If you are already a follower…Fear not there is still a way for you to be WINNER!
Simply share with a friend who joins as number 600 & you will receive an additional 30% off and a pack of 10 pieces of Ephemera. (Please make sure your friend tags you in their post or mentions you).
The second part of the contest is for my website & blog.
The 750th Subscriber on this site will also receive a coupon for 50% off and a packet of Ephemera.
If you are already a Subscriber on this website and you share this site with a friend who signs up, you will win an additional coupon for 30% off and a packet of Ephemera. Make sure your friend sends along your Subscriber name or email after they sign up.
Also as always, please send me your suggestions for the site as well as comments on what you like about the site.
Cheers & Thanks!
Providing A Permanent Census of U.S. Stamps & Cover Images
If you love Postal History, this is a wonderful site that I hope you already know about. He probably needs no introduction, but Richard Frajola is a giant in Philately. His personal journey has taken him from collecting, to exhibiting as a junior collector in the 1966 SIPEX international show in Washington D.C, to working professionally in the field. In 1968 he began working for a series of several auction houses, including as a consultant to Sotheby’s. Frajola also to ran his own auction house from 1980 till 1995. He has served as a consultant to several leading auction houses in the United States and served private clients. Credits include serving as an expert consultant to the Philatelic Foundation, Professional Stamp Expertisers and Philatelic Stamp Authentification and Grading (PSAG).
His site, rfrajola.com, is a treasure trove with more than a few gems inside for philatelists, historians and lovers of old paper.
The Frajola Phila Mercury Project is a permanent census of United States cover images from and descriptions in a single, searchable database. It’s a participatory site with collectors and dealers pitching in to share the covers they own, or have available for sale. The site is viewable by all but only approved registered users can add images and descriptions to the database. Dealers can designate if the item is available for sale and collectors can have their ownership of material identified if they chose to do so. It can be used for research, as an imaged record of a collection, or to list covers available for purchase.
Samples of what you can view on the census:
Each item features a clear description with high resolution images:
Another section of high interest to myself is the Postal History page which has:
3} Stanley B. Ashbrook’s Special Service page of links. A cornerstone series, written between 1951 and 1957, relating to the analysis of United States covers.
There is also the Frajola Board For Philatelists:
a public discussion forum where philatelists from around the world can chat and ask questions about everything Philatelic.
If you haven’t tasted from this site then I especially invite you to feast on the sumptuous table spread of postal history on rfrajola.com
Kudos to Mr. Frajola and all who have helped to make this resource available to the world!
Ephemera of the Civil Rights struggle from the estate of Mrs. Rosa Parks is locked in legal limbo and waits in a storage locker until a decision is made. Historically valuable ephemera such as “her photographs with presidents, her Congressional Gold Medal, a pillbox hat that she may have worn on the Montgomery bus, a signed postcard from King, decades of documents from civil rights meetings, and her ruminations about life in the South as a black woman.”
Read more from the article by Jesse J. Holland in the AP article in the Denver Post.
For further info on the scope of the estate’s 8,000 items go to the Detroit Free Press video report by MIKE BROOKBANK / Detroit Free Press 9/1/2011.
The National Print Museum hosts an exhibition of Irish political ephemera covering general and local elections, referendums, as well as European and presidential elections from the 1970s onwards.
On now through May 2014
Next month there will be an important auction held at Bonhams in New York. Make sure to check out the online catalog for this amazing auction here
Items are from the 1400s to the present, including an incredible selection of early maps of the Americas.
Here is a some of the history of the Caren Archives pulled from their website:
The Caren Archive is the most significant private collection of rare newspapers and broadsides in the United States. The Archive contains an incredible array of original and historic newspapers, periodicals, manuscripts and photographs — literally documenting how history unfolded on paper. If you’re considering purchasing or selling items relating to major events from the 16th century through the 21st, The Caren Archive is the best place to start.
Eric C. Caren, proprietor of The Archive, began collecting baseball cards, stamps, coins and more when he was 5 years old. At age 11, he discovered some newspapers in an abandoned house and the rest is history.
After graduating from University of Maryland with a business degree, he directed a rare newspaper gallery in London at the then newly opened Covent Garden Market. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1983, Caren founded The Caren Archive and has been a full-time dealer in historical collectibles ever since. In 2001, the <a href="http://www.newseum.org">Newseum</a> in Washington, DC, acquired more than 30,000 historic newspapers from The Caren Archive to build the majority of its permanent collection and feature exhibit.
To this day, Caren is still as passionate a collector as ever.
Eric C. Caren
P.O. Box 185
Lincolndale, NY 10540
914 772 8212
Caren Archive Licensing and Some Highlights of The Archive:
The Caren Archive begun in the 1960’s as a hobby is now acknowledged as one of the largest and most important private archives of original and rare newspapers, manuscripts, photographs, posters, broadsides, postcards, ephemera, etc.
Over one million items containing millions of images and important content dating back to the dawn of printing and coming right through the Computer Age is to be found in our holdings. We are currently licensing material to select companies who are looking for historical and artistic imagery relating to almost every major event, person and genre conceivable. Many of the items in the archive are not available anywhere else including some of the major institutions throughout the nation! If you are looking to expand your product line or have a new product line and want to incorporate The Caren Archive brand into that line, please email us or call 914-248-8038. See list at right to get an idea of the range and quality of some of our holdings of original materials.<>