Saturday, December 24, 2005

Vanity stamps

Call them what you will, 'vanity stamps' or 'custom postage' many are embracing the new technology ... and some aren't.

The New York Times reports that even the The American Philatelic Society is developing its own series of important moments in postal history to sell as stamps on

On the other hand, Robert Paul Reyes, a columnist for The Lynchburg Ledger in Virginia, described custom postage last year as "a blight on an envelope and a disgrace to our history." In an interview. Reyes described photo stamps as "sacrilegious."

"Stamps are mirrors of societies," he said. "They are a history of a nation. When I look at people putting photos of their pet cats or grandchildren on a legal postage stamp, that trivializes them a bit."

The article sums up with, "Like vanity license plates in the 80's, these products are vehicles to convey an air of exclusivity, ingenuity and, in some cases, narcissism, fetishism or worse. "

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM