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Stampless and Postal Stationary / Re: Where is Calera, near Coapilla?
« on: July 06, 2010, 11:19:16 PM »
There may have been more than one "Calera". Mark's original inquiry was about a Veracruz district office and was supported by Schimmer. Amado's notation is about a village in Zacatecas. Probably both exist.

Stampless and Postal Stationary / Re: Where is Calera, near Coapilla?
« on: July 03, 2010, 03:10:15 PM »
Finally, I've been actually able to answer a question....instead of just standing around with a beer in my hand trying to look intelligent.

Stampless and Postal Stationary / Re: Where is Calera, near Coapilla?
« on: July 03, 2010, 01:05:33 AM »
Shimmer's index refers to Coapilla as also known as Galera C.

Mulitas / Re: cancel help
« on: June 26, 2010, 02:16:16 AM »
Thanks Farley. Somehow missed that in Shimmer.

Other Issues / Pan-American Expedition
« on: June 25, 2010, 08:06:14 PM »
   A few years ago I acquired two covers on Ebay from two seperate dealers that were used to commemorate the “Richardson Pan-American Highway Expedition” in 1940-41. The first cover caught my interest because it was cancelled with a Shimmer type O9 cancel from Tequisisltan, Oaxaca (town not covered in Shimmer). The second cover was cancelled in Tapachula, Chiapas, with a large, circular cancel common to the period. A few weeks ago I acquired 3 more of these covers from a single dealer; two from Nogales, Sonora, and one from Mexico City.
   Apparently 3 crazy guys decided to drive from Detroit to Cape Horn in a 1941 Plymouth sedan....and made it! The covers were obviously printed up prior to departure; the cache on the covers comes in at least 3 colors. I have a red, a green, and 3 blues. The question this brings up is “are these covers philatelic or are they historical?”
   The Nogales covers are dated 9 Nov 40, the Mexico City cover is 17 Dec 40, the Tequisistlan cover is 25 Jan 41, and the Tapachula cover is dated 15 Feb 41. Pretty slow going.
   I would like to know if anyone on Meximail has other covers from this Expedition, either from Mexico or further south. I'd love to get enough material to do an exhibit on this venture.

Mulitas / cancel help
« on: June 25, 2010, 07:06:53 PM »
I have a 3 centavo, Follansbee # 212 , that has a very clear postmark that I can't identify. The cancel style is different from any major type in Shimmer. It is an double oval cancel similar to Shimmer type O3 but with a narrow line thru the middle of the oval. The town name is ..scacueso, possinlt .uscacueso. I have been thru the Shimmer index and can find no towns wvwn close to this spelling. Any ideas?

General Discussion / Re: Stock pages for covers?
« on: June 18, 2010, 05:39:54 PM »
I use 2 different types of book. Like Bubba, mine are G&K (bought from Subway Stamps) but mine are 2-sided. Each book hold 50 pages (4 covers per page for 200 covers). The cover insert measure approx. 7.5' wide and 9.0' tall. I also have a similar book made by Supersafe (same size) and one by Supersafe that is 10.0' wide by 11.5' tall. Cost was around $20 per book plus some for additional pages. I find that the smaller books are perfect for Pre-stamp, Sello Negro, and Postal Stationary.

Maximilians / Re: Maximilian bisects ?
« on: January 05, 2010, 06:13:55 PM »
This cover shows up also under the 1st issue covered in this exhibit. It is a quadrisect of the First issue 8 real.

General Discussion / Re: New Year 2010
« on: January 04, 2010, 09:47:42 AM »
Thomas, it is always hard to convince wives to get involved in our hobby. However, I have found an easy way to overcome the hurdle of cajoling my spouse into the annual MEPSI meeting....become an officer or Director of the Society. That way you are obligated to attend the annual meeting and can always invite the wife to accompany you (they never say no). I have used this method on 2 wives and it works perfectly. Once they attend, they enjoy themselves and that makes the chore much easier. The only time my wife refused to attend was the meeting at the end of winter in Cleveland; can't say that I blamed her.

General Discussion / Re: Mexicana Awards
« on: December 01, 2009, 09:35:32 AM »
Mike is da man....just wait until color becomes a reality.

General Discussion / Re: Schatzkes - question on how to read it.
« on: November 21, 2009, 01:28:39 PM »
It stands for "Sello Negro", a cancel used on cover without a stamp (like a pre-stamp cover, but with a docketing date after 1856).

Modern Stamps 1940 - Present / Exporta errors
« on: September 11, 2009, 02:59:18 PM »
Over the past month or so there have been numerous offerings of "Exporta errors" on Ebay. Most of them are described as a "constant flaw". I am wondering how many of these are truly constant printing flaws and how many are just crappy printing on a few sheets. Does anyone have a list of all the bonafide flaws?

1856 -1861 Issues / Re: out of district on GTO 2R
« on: September 08, 2009, 07:22:55 PM »
I'm always sceptical about assigning pen cancels such as this to a previously identified cancel. Unless the pen-cancel has some truly defining characteristic....initials, a distinct swirl, etc....then I don't think similar cancels can be attributed to other Districts. On this one all I see are two short pen strokes. Were they made by a clerk in Durango or just the clerk in GTO?

General Discussion / Re: What's you passion in collecting Mexico?
« on: August 25, 2009, 02:03:41 PM »
Like so many of us, I started collecting in the mid-50s when I was about seven years old. My family moved to Mexico City when I was nine and very much an avid collector. Of course I was not at all interested in Mexican stamps but rather had a serious penchant for British Colonies. Upon returning to the States for High School the collection went into a very large steamer trunk where it remained dormant for years. It survived two divorces (little did the Exs know how much it was actually worth so I retained possession). After returning from a tour in Vietnam in 1972 I went back to college and, looking for some relaxation, I opened up the old trunk. It soon dawned on me that "British Colonies" was not a very realistic area to specialize in on a graduate student's budget so I hauled the trunk down to a local dealer in Columbus GA. With a little wheeling and dealing I got $600 and brand new Scott specialty albums for Mexico and Central America.....and so it began. The Central America went about 14 years ago and now it is only Mexico. What do I collect??? My late wife, Nancy, once told Doug Stout that if he were to write the word "Mexico" on a small piece of paper that I would probably pay him a substantial amount for it. I collect everything but my real passion is for 19th century cancels (to 1900).

General Discussion / Re: How many of you are really reading this?
« on: August 24, 2009, 07:11:18 PM »
I check about twice a day.

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