• Flying the 'Freak' Flag: Documentary Will Reveal Why You Should Care About Stamps Chicago-based documentary filmmaker Mark Cwiakala grew up surrounded by stamps, yet, he never felt compelled to become a collector himself. However, eight years ago, he teamed with executive producer Jonathan Singer to go on a globetrotting journey to find out what exactly made stamps so irresistible to his grandfather and father, both well-respected philatelists. The younger Cwiakala and Singer, …
  • Stamp Collector Bob Allen on Stamp Design and Production Techniques Like many collectors, I collected when I was a child, and then I became interested again in the ‘90s. I think eBay and other Internet auction sales had a little bit to do with it. I just started playing with stamps and got interested again. Living in Hawaii, you don’t have the option of going to dealers all around the country, and a lot of the bigger ones are on the East Coast. There are a couple …
  • In Postal History, Every Stamp Tells a Story I have a stamp collection, but I don’t consider myself a collector. I have a collection of my initials on stamps from Great Britain. I’ve been collecting those for a long time, but I’m a dealer and a consultant for postal history more than a stamp collector. My interest started with boy scouts when I was 12 years old. I needed a couple of merit badges to complete my eagle scout, so I borrow…
  • Cheryl Ganz of the National Postal Museum on Inverted Jennys and Burning Zeppelins I’ve been a lifelong collector, even as a kid. There are just certain people for whom collecting seems to be part of their nature. My mother always tells the story about when I was three years old they’d give me dolls. I never played mother and baby. Instead, I put my dolls on a shelf and spent every day rearranging them. Collectors not only care about acquisitions; they care about organizing thei…
  • John Hotchner Exposes Philatelic Errors, Freaks, and Oddities My father was a stamp collector, and I just took to it. He was perfectly happy to mentor me, so I began collecting at the age of five and got serious about it around the age of 11. I started collecting the world, but when it became obvious that that was not something that I could ever complete, I reduced my scope to about 20 different countries, including the United States. Early on I got interest…
  • Essays, The Stamp Designs That Also Ran It was a shock to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing when a critic pointed out that the view of "Gatun Locks," which it had engraved and so titled on the design for the two cents red Panama-Pacific Exposition stamp of 1912, was really a picture of San Pedro Miguel Locks. Plates had been made from the die, and hundreds of thousands of stamps were printed. Every one was destroyed, after some eagle…
  • Postally Used Works of Art Paintings and sculpture galore have been reproduced on postage stamps, sort of an Everyman's art gallery. But this, of course, does not mean that any old work of art makes a good stamp subject. Pictures generally are too complicated, believes Paul Manship, the sculptor, who designed the current one cent green Four Freedoms stamp. But portraits, like Gilbert Stuart's "Atheneum" head of Washi…