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The Collecting And Use Of Obsolete Vintage Stamp Albums Thread

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Posted 03/01/2023   3:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Doc - What a great story! Funny you bring up magic. I grew up in a household where everything revolved around magic. My grandfather was a professional magician from the 1920's up until his death in 1961. He left a position in 1924 at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company where he had joined the Millionaires Round Table by selling over a million dollars in life insurance policies annually (no small feat in 1924) to follow his passion. His specialty was cards and other manipulations. He was also an expert at removing items from your person. Countless people would hear my last name and recall my grandfather having removed their wristwatch or wallet from their person on stage. Houdini and Thurston and Blackstone corresponded with him, and Houdini would stay at his house when he was in town. He was also a professional calligrapher. I have some of his framed works and they are stunning. Some of my favorite items are covers that were mailed to my father while he served in the Army Air Corps in WWII that are completely covered in amazing calligraphy. I will try and find them and post them here.

Sorry for the tangent to the topic but I just took a great trip down memory lane.
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Posted 03/01/2023   4:21 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
He should have met King Faroukh, who, aside from his liking for girls and oysters (possibly connected) was a stamp collector with magical gifts. During one meeting, he removed Churchill's watch.
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Posted 03/01/2023   4:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I think many stamp collectors have a tendency to also be bibliophiles


That would be a BIG yes from me. I'm quite literally surrounded by books.

Great thread by the way

While I don't collect vintage albums I do like a vintage catalogue.
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Posted 03/01/2023   5:51 pm  Show Profile Check docgfd's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add docgfd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
rog - thanks for sharing your memories...they're awesome !!
Houdini...I'm speechless...
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Posted 03/01/2023   7:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add redwoodrandy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Rosabelle, believe"
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Posted 03/01/2023   8:54 pm  Show Profile Check johnsim03's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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"Rosabelle, believe"


Houdini's secret code with his wife Bess, to prove that there was an afterlife.
Bess conducted the annual sťance for 10 years after his death, and the code was never transmitted. At some point the code was leaked, which made it pointless to use as a measure of proof.

Houdini, during his mortal life, exposed spiritualists as frauds...

John
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Posted 03/09/2023   5:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add svensson to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great thread, I have had a few pass through my hands just to get the stamps but the only one I still have is a 1897 Mekeel International. I find the graphics in old albums such as that far above the current offerings, but yes....the paper is a show stopper. I've also had the thought of copying the stamp issuing states that were strictly 1800's to modern paper for small specialty collections, German and Italian States, etc. Would not be filled much, but would be all inclusive and with illustrations. Alas, I'm not that saavy with the necessary programs. I did just purchase the Vintage Reproductions of the Browns to 1900, so maybe something along those lines will emerge.
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Posted 03/29/2023   04:53 am  Show Profile Check johnsim03's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add johnsim03 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
1936 Scott International Airpost Album.
Hardbound.
Covers issues up to 1935.







John
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