Saturday, September 06, 2008

Iowa Collector Unhappy with Iowa Flag Stamp

The DesMoines Register reports Iowa resident and stamp collector Mike Pauly would like to see a coil of 100 Iowa flag stamps sold just in Iowa, and a coil of California flag stamps sold only in California and so on.

Currently postal customers just can't buy just single flag stamp. The series is sold in coils of 50 and 100.

Richard Watkins, a spokesman for the postal service in the Des Moines area, is quoted in an article by reporter Jennifer Jacobs as saying such a distribution "would just be a logistical nightmare" because there are 37,000 post offices in the country.

Pauly is also upset with the design of the Iowa stamp.

Pauly is quoted as saying, "I kind of wish the designers would be less set in their ways and depict this state in some way other than cornfields and hogs and farm women in bonnets."

For Iowa, the artist painted a cornfield with three tall cornstalks in the foreground.

Shown above, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver at the unveiling of the Iowa state stamp.

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