The Realism and Symbolism of Postage Stamps: A Personal Collection by Dale Kreutter
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House
- Pages: 454
- Publication date: 2016
Since 1840 postage stamps have been issued to raise revenue, acknowledge rulers, promote the country’s interests, or celebrate an event. This book is from the authors personal stamp collection with over 1300 images of postage stamps from 191 countries. There are 13 chapters written with the intention to be of interest to stamp collectors and provide insight to non-collectors who may desire to begin his / her own personal collection. Contained is the first stamp issued depicting an automobile (1901). Would you believe it was an electrically driven? Learn about the first stamps designed totally by computer in (1960). A stamp design depicting a compass with E (East) & W (West) reversed. A stamp showing a horse with three hind legs as evidenced by the hocks. A stamp featuring Great Britain’s King George V with an oat flakes advertisement. See the stamp issued claiming a military conquest but then hurriedly withdrawn because of the army’s defeat. Included are postage stamps printed on military maps and on unfinished bank notes as seen on the gum side. Stamps engraved on aluminum foil, printed on silk, or embroidered cloth. The book includes the worlds smallest stamp. Also stamps delivering messages: “Pay your Taxes”, “Stop Smuggling”, or “Give Blood”. See a booklet-pane of 20 United States 1996 Christmas stamps, one of only seven uncut panes reported as of 2005. A stamp with the word “Bible” inscribed in 76 languages. See the only stamp issued by the republic of Carpatho-Ukraine during the country’s one day of existence. Read about the stamp that influenced the site for building the Panama Canal. And lastly see the Authors life story depicted in stamps.
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