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General Philatelic/Newcomer Cnr : Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

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JohnnyRockets
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27 Mar 2018
07:52:12pm
Hi all,

Sorry to beat this dead horse... and I know I'm probably not saying anything new....

but...

I just received a letter with an actual US stamp on it. The stamp is distinguished by how pathetic it is.

It is a US Forever stamp of a recent release. It has a simple picture of a seashell and says USA... nothing more... no words, no name of the shell... nothing...

I have to be honest, if all I had was today's US stamps to collect, it would be a different (not good!) hobby for me! If fact it may not be a hobby at all.

I hope other country's stamps (modern) are more interesting and "collectible".

I'm also hoping that the other modern US stamps out there are of a higher caliber than this little, sad, shell stamp.

Although, it would be great for topical collecting! Thumbs Up


Disclaimer: These are only my opinions... Not meant to offend anyone at all. Happy


JR

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Webpaper
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27 Mar 2018
08:04:52pm
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Go to the USPS stamp store and you will find 88 new stamp issues - many of them are interesting - Andrew Wyeth, Eclipse, the new bioluminescent ones, even the Classics Forever sheet is still available (and only $3.00 a sheet).

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philb
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27 Mar 2018
08:04:58pm

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re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

I am not really a U.s. collector..when i started collecting in the late 1940's our stamps were already pretty drab. I can see your point.

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Winedrinker
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27 Mar 2018
11:59:49pm
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Older stamps are far more interesting to me. While I do collect several countries up to 1970, I am focusing on Great Britain 1840 - 1940. Older Australia and US stamps are quite wonderful as well. As are Africa colonial countries. Just my outlook, the beauty of stamps is there are so many countries and areas of interest to appeal to many tastes.

I believe the last 15 stamps I have purchased all have the portrait of Queen Victoria. Hail Britannia!

Wine



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28 Mar 2018
05:46:36am
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

There is Martin and Lewis, Abbot and Costello, and in honor of baseball starting in a few days even, Tinkers to Evers to Chance. However, no one outshines Pilch and Toth. The good old days. I know, not USA but these guys rock.

The Rev

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JohnnyRockets
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28 Mar 2018
07:48:59am
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Hi all,

I think I'm just whining.

I like to be optimistic.

I like what Webpaper said... 88 new listings...

I think I need to look past my little, nameless "shell" stamp and look for the other good ones.

I appreciate everyone's points a lot.

As Winedrinker said, "Just my outlook, the beauty of stamps is there are so many countries and areas of interest to appeal to many tastes."

Great point!!!


JR

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dani20
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28 Mar 2018
09:11:06am
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Dear JR,
Keep in mind that even with the common/drab/uninteresting issues - there is always the possibility of errors, freaks and oddities appearing. Those alone are well worth the collecting and could qualify as a 'hobby' worth pursuing! Just saying!!
Best,
Dan C.

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28 Mar 2018
08:32:53pm
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Good point, Dan!

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pigdoc
30 Mar 2018
08:46:43am
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

When I think about it, the actual subject of the stamp has faded to near insignificance in my collecting habits.

Anymore, for me, it's mostly about the context of its actual use, and the more politically charged, or logistically challenged, the better.

For example, I am really lusting for a non-philatelic cover flown on the last flight of the Hawaii Clipper, in late July, 1938, just before she mysteriously disappeared. Franked how? Doesn't matter to me, in the least, as long as the cancellation is clear.

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Bobstamp
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30 Mar 2018
11:34:26pm
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I'm with Pigdoc on this. I have spent far more money on stampless covers than on franked covers, and the stamps that frank most of my covers have little or nothing to do with the cover's value.

Because I collect stamps and postal history of the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, many of my covers are field post office/feldpost free-franked military covers. Among them are a cover to Germany sent from Stalingrad shortly before the Soviet victory over the German Army, a cover sent by a Canadian POW from a Japanese prison camp, a 1916 WWI feldpost cover by a soldier in a machine-gun company, and even one that I sent to my parents from South Vietnam the day before I was wounded in an ambush by North Vietnamese and Main Force Viet Cong.

Here's one of my North Vietnamese Vietnam War "covers," actually a postcard, more specifically a "family postcard":

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These postcards were designed to be sent between North Vietnam and South Vietnam by members of families who had been separated by the 1954 Geneva Conference, which divided the Vietnamese provinces of French Indochina into North and South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War. Note the postmarks: the postcard was posted in Ha-Dong, North Vietnam, on August 24, 1963 and not delivered to its destination, Saigon, until January 17, 1964, nearly five months later. I've always wondered about that dark red splotch…. Blood? It's certainly possible. Despite the communist victory over the French, combat continued in Vietnam until 1975.

Bob



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31 Mar 2018
01:03:35am
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Wow, Bob -- that's quite a cover!

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pigdoc
31 Mar 2018
10:31:50am
re: Not to gripe - but talk about sad..

Yes, that postcard is QUITE awesome!

I also love the waterstains. A symptom of the delay in delivery?

So, uh, condition is NOT everything?
Winking

-Paul

PS, "Buu Thiep" translates to "postcard".
I didn't know that!

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