Archive for March, 2013

March 6, 2013

The eyes have it

What a big blue beautiful eye! Won't look like this tomorrow.

I’m taking a break from New Providence Daily Photo for a while— hopefully about a week. My goal is be back by March 18.

Let me preface this: I do try to avoid getting into personal stuff on this blog (even if it doesn’t seem like it). I only say this now to explain in un-cryptic terms why I will have gone missing.

That said: I’m scheduled for a little eye surgery. (I’ll be in the hospital as you read this.) It’ll probably be fine, but I’m told it’ll take me a while to recover from the anesthetic.

So: no blogging until I’m feeling up to it… and I can see.

But I’m sure The Internet will get along just fine in my absence. 🙂

March 5, 2013

Mindowaskin bridge


I don’t know what Mindowaskin Park was before it was Mindowaskin Park. It’s pretty well established that (a) the park was established in 1918, (b) there was some debate leading up to its development, and (c) it was named after “one of the four Indian chiefs who deeded the lands now comprising northern New Jersey (Lipson 1996, 58).”

But with a fancy footbridge like this, I dunno, I thought the park was built from a leftover estate. Maybe Mindowaskin Park was simply established during a time when little community parks deserved the very best.

Mossy bridge indeed.



Lipson, S.H. (1996). Images of America: Westfield: The Golden Age of Postcards. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH. ISBN 0752404067.

Philhower, C.A. (1923). History of Town of Westfield: Union County, New Jersey. Lewis Historical Publishing Company: New York. (PDF).

March 4, 2013

Snowdrops 3!


I’ll hopefully be returning to philately this week, but in the meantime… IT’S TIME FOR OUR ANNUAL SNOWDROP POST omg.

It's a whole FIELD of snowdrops!

It seems a little late for them, actually, but this has been a reasonably cold winter, so maybe it took them a while to get their act together. Or they came up weeks ago and I just didn’t notice.

Awwwww, lonely snowdrop.


March 3, 2013

Philately 2

Civil War astronomy envelope

Civil War “Adversity Cover”: As the war dragged on, the South, which was largely agricultural, ran out of manufactured products such as paper, steel, foodstuffs, and citizens, out of necessity, turned to using alternate products to conduct their ordinary business. Postally, old maps, accounting ledgers, navigational charts, bills of lading, and wallpaper were used to produce envelopes. Thus, “adversity” covers. Here is an example of a homemade envelope improvised from a black astronomical chart by Pvt. J.A. Wilson, 35th Mississippi volunteers, handcarried, possibly smuggled out from Vicksburg during the siege when there was no postal system operating. Highly unusual. [quoted from adjacent text]


None of these are worth their own post, I don’t think, but there were plenty of cool stamp-related things at the Westfield Stamp Show I mentioned yesterday, especially behind glass display cases (I finally got to use my new circular polarizer!).


Leather postcards

Raw Hide Philately (leather post cards): Leather Post Cards were a novelty in the early 20th Century period of Philately (1900-1920). …The U.S. Postal Regul[a]tions stated that Post Cards had to be made of Cardboard and the mailing rate was set at one cent. The Leather Post Card was considered Printed Matter and the mailing rate was set at two cents. Whenever the Post Office caught a non-cardboard Post Card mailed at the one cent Post Card rate, they applied a Postage Due fee of one cent to make up the two cent rate. [quoted from accompanying text]


Vassar postcard!

Leather postcard: Alma mater represent, w00t.



Letter from Puerto Rico to France, 1905

Registered letter posted October 16, 1905 to Areoibo, Puerto Rico to Paris, France. 5¢ UPU rate postage plus 8¢ registry fee paid using non-overprinted stamps.

March 2, 2013


WWII card

2.00K – Axis Post Card Rate
+1.50K Croation Legion Issue
Legionnaires Issue enhances 2.00K Axis rate post card. Required for months of July and August 1943 on domestic mail. 4th and last Croation postal card issued for the new 1/1/43 rate. August 3, 1943. [quoted from note accompanying card]

The Westfield Stamp Club held their annual stamp show today!

It was pretty intense.

Stamps on boards!

Here are a few things I learned:

  1. If you keep stamps in an album, don’t use hinges. They damage the stamps.
  2. Even collectors are impressed by Confederate stamps, which apparently were only used and produced for five years.
  3. “Covers” are basically envelopes that have been mailed, and many of them are sought after.
  4. “First Day Covers” are envelopes (usually with a fancy picture [a “cachet”] to match their stamps) that have a fancy postmark indicating that they were mailed on the first day the stamp was issued.

Vendors! I bought a bunch of postcards from that guy (Stephen).

What’s your experience with stamp collecting?

March 1, 2013

Cobweb 2

cobwebs oh yeah

Look, it’s a spiderweb.

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