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On the Prowl for Postage

Stamps

On the Prowl for Postage

This morning, I went to yet another local stamp show and walked away with yet another haul.  It's so fun to be somewhat familiar with stamps that are out there and then to on occasion be surprised by a stamp that I've never seen before, like this entirely perfect one featuring Emily Dickinson.  The colors are exquisite, so soft and pretty.  I will be tucking these away for something special. I also love to see how wildly stamp design changes over the decades.  From very complex and detailed one-color engravings to simpler silhouettes and bolder graphics, you can see this...

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Not-So-Shrinking Violet

Calligraphy Mailings Stamps Thesis

Not-So-Shrinking Violet

With the exception of a handful of late orders and complimentary mailings, my thesis project is DONE.  Done!  This is extremely hard to believe -- it's been in the works now for an entire year and counting, and it's amazing to me both how much work this was to complete and that I've arrived at the end of it.  In the usual fashion, my brain has been eager to get to a long list of jobs that are not thesis related, but my body has been insisting otherwise, so I've been taking a bit of a breather, which I have...

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Philatelically Fanatic

Stamps

Philatelically Fanatic

This weekend, I made a special trip to Omaha to go to their annual fall stamp show.  I would say that this is becoming a problem, but behold!  These stamps are so flippin' beautiful, it just makes good sense to be bringing them home, no? And some of them are just downright funny, like the one below promoting Dental Health.  Quite important, of course, but necessary to promote via the mail system?  Makes me giggle. I've gotten a couple different versions of these "Rural America" stamps, both of which I love.  I need to find out more about this series....

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Outgoing Mail

Mailings Stamps

Outgoing Mail

The sample envelope I made for the Poetry by Post launch was not just a dummy.  It is getting sent off today carrying some special gifts for a British baby-on-the-way. Did you know that the USPS sells some seriously high-denomination stamps, including the one pictured above for a whopping $19.95?  Good for international postage, if you're looking for something a little more aesthetically pleasing than a gigantic bar code.  In other exciting stamp news, the USPS is re-issuing a 1918 stamp that came to be known as the "Inverted Jenny" after a printing error featured the biplane then used to...

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Scenes from the Studio

Assignments Calligraphy Letterpress Literature Poetry Stamps Teaching

Scenes from the Studio

Lately, I've been... ... writing out some e.e. cummings in Italic ... and in foundational.... doing a little teaching. ... mocking-up business cards. ... gazing at vintage stamps.... printing a prospectus for my hand-printed book. What's happening lately where you are?

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