Some breaking news out of Iceland last week has shocked the placid world of stamp collecting and made this puffin sad.
What makes this Cold War childhood favourite so dynamic? The answer lies in one simple design feature
Spare a thought for the ramifications of your vote upon future stamp issues by the US Postal Service.
It can hit you in the most surprising ways.
This stamp is such a great example of design serving design. Every time I see it, I gaze in wonder once again at the artistry of the brooch itself, as stunning now as the day it was made.
High-end philatelic auctions are a spectator sport. It’s old-school collecting at its jaw-dropping best, as well-heeled businesspeople and rich retirees flop out their chequebooks and aim them at each other, while thousands of children die of preventable diseases in the third world.
A baby was born on the other side of the world over three months ago and soon we will have stamps about it! This is the happiest day of my life!
Australia Post's graphic design department must draw straws to see who gets to design each year's Queen's birthday issue.
"Crap, I've drawn the short straw. What's the brief?"
"Same as the last 35 years: the Queen, some flowers and shit, pinks and blues, and try to not make her look like she hired MI6 to knock off Princess Diana."
Whoa, where have I been? One moment I'm slapping stamp posts up on the internet like a '60s actor slapping bums on a bus full of French nurses, and the next, I've gone AWOL. The truth, dear readers, is that I work in a freelance world, and sometimes, a punk's just gotta drop everything to... Continue Reading →
Credit where it's due. How well does the United States Postal Service do portrait stamps? It's got a head start, being in America and all. With its entrepreneurial spirit, vibrant cultural scene, and comprehensive disenfranchisement of minorities, the USA is never short of an innovator, an envelope-pusher or a trailblazer to honour on a stamp.... Continue Reading →