Sunday, July 10, 2016

Red mail art

I'm bending the Sunday Stamps rules today, where the theme is 'the color red'. Actually, I pretty much threw the rules out of the window and let a passing band of animals trample them. Just kidding, you can skip the mail art part and find my red(dish) stamps below.

For actual stamps with this theme, head over there.

Independence day happened recently, and I sent this piece to The Artist in Seine.




Update:

I found an image of stamps I used to send a package a while ago, featuring red and blue stamps.

Two stamps from the lead up to the  New York World Stamp show, issued in 2015. The $2 stamp celebrating the postal error of the upside down Flying Jenny stamp printed using the intaglio technique, and a 46c patriotic star, both issued in 2013.


USPS controversially printed 100 sheets (6 stamps per sheet, sold inside an opaque envelope) of inverted Flying Jennys out of the several hundred thousand print run that were randomly distributed to post offices and the stamp fulfillment service center, thus fabricating a rarity. Despite the controversy, the rarer stamps are currently worth tens of thousands of dollars. The value of $2 was also controversial - no domestic rates are that high, so the stamp does not see much use in regular mail. The original error stamps were valued at 24c, and are currently worth in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.


10 comments:

  1. How cool to see the Inverted Jenny stamp commemorated!

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    1. Always nice to see an aspect of stamp collecting on other stamps.

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  2. I like your upside down star. The flying Jenny must be one of the instantly recognised stamps in the world, inverted or not. I'll have to look out for the firework phantom as I love a display.

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    1. This is the first year I have had firework fliers through the door. Someone who I sent a $2 Inverted Jenny to thought I had parted with a real Inverted Jenny :)

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  3. the Inverted Jenny - sounds like a title of some lousy comedy movie :)
    However, when I think about it, doesn't ring a bell if I had heard about this 'phenomenon' before....

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    1. Haha. There have been other inverts on US stamps, but this one is the most famous.

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  4. I keep fireworks out of my children's hands - but I recognize the phantom!

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    1. I like to keep fireworks out of adult hands, too, including mine! Phantom got no money from me, but he did make for fun mail art.

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  5. Sorry I haven't commented before, Pleased to see those from this year's Stamp Show.

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    1. No worries, Bob. Thanks for stopping by!

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