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Stamps - Interesting Items

( Originally Published 1893 )

WHILST reading a copy of the Eastern Philatelist some time ago, I was approached by a neatly dressed individual, who asked me if I was a collector of stamps. Answering in the affirmative, he briefly told me that he had a collection mounted in an old account book, and he had several rare stamps in the same. After getting his description down mentally, I concluded that it was an old-fashioned collecti0n mounted in the 0ld-fashioned way, and that he being tired of it was expecting to realize a handsome sum from its immediate disposal. I asked him if the stamps were glued down fast, and he said they were. I then told him it would be greatly reduced in value on this account. lie gave me a disdainful look, and then said : " Oh pshaw ! they can be very easily removed by simply soaking them off !" I told him it would be very dangerous, regarding the fading of the different col0rs 0f stamps. Poor Brutus ! he knew not what or how it could be

It is said upon very good authority that the 3 cents blue-glazed paper, New. York, 1843, stamps, are being changed by chemicals to a 3 cents green. As the designs. etc., arc identical with each other, it is only a matter of color.

There are several New York city correspondents, i. e., R. W. Ashcroft. L S. Morton, Chas. W. Grevning, alias Ten Point, and Uncle Phil, The former lavishes praise on the journal he edits ; second always runs int0 p0etry ; the third is always giving the S. of P. a free puff, while the latter—well, in my 0wn mind, I have concluded he is a " genuine fake or reprint," not a genuine specimen of the wary New York correspondent, and moreover displays the symptoms of " exclusive notoriety." His ten cents a page tale of a New York city marriage in The Florida Philatelist was a tale invented by himself, and the parties on which it was sprung should get up and give him a taste his own medicine. We think we know who he is !

Nommes-des-plumes are disguises under which writers pen their thoughts, and simply adopt this plan to hide their name from public view, not notoriety. Of course some privileges are abused in the case of certain writers under a cover, who hurl very disdainful remarks at others, being too cowardly to stand up and meet their enemy, but run and strike him from behind when he is not expecting it. I belong to the first class, and am not afraid to say it !

What queer writers we have ! J. Bernstein, jr., fights for general collecting " Knickerbocker," Davison & Scott, uphold specialism ; L. G. Quackenbush tells us in an able manner about the current Philatelic topics ; L. H. Benton is our most observing writer regarding discoveries, etc., and pens his articles in very decisive language ; H. F. Kantner is our parody producer ; while Guy W. and Roy F. Green (e) furnish us with the best fiction and poetry we have. What will our next subject be ? We've diagnosed our hobby from twenty years back to the present day and centuries to come. What our next subject will be is something the writer cannot inform you about.

Another reprint will soon be landed on the jaded stamp market, e., Mauritius, one penny, red, of 4.7. Some officials of that country, while rummaging around the 0ld post-office, came across the famous dies. People hereafter must use good judgment in buying this valuable stamp, as the market will be running full of reprints.

There is one stamp I know of that is very seldom seen catalogued or even described. I refer to the Tuscumbia, Ala., Confederate provisional, which stamp is listed in very few albums ; even Mekeel's U.S. and Confederate album fails to provide a space for it. This stamp is sometimes said to be of a very doubtful nature, but having looked up its history, I find it to be a very valuable stamp and the only party I know of who possesses one of them, Dr. J. K. Russell, has a written guarantee of his specimen's genuineness. This stamp is a rival to the famous Livingstone, Ala., Provisional.

Same papers claim that Lieut. Powell, of Salisbury, Mo., is the original inventor of "Philatelic Authors," which consists of forty-eight cards with portraits of stamps, date of issue, sets, etc. We beg to differ ! Mr. Roy F. Greene, I was told on very good authority, was the true and first inventor of this beautiful little game, which is described in his latest work, " The Ellsworth Stamp Club."


I don't want a Baltimore or a rare Macon. Or a Millbury stamp or New Haven, Nor a set of Germany, France, or Spain, But a Columbian set of U. S. plain.

I don't want your Canada or Newfoundland, Nor a Mauritius rarity or cold Greenland, Or even a set of surcharged " Jhind," But simply a Columbian set, do you »rind !

I don't want your Leewards or Heligoland, Or a specimen set of our fair land,

But give me a set of Columbian complete, It's only a (s)16.33 feat !

Each and every writer should quote the poet of his choice. John G. Whittier was the favorite with me, and his beautiful poems always strengthen my desire of saying and always upholding him as the ideal poet of the world.

Perpetual motion has been discovered ! Henry Ades Fowler is always moving and catering to his readers' appetites, but there's power behind him. Success !

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