Lewis and Clark – the journey home

began two hundred and two years ago today on March 23, 1806.
Fort Clatsop was presented to the Indians for which it was named, and the expedition turned homeward.
Excerpts from Lewis and Clark’s respective journals read as follows:

March 23, 1806
Meriwether Lewis
at 1 P.M. we bid a final adieu to Fort Clatsop. we had not proceeded more than a mile before we met Delashelwilt and a party of 20 Chinnooks men and women. this Cheif lea[r]ning that we were in want of a canoe some days past, had brought us one for sale, but being already supplyed, we did not purchase it.

March 23, 1806
William Clark
at this place we had wintered and remained from the 7th of Decr. 1805 to this day and have lived as well as we had any right to expect, and we can say that we were never one day without 3 meals of some kind a day either pore Elk meat or roots, notwithstanding the repeated fall of rain which has fallen almost constantly since we passed the long narrows … indeed w[e] have had only [blank space in MS.] days fair weather since that time.”

Their journey had begun on May 14, 1804, and would end September 23, 1806 in St. Louis.
The Corps of Discovery was successful and history forever changed when the information they gathered, the territories they explored and mapped were reported upon their return.
Two hundred years later, the USPS would issue commemorative stamps to celebrate the bicentennial, as well as multiple first-day-of-issue postmarks.
These are featured here on the matting around a map of the expedition overlaid with the outline of present-day states, giving you a unique perspective at the magnitude of this heroic feat:

Lewis and Clark States Map by NW Limited…History in VogueTM $ $25000

Today, when you set out to scurry about the backyard looking for what the Easter bunny left behind…don’t forget those who forged a path in a new frontier, for the greater good.

All three Lewis & Clark maps by NW Limited.
(States, Black Map and Indian Nations)  Sweet dreams are made of this.

The Lewis & Clark Maps (you can purchase these directly from Bill by calling 503-338-6056 or email bill@nwlimited.com)
Lewis & Clark at PBS

Limited by a Postmark

Just what does this mean?
Listen up, because there will be a test:
A postmark creates a natural limitation in that it a. cancels the stamp, and b. sets a time, date and place in which it was applied (or when and where the item was mailed), as well as c., is only available once, and then never again.
The postmark was created in 1661, by the then-postmaster of Britain, Henry Bishop.  It has evolved greatly since those times, but the intent remains the same.

Once a postmark expires (they have a 30-day lifespan), they will never be made available again.  Each piece to date by NW Limited includes a postmark as well as the stamps relevant to the piece they grace.
For example, there are just 119 American Motorcycle pieces with the postmarks on their mats, which also have the stamps issued by the USPS. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. The edition will be closed.  Over.  Done.  Finito.

First Day of Issue postmark on an American Motorcycle.
This is a pictorial postmark issued for the American Motorcycle
series of stamps, issued August 7, 2006 at Sturgis, SD, home
of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  119 are available by NW Limited…History in VogueTM

So what have we learned? 
Essay responses will be graded on brevity, form and sizeable cash inclusion will influence your grade. 
Don’t forget your name, homeroom and address so we can send your grades custom, limited (why and how are we limited?) piece by NW Limited…History in VogueTM to you!
Wikipedia Postmark


There’s that spanking thing again (new)!
No need to ask what Bill’s been busy with.  Here’s a sample, but look quick because this pair are spoken for.
As always, you may click to see a larger image for your viewing pleasure.
 Star Wars #9 (of 77) with         Yoda #21 (of 80) featuring original
 original autograph  by star         autograph by the voice of Yoda
   David Prowse (with COA)              Frank Oz  (with COA)
                 (SOLD)                                        (SOLD)
Each individual piece features a pin released in the same era as the movies as well as the autographs, and as always, the first-day issue stamps and postmarks.   These postmarks ensure that there will only ever BE 77 Star Wars and 80 of Yoda.  Made in the USA and custom framed, matted and ready to hang.  High-quality acid-free materials ensure that your collectible from NW Limited will stay just as fine-looking as the day it was born.

Question: where does YOUR eye rest when contemplating the set? 
Your own Star Wars or Yoda tribute by NW Limited…History in VogueTM can be built for you.  
Or you could always email or call to see what’s available.  bill@nwlimited.com or 503-338-6056

Something old, something new…

nothing borrowed, something blue:
(as always, click those pics to see the big picture)

This superfine Star Wars#23
is sold.
                                                             Star Wars #28’s right here $175

American Motorcycle #31 “Easy Rider” (SOLD)

Postmark detail.   
If those Star Wars pieces are yours, the rent is 
              now due, so email or call the landlord: bill@nwlimited.com  or 503-338-6056