Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wine, Food and Corkscrews on Stamps at Spellman Museum

The Weston Town Crier reports the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts is spotlighting "Wine and Food on Stamps" and "Antique Corkscrews" as their latest exhibit.

According to the paper, "The show features about 1,000 stamps from all parts of the world. Africa is represented by stamps from Ghana commemorating the Cocoa Research Institute; Japanese stamps show fruits from various regions; Bosnia weighs in with a stamp depicting both grapes and corkscrews (shown here); New Zealand highlights each wine-making region of the country; Switzerland contributes a scratch and sniff stamp that smells like chocolate; the Bahamas highlights lobsters; Tonga features a pineapple; Fiji an eggplant; Qatar and Bahrain cornucopias; and the U.S. puts Johnny Appleseed, a boy from Leominster, front and center."

The Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History was built in 1962 on land donated by Regis College, mainly for the extensive philately collection of Francis Cardinal Spellman. One of only two museums in the country devoted solely to stamps and postal history, it now houses a comprehensive worldwide collection of postal history and more than 2 million stamps, exhibit galleries, a 15,000-volume library, a store and post office, program and activity areas, and meeting rooms.

Shown above, 1972 wine stamp from Hungary.

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM