windslider, July 6th '16

Hitler’s Germany

Added new stamps and cards on Hitler and Germany.

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windslider, June 26th '16

Fidel Castro

Decided on a new subject to research on.  Added this artwork into FETCHr’s collection.

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Written by the Artist :

“Original Art – Comandante de la Revolución Cubana ©2016 Ruca Zombie 

To honor a great revolutionary leader, I have created this piece of metal art, using embossing art technique, known as Repoussé. This metal work was not stamped, neither created by using a embossing machine, it took me many hours of meticulous hand work to be completed. It’s an original artwork, using an original sketch drawn by me.

Art is framed inside a wooden shadow frame. Metal art: 8″ x 10″

Repoussé is metalworking technique in which a malleable sheet of metal is shaped with handheld tools to create a dimensional design. 

This is a handmade artwork and it was created with love.”

Artist : Ailed Rivera


The package arrived at the Studio. Was pleasantly surprised with the presentation, very well done indeed.  It’s like Christmas came early.


Acquired these 2 sets of news print. From the seller’s post on eBay:


Fidel Castro Ruz was born in Birán, in the former province of Oriente, on August 13, 1926. Born into a well-off landowning family, he received his primary education in a rural school, later attended private Jesuit schools in Santiago de Cuba and Havana, and graduated from law school at the University of Havana (described in My Early Years and Fidel and Religion). As a student, he volunteered for an armed expedition against the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic and was in Colombia to help organize a Latin American anti-imperialist student congress when the April 1948 popular uprising occurred in Bogotá. After Fulgencio Batista’s 1952 coup, Fidel Castro organized and led an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada army garrison in Santiago de Cuba on July 26, 1953. While in prison, Fidel Castro edited his defense speech from the trial into the pamphlet History Will Absolve Me, which was distributed in tens of thousands of copies and became the program of what was to become the revolutionary July 26 Movement. Originally sentenced to 15 years, he and his comrades were released from prison 22 months later, in May 1955, as a result of a growing public campaign. Exiled to Mexico, he organized a guerrilla expedition to Cuba to launch a guerrilla movement to overthrow Batista. Arriving aboard the cabin cruiser Granma, for the next two years, Fidel Castro led the Rebel Army. On January 1, 1959, Batista fled Cuba. In response to a call by Fidel, hundreds of thousands of Cubans launched an insurrectionary general strike that ensured the victory of the revolution. Fidel Castro arrived triumphantly in Havana on January 8 as commander-in-chief of Cuba’s victorious Rebel Army. On February 13, 1959, he was named prime minister, a position he held until December 1976, when he became president of the Council of State and the Council of Ministers. One of history’s greatest orators, for nearly five decades, Fidel Castro has been an outspoken advocate for the rights of Third World and other oppressed peoples at international forums such as the Movement of Nonaligned Countries and the United Nations. A selection of his famous speeches was published in Fidel Castro Reader. On July 31, 2006, shortly before his 80th birthday, Fidel Castro handed over all his positions in the Cuban government to his brother Raúl. “Fidel’s devotion to the word is almost magical.” — Gabriel García Márquez “Fidel is the leader of one of the smallest countries in the world, but he has helped to shape the destinies of millions of people across the globe.” –Angela Davis “Fidel Castro is a man of the masses& The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.” –Nelson Mandela “Fidel’s is a singing and dancing intellect& In Fidel this passion is expressed in his priestly dedication to revolution.” –Alice Walker

This auction is for the Tabloid Cien Horas Con fidel

This is a printing of 200 pages in newspaper format,  12 of which are 16 pages, and 1 8 pages in length.  While this is bew, never having been opened and read, it does show signs of ware, from both the bookseller, and travel.

Under OFAC: Office of Foreign Asset Control, (US Treasury) policy, this item is exempt from the embargo set forth in 1963:

Prohibited Importation of Merchandise with the Exception of Cubanorigin

Information and Informational Materials

Pursuant to 515.560(c)(3) of the Regulations, authorized travelers

are prohibited from importing into the United States any merchandise

purchased or otherwise acquired in Cuba, including but not limited

to cigars and alcohol, whether as accompanied baggage or otherwise.

The importation of Cuban-origin information and informational

materials, as defined in part in § 515.332 of the Regulations (for

example, publications, films, posters, phonograph records,

photographs, tapes, compact discs, and artworks classified under

Chapter subheading 9701, 9702, or 9703 of the Harmonized Tariff

Schedule of the United States) are exempt from the prohibition.

Very rare.

Added these 2 photos of the Cuba Havana Capital taken a long time ago. Received this from a seller from Portland, USA on 29 March 2016.

The Capitol, Havana. 02 August 1940.

The Capitol, Havana. 02 August 1940.

Government Plaza, Havana. March 1955

Government Plaza, Havana. March 1955


Acquired these stamps from a seller in US. It arrived at the Studio, together with another lot of stamps.



Added this into FETCHr’s collection.  This is an original id card of the Partido Unido de la Revolucion Socialista (PURS) ( Socialist Revolution United Party) issued in 1962 for the first time as a provisional card that was replaced in 1966 with the Communist Party id card. Both id cards belonged to the same member. The communist party id card is attached to the PURS book.

The PURS id is presented as a book with spaces to paste a stamp each monthcontribution to the party. Each member had to pay 10 pesos each month as a contribution to the party. It also bears in the first page a printed signature of Fidel Castro.

The id belonged to Aurelio Pedroso Sierra and was issued for him in January, 1964.

The United Party of the Socialist Revolution of Cuba (PURSC) was Cuba’s unique political party created on March 26, 1962. It was born as a result of the fusion of the July 26 Movement, the Popular Socialist Party (PSP) and theMarch 13 Revolutionary Directorate. He replaced the Integrated Revolutionary Organizations (ORI) as a political axis of the Cuban revolution. Its national structure was a Secretariat composed of 6 persons Fidel Castro (1st Secretary), Raul Castro (2nd Secretary), Ernesto Che Guevara, Osvaldo Dorticos Torrado, Blas Roca and Emilio Aragones.
On October 3, 1965 it became the Communist Party of Cuba, after its first Central Committee have settled on September 30 and October 1 of that year.

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Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of [10] US [p]residents during his half century rule, has died at age 90….[10p].fidel_castro_2

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Acquired this from an ebay seller in Athen, Greece.

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windslider, June 12th '16

A British Girl

Added this into FETCHr’s collection of postcards.


windslider, June 12th '16


Understanding history takes some effort, especially during those years before internet provided the means to almost all the subject one could think of.  Through technology that we have now, readily available, every moment online can be a new discovery, things that you can piece together to validate an event or an era of great significance.

Like many, putting a bit of history together made it all the more exciting, especially if they are genuine stuffs from the past.

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windslider, May 29th '16


Added this typewriter into FETCHr’s collection.




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Silenta arrived at the Studio today.  Heavy but beautiful.





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Another continental typewriter arrived at the studio.  Agin. it’s also heavy but beautiful.

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windslider, April 17th '16

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