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:

Friday, August 19, 2016

QUEEN OF AMPHORA/ Fantasy Stamps by Eric Whollem/ THE EMPIRE OF AMPHORA/ Paraphilately




QUEEN OF AMPHORA
Empire of Amphora
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps
copyright by the artist



QUEEN OF AMPHORA
Empire of Amphora
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps
copyright by the artist



QUEEN OF AMPHORA
Empire of Amphora
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps
copyright by the artist


SEE MORE STAMPS OF AMPHORA:


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Friday, August 12, 2016

SUBMARINE MAIL/ Ceto Local Post Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY/ Vintage Collage Stamps With Embellished Borders by Eric Whollem



SUBMARINE MAIL
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


COL. BUBBLINSHK
Submarine Mail Delivery 
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



THE SUBMARINE MAIL SERVICE OF CETO LOCAL POST

Ceto is a (fantasy) colony found on the southwestern coast of Southern Amphitritonia. The population of this colony primarily live in subaquatic caves. These caves communicate with one another through submarine mail delivery.

Col. Bubblinshk, the postmaster of Ceto, personally delivers the mail. He is seen here on some of the stamps of Ceto.


COL. BUBBLINSHK
Submarine Mail Delivery 
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


SUBMARINE MAIL
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


COL. BUBBLINSHK
Submarine Xpress Mail
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


SUBMARINE MAIL
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


COL. BUBBLINSHK
Terrestrial Relay Mail Rate
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


THE TERRESTRIAL RELAY MAIL OF CETO

A small group of Cetoans live along lakes in the inland reaches of Ceto. Here they must pay the Terrestrial Relay Rate ordained by the postal service.

Col. Bubblinshk personally delivers the mail to these remote lake dwellers. He ususally wears as armour his diving suit, to protect himself from the inimical rays of the sun.

Below is a Specimen stamp forwarded to the postmaster general of the  Southern Amphitritonian Postal Union in Sarawa in the region called Xawar to the west of Ceto. Specimen stamps are sent out as samples to indicate to international postmasters, the authentic stamps of the issuing countries in the region.



COL. BUBBLINSHK
Specimen Overprint
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

SUBMARINE MAIL
Ceto Local Post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

FANTASY LOTTERY STAMPS GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH/ Cinderella Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATLEY

GUGUWUPH LOTTERY STAMP
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

GUGUWUPH LOTTERY STAMP
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

GUGUWUPH LOTTERY STAMP
Grand Duchy of Guguwuph
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist
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Monday, August 8, 2016

FANTASY REVENUE STAMPS/ Grand Duchy of Guguwuph/ Faux Stamps by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

THE GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH

By general consensus, Guguwuph is a ficticious country in the south of Amphitritonia. These revenue stamps are indicative of the national temperament of Guguwuph, which is considered to be a bit off the norm.

Guguwuphian dialect is hard to master....but these stamps are not a good source of reliable information on the grammatical structure of the tongue, insofar as it is believed by paraphilatelic experts, that these stamps were overprinted by convict labor from the national prison in Port Wippysnap, the national capital. These prisoners are a polyglot group of pirates who were apprehended at sea a few years back.

So much like ill printed license plates these stamps are a curiosity in the faux revenue genre.



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



GRAND DUCHY OF GUGUWUPH
Revenue stamp
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist




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Friday, July 29, 2016

CANTHARIDIAN FIRST FLIGHT COVERS/ Fantasy Scottish Local Post Stamps by Eric Whollem/ SCOTTISH GAELIC DIALECT/ Paraphilately




CANTHARIDIAN FIRST FLIGHT COVER
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps and cancels on handmade parchment cover
copyright by the artist


GAIDLIG DIALECT

These fantasy covers utilize Gaidlig dialect, a version of Gaelic found in Scotland. "Puist Adhair" for example, means air mail.

These covers feature stamps of the fairy Kingdom of Cantharidia as well as MacDuggie's Rocky Shore, which later postal entity applied the postage due stamps.

The cancels, stamps and covers are my own handiwork.



CANTHARIDIAN FIRST FLIGHT COVER
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps and cancels on handmade parchment cover
copyright by the artist



CANTHARIDIAN FIRST FLIGHT COVER
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps and cancels on handmade parchment cover
copyright by the artist



CANTHARIDIAN FIRST FLIGHT COVER
2016
Eric Whollem
fantasy stamps and cancels on handmade parchment cover
copyright by the artist



See more Scottish Island Fantasy Stamps: