Remember the days before non-denominational Forever stamps, when each increase in postal prices would send us rushing to the post office for penny-stamps to make up the difference? Honestly–I don’t, completely. USA forever stamps showed up around 2007, when I was a young teen, and I didn’t exactly handle too much postage in my youth.
Luckily for me, though, my mom kindly sent me a crafty care package that brought me back to those early days of twenty-first century snail mail! I’m not sure where she uncovered these old-school stamps, but I can’t wait to carefully calculate how many of them I’ll need to match 2016 letter rates…
(Please note: the nautilus postcard is quite obviously not a stamp, but so perfectly in line with my interests that I couldn’t bear to exclude it from this photo-shoot.)
It wouldn’t be a parental care package without some new Hawai’i ephemera for me to incorporate into my mail art! Man, that Hawaiian Airlines pocket map brings back memories: I used to always see endless racks of them every time we checked in at the Hilo airport to fly to the Mainland.
Wait, what are these doing in my US stamp haul?
I presume she probably saved these from my six months in Scotland–and how funny to find a stamp that features a thistle when I photographed one earlier this week!
I can’t even glance at these without thinking of His Dark Materials. What perfect wintry stamps–the literal polar opposite of the current Additional Ounce stamps that feature penguins!
Hey, apparently there were some Hawai’i-themed stamps at one point (and by “one point,” I mean 2008).
Iorek Byrnison, will you never stop being so majestic?
Have you ever uncovered a cache of old stamps? Do you ever try to use various combinations of these outdated beauties for today’s mail? I’m rather fond of the idea of time-traveling postage!