Sunday, May 29, 2011

Boat #10, THE FINAL 10 - Highlights from a Few of My Favorite Stamp Sets

We begin our final ten with this gorgeously illustrated stunner from Panama. Besides being a great stamp it also happens to remind me of my favorite palindrome: a man a plan a canal Panama. Go ahead, try it backwards: a man a Plan a canal panama

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Announcing the Final Ten Boats!

This elephant is very pleased to announce that beginning May 29th we will be counting down our LAST 10 BOATS en route to our final destination, the release date of Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat (June 7th). The top ten will include greatest hits from some of my absolute favorite stamp sets. So come on back on the 29th. You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Boat #11, United States - Know Your Arctic Explorers

Feeling bored or uninspired? Try googling Elisha Kent Kane and learning a little bit about an arctic explorer you've never heard of. This guy led a pretty fascinating life. Kane and his men were trapped in the arctic ice for 21 months. Facing a third winter on the ice they made a daring 83 day march which ultimately led to their rescue. Of course all during the harrowing two year icy siege the Inuit in the neighborhood were happily hunting, eating well, and occasionally guiding a lost and frostbitten explorer back to his poorly insulated ship. Makes you wonder who the real explorers were.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Boat(s) #13, Monserrat

We're getting close to our final destination. Today we have a wonderful set from Montserrat complete in its original, fully illustrated sheet.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Boat #18, Belgium

Looks like this stamp has had a rough trip.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Boat #21, Senegal

Boat #22, United States

David Glasgow Farragut and his foster brother David Dixon Porter were two very important figures in U.S. naval history. Farragut was in command of the Union fleet that overtook New Orleans on April 25, 1862, a turning point in the Civil War.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Boat(s) #23, Monaco

A great pair of ships from Monaco:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Boat #24, Wallis and Futuna

Wallis and Futuna is a French Polynesian territory that sits right about here:

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Boat #26, United States

I've said it here before, but it always amazes me that a tiny piece of paper like this can survive in tact for over a century.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Boat #31, Poland

What a great stamp!

Monday, May 2, 2011