Update July 2018

Well, it has been well over a year now since I have posted anything. In the past year, I have done a 2 month long Spanish immersion and continued on for another year as a graduate student. I haven’t really done much with my collection and never got around to finishing my exhibit. I still hope to do so, but do not have a timetable on that.

In addition to stamps and postal history, I also collect, to a lesser degree, Confederate currency. Here are some notes I recently purchased.

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And here are some photos from my visit to the Missouri Civil War Museum and Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery:

I hope to get back to working with my collection in this latter half of 2018, and blogging and posting about it on Facebook, but I can’t promise anything.

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I decided to launch a Facebook page in connection to this blog in order to reach a wider audience. My hope is that more people will be able to learn out Confederate Philately from my small effort. I also hope that others, most especially the Confederate Stamp Alliance, will follow my example.
The page can be viewed by clicking the link on the righthand side of the page or by going to: https://www.facebook.com/CSA.Stamps/

 

Working on my album & goals for 2017

This evening I began working on my album of stamps and postal history for the for the first time in almost 3 years. I recently redid all my album pages, I changed how I labeled the stamps and updated the information using the new Confederate State of America Catalog and Handbook of Stamps and Postal History (also known as the CSA Catalog).alumwork I created my own album pages as I did not like what was available commercially.

It took me a long to finally print them out and get back to work, but I am very happy I did. I had forgotten how relaxing and rewarding this hobby could be. I just put on some music and work away. It’s amazing being able to work with items that are over 150 years old.

I also have learned something new while putting the new pages into the album. When I got to the CSA #7 (the Richmond printed 5¢ blue typograph) , I was a little confused when I went to add a newer stamp that was labeled “CSA 7-L.” To me, it looked like the London printed #6, but I knew that the dealer whom I had purchased it from would not have made a mistake like this. So I went to the CSA Catalog and there I found my answer the #7-L  was printed in Richmond but on London paper. The #7 which was already in my album was printed on local paper, which is why it has a somewhat rougher appearance. I’ve only had the CSA Catalog for a couple of months and it is already paying off for me.

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CSA #7-L

As the new year continues I have set goals for 2017:

  • Finish updating my album
  • Continue to post and update this blog
  • Enter an exhibit at a local stamp show
  • Write an article for the Confederate Philatelist (journal of the Confederate Stamp Alliance)

My first Patriotic Cover

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10-star flag patriotic cover, CSA Catalog type F10-3 addressed in pencil to Miss Emily L. Cain, Clarksville NC routed Via Raleigh but cannot determine if postally used. Stamp possibly missing at upper right, also appears to be a faint “Pd 10” in pencil at top but this may be a stretch. (description from Trish Kaufmann)

I recently purchased my first patriotic cover (shown above) from Trish Kaufmann. I have had an interest in such covers for some time now, but most of them have fallen outside of my price range. I was lucky when I spotted this one for a great price and just couldn’t pass it up.

What attracted me to these covers is their beauty. Many are bright colored and elaborate, in contrast your normal plain envelope. They also tell a story, they show how a new nation was brimming with optimism in the early months of the war. I think this is why as time went on we see fewer uses of such covers, as the southern population grew disillusioned not only with the on going war, but with the Confederacy as Nation as well.

I hope this will be the first of many such items in my collection. I will be keeping my eye out for future deals like the one I got on this one.

Why I began collecting

I first started collecting Confederate stamps when I was in 5th grade. My school had a stamp club that met after school. It was run by a local stamp enthusiast who received stamps for us from local dealers. It was here I learned the basics of collecting and where my interest in collecting took off. At the same time I was very interested in the Civil War, so it was only natural for the two to come together. I was particularly interested in the postage of the Confederacy as I found it interesting to have stamps from a country that no longer exists.csa12pair

So some time while in 5th grade, I talked my father into buying me my first ever Confederate stamp. The 10¢ blue pair (pictured here). I soon got a few more at a local stamp show, and I was hooked. I joined the Confederate Stamp Alliance in 2003 as a junior member, and my interest has only grown since then. While my commitment to the hobby waned at times over the years, since graduation from college I have been back at it adding some of the rarer items to my collection that were out of my reach when I was younger. I am currently planning on doing a one frame exhibit in 2017 so that Confederate Philately will be represented.