Notes from the Past

Arranges Own Finds in Attic

Most of us dream of the "find" of old stamps and covers to be made in an attic, somewhere, sometime, but most of us never quite make it.  Still it is a pleasant thought on the dull days, -- that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Perhaps, if you have an attic, you can plant the seed yourself.  My friend, Fred A. Spielman, old time Iowa dealer, has been doing just that.  Fred was worn out just searching for those gold-bearing attics, so, over the years, he decided to use his own attic, and along with the old sewing machines, the obsolete furniture and other discarded household articles he began to make deposits of stamps, rag-tail ends of lots, this, that, and the other thing, for which there was no immediate sale.  Now, when he gropes his way around his attic, he turns up things, -- after twenty-five years, -- and gets a big kick out of what he finds.  A dozen surplus White Plains sheets (cost 50 each in 1925), lately came to light, a thrill to find them when W. P. sheets are currently selling at $15 each upward.
 
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
Stamps
July 21, 1951

Posted July 15, 1999
 

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