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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : Magpie Me

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09 Oct 2021
04:55:53pm

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In the September American Stamp Collector and Dealer John Dunn states "i have found that magpie collectors are among our happiest participants-no rules just collecting whatever strikes their fancy." Sounds like he has my number...i jump from my Scott Internationals to 1969 to my Dutch East Indies covers and postcards to my U.S. cards and covers of the New York Hudson Valley . What i like about covers is that i do not have to be concerned about completion...i purchase them as they come along. And i tend to look at the covers and postcards more often than i do a stamp that i need ,which i put in its place and who knows when i will view it again.
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10 Oct 2021
09:29:05am
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i'm going through a cover lot right now, most of which are adorned with Cinderella labels of one kind or another. Each one generates an internal debate: keep, sell, crimmme what should i do.

Case in point: 4 Omani covers, all commercially used, sent from a NZ specialist to a Cinderella specialist (both also dealers). Two are adorned with nice, high value Omani stammps; two others the same, but each also carries a 75th memorial to the end of the First War.

Do the latter two go into my military collection, Cinderella collection, or just go?

But I learned about the sender, and a little about Omani stamps, so it was a fun twenty minutes with these four covers, regardless of where they end up.

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10 Oct 2021
10:23:58am
re: Magpie Me

"... 4 Omani covers, all commercially used, sent
from a NZ specialist to a Cinderella specialist
(both also dealers). ...."


Postally used covers from Oman, Oh Man !
But what would matter to me would be if they had
been mailed from Oman and to where.
Or, of course, as sometimes covers are,
just decorated with a cachet.

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Tom in Exton, PA
10 Oct 2021
03:07:20pm
re: Magpie Me

Hey, you've seen my USA collection! Anything goes! As I went through a cover box last week I found two WWI related covers and added them to my USA collection adjacent to the Scott 537 WWI Victory stamp. Why? Because I said so!

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10 Oct 2021
05:25:40pm
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from Oman to Jacksonville, OR

No cachets; but 2 of the 4 contained the First War's end label (75 years)

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11 Oct 2021
02:04:45am
re: Magpie Me

I'm a magpie collector for sure! For VANPEX 2006, I mounted my first exhibit, “In a Time of Need —1939 -1949: Wartime & Postwar Austerity in Great Britain (a subject about which I knew nothing before I started working on the exhibit):

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The exhibit included:

• Pre-war and wartime KGVI definitives, showing colour varieties made necessary by shortages of ink

• Wartime and post-war commemoratives

• Labels

• A QSL card

• Official Covers

• "Turned" (reused) covers

• Overprinted covers

• Civilian covers

• Philatelic covers

• A concert program

• A British propaganda leaflet

• Picture postcards

• Maps

• Photographs

• Letters (official and civil)

• A sprigs of Scottish heather

• Slogan cancels

Traditional philatelic exhibiting rules do not allow such a wide range of material, but a relatively new exhibit class — Display Class — allows it. Here's the APS rule:

"Display exhibits tell a unified, cohesive story by combining philatelic material from any or all of the other exhibit types along with a significant number, range, and diversity of non-philatelic elements. There is no set ratio of philatelic versus non-philatelic items; however, a display exhibit is primarily philatelic, meaning the philatelic items should carry the story."

Apparently my philatelic items "carried the story," because I got a vermeil (small gold) medal:

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Nice medal, eh? It’s been around since 1919, when the BC Philatelic Society was formed. Its design is based on British Columbia’s first postage stamp, and it's produced by Birks of Canada jewellers. But the medal was secondary — best thing about my exhibit is that I learned a great deal.

Bob

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11 Oct 2021
09:23:17am
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Bob:

A wonderful topic for an exhibit and the nicest philatelic medal I've ever seen.

David
Ottawa, Ont.

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11 Oct 2021
11:34:50am
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@DavidG — Those medals come with a price, something like $18 each as I recall. A club member once expressed indignation that we were spending so much on medals — he wanted to provide “medals” that were nothing but photocopies of his own design.

Bob

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