Combination Covers and Harry Peckmore
Having covered the 1934 National Parks Series, the next step is to look at some of the covers which sport many or all of the stamps in the series, then look at a nice collateral item which ties directly into the series.
The first two combination covers were both created by Louis Vandervelt, using a hand tinted Ralph Dyer cachet for the parks. These are both philatelically created, but still rather stunning.
The next item is scarce. It is a combination First Day Cover from F.R. Rice. The date of the cover is the date of issue for the last stamp in the series, the ten cent, which was issued October 8, 1934.
The next item is likely unique. It is a great piece of postal history, having a plethora of markings, labels and instructions. This cover, as can be seen, was sent from Kansas to Rome, Italy. A search of the internet for this yielded no results. I'm hoping someone who sees this can fill in the blank for me. Take a few minutes to examine both sides of the cover for all the markings.
John Becker has posted some covers on this thread as well; please be sure to go back and take a look at them - they're great covers!
The next item is a mystery, as I have been unable to confirm its origin. I suspect it is an engraving done as a trial for the Harry Peckmore engravings. More about this in a moment. Again, if anyone can definitively state the origins of this piece, I'd love to hear it.
Alright, let's roll back to the 1930's in the time machine. We're in the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has become President two years earlier and he's a stamp collector - the whole world knows this. He's the reason stamp collecting took off in the 1930's.
It's a time when companies are working hard to get your business. Promotional items range from Carnival Glass to more prosaic household items. You can get them from the stores and in the products you buy, such as laundry powder.
The philatelic world was not without its promotions. For many of us, we can remember even in the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's some of the ads in comics books, on matchbook covers and even your newspapers where you could send off a dime and get an envelope of stamps. Perhaps you had to have a wrapper from a bar of Ivory soap to go with the dime to become a full-fledged member of Captain Tim's Stamp Club of the Air, based out of Washington D.C.
One of the leaders of the time was Harry Lindquist. He was the editor for Stamps Magazine. He had a lot of competition including Linn's Stamp News, Meekel's and many others. To entice people to subscribe to Stamps Magazine, Linquist hired Harry Peckmore, a well known artist, to recreate the entire National Parks series in engravings. These were then printed in the color of the stamp, but without any reference to the stamp, the value it the portrait was meant to have or anything which could create a problem for Lindquist or Peckmore. These beautiful engravings then became the promotional item which Lindquist gave to anyone who subscribed to Stamps Magazine for a year.
Here is the complete set.
The installment will begin the discussion about why we have the 1935 Reprints, often referred to as "Farley's Follies."