Dead countries and the world of stamps

A few years ago, I’m doing some research and I ran across a website devoted to stamps from Dead Countries. My interest level shot through the roof and since, dead countries have been a real interest in my general worldwide collecting. What are dead countries? For stamp collecting, in the most basic sense, a dead […]

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The Coast Guard at 230. Doesn’t look a day over…

Today, August 4, 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard turned 230 years old. In May, 1988, six days after my 19th birthday, I boarded a plane that took me to Philadelphia and then caught a bus to Cape May, New Jersey. There I spent several glorious weeks at Coast Guard Boot Camp. I think everyone who […]

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Bugs Bunny vs MLK. Who wins at the USPS?

The USPS recently announced a new set of stamps featuring Bugs Bunny. There will be ten stamps featuring the famous cartoon character. Adding to it a previous stamp featuring Bugs Bunny, and that brings the total of U.S. Bugs Bunny stamps to 11. A person I follow on Twitter, The Punk Philatelist, brought up an […]

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The Christkindl joy at Christmas

The collecting of Christkindl covers is a fairly popular sub-specialty of people who collect stamps related to Christmas. I have a few and they are beautiful. Christkindl. So there are a couple of definitions here. Christkind (or Christkindl) is the traditional gift-giver in Austria and other regions in the area (think Santa Clause). It also […]

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Norman Rockwell, the Boy Scouts, and Liberia

Norman Rockwell, the great American painter, painted some 51 annual illustrations for an annual Boy Scout calendar in his career. I was a Boy Scout from the time of 7 or so (Cub Scouts) until I joined the Coast Guard at 19. Naturally, I was frequently exposed to the Norman Rockwell artwork. Eventually, this spilled […]

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A man in a roomful of girls

My three girls are adopted. They are now 11 (the twins), and a brand new 10. When they came to live with me, they were 2 1/2 and 4 respectively. The awesome responsibility of raising three girls first reared its head a couple months after they came to live with me and my ex-wife. The […]

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