Saturday, May 9, 2009

Welcome to this edition of News and Views. Here are some stories of interest to stamp collectors:

The Worlds Largest Ball of Stamps consists of over 600 pounds of stamps that was started in the 1950s by the Stamp Collecting Club at Boy's Town, Nebraska. Be sure to read the little sign on the display mount! (Hat tip to Stamp Collectors Corner)

Author Georg Jensen ponders the fate of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in Going Postal. In a thought-provoking article, Jensen wonders if the subsidized handling of bulk mail has helped to drive the USPS to the point of collapse.

Popular Mechanics has an excellent article on 10 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology. Mail by mule, missile, and Segway, are just a few of the examples listed.

Worried that a burglar might find it, the owner of a 'Post Office' Mauritius One Penny Red stamp hid it in an album filled with worthless stamps and then forgot where he put it. The story of how one of the approximately 15 known stamps was hidden, found 20 years later, and then ready for auction can be found in the article Legendary Mauritius Stamp On Sale in Germany . (Hat tip to Stamp Collecting Roundup)

Last month, the stamp blog CDDStamps On Stamps posted what might be the most atrocious example of a damaged stamp being actively sold on the internet. The junked stamp, cut on two sides and sporting a torn corner, can be viewed here. Offered for $2 on an unnamed website, a legitimate dealer would probably sell you an excellent copy for the same price. Incredible.

In a short-and-to-the-point post, author "John" laments the decision to issue a stamp honoring The Simpsons cartoon characters in What's Next? Beavis and Butthead?.

That's all for now. Enjoy your stamps!

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