Saturday, September 17, 2016

FIRST FLIGHT COVERS FROM NORTHERN AMPHITRITONIA/ Cinderella Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY



NORTHERN AMPHITRITONIA FIRST FLIGHT COVER
Abbysos to Gugu
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


NORTHERN AMPHITRITONIA FIRST FLIGHT COVER
Ixion-Hecachonteroi to Lapith
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade parchment stamp cover
copyright by the artist


NORTHERN AMPHITRITONIA FIRST FLIGHT COVER
Hecachonteroi to Minnemer
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade parchment stamp cover
copyright by the artist


NORTHERN AMPHITRITONIA FIRST FLIGHT COVER
Hecachonteroi to Wippysnap
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade parchment stamp cover
copyright by the artist


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Saturday, September 3, 2016

AMPHITRITE ON THE STAMPS OF XAWAR/ Fantasy Nation Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY



AMPHTRITE
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


AMPHTRITE
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


XAWAR, AN ANCIENT LAND 


Xawar is an ancient country found in the mountainous interior of Southern Amphitritonia. Sarawa, the capital city, is the headquarters of the Amphitritonian Postal Union, which issues stamps for general use among the Federated States of Southern Amphitritonia. These states include Qarrub Qar, Vebuttikim and Xawar.

Recently the territorial ambitions of the Empire of the West has swallowed up Qarrub Qar and Vebuttikim, assimilating them into the Land of Giants.


AMPHTRITE
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist
AMPHITRITE

Amphitrite is the name given to the bride of Poseidon in Greek lore. The people of Xawar, though an inland people worship the divinities of the sea as well as mermaids. Inland water spirits are also revered in Xawar, especially at places such as Xaab.

Rekku, an old city on the coast of Xawar, is the center of worship of these aquatic divinities. Yearly there is a Festival of the Sea in Rekku, which operates as an epicenter for what is called, 'Letters to the Sea.' These are sacrificial letters sent to Rekku as offerings to the aquatic gods and goddesses.



LETTERS TO THE SEA
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
stamp cover
copyright by the artist



AMPHTRITE
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

See more stamps of Xawar:

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

XAWAR FANTASY STAMPS/ Southern Amphitritonian Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY




DEFINITIVE ISSUE 
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


XAWAR

Xawar is the indigenous designation of the nation known as Southern Amphitritonia. The capital of Xawar is Sarawa.

The Southern Amphitritonian Postal Union has it's headquarters in Sarawa. 




FAY OF THE LICHENS
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


DEFINITIVE ISSUE 
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


FAY OF THE LICHENS
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



XAWAR STAMP COVER
postmarked in Zerrub and Rekku
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade parchment envelope
copyright by the artist



FAY OF THE LICHENS
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


FAY OF THE LICHENS
Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


MAP STAMP OF SOUTHERN AMPHITRITONIA
showing location of Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


More About Southern Amphitritonia:


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GUGUWUPH LOCAL POST STAMPS/ Cacao Industries Issue by Eric Whollem/ Official Guguwuphian Diplomatic Mission Stamps to Offices in Wookytown and Sarawa/ PARAPHILATELY



CACAO
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


CACAO INDUSTRIES OF THE GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH

Cacao, the plant that produces cocoa and chocolate is a major export of the Grand Duchy of Guguwuph. The stamps here were issued to honor the 150th anniversary of The Gugu Cacao Plantation, found in the mountains along the Guguwuphian coast.



CACAO
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


CACAO
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


OFFICIAL MAIL
Wookytown Local Post/ Guguwuph Offices in Sasquatchia
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

Chocolate's Role in Peace Efforts With the Sasquatch

After apprehensions arose with the fear of invasions by the Giants of the Empire of the West, who have systematically been seeking territories to enslave, the Duke of Wuph sent an offering of chocolate to the president of Sasquatchia.

The Guguwuphian ambassador to Wookytown had sent an emergency warning to the Duke, pertaining to overtures from the Empire of the West, and the rogue stamp dealer, Scarabeus Binkel who ostensibly operated as the instigator of imperial ambitions on the part of the Giants.

Chocolate was found to be extraordinarily appealing to the Sasquatch, who had heretofore flavored their cake and ice cream with bitter tundra berries. 



OFFICIAL MAIL SPECIMEN STAMP
Wookytown Local Post/ Guguwuph Offices in Sasquatchia
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

The above Specimen stamp is overprinted with 'Specimen' spelled 'Monster' in Dutch, as  most of the inhabitants of Wookytown are Dutch Colonials, who have an active postal service in Sasqutachia, called Sasquatchian Dutch Colony.




CACAO
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


OFFICIAL MAIL
Sarawa Local Post/ Guguwuph Offices in Xawar
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

The Grand Duchy of Guguwuph also has a diplomatic mission to Southern Amphitritonia, also known as Xawar. Sarawa is the capital city of Xawar. There the Southern Amphitritionian Postal Union has it's headquarters.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

HOGG'S COUNTY RAILWAY EXPRESS STAMPS/ Fantasy Local Courier Stamps by Eric Whollem/ Mortimer Skwak, Legendary Stamp Dealer/ PARAPHILATELY





HOGG'S COUNTY RAILWAY EXPRESS
Dubious Parcel Rate
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



MORTIMER SKWAK, HOGG'S COUNTY ENTREPENUER

Mortimer Skwak made a name for himself when he travelled alone into the rough and rowdy region known as Faux County, as a philatelic explorer, seeking out rare and unusual local post stamps.

After being jailed in Faux County for illegally engaging in philatelic activities, (outlawed in Faux County), he eventually returned home to Hogg's County where he made a fortune selling examples of Faux County stamps.

Skwak is related to the founders of Hogg's County and also is a close friend of the families who run the local Hogg's County Railway. He is honored with his portrait appearing on Hogg's County Railway parcel post stamp local issues, as seen in this blog post. He also appears on Hogg's County postage due stamps, as well as the general issues of Hogg's County Local Courier stamps, which are used in daily mail service for the public at large.



HOGG'S COUNTY RAILWAY EXPRESS
Box Car Passage and Hobo Special Rates
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY POSTAGE DUE STAMPS
Mortimer Skwak/ Hikkup Municipal Authority
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY RAILWAY EXPRESS
Casino Car and Caboose Steerage Rates
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY RAILWAY
Standard Express Rate
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY POSTAGE DUE STAMPS
Mortimer Skwak/ Hikkup Municipal Authority
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY LOCAL COURIER
Mortimer Skwak/ One Cent
2016 
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


HOGG'S COUNTY LOCAL COURIER
Mortimer Skwak/ One Cent
2016 
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

See More Stamps of Hogg's County:

Faux County Stamps and Covers:
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Monday, August 22, 2016

JANESVILLE BEAR DANCE STAMPS/ Maidu Stamps by Eric Whollem/ MAIDEM KODOM/ Fantasy Postage Stamps



JANESVILLE BEAR DANCE
Maidem Kodom Post Office
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


THE JANESVILLE BEAR DANCE

Janesville, California, a  small town found on the edge of  the juniper and sage graced desert of the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, is the location of a yearly cultural celebration of the Maidu Indians of California.

The Maidu include many diverse 'tribal' divisions, including the Concow Maidu, fhe Mountain Maidu, the Tyme Maidu, the Nisenan Maidu, and the Mechoopda  Maidu. Other officially unrecognized groups such as the Honcut Maidu and the Konkow Valley Maidu, exist as well etc.

The Bear Dance is a very sacred ceremony. Pano, the black bear, is an important medicine animal of the Maidu.  I have included a link below which presents the story much better than I could.

THE BEAR DANCE:
http://sierravoices.com/2009/08/the-mountain-maidu-bear-dance/


The stamps here were created by myself. They, of course, are not real postage stamps, but stamps done to celebrate Maidu culture. 




JANESVILLE BEAR DANCE
Maidem Kodom Post Office
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition/ color varieties
copyright by the artist
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Below is a fantasy letter from Pano in Janesville to the people at the Flint Mine on Table Mountain, the original home of Kuksu. I created a series of similar envelopes in 2015. This letter is sent by Netdim Courier, which means Dream Courier. Yeponi means headman, or doctor.


A LETTER FROM PANO IN JANESVILLE
to the people at the Flint Mine in Hudli
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp cover
copyright by the artist


A History of Native American Tribal Stamps:

More blog posts about the Maidu Indians:

See more Maidu stamps:

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE LAND OF GIANTS/ A Paraphilatelic Saga of the Empire of the West by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS



SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

HOW SCARABEUS BINKEL FOUNDED THE EMPIRE OF THE WEST

Scarabeus Binkel, a rogue stamp dealer, and belated pirate from Binkel County established two empires in his day. The Binklish Empire was created in colonies that he established in the east of Amphora along the Barbaru Coast. His second empire was called Empire of the West.

To make a long story short, after escaping from prison where he was held by the Digby Brothers, through the aid of the Gopher People, he traveled to the Land of Giants where through expert smooth talking the moribund Giant populace was convinced to arise and become a great people by conquering neighboring nations. Thus the Empire of the West was born.

The Queen of Vebuttikim, seen on these stamps, embellished by the heraldic crossed axes of the Giants, was among the first to be conquered. She was promised eternal fame, by appearing on the cinderella stamps Binkel manufactured with her image.

Thus the empire grew bit by bit as other lands were assimilated unto the Giants. Some conjecture that this was a huge paraphilatelic plot on Binkel's part, insofar as most of these stamps were only procurable from Binkel's stamp catalog, and seldom readily available in the post offices of their respective lands. LOL



SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


A NOTE ON THE POSTAL RATES OF THE EMPIRE OF THE WEST

Binkel, as Postmaster General of the Empire of the West, determined that insofar as an average letter sent by a giant weighs about 40 pounds, that the postal rates should be commensurate with the tonnage. Thus one sees that these stamps are denominated at $800 Gargantuan Dollars each.

Binkel was fortunate to have many wealthy philatelists on his mailing list, so these prices did not deter the specialists interested in stamps from the Land of Giants, but made them appealing as something that not just anyone could own. Thus Binkel kept the Giants, the Queen of Vebuttikim with her percentage, his clients and himself satisfied. LOL



SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

THE LOCATION OF THE EMPIRE OF THE WEST, ETC.

The stamp below, issued by the Southern Amphitritonians, has a map which may help our readers locate the places mentioned in this article.

Binkel County, where Binkel began his illustrious career as sheriff is found on the eastern coast of Amphitritonia.

Vebuttikim is to the west of the Land of Giants. In future blog posts we will relate more exploits of Scarabeus and his Giant Legions. LOL




MAP STAMP OF SOUTHERN AMPHIRITONIA
Southern Amphitritonian Post Office
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist




SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist





A LETTER TO PRESIDENT LUMBERLASS
from Scarabeus Binkel in the Land of  Giants
2016
Eric Whollem
faux stamps on parchment cover
copyright by the artist



HOW SCARABEUS BINKEL ATTEMPTED TO SEDUCE THE PRESIDENT OF SKY CITY IRIS WITH 'PROMISES OF FAME'

The above letter shows how Binkel systematically tried to broaden the Empire of the West.  

Here he appeals to Meggie Lumberlass, President of the independent City State of Sky City Iris.

It is believed that Lumberlass spurred his advances, knowing full well that her images found on the stamps of Sky City were all the philatelic fame she truly needed! LOL


A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF SKY CITY IRIS
to the Guild of Emergency Volunteers
2016
Eric Whollem
faux stamps on cover
copyright by the artist

The above appeal was sent by President Lumberlass to her people in Mischca's Cove, alerting them to the imperial aims of the Empire of the West on their territory. The all-seeing eye of Sky City is seen on some of the stamps on this cover.

Images of Lumberlass appear on these stamps. Sky City Iris had no need of Scarabeus Binkel's schemes! 

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND THE QUEEN OF VUTTIBEKIM
Empire of the West 
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



THE QUEEN OF QARRUB QAR JOINS THE EMPIRE OF THE WEST

With promises of jewels and gold as well as immortalization on stamps to be distributed to the international Stamp Market, the Queen of Qarrub Qar fell prey to Scarabeus Binkel's enticing words.

She promised Scarabeus to allow a contingent of Giants to 'protect' her palaces and domains. She was a young queen and foolish in the ways of the Stamp Market. LOL




THE QUEEN OF QARRUB QAR
on a stamp of the Empire of the West
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


THE QUEEN OF QARRUB QAR
on a stamp of the Empire of the West
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


SCARABEUS'S OVERTURES TO THE GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH

The letter below shows how Binkel's letter to the Duke of Guguwuph was dishonored by copious postage due levies. Tune in to Art Blog/Eric Whollem for more stories of paraphilatelic intrigue!  

So if the perforation chad does not run away with the glue pot and eat up the gopher king's birthday cake, I will return with another story of Binkel and the Giants (apologies to fans of 'Uncle Wiggily's Adventures.' LOL  Or as the Gentleman Rabbit once said: ' Obscure literary references will get you Nowhere!' LOL


LETTER FROM THE LAND OF GIANTS
to the Duke of Guguwuph
2016
Eric Whollem
faux stamps on handmade parchment cover
copyright by the artist


Read about the Binklish Empire: