March 20, 2012
by Douglas Weisz
Collect First Day Covers Issued On Your Birthday
Miriam and I both have stamps that where issued on the day we were born. Miriam was born 4/29/64 and collects every cachet of the John Muir issue. She’s been at it for years and has a really nice collection and enjoys the hunt for covers she doesn’t already have. Pictured is a Dorothy Knapp add-on for her issue that she is pretty desperate for. The image came to me as I am writing a book on Dorothy and one of my clients owns this cover. Miriam was in my office one day as I was working on the book and happened to see the image. She would have seen it someday but I was immediately charged with finding her another!
My issue, somewhat appropriately given my profession, is the City Mail Delivery stamp of 10/26/63. I don’t collect it. Collectors make terrible dealers. This is a great way, however, to create a nice FDC collection of your own. Even if you don’t have one on the exact day you were born, you can collect the right day and month from various years. You could even search for postal history from your birthday.
March 15, 2012
Newly designed U.S. cover philatelic website
I want to thank Lauren Gray and Rob Stinogle for all their hard work on my new website. It’s a long time in coming and light years ahead of my dowdy self made Frontpage website I created so many years ago. This website works on a variety of hardware and browser types. It really reflects our style and hopefully the information contained within will be helpful to all levels of interests.
The newest feature of my website is this blog. With all the traveling to look at cover collections and attending stamp shows I don’t have a lot of time to write. I do hope to fit in latest news of acquired collections and great discoveries. I would like to share ideas about how to promote and continue to grow our clubs and shows. It would be great to share new websites that I have discovered here as well. Anything you would like me to discuss here? What do you think our new site?