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.
This year the United States Post Office will release over eighty new stamp designs! As with most collectible items, it’s not uncommon for fans of postage stamps to eagerly await the release of the newest designs.
There’s more to the release of a postage stamp than just stopping by your local post office, though. Each US postage stamp has a “First Day of Issue” ceremony and dedication! Think of it as a birthday party for each stamp. The earliest First Day Ceremony that I could find record of was held in 1940 to celebrate the issue of the 10₵ Mark Twain stamp, part of the Famous Americans series. A First Day Ceremony usually introduces the stamps by explaining the significance or history of the stamp subject, and naming the artists involved in the stamp’s design.
Last week I visited the AmeriStamp Expo in Atlanta, and was able to see a First Day Ceremony firsthand. As a big fan of flowers and floral imagery, I was very excited to watch the new Botanical Art stamp booklet be issued. Continue reading →