sadly, she died from Breast Cancer in October of 1989 while living in France.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Bette Davis Stamp Coming This Friday Part I Of II


Get ready fans, the Bette Davis postage stamp is almost here. This coming Thursday, September 18th the new Bette Davis commemorative stamp will be released. The stamp marks the 100th anniversary year of Bette Davis’ birth.

The film diva is the 14th inductee into the wildly popular, Legends of Hollywood series; that has been released by the United States Postal Service. Bette Davis’ marvelous career spanned 60 years of performances. She won two Academy Awards and was the first female to receive ten Academy Award nominations for best actress.

There are several commemorative items available from the USPS. There is the First Day Cover Commemorative Stamp, Ceremony Program, Digital Color Postmark, Full Pane First Day Cover, and Cancellation Keepsake Digital Color Postmark available for collectors. First Day of Sale Postmarks will be available for 90 days at the Cape Coral and Ft. Myers posts offices in Florida.
First-day postmark requests should be mailed with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Customer Relations, 79 Mid Cape Terrace Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991. A postmark for Cape Coral or Fort Myers should be specified.

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

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

The Fab Four...Beatles Postage Stamps Part II Of II


In continuation to the post on Monday.

This stamp issue consists of six self-adhesive stamps plus a souvenir sheet containing four stamps with water-activated gum. Each stamp has a stack of albums that are slightly askew. You can see just a small portion of the album covers just below the top album cover. It’s a pretty cool effect.

There are six album covers shown on the stamps. They are in chronological order as they were released. The albums are With The Beatles, Help, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, and Let It Be.

The four first class stamps do not have any domination and lie in the middle of some fun Beatles memorabilia items. There are buttons, records, a lunchbox and a toy guitar among other things on the souvenir sheet. The presentation pocket has a clear plastic pocket that features an identical picture as the souvenir sheet. When you place the souvenir sheet inside of the plastic pocket, it overlays the picture below. The pictures almost line up perfectly.
These stamps are sure to delight any Beatles fan. If you would like to pick up these wonderful Beatle’s stamps, follow this link.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

The Fab Four...Beatles Postage Stamps Part I Of II

Just like with the United States Postal Service, Great Britain has rules as to who and what can appear on postage stamps. Previously, only members of the Royal Family were honored with their own postage stamps. There have always been other types of stamps issued, but none of non family members. Times certainly have changed and a few years ago, so did the Royal Mail’s criteria for issuing stamps commemorative stamps. They are now issuing stamps with famous people, both deceased and alive, on some postage stamps. Of course the Queen’s head still appears on all postage stamps coming out of England.

The Beatles is one group that has been had a stamp issued commemorating their accomplishments. It should be noted that the stamps were issued because “their achievement is the focus of the design rather than their image.”

The Beatles are by far the most popular musical group to ever come out of England. Their fan base stretches around the globe. Interestingly enough, these beautiful stamps were issued in January of 2007 to commemorate the initial meeting of Paul McCartney and John Lennon in 1957. They serve to honor the cultural contribution to the British as well as the music they provided all around the world.

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

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Malaysia's New Stamp Release

Malaysia issued today a new stamp that will honor His Royal Highness Sultan Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'-adzam on Monday, July 14, 2008. He has served as Sultan since 1958. A grand celebration called the Golden Jubilee will follow on July 15th. Celebrations and the release of the stamps will commemorate his 50 year reign of the state of Kedah.

Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'-adzam was first elected as Deputy King and then King two times before becoming their Sultan. He is currently the 4th longest reigning head of state worldwide. He holds the title of the twenty-eighth Sultan of Kedah. The title of Sultan is an Islamic title. It is used as a title of certain Muslim rulers who lack dependence of any higher ruler.

The stamps are available in sheets of 22. The stamps come in three different designs. One stamp depicts Kedah as an agricultural state, where the rice paddy is the main source of income, resulting in Kedah being known as the National Rice Bowl. One stamp depicts the old Office of the State Secretary with a water fountain in the background that was built before the 25 year Jubilee. The last one is an illustration of modern-day Alor Star. There are limited edition folders that include first day covers and a set of stamps available.

If you are interested in purchasing these stamps, contact: http://www.pos.com/, or call 03-2275 6569 for more information about these stamps.

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Harry Potter Stamps


There is no doubt that JK Rowling’s creation of the Harry Potter books has changed the reading habits of both the young and old worldwide. On July 17, 2007, Great Britain released a series of stamps that showed recognition to the author and fans alike.

The stamps of the bespectacled hero, Harry Potter were a huge hit even before hitting the post office shelves. It is estimated that about 340,000 people pre-ordered the stamps. This sets a new record that beats out the 300,000 pre-orders set of Beatles stamps that were previously released by the Royal Mail.The stamps were on sale for one month in Britain and available online for one year. The last day to buy these stamps online is July 17, 2008.

There are seven First Class stamps in the series. Each stamp features the sleeve artwork from the Bloomsbury editions of each of the seven Harry Potter books. The titles are: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and, of course, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.

There are also five stamps that feature the crests of the fictional Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and its houses that were released (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin). Fans who order online can personalize the stamps by placing their picture alongside the crest of their favorite house.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

The Lucille Ball Stamp Part II Of II


In continuation to the post on Friday.

Determined to prove her teachers wrong, she returned to New York City in 1929. She became a fashion model, but was stricken with Rheumatoid Arthritis and had to stop working for two years. Once physically well again, she returned to New York City and continued her career as a model and performed on Broadway.

In 1933, she moved to Hollywood and appeared in many small, not well known, movie rolls. She worked with top notch celebrities, in popular movies, but never achieved stardom. In 1940, she married Desi Arnaz. Ball was the elder of the two in the relationship. Women being older than men was a bit taboo in the 1940’s, so they both agreed that their birth year was 1914. They had two children, Lucie Desiree Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr. Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960.

In 1948, television executives were not thrilled with the pilot of the couple’s new show so they hit the vaudeville circuit. The show was a success so CBS put “I Love Lucy” on their lineup. The show ran until 1960. Ball went on to star in two more successful television series: The Lucy Show and Here’s Lucy.

On April 26, 1989, Lucille Ball died. She left behind a legacy that still has not been matched today.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

The Lucille Ball Stamp Part I Of II


There is a reason why they named her television show “I Love Lucy”….simply put, everyone adored her then and the same stands true in 2008. In 2001, Lucille Ball was honored with a commemorative stamp by the United States Postal Service in their “Legends of Hollywood” series.

Lucille Ball was one of the most beloved and talented actresses of the 20th century. Her memory still lives on today in re-runs of her best loved show “I Love Lucy”. Known as a hair-brained red-head, she was instead a great entertainer and powerful businesswoman.

This stamp was the second stamp issued in her honor, not the norm in postage stamp issuances, for a private citizen. This stamp came in 34 cent denominations and was appropriately unveiled at the Hollywood History Museum in Hollywood, California.

Lucille Ball was born on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Forever a comedian, she told people she was born in Butte, Montana. Lucille’s father died when she was very young. She went on to live with her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather introduced her to theater and encouraged her to perform on her own and in school plays.

In 1927, Ball was sent to the John Murray Anderson School for Dramatic Arts in New York City. She worked with the likes of Bette Davis. After a few weeks there, she was sent home. She was told that she would never have a future as a performer. How wrong they were!

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

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

American Idol Stamps

Good news for fans of the extremely popular television show, American Idol. The producers of the show have teamed up with stamps.com to distribute stamps depicting the past winners of the show. All proceeds of the stamps will go to the Idol Gives Back Foundation that was established with wide success last year. The charity’s focus is on helping six different charities: the Children's Defense Fund, The Global Fund, Make It Right, Malaria No More, Save The Children, U.S. Programs and the Children's Health Fund.

The first stamp to be released was of Kelly Clarkson, who was the winner of the first season. Stamps for Rubin Studdard and Fantasia Barrino are also currently available. The next stamps to be released are for Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and whoever will be the winner of the show this season.

There will only be 2000 sheets available per Idol winner, per state. Each sheet has 20 stamps. Each sheet will cost $19.99. The shipping is free. One hundred percent of all of the proceeds will go directly to the Idol Gives Back Foundation.

There are some big corporate sponsors with this charity. Ford, Exxon, AT&T, Allstate, Coca-Cola, I Tunes, News Corporation and Aid Fund are all huge supporters.

If you are interested in purchasing these fun stamps, visit www.stamps.com or americanidol.com for more information. My guess is that with the popularity of the show, these stamps will not last long and maybe will spark interest in

new stamp collectors worldwide.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Sugar Ray Robinson


Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson was born Walker Smith Jr. on May 3, 1921. He was considered to be the greatest boxer of all time.

Robinson had an amazing run as an amateur, boasting an 85-0 victory, with 69 of those victories being a knock-out for his opponents. He continued has successes into his professional career winning 128 matches and losing few others. His professional wins included 84 knockouts. He won the world featherweight and lightweight divisions. He was also a world welterweight and middleweight title holder. He holds the record of winning the middleweight title five times. He also won the world championship six times. He was virtually unbeatable his entire boxing career.

Sugar Ray Robinson was named the greatest fighter of the 20th century by the Associated Press, and ESPN named him the greatest boxer in history in 2007. Despite his amazing successes in the ring, Robinson struggled once his fighting career ended. Sadly he lived in poverty until his death. He died on April 12, 1989 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and Diabetes.

In 2006, The United States Postal Service released a stamp in Robinson’s honor. The stamp resembles the vintage fight poster from the 1940’s and 1950’s that was made during his peak fighting years.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was The Most Amazing Philatelist Of All Time Part II of II

In continuation from the post on Wednesday.

In the late summer of 1921, Roosevelt contracted infantile paralysis (polio), after visiting Boy Scout Camp. This debilitating disease struck him very hard. He was in constant pain and he was told that he would likely never be able to walk again. In an effort to keep his mind stimulated and provide mental diversion, he turned his attention to his vast stamp collection. Franklin Roosevelt has stated many times when asked about his favorite hobby, “I owe my life to my hobbies, especially stamp collecting.” Roosevelt felt that his love of stamp collecting helped him
return to a normal life.

FDR served as a New York State Senator and then Undersecretary of the Navy before his illness. By 1928 he was elected Governor of the state of New York. It was at this time that he became a life member of the American Philatelic Society. A mere four years later he was elected President of the United States. FDR’s fame as a stamp collector was known throughout the world. During his presidency, stamp collecting became the most popular hobby worldwide.

Amazingly enough, while President, Roosevelt either held influence or designed every stamp issued by the United States.

On the morning of April 12, 1945, Roosevelt approved the design for the new “Toward United Nations” commemorative stamp while visiting his retreat at the Little White House in Georgia. He then went and spent some time with his stamp collection. A short time later, Roosevelt collapsed and died of a massive cerebral hemorrhage while posing for a portrait.

By all accounts Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an amazing American Philatelist!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was The Most Amazing Philatelist Of All Time Part I of II

The great President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was an avid stamp collector. Sometime in 1890, when he was eight years old, his parents introduced him to the art of philately. This curious young boy began his great journey of stamp collecting and immersed himself completely in the hobby. He built such an enormous collection that by the time that he became President of the United States, he had albums for practically every country in the world.

In the 1800’s, the Roosevelt family was involved in trading and shipping with countries around the world. This young boy begged family members to send him mail and bring him his beloved stamps from around the world. He was not picky about the stamps he received. Nothing was eliminated from his collection; he wanted every stamp that he could lay his hands on.

He loved his stamps so much that later when he went away to prep school and then onto Harvard University, he took his entire stamp collection with him. For the remainder of his life, no matter the places he traveled to, his beloved collection traveled along with him in a wooden trunk. He is known to have spent hours each night with his stamp collection.

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

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Gibraltar Princess Diana Stamps


Gibraltar is well known for their wonderful commemorative stamps. The Princess Diana stamp is a welcome find to both Royal watchers and curious stamp collectors alike.

Gibraltar is a small British overseas territory that is located near the southern most tip of the Iberian Peninsula, which is overlooking the Strait of Gibraltar. It shares a border with Spain on its north side. The population is a mere 27,495, but this territory is considered to be the most densely populated area in the world today.

Princess Diana (of Great Britain) was born on July 1, 1961 in Norfolk, England. She was married to Prince Charles, the first in line to be the King of England, on July 29, 1981. She bore two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry who are both heirs to the throne in England.

Princess Diana lived a tumultuous life in her Royal role. She died a tragic death on August 31, 1997 while in a car with boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed. Her death still sparks controversy today. She served many charities in her short life. Those of particular interest for her were ridding the world of landmines and her AIDS charity work.

These Gibraltar stamps feature 4 lovely photos of the beautiful Princess Diana. If you are interested in purchasing these exquisite stamps, with the beloved Princess Diana, visit stampcenter.com for more information.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Battle of Trafalgar

Imagine the sea water spraying your face. Imagine the cold air wildly blowing your hair while you rush about the deck of a ship, making every attempt to control it, while a man is shouting frantic but hopeless commands. Imagine the sight of fifty ships colliding in a storm of battle, explosions blowing planks of wood into the air, and men leaping to the frozen, sweet solace of the deep blue abyss. This was the destiny of the sailors fated to the Battle of Trafalgar, a momentous battle in the Napoleonic War, fought between the British and the French, aided by Spain.

The Battle of Trafalgar was a marine skirmish between the British Royal Navy and the French and Spanish allied ships on October 21, 1805. It was the major naval battle of the Napoleonic Wars and ended with the British victory over the French and Spanish. The British naval fleet was commanded under Admiral Lord Nelson, who died later in the battle and became a British naval hero; he is celebrated as such in England on the Anniversary of the battle. The battle seemed to have the French in its favor, with France and Spain having thirty-three ships, while Britain had only twenty-seven ships. Yet, despite the numbers, Britain pulled off an amazing victory over France, without losing a single ship to the battle.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the battle with the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar stamp, and remember those brave British sailors who fought against one of the greatest nations of all time.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Can Anybody Find Me… Freddie Mercury’s Stamp Collection?

Would you have guessed that Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was an avid stamp collector? Could you also have guessed that his philatelic interest began when he was a young boy in India? Although, back then, he probably wouldn’t have turned around if you’d called out, “FREDDIE MERCURY!”

Mercury was born on September 9, 1946 in Zanzibar (an island off of Africa) to a British Colonial Office cashier named Bomi Bulsara and his wife, Jer, who were Parsis from British India. Long before he was singing in front of millions of screaming fans as the lead singer of one of the most famous British rock bands of all time, Mercury was just a kid collecting stamps. His interest in stamp collecting was ignited by his father, who collected British Commonwealth stamps, and he began taking philately seriously around the age of nine. He chose each and every stamp in his collection based on design and color, and whether or not it was pleasant to the eyes. He would place them in symmetrical designs in his book and would often leave spaces blank or remove stamps to be replaced by new stamps.

By the time of Mercury’s death from AIDS on November 26, 1991, his collection had grown to be a beautiful arrangement, but was not of much value, from a professional philatelic standpoint. His father auctioned his late son’s collection, as well as his own, to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust (the AIDS charity set up by Mercury’s former band mates and friend, Mary Austin), but only received about 8,000 pounds. His collection traveled far and wide and was available for public viewing up until 1999. It is now located in a vault in London, where it is no longer available to the public eye.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Fantasy Impromptu of Stamps

You are sitting in your library on a rainy day, your company consisting of a dusty, old radio and a hot cup of jasmine tea. You turn the dial to your favorite classical music station. As you close your eyes and take in the magic which begins to embrace your very existence in that room, your ears are captivated and consumed by a whirlwind of notes and rhythms and harmonies and dissonances. That which hypnotizes you in all of its wonder and genius is none other than Frédéric Chopin’s breathtaking Nocturne Opus 72 no.1, and you instantly become whisked away to a romantic ballroom where the prodigy, himself, is caressing and pounding out each and every measure, with the precision of a savant, as your soul waltzes to the dark and intricate melody. Each note is significant to the whole, with every crescendo and decrescendo sending chills up your spine; you truly appreciate the great murder that is modern music. Such an experience is fairly typical for the average sophisticate with a refined taste in music. This feeling of complete and total enthrallment is most likely the reason why Chopin is considered to be one of the most talented and innovative musical geniuses in the vast history of piano.

Frédéric Chopin was born in the village of Zelazowa Wola, in Warsaw, Poland, on March 1, 1810, to a French father and a Polish mother. During the duration of his musical life, after he was recognized as a child prodigy at the age of eight, he grew in popularity as a master Polish composer of piano music during the Romantic period (1820 – 1869) and is still considered to be one of the greatest piano composers of all time. He proved to be quite the innovator, in many respects, including the invention of the ballade music form for piano and the innovation of structures, such as the nocturne, the sonata, the waltz, the impromptu, the etude, and the prelude. It was an unfortunate day when the keys of the grand piano grew silent, on October 17, 1849. Chopin died in Paris, of what some claim to have been a broken heart, resulting from an affair he’d had with the French novelist, Madame Dudevant, more commonly known as "George Sand." One must take into consideration, though, that the life of such a passionate being rarely ends in anything other than heartache and tragedy. The era of a great musical master had come to the end of its chapter, but the spirit of his passion, lived out through each note, was left to haunt the ears and souls of generations to come.

Commemorate one of the greatest musical prodigies of the nineteenth century with the 25th Piano Contest Musical Score stamp, featuring none other than Frédéric Chopin. It is certain to stand out in the harmony of your stamp collection.

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Famous Stamp Collectors: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt –or more popularly known as “F.D.R.”— was a leader, in many respects. Being the thirty-second president of the United States of America, he led the country through the struggle of the Great Depression, the tragedy of World War II, and provided as a role model for those suffering from infantile paralysis (polio). It’s no surprise that a man who ran the country with such vigor and dedication would pursue his personal hobbies with the same spirit. Ever since he was eight years old, F.D.R. had a passion for stamp collecting that traveled with him his entire life, giving him renowned status in the world of philately.
Roosevelt’s parents were involved in the business of shipping and trading with countries all over the world. Naturally, this exposed the boy to countless varieties of stamps. This is, essentially, what sparked his interest in collecting, which included any and every type of stamp he came across. He was known for constantly bothering his relatives to send him all sorts of stamps, from all over the world.

In 1921, Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio, after visiting a Boy Scout camp. One of the major things that got him through his trying time of hardship, pain, and suffering was his intent focus on his stamp collection. In 1928, the same year he was elected Governor of New York, he also became a life member of the American Philatelic Society. The news of his hobby really hit the public four years later, when he became President of the United States of America. His influence in the world of philately brought it new levels of popularity and began to set trends among the people of the American nation.
Roosevelt used his stamps to gain knowledge of the world during the time of World War II, as he traveled the globe. Not a place did he go where his infamous trunk of stamps did not follow, devoutly studied and observed by him, each day. His stamps were his companions for the remainder of his life. On April 12, 1945, Roosevelt approved the design for a new commemorative stamp titled “Toward United Nations.” Later that day, while posing for a portrait, he died, suffering from a massive cerebral hemorrhage. It is said, though, that the President did not leave the earth before spending an hour solemnly taking pleasure in the enduring comfort of his stamps.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The King's Guitars Take Center Stage on New Stamp Issue


A founding father of rock and roll, Elvis Presley was one of the most influential and best-selling musicians of all time. Dubbed The King of Rock and Roll, Presley made 33 movies, set phenomenal records for concert attendance, boosted television ratings and sent record sales through the roof.

Presley received his first guitar, a $12.75 birthday gift, in 1946. When the family moved from Mississippi to a Memphis, Tennessee apartment, he practiced in the basement laundry room and played in a five-piece band with other tenants.

One resident, Johnny Burnette, recalled: "Wherever Elvis went he'd have his guitar slung across his back ... He used to go down to the fire station and sing to the boys there ... He'd go in to one of the cafes or bars ... Then some folks would say: 'Let's hear you sing, boy.'"

His later years may have been colored by excess and controversy, but at his core Elvis Presley was always that boy plucking away at his guitar and singing with his friends.

This stunning Elvis Presley commemorative shows The King with some of his favorite guitars, as well as the breathtaking guitar gallery at his Graceland home. Recently issued by the Polynesian island of Niue, this souvenir sheet is available at County Stamp Center for only $7.67. Click the post title to order.

You'll find stamps commemorating many of your favorite entertainers at County Stamp Center. Just visit our website and use our Quick Search feature to find what you're looking for. Come to County Stamp Center for all your philatelic needs.

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