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Posted 09/11/2011   10:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Message
While sorting a bulk load of stamps, I came accross this stamp



I had no idea what or where, but after a lot of internet searching I found this :


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Safe mail delivery: A custom has been handed down of marking the letters "S.A.G." somewhere on a letter or package. These initials stand for "St. Saint Anthony Guide". This prayer dates to an incident in July 1729 in Spain. A merchant's wife, in need of support from her husband on business in Peru placed a letter to him in the sleeve of St. Anthony's statue in her parish church, trusting he would somehow deliver it.

Returning to the statue the next day, she found not her own letter but one from her husband, Don Antonio. Lodger in the sleeve was a heavy pouch containing 300 pesos, also sent by him. The merchant advised his wife that a letter from her had been delivered "by a friar of the Order of St. Francis." Don Antonio was sending his reply through the same friar. To this day, the merchant's letter is preserved in the church at Oviedo.

This story led to the custom of placing "S.A.G." on mail and praying that St. Anthony give it safe passage.

St. Anthony's Guild offers packets of stamps imprinted with S.A.G. and pictures of the Saint. To request the stamps, write:

The Franciscans, St. Anthony's Guild
Paterson NJ
07509-2948


I found it quite interesting :)
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Posted 09/11/2011   10:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dave9911 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the info. That is quite interesting.
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Posted 09/11/2011   12:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply





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Posted 09/11/2011   12:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add warrehouse to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very Cool!
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Posted 09/11/2011   5:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow that's awesome! I'm going to write them and see if they let me have one. We'll see-
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Posted 09/11/2011   8:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wt1 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the information. I had never heard the story before. For anyone interested in a more detailed history, check out this link (it also contains the content of the letter referred to in the previous post):

http://www.miraclesofthesaints.com/...-letter.html
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Posted 09/11/2011   8:50 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add oldtriguy1960 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There always seems to be something interesting going on in the world of stamps.
Thanks for sharing this!

Dave N.
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Posted 09/11/2011   11:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bfranton to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the miracle! We all need some faith in something beyond ourselves.
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Posted 09/12/2011   04:43 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Wow that's awesome! I'm going to write them and see if they let me have one. We'll see-


Let us know how you get on.
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Posted 09/12/2011   10:15 am  Show Profile Check jhlovell's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jhlovell to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Once again Rod and SCF - AMAZING
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Posted 12/15/2011   10:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This post brought back many happy memories for me.

My grandmother loved St. Anthony. Here is a picture of her
little shrine that she kept above the kitchen sink.




Whenever she lost something, she would close the doors on the
shrine until the missing article was recovered.
On a side note.......If anyone knows of where to buy
these shrines, I would love
more information. The one in the
picture belongs to my sister now
and I would love to have my own.)

My grandmother used to always use the SAG stamps
on her letters to us. I saved all the letters, but
unfortunately, not the covers.

I wrote to the Franciscans asking if they still had
the stamps, and they graciously sent three sheets.




They are now stickers, though, instead of actual stamps.
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Posted 12/15/2011   10:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Lovely story SM,
stamps really do reflect the human condition.

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Posted 12/15/2011   10:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add spanishmoss to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Rod. I'll stick a sheet of the SAG stickers in with your frames if you like.
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Posted 12/16/2011   03:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Maiden to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It's cool that they are still doing them :)
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Posted 12/16/2011   08:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes I like
will add to my SAG collection.
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Posted 12/16/2011   10:12 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add philb to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Good old Saint Anthony...my wife donates to him every time she loses something...and then it turns up
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