Happy Easter! At the last stamp show I visited, I thumbed through some dealers’ bargain boxes and found four cute Easter post cards I just couldn’t resist. This gave me an opportunity to learn a little more about post card collecting. Vintage post cards are collectable items outside of philately, as unmailed cards are often bought for their pretty designs and historical value. They make wonderful display pieces that can be easily kept in albums or displayed in frames.
I’m well aware of mail and messages sent by carrier pigeon. You can even collect pigeon post stamps, which are the first air mail stamps ever produced!
But this week my husband introduced me to this children’s book, which is based on a true story, about a city in Belgium that attempted to us cats to deliver mail. So of course, as a philatelist and a cat person, I had to dig in and do some research on this fun little bit of postal history.
The past two weekends I’ve been getting a little crafty. One thing I really wanted to make for myself was a new purse, so I went looking for some philatelic-inspired fabric to make it with. I looked through four different fabric/crafting stores and found a variety of material to choose from.
One thing I noticed while looking for stamp themed fabric was that most of it was less focused on stamps and more focused on France. Vintage Paris, with its romantic imagery, is a popular theme right now for craft products. While I did buy a few yards of pretty pastel fabric covered in images of French stamps, I generally shied away from these types of material. I mostly work with US postal history and don’t know much about French stamps. Since I was planning on carrying this purse regularly, I wanted to be sure if anyone asked about it, I’d have a story to tell. Continue reading →