May 2, 1934 Mother's day stamp...

May 2, 1934 Mother's day stamp...

Post by Joe Halliwe » Sun, 31 Jul 1994 10:17:52

Recently, I made a post about the stamp collection of my Dad's that I've
been looking at. Today, I went to the library and took out a book about
stamp collecting, and in it was a story about Franklin D. Roosevelt
and the "Mother's Day" stamp he helped to design, and the controversy
surrounding it.

From what I gather, the artist that created the stamp chopped off
"Whistler's Mother"'s legs, and added a vase with flowers, which
in turn generated some complaints.

Lo and behold, I check out my Dad's stamps, and there one of dem' dere
debbils' is! It has a cancellation across it saying 1934, and the letters
"IND", which I'm assuming to be Indiana.

Now, all you expert-types out there with access to the books with
values n' stuff, what's this lil' ol' stamp fetchin' on the
ol' stamp market nowadays?

Should I book a cruise to Tahiti, and retire from the earnings?

Can anyone help me out with this? My library was devoid of pricing


- Joe

"And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south,
 With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth.
 Four things greater than all things are,
 Women and Horses and Power and War."              - Rudyard Kipling


May 2, 1934 Mother's day stamp...

Post by Andrew Crensh » Mon, 01 Aug 1994 06:29:52

I wouldn't recommend reserving a trip to Tahiti just yet, unless you know
a REALLY good travel agent. The stamp that you describe is listed in the
Scott stamp catalog as #737 and is valued at 15 cents (which is the
minimum value, in actuality you would hard pressed to find someone to pay
you full catalog value for it.)

This is not to say that the stamp has no value, however. It sounds as if
you enjoyed reading about the history of this issue and were e***d to
have a copy of your own to examine. Stamps are often refered to as
miniature works of art, and just because a particular stamp is not
valuable monetarily does not mean that it is not enjoyable or worth

You might suggest that your library carry some sort of pricing guides. It
is possible that they've had other requests in the past and your interest
might put them into action. You can also pick up a full color catalog of
U.S. Stamps from most post offices for $9.95 (or you can get on a mailing
list with a free color catalog which offers new stamps as well as the
catalog by writing to the Philatelic Fufillment Service Center, United
States Postal Service, Box 449997, Kansas City, MO 64144-9997).
Alternatively you might buy a copy of the Scott U.S. pocket catalog at
your local bookstore for about $6.95 (they can probably order it for you
if they don't have it in stock).