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  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:40 pm on November 13, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Franklin, Knowledge, , , , Ray Feathers, Scott Catalogue, , , Toledo, Van Pelt Homestead, Van Pelt Manor (Van Pelt Mansion)   

    Victorian Prank 96 Years In The Making 

    Here’s my latest eBay acquisition – a wonderful 96 year old postcard featuring currently 340 year old Van Pelt Manor (aka Van Pelt Mansion and Van Pelt Homestead) located at 18th Ave & 82nd St. in Brooklyn.

    Ethics of publishing other people photographs and letters are rather questionable to me. This seems to be a gray area. For instance I feel that many posts in found_objects, foundphotos and vintagephoto communities of photos that were ripped up and thrown out, or of embarrassing nature, or personal letters overstep some ethical guidelines. But on the other hand I enjoy them nevertheless.

    I don’t think that the writing on this postcard could likely hurt or embarrass anyone, so I decided that I’ll publish it.

    It came from someone at 182 Garfield place. A little note on the right says “look under the stamp”.

    On the back it says:
    New York is a great place, we are “Forty five minutes from Broadway”. Do you see “Kitty” very often. She ran away and never did say good-bye to me. Pump up your Airship and sail over to see me some evening soon.
    Youre “Soda Water Tessie”.

    The stamp was still attached. The mystery of what was under the stamp was solved rather quickly : being a stamp collector I know how to properly take stamps off. My wonderful espresso machine provided some steam and I carefully peeled back the 1 cent green Ben Franklin (Scott Catalogue # 300). “Was it hard to get off?” – the little prank that “Soda Water Tessie” pulled on Mr. Ray Feathers of Toledo, OH finally saw light of day 96 years later.

    I wonder, did Mr. Feathers actually own an airship?

    P.S. Taking stamps off is generally a capitally bad idea. Dang early collectors liked to steam off stamps so much that we have very few surviving stamps on envelopes (which are often referred to as “postal history”). “Postal history” items usually sell with a high multiplier to the value of every stamp on the envelope.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 5:25 am on June 25, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Assistive technology, Knowledge, , , Mutant, R'lyeh, , Teleconferencing, , , Videoconferencing,   

    Mutants and Spaceships and Memexes, Oh My! 

    Let’s see.
    Mutant superhero born. Check.
    Private spaceship. Check.
    Videoconferencing in airplanes on portable electronic computers. Check.
    Portable Memex. Check.
    Flying cars. Check
    Sunken city of R’lyeh is about to be discovered.
    What do I have to say? It’s ’bout time!

  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:13 am on May 13, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: college newspaper reporter, Doctor of Philosophy, Häagen-Dazs, Knowledge, Mohammed L. Hussain, PHD, Piled Higher and Deeper, Titles, United Students League   

    Piled Higher And Deeper 

    I visited my college recently to pick up my diploma. As usual I looked through the college newspapers.

    Well, the political climate is rather interesting at good Old BC. There are two political parties – PHD (conservative) and USL (liberal). For most of my college career PHD, which name as far as I know is not an abbreviation, but like Häagen-Dazs® just a pleasing combination of letters had a long winning streak. That streak ended right after I had a pleasure of being quoted by a college newspaper reporter saying something to the effect that I think that PHD will win again.

    What is interesting to note is in the last election United Students League had a very narrow victory amongst allegations of running a smear campaign. By just 21 votes Mohammed L. Hussain won over Yehuda Katz. I am not making this up, people.

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