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  • robfaux

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  • Hello! My name is Rob and I live in central United States - the state of Iowa. Sadly, I can only converse in English. With help, I can read French. I can also read a little German, but that requires even more translator help.
    I am a vegetable and poultry farmer, which means I have little time for my hobby during the growing season. This season typically runs from April to late November. I must still farm the rest of the season, but shorter day light hours give me time to enjoy postal history.

    My postal history focus is on the period of the 1860's and I tend to favor stamped items rather than stampless. However, I have been known to pick up an inexpensive stampless item once in a while. I have a six frame exhibit showing postal history with the 24 cent 1861 stamp from the United States and I would call that my primary collection.

    I have been developing a secondary collection of pre UPU European mail in the same period - though I do have some 1850's and 1870's material as well. My intent is to acquire nice looking items that may not be terribly special and do not cost much in the hopes that I can learn how the mails worked in Europe at that time.

    I have been using a blog to help me gather resources and try to organize my understanding of the topics I research. This blog can be found here: https://gffpostalhistory.blogspot.com/
    Posts on that blog change when I have time to edit with new learning. If you see errors or have suggestions, I happily take them. If something is helpful to you there, I am happy to share.

    I also have a small farming related collection and some more modern US postal history. I am moving away from stamp collecting and hope to sell some of that to finance the postal history side of the hobby.

    Thank you for allowing me to join this community.
    Rob Faux

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