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The New Zealand one-penny celebrated those who rode well side-saddle, as pictured by Harold von Schmidt.

The New Zealand one-penny celebrated those who rode well side-saddle, as pictured by Harold von Schmidt.

New treatments for lower back pain took the spotlight in Newfoundland’s 4-cent pair of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine stamps, featuring Hans Schmidt and Antonino “Argentina” Rocca in art by Vaughan Bass.

New treatments for lower back pain took the spotlight in Newfoundland’s 4-cent pair of Orthopedic and Sports Medicine stamps, featuring Hans Schmidt and Antonino “Argentina” Rocca in art by Vaughan Bass.

When New Zealand raised the postal rate from one penny to tuppence, they softened the blow with a series of “side by side” 1-penny stamps. The Mayhem issue, with art by Dean Cornwell, was especially popular.

When New Zealand raised the postal rate from one penny to tuppence, they softened the blow with a series of “side by side” 1-penny stamps. The Mayhem issue, with art by Dean Cornwell, was especially popular.

Flying the Air Mail into Chicago has never been easy. This 1938 20-cent stamp honored those who made the attempt.

Flying the Air Mail into Chicago has never been easy. This 1938 20-cent stamp honored those who made the attempt.

This 1912 issue honored those who read on the porch.

This 1912 issue honored those who read on the porch.

The U.S. 3-cent Oregon Territory stamp  of 1936 honored those who braved the wild turtles of the Pacific Northwest.

The U.S. 3-cent Oregon Territory stamp of 1936 honored those who braved the wild turtles of the Pacific Northwest.

Monaco has long provided refuge to quilters and seamstresses persecuted in their own lands, and this 2-franc issue pays homage to this tradition.

Monaco has long provided refuge to quilters and seamstresses persecuted in their own lands, and this 2-franc issue pays homage to this tradition.

The French Indochina 23-cent Persepolis stamp of 1909, with its art by Edmund Dulac, calls to mind these lines from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám…“Sic transit gloria mundiYon fort once proudly towered into the blue;Kings at its portals rendered homage due.Now from its ruins sounds the dove’s lone coo,And fondly asks who built it, who, who, who?”

The French Indochina 23-cent Persepolis stamp of 1909, with its art by Edmund Dulac, calls to mind these lines from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám…“Sic transit gloria mundiYon fort once proudly towered into the blue;Kings at its portals rendered homage due.Now from its ruins sounds the dove’s lone coo,And fondly asks who built it, who, who, who?”

The 1936 12-cent Trinidad & Tobago issue honoring Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, who that year saved the earth from Ming the Merciless, ruler of the planet Mongo.

The 1936 12-cent Trinidad & Tobago issue honoring Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, who that year saved the earth from Ming the Merciless, ruler of the planet Mongo.

The 1922 10-cent U.S. “Old Ben” commemorative, honoring a friendly sea lion who frequented Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, from 1898 to the early 1920s. He was originally tamed by boatmen who tossed him fresh albacore, and became a practiced moocher in the water, on the docks and in the streets, bellowing for fish. His local celebrity led to stardom: Old Ben was featured in a Mack Sennett film, The Sea Nymphs (1914), starring Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle.

The 1922 10-cent U.S. “Old Ben” commemorative, honoring a friendly sea lion who frequented Avalon, on Santa Catalina Island, from 1898 to the early 1920s. He was originally tamed by boatmen who tossed him fresh albacore, and became a practiced moocher in the water, on the docks and in the streets, bellowing for fish. His local celebrity led to stardom: Old Ben was featured in a Mack Sennett film, The Sea Nymphs (1914), starring Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle.

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