Author: Pat Morgan
Prexie Award Winner: 2022

MSDA June Show Dealer List

MSDA June Show Dealer List

11 professional stamp dealers from 4 states are bringing their inventory of
U.S. & Worldwide stamps, Covers, Collections, Box Lots, Albums, Catalogs and Collecting Supplies
and look forward to seeing you at the show!

George E Enstrom LTD – Byron, IL

U.S. #1- Kansas/Nebraska
Back of the Book (C’s to K’s)
British Colonies
Modern Errors

SLBF Stamps, Inc. – High Ridge, MO

William Raible
United States
Worldwide
Souvenir Sheets
Covers
Revenues
Cinderellas

Fox River Stamps – Salem, WI

Michael Mules
U.S. Mint Stamps (1920-date)
Federal State, Junior Ducks
U.S. Possessions
Postal History/Covers 
PNCs (Plate Number Coils)
EFOs (Errors, Freaks and Oddities)
Catalogs and Supplements
Mounts and Supplies

First Century Stamps – Fenton, MO

Dennis O’Brien
U.S. Classics
U.S. Possessions
Canada, Worldwide 1840-1970
U.S. Revenues

Paul Aschenbrenner – Milwaukee, WI

Worldwide Stamps
Collections/Lots

Bardo Stamps – Buffalo Grove, IL

Jim Bardo
Classic and Modern US Stamps
U.S. Stamps from #1-today
Appraisals 

Fred Boatwright, Hawk Point, MO

Germany
Japan
Spain and Colonies
Switzerland
Topicals
Postal History – Worldwide
Zeppelins

Stamps N Stuff – Urbandale, IA

Jerry Koepp
U.S. and Worldwide Stamps
Covers
Postcards
Collections/Lots
U.S. Mint Sheets
British

HB Philatelics – Florissant, MO

Guy Gasser
U.S. Stamps
Quality/Graded U.S.
Proofs and Essays
Federal and State Ducks & Hunting Permits
Revenues

North Star Stamps – Jewell, IA

Kevin Lunn
U.S. Classics
Airmail
Scandinavia
Worldwide Stamps

Main Street Philatelics – Branson, MO

Bernie Bernstein
U.S. Stamps
Postal History
Box Lots
Collections
Philatelic Literature

Identifying Hard and Soft Paper

Identifying Hard and Soft Paper

Hard White Paper
The “hard white” paper was a rag content paper used by both the National and Continental Bank Note Companies (#134-181).  This is sometimes referred to as a thin to thick white wove paper on the 1870 to 1873 printings, and a yellowish wove paper on the 1875 printings.

Soft Porous Paper
The “soft porous” paper was a wood pulp paper used by the Continental Bank Note Company briefly in late 1878 to early 1879, and by the American Bank Note Company for all 1879 and later printings (#182-218).  Because the American Bank Note Company took over the Continental Bank Note Company in 1879, including plates, paper and finished stamps, the soft porous paper is generally attributed to American Bank Note printings.  All stamps issued between 1879 and 1894 were printed by the American Bank Note Company on this paper.
The “hard white” paper was a rag content paper used by both the National and Continental Bank Note Companies (#134-181).  This is sometimes referred to as a thin to thick white wove paper on the 1870 to 1873 printings, and a yellowish wove paper on the 1875 printings.

Identification
There are two methods to identify the paper type, and occasionally it may be necessary to use both methods since one type of paper may show characteristics of the other type.  To learn the paper types, it is easiest to begin with stamps of a known paper type.  Any grilled issue and any stamp from the 1869 series will be on thin hard paper, while the 1890 Small Bank Note stamps and the Columbians will be on soft porous paper.

Easiest Method: The Flick Test
The traditional test is to flick the stamp close to your ear.  Hold the stamp between your thumb and index finger, leaving about a half an inch protruding, and snap the stamp back and forth with the flick of a finger.  Hard paper gives a sharp, loud sound, while soft paper gives a duller, less audible sound.  However, this test is not terribly accurate and care must be taken to not damage the stamp.

More Accurate Method: Examination Under a Strong Light
Hold the stamp up to a strong light and examine a clear portion of the stamp, such as the margins, at various angles.  The hard paper is translucent and has an even texture throughout, and is usually white.  The soft paper appears mottled and opaque, with fibers typically bunched in a screen or mesh pattern, and is usually yellowish.  Also, when viewed from the back, the design tends to show through on the hard paper.

Thin hard paperSoft porous paper
thin hard papersoft porous paper

Source: Kenmore Stamp Company

Saint Louis Stamp Expo – 2024 Photo Gallery

The 31st St Louis Stamp Exp closed on March 24th, 2024 with over 400 paid attendees. The Greater Mound City Stamp Club was out in force showing off their matching club polo shirts. GMCSC Club members hold several key Expo show positions and the members at large provide help in setup, tear down, working registration and in the beginners’ room at the show. Enjoy some pictures from 2024 and we hope to see yet a bigger crowd in 2025!

Tom Mueller, his family and friends, gathered to see Anthony Dewey’s
“The Amazing Cachets of Tom Mueller” Exhibit.

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