Post by mourningdoves on Aug 31, 2018 21:45:50 GMT -5
The airmail stamp isn't for me, but at least I can respect the concept behind it - though people will be arguing for the next 600 years about whether it should have a C before the Scott number. The rest of them are posters (and not especially good ones at that) or product placement, and they make me want to hide behind a ginormous stack of pre-Nasser Egyptian stamps and never come out from behind them, ever.
I'll confess, though, that I've never seen an episode of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?" in my life, so maybe Scooby-Doo really is a part of popular culture worth immortalizing. If so, I'll withdraw my condemnation for that one - unless, of course, they pulled the wrong stock photo and Scooby-Doo in real life looks more like Kanye. I agree with angore that the Magic ones couldn't be less imaginative if they tried.
By no means am I against contemporary stamps on principle. But I bought a sheet of the "O Beautiful" stamps a couple of months ago and I've been on a vendetta ever since. To make this country, which is loaded with stunning natural beauty, look like we're all washed-out colors and badly-printed postcards like what you used to be able to buy in motels for a dime...that takes a special talent that is beyond my powers to even imagine. But I guess that wishing all our stamps looked like the Bioluminescent Life ones, or even the Martín Ramírez art stamps from a couple of years ago - which are my favorites of the decade for sure - is too much to ask.
But I bought a sheet of the "O Beautiful" stamps a couple of months ago and I've been on a vendetta ever since. To make this country, which is loaded with stunning natural beauty, look like we're all washed-out colors and badly-printed postcards like what you used to be able to buy in motels for a dime...that takes a special talent that is beyond my powers to even imagine.
This was pretty harsh on my part. I read an interview with one of the photographers - it was in the latest American Philatelist - and, besides being enthusiastic about the project and sounding like a really nice guy, he has all the cred in the world: in particular, placing several photographs in the National Geographic, which I still consider the Pantheon of nature photography. I still maintain that the printing and the stamp design aren't worthy of the subjects, but now I have to say that it isn't the fault of the photographers. The stamps simply aren't big enough, and the reproduction process didn't do them justice. And if any stamps deserved those ornate, souvenir-sheetish borders that have decorated many recent issues, these are it.
Nothing against John Lennon, but the stamp issued will come in 4 different color varieties.
I actually like this one. It looks very early-1970s, and captures the spirit of the times when Lennon was living in New York. It's also worth noting that while Lennon could be a caustic guy (choosing my words carefully for public and Stamp Bears consumption), I don't remember him ever saying anything against his adopted city or adopted country. He probably was a tax self-exile to some extent, and a standing-in-the-English-rain exile as well, but he could have lived anywhere and he chose the States. I miss him still.
We are Happy to have you here!! New members, we would love to get to know you. Please feel free to introduce yourself HERE
Otherwise - Jump right on into the conversations!! We look forward to your participation.
If you are not a member yet, register today!! It's all free and we want to hear from you!!
Please share our site on social media networks. Thanks!!!