Friday, October 03, 2008

Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately is reporting Alphabetilately: An Alphabet of Philately, a "vibrant" alphabetical exhibition about collecting stamps and the sending of mail has opened at the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C.

From advertising covers to Zeppelin post, all 26 topics are clearly defined and richly illustrated with intriguing examples, including rarely displayed pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.

The stamps, envelopes and objects on view span three centuries, and the stories they tell will delight visitors of all ages and of all degrees of philatelic sophistication. The exhibit, which opened last week, offers an innovative way of looking at the hobby of stamp collection. It also demonstrates the length—sometimes creative, sometimes heroic—that people have gone to stay connected via mail.

Pat Burke, exhibition director, is quoted in the article as saying “I knew the museum had to capture the excitement in an exhibition that would inspire and enlighten noncollectors and also feature rare and stunning objects from our own collection."

On William Senkus's website (which is unrelated to the National Postal Museum or the exhibit) says a coffee table book, the sheetlet of stamps shown above, along with tongs, hinges, a magnifier, and some glassines are avaialble for $90 from Dickson's of Atlanta - Ephemera Philatelica.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM