A wet Sunday afternoon and with nothing much else to do today, Mr Midnight, Sir Winston and myself decided that we would spend an hour or two in the “hobby room” and sort through a pile of my old postage stamps.
Here´s an album full of misfits, oddities and rarities. It could be quite interesting. I haven´t looked at this collection for a while.
Can we please have a look at them, daddy? The stamp-collecting thing is so fascinating.
Well, I´m not too bothered about them to tell you the truth. I can´t see the fascination for collecting old pieces of paper. I´d sooner have a snooze I think.
Come on Mr Midnight. Shake a leg or two or three and try and show a bit of interest. You could learn something.
Alright then. Let´s have a butchers. Try and impress me if you can.
Here´s a stamp from the American / British Zone of Germany from 1 September, 1946. It has the catalogue number 90 and has been perforated twice.
What´s perforated daddy?
It´s the way a postage stamp has been cut out. The teeth of the stamp above have been cut twice.
What a silly thing to do.
But it looks funny, doesn´t it.
And look at this one. This stamp is from 26th June 1943 and has the catalogue number 851. It doesn´t have any perforations; er sorry Mr Midnight, it has no teeth.
That´s weird, isn´t it. Fancy having a postage stamp with no teeth.
I´m quite fond of these two stamps because they have the “cent” number missing and part of the text on the left-hand side. Obviously, the ink ran out. The first stamp is what the stamp should look like.
They really are beauties, aren´t they. They´re not perfect but very special.
Next up is the 1999 Block from Germany. It has been cut wrong and is quite unique. I had a bit of luck getting hold of this block at an auction.
It´s very irregular.
Fancy sticking that thing on your envelope. You´d be the laughing stock.
I think that´s enough rare stamps for today don´t you? I´ll just show you one of my personal favourites. The Otto Dix Stamp catalogued Mi.Nr 1572 (VZ). The original is on the left and I think you can spot the mistake on this stamp.
The poor lady has lost her head. Oh dear.
Why do you like misprints and errors? They´re all so very odd.
Perhaps because in a way, I find them very appealing. They are all different from how they should appear and in that sense, original and individual. People don´t seem to like things that appear odd but I believe that if one is a true individual, one may find it a bit harder to get through life but at the end of the day, one is a lot more satisfied and can enjoy life that much easier.
I find it a shame that many seem to abide by what the masses dictate and then they wonder why they are not happy in life.
We should all have the same basic rights but contrary to what our Governments inform us, we are still, all individuals with differing views, needs and requirements.
So you humans would sooner be like us cats? We love our freedom!
In a way, I suppose you could be right Mr Midnight. Not all humans will want to live in true freedom because true freedom can be quite hard work. Self-responsibility is not everybody´s cup of tea but if one is a liberal being, one will respect that fact.
Well, self-responsibility, freedom or whatever. I found daddy´s little postage stamp excursion quite interesting. I just hope he hasn´t bored too many of our readers this time around!
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