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THE ARTICLE ON THE POSTal Museum (Artifacts, 7/21) was most informative. As a longtime philatelist knowledgeable about Scotts, Facit, Michel, and Zumstein catalogs, I wondered why—when the exhibits were transferred from the Smithsonian Museum of American History (formerly Museum of History and Technology)—the excellent slide video narrated by WGMS’s own Bob Davis was not utilized in the new building. In part, the narrative read, “…the vignette, great lakes steamer, City of Alpina” in describing a 1901 pictorial issue.
Unfortunately, most philatelists are men over the age of 50. Thus, with old-time collections being sold off, it is now possible to obtain unused or “mint” commemorative stamps for less than face value, frequently at 10 percent less than face value. These stamps date from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s. At 32 cents for first-class mail, one often needs quite a bit of space to find room for all those 3- and 4-cent stamps. However, they are nostalgic in that they depict and commemorate solemn historical events and personalities.
Arlington, Va., via the Internet