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Posted Dec 6, 19 11:17 by Scott Trepel (strepel)

It's Not a Kilbourne Page

The page shown by David Snow is from the Dr. Ralph Brandon collection, exactly as he mounted them. It was kept intact.

Dr. Brandon exhibited exactly one time. He showed his magnificent CSA material his way, and the judges crucified him.

Posted Dec 6, 19 10:27 by George Tyson (gtyson)

Kilbourne page

I enthusiastically second Steve Walske's comments.

And I might add that presenting the historical background and including non-philatelic material in appropriate postal history exhibits might go a long way toward attracting new people into our hobby. There are many, many "history buffs" out there, but I would guess that only a small minority of them ever thought of collecting postal history or even know that it exists. The fact is that many covers can make history come alive, provided that you do the research and include appropriate "collateral" material. In my mind, Floyd Risvold pioneered that approached and Steve Walske then picked up the mantle and took "postal history" (with emphasis on the second word) to new heights. And, for the record, I would add that Richard F. should also be included in that trio because of his own proclivity and talent with regard to historical research and his encouragement of anyone who shares that interest.

Posted Dec 6, 19 10:06 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)

Suez canal cinderellas

I was unaware that the Suez Canal was closed down 1967-1975 and that there were these cinderella stamps for trapped ships. Thanks to my guru, Ira Benowitz.

Posted Dec 6, 19 9:56 by Steve Walske (steve w)

Kilbourne page

Images? Maps? Non-philatelic information? Crowded, hand-typed pages? A page with a non-philatelic item? How on earth did this win the Grand Prix National?

The evolution in exhibiting rules has taken all historical interest and the charm of handwritten pages away. I particularly like the Kilbourne approach to using philatelic artifacts (yes, including the letter) to illustrate the history of the period. But, that's just my bias...

I do hope for some return to the prior approaches, but am not optimistic.

Posted Dec 6, 19 9:28 by Ravi Vora (nusivar)

Relaunching TPR

Are there plans to relaunch TPR at Taos next year? If so we would like to attend as we did in the past. We have wonderful memories of the same.

Posted Dec 6, 19 2:18 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

MonacoPhil 2019 - Exhibits - Certificate

Here an scan of the (my) certificate.


Posted Dec 6, 19 2:15 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

MonacoPhil 2019 - Exhibits

It was commented that much was talked about diners but not abut exhibits

Well, MonacoPhil is not a usual exhibition and consist of two parts.

1: The rarity exhibition where members of the Club de Monte-Carlo show on item of their collection on specially prepared exhibition pages. What they show is up to them bit it should be something rare/unique and extraordinary. From these exhibits a wonderful book is being prepared for the show and these exhibits are shown in the Museo de Timbres (Post Museum of Monaco) in a very secure area.

2: The Main theme of the show this year it was Maritime Postal History and Egypt. Yours truly was invited to show the Egyptian extract of his Overland Mail Baghdad-Haifa 1923-1948 and the connection with Egypt and I have prepared a one-framer out of my 8-Frame exhibit.

For the exhibition you can not apply for but you are invited, as such you do not receive a diploma but a certificate that states you were invited!

I only understood the Egyptian Part of the exhibition as transatlantic is definitely not my topic but what i have seen there was the crème-de-la crème of Egypt and likewise, i assume some wonderful exhibits on transatlantic mail.

And since much was talked about feed, drinks, as Chris Kind said some time ago, Philately is a very social hobby and food and drinks (OK, often in a very noble and exclusive venue) is part of it.

Below an image of my small and irrelevant frame ;-)


Posted Dec 5, 19 19:37 by David Snow (dwsnow)

Exhibiting in the 1960s, page 2

Here is the second exhibit page, with original letter, that accompanied that Confederate cover. Shows use of  typewritten labels, which were carefully enclosed in plastic sleeves and glued to quadrilled pages of heavy stock, with linen attachment at left. And hand-drawn artwork at top, carefully done with fine-tipped fountain pen in black ink.


Posted Dec 5, 19 19:35 by David Snow (dwsnow)

Exhibiting in the 1960s, page 1

I have just added Cover ID 28427 to the census.

I was fortunate to acquire this cover from the Siegel Sale 1186 last year of the Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History.

What was nice was that it included the original exhibit pages of this cover and accompanying letter, which I will share with you.

Here is the first exhibit page of this interesting cover, part of the Charles and Lucy Kilbourne exhibit at the 1966 SIPEX International exhibition at Washington, D.C., in which they won the Grand Award National Class.

It demonstrates how exhibit pages were done in the pre-computer age. The cover was held by clear plastic corner mounts.

Next post will show the second exhibit page with original letter.


Posted Dec 5, 19 18:30 by David D'Alessandris (davidd)



Posted Dec 5, 19 17:48 by John Barwis (jbarwis)


It seems strange that posts about Monacophil have been about dinners, ballrooms and hotels, rather than philately.

Posted Dec 5, 19 17:44 by David Kent (davekent)


New Mexico is one of only three states on my "haven't been there" bucket list.

Posted Dec 5, 19 17:04 by Jim Baird (bairdo)

TPR? (for the rest of us)

Yes to Taos.  Far better, I aver, than Monaco.


Posted Dec 5, 19 16:44 by Richard Frajola (frajola)


What, no MonacoPhil baseball hats or T-shirts?

Just when I was thinking about holding another Taos Philatelic Rendezvous. Too bad there are not any hotels in New Mexico fancy enough.

Posted Dec 5, 19 2:21 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

MonacoPhil 2019 - Opening celebration

Here a photo i took during the official opening celebration at Hotel Hermitage, Sala Belle Époque.


Posted Dec 4, 19 20:55 by Richard Matta (rkmatta)


The posts about dinners in Monaco reminded me that it was the place that I probably had the best pizza of my life, better than anywhere in Italy or NYC.

Posted Dec 4, 19 20:19 by Regis Hoffman (naylandsmith)

MonacoPhil - Gala Dinner venue

A photo of the hotel that hosted the gala dinner.


Posted Dec 4, 19 16:17 by Barry Jablon (friday)

NY transit help

Can anyone decipher the red "New York" transit? It doesn't appear to be "British Transit" or "X" or "Paid all." Thanks


Posted Dec 4, 19 15:57 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)


This is from my May 2015 Spotlight on Philately column, "WW2 United States military women and their mail," in Linn's Stamp News.


Posted Dec 4, 19 14:26 by Farley Katz (navalon)

The Mighty 6888th - Obscure unit of black women kept mail flowing to WWII troops

"FedEx honored Indiana Hunt-Martin, one of seven surviving members of a pioneering World War II unit of black women, during its annual Veterans Day salute at FedEx Express World Headquarters.

"Hunt-Martin, 97, was a private in the 6888th Central Postal Director Battalion, a little-known unit that was tasked with untangling a giant postal snafu and making sure the Greatest Generation's armed forces got their letters and packages from home.

"Hunt-Martin served in England and France in 1944-45 with "the Six Triple Eight," which is the subject of a recent documentary and an effort to get the women recognized by a Congressional Gold Medal. A monument honoring the battalion was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, last year."

Complete article here

Posted Dec 4, 19 12:05 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)

Resource failure

The Olenkiewicz West Indies and Mexico Packets has gone unavailable. The others work.

Posted Dec 4, 19 9:14 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)


It looks as though the new digital Linn's can't be downloaded or printed.

Posted Dec 4, 19 8:51 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

17¢ SD

Yes, it is scarce properly used. Bob Markovits wrote about it a long time ago, and I wrote about it in the U.S. Specialist a couple of years ago.


Posted Dec 4, 19 7:00 by Richard Matta (rkmatta)

Kelleher Prexies

I bought one (non-solo) Prexie cover at that sale at a lower price than I thought. I'm still surprised at the 22c solo overpayment going for $950, but pleased as I have 2 of them that I bought for a fraction of that. One is from Lawrence Pyle to his wife, and I have a number of other Pyle SD covers over a span of many years, so I assume he was a stamp collector.

Just for fun, I've been seeing if I can get each Prexie value used to pay or partly pay the special delivery rate, though I'm not making it a quest at any price. 19c and $5 are going to be the tricky ones, I have many of the others. (I'm not limiting it to solo uses.)

Posted Dec 4, 19 6:49 by Richard Matta (rkmatta)

17c Special Delivery

OK, maybe it was the combination with the otherwise "solo" Prexie, but I've seen plenty of those 4 1/2c solo prexies go for under $50 by themselves.

Lesson learned, I'll bid more next time. I do have a 17c but it is used in combination with a 3c stamp to make the 20c SD rate. Based on how many I've seen, I still think that the 17c is far harder to find properly used than any other SD stamp by far.

Posted Dec 4, 19 5:35 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

$635 on eBay

I expected the 17¢ SD on piece to go higher. I sold mine properly used with a 15¢ Prexie for more than that two years ago. Also, scarce Prexie covers in the Kelleher sale yesterday realized less than when Nutmeg sold some of them in the 2003 Suffet sale. Part of the problem is unrealistically low Scott catalog values ($1,500 for a $5 Prexie on cover after at least one had sold for a five-figure price), which probably lulled some bidders into limiting their expectations.

Posted Dec 4, 19 2:04 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

MonacoPhil - Food


Much food, indeed (it seems you missed the lunch invitation by David Feldman) but i enjoyed even more the fine wine and champagne.
Shown is an image from the Gala Dinner, attended by Albert II and Princess Caroline of Monaco, in the middle, Patrick Maselis, president of the Club de Monte-Carlo


Posted Dec 3, 19 21:42 by Terence Hines (thines)

17 ct. special delivery

I think what sent this so high is the proper use of the 4 1/2 cent Prexie. I have two examples of the 17 ct special delivery so they're rare but not super rare. I'll try and post them in a day or so.

Posted Dec 3, 19 20:33 by Richard Matta (rkmatta)

Rarest SD on cover?

Leaving aside FDCs and unusual uses like Expo cancels, this 20th Century stamp is 10x harder to find properly used than any other special delivery stamp, IMHO. I didn’t even come close with a $475 bid. First one I’ve seen offered in a couple of years.


Posted Dec 3, 19 17:32 by John Bowman (johnbowman)

Carriers and Locals Society Auction

Auction #31 is up and running with over 170 lots of carriers and locals on and off cover, independent mails, and forgeries including large lots. It will close at 11PM on Dec. 23. Anyone can bid. Please visit the website at and browse through the auction lots or search by category of interest.

Posted Dec 3, 19 14:30 by Gordon Eubanks (gordon)

Gala Dinner

Rainer Fuchs - yes the Gala dinner.

added: Much food was consumed :-) Welcome reception Wed, Gala dinner Thursday and closing dinner Saturday.

Posted Dec 3, 19 14:25 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)

Late 1880s Washington D.C. marking inspired by 1861 Pearson Hill

Farley -- I haven't seen that Wash City CDS before. It is clearly descended from the 1861 Pearson Hill mechanical that was modified and used briefly (one day???) in 1866 and inspired the conventional Washington duplices that followed shortly and were used til about 1869. I think a very few other towns used a similar style -- small thin line san serif. Don't that beat all!

Posted Dec 3, 19 9:57 by Rainer Fuchs (rainer)

MonacoPhil 2019


nice image but i believe this photo was taken at the Gala Dinner..., the Egyptian Deco was at the Ball Room at Hotel Cafe de Paris where the Gala Dinner took place.

Was nice talking to you at the closing dinner at the "South American" table ;-)

Posted Dec 3, 19 9:18 by Farley Katz (navalon)

DL returns to foreign locales

Ravi asks "Would it be reasonable to assume that somehow, DLO found the sender's name/address on the DLO and returned it to sender in India in this DLO envelope?"

The answer is yes. Thomas Wegner, The Washington DC Dead Letter Office to 1920, explains the following: From 1861 to 1866 letters that were identified were sent in official envelopes but postage was collected from the recipient. In 1866 the fee was eliminated. In the late 1870s the envelopes bear the $300 penalty for private use warning. But, as I explained, those could not be sent free under the UPU to foreign countries.

Attached is an image of two envelopes like yours returning DLs to Germany and England/France. The square box symbol at left identified the contents as "of a bulky sort." Wegner states "It is apparent that returned foreign letters required prepayment of postage, unlike other returned letters from the DLO."


Posted Dec 3, 19 7:20 by Ravi Vora (nusivar)

1890 US Dead Letter Office Mail to India-Aden


Thanks for the explanation on this DLO mail to a private person in India. Would it be reasonable to assume that somehow, DLO found the sender's name/address on the DLO and returned it to sender in India in this DLO envelope? I have not seen too many DLO mail from USPO to foreign countries!

Posted Dec 2, 19 12:18 by Gordon Eubanks (gordon)

Monaco Phil 2019

Great to see so many friends and make new friends at the very international Monaco PHil event. Great exhibits and events. The picture below is from the open dinner.


Posted Dec 1, 19 10:04 by Farley Katz (navalon)

DLO mail to India/Aden


Official correspondence was free only where it was between the Postal Administrations, and not to private persons as here.

The 1878 Paris Convention (as amended in 1885) provided in Article 8 that prepayment can be made by stamps of the sending country only and then states: "Official correspndence relative to the postal service, and exchanged between the Postal Adminisrations, is alone exempt from this obligation and admitted free."

Posted Dec 1, 19 7:07 by Ravi Vora (nusivar)

1890 US Dead Letter Office Mail to India-Aden

While organizing my accumulation of India related postal history, I came across this US Dead Letter Office penalty mail addressed to Naini-Tal (Indian mountain town in Himalayas) and forwarded to Aden. It bears USA 5c stamp tied by Washington DC duplex cancel. My querry is the reason for using 5c UPU rate postage. I was under the impression that under UPU convention, the official Post Office mail between member countries was free. Welcome your feedback. Thanks. Ravi


Posted Nov 30, 19 23:32 by A. Lavar Taylor (lavart1)

Reverse of Shortland Islands Cover

Here is the reverse of the Shortland Islands cover.


Posted Nov 30, 19 23:07 by Cary Johnson (fastmail)


How about CANC as part of __cancelled?

Posted Nov 30, 19 23:03 by A. Lavar Taylor (lavart1)

Black Friday Offering

Just got back into town. Here is my belated "Black Friday" offering. This is a cover sent by German explorer Carl Ribbe while he was in the Shortland Islands. The cover is franked with four 5pf. German stamps, and is postmarked March 15, 1894 with a German Seepost cancel, New Guinea Zweiglinie. This was carried on the Lubeck.

At the time this cover was mailed, the Shortland Islands were part of German New Guinea, so the 5 pf stamps represent a proper "seepost forerunner" usage. The Shortland Islands became part of the British Solomon Islands in 1900, pursuant to Tripartite Convention of 1899. The primary focus of this Convention was Samoa. The Shortland Islands were part of the consideration provided to Great Britain in return for them giving up all claims to Samoa.

Mail from the Shortland Islands while they were under German control is extremely rare. The only other cover I am aware of is a companion cover that I own, with the identical franking and postmark, which has the name and address of Carl Ribbe on the reverse and thus proves that both covers originated from the Shortland Islands. A copy of the companion cover will be included with this one.

Expertized by the old German expertizer von Willman.

Price: $1,800, including FedEx Shipping.


Posted Nov 30, 19 22:20 by David Snow (dwsnow)

Bee's owner marking


Thank you for identifying that owner's marking. Makes sense: Bruce E. Engstler = BEE

Fascinating information on the subject on Trish Kaufmann's website. Thanks for sharing.

Posted Nov 30, 19 21:22 by Michael O'Reilly (shamrockhans)

Bee owner's marking

The "bee" owner marking was used by Bruce E. Engstler. 

See info on Trish Kaufmann's website at

Posted Nov 30, 19 19:48 by Glenn Estus (gestus)


Could it be "CANC"eled?

Posted Nov 30, 19 19:35 by David Snow (dwsnow)

Bee owner's marking

On the back of a cover in my collection, is this curious "bee" owner's handstamp. Acquired from the Siegel Sale 1186 of the Kilbourne Collection.

See Cover ID 28426

I have two other Confederate covers, also obtained from this same sale, which do not have this "bee" marking. So I assume it was applied by another owner prior to the Kilbournes. Does anyone recognize this "bee" marking? Thank you in advance.


Posted Nov 30, 19 19:09 by Farley Katz (navalon)


I'm not sure what is to the left of CANO, but it does not seem to be "L".


Posted Nov 30, 19 17:30 by steven frumkin (sfrumkin)


Could this be a locally-precaneled Postage Due from Volcano (Amador County), California?

Posted Nov 30, 19 13:54 by Bernard Biales (bernard b)


I'm pretty sure that letter next to "CANO" could be an"L" in line with Ken's suggestion of maybe "VOLCANO"

Posted Nov 30, 19 12:39 by Ken Lawrence (kenlawrence)

Using Jim Forte's string search and considering only 19th century possibilities, it could be one of many Canon post offices, or Volcano.

Posted Nov 30, 19 12:14 by Ray Porter (rporter314)

jog the memory

The cancel appears to be ",Cano". Could be a city, state, postmaster, auxiliary but it doesn't ring a bell with me.

Does it jog anyone's memory?


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