Category Archives: WESTPEX

Creating Philatelic Exhibition Souvenirs

Click on the title below to see the powerpoint slides. Narrated version to follow The Creation of Philatelic Souvenirs from Defining Strategies Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Stamp Dealer Labels

Designing and producing an advertising seal seems a natural for stamp dealer marketing, particularly in the heyday of poster stamps. You don’t see very many new ones being issued but there were lots in the past. Like many seals and … Continue reading

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Facists, Falangists and Monarchists – Issues of the Right in the Spanish Civil War

My April 2012 WESTPEX talk for the Peninsula Stamp Society – total length is about 45 minutes Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

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Kuskov and Fort Ross’ Early Years

Ivan A Kuskov served in the Russian American Company for 31 years. Before serving at Fort Ross he led 5 exploratory expeditions to to California with the mission of founding an agricultural settlement to supply the large Russian outpost at … Continue reading

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Fort Ross Theme – Founding

While Rezanov was building his relationship with the Spaniards at Yerba Buena, his captain, Lt. Khvostov, charted the California Coast north of San Francisco and found it uninhabited by other Europeans. When Rezanov returned to Sitka, he recommended to Alexander … Continue reading

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Fort Ross Theme – Loved & Lost

While Resanov’s trade mission was initially rejected by the Commandant of Yerba Buena (now San Francisco), Resanov was attracted to the Commandant’s 15 year old daughter (different times) Concepcion Arguello. Contemporary journals describe her as vivacious and cheerful with a … Continue reading

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Fort Ross – Before The Fort

  In 1799, Tsar Paul I chartered the Russian-American Company (Под высочайшим Его Императорского Величества покровительством Российская-Американская Компания) Chartered companies generally were private/government partnerships given monopoly rights to pursue trade, development and settlement of a colony and colonies. In form … Continue reading

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2012 WESTPEX Theme – Fort Ross 200th Anniversary

Fort Ross is a state historic park roughly 80 miles north of San Francisco. In 1812 it was established as the heart of a group of Russian outposts that included a seal hunting base in the Farallons, a port in … Continue reading

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2011 WESTPEX Theme (7) – Sophie’s First Western Tour

Sophie Tucker’s first tour of theaters in the far west comes at an interesting point in her career. By 1910 she’s a sensation in New York, her home town, and very big in Chicago. She’s really just become a headliner. … Continue reading

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2011 WESTPEX Theme (6) – Vaudeville

If you’re Taylor Swift or Li’l Wayne, your audience finds out about you and your new songs on the internet. Radio and even television still have some role to play but even they are moving to internet delivery. CD sales … Continue reading

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