It’s beautiful, yes? This stamp pre-1966 with its blue ink, fine lines, the shape of the “A”s in the font and the lovely decorative border. This stamp was made for licking, not peeling as though it were a sticker. Perhaps if you were refined or had many letters to post you’d have used a moistened sponge? When I was a child stamp licking was a prized job, like pressing the buttons in the elevator.
I voted for the republic in 1999. Symbolically it seemed appropriate especially with the impending centenary of federation in 2001. Even so I think the lady on the stamp is someone pretty special. If I had the chance to have a meal and a good natter with any one living person then she’d have to be at the top of the list of considerations. The history she has witnessed, the people she has met, the confidences she has kept… what a pity she doesn’t seem like the gossiping type.
In this brown case, with my grandfather’s name and address there are many more stamps with her image. A page or two in fact. Here are just a handful from my, well I suppose you’d call it… a collection.
It’s not just stamps of the queen that live in the brown case. I just thought it would be nice to share these with you first as it is her diamond jubilee this weekend and all. Each little stamp reflects a piece of history, an artefact from its time, or perhaps a commemoration of an event or person.
Here are some of, but not all, my favourites…
There are just so many fabulous stamps from all over the world. I’ve been “collecting” stamps since childhood…
… but I don’t think “proper” collectors stick their stamps into albums with clag glue!
So with this in mind you can imagine just how thrilled and excited I was when this packaged arrived at my door.
… and inside…
I was fortunate enough to win this stunningly gorgeous and exceptionally fine crafted leather postage belt from the very kind Emma of Emerge Design. I am so thrilled. I have never in my life owned such a beautifully made belt. Brilliant. Thank you so much Emma!