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  • Even though Insurance covers abound and make up some of the earliest issues, not many collectors

    collect Insurance as a category. Go figure! Plus, Insurance in America has a l-o-o-o-n-g history, going all

    the way back to colonial times.

    The first insurance company in America underwrote fire insurance and was formed in Charleston, South


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    Carolina in 1735. In 1752, Benjamin Franklin helped form a mutual insurance

    company called the Philadelphia Contributionship, which is the nation’s oldest

    insurance carrier still in operation. [Doesn’t it seem that Ben Franklin had his

    thumb in just about everything back then?!] Franklin’s company was the first to

    make contributions toward fore prevention. Not only did his company warn

    against certain fire hazards, it refused to insure certain buildings where the risk of

    fire was too great, such as all wooden houses.

    The first stock insurance company formed in the U.S. was the Insurance

    Company of North America in 1792. Massachusetts enacted the first state law

    requiring insurance companies to maintain adequate reserves in 1837. Formal

    regulation of the insurance industry began in earnest when the first state

    commissioner of insurance was appointed in New Hampshire in 1851. In 1859,

    New York appointed its own commissioner and created a state insurance

    department to move towards more comprehensive regulation of insurance at the

    state level.

    The United States is the world’s largest insurance market by premium volume.

    In 2013, 27% of all insurance premiums written worldwide were in the U.S. In

    2015, there were 814 Life Insurance companies alone.

    Yeah! Yeah Yeah!...But what about the covers! Well, to begin with, there are a

    lot of them! Bill Hayes, FL, had 14,368 in his collection as of March 2016. Plus,

    within the category, there’s lots of variety—Oldies, Features, Dated, Cameos,

    Metallics, and many more...including one of my favorites, Sets & Series. And, of

    course, you’ll see plenty of different manumarks.

    They come in all the traditional cover and box sizes—10s, 20s, 30s, 40s,

    Ace, etc. [I actually don’t see any 10s on hand at the moment, but I’m sure

    there must be some] 20-strikes, of course, are the most numerous.

    In any event, Insurance is a category that’s worth considering. And,

    since few collect in that area, you should be able to get them cheap, if not

    free! You have a way to go, though, before you catch up to Bill Hayes!

    Good luck!

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    Dakota Cigarette Box Set

    This set consists of 5 dark blue American Ace tobacco boxes. Top panel shows Dakota logo; each

    bottom panel shows a dif color photo (one shows a bigger Dakota logo): people at campfire; people in

    jeep; people dancing; people on motorcycles; large Dakota logo. [c. 1990]

    This set is actually more

    collectible than you may be aware


    Dakota was a brand of cigarettes

    introduced by R.J. Reynolds

    Tobacco (RJR) in 1990. Their

    marketing was targeted towards

    young blue-collar ‘virile females’ in

    an attempt to displace the Marlboro

    brand without diluting the dominant

    Camel brand’s appeal to males.

    After test-marketing in Huston,

    Tucson, Phoenix and Nashville

    didn’t yield the desired result, the

    brand was withdrawn.

    [I guess I have to go to Houston,

    Tucson, Phoenix, or Nashville to

    find virile females!] [I hate flying!]

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    The Devil In American Culture

    The Devil appears frequently as a character in works of literature and popular culture. The musical

    interval of an augmented fourth was called the Devil's Chord and was banned by the Roman Catholic

    Church in the Middle Ages. The Devil is featured as a character in many musical representations from the

    Middle Ages to modern times. Hildegard of Bingen's 11th-century Ordo Virtutum features him, as do

    several baroque oratorios by composers such as Carissimi and Alessandro Scarlatti. During the 19th

    century, Gounod's Faust, in which the Devil goes by the name Mephistopheles, was a staple of opera

    houses around the world.

    Highly virtuosic violin music was sometimes associated with the Devil. Tartini's Devil's Trill sonata and

    Paganini's Devil's Laughter caprice are examples. The theme is taken up by Stravinsky in the "Devil's

    Dance" from The Soldier's Tale. Other pieces that refer to the Devil are Franz Liszt's "Mephisto Walzer"

    and Joseph Hellmsberger II's "Teufelstanz", as well as Haydn's lost opera "Der krumme Teufel".

    How about popular music? Jazz was often called the Devil's music by its critics in the 1920s. The Rolling

    Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) features Mick Jagger speaking as the Devil. "The Devil Went

    Down to Georgia" (1979) by the Charlie Daniels Band was the first modern popular song to feature a battle

    between the Devil and a musician. The theme of battling the Devil has been revisited several times in other

    songs. “N.I.B." by Black Sabbath is a song about "the devil falling in love and totally changing becoming a

    good person." (Geezer Butler, 1992 documentary The Black Sabbath Story: Volume One) The song's

    chorus references Lucifer specifically: "..Look into my eyes, you will see who I am; My name is Lucifer,

    please take my hand." "Lucifer" is the name of a song by U.S. rapper Jay-Z from his 2003 album, The

    Black Album. The Moonspell song "Dreamless (Lilith and Lucifer)" is about a romantic relationship

    between Lucifer and the demoness Lilith. The Swedish death metal band Kaamos

    has an album called Lucifer Rising. There is also an album of the same name by

    doom metal band Candlemass.

    When Satan is depicted in movies and television, he is often represented as a red-

    skinned man with horns or pointed ears on his head, hooves or bird-legs, a forked

    tail (or one with a stinger), and a pitchfork. When trying to blend in or deceive

    somebody, he is often represented as an ordinary human being, and sometimes only

    his voice is heard. The list of resulting movies and films is too long to cite here!

    The BBC Radio 4 comedy show Old Harry's Game features Andy Hamilton in

    the leading role as Satan; in the first episode of Series Six, Satan states that he's

    gone by many names over the centuries including Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, Old

    Nick, Old Harry and Simon Cowell (one of his Satanic guises).

    What about Literature? Here are just a few of the latest: Richard Kadrey's

    Sandman Slim (2009) and the sequel Kill the Dead (2010), Joe Hill's Horns (2010),

    Aiden Truss's Gape (2013), Kat Daemon's "Taming Darkness" (2014),Clive Barker's The Scarlet Gospels (2015).

    Comics? In DC and Vertigo comics, the Devil is represented by Lucifer

    Morningstar. In some Marvel Comics publications, a "Lucifer" has been mentioned

    as being a hell lord with the same "fallen from Heaven" back story. [https://


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    California’s Sugar Bowl

    Sugar Bowl is a ski and snowboard area in northern Placer County near Norden, California along the

    Donner Pass of the Sierra Nevada, approximately 46 mi (74 km) west of Reno, Nevada on Interstate 80,