Jul. 15th, 2017

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I did not get a whole lot accomplished today, and I'm perfectly okay with that.

What I did get done took place mostly in the kitchen, where I made two loaves of bread (it's uncanny how fast loaves disappear around here) and dinner, consisting of boiled shrimp with sides of mixed veggies (from the freezer) and quinoa.

For some time, Feht has been compiling a catalog of Russian Imperial Postage Stamps (1857–1919), including major varieties and constant plate flaws. I received a beta copy and have already provided some feedback. My own impression, after examining the book, is that collecting early Russian stamps is a lot more complicated than collecting the corresponding period of French stamps, because various aspects (e.g., perforations and types and thicknesses of paper) of what appear to be the same stamp actually vary between issues (e.g., the fourth definitive issue of 1864 is perforated 12-1/4 x 12-1/2, while the fifth definitive issue of 1865 is perforated 14-1/2 x 15).

For me, it's finding one's way through all such detail that makes stamp collecting such a relaxing pastime.

Tomorrow, however, I think I'll put some stuff up on Etsy and eBay.



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