The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on October 7, 1965 · Page 10
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 10

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, October 7, 1965
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Kossuth Group In Washington WASHINGTON, D. C. - 4-H members from Kossuth county are pictured on the steps of the U. S. Capitol with Congressman Stanley L. Greigg (bottom, right). The group visited Washington earlier this month. Congressman Greigg met with the group in an Agriculture Committee hearing room and he made arrangements for them to eat in the cafeteria of the Longworth House office building. Those who made the trip and are in the picture are: Roger Hiemstra, Algona - 4-H director; Sharon Roethler, Algona; Richard Thomson, Lakota; Linda Dodds, Algona; Linda Meehlhause, Algona; Margaret Powers, Algona; Paul Thoreson, Swea City; Rod Scuffham, Algona; Vicke McGuire, West Bend; Luan Brandt, Swea City; Judy Thomsen, Lakota; Steve Dietrich, Titonka; Linda Hoeppner, Lakota. Chartene Thilges, Lakota; Lenora Hilbert, Wesley; Matt Clark, Algona; Cindy Long, Algona; Thomas Lynch, Algona; Bonita Kiilsholm, Algona; James Richardson, Swea City; Harlan Metzger, West Bend; Helen Skow, Wesley; Reuben Skow, Wesley; Mark Bierstedt, Algona; Bob Boleneus, Wesley; Sheila Frideres, AlRona; Mrs. Gertrude Gutnecht, Lakota; Mrs. Clifton Benschoter, Algona; Bernadette Hilbert, Algona; Lois Bentele, Wesley; Mrs. August Brandt, Swea City; Mrs. Cecil Thoreson, Swea City; Karl Kiilsholm, Algona; and Mr. and Mrs. Nick Thomsen, Lakota. FROM THE ATTIC... ... TO THE VAULT (Y»wr Hobby - And Your Ntlghbor't) By Dick Palmtr The new John Copley commemorative featuring his portrait of a young girl is a real winner and likely will be selected as the most attractive stamp of 1965. The coloring is excellent and the text on the stamp doesn't interfere with the design. This stamp is most appropriate for dealers and collectors dealing in antiques and Americana, but the general public will, I am sure, give this young lady a warm welcome. Today should be the first general sale of the 100th anniversary International Telecommunications Union commemorative, but it remains to be seen as to how many post offices will have this 11-cent value. This is the necessary amount for a regular 1 ounce first class letter abroad, excepting Canada and Mexico where the 5 cent rate prevails. October will be a busy postal month with the 4 cent Census post card and the Stevenson tribute Oct. 23. The Stevenson stamp appears to be a good one featuring his portrait to the right and the UN flag in the top left background. - o - Some months ago, 1 bid on a lot of covers in a sale conducted by one of the new subsidiaries of a Philadelphia firm with a fine record in the stamp field. The lot was described as "a fine lot of better grade commercial covers, estimated value $22.50." It is always difficult to know for sure what the value is based upon. 1 usually take it to mean an average retail price. My bid of around $16 was successful and the lot arrived. It was sometliing less than described. About 25% of the covers were first day or special events, which are not in the commercial category. Many items were stamped with the ordinary postal emissions of the period, often a single value. This is not what you would ordinarily expect from the term "better grade". "Fine" in stamp terms should mean "not damaged and generally attractive". Over half the lot suffered from noticeable tears, heavy cancels or assorted stains. If all items had been in acceptable condition, the retail value would likely have been around $20 at least, but in the condition existing, $10 to $12 would have been closer to reality. Of course, I seat them back with a condition breakdown. 1 forgot the incident and recently bid on a lot of covers again from the same outfit. My bid was successful and Uie lot arrived. Now the memories flooded back as the lot was exactly the same. No change had been made in the contents or the description or the estimated value. Since 1 usually bid about the same percentage on these, I'll wager that my bid was also nearly the same. So back goes the lot i'or identical reasons. My point is that despite the first return and a precise listing ol the reasons, the lot was included again with no changes whatsoever. Sometimes a firm can expand too much and exceed the abilities of the staff. Sucli is the case lie re and a name that once meant care and quality is being reduced to indifference and inferiority. The founder is still active, but lias farmed out a good deal of the supervision. He should either get back in or sell his stock. Thursday, October 7, 1965 10—Algona, (la.) Upper Des Molnet I received from my correspondent in Fairmont, Mrs. Larson, an attractive little footed carnival candy dish with a delicate leaf design in a basic amber orange glass. It was given to her by an aunt and came from Marshall Field of Chicago. I should also note the interesting straight razor of the H. Bokar Company with a blade containing an etching of the steam ship St. Louis, American Line. I wonder how many of those special Fair pieces have survived ? - o - Several have asked me lately about Indian Head pennies. For the dates from 1900-1908 in average condition, meaning that none or only a few letters of Liberty can be read on the head band, dealers pay from 15 to 18 cents. Retail should not exceed 30 cents and that is really excessive, considering the large amount of these dates that have been hoarded. Specimens with Liberty clearly visible command a higher price. The 1909 is somewhat higher since the Lincoln issues started in this year. The 1908 and 1909 witli S mint mark are quite rare. Years from 1895 thru 1899 are relatively plentiful, but would command a modest price boost over the 20th century issues. Earlier dates have to be dealt with individually. The first few years of the Indian used a copper- nickel alloy and these command at least $1 unless badly worn or pitted. The price rises sharply for the better specimens. Any hoards of Indians should be checked and separated on the basis of condition rather than offering them in bulk. One good date in nice condition will provide a good wage for the time spent. Council Hears Mayor Report On Interstate The Algona city council met Wednesday evening and first heard a report by Mayor Bill Fiim, who attended the Interstate-3 5 hearing at Clear Lake that afternoon. Application from Northern Natural Gas Co. was presented, asking that they be allowed to construct a gas line under highway 18 north of town. Council gave its approval, and the application was sent for the approval of the Iowa Highway Commission. Council authorized an extension of about 300 feet on a sewer on East McGregor street; approved appointments of judges and clerks and the usual polling places for the upcoming city election; and authorized a member of the police department to attend a meeting of the Iowa Policemen's Ass'n. at Mason City Oct. 12-13. See The NEW AMERICA'S FINEST CARS I I premier area showing on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••I For Your Listening Pleasure! FEZZ FRITSCHE" 1:30 to 4:30 in afternoon 7 to 9 & 9:30 to 10:30 in evening BOBBY and DEE AWE plus DUANE TRICKLE 9 to 9:30 in evening FREE COFFEE AND DOUGHNUTS 8:30 A. M. to 6:30 P. M. REGISTER FOR OUR SPECIAL FREE DOOR PRIZES !••• ••••••••••••••• You're All Invited ! Tell A Friend ! Bring A Friend ! BUICK PONTIAC CADILLAC GAS FOR LESS South Phillips Street Algona, Iowa

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