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.