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Postage stamp spotlight: Fires of philately

Here we are with another Postage Stamp Spotlight, where I curate a themed collection of postage stamps from the archive.

Collection of fire and heat themed postage stamps

This set of postage stamps is called Fires of Philately.

Featured left to right:

Forest fire prevention - Germany - 1958

Sun science - USA - 2022

Solar energy - USA - 1982

Prevent fires - Canada - 1956

Energy Development - USA 1977

International Geophysical year - USA - 1958

Hekla Volcano - Iceland - 1954

Emergency responder - Canada - 2018

Saguaro cactus - USA - 1999

It feels like these will ignite soon… so I’ll get to the point. It’s HOT outside. It’s the end of summer, but the heat hits different this year. It’s a mean heat.. a heat making sure everyone feels it and remembers it. 🔥

No matter where you are in the world, or what beliefs you have about what's causing it... it's true that the news headlines include flavors of global warming, climate change, heatwaves and droughts.

This collection entitled "Fires of Philately" is inspired by these current events which are affecting us all.

Have an idea for a postage stamp theme? Send me a message!


My postage stamp collection FAQs

When did you start collecting postage stamps?

I inherited my Great Aunt Laverne’s stamp collection. She began by sending loose stamps and eventually sent the main binder. She only collected stamps from the USA, with most being from between the late 1950s to mid-1990s. I now add international issues as well.

Do you like postage stamps?

I have always been fascinated with postage stamps. Each one is a tiny work of art. Plus, just about every country in the world has them! It's a small window into other cultures and lands.

Why curate these postage stamp collections?

It took me some time to decide what to do with the collection. I knew I wanted to share the design and stories stamps tell which morphed into curating mini visually themed collections. You can see these collections on my Instagram @collectedstamps

How do you come up with the collection themes?

My collections are inspired by current events, holidays, weather, mood... or just what inspires me in the moment. Have an idea for a postage stamp theme? Send me a message!

Where do you acquire new postage stamps?

When curating for a theme, I sometimes realize I am coming up short of stamps to fit the collection. To satisfy the vision, I source new postage stamps via Postcrossing or eBay. Have new or used postage stamps you want donate? Drop me a note!


Disclaimer: The thoughts shared in this blog are solely my own and do not represent the perspectives of my professional relationships or clientele.


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