US Civil War Unused/Never Cancelled 5 & 10-Cent Confederate Postage Stamps #526
As many of you are aware, we have studied and written about the Civil War in great detail. I owe my long interest in the conflict to a gentleman named Bill Moylan who was short, stout and bore a striking resemblance to Charles Addams when seen in profile. Bill was my 8th grade US history teacher and at the end of class each day he would read for about 5 minutes from the epic saga of the horrific Andersonville southern prison. I was fascinated (and appalled) by the story. I dedicated my 3rd book about the war to Bill and sadly, I discovered he had passed away a few years earlier before I could thank him for the headstart on turning a rather unfocused young teenager into a historian. The History Bank also produced the seven-volume Young Readers' History of the Civil War, which in the 1980s and '90s sold some 600,000 copies. In terms of financial success it was quite easily our top seller among the 10 histories I have written and the total of 200 books we developed, produced and published from 1980 to the early 2000s. As a collector and not just a writer and historian, I often used artifacts I'd discovered as illustrative material in our books, especiallly those about the Civil War. It was a novel approach for school and library books for young readers and I'm sure in part responsible for their design and editorial awards as well as many from education associations. We have many of our Civil War books available here for sale but if you would like more information or suggestions on specific books, please send me an email and I'd be glad to help.
Both the nickel and dime stamps are part of lot #526; we have also shown a photograph of the reverse as those who are specifically stamp collectors find that side as informative as the front! The stamps appear to have unused gum on the back and have not been hinged.