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09 Jan 2013
03:46:51pm
This discussion is just for fun especially for for movie buffs who can list any film or movie where postage stamps are shown, discussed or enter into the movie. I cannot think of many, but I know there are. So, please feel free to chime in. Maybe a complete list can be made and kept on this site.

1. Fargo (1996) Norm Gunderson wins the art competition for the 3 cent stamp

2. Saboteur (1942) Fry at the factory drops a letter with a camera zoom-in, and later on at Tobin's Ranch Tobin's granddaughter takes the mail out of his pocket and Barry Kane sees a letter addressed to Fry with zoom-in.

3. Charade (1963) the stamp market scene, and when Monsieur Felix oogles the three rare stamps found on the cover.

4. Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveler. (1988) kid travels through postage stamps!!?? (No, I never saw the film)

As My Cousin Vinny Gambini says, "Stamps, that's right, don't be afraid just shout 'em right out when you know 'em. "


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09 Jan 2013
04:37:16pm
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09 Jan 2013
04:56:59pm
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Wow! I never saw that flick. I just saw a Youtube clip where Richard Pryor buys a Jenny and apparently mails it on a postcard! Thanks for that one! That was rich! Pun intended on Mr. Pryor!

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09 Jan 2013
08:29:57pm
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How about these?

"AIRMAIL" (1932) with Pat O'Brien and Ralph Bellamy

"THE AVIATOR" (1985) with Christopher Reeve

my personal favorite - "ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS" (1939) with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur

"APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" (1951) with Alan Ladd




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09 Jan 2013
08:53:58pm
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Randy

That's great! I forgot about "ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS" and "AIRMAIL" ! Wow. You picked off four films focused on air mail. Nice!


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09 Jan 2013
09:05:35pm
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Burglar - starring Whoopie Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait. The movie starts out with them stealing one of the US Zeppelin Stamps. The thing is, no one wants to buy it from them. So Whoopie Goldberg licks it and sticks it to Bobcat Goldthwait's head. I cried...

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09 Jan 2013
09:31:40pm
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There was also a Kojak episode called Night of the Piraeus.

From IMBD:

"How far will somebody go to satisfy their obsession? Henry Keiler, a millionaire philatelist desires a rare stamp enough to commission its theft from a Greek official. He accompanies a beautiful young woman, Elaine Kastos, to meet her lover (the thief) at the docks, waiting in the car with the chauffeur. She signals two men in a nearby car who Mace the thief (Yanni Psalidas) and the chauffeur, shoot Yanni, grab his belt, and flee with Elaine. The killing continues; Ekaine and one of her "friends" are shot on orders from Harry Fein, who owns the only other surviving stamp like the one Keiler is obsessed with. Kojak meets with Keilor and is appalled with his inverted passion-caring more for stamps than people. Fein offers the two stamps to Keilor for one million dollars. Kojak is in on the final negotiations and witnesses the true extent of unbridled obsession, when Keilor does the right thing for the wrong reason."



I just started collecting when this came out. All I remember is when the guy got the second stamp he set it on fire so that he would own the only one in existence.

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09 Jan 2013
10:38:16pm
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That would be based on the British Guiana Scott #13. It is said that back in the 1950s a second copy of the stamp was found. The owner of the heretofore unique stamp purchased it, and then burned it in sight of the seller.

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10 Jan 2013
02:58:11am

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Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens), an Argentinian movie from 2000 about two conmen who try to sell some forgeries of rare and valuable stamps.

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10 Jan 2013
05:09:02pm
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Fun discussion. My favorite is Charade (1963). There are several more. Take a look at this Smithsonian site for a few additional movies.
http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2012/04/the-10-best-postal-movies.html

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10 Jan 2013
05:15:07pm
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You guys are all terrific! I just remembered another film in Italian Il Postino, involving . . . . you guessed it the village mail man (letter carrier for the political correct squeamish and sensitive).

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10 Jan 2013
10:56:12pm
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There was a "Law & Order--Special Victims Units" episode (who knows the names of episodes--I don't & generally could care less...however) in which the main suspect was a stamp collector. He was reclusive, odd and suspected, questioned, attacked by the neighbors as a pedophile when in fact all he was was a quiet, bookish man who collected (obsessively, actually) stamps. The word 'philatelist' was used almost as an expletive. I don't know if I ever watched the whole episode I was so disgusted.

An episode of "Murder She Wrote" (starring Angela Lansbury) (see above rant about episode titles) also involved a rare stamp that ended up being torn off the envelope/card on which it had been placed.

Like other situations in movies/TV in which I have some expertise, these badly done movies/TV episodes frustrate me so badly I cannot watch them. So, either they get turned off or I do.

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11 Jan 2013
02:56:47am
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In the old Mission Impossible television series (1960s), there were a couple of episodes involving stamps and collectors. One was a hoot as it involved a collector who had the "rarest stamp" in the world, as "I have eyes for only the best stamps collectible", was about what the character (played by Warren Stevens) said in the show. It was a Hungarian castle stamp from the 1960s!! At the time the show was filmed, it would have cataloged in Scott for 2 cents. There were many other stamps that were framed and in the display case. All cheapies too. Another episode had a non-stamp example that was cut out of a catalog introduction. It was considered to be a "unique" stamp. Being that this "stamp" was printed was in black and white, it was easy to hide a micro dot on it.

Also, on several other episodes of the show, you can see Minkus Global Supreme stamp albums lined up as if they were encyclopedias, reference books, law books, etc.

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11 Feb 2013
06:43:51am
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There was also an L.A. Law episode where the children of a stamp collector go to get their father's collection evaluated and it turns out that he had a secret classic porn collection worth much more than the stamps.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0624121/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

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11 Feb 2013
08:14:54am

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Check out "Heart & Souls", one part involves sheets of Zeps.
My all time favorite movie is "Charade' great movie, great stars, great acting, great music, and great stamps.
I saw that episode of Law & Order. Quit watching the darn show after that.
also, a little PO'ed with book series, "Hitman" by Lawrence Block. read several of them, the guy's a hired assassin, but he collects stamps so much of his fees go to buy stamps for his collection.
We had the complete series of "Mission Impossible' on DVD. Know exactly what you are talking about, Michael. unfortunately the fire destroyed all of our DVDs.

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11 Feb 2013
09:34:35pm
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Carl,
Buy a DVR and check out getting a subscription to Hulu. I have 100's of hours of old shows recorded. It doesn't replace all those DVDs you lost but it sure is fun being able to watch all those shows no longer on air whenever you want.

I also hook my laptop up to my TV and watch shows right off Hulu. It does require a broad band connection for best viewing.

I swore you lost a DVR and a laptop in that fire

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13 Feb 2013
06:31:33am

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13 Feb 2013
07:08:13pm
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If you have wireless Internet, you can also buy a Roku box. You can find them for as little as $60 and they allow you to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and a ton of free and paid "channels." I believe it's cheaper than a DVR.

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20 Feb 2013
01:17:54am
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I don't remember the date, but a recent Linn's article referred to a stamp showing a locomotive used in a movie as being similar to the Parcel Post issue.

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20 Feb 2013
07:35:16am
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Les,
We also discussed those stamps on SOR:

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12 Sep 2013
04:36:32pm
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I know this is an older topic, but thought I'd add to it anyhow.

Not a movie, but a British Sit-com, called, "Keeping Up Appearances" The main character, Hyacinth Bucket, ( pronounced bouquet ) insists that NO mail with second class stamps on it is allowed to be delivered to her house. It has to be a first class stamp only.

Also in the opening of the show it shows her ( hands only ) measuring with a ruler exactly from the edges of an envelope before placing the stamp.

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12 Sep 2013
04:48:44pm
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Suzanne -

You show your true Canadian colours. What would life be like without Mrs. Bucket? Her poor husband, here he thought he was a Bucket and she was a Bouquet! LOL

I still watch that show and in all these years I've never put those two things together. Thanks Happy

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12 Sep 2013
07:38:57pm
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Just watched 'Hyde park on the Hudson" last week on cable. There are a number of stamp collecting comments by FDR played by Bill Murray, including some during his meetings with King George VI, 2 major collectors of the time.

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12 Sep 2013
10:27:36pm
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Scooby Doo - The Mystery Begins

Yes, a rather pathetic recent Scooby Doo live action film where the villain is a school principle out to dig up an old time capsule with a valuable stamp (misprint) inside that he wants for his stamp collection.

A sad, stereotyping representation of a nerdy stamp collector that did nothing to help when it comes to promoting the hobby. Ugh.

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13 Sep 2013
10:56:28am
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Surprised no one mentioned "Rommel, The Desert Fox" when Rommel-James Mason- questions a captured British Officer -Sir Cedric Hardwicke- he talks about them both being stamp collectors.

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21 Sep 2013
01:27:20pm
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Bela Lugosi was also a stamp collector. Not sure what he collected though.

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21 Sep 2013
11:51:34pm
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Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" (2006) - excellent WWII movie, though not for the squeamish ... takes a look at the Dutch resistance - in a minor point to the plot, a main character, a German officer, is a stamp collector seeking some hard-to-find Dutch stamps

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24 Feb 2015
12:13:19pm
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I have just published a 401 page A4 book on this subject. It is titled Stamps and Stamp Collecting in Popular Culture and is about stamps and stamp collecting in movies, as well as literature (novels, poetry, comics), plays, music, television and radio etc. If stamps or philately are in the story or seen in a movie or tv programme, then it will be in my book.

The book has 120 movies that feature stamps or philately in some way in their plots.

It has taken me about four years to research and write it.

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02 Mar 2015
07:47:59pm
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Just watched a Blondie movie, "Blondie in Society". Of course there's the obligatory collision of Dagwood and later Blondie with the mailman and the mail spilling across the yard. Also, the opening credits are shown within (rather poorly) depicted stamped envelopes (covers). Watched this on Amazon prime as I remember enjoying these as a kid and thought my children would like them also.

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02 Mar 2015
08:48:02pm
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There is a scene in Caprica (2009-2010), the off-shoot of the great Battlestar Galactica remake where a letter received is shown that has a Caprica stamp on it. I will see if I can get a screen capture. I have the DVD set.

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03 Mar 2015
12:22:54pm
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I just watched Charade again; it is a great movie, as mentioned previously.

Here are the rare stamps in question. The prices the dealer gave in this 1960s movie were $85,000; $65,000; and $100,000 respectively. The dealer called the one "the most valuable stamp in the world"!

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25 Sep 2015
10:26:32pm
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The Truth about Charlie with Mark Wahlberg is a decent movie

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0270707/
A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his, and he wants it back, seemingly convinced that she's hiding the cash. Meanwhile, more people end up dead...
And maybe you can guess the rest.


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27 Sep 2015
10:24:38pm
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"Paycheck" with Ben Affleck has Einstein stamps in the movie. Good Sci-Fi movie

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22 Dec 2015
04:28:23pm
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Lest we forget, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot was a stamp collector and occasionally we see his album in episodes of the BBC production "Poirot."

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22 Dec 2015
07:31:44pm
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Stamps also were part of the plot in last week's episode of NCIS.

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22 Dec 2015
09:53:39pm
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"Stamps also were part of the plot in last week's episode of NCIS."



Yeah, worst episode ever of one of my favourite shows! The writers propagated popular myths about the value of stamps. Total garbage!

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22 Dec 2015
10:13:08pm
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I always get a chuckle, usually quick views from the camera, of covers bearing stamps that do not fit the period for the movie. At the moment, after some vexing efforts at recall, I cant remember the titles of any of those films.'
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24 Dec 2015
12:20:18pm
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NCIS has a plot ?

Hmmmm, I guess I missed that.

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26 Dec 2015
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Downton Abbey, the fabulous BBC period piece that sadly had the final-ever episode broadcast Christmas Day in GB/UK/ENG/whatever...

The dowager's butler "Spratt" is often seen at his collection with tongs gently placing his newly-received Rule Britannia issue into his album. Oh to actually find such a thing at a yard sale...

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27 Dec 2015
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Lemaven - the final season of Downton Abbey hasn't aired in the US yet, so please, no spoilers! My husband and I have watched every episode of the US version at least once and neither of us remembers Spratt ever having a stamp collection. Maybe the producers thought Americans weren't refined enough to understand what he was doing? Confused

We are currently watching the entire series of UK versions on Amazon, so hopefully I'll see it there! If you haven't re-watched any of the seasons or episodes, I would highly recommend it. It's very interesting to discover things we missed and to see the building of the characters again knowing what will happen next.

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Lisa, just as long as you don't mistake Downton Abbey for anything that really might have happened in aristocratic England a hundred years or so ago... It is a massive PR job for the upper classes, written by an aristocrat himself (Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), and bearing little or no relationship to the uglier facets of English class history.

I'm wondering if a US comparison might be the film of Gone With the Wind?

Of course as soap opera Downton is highly successful, and it boasts some of the best actors/actresses we have. I hope you enjoy the final season/Christmas special! I cannot vouch for the presence of a stamp collection, however.

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18 Jan 2016
02:05:10am
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Glanced up just in time to see Spratt's stamp collection in Episode 3 of the final season of Downton Abbey this evening. I only saw it for a couple seconds -- anyone catch the album, or any of his supplies? Curious if the timing of the stamps coincides with the date portrayed in the episode.

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18 Jan 2016
07:40:18am
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Sprat has a page open featuring the GB KGV definitive set, and he is holding the 1d British Empire Expedition with tweezers under a magnifying glass. I suspect the set is the 1924 issue since it comes immediately before that stamp and in the ensuing dialog, Pratt states that this stamp was "just released; first commemorative stamp ever" so it must be the 1924 issue. So yes, period appropriate stamp collection; well done Downton detail people!

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18 Jan 2016
12:50:15pm
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But he said "the first commemorative ever" which would be 1924.

On a previous episode someone gave a letter to be posted and it had a KGV definitive on it; the color was either light brown or yellowish brown, so probably 2d? Was that the rate in the 1920s?

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18 Jan 2016
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Moving afield I saw the off-broadway production of Mauritius several years ago. It is all about the theft and valuation of the earliest stamps of that colony.

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20 Jan 2016
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Wasn't 1898 earlier than either 1924 or 1925 ?

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21 Jan 2016
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I suspect he meant first commemorative stamp ever in the UK (or GB, or England ... ), not in the "colonies."

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21 Jan 2016
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And even then there are earlier examples of commemoratives in the British Empire: New South Wales 1888 and Hong Kong 1891 :-)

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21 Jan 2016
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Hahaha

He said, "... "the first commemorative EVER" ..."

Debating what fictional characters mean or meant died an inglorious death when Dan Quayle spoke back to Murphy Brown.
But it can be fun.

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15 Feb 2016
08:55:50pm
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I found this image of Mr. Septimus Sprat with his stamps, from Downtown Abbey. The second image is a close up of the tongs/tweezers in use. They are so exact with their period pieces on the show, I can't help but think this is what tongs/tweezers looked like in the 1920s. Anyone know?

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16 Feb 2016
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Hi All

I was watching the second last episode (or last, can't remember which?) of "New Tricks", a British (fictional) crime series and they were showing what was apparently the rarest Russian stamps at a "Spinks Auction House". It was an interesting episode.

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05 May 2016
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A long time ago, I read a science fiction short story that involved a space ship captain who was a smuggler and was selling rare paintings from old earth in the black market on some other planet in a far distant galaxy. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the story. It took several pages before you realized the rare paintings were actually Iron Curtain country stamps featuring paintings being tagged as rare miniatures. In fact, as I recall, the captain told one of his buyers that if he was really interested he was sure he could find more but they would be more costly than the ones he brought this trip.
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05 May 2016
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The great director Krzysztof Kieslowski, his magnum opus being a trilogy -- Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red), created an earlier program for Polish tv called Decalogue, ten episodes. The 10th episode centered around a stamp collector:

"A man dies leaving an extremely valuable stamp collection to his two sons, Jerzy and Artur. Although they know very little about stamps, they are unwilling to sell. They learn that one very rare stamp is needed to complete the valuable set. To acquire the stamp Jerzy donates his kidney - the man in possession of the stamp is in need of a kidney for his daughter. Returning from hospital, Jerzy and Artur find that they have been burgled. The entire stamp collection is gone. Shamefully, they confess that they suspected each other and are reconciled."

Kieslowski's move Blue (part of his trilogy), is considered by many (and I am on board) to be the greatest movie ever made.


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06 May 2016
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Kieslowski Was one of all time favorite directors. His surreal style was both unique and compelling. In addition to the Decalogue, and the Trilogy, he also directed the haunting Double Life of Veronique.

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BermudaSailor, the Double Life of Veroninque is a beautiful movie. And haunting is a great word to describe it. Tough movie to hold back a tear or two.

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I have seen Kieslowski's White and the Argentinian movie Nine Queens.

There is also a Finnish movie The Stars Will Tell, Inspector Palmu (1962). The murder of an esteemed stamp collector is part of the plot.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0056628/?ref_=m_nmfmd_dr_28
But I should re-watch the film to give more details, it's been a while since I last saw it.


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The Avengers (1965) Episode "The Hour That Never Was" (Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) has a scene involving Steed where Philately is referred as that dirty hobby spreading disease through all that stamp licking. Spreading saliva and disease everywhere, especially foreign saliva! Perhaps in philatelic revenge the character uttering these lines is later cancelled out.

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14 Dec 2019
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An episode of "Father Brown" which I watched a few years ago revolved around the theft of a stamp (or pane?, or sheet?) from Rhodesia(?), or Kenya(?). The stamp(s) in question were a printing error of great value, and I recall checking my Scotts catalog at the time, but do not recall what I found.
Murder for stamps. I prefer obtaining mine on SOR auctions and approvals. LOL

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15 Dec 2019
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Might it be this episode?
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6258684/

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15 Dec 2019
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That's the one jillcrow! Thanks for providing the link. Yes, "The Tanganyika Green".

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09 Jan 2013
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This discussion is just for fun especially for for movie buffs who can list any film or movie where postage stamps are shown, discussed or enter into the movie. I cannot think of many, but I know there are. So, please feel free to chime in. Maybe a complete list can be made and kept on this site.

1. Fargo (1996) Norm Gunderson wins the art competition for the 3 cent stamp

2. Saboteur (1942) Fry at the factory drops a letter with a camera zoom-in, and later on at Tobin's Ranch Tobin's granddaughter takes the mail out of his pocket and Barry Kane sees a letter addressed to Fry with zoom-in.

3. Charade (1963) the stamp market scene, and when Monsieur Felix oogles the three rare stamps found on the cover.

4. Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveler. (1988) kid travels through postage stamps!!?? (No, I never saw the film)

As My Cousin Vinny Gambini says, "Stamps, that's right, don't be afraid just shout 'em right out when you know 'em. "


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09 Jan 2013
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09 Jan 2013
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Wow! I never saw that flick. I just saw a Youtube clip where Richard Pryor buys a Jenny and apparently mails it on a postcard! Thanks for that one! That was rich! Pun intended on Mr. Pryor!

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09 Jan 2013
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How about these?

"AIRMAIL" (1932) with Pat O'Brien and Ralph Bellamy

"THE AVIATOR" (1985) with Christopher Reeve

my personal favorite - "ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS" (1939) with Cary Grant and Jean Arthur

"APPOINTMENT WITH DANGER" (1951) with Alan Ladd




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09 Jan 2013
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That's great! I forgot about "ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS" and "AIRMAIL" ! Wow. You picked off four films focused on air mail. Nice!


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09 Jan 2013
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Burglar - starring Whoopie Goldberg and Bobcat Goldthwait. The movie starts out with them stealing one of the US Zeppelin Stamps. The thing is, no one wants to buy it from them. So Whoopie Goldberg licks it and sticks it to Bobcat Goldthwait's head. I cried...

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There was also a Kojak episode called Night of the Piraeus.

From IMBD:

"How far will somebody go to satisfy their obsession? Henry Keiler, a millionaire philatelist desires a rare stamp enough to commission its theft from a Greek official. He accompanies a beautiful young woman, Elaine Kastos, to meet her lover (the thief) at the docks, waiting in the car with the chauffeur. She signals two men in a nearby car who Mace the thief (Yanni Psalidas) and the chauffeur, shoot Yanni, grab his belt, and flee with Elaine. The killing continues; Ekaine and one of her "friends" are shot on orders from Harry Fein, who owns the only other surviving stamp like the one Keiler is obsessed with. Kojak meets with Keilor and is appalled with his inverted passion-caring more for stamps than people. Fein offers the two stamps to Keilor for one million dollars. Kojak is in on the final negotiations and witnesses the true extent of unbridled obsession, when Keilor does the right thing for the wrong reason."



I just started collecting when this came out. All I remember is when the guy got the second stamp he set it on fire so that he would own the only one in existence.

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That would be based on the British Guiana Scott #13. It is said that back in the 1950s a second copy of the stamp was found. The owner of the heretofore unique stamp purchased it, and then burned it in sight of the seller.

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Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens), an Argentinian movie from 2000 about two conmen who try to sell some forgeries of rare and valuable stamps.

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10 Jan 2013
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Fun discussion. My favorite is Charade (1963). There are several more. Take a look at this Smithsonian site for a few additional movies.
http://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2012/04/the-10-best-postal-movies.html

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10 Jan 2013
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You guys are all terrific! I just remembered another film in Italian Il Postino, involving . . . . you guessed it the village mail man (letter carrier for the political correct squeamish and sensitive).

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10 Jan 2013
10:56:12pm

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There was a "Law & Order--Special Victims Units" episode (who knows the names of episodes--I don't & generally could care less...however) in which the main suspect was a stamp collector. He was reclusive, odd and suspected, questioned, attacked by the neighbors as a pedophile when in fact all he was was a quiet, bookish man who collected (obsessively, actually) stamps. The word 'philatelist' was used almost as an expletive. I don't know if I ever watched the whole episode I was so disgusted.

An episode of "Murder She Wrote" (starring Angela Lansbury) (see above rant about episode titles) also involved a rare stamp that ended up being torn off the envelope/card on which it had been placed.

Like other situations in movies/TV in which I have some expertise, these badly done movies/TV episodes frustrate me so badly I cannot watch them. So, either they get turned off or I do.

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11 Jan 2013
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In the old Mission Impossible television series (1960s), there were a couple of episodes involving stamps and collectors. One was a hoot as it involved a collector who had the "rarest stamp" in the world, as "I have eyes for only the best stamps collectible", was about what the character (played by Warren Stevens) said in the show. It was a Hungarian castle stamp from the 1960s!! At the time the show was filmed, it would have cataloged in Scott for 2 cents. There were many other stamps that were framed and in the display case. All cheapies too. Another episode had a non-stamp example that was cut out of a catalog introduction. It was considered to be a "unique" stamp. Being that this "stamp" was printed was in black and white, it was easy to hide a micro dot on it.

Also, on several other episodes of the show, you can see Minkus Global Supreme stamp albums lined up as if they were encyclopedias, reference books, law books, etc.

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There was also an L.A. Law episode where the children of a stamp collector go to get their father's collection evaluated and it turns out that he had a secret classic porn collection worth much more than the stamps.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0624121/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl

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Check out "Heart & Souls", one part involves sheets of Zeps.
My all time favorite movie is "Charade' great movie, great stars, great acting, great music, and great stamps.
I saw that episode of Law & Order. Quit watching the darn show after that.
also, a little PO'ed with book series, "Hitman" by Lawrence Block. read several of them, the guy's a hired assassin, but he collects stamps so much of his fees go to buy stamps for his collection.
We had the complete series of "Mission Impossible' on DVD. Know exactly what you are talking about, Michael. unfortunately the fire destroyed all of our DVDs.

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11 Feb 2013
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Carl,
Buy a DVR and check out getting a subscription to Hulu. I have 100's of hours of old shows recorded. It doesn't replace all those DVDs you lost but it sure is fun being able to watch all those shows no longer on air whenever you want.

I also hook my laptop up to my TV and watch shows right off Hulu. It does require a broad band connection for best viewing.

I swore you lost a DVR and a laptop in that fire

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If you have wireless Internet, you can also buy a Roku box. You can find them for as little as $60 and they allow you to watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and a ton of free and paid "channels." I believe it's cheaper than a DVR.

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20 Feb 2013
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I don't remember the date, but a recent Linn's article referred to a stamp showing a locomotive used in a movie as being similar to the Parcel Post issue.

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20 Feb 2013
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Les,
We also discussed those stamps on SOR:

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12 Sep 2013
04:36:32pm

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I know this is an older topic, but thought I'd add to it anyhow.

Not a movie, but a British Sit-com, called, "Keeping Up Appearances" The main character, Hyacinth Bucket, ( pronounced bouquet ) insists that NO mail with second class stamps on it is allowed to be delivered to her house. It has to be a first class stamp only.

Also in the opening of the show it shows her ( hands only ) measuring with a ruler exactly from the edges of an envelope before placing the stamp.

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Suzanne -

You show your true Canadian colours. What would life be like without Mrs. Bucket? Her poor husband, here he thought he was a Bucket and she was a Bouquet! LOL

I still watch that show and in all these years I've never put those two things together. Thanks Happy

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12 Sep 2013
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Just watched 'Hyde park on the Hudson" last week on cable. There are a number of stamp collecting comments by FDR played by Bill Murray, including some during his meetings with King George VI, 2 major collectors of the time.

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12 Sep 2013
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Scooby Doo - The Mystery Begins

Yes, a rather pathetic recent Scooby Doo live action film where the villain is a school principle out to dig up an old time capsule with a valuable stamp (misprint) inside that he wants for his stamp collection.

A sad, stereotyping representation of a nerdy stamp collector that did nothing to help when it comes to promoting the hobby. Ugh.

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13 Sep 2013
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Surprised no one mentioned "Rommel, The Desert Fox" when Rommel-James Mason- questions a captured British Officer -Sir Cedric Hardwicke- he talks about them both being stamp collectors.

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21 Sep 2013
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Bela Lugosi was also a stamp collector. Not sure what he collected though.

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21 Sep 2013
11:51:34pm

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Paul Verhoeven's "Black Book" (2006) - excellent WWII movie, though not for the squeamish ... takes a look at the Dutch resistance - in a minor point to the plot, a main character, a German officer, is a stamp collector seeking some hard-to-find Dutch stamps

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24 Feb 2015
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I have just published a 401 page A4 book on this subject. It is titled Stamps and Stamp Collecting in Popular Culture and is about stamps and stamp collecting in movies, as well as literature (novels, poetry, comics), plays, music, television and radio etc. If stamps or philately are in the story or seen in a movie or tv programme, then it will be in my book.

The book has 120 movies that feature stamps or philately in some way in their plots.

It has taken me about four years to research and write it.

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02 Mar 2015
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Just watched a Blondie movie, "Blondie in Society". Of course there's the obligatory collision of Dagwood and later Blondie with the mailman and the mail spilling across the yard. Also, the opening credits are shown within (rather poorly) depicted stamped envelopes (covers). Watched this on Amazon prime as I remember enjoying these as a kid and thought my children would like them also.

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02 Mar 2015
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There is a scene in Caprica (2009-2010), the off-shoot of the great Battlestar Galactica remake where a letter received is shown that has a Caprica stamp on it. I will see if I can get a screen capture. I have the DVD set.

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03 Mar 2015
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I just watched Charade again; it is a great movie, as mentioned previously.

Here are the rare stamps in question. The prices the dealer gave in this 1960s movie were $85,000; $65,000; and $100,000 respectively. The dealer called the one "the most valuable stamp in the world"!

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25 Sep 2015
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The Truth about Charlie with Mark Wahlberg is a decent movie

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0270707/
A young woman in Paris is about to divorce her husband when she discovers... he's dead; and all their money is gone. She meets a mysterious man, who tells her that the money was really his, and he wants it back, seemingly convinced that she's hiding the cash. Meanwhile, more people end up dead...
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27 Sep 2015
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"Paycheck" with Ben Affleck has Einstein stamps in the movie. Good Sci-Fi movie

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22 Dec 2015
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Lest we forget, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot was a stamp collector and occasionally we see his album in episodes of the BBC production "Poirot."

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22 Dec 2015
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Stamps also were part of the plot in last week's episode of NCIS.

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"Stamps also were part of the plot in last week's episode of NCIS."



Yeah, worst episode ever of one of my favourite shows! The writers propagated popular myths about the value of stamps. Total garbage!

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22 Dec 2015
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I always get a chuckle, usually quick views from the camera, of covers bearing stamps that do not fit the period for the movie. At the moment, after some vexing efforts at recall, I cant remember the titles of any of those films.'
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NCIS has a plot ?

Hmmmm, I guess I missed that.

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26 Dec 2015
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Downton Abbey, the fabulous BBC period piece that sadly had the final-ever episode broadcast Christmas Day in GB/UK/ENG/whatever...

The dowager's butler "Spratt" is often seen at his collection with tongs gently placing his newly-received Rule Britannia issue into his album. Oh to actually find such a thing at a yard sale...

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Lemaven - the final season of Downton Abbey hasn't aired in the US yet, so please, no spoilers! My husband and I have watched every episode of the US version at least once and neither of us remembers Spratt ever having a stamp collection. Maybe the producers thought Americans weren't refined enough to understand what he was doing? Confused

We are currently watching the entire series of UK versions on Amazon, so hopefully I'll see it there! If you haven't re-watched any of the seasons or episodes, I would highly recommend it. It's very interesting to discover things we missed and to see the building of the characters again knowing what will happen next.

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27 Dec 2015
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Lisa, just as long as you don't mistake Downton Abbey for anything that really might have happened in aristocratic England a hundred years or so ago... It is a massive PR job for the upper classes, written by an aristocrat himself (Baron Fellowes of West Stafford), and bearing little or no relationship to the uglier facets of English class history.

I'm wondering if a US comparison might be the film of Gone With the Wind?

Of course as soap opera Downton is highly successful, and it boasts some of the best actors/actresses we have. I hope you enjoy the final season/Christmas special! I cannot vouch for the presence of a stamp collection, however.

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18 Jan 2016
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Glanced up just in time to see Spratt's stamp collection in Episode 3 of the final season of Downton Abbey this evening. I only saw it for a couple seconds -- anyone catch the album, or any of his supplies? Curious if the timing of the stamps coincides with the date portrayed in the episode.

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18 Jan 2016
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Sprat has a page open featuring the GB KGV definitive set, and he is holding the 1d British Empire Expedition with tweezers under a magnifying glass. I suspect the set is the 1924 issue since it comes immediately before that stamp and in the ensuing dialog, Pratt states that this stamp was "just released; first commemorative stamp ever" so it must be the 1924 issue. So yes, period appropriate stamp collection; well done Downton detail people!

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18 Jan 2016
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But he said "the first commemorative ever" which would be 1924.

On a previous episode someone gave a letter to be posted and it had a KGV definitive on it; the color was either light brown or yellowish brown, so probably 2d? Was that the rate in the 1920s?

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18 Jan 2016
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Moving afield I saw the off-broadway production of Mauritius several years ago. It is all about the theft and valuation of the earliest stamps of that colony.

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Wasn't 1898 earlier than either 1924 or 1925 ?

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21 Jan 2016
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I suspect he meant first commemorative stamp ever in the UK (or GB, or England ... ), not in the "colonies."

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And even then there are earlier examples of commemoratives in the British Empire: New South Wales 1888 and Hong Kong 1891 :-)

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Hahaha

He said, "... "the first commemorative EVER" ..."

Debating what fictional characters mean or meant died an inglorious death when Dan Quayle spoke back to Murphy Brown.
But it can be fun.

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15 Feb 2016
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I found this image of Mr. Septimus Sprat with his stamps, from Downtown Abbey. The second image is a close up of the tongs/tweezers in use. They are so exact with their period pieces on the show, I can't help but think this is what tongs/tweezers looked like in the 1920s. Anyone know?

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16 Feb 2016
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Hi All

I was watching the second last episode (or last, can't remember which?) of "New Tricks", a British (fictional) crime series and they were showing what was apparently the rarest Russian stamps at a "Spinks Auction House". It was an interesting episode.

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A long time ago, I read a science fiction short story that involved a space ship captain who was a smuggler and was selling rare paintings from old earth in the black market on some other planet in a far distant galaxy. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of the story. It took several pages before you realized the rare paintings were actually Iron Curtain country stamps featuring paintings being tagged as rare miniatures. In fact, as I recall, the captain told one of his buyers that if he was really interested he was sure he could find more but they would be more costly than the ones he brought this trip.
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Winedrinker

05 May 2016
10:24:17pm

re: Stamps in movies

The great director Krzysztof Kieslowski, his magnum opus being a trilogy -- Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red), created an earlier program for Polish tv called Decalogue, ten episodes. The 10th episode centered around a stamp collector:

"A man dies leaving an extremely valuable stamp collection to his two sons, Jerzy and Artur. Although they know very little about stamps, they are unwilling to sell. They learn that one very rare stamp is needed to complete the valuable set. To acquire the stamp Jerzy donates his kidney - the man in possession of the stamp is in need of a kidney for his daughter. Returning from hospital, Jerzy and Artur find that they have been burgled. The entire stamp collection is gone. Shamefully, they confess that they suspected each other and are reconciled."

Kieslowski's move Blue (part of his trilogy), is considered by many (and I am on board) to be the greatest movie ever made.


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BermudaSailor

06 May 2016
06:55:03pm

re: Stamps in movies

Kieslowski Was one of all time favorite directors. His surreal style was both unique and compelling. In addition to the Decalogue, and the Trilogy, he also directed the haunting Double Life of Veronique.

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Winedrinker

06 May 2016
08:32:31pm

re: Stamps in movies

BermudaSailor, the Double Life of Veroninque is a beautiful movie. And haunting is a great word to describe it. Tough movie to hold back a tear or two.

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Jarmo66

11 Dec 2019
06:38:57pm

re: Stamps in movies

I have seen Kieslowski's White and the Argentinian movie Nine Queens.

There is also a Finnish movie The Stars Will Tell, Inspector Palmu (1962). The murder of an esteemed stamp collector is part of the plot.

https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0056628/?ref_=m_nmfmd_dr_28
But I should re-watch the film to give more details, it's been a while since I last saw it.


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12 Dec 2019
10:39:12am

re: Stamps in movies

The Avengers (1965) Episode "The Hour That Never Was" (Diana Rigg as Emma Peel) has a scene involving Steed where Philately is referred as that dirty hobby spreading disease through all that stamp licking. Spreading saliva and disease everywhere, especially foreign saliva! Perhaps in philatelic revenge the character uttering these lines is later cancelled out.

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Benque

14 Dec 2019
05:36:25pm

re: Stamps in movies

An episode of "Father Brown" which I watched a few years ago revolved around the theft of a stamp (or pane?, or sheet?) from Rhodesia(?), or Kenya(?). The stamp(s) in question were a printing error of great value, and I recall checking my Scotts catalog at the time, but do not recall what I found.
Murder for stamps. I prefer obtaining mine on SOR auctions and approvals. LOL

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jillcrow

15 Dec 2019
09:15:05am

re: Stamps in movies

Might it be this episode?
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6258684/

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Benque

15 Dec 2019
03:19:56pm

re: Stamps in movies

That's the one jillcrow! Thanks for providing the link. Yes, "The Tanganyika Green".

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