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

 

Intersecting Hobbies

Well, I sure do like when my hobbies intersect.  I recently got into philately.  I have plenty of stamps to sort through, and I will be attending the APS National Summer Convention in Columbus OH.  In preparation for the event, I’m digging into the details.

I recently purchased a hodge-podge of collection materials from Ebay, which included this swell book from 1964.  It’s a discard from the Muhlenberg Library.  Note the hand lettered filing info on the cover.  I love old library books.  No card in the back cover though.  Oh well…

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