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Born in Venice ca. 1254, Marco Polo joined his father and uncle on a journey to China in 1271, entering the service of the Mongol ruler Kublai Kahn. Marco Polo went on diplomatic missions throughout the Mongol Empire. In 1292, the Polos left China with a delegation escorting a Mongol princess to Persia. They continued west, eventually returning to Venice. In 1298, Marco Polo was captured in a naval battle between fleets from Venice and Genoa. While in prison, he wrote a detailed account of his travels in Asia.
The souvenir sheet, which measures 138 x 100 mm, features a terrestrial globe whose right hemisphere shows the route Marco Polo followed on his return to Venice. The globe is from a volume preserved in the Pontifical Lateran Library. The Coat of Arms of Vatican City, the logo of the International Philatelic Exhibition "CHINA '96," and the inscription in Italian and Chinese, 700 ANNIVERSARIO DEL RITORNO DI MARCO POLO DALLA CINA appear along the sheet's top.
A 2,000-lire stamp measures 28.56 x 39.23 mm and has a perforation of 11 3/4. The above inscription, the value, and the words CITTA DEL VATICANO are along the border. It features a portrait of Marco Polo from the first printed edition of his account of his travels, II Millione: the Papal Crown and Crossed Keys are visible at the lower left.
Helio Courvoisier S.A. of Switzerland printed 300,000 souvenir sheets on white chalky paper in color rotogravure.
Crimando, Thomas I. "New Issues." Vatican Notes 44, no. 6 (May 1996): 4, 6.
As streaming music gains popularity, record companies have insisted it’s not threatening their sales. But newly released statistics suggest that streaming music may be killing a format instead. For the first time ever, streaming revenues have surpassed those made by compact discs.
A new report from the Recording Industry Association of America shows that streaming outlets generated $1.87 billion in 2014—while CD sales fell to $1.85 billion. Streaming music’s edge is slight but significant: it now accounts for 27 percent of the industry’s total revenues. And while permanent downloads still dominate the digital music market (with $2.58 billion in revenues, they bring in about 38 percent more than streaming services), streaming is catching up quickly.
With digital music now capturing 65 percent of the market’s revenues, it’s easy to predict the demise of all physical formats. But there is one dark horse in the game. The RIAA’s report also showed that vinyl sales continue to rise (revenues are up 50 percent since 2013). LPs have staged what the Wall Street Journal calls “the biggest music comeback of 2014,” and the format is making gains with the same under-35 demographic that’s fueling streaming music.
The humble CD isn’t the only format that’s being edged out by a changing music market, either. Streaming music is threatening another mainstay: the car radio. The New York Post reports that terrestrial radio is being edged out by streaming services like Sirius XM and Pandora—and by 2018, more than 60 percent of new vehicles in the United States will come equipped with the technology it takes to stream on the go.
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Earlier this year a team working on a documentary excavated a landfill and unearthed a stash of discarded Atari video games, including a stash of copies of the 1982 flop E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a game that is, arguably, the worst video game of all time.
Now, some of those finds are going up for auction. The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, could pull as much as $500 for a broken copy of a game that no one even wanted when it was new.
Should you win an auction for E.T., or any of the other excavated games, you'll receive a certificate of authenticity and a property tag. You'll also get a pamphlet with photos from 1983 and the dig earlier this year.
Some things are more valuable in posterity than they were at their peak. Sometimes, as with the Apple I computer from 1976 that just sold for nearly a million dollars or the first edition Superman comic from 1938 that went for $2.1 million, these objects are valuable for what they represent—early iterations of concepts that went on to change the world.
In others, objects appreciate in value because, as the idiom goes, they just don't make 'em like they used to.
But sometimes these object were never wanted, not even in their prime. It's only a sense of ironic nostalgia and kitschy cachet that's bolstered them in their afterlife.
Aside from these copies at auction, the Tularosa Basin Historical Society is also looking to donate some copies of the unearthed games to the Smithsonian and other museums, says Engadget.