Private Versus Public Ownership of Philatelic Treasures

In private communications, I’ve visited with several different collectors and dealers, some of whom expressed the desire that rarities, such as the British Guiana One-Cent Magenta and the 24c. Inverted Jenny plate block currently owned by Stuart Weitzman but due to be sold at Sotheby’s on 8 June, would be picked up by museums, such as the US National Postal Museum branch of the Smithsonian … Continue reading Private Versus Public Ownership of Philatelic Treasures

Postal Card Rarity Rediscovered

A US postal card so rare that only four known examples have surfaced in more than a century has been uncovered in a collection inherited by non-collectors. The card, called the ‘Mitchell’ card (for the collector who discovered it) has not been seen in decades. Mitchell (1877–1960), who was one of the country’s foremost experts on postal stationery (stamped envelopes and postal cards), was also … Continue reading Postal Card Rarity Rediscovered