Ugly Postage Stamps

Yes it’s certainly true; beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  That said, I’ve been perusing a number of postage stamp catalogs (catalogues?) lately and well- some stamps just come off to my eye as butt ugly.

Mauro_Nunez_stamp

This is not a dig on the man, or his music.  But c’mon, this design is tiny paper cheez whiz IMHO.

For me it’s usually a design issue, but sometimes it’s a printing mess.  When the two combine, it’s the opposite of a Mounds Bar.

Brazil_2014_ugly

The U.S. has put out some corporate style stamps, but this one from Brazil may be the least sexy postage stamp I’ve ever seen.

I’ve grappled with my stamp collecting lately, trying to decide how I want to put the pieces together.  At the moment I’m trying out some topical collecting, those being rampant lions, and postal mail boxes.

Sometimes countries buckle under a dictatorship.  Sometimes resources simply are not there for good design, or proper printing.  I get it.  I’m just sayin’… if I decided to collect ugly stamps as a topic, I might not have any trouble finding candidates. ~TH~

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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~

 

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~

Five Penny Bobcats

This is a spontaneous poem inspired by five penny bobcat stamps, neatly strewn across a return envelope, pasted there as additional postage.  I had no intention of returning the envelope, nor attempting to steam a nickel off for my own miserly gain.  Still, I hated to see them go to waste, these Five Penny Bobcats, neatly rowed and awaiting their destination; so I typed them a postage related, spontaneous poem.  ~TH~

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Five Penny Bobcats

Five Penny Bobcats

 

Note – I have put together some notecard sets with this poem.  Click here if you’d like to see what they look like.  ~T~