There’s mystery in the air. Or at least that’s where it was. Now the mystery has turned to the ground, but aerophilatelists are hot on its tail, following close behind in hopes of solving what one philatelist called “a mystery worthy of a Sherlock Holmes novel.” And as Robert Timberg, Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) executive manager, explained further: “As no one really knows what the letters stand for, however, it’s a mystery all should find fascinating whether they’re into aerophilately or not.” After more than half a decade of researching the “D.w.” handstamp found on 44 covers from the Winnipeg area dating back to the 1930s, Chris Hargreaves, a member of the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society (CAS), said there might finally be some solid answers. Continue reading →
“An adult would never waste his time collecting stamps.” At least that was the feeling during the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt began collecting stamps as an eight-year-old. “At the time, collecting was thought to be a child’s hobby,” says Anthony Musso, author of FDR and the Post Office, a historical account of Roosevelt’s devotion to stamps and the post office. The author describes how FDR’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt, introduced the hobby to her son, whom years later would become the longest serving president of the United States.
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