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michael78651
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04 May 2019
12:57:40am
A few days ago, I visited the "Frontier Times Museum" (named after the famous western magazine) in Bandera, Texas.

I was struck by a serpent. I took a picture of it (see below):

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What is so interesting about this? It is made up of thousands of Great Britain Penny Reds.

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04 May 2019
04:33:15am
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Very nice Michael!

I remember being amazed to see a similar snake of stamps in the wonderful Museum of Childhood in Edinburgh forty years or so ago.

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DannyS
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04 May 2019
10:58:48am
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i wonder if there are any rarer plate numbers in that snake;-)

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04 May 2019
01:17:30pm

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i didn't realize they made coils in Victoria's time.

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04 May 2019
10:01:44pm
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(groan)I Don't Want To See

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Harvey
06 May 2019
07:55:12pm
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That really was bad!!! Read something once - I'm curious if it's true. There was supposedly a person in London who was trying to wallpaper part of his room with penny blacks. This person is considered by many to be the first stamp collector. Has anyone else heard this?

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06 May 2019
08:59:33pm
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I've also heard that story, nothing confirming it. Maybe just another urban legend.

Vince

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nigelc
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07 May 2019
04:43:27am
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I've seen a news article from 1920 on another board which reported that the large UK dealer Whitfield King had bought the thousands of stamps used to wallpaper the inside of a room in Bury St Edmunds.

These were all early GB imperf stamps. Excluding damaged stamps, they found about 15,000 imperf penny reds, 2,000 penny blacks, 1,000 to 1,500 2d blues with lines and 200 to 300 2d blues without lines.

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Charlie2009
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17 Oct 2019
10:40:50am
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https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=20634


There even is at least 1 Wallpaper available

https://www.spoonflower.com/en/wallpaper/7114423-postage-stamps-by-julie_nutting

...and maybe you could show this to your Children...

https://www.postalmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Pop-It-In-The-Post-resource.pdf


(Modified by Moderator on 2019-10-17 11:22:07)

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19 Oct 2019
06:16:16pm
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" ....There even is at least 1 Wallpaper available

https://www.spoonflower.com/en/wallpaper/7114423-postage-stamps-by-julie_nutting ...."


I imagine someone having a roll or one panel on the wall with the right stamp hinged to the appropriate space even if the printed wallpaper repeats .

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19 Oct 2019
10:28:33pm
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Charlie, using perforated sheets to use as wallpaper makes it easy to work around light switches and electrical outlets. All you have to do is remove the necessary amount of stamps from the sheet, and you have a nice hole for the electrical stuff that is even rater than oblong due to cutting with scissors!

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20 Oct 2019
01:43:48am
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And you could cover the windows with "O.S."
perforated stamps, as light could still shine in.

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