Easter Treats and Postcard Tweets

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My personal collection of Easter picture postcards.

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.

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Cats with Cards

03202016_3                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.

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Collections Collide

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“Special Delivery” Pikachu plush from The Pokemon Center.

                This year marks the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the Japanese cartoon and game series about catching and battling monsters. I’ve been a huge Pokémon fan for years! What does that have to do with philately? Well, stamp collecting and Pokémon might have more in common than you think.

                Last year I visited the Pokémon National Championships in Indianapolis. While we were there, we sat and watched part of the Trading Card Game tournament. The Pokémon Trading Card Game (or TCG for short) was first published in Japan in 1996, since then over 9,000 different Pokémon cards have been designed and printed. Cards aren’t only for those who want to play the game, however, there is also a large number of fans to want the cards for collecting and display.

                Card collecting and stamp collecting are fairly similar hobbies. While Pokémon cards may not have quite the historical value of postage stamps, they certainly inspire a similar passion. Continue reading

Air Mail Images & Iconography

                When you start thinking of postal history, vintage letters, general post office imagery, it probably won’t take you long to envision that classic red and blue border around an envelope. For many years, this border was used to identify an envelope for air mail delivery. Today, however, it is merely decorative. The United States Postal Service ended separate domestic air mail service in the 1970s, and separate international service in the 1990s. Since then, letter delivery by air is done whenever practical with no additional charge. Specific air mail stamps and envelopes are no longer required, but there is something romantic about the classic air mail letter look. Continue reading