January 10, 2011My Philatelic Legacy–Or How To Display Grandpa’s Stamps
My great-grandfather accumulated a large stamp collection over his lifetime. And when I use the term “large”, it is like describing Big Ben as a “clock” or Facebook as “addictive.” I don’t think there are adequate descriptors to really convey to you exactly how many stamps are in the 10+ plastic totes in my basement.
So “large” is just going to have to cut it.
And what does one do with such a collection? Well, not sell it. I love them and think they are terribly fascinating. Besides, stamp collecting has always been a popular pastime, but in the 1940’s and 1950’s there was a huge boom in stamp collecting, probably resulting from the preoccupation with mail caused by the large influx of mail soldiers sent home to their loved ones and received from them in return. Or maybe because it was “the fashionable thing” to collect. In any case, most common stamps, even the older ones, are pretty much worth their face value. And then only as postage for a letter, not for collecting purposes.
I have tried to use them for crafting purpose. I have really tried. But the thought of permanently affixing them to something that really isn’t that important to me gives me the willies. I mean, my great-grandfather spent a long time collecting, cataloguing them, putting them in books and taking care of them. I should preserve them, too.
And not just preserve them, but be able to display them. Enjoy them. Discuss them with people who visit my house and notice them on the walls. That isn’t too much to hope for, right?
So I have been scouring the blog-o-sphere, looking for ideas and ways to display stamps as artwork. And not just as something glued to a greeting card and covered with glitter. A properly grouped, properly mounted piece of artwork. A conversation piece.
Anyone have any good links, or additional ideas? I would love to hear about them!