from across the room

envelope

in my collecting i have tried to follow wherever it may lead and to whatever it my lead. in this case it was to a stamp fair. i don’t recall when i attended my first stamp or postal fair. there are several each year in the city and i usually attend one of them. i think i attended primarily to buy older us stamps so I could be more creative when I mailed a letter. i have taken this idea to the extreme from time to time. when we were applying to private schools for our daughter I made sure that when sending off our application to the progress girls school that I used an elanor roosevelt stamp. people do to pay attention to these tihing. for good or for bad. crazy right. in any case i learned about about so many other fields of collecting. as a kid i did not collect stamps but i did collect coins. some i still have. where is the question. since ephemera primarily deals with paper i noticed many of the stamp dealers had a variety of other collectibles. i discovered ‘covers’. a letter mailed and collected for it’s stamp, cancelation, markings, route, so many permutation. there is the stampless cover. early 19th century letter without stamps. wonderful envelopes with amazing handwriting. another collection of mine. there are dozen of stamp dealers at the these fairs. I think they call them shows. the dealers sit behind a couple of tables and ask when you walk by, ‘what do you collect?’ rather intemidating to me actually. if i answered then honestly they would certainly send for the white jacket. after a few years i have become more comfortable with this and will from time to time tell them some of my interest that they may have. airmail labels. matchbox labels. items they may have. there are dealers who specialize in covers. there is one dealer called the ‘coverman’. really nice guy and so fair. he has dozen of people who pull up a chair and sit and go through box after box of covers. it’s really fansinating. really. what are they looking for? ‘cancelation from ohio in the 1870s. covers with ships. covers with flags. you name it. the myriad levels of collecting in incredible to me. i’m just looking for cool handwriting? maybe if i look through the covers from holland or switzerland i’ll find a letter from piet zwart writing to another designer. that’s it isn’t it. the find. hoping that no one will know it but me. once i was looking though these covers and found a letter from gerald murphy, the painter and owner of mark cross luggage brand. a wonderful story he is but the dealer had no idea who gerald murphy was. most people don’t. he is one of my favorite painters. i told the dealer that this letter might be more valuable than the five dollars the was asking for it. he took it aside and hopefully he was able to sell it for more. i guess this is a rather long way around to describe the cover i have here. i was walking around a show and from across the room this cover could clearly be seen in a plastic bin. graphic right. well i believe this cover is from a special auto show in paris in 1972 and the cover would be have been stamped and canceled at that show as a keepsake. which is why it is not address to anyone. i love it. the tilt of the car. the tilt of the stamp. it spoke to me. maybe it does to you too.

in my collecting i have tried to follow wherever it may lead and to whatever it my lead. in this case it was to a stamp fair. i don’t recall when i attended my first stamp or postal fair. there are several each year in the city and i usually attend one of them. i think i attended primarily to buy older us stamps so I could be more creative when I mailed a letter. i have taken this idea to the extreme from time to time. when we were applying to private schools for our daughter I made sure that when sending off our application to a progressive girls school that I used an eleanor roosevelt stamp. people do to pay attention to these things. for good or for bad. crazy right. in any case i learned about so many other fields of collecting. as a kid i did not collect stamps but i did collect coins. since ephemera primarily deals with paper i noticed many of the stamp dealers had a variety of other collectibles. i discovered ‘covers’. a letter mailed and collected for it’s stamp, cancelation, markings, route and other permutation. there is also the stampless cover. an early 19th century letter without a stamp. often a wonderful envelope with amazing handwriting. yet another collection of mine. there are dozen of stamp dealers at the these shows. the dealers sit behind a couple of tables and when you walk by ask, ‘what do you collect?’ rather intimidating to me. if i answered them honestly they would certainly send for the straight jacket. i have become more comfortable with this and will from time to time tell them some of my interests. airmail labels. matchbox labels. items they just might have. there are dealers who specialize in covers. there is one dealer called the ‘coverman’. a really nice guy and fair too. he has dozen of people who pull up a chair and sit and go through box after box of covers. it’s really fascinating. really. what are they looking for? ‘cancelation from ohio in the 1870s.’ covers with ships. covers with flags. you name it. the myriad levels of collecting is incredible to me. i’m just looking for cool handwriting? maybe if i look through the covers from holland or switzerland i’ll find a letter from piet zwart. that’s it. the find. hoping that no one will know it but me. once i was looking though some covers and found a letter from gerald murphy, the painter and owner of the mark cross luggage brand. the dealer had no idea who gerald murphy was. most people don’t. he is one of my favorite painters. i told the dealer that this letter might be more valuable than the five dollars the was asking for it. he took it aside and hopefully he was able to sell it for more. i guess this is a rather long way around to describe the cover i have here. i was walking around a show and from across the room this cover could clearly be seen in a plastic bin. so graphic. i believe this cover is from a special auto show in paris in 1972 and the cover would be have been stamped and canceled at that show as a keepsake, which is why it’s not addressed to anyone. i love it. the tilt of the car. the tilt of the stamp. it spoke to me. maybe it does to you too.



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  1. Nice that the stamp features a writing hand motif. kind of underscores the graphicsness of it all. crazy pen! ( or is it skewered Dango?)

    How about fruit stickers JP?

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