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Wednesday, March 5, 2014


I have many collections that I have blogged about before:
tablecloths, aprons, old books, salt and pepper shakers, milk-glass, vintage hats, vintage wash day collections, vintage kitchen utensils, etc.

But, many of you may not know that I used to collect postal stamps. Beautiful stamps are a weakness of mine. I do not collect anymore (too expensive), but still have my collection and get them out every now and then and look at them.

I love flag stamps

 space stamps

 stamps about letter writing

I think letter writing is a lost art.
In a way it makes me sad.
I think hand written letters (though not so quick) are so much more personal than emails and texts.

I have a stack of letters that Mom and Dad wrote to each other before they were married and Dad was in Japan during the occupation - after the end of WWII.

I also have a stack of letters Charley wrote me when he was in the Navy and we were dating.

I love getting the letters out and reading them every now and then. 
Notice the upside down stamp. Do you know what that means?
I bet you do.

 Dinosaur stamps

 Of course, I had to get the Elvis stamps.

 I remember using these Love stamps when they came out.

 Our town of Ripley even had a special post mark on envelopes on July 4, 2007

I have many, many more stamps. Sheets, plate blocks, first day covers, singles, etc.

Do you still write letters?
Have you ever collected stamps?

Posted by Janet Smart on Writing in the Blackberry Patch.


  1. I collected stamps as a kid and had some fairly old ones, but nothing valuable. I gave the collection to my stepson to sell in one of his yard sales. I'd be surprised if he got over $5 for it.

    1. Hi Gorges, I hope he got more than $5 :o) They are fun to collect, though.

  2. I've never collected stamps but I love them. You sure do have a nice collection. I'm like you when it comes to letter writing. I have some that my husband wrote to me when he was in the Army.. It is a lost art and a very good one. I miss it sometimes.

    1. I miss writing letters, too. I keep saying I'm going to surprise someone and write them a letter, but I haven't so far.

  3. No stamp collections here, but have always thought it would be a great hobby. Now and then I'll come across an old stamp on a vintage postcard or shipped embroidery pattern. I guess the first stamps I remember were the three cents stamps.

    1. It was a fun hobby until the stamps got to expensive to keep. I think they are so pretty - little works of art!

  4. I was checking on my blog, which I haven't done lately, and was just thinking about the lost art of writing letters (after reading an essay on the letters that Tolkien wrote his sons). We are on the same page (no pun intended). I only write letters to two old friends. I have the letters from my German grandmother that she wrote to my mother in the 1960's and 1970's. I hope to get them translated one day. I think it's neat that you saved your husband's letters. How romantic!

    1. Hi Anita. I think it's great that you have your grandmother's letters to your mother. Those are priceless, I'm sure.

  5. You have a very nice collection of stamps. I used to collect them, but gave most of them to my grandchildren. Still have a few, some from Egypt I think when my brother was stationed there. They are fascinating.

    I send a lot of cards to friends: get well, birthday, etc. Used to write to my best friend who was in a nursing home, until she passed away. I write to a foster cousin who is 96. Had a couple of pen pals when I was in high school. Wish I had kept in touch with them.

    1. That's great, Beverly. It's good to see someone still writing and sending letters the old fashioned way.


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