Archive for August, 2010

Stamps do not always deliver top investment returns

August 23rd, 2010

Returns on investing in stamps – even the rarest – can be little or nothing, despite some dealers’ claims

Excellent article from The Guardian on collecting stamps for investment or pleasure.

Full story at http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/aug/07/stamps-gibbons-harmers-investment

One of America’s Most Treasured Artists Honored on U.S. Stamp

August 14th, 2010

Considered one of the greatest American painters of the 19th century, Winslow Homer is being honored on a U.S. commemorative postage stamp.

The new 44-cent stamp was dedicated here at the American Philatelic Society StampShow 2010, the largest annual postage stamp show held in the United States. It is the ninth issuance in the American Treasures series and features Boys in a Pasture, an 1874 oil-on-canvas painting by Homer. The painting is part of the Hayden Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.

“The American Treasures stamps are amazing works of art, and today, we are very pleased to honor Winslow Homer and add one of his impressive paintings to this series,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Ross Philo, who served as the dedicating official. “Indeed, it’s been said that Winslow Homer did for the United States what the French Impressionists did for Europe. He showed the beauty of a place and the people who lived there. His body of work continues to shine as a legacy to our great and beautiful nation.”

China 1897 cover sold for HK$2,990,000

August 2nd, 2010

A 1897 cover was sold in InterAsia Auctions 1 August 2010 Sale 14 for HK$2,990,000.

Known as the E.L. Mondon corner envelope card, it was used to Chinkiang, China bearing a pair of large figures surcharge 1½mm. setting on Dowager 1st printing 2c. on 2ca. green.

This is the only recorded example of the “Emerald Lady” on cover and the only recorded example of the “Emerald Lady” multiple.