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mbo1142
10 Jul 2019
09:39:36am
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sheepshanks
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10 Jul 2019
11:19:12am
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Showing my ignorance here and maybe the cultural USA/UK divide but I fail to see anything remotely amusing in this strip cartoon. Maybe someone can explain it for this old duffer.

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ikeyPikey
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10 Jul 2019
01:00:14pm
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Ah, two peoples separated by a common tongue. Again.

Nice comeuppance for the fact that I can decipher Bamforth (postcard) humor about half of the time.

Oh, the fatty-at-the-beach cards are clear (and unfortunate) enough - and all of the new father / new baby / sleepless night cards are clear (at least to me) - but much of their "situational romance" humor is as clear as molasses.

Ningpo put one up:

https://stamporama.com/discboard/disc_main.php?action=20&id=12907

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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sheepshanks
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10 Jul 2019
04:36:21pm
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Thank you Oldmanemu, could not think of a word with three syllables that fitted. Oh well Que Sera, Sera as Doris recorded.

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youpiao
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12 Jul 2019
03:31:29am
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The word being punned is "fatalist."

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15 Jul 2019
09:18:34am
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youpiao: Thank you for the explanation. I, too, had no idea what this cartoon was striving for.

Now that you explain it, I see that it is probably based on a mis-pronounciation of "philatelist" that is frequently heard: phil - AY - tel- ist



https://dictionary.cambridge.org/pronunciation/english/philatelist

That's why us Canadians didn't "get it".

As for the joke:

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youpiao
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18 Jul 2019
06:12:34pm
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From Herman Herst Jr's "Put a Stamp On It," available at no charge on Kindle Unlimited:

Then there is the group of collectors who found a short-cut through a cemetery a time-saving device as they walked home from the stamp club. On this one particular bright, moonlit night, they passed the grave of the local stamp dealer, now possessed of a new tombstone. "HERE LIES A STAMP DEALER, AND AN HONEST MAN." "Look at that," said one of the party. "What about it?" said another. "How in blazes," the first one asked, "Did they ever get another man into Jack's grave?"

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youpiao
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18 Jul 2019
06:15:56pm
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Another from the Herst book:

Another tale, and this one quite true, was an indignant letter from a collector to a New York dealer who had advertised some United States commemoratives for sale and added a note that there would be "15% premium for N.H."

"I don't see any reason," the letter complained, "why I should have to pay fifteen percent more for my stamps just because I live in New Hampshire."

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21 Jul 2019
09:42:09am
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Herman Hearst's many books on his favorite subject
are full of such jocular tales.
One example I recall was about a very fussy collector
who insisted on flawless mint stamps and willingly
paid whatever premium was asked.
Upon his passing Hearst was called to make an offer
on the collection by the widow or executor.
All those carefully selected, mint, never within
spitting distance of a hinge stamps were mounted
very carefully with the best hinges of the day.
Somewhere near the bottom edge of each page
was a handwritten notation;
"...All stampe were unhinged before being hinged !!!"

A further comment, Hearst wrote;
Nassau Street: a Quarter Century of Stamp Dealing (1960)
Fun and Profit in Stamp Collecting (1962)
Stories to Collect Stamps by (1968)
More Stories to Collect stamps By
The Complete Philatelist (1979)
More Stories to Collect Stamps By (1982)
Forensic Philately: an Account of
the Famous English Stamp Fraud Trials... (1986)
Put a Stamp on it
Still More Stories to Collect Stamps by
The Best of Hearst's Outbursts


He wrote in a bright, breezy, amusing, style
working in the answers to so many of the questions
that are frequently asked by our members, newbies
and long term stampers alike, and usually
illustrating our philatelic foibles with a quick wit.
If any SoR member has never read one or two of
his books, you are missing a rewarding part of our hobby.
Hearst passed away with little fanfare twenty years ago,
last January at age 90 after living out his
retirement in Boca Raton, Florida. He was always
willing to correspond with collectors, although
he always included some advertisement for a (usually)
autographed copy of one of his books.
One interesting pamphlet that he wrote detailed
the life of his accomplished mother;
"Every Inch a Lady."

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21 Jul 2019
12:03:13pm
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The comments about Herman Herst Jr. aroused my interest as I like to read and his books sounded like good reading.
I did a web search for Herman Herst Jr. and one of the results was a site that describes itself as "your number one source for all the latest updates about worlds famous celebrities"
I had to take a couple screen shots from it to show the wonders of internet information.
First regarding his father's name.
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and the big question, Is Herman Herst Jr. still with us?
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ikeyPikey
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22 Jul 2019
01:40:33pm
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And there I thought that he got the nickname "Pat" because he was born on St Patrick's Day (17th) At Wits End

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey (who relies on anything he hears on the internet the same way he relies on anything that he hears from a stranger at a bus stop)

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23 Jul 2019
12:28:23am
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“ Herman Herst Jr, Father’s name is not available ...”

OMG bwah ha ha ... too funny !LaughingLaughing



BTW, I’m a rare female “Junior”, named after both parents. My mother made the mistake of letting my sisters name me.

As to the comic above... I often use “ philatelia” as a user name on non-philatelic sites. I had a member on one site complain that my name was pornographic. Sheesh. Often I’m asked if I live in Philadelphia.




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