Sunday, March 12, 2017

Hollerbaum & Schmidt

I haven't a clue?!!!!!! Have you?  I picked these up at an auction today. No clue what they are, but I figured they'd make nice bookmarks if nothing else for $4. I happened to notice one has a good tear, It's been quite awhile since I made a find of something interesting. This Hollerbaum & Shmidt company that made these really has some interest. A web search pulls up some interesting artwork.


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hilmi Ziya Ulken

 Essayist, Historian, Philosopher and Sociologist, Hilmi Ziya Ulken, arguably the greatest mind and writer in regards to the history of Turkey and the social and ethical changes occurring in his nation over the course of transitional periods dating from the end of Ottoman rule up and thru WW2 and beyond. He wrote several books and embraced the personal needs of the individual as well as the public needs of society at the same time. He believed that Turkey could better itself by embracing things from outside cultures. He also believed that societies views as a whole could not change suddenly, but required transitional periods.

  This is a 600,000 Lira postage issued June 3, 2002, One of a set of 5 different biographies.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Mystery Turk stamp

I'm usually fairly good at finding where and whats regarding stamps, yet some do elude me such as this Turkish Republic 35 Lira. Does anyone have an idea of the what and when issue this is?


Tuesday, September 06, 2016

75th U.P.U. Anniversary

 These were issued in a set of 4, naturally I only have the 3 lowest values. Nevertheless it's nice to have these from Singapore. This is an omnibus release, which means that multiples of different countries released stamps commemorating this event. While many countries released matching stamps, some countries also released their own version of stamps in recognition.


Monday, September 05, 2016


 Aristocrats weren't always as bad as history books would have us believe from the civil strife during their era. Vicente Rocafuerte seen here was such a man. Born into aristocracy in Ecuador in 1783 and schooled in Madrid, he returned to Ecuador to become the second President and rewrite a new constitution and give more freedoms to Native Americans. Quite a righteous fellow, wouldn't you say?
 This is a regular stamp which was overprinted "FRANQUEO OFICIAL" making it an "Official" stamp. Official stamps were used by government officials and departments. Generally these stamps are used to aid in accountability in government expenditures.
 I have read that these stamps of the 1894-1895 era were reprinted on thick paper and thus those have a minimal value. Ecuador joined the Universal Postal Union in 1890 and for some time placed U.P.U. on it's stamps. This stamp still has most of it's gum and appears to have been very lightly hinged at one time.