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Thursday, May 1, 2003

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Penny Black Stamp

On this day in 1840, The Penny Black, the first ever adhesive postage stamp was issued. It had a water mark of a small crown, and was black in colour. The ink used for the printing consisted of lamp black in linseed oil. The gum was applied hot with brushes.

The stamp was issued in sheets of 240 (rows of 12). About 72 Million stamps were issued and remained valid for usage till 1841. They were not perforated and had to be cut when sold.

Corkscrew Stamps

On February 26, 2000 Argentina issued a set of four stamps with a wine theme. The stamps depictd a grape, wine bottle bottoms, a partial wine bottle and seal, and a worm.

On August 8, 2002 Israel issued a set of three stamps with a wine theme. The stamps depict a wine bottle with wine glass, grape shears with grapes, and a corkscrew with a cork.

Letter to the Editor

Auction Action

How about some statistics for the Skip Garrison auction ebay this past weekend? Mike Sharp, California

Editor: The total number of lots offered was 87. The total prices realized was $8113.42. Six lots received no bids. Two lots received 27 bids but did not meet the reserve. 803 bids were entered. There were 39 successful bidders (some multiple lots). They were from the U.S.A., France, Spain, Netherlands, South Africa, Denmark, England, and Australia. Ebay listing and final value fees were $349.30.

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