Monday, January 30, 2017

Little Windows

Heath Heist
Melissa Scott Sinclair writes on the Richmond [Virginia] Monthly Magazine website, "Stamp collecting is not a pursuit for the young. How many children today have pen pals, or ever stick a stamp on a letter? "

Heath Heist, 39, partner in Alan Blair Stamp Auctions, however, is "optimistic that the art of collecting will persist." He goes on to say it’s “just beautiful and great, the artwork, the history, the stories. I love them too much to think it’s a dying hobby.”

Sinclair goes on to pen, "Chris McElfresh, a watercolor artist who photographs the thousands of stamps for auction, is the lone person who professes no interest in them. “It’s a piece of paper,” he says. “It’s, like, a square inch.”

“Yeah,” Heist says. “But it’s a piece of history.”

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posted by Don Schilling at 12:00 PM

Sunday, January 29, 2017

David Bowie UK Royal Mail Stamp Collection Announced

The late music icon David Bowie will be honored with the collection of stamps shown above on March 24 by U.K.'s Royal Mail.

The set features a mix of album covers and live images - marks the first time the Royal Mail has dedicated an entire stamp issue to an individual music artist or cultural figure.

According to the announcement posted on the Anti-Music website, "The only other music artists to have been honoured [sic.] with a dedicated stamp issue [by Great Britain] are groups, including The Beatles in 2010 and Pink Floyd in 2015."

Four stamps feature Bowie performing live on tours across four decades: 1973's The Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1978's The Stage Tour, 1983's The Serious Moonlight Tour, and 2004's A Reality Tour. 

To learn more, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 5:26 PM