Saturday, March 8, 2008

Historic post office on display

BELLEFONTE — A yellowed and torn note that hangs in the newest post office in the county shows how many pounds of salt, oats and timothy seed are in a bushel.

"Does that say 1863?" asked Bellefonte postmaster Kathy Punt, pointing to the top of the list of bulk food items.

The note was written during the Civil War and tacked to the side of a desk inside the Headsville, W.Va., post office, which also served as a country store from 1860 to 1914, and it’s one of many items inside that point to another era.

The board-and-batten post office was recently reconstructed inside a new climate-controlled room at the American Philatelic Center’s headquarters at the old Match Factory, where it quietly opened for limited postal business in front of a crowd of stamp enthusiasts . . .

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Stamp society learn about the ‘Irish Question’

LANARKSHIRE Philatelic Society enjoyed a fascinating evening last Friday when Colin Breddy attempted to answer ‘The Irish Question’.

However, the first display of the evening was not a question but an interesting pre-stamp postal history regarding the postage of mail between Ireland and Britain before 1840, which was the year postage stamps first came into use.

In the very early days, pre-paid letters from Ireland to Scotland were routed via London. . . .

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Philip Weiss Auction Sells Rare Invert Stamp From 1869 For Record $1.2 Million

Hot-blooded stamp collectors chased a rare "invert" American stamp from 1869 depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence to a record $1.2 million at Philip Weiss Auctions this past Saturday, February 9.

"Oh, my God, it was unbelievable," said an elated Philip Weiss, still reeling from the sale. "Not only was it a world record price for that stamp, but it was an auction record for any inverted stamp." In November 2007, Robert Siegel, a New York City-based auctioneer, achieved $977,500 for a 1918 inverted Jenny 24-cent US airmail stamp.

Weiss said an anonymous collector successfully bid for the stamp, which was originally estimated by the auction house at $200/300,000. "I really expected that the 24-cent inverted Jenny would be the star of this sale," said Weiss. Also estimated at $200/300,000, the Jenny brought $265,000.

"Inverts" get their classification from the fact that image was accidentally printed upside-down. The sale included 23 of the coveted inverts among more than 200 lots of stamps and coins. . . .

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