Kittens And Letters

Kittens take the slow process of letter writing and slow it down.

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HemisFair Stamp, 1968

Issue Date:  March 30, 1968

City:  San Antonio, TX

Quantity:  144,345,000

I received this used stamp in a packet recently.  I like the design, and I decided to dig into the background of the stamp and the event a little more closely.

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As to the event itself, I found this concise description on the the Mystic Stamp Company website:

Printed By:  Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Printing Method:  Lithographed, engraved

Perforations:  11

Color:  Blue, rose red and white

Publicizes the opening of the HemisFair ’68 regional exhibition at San Antonio, Texas. This exhibition was held in honor of San Antonio’s 250th anniversary.

HemisFair ‘68 was the first official international exposition held in the Southwestern U.S.  It was held in San Antonio from April 6 to October 6, 1968.  With an overall theme of “Confluence of Civilization in the Americas,” San Antonio’s mixed cultural heritage was celebrated.  It also highlighted San Antonio’s potential as a center for international commerce and cultural exchange between the U.S. and Latin America.

HemisFair ‘68 attracted more than 6.3 million visitors.  More than 30 nations participated, many with special exhibit pavilions.  The fair was held on a 92.6-acre site.  Several permanent structures were built for the fair, including the theme structure, a 622-foot Tower of the Americas.

Printed by lithograph and engraving; hmmm, interesting.  One of the features on the stamp I noticed was that the white spiral lines are raised.  I therefore assume that they were the last part of the printing process.  Sure enough, there are some misregistrations that exist for this stamp.  Linn’s Stamp News points these differences out.  If you click the link to the Linn’s article, you will notice that my stamp (shown below in detail) most resembles the improper registration of the spiral lines shown on the far left (of three examples).

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In my internet travels, I also discovered an active website dedicated to the actual HemisFair ’68.  Click the link to find out even more, some interesting information there. Enjoy.

~TH~

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~

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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