I’ve always appreciated the artistry and infinite variety of postal stamps, as they commemorate people, places and historic events. I still have a few teddy bear stamps and cherish those featuring children’s book authors. Remember the Little Women, Little House on the Prairie, Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss stamps? Very cool. And I’ve always had a soft spot for LOVE stamps.
This year, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C., has an exhibit called "Alphabetilately," where each letter of the alphabet stands for some aspect of stamp collecting or postal service. (A is for Advertising Covers, D is for Duck Stamp, O is for Overprint, etc.) In the actual exhibit, there is a display case for each letter, but you can get a good overview by reading what is available online. Find out which stamp many collectors consider to be the most beautiful ever produced in America, and see one of the first stamps ever issued in the U.S., the 5-cent Benjamin Franklin (1847). In this day and age of email, stamps seem to be less and less a part of our everyday lives, so take a few minutes to appreciate these miniature pieces of art!
Not part of the Alphabetilately exhibit, but of interest to Beatles fans, is John Lennon’s Childhood Stamp album. Apparently, both he and Paul were collectors.
John (age 8), outside his childhood home with friend, Stanley Parkes.
Here is the cover of John’s album,
his writing on the flyleaf,
and a page of his stamps.
To see the rest of his album, click here.
Alphabetica posts #1-9 are here.
Happy licking! ♥
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