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
it is a ton of time sifting through what may or may not be bidding there. And I did not feel like opening yet another online account. Looking in my local area I came across Dealers to which I’m sure my inquiries would be insulting. I read a few blogs on vintage stamps (which for our use is really older stamps that are “Minted Never Hinged” (MNH). This means they haven’t been cancelled and are still good to use on postage today for the Face Value (FV) printed on them. I found a name being bounced around on these blogs.
I contacted him and placed an order. Above is the $20 order I placed when I asked for the following themes:
• Art and Artists (visual, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, etc)
(I do like monochromatic stamps)
By the way, the three tall images in my bundle are not stamps. They are part of the sheet that the stamps were attached to. These stamps are about artists. It was very nice that those were left attached for me to read and know a little more about the artist. I may even send as a tuck-in when I use the stamps.
For those of you who think stamps are not for you, let me just offer one example of how wonderful they can be in your correspondence. In the image above I have mixed some new and older postage. My penpal just finished sharing with me that they work at a library. They also offered quite a lot of detail in their letter about having always drawn since they were young and continue to this day. In my response I have shared, among other things, about a chair that I am restoring.
Stamps offer far more than decor. With stamps you can let your correspondents know you've heard them, you relate to them, —you share with them. If stamps can be a creative form of communication, why not utilize it? It won't cost you more than every-day postage.
In any case, after acquiring my little Postage Bundle I contacted my supplier. He granted me an interview. In my opinion, his services are of the curatorial variety and not just found anywhere. —You provide your denomination & themes and he puts together a FV Postage Bundle. With decades of stamp collecting to his credit I thought an interview would be educational.
Why does he do it? Does he make a financial profit? How did it start? What is his full line of services?
Stay tuned. My interview with the man himself is on it's way.
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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