postage stamps |the most fun you can have for 44 cents

Little pieces of art for your letters. Whose brilliant idea was that?*

Every time I go to the post office I am always surprised at how cool the stamps are, and I swear I will start collecting them. And then I don’t. But I sure which I did. And when I saw the Simpsons stamps, I was encouraged to see that our US Postal Service had a sense of humor as well as a sense of art.

Just a few of the visual treats available from the US Post Office.

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Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie Simpson, designed by series creator Matt Groening. D’oh.

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Polar Bear definitive stamp, issued April 2009.  Designed by Carl T. Herrman, and illustration by Nancy Stahl.

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Love: King and Queen of Hearts definitive stamp with two different designs in a convertible booklet of 20 stamps, issued May 2009. Designed by Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, and Jeanne Greco of New York, New York.

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Latin Jazz commemorative stamp, 42 cents, issued September 2008. Designed by Michael Bartalos of San Francisco, California.

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Part of the Postal Service’s American Design series, the Chippendale chair stamp by Lou Nolan.

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Vintage Black Cinema commemorative stamps, issued July 2008.  Designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California.

* According to Wikipedia, and every other internet source (who all seem to share the same source), the first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840 and pictured a young Queen Victoria. It was produced without perforations and had to be cut from the sheet with scissors in order to be used. While unused examples of the “Penny Black” are quite scarce, used examples are common, and may be purchased for $20 to $200, depending upon their condition.

Now, doesn’t that make you just want to write a letter?



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