Several years ago, in Linn’s U.S. Notes of Nov. 7, 2005, I pictured and described two Frederick H. Dietz National Poster Stamp Society souvenir sheets similar to the two different examples shown here in Figure 1.
Dietz is identified on most of these sheets as the publisher of the series.
One of the sheets in the earlier column was marked No. 105, and the other was No. 147. I asked readers if they could help fill in the subjects of the other 145 sheets.
I began a folder with the immediate responses, but none of them were comprehensive, and here it is nearly nine years later, and I still don’t have a complete answer.
But I do have more information. And in the course of what I like to call bourse crawling — visiting dealers’ tables at stamp shows — I have found several more examples.
Here is what I can report: I have, or have reports of, 22 sheets. The first is No. 96, for the Great Britain stamp centennial, and it is dated 1940. The last, dated May 24, 1944, is No. 172, honoring the 100th anniversary of the first telegraph message.
In between are sheets for statehood anniversaries, war and victory themes, events and anniversaries having to do with transportation, and two that mark the stamps honoring the occupied nations of Europe.
No. 161 is shown in Figure 2. No. 162 is the largest of the sheets, with 12 separate seals showing the flags of the 12 occupied nations of Europe.
An unnumbered sheet, dated April 16, 1945, marks the 13th anniversary of the organizing of the Bronx County Stamp Club and is shown in Figure 3.
Most of the sheets indicate that they were designed by L.W.S., who is Ludwig Staehle, famous as a designer of cachets for first-day covers. Indeed, some of the sheet designs were also used on covers.
Sheet numbers accounted for as of this date are 96, 97, 98, 101, 102, 105, 114, 121, 122, 123, 144, 146, 147, 148, 149, 153, 157, 161, 162, 170, 171 and 172. My thanks to the following readers who responded to the earlier article: John Bloor, Greg Ciesielski, Wally Ebright, Ellen Peachey, Roger and Bonnie Riga, and David Semsrott.
If any Linn’s readers can report additional sheets, I would appreciate notification, along with a scan or photocopy, to me firstname.lastname@example.org; or at Box 1125, Falls Church, VA 22041.
The cartoon caption contests usually feature a person to whom witty lines can be attributed, but this month, the speakers might prefer anonymity.
The scene is the hospital depicted on the 1986 22¢ Public Hospitals commemorative shown in Figure 4.
Probably the dominant theme of public policy over the last five years has been the legislation known as the Affordable [Health] Care Act (ACA) which created the controversial system sometimes identified as Obamacare. I don’t propose to get into the merits or problems of it, but what has been put on the public record ranges from deadly serious to laugh-out-loud hilarious.
I would like you to focus on the latter if you wish to address the ACA. But there is a world of other subjects that might be talked about in hospital corridors.
Picture yourself as a patient in the hospital, or one of the medical staff, or as a hospital administrator. And then deliver a thought that relates medicine to stamp collecting, how hospitals are run, illness, politics or whatever else strikes your fancy.
Consider what you might be thinking or feeling about medical science today, and write your line down on a postcard or send me an e-mail.
Two prizes will be given: one each for the best philatelic and nonphilatelic lines.
The important thing is to use your sense of humor, because entries with a humorous twist have the best chance of winning a prize.
Put your entry (or entries) on a postcard if possible and send it to me, John Hotchner, Cartoon Contest, care of Linn’s Editor, Box 29, Sidney, OH 45365; or e-mail it to email@example.com. Be sure to include your mailing address.
For each winner, the prize will be the book Linn’s Stamp Identifier, published by Linn’s (a retail value of $12.99), or a 13-week subscription to Linn’s (a new subscription or an extension). To be considered for a prize, entries must reach Linn’s no later than June 23.
Why not enter now while you’re thinking about it?
blogThe unique block of six unissued 2-penny King Edward VIII stamps of Australia, whose fascinating origin and provenance were detailed in Linn’s issue dated Oct. 20, 2014, around the time of the block’s sale, has been broken up. The block had lain in the Vestey family’s possession ever since it was fresh off the presses in 1936, when the 1st Baron Vestey received it as a memento from an Australian politician. Read More ›
blogAs stamp collectors, we become the stewards of postage stamps and postal history. We passionately protect our stamps and covers. We recognize that these fragile objects are ours to cherish for a brief moment in time before we pass them along to the next generation. Read More ›
blogOn June 28, 1914, by assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip with the squeeze of a trigger sparked would become to be known as “The Great War” and “The War to End All Wars.” Read More ›
blogEleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds share ideas …,” and Linn’s is fortunate to have thoughtful leaders of the stamp hobby on its Editorial Advisory Board. Board members participated in a lively discussion of “The State of the Stamp Hobby” Aug. 21 at the American Philatelic Society Stampshow in Grand Rapids, Mich. Read More ›
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Marty Frankevicz discusses the controversy in Canada over increasing postage rates, the elimination of home mail delivery and the erecting of cluster boxes.
Watch as Linn’s associate editor Michael Baadke discusses happenings at the recent APS Stampshow from the show floor.
Watch as Linn's/Scott editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the early release of the new U.S. Elvis stamp, the possibility of a Peanuts stamp and Linn's at the upcoming APS Stampshow.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News managing editor Chad Snee discusses highlights of Robert A. Siegel Auction Rarities Week sales in late June, and reports that the 49¢ price for a first-class United States stamp will remain in effect until April.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.