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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Genghis Khan 1962 Mongolia Stamps

When is a stamp more than just a stamp? Wilton Stamp Company is powered in part by Audible. We listen to books throughout the day as we find great stamps for your collections. This week's listen was "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World" by Jack Weatherford. In the final 30 minutes of this 14 plus hour listen, was a passage that made us take notice. 1962 was the 800th anniversary of birth of the great Khan. A stamp and monument were designed and produced by Mongolia. One of the stamps featured his sulde, or, "spirit banner". Mongolia was at the time a satellite state of the Soviet Union. The Soviets feared a nationalist uprising and they thought the image on the stamp of their ancient warrior king and his banner would fuel Mongol rebellion. The official in charge of creating the stamp paid a heavy price, as you can read about here in this excerpt from the book: Genghis Khan Excerpt

 
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

World War I Centenary

This month we remember the beginning of World War I.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand was murdered in June, armies mobilized in July, and war broke out August 1, 1914, changing the world forever.
 



Considering how far away it feels to imagine World War I and the year 1914, we appreciate the time-traveling sensation we get when we examine our stamps from that time, and before. The artwork, the engraving details, the perforations, gum, and cancellations from another time, give us a window to the past, right in our hands.

Find something new for your collection today at our Online Store:

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Try our specialized stamps on approval service today. Just visit:

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and fill out the form, or drop us a line at mike@wiltonstamp.com.

Special Price for a limited time: 16 Page Stock Book.
New Condition 9x12 hardcover. 8 black double sided pages with nine clear strips on both sides. Linen pages lie flat.
Regular price $22.50, now just $20.00 for a limited time. Free domestic shipping (please add $12.95 shipping to Canada).

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summertime Stamp Collecting

Johnny Cash Stamps, We've Got 'em!


 Stamp Collecting is Wonderful in the Hot Summertime!  Pay a visit to your stamp collecting happy place and escape the heat of that "Ring of Fire"! 
Try our Stamps on Approval Service today.  We use authentic postage stamps on all our envelopes.  
This month we are featuring the brand new Johnny Cash Stamp.  We ship everywhere, including "Jackson"!
Be sure to act now.  We have a limited amount of these Man in Black stamps, we don't want you to "Cry, Cry, Cry"!
The warden of Folsom Prison won't allow us to send approvals there, but if you are "Stuck in Folsom Prison", feel free to visit our online store, we do accept Paypal from you who "Hear the train a'comin'":
 While we "Walk the Line" for our customers, we don't walk alone.  We are members of some of the world's most respected philatelic organizations:

We appreciate that you are building your Stamp Collection "One Piece at a Time", and Thank you for visiting


Thursday, April 11, 2013

La Florida First Day of Issue



 April 3, 2013 was the 500th anniversary of the landing at "la Florida" by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

 While serving as provincial Governor of Puerto Rico, de Leon took three ships and 200 men to explore a rumored island to the west.
When they landed in April at what is now St. Augustine, 
springtime flowers were abundant.
They called this land la Florida (the Flowers) 
or Pascua Florida (Easter Flowers).
It is believed he was searching for the mystical Fountian of Youth.
Wednesday April 3rd 2013, St. Augustine welcomed the public and dignitaries from the State of Florida for Anniversary celebrations.
 

  
Anniversary events included historic re-enactments of the landing.
 
 
 
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner, US Senator Bill Nelson, and representatives from the US Postal Service joined the festivities in America's Oldest City to unveil America's Newest Forever Postage Stamps.

 

Monday, March 11, 2013

America on the Move: Muscle Cars (Forever) First Day of Issue Ceremony

The latest installment in the America on the Move stamp series is the exciting Muscle Cars (Forever) issue.  The set was released by the USPS Friday, February 22, 2013 at Daytona International Speedway, two days before the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

 The stamps in the set feature five legendary American Muscle cars including the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, 
the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, 
and the 1970 Chevelle SS.

Wilton Stamp Company is located only 90 miles from Daytona.  
Having never been to the races or to a First Day of Issue Ceremony, 
we jumped at the chance for both experiences.
Here is a photo diary of our day:
The Official Program
 There were a dozen chairs set up in front of the stage.  Half of them were reserved.  
We were there early enough to get two of the six open seats!
The stamp set was unveiled after opening remarks from seven time Sprint Cup Champion 
 Richard Petty, former driver and current NASCAR Raceday co-host Kyle Petty, and 
Postmaster Patrick R. Donahoe.  Also pictured, from left, Joie Chitwood III, 
President of Daytona Speedway, and stamp artist Tom Fritz.





Richard Petty and the sheet, top, Kyle Petty, Postmaster Donahoe, and Richard Petty holding the new sheet posing in front of the Dodge Charger Daytona, bottom.
 
 Ford Shelby GT-500
Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda
Richard Petty and Postmaster Donahoe signing autographs.
My First Day Cover, signed by the Artist, the Pettys, and the Postmaster.
The stamp features the Pontiac GTO.
Your field reporters, Mike and Ron Goldberg.
Mike is starting his 10th year as owner of Wilton Stamp Company
having joined his father in the business in 1989.  
 Ron and Susan Goldberg began Wilton Stamp Company in 1987.   
Ron believed that a Championship, Winning formula was to provide stamp collectors with  
exceptional service, attention to detail and consistent high quality product.
Mike and wife Donna continue the tradition as Ron and Susan now help in the "back room", 
and Ron joins Mike on exciting Race Track Stamp Adventures!  


Stay tuned, as the USPS returns to Florida April 3 for the 500th Anniversary of the naming of Florida.  The "La Florida" forever stamp set is being released with a ceremony in historic St. Augustine. The beautiful set of four features tropical flowers.
(Mike expects to take Donna, not Ron, for that ceremony!)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Happy February, Post Super Bowl Edition

Well, that turned out to be 
a Super game after all!

When the lights

 
went out in New Orleans, 
 

 
the game seemed over, the 'Niners 
seeming hopeless in a deep deficit. 
 
When the lights returned, it was a 
different game, one that ended up
a true nail-biter.
 
 
Some 2013 Super Bowl Quarterback Trivia:
 
San Francisco 49ers
 


 
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick owns a 100+ pound pet tortoise


Baltimore Ravens
 



 
 Quarterback Joe Flacco was a 
record-setting player for the 
University of Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens


 

On a non-football note, on Groundhog Day this weekend, famous groundhog
 
 
 Punxatawney Phil did not see his shadow, indicating that spring



will be arriving soon.


In the meantime, February is a great time to indulge in our favorite hobby

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Parcel Post Centenary




January 1, 1913 marked the introduction of domestic Parcel Post Service, and the release of the 1913 set of 12 Parcel Post Stamps.





 Prior to Parcel Post service, the maximum weight of a package shipped through the mail was 4 pounds.





Shipping through the Postal Service was much more affordable than using private delivery services, and national commerce boomed as a result of  lower freight expenses.






Parcel Post was introduced through the passage of the Parcel Post Bill of 1912, a win by rural business against the interests of powerful private shipping companies.

U.S. Troops Surrounded by Holiday Mail During WWII


An interesting page of Parcel Post history, courtesy the Smithsonian Institution:

Thanks for Looking, and Happy New Year,