The lovely Ella serenades
our very own Moon stamp.
As promised, I now present to you the source of my most recent acquisition of FV MNH stamps. I thought it merited an interview to which he kindly obliged me. His name is Murph, the force behind "Murph's Stamps". He has a military and law enforcement background. Now retired, lives with his wife in Texas. I hope the interview below will answer any questions you have about his stamps and services.
FV = Face Value
MNH = Minted Never Hinged (they haven’t been cancelled and are still good to use on postage today)
Some time back I purchased vintage postage stamps through someone who knew "a guy". Moving further along my letter writing journey I wanted a bit more control over my purchase, as what I received was nice but pretty random.
I had no clue about their inventory
or about the acquisition of the stamps.
I did some digging. Ebay seemed to have a world of resource but honestly
I'm inspired by all I experience. I believe most of us are like this. We all respond to what is around us in one form or another. In this world of letter writing I'm also inspired by those I correspond with. It can be something they say or do in their letters that can start the wheels in my head turning.
"When this happens I let it stew for
a bit to see what will develop."
In this case I already had Steampunk bubbling on the brain for weeks. (Google "Steampunk" images if you've never heard of it.) My creative imagination paired that with my correspondent. Then it stewed for a few more weeks until I had to put pencil to paper...
Letters, Letter, Letters! That's why we're all here right? No wait, it's about
MailArt, MailArt, MailArt! Right? See the thing is I'm not quite sure actually. Is it all that or is it the "POST" part? Hmmm...
I think it might be several things combined that has us all addicted to this art of correspondence. The fact that something was miles away in someone else's hands and now in yours... there is something so palpable about that. When was the last time you held a Gigabit and felt all giggly?
The time it takes to write and create mail, that too is heartwarming— to have someone invest towards you. And it's a little more singularly focused than your average internet post. So then, it's not so much what goes through the post, but just so that it does.
"This month is the birthday of someone
very dear to my heart. So dear, ONE piece
of mail alone just wouldn't do."
I KNOW YOU HAVE OCCASIONS LIKE THIS. So maybe you want to do what I TRY to do, and that is to add an element of surprise to my mail....
Ok, so I have strong feelings about stamps. Not sure when that happened, but we'll have to deal with it. Unfortunately my Post Office doesn't do well in the line of stamps and I've managed to make myself a nuisance about them altogether.
"It's like that thing you tell yourself you won't say and because you keep thinking about what NOT to say, like a sneeze it's drawn out of you without your consent."
While the US Postal service did announce a raise effective January 17th of this year, that doesn't mean every rate was increased. In fact, you may find that for your letter writing purposes you are unaffected.
I've made a Rate Sheet for you to download, print out and keep handy. Maybe pin it up so you don't end up hunting about for it later. It is not exhaustive. For other rate listings click here.
Enjoy and Keep Scribbling!
Hello, I’m Nina, the maven behind the
IQS blog. I’m all about creativity (ya think?).
I work in several disciplines. So it's no surprise that the Art of Letter Writing would come knocking on my door. Smitten!
However, I did not want to simply add MailArt as a discipline to my website. Thus it became the IQS Blog within my site. And that is why there are TWO navigation menus. *Here’s a Tip: stick with the BLOG Menu in this Column. The main site menu will lead you astray into dark places where you will be screaming for help and no one will hear you.
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