Saturday, February 18, 2006

Stamp collector, art teacher mixes favorite hobbies

The Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN) ran a nice story yesterday about Gary Bennett.

Bennett (shown at the left) is an artist and long-time stamp collector. Combining his two loves, Bennett began creating cachets back in 1983. Some are for his own personal collection while others are done for outside organizations or to commemorate special events.

To date Bennett has done more than 600 covers. Some of them are being shown in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution's The Art of the Stamp traveling exhibition at Midwest Museum of American Art where Bennett was scheduled to give his second of two talks.

Bennett is quoted in the article as saying "I have been very few places physically in the world, but my cachets have been all over the planet and even into space."

His cachets went into space on the Russian Soyez, to Antarctica on a Japanese trawler, to Berlin when the wall went down and to the Iceland summit of Reagan and Gorbachev.

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