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Believe it or not, I have never been to a county fair. So I don’t have a story — I don’t think I even have 100 words — but I just had to post this wonderful image on the heels of Mr. Ed’s recent story on Hobbies, one of his being philately. (As in “Frankly, Natalie, I dig philately”).

Note the perforations…four different Forever first class stamps. So cool. Makes me want to write some letters so I can send them via snail mail.

(Did you know you can order stamps from the USPS online? It’s like an eye candy store!) 

Oh…100 words!


RetroFlash – 100 words

Profile photo of Barbara Buckles Barbara Buckles
Artist, writer, storyteller, spy. Okay, not a spy…I was just going for the rhythm.

I call myself “an inveterate dabbler.” (And my husband calls me “an invertebrate babbler.”) I just love to create one way or another. My latest passion is telling true stories live, on stage. Because it scares the hell out of me.

As a memoirist, I focus on the undercurrents. Drawing from memory, diaries, notes, letters and photographs, I never ever lie, but I do claim creative license when fleshing out actual events in order to enhance the literary quality, i.e., what I might have been wearing, what might have been on the table, what season it might have been. By virtue of its genre, memoir also adds a patina of introspection and insight that most probably did not exist in real time.

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Characterizations: funny, right on!, well written


  1. Khati Hendry says:

    Great tie-in to Mr Ed’s hobby post. I loved his reference to Tom Leherer’s song about smut (who needs a hobby, like tennis or philately? I’ve got a hobby—re-reading Lady Chatterly!) and your new rhyme. And the stamps with the fair of course. 100 words well spent.

  2. Betsy Pfau says:

    Perfectly lovely Flash, Barb, paying tribute to Mr. Ed with the stamp group tribute to fairs. Eye candy indeed!

  3. Marian says:

    Thanks for the visual, Barb. Those stamps are beautiful and convey the atmosphere of state and county fairs.

  4. Suzy says:

    Love this RetroFlash, Barb. Thanks for finding these beautiful stamps! And for paying tribute to Mr. Ed and his hobby of philately. How meta of you to use the sentence “Oh … 100 words!” to get you to 100 words.

  5. Wonderful Bebe, and let’s support our USPS and buy those lovely stamps!

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    I do order stamps online, but since I mail very few personal cards and letters these days, I don’t look at the commemorative stamps these days. Maybe I should as the ones in your image are delightful.

  7. Mister Ed says:

    Thank you for referencing my story of last week! I’ve always liked the linked stamps with different scenes portrayed, which in combination, make a larger picture. The ones you show are a perfect addition to this week’s prompt.

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