Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Insect Stamps

Dr Grump likes these. She says that if she feels in a particularly good mood the letter will get a butterfly or moth; but usually she will attach a Stag Beetle or a Red-barbed Ant. She thinks it is significant step forward in the history of human civilisation that her mood can now be conveyed philatelically.

7 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

Beautiful! A true Royal Mail innovation, those. When I lived over there I was struck by how wonderfully utilitarian postage stamps were: HRH's silhouette which held its value even when the price of postage went up. The US has always had more stamp designs than you can shake a stick at. They finally figured out the pricing thing, issuing the "Forever" stamp with a Liberty Bell on it and I thought "well, here's a British tradition adopted by the colonies!" But no, a brief visit to the USPS store will still turn up 39 choices of stamps at the current $0.41 rate!

Alas, no insects but there is a nice book of stamps showing pollination in action ...

Tue Apr 15, 05:54:00 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Stunning stamps - I guess Dr Grump is right in her element.

Wed Apr 16, 07:43:00 am  
Blogger Anne S said...

Lovely stamps. The last few times I've bought stamps from Australia Post they've been awfully boring and ugly. I express my disgust to the counter person, but am obliged to buy these ghastly stamps nonetheless. I remember days when they were quite attractive

Wed Apr 16, 11:06:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Laura: Impressive selection! Over here the post office tends to issue stamps to commemorate events and just has the HRH ones in between. So, if you collect stamps you have just a limited amount of time to grab a set. Some of them have been quite good. They've been doing this at rare intervals for years - so I think maybe you were here at 'the wrong time' for stamps! Recently they've issued sets just because they felt like it, I think.

CB: Yes, I think these are particularly good.

Anne S: I had a similar conversation yesterday, but this time admiring what was on offer to the counter person, hoping to initiate a cheerful conversation - but she was having none of it. She just looked at me as if I was a crazy woman.

Wed Apr 16, 04:23:00 pm  
Blogger Justine Picardie said...

I agree with Dr Grump. I'm off to the post office now.

Wed Apr 16, 11:05:00 pm  
Blogger Susangalique said...

I was at work earlier and got distracted. I was going to say that these stamps were great. I think it is cool to be able to mach your mood this butterflies and bugs!

Thu Apr 17, 12:44:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Justine: Dr Grump is delighted and hopes you like them as much as she does.

Susangalique:they are even better close up.

Thu Apr 17, 07:25:00 pm  

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