French Tourism Stamps from 1961

I haven’t had a chance to work on my stamp collection for some, but today was the day! I scanned in a set of French stamps from 1961. They were designed to promote tourism.  I guess it worked in some sense as I picked them up in a Parisian stamp mart back in 2009! I … Read more

French Antarctic Mineral Stamps

It’s time for another round of stamp postings! The engraved printing technique really highlights these colorful minerals from French Antarctica. These images are also visible on Flickr as well as via a flash-based slide-show. ::

Farley’s National Park Stamps

I’ll conclude this mini-flurry of stamp postings with an American classic: the National Parks, as commissioned by Postmaster General Farley in the 1930s. They are part of a set of stamps known as Farley’s Follies, due to the fact they were first printed as favors for the President and his cabinet and friends, but had … Read more

The Sun Never Set

On the non-topical side of stamp collecting, I collect world-wide from the 1800s through the early 1950s, including US stamps through the mid-60s or so. One area I really enjoy is British colonies from before WWII. The finely crafted little snapshots of island life, flora and fauna, along with the nice colors, evoke a strong … Read more

Hit Man

Blame it on Keller. No, nobody died, but my long dormant interest in collecting stamps has been revived and I blame Keller. Now he of course held topical collecting in disdain, and I can understand that, but nonetheless, I’m beginning my online stamp album with one of my favorites, a Swedish stamp from 1978 that … Read more