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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : A small miracle !

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philb
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09 Sep 2019
03:32:48pm

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About 3 years ago on a cold winters Sunday,Bob Gioia,Jopie and i went to a stamp show in New Jersey. There was not much i was interested in..but i purchased this set of maps from the Netherlands Antilles for 5 bucks. Five bucks and for 3 years i was fretting over what happened to the set after i returned home..its not the money...its just i hate to misplace things forever. Yesterday we stopped a Church yard sale and they were close to closing...so they were selling books for a dollar a bag. My wife had a few mystery novels so i threw "the office clutter cure" in the bag. Today i was sorting correspondence going back to 1988 and throwing 2/3 of them away..and there before my eyes was my Netherlands Antilles set ! So now to date i have never lost anything philatelic FOREVER !Image Not Found

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Mike
09 Sep 2019
05:52:25pm
re: A small miracle !

It's that clean living Phil!!!!

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philb
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09 Sep 2019
08:49:46pm

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re: A small miracle !

Well, i am ok while i am on the move doing my combat conditioning drills...but after supper i sit down and my shoulders and back are sore! i have used up my energy !

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Tom in Exton, PA
13 Sep 2019
04:51:12pm

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A few months ago I lost a glassine with two early 20th Century US commemoratives in it! A $25 purchase on the 'bay. I opened the mail at my computer, and put it aside. Lord knows where it went from there. I did dump my paper recycling box and went through it item by item. So It's somewhere in my papers and should show up someday when least expected.

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19 Sep 2019
06:05:27am
re: A small miracle !

That is why I buy a threefold set of those cheap readers,
sure, they break easily and sometimes get in the way but
at least when I have six working readers sprinkled around
the desk and stamp table, I can find something to help me
where the prescription bifocals are hiding.
Recently, a month or two ago at least, I won a neat set
of Danish stamps which arrived on an afternoon when I was
not feeling all that great. When they arrived, I slit the
several envelopes that had arrived that day with my trusty
Ka-Bar, and the bomb proof packing, glanced at them. From
there it is a medically induced haze. A few days later,
(Could it be a week ?), I awoke from a deep afternoon power
nap and could see the #104 card in my mind's eye with the
six or seven stamps neatly arrayed. I began a fumbling,
mumbling search. No luck and I began to doubt my memory,
again.
Two or three times that week I looked through the assembled
chaos on my desk in the stamp room even opening the Danmark
album as I had begun doubting such stamps existed. Sure enough,
brother Minkus had the spaces on an otherwise complete page.
Perhaps I had not actually won the lot as I did not find an
invoice, but then, I seldom save the invoices beyond using
the blank side for notes. Still that nagging recollection
annoyed me frequently.
An indistinct period of time passed and suddenly one evening
they fell out of the binding of a small black stock book of
Carribean stamps that I must have thought was a safe place.
to set them.
The lesson might be do not open philatelic mail while fighting
off a bout of Bronchitis. Or, another possibility, don't get
old, although that might have some unintended, unwelcome
consequences as well.


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