How often do you really take the time to appreciate stamps? The sheer number of variations on these basic postal forms of currency that have emerged over the centuries (the first iteration of the modern stamp was released in 1840!) astounds me.
Still, sometimes I’m so distracted by the beautiful mail art my pen pals send me that I hardly notice their postage choices. Not this week!
Today, I’m eager to celebrate recent stamp acquisitions from Germany (pictured above), Norway, North Carolina, and Ireland–as well as some non-stamp-related incoming mail that’s just plain pretty (also pictured above). I couldn’t resist!
Here’s an adventurous 2013 stamp from Norway featuring some white-river rafters mid-journey. During my first year of college, I joined what turned out to be a white-water kayaking class by sheer accident and, well…let’s just say that the subsequent shenanigans make me perfectly satisfied to leave these folks to it.
My fellow redheads, Fred and George, are together forever in Forever Stamp form! Unsurprisingly, many of my American pen pals are quite fond of the 2013 Harry Potter stamps.
Finally, my first-ever letter from Ireland was stamped with an adorable otter whose cute face instantly sent me back to childhood viewings of Ring of Bright Water, a 1969 otter-centric film set in Scotland. I should mention that this gorgeous springtime envelope was sent to me by Emma of Puddle Side Musings–and the rest of its contents were so lovely that I have to share them, even if I’m technically featuring stamps only this week…
What’s the most interesting or unusual postage stamp you’ve encountered recently? As I’ve probably mentioned many times already, I’m dying for the USPS to release its 2016 Star Trek series!