08 Jan Stamps & Culture
I’d like to take the credit for the lovely stamps featured on my new blog banners, but I can’t. Not totally. Although I took the photos and designed the banners, the stamps were collected ages ago by my husband. It’s one of his hobbies. To use the proper word, he is a philatelist.
I don’t know how his hobby started, but the man has filled up stamp books since he was basically a toddler. I used to dis them. Like really, you collect … stamps? However, it’s time to eat some crow.
When I wanted new blog banners, I was stumped. I’ve got zillions of photos from all over the world, but none of them fit together. I wanted turquoises and blues. I wanted simple and clean. While sorting through old memorabilia, looking for possible banner ideas, I came across my husband’s stamps. Bingo!
In honor of his stamp collection, here are some things I’ve come to appreciate about this humble hobby.
- Anyone can collect stamps
- It’s inexpensive – actually stamp collecting can be a nearly free hobby
- You can collect stamps twelve months out of the year. Even in Fargo. Even when it’s -30 outside the window!
- Stamps are a piece of history.
- Stamp collections are like owning your own miniature art museum.
- Heck, stamps are just plain pretty.
The German Reich. Really? Yup. Right before your eyes: 1940s. These pieces of paper were bought, held, afixed, and sent over sixty years ago.
Stamps come in all shapes and sizes. Long, tall, even triangular or circular!
These beauties are from Japan. My hubby has stamps from about a hundred countries. Each one says something about the culture the country promotes from art, to wildlife, to tech. advances, to it’s peoples, dances, and history. It’s intriguing to watch what a country says about itself.
Stamps of Stamps
And weirdly. There are even stamps of stamps. How cool is that?
My husband keeps his stamps in Dutch Postzegel Books. Here’s a few of them. On the inside there are lines and lines of a sort of cellophane. Placing the stamps behind it, you can still view them.
I spent days deciding which stamps to make my banners out of. And then a long time to chose a background to lay them on. I finally went with a close up of an acrylic painting I did last year. Here are the banner results in their full glory. Each banner has stamps from one country.
Isn’t it a fabulous world? Just receiving a piece of mail, a letter, or even a bill can bring along with it an unexpected present. A prize of sorts. You never know what it will be. I’ve come to look at that little gluey piece of paper in the corner as a freebie.
Even in the smallest of items, if we open our eyes, we can find wonder every day.