It’s Nice That: Đức Lương’s archive commemorates the golden era of Vietnamese postage stamps. “For illustrator Đức Lương, also known as Luongdoo, building an archive of Vietnamese stamps and letters was not simply a whimsical idea. He felt compelled to document the rich visual history of Vietnam through these small prints. ‘Before the time of the Internet, a place on a stamp would have piqued the curiosity of the person holding it,’ he says. Today, Đức’s archival project Bưu Hoa Việt Nam is replete with vibrant little rectangular stamps tenderly curated to rekindle that curiosity.”
Several resources mentioned here, all but one new-to-me. It’s Nice That: Five fascinating archives for learning about design history. “Whether it’s stamps, logos or rave membership cards, here are the best design archives to bookmark for research or late night scrolling session.”
Washington Post: Ukraine issues stamp commemorating sinking of Russian warship. “The previous set of six stamps featured a Ukrainian service member making a rude hand gesture at a Russian warship from the shore. The latest set includes three of those same stamps as well as three modified stamps showing the service member still standing, but not the ship.”
Reuters: Ukraine’s postal service hit by cyberattack after Moskva warship stamp goes on sale online . “Ukraine’s national postal service Ukrposhta said it had been hit by a cyberattack on Friday after sales of a postage stamp depicting a Ukrainian soldier making a crude gesture to a Russian warship went online.”
GlobeNewswire: Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum To Open Baseball Exhibition (PRESS RELEASE). “A special website makes available the stories, themes and historical artifacts presented in the exhibition, and it provides multi-media storytelling by some of the most significant organizations and people associated with the game of baseball. Schedules and information regarding public programing and events associated with the exhibition are outlined as well, providing experiences for both on-site and online visitors.”
North Korea Tech: North Korean stamps website appears. “The Korea Stamp site is operated by the country’s national stamp issuer to sell North Korean stamps to collectors worldwide. The site incudes a catalog of several thousand stamps dating back to just after the end of the Second World War in 1946. Newer stamps are apparently for sale, each costing between a few U.S. cents and a few U.S. dollars, but I couldn’t get the shopping cart function to work.” Please note that this is for informational purposes only and I do not advocate doing business with North Korea. It feels weird to include that disclaimer, but these are weird times.
UChicago News: Stamp collection provides rare picture of North Korea. “A group of masked dancers, frozen in dramatic poses. A plane descending at an airport, with another trailing in the distance. And a pair of … carnivorous dinosaurs? These disparate images all can be found within the University of Chicago Library’s new collection of North Korean stamps, assembled in a public online database to provide a unique glimpse of the insular country. The stamps, which span from 1962 to 2018, capture a variety of scenes, settings and characters—ranging from explicit propaganda to traditional Korean garb to simple depictions of wildlife.”
Linn’s Stamp News: Linn’s digital archive grows, includes issues back to 2008. “… the real highlight for me is the expansion of the digital archive (found by accessing your digital edition, clicking on the arrow at the top of the issue shown, and then clicking on the archive icon which is beside the magnifying glass). Previously this archive of issues of Linn’s Stamp News was from 2014 to date, now it goes back to 2008. We intend to add to that archive. Because Linn’s was founded in 1928, there are more than 90 years of content for us to eventually include as part of this new digital resource.”
I don’t know if this is new or just new-to-me, but South Korea has an online archive of stamps and posters dating to 1945. “The Archives said all stamps and public posters issued since 1945, when the nation was freed from Japanese colonization, can be searched via its website…”
Wow. An entire Web site – a whole site – devoted to one stamp. Of course, that stamp is the Inverted Jenny. “The new website offers five main sections for collectors to explore: History, Production, Discovery, Sale records and Biographies. All are illustrated with historical photos and pictures of the stamps involved. Siegel president Scott R. Trepel told Linn’s Stamp News that he expects to add more information to the site to encourage visitors to return again and again. He wants to include a section about the upright variety of the $2 Jenny Invert stamp issued in 2013, and has plans for a downloadable curriculum about airmail and the original Jenny stamp that teachers can use in the classroom.”
A huge library devoted to philately (that’s the study of postage stamps to you) is going online at the end of the month. “The major philatelic library built up by the 26th Earl of Crawford will be made available online at the Global Philatelic Library from May 30 (subject to some copyright constraints), according to a press release from the Royal Philatelic Society London….The Crawford philatelic library comprises more than 1.3 million pages and represents approximately 95 percent of the world’s published philatelic knowledge at the time it was created. James Ludovic Lindsay, the 26th Earl of Crawford, was born July 28, 1847.” You can see the Society’s press release here. It’s PDF.