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Stamp Dealer Stories

Remembering Kasimir Bileski

December 30, 2012

Kasimir Bileski was a stamp dealer who understood the magical appeal of mail order advertising.  His offers were creative, intriguing, and irresistible. Here is a Kasimir Bileski advertisement from a 1947 issue of Philately Magazine. Three years before he passed away at the age of 96, Kasimir Bileski ran this ad in a 2002 issue […]

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The Stamp Dealer Who Broke the Mold

January 3, 2010

By all accounts this giant of a stamp dealer should have been serious and dour.   After all, there probably wasn’t anyone stamp collectors could better expect to answer a question or give a good piece of advice. But Robson Lowe was jovial, genuine with his friendship, and delighted to share his considerable knowledge.   When he […]

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A Stamp Dealer’s Reflections

January 2, 2010

The first stamp dealer’s store I ever spent any time in is wrapped in memories that gild reality with a richness that is probably lacking.   But sitting on that swiveling stool at the counter of the stamp store in Brockton, Massachusetts was akin to sitting on a throne. That was where I saw a compact […]

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Stamp Dealers and Stamp Collectors Basked in Golden Days

January 2, 2010

In 1947, when stamp collectors and stamp dealers commemorated the 100th anniversary of America’s first postage stamp, the city was New York, the show was CIPEX,  and our world was obviously a much different place. When you walked along Fifth Avenue, men wearing hats were commonplace.   So were stamp dealers and their shops. Each was […]

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