For Christmas, I bought myself a few indulgences — a couple picture books that are historical trivia/glossaries/companion pieces to the Patrick O’Brian Aubrey/Maturin books, a couple more reference books about The Turk, and this, which I found on eBay. I’m going to find a wee tiny frame for it. Does anyone else want some pretty, cancelled stamps from Slovakia? I’m not a collector myself, but if you are, speak up and I’ll send them out.

(Slovakia also struck a coin with Kempelen’s face on them, and Hungary did one with the Turk on it, and I’m chasing both on eBay right now. What a colossal nerd I am.)