About Tom Hitt

Retired teacher, now writing and creating paper crafts. Oh yeah, collecting typewriters as well.

Sort, Sift, Learn Stuff

Spent a couple of hours sorting through the rag-tag shoebox of stamps I mentioned earlier.  All used, some already soaked off the paper.  Found a few things of interest.

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I ended up with three Scott #832 $1 Woodrow Wilson stamps.  I plan to get some watermark fluid and see if any of the three happen to have the USIR watermark.  I’m not holding my breath.

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I vote this stamp design the most tawdry in my collection.  My heavens!  That woman is disrobed… and what are those two cherubs up to?  But sincerely, I’m interested in finding out more about the design.

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Also found a Hopalong Cassidy collector card in the box.  Now you know how to bulldog a steer, something every middle class school boy needs to know.  Yee-haw.  ~TH~

 

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Stamp Show 2018

I attended the 132nd annual stamp show this weekend past.  Hosted by the American Philatelic Society and the American Topical Association, it was (for me anyway) overwhelming.  I was able to find some of the stamps I wanted for my own collection, and the exhibits were amazing.

the exhibit area

The very large exibit area. A little intimidating, and very cool.

fast jenny

I believe this was the printing error referred to as Fast Jenny. Did not know other errors of this stamp existed, outside of the famous inverted jenny.

I also attended the presentation by the host of Exploring Stamps.  Engaging delivery with just the right amount of humor tossed in; well done Graham!

Graham Beck Exploring Stamps

Either Graham is tall, or I’m short. Dealer’s choice.

If I had my druthers, I would have started with smaller shows to get my feet wet.  The dates did not work out for that, and since I’m not too far from Columbus OH, I took the plunge.  I set up a mobile office in my hotel room for the weekend.  Worked out great.

from hotel window

The luxurious view from my hotel room window.

the hotel office

The hotel office, WITH Indians baseball on the boob tube.

This weekend I will attend a much smaller stamp show here in town, hosted by the local stamp club.  Whew!  ~Tom~

Inspiration From Social Media?

Inspiration from social media?  Yes, it can be done!  In fact, at this point I pretty much follow folks on FB & Twitter that exclusively post about their artwork, crafting, typewriters, and stamp collecting.  If any political crappity-crap creeps in- unfollowed.

I keep up with the news via newspapers (which I set aside when they bring me down), and television news- which I digest within the first ten minutes of broadcast.  Both local AND national.  Talking heads banging their gums incessantly over a topic, 24/7.

Know the old saying about beating a dead horse?  Yeah, that.

Other than that, I take walks and enjoy this incredibly beautiful world.  I highly recommend the process.  ~TH~

Trinkets

Hmmmm… ok.  I found this block of four 1970 stamps (Scott No. 1409, 6 cent) crammed and crumpled into our mailbox.  Reminded me of the scene in the film ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, where Jem & Scout discover treasures in an old tree knothole.20180804_142915673987552165292624.jpg