Saturday, February 10, 2018

PIRATE STAMPS FROM WORRO WORRO/ Cinderella Stamp Covers and Cancellations by Eric Whollem/ PARPHILATELY



WORRO WORRO
map stamps on cover
with postal tax stamp
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
map stamp
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE ISLE OF WORRO WORRO

In 1817 a derelict pirate ship pulled into Dooblong Bay on the isle of Worro Worro. Billy and Shark, two young shipmates, were sent ashore to find water. They were met by an emissary of King Kookilannu Ennu who gave them coconut milk.

Shortly the indigenous inhabitants of Worro Worro, seeing the chance to sail the seas, joined the pirate crew of Captain N. Dooblong.

After a time a joint rulership emerged on Worro Worro, wherein Kookilannu and Captain Dooblong ruled together. Barbarosa, a native of Worro Worro became the lieutenant Governor.

The Kingdom of Undinia, who claim overseership of Worro Worro, regard the island as part of their Commonwealth.


WORRO WORRO
Billy and Shark land on the island
with inland revenue stamp from Undinia
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
Captain Dooblong
with inland revenue stamp from Undinia
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
Captain Dooblong
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
Arcane Rites of Worro Worro
with Undinian stamp cancelled in Nereidia
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
Archane Rites
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
King Kookilannu Ennu
received in Nereidia
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WORRO WORRO
Lt. Governor Barbarosa
with postal tax stamps
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

See More Stamps from Undinia:

See more Pirate Stamps from various enclaves:

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

CINDERELLA STAMPS AND COVERS FROM RATTU ISOLA/ Paraphilately/ FANTASIES BY ERIC WHOLLEM



RATTU ISOLA
750th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Island
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


RATTTU ISOLA
Medieval ship
2018
Eric Whollem
laser edtion
copyright by the artist



THE DUKE OF RATTU

Rattu Isola, or the Isle of Rattu, was discovered by the Duke of Rattu, whose ship had been lost at sea. Today, 750 years later, the postal administration of Rattu Isola commemorates the history of the island.

The Societa di Stampa in Tikka issued some special stamps this last year with  images of the art of Burnes Jones, the Preraphaelite. LOL

Rattu Isola lies in the Sea of Varuna off the coast of Cybrea,




RATTU ISOLA
The Battle of Rattu
2017
Eric Whollem
cyber editon
copyright by the artist


RATTU ISOLA
Letter to the Guard of the Sword
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist



RATTU ISOLA
Map of the Island
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edtion
copyright by the artist



RATTU ISOLA
Societa di Stampi
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


RATTU ISOLA
the Lion of Rattu
2017
Eric Whollem
cyber edition
copyright by the artist


RATTU ISOLA
letter from Battuli to Pestu
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


RATTU ISOLA
Societa di Stampi
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CINDERELLA STAMPS, COVERS & CANCELLATIONS by Eric Whollem/ Erichthonios Faux Postage Stamps/ Paraphilately



ERICHTHONIOS
Altar of the Sea stamp issue
Gorgonopolis Natural History Museum cover
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover on parchment
copyright by the artist


ERICHTHONIOS

Erichthonios is the ancient Greek name for the sacred Sea Serpent according to contemporary books such as the Womans' Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets by Barbara G. Walker. This divinity had his own temple in the Parthenon. The nation state named after this divinity exists today on the Continent of Amphora. LOL

The map stamp in this blog post shows the boundaries and various cities of this region. The Altar of the Sea is a symbol of the yearly Festival of the Amphitrite. LOL


ERICHTHONIOS 
Altar of the Sea
2017
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist


ERICHTHONIOS
Gorgonopolis cover received in Hephaestus
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


ERICHTHONIOS
Map Stamp
2017
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist


ERICHTHONIOS
Gorgonopolis Consortium 500th anniversary cover
2018
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


ERICHTHONIOS
Gorgonopolis Consortium commemorative issue
2017
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

THE ERECHTHEION:
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

EARLY CALIFORNIA CINDERELLA STAMPS by Eric Whollem/ The Kuksu Express Local Post and the Ponderosa Way Local Post/ PARAPHILATELY



KUKSU EXPRESS MAIL
a fantasy Maidu Indian local post
1916/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artistboe

THE KUKSU EXPRESS LOCAL POST

The Kuksu Express is a fantasy Maidu Indian local post from Butte County, California. The cover above shows a street scene in Oroville, the capital city of Butte County. The local Indians called Oroville Opatoni. This designation comes from the time that Oroville was called Ophir Town.

In the photo above Oroville did not look too good, as it had gone through a great flood. Today the pristine old town is marred by modern parking lots and shopping malls. The old gold mines under the city are deeply buried under successive floods. The buildings seen today in the old downtown area are in fact the upper sections of old structures, buried under mud and debris. What you see today at street level are the old third stories of the original buildings.

The cancellation shows that this letter was mailed from Mooretown Ridge, an area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains known for the scenic Feather Falls overlook.

I have created a number of Mooretown Provisional postage stamps over the years. My first issues were made in 1999.


PONDEROSA WAY
fantasy Maidu Indian local courier post
1882/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade collaged stamp cover
copyright by the artist


THE PONDEROSA WAY LOCAL POST

Ponderosa Way is an old road from built in the 1930's, to serve as a fire road along the length of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have taken liberty with historical accuracy, having it appear as an apocryphal road in the Butte County area in the 1880's. Obviously the Civilian Conservation Corps who built the road adapted the name of their road from the one created in my literary imagination. LOL

For Butte County I idealized a local postal service along this route that connected Mooretown Ridge with Forbestown Ridge. One postal substation was located at the Gold Flake Bar in the Feather falls area, the other substation I conceived to exist at the Last Outpost, a bar in Forbestown. Whether these bars existed at this early time may not be historical, but should be, to keep the story here straight. LOL The high postage rate was to accommodate cost of liquor to pay the mail courier, who had to fight through miles of poison oak and rattlesnakes to deliver the mail. This is only fair, because at this time Ponderosa Way was a mish mash of old bear trails that that not yet been  surveyed nor graded by the Conservation Corps. LOL

Now I have heard that certain postcards and covers from the Ponderosa Local Post have appeared at auction, selling at high prices for their alleged 'bear bite damage.' Apparently the postal couriers met with trouble along the trail. But these items are greatly in doubt for authenticity. I would advise taking them for forensic analysis by a qualtified cryptozoologist with a paraphilatelic background, to be sure of what you have.  It has been reported that some 'bear bites' were in fact poodle bites. So watch out. LOL

The above postcard is adapted from an old photo of  a gold miner from Butte County, California. This is actually factual! LOL The card was franked on the back, with the address on the other side.

PONDEROSA WAY CANCELLATION
from the Gold Flake
on Mooretown Ridge
1882/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist


I have created other Butte County local post fantasies, such as the stamps of Maidem Kodom, a Black Bart Private Post, and the Hootarooney Post Office. I have also created fantasy poster stamps for Tobin, a small resort on the Feather River Canyon, near Rock Creek.

Monday, January 15, 2018

CINDERELLA STAMPS FROM JAKALA/ Fantasy Hindu Stamps From West Merreminde by Eric Whollem/ PARAPHILATELY



JAKALA
cover to Jambudvipa
with postage due
1917/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist




THE STATE OF JAKALA

Jakala is a fantasy Hindu state that exists in West Merreminde. The sadhu of Mt. Tata is the maharaj of the land.

It is said that a portal to Jambudvipa, the ancient name of the Indian subcontinent exists in Jakala....Hence we see here various covers sent to Jambudvipa. LOL


JAMBUDVIPA
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



JAKALA
old sailing ship
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist




JAKALA
cover to Mukka
with postage due
1898/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist



JAKALA
old photo
1898/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


JAKALA
cover with Kali stamps
1917/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


JAKALA
Kali issue
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist



JAKALA
cover from Sarnawi to Shar Lan
1917/ 2018 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


JAKALA
Kamadhenu issue
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


JAKALA
map stamp
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


JAKALA
postage due in the Mukka Republic
1887/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem.
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

FANTASY MAPS by Eric Whollem/ An Album of Maps/ CINDERELLA STAMPS/ West Merreminde Postal Union Map Stamp



WEST MERREMINDE
postal union issue
2017
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


WEST MERREMINDE

West Merreminde is found along the Barbaru coastal region of southeastern Amphora.  For a time, during the war with the Digby Brother's pirate empire, the area was united under the umbrella of the Kingdom of Merreminde, who only desired to restore stability.

Today numerous independent states, empires, enclaves,  kingdoms and colonial territories are found on the map of the West Merreminde.


AN ALBUM OF MAPS

Below is a link to a cartographic album showing a broad range of maps of imaginary continents and islands. most of these were created from the year 2000 onward....but as a child I created many fantasy maps for 'Animalland,'  and various empires, now lost.

Atlantis, Lemuria, Gondwanaland and other lost islands relating to Atlantean legends, such as Scheria and Ogygia, etc. have been given my own interpretations. A prominent continent, the Continent of Amphora, the 'Continent of the Future', is the theme of many of my postal fantasies. But also the Continent of Eronyk featuring Ebberwonia and Urissakzillia, etc. has been a favorite region for interpretation.

I also have developed interplanetary colonies and countries....The Republic of the Moon, Syzygium, Triton Station, the Gondwilli, Pluto StationWorm World and Titania.

Among my interdimensional fantasies are Venus Colony in Inner Earth, which however is such an amorphous region, that mapping it has proven futile. LOL


AN ALBUM OF MAPS 
by Eric Whollem

This link to Google Photos will display an album
of fantasy maps made by the artist over
the years.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

WOOK WOOK ISLAND STAMPS AND COVERS featuring Catapult Mail/ Cinderella Stamps and Cancellations by Eric Whollem/ Land of Giants Colony in Sasquatchia



LAND OF GIANTS
Offices in Wook Wook Island
overprinted stamps of the Land of Giants
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist

WOOK WOOK ISLAND

The Empire of the West looked to the Island of Sasquatchia as a likely place to establish a military outpost. The Land of Giants had been conquered by Scarabeus Binkel, who had established himself as Emperor. Already the Empire had assimilated Qarub Qar and Vebuttikim, but the tempting prospect of ruling the Sasquatch was too great for the Giants, eager for battle.

Thus Wook Wook Island in the far northeast of Sasquatchia became the Empire of the West's first overseas colony.



LAND OF GIANTS
Offices in Wook Wook Island
Censored Mail
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist


LAND OF GIANTS
Offices in Wook Wook Island
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist


WOOK WOOK ISLAND
Operation Albatross Avian Air Drop
Censored Mail
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WOOK WOOK ISLAND
Avian transport
Ship to Shore
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist

ALBATROSS MAIL DELIVERY OF WOOK WOOK ISLAND

The Wook Wook Post Office, under the guidance of Scarabeus Binkel, soon developed a unique form of  'catapult mail,' which is mail catapulted from ship to shore. The catapult on the naval vessels of the Giants, however did not use a catapult aircraft, but the indigenous albatrosses of Wook Wook.

All of this was called 'Operation Albatross Air Drop.'

Mail was successfully sent to the Sasquatchian Front on the Sasquatchian mainland, as well as from ship to shore to Wook Wook Island.


WOOK WOOK ISLAND
Operation Albatross Avian Air Drop Catapult Mail
Naval Censor
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


WOOK WOOK ISLAND
local post
2016
Eric Whollem
laser edition
copyright by the artist


LAND OF GIANTS
Offices in Wook Wook Island
2016
Eric Whollem
laser editions
copyright by the artist


EMPIRE OF THE WEST
cover to the Ook Wook Field Post
in on the Sasquatchian Frontier
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


A LETTER FROM FIFI FUMM IN QARUB QAR

The Giants on overseas duty were mostly avid stamp collectors. This letter from the Qarub Qar Province on the Amphitritonian Main, was happily received by the Enlistees' Stamp Klub on the Sasquatchian Front.

The letter above, out of the Empire of the West, shows the traditional naval vessels of the Giants. There was hope that such gargantuan ocean craft would awe the Sasquatch into easy submision.

Large stamps were often used, as Giants were clumsy when it came to diminutive definitive issues. LOL


EMPIRE OF THE WEST
from the Qarub Qar Province
to the Sasquatchian Front
2016
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist
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Friday, December 29, 2017

CLASSIC STAMPS OF GROT EUBIA/ Rocket Mail/ Fantasy Covers and Cancellations by Eric Whollem/ CINDERELLA STAMPS/ Paraphilately




GROT EUBIA
cover with fancy cancels
with a cachet showing the Birth of Eubia
1859/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

THE BIRTH OF EUBIA

Eubia, the legendary namesake of Grot Eubia, was a fay who was born in a grotto on Kel's Peak in the desert region in the center of the country. When she grew up she spoke in riddles to those who approached the spring in her cave.

The cachet above has an example of the ancient Eubiaan language, not easily translated today, as Google Translate does not specialize in the rare extinct languages of West Merreminde.

In later times, after the Saxon invasion, a form of the English language took root in Grot Eubia. LOL


GROT EUBIA
letter from the Grand Institute of Grot Eubia
with postal tax stamp
1863/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
cover with stamps showing Empress Gabri
with postal tax stamp
1876/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

GROT EUBIA
official postal tax cancellation
19th century




GROT EUBIA
cover with scenes of Emperor Agnominon on hunting expeditions
with cancel from Quartz Hotel in Lyonine
1898/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
cover celebrating Postal Duty with stamps showing Empress Gabri 
franked with postal tax stamp
1863/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
cover featuring stamps overprinted for use as Hotel Courier fees
received in Robber's Roost
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Royal Wedding Cover for Emperor Heenrook III
and Empress Vlimnodoromia
featuring cachet of the National Clock Dance
1916/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

THE NEW MONARCHS OF GROT EUBIA

After the passing of Emperor Agnominon and Empress Gabri, Duke Heemrook appeared as the successor to the throne of the Empire.

Taking as his bride the lovely Princess Vlimnodoromia of Arkonia, they established a happy household in the Castle of Quackadoo.


GROT EUBIA
cover celebrating the Equestrial Guild
an invitation to the Royal Wedding
1916/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Naval Command cover
1931/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist




GROT EUBIA
Caledarmion Export Company cover
with handstamp advertising Emperor Heemrook's Cook Book
1931/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist



PORT OF CALEDARMION STAMP
with stamp advertising
Emperor Heemrook's book



GROT EUBIA
letter to the Harold H. Knerr Fan Klub
featuring stamps with Katzenjammer Kids stamps
1922/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Katzenjammer Kids stamp
art by Harold H. Knerr



GROT EUBIA
Quackadoo Guard Cover
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
letter to the Keeper of the Royal Skunks
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


EMPEROR AGNOMINON STAMP
with Skunk cancellation
from Quackadoo

THE ROYAL SKUNKS OF QUACKADOO

During one of Emperor Agnominon's many hunting expeditions, he befriended a very dignified skunk, which took to the Emperor. The Emperor liked the skunk as well.

To make a long story short, Agnominon introduced the skunk to his wife; and she immediately agreed to setting up a Zoo in Quackadoo. 

The offspring of this skunk and it's wife today populate the Zoo to the delight of the children of Grot Eubia today.

It is said that a special oil developed by Royal Skunk Keepers, have helped the Quackadoo Guard in repelling invaders from the country to this day. LOL



GROT EUBIA
Meister Hickleboober Brewery cover
out of Robber's Roost
1917/ 2017 lol
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Feinheimer Kids stamps
Imperial Philatelic Mail
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Emperor Agnominon Memorial cover
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist


GROT EUBIA
Rocket Mail cover
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist

THE HISTORY OF ROCKET MAIL IN GROT EUBIA

During the late 19th century pioneering rocket scientists, Mr. Mortimer Squiggly and Sir Tubby Remo, worked on experimental rockets....It was in 1937, the practical application of their endeavors took fruit with the development of their Aerotorpedo, used for the rapid delivery of mail. LOL

The first launch of the Aerotorpedo took place in Duke Town. The rocket was sent to Robber's Roost.

This cover represents a reenactment of the original rocket flight, on the 80th anniversary of the original flight.

The cryptic hand cancel on the cover above, which reads 'Copped in the Roost' means in Eubiaan dialect, 'received in Robber's Roost.' LOL

The True Story of Rocketmail:

How Rocketmail was used in the Himalayas in the 1930's:

An informative forum on rocketmail stamps and covers:


GROT EUBIA
Rocket Mail cover
reverse side
2017
Eric Whollem
handmade stamp cover
copyright by the artist



See more stamps of Grot Eubia:
Learn more about West Merreminde:
https://artblogericwhollem.blogspot.com/search/label/west%20merreminde


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