Friday, January 25, 2008

A philatelic road trip

CNN reports,"Ramak Fazel, an Iranian-born American citizen who arrived in this country at the age of 2 months, was inspired to take a patriotic road trip when his mother dug his old stamp collection out of the attic in their Fort Wayne, Indiana home and told him to do something with it. When a dealer offered him less than $1000 for the collection, he decided to turn it into an artistic project instead."

According to CNN, Fazel "spent the next three months criss-crossing America, visiting every state capital. He would snap a picture and then make a postcard decorated with stamps from his collection."

Fazel mailed each of the postcards (one of which is shown above) to himself, using the artistically arranged patterns of stamps as ordinary postage. "That's when I felt that this collection had been liberated, when I was using it in that way," he told CNN.

To read the entire story and see a video, click here.

For more on Fazel's philatelic road trip, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM