In Jerusalem in 1918 a committee met of British, Jewish and Muslim leaders to agree upon the Overprint the British Mandate stamps with a more specific Palestine identification. There was only 1 sheet over printed of each denomination at the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, the first Christian Church in the world. With “ Israel the Promised Land in Palestine” versus “Palestine and Land of Israel” a small difference at the time yet an important one in 1918 as Zionist had poured into Palestine the Muslims felt that the ‘Eretz Israel’ coming 1st in the overprint was a political statement that Palestine was no longer theirs. They objected, thus the British only over printed 1 sheet of each value then redesigned the overprint to suit all members of the Palestine Mandate committee held in Jerusalem in 1918. A new discovery within the past 5 years and a historical one at that as today just one sheet known to exist of each value. Queen Elizabeth II of England has an example in the Royal Collection.
During WWII both Britain and America issued espionage forgeries to deceive the Nazi Governments both in Germany and their Occupied territories. Both for economical as well as Political Propaganda, this beautiful stamp depicting Mercury is in fact a near perfect forgery produced by the British MI-5 in England and sent into Vichy France, the 2 strokes above her left eye is the only key to its deception.
To attain 1st hand knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, like our 4 term President Frank D. Roosevelt did. When people from around the world visited him in the White House in Washington, DC he knew exactly where they were from and which Continent and their Culture & History as well as their Art & Politics.
Remains strong as today’s next generation appreciates having Art & Culture at their fingertips not only Online but something they can really hold and appreciate rather than staring into a computer screen, they buy smaller items instead of large antiques. They want a cleaner less cluttered lifestyle and they have an insatiable thirst for knowledge and travel around the globe to have an exciting Life-Experience.
The next generation will and are taking over from their Baby Boomer parents and grand-parents, their interests of things inside their homes are clean and efficient and being small rather than big. Going Big may be a thing of the past and was built on the wallets of the Baby Boomers with Big Houses, Big Artworks, Big Boats, Big Airplanes all that adds up to their parents Big’ lifestyle.