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To Err is Human: Philatelic Errors and the Stories they Tell

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Curtis Memorial Library
23 Pleasant Street
Brunswick , Maine 04011
United States

Midcoast Senior College presents a free talk in its Summer Wisdom Series, “To Err is Human: Philatelic Errors and the Stories They Tell” with Richard Neiman. Since the appearance of the first adhesive postage stamp in 1840, hundreds of political entities have issued billions of such stamps. It is natural to expect that among these there would be errors in their production. This lecture will illustrate a number of blunders by a variety of postal entities, tell the unusual stories surrounding some of them, and relate how these stamps have become, pound for pound, among the most valuable items known. Although Richard Neiman has collected postage stamps since his childhood, he is perhaps better recognized as a retired physician and college professor who has taught many courses for MSC on medical- and disease-related topics. Free and open to the public! Sponsored by Thornton Oaks in Brunswick. More information available at

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