Author Archives: Wollamshram

Shahrázád in Art 3

One source[1] has this illustration as being the earliest Arabian Nights illustration but this copy is from a 1729 edition of Galland’s Mille et Une Nuit.  The illustration is by David Coster, a Dutch engraver.  It is was included in … Continue reading

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Stamps of the Arabian Nights, Part 23

I do not normally collect Disney related Arabian Nights ephemera.  As a result of their movie Aladdin, the market is saturated with the Disney Aladdin merchandise.  So it comes as no surprise that there is a Disney Aladdin theme stamp.  … Continue reading

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Frank Packard and Sexton Blake

The first Sexton Blake story appeared on 13 December 1893 in issue 6 of The Halfpenny Marvel.[1]  From these modest beginnings, “The Missing Millionaire” by Hal Meredeth (in actuality Harold Blyth), spawned a character that would endure for more than … Continue reading

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Stamps of the Arabian Nights, Part 22

Kosovo is a disputed area.  Serbia claims that it (the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija) is still under its sovereignty.  In 2008 the region declared its independence.  Serbia does not recognise this and maintains an administrative bureaucracy for the … Continue reading

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The Yellow Circle by Pearl Foley

Foley, Pearl. The Yellow Circle. Toronto: The Macmillan Company of Canada Ltd., 1937, pp. 315. Felix Bank cahier Stanley Melton is found dead at the bank one morning.  He has been shot.  Shortly thereafter, news is received that Major Reginald … Continue reading

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Running Special by Frank L. Packard

Packard, Frank L. Running Special. Toronto: The Copp, Clark Co., Limited. 1925, pp. 304. This is Packard’s 17th book and the 4th and final collection of railroad stories.  It contains 10 stories of which only 4 are new.  The previous … Continue reading

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Stamps of the Arabian Nights, Part 21

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley (21 August 1872 – 16 March 1898) was an English fin de siecle illustrator well known for his black-and-white illustrations.  During his very short artistic carrier, a mere 6 years, he became a major figure in Art … Continue reading

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