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Ken Pruess Remembered – Part Three

In today’s post we will continue to look at Ken’s contributions to the hobby of collecting state revenue stamps in general and fish and game stamps in particular. During the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, Ken was a prolific writer and speaker. He wrote articles for the State Revenue Newsletter, The American Revenuer and published…

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Ken Pruess Remembered – Part Two

Today we will look at Ken Pruess’ involvement with the the State Revenue Society, The State Revenue Newsletter and E.L. Vanderford’s Handbook of Fish and Game Stamps. Through Ken’s selfless giving of his valuable time (he was a professor at The University of Nebraska at Lincoln for much of this period), Ken helped shape the future of revenue…

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Ken Pruess Remembered – Part One

It is with a heavy heart that I report the passing of a friend and fellow collector, Ken Pruess, on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Ken was a long time revenue stamp collector, author, exhibitor and APS accredited judge. With regard to fish and game stamps, I would like to say that he was one of…

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The Boward Family Find – Part Three

In the conclusion to our story about the Boward Family Find, we will see the rest of the early Maryland trout and big game stamps that first Eugene and then his son, Gary, kept safely stored in a suitcase for over 50 years. Eugene B. Boward was what we call a closet collector. While he no doubt…

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The Boward Family Find – Part Two

In today’s post, we shall continue our story about Eugene B. Boward and his Maryland fish and game stamps. Growing up, Eugene was an avid sportsman and spent much of his time hunting, fishing and trapping. Soon after the outbreak of WWII, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp and eventually found himself in Italy,…

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The Boward Family Find – Part One

Today we will take a look at one of the more remarkable fish and game stamp finds in recent years. Just over a month ago, I was contacted by Gary Boward of Virginia. He informed me that his father had passed away and while he and his wife, Jill, were going through his father’s possessions, they…

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Walter A. Weber: Winner of the First Federal Duck Stamp Contest – Part Four

In today’s conclusion to our series about Walter Alois Weber, winner of the first federal duck stamp contest, we shall start by looking at two errors that occurred when printing the 1950-51 stamp. Then we will see how Alvin Broholm once again plays into our story, look at some amazing usages and finish the fish and game…

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Walter A. Weber: Winner of the First Federal Duck Stamp Contest – Part Three

We continue our story about Walter Weber by first taking a look at two of the paintings he had published in The National Geographic Magazine, in 1949 and 1950 – around the same time he painted his winning federal duck stamp entry. It is for this exquisite wildlife art that Walter is, perhaps, best remembered. Then, it will be necessary to amend some of what we…

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Walter A. Weber: Winner of the First Federal Duck Stamp Contest – Part Two

In today’s post, we shall continue our survey of the 1944-45 federal waterfowl stamp – the first of two federal stamps featuring artwork by Walter. A. Weber. When we get to usages, I shall introduce an exciting new discovery that is relevant to our story and then provide an inside look at the prints made for the 1944-45 federal…

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Walter A. Weber: Winner of the First Federal Duck Stamp Contest – Part One

Today we will start to look at the life of Walter Alois Weber, a very talented artist who holds the distinction of becoming the first person to design more than one federal waterfowl stamp. In the process, Walter was the winner of the first ever federal duck stamp contest, held in 1949. Although fish and game…

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