Ever thought of starting a topical stamp collection on the subject of photography on stamps?
You’d be surprised to discover how many countries of the world issued postage stamps commemorating photographers and photography.
I personally think that collecting stamps about photography is a fascinating idea!
Just take a look at the beautiful sheet of 20 stamps issued by United States Postal Services for its Masters of American Photography serie.
American artists known for their work in photography were honored by the Postal service with a pane of 20 commemorative stamps in a first day ceremony held at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park.
The museum was a perfect venue as it was hosting an exhibition of the work of Alfred Stieglitz, the subject of one of the stamps. The museum’s theater was filled with an enthusiastic crowd on hand for the ceremony.
Arranged in chronological order, the stamps feature works by these 20 most influential photographers and provide a “visual sampling of the history and development of photography in the United States and illustrate changes in American culture and society,” said the Postal Service.
American Artists featured on the sheetlet are:
* Southworth (1811-1894) Hawes (1808-1901)
* Timothy H. O’Sullivan 1840-1882
* Carleton E Watkins 1829-1916
* Gertrude Kasebier 1852-1934
* Lewis W. Hine 1874-1940
* Alvin Langdon Coburn 1882-1966
* Edward Steichen 1879-1973
* Alfred Stieglitz 1864-1946
* James VanDerZee 1886-1983
* Dorothea Lange 1895-1965
* Walker Evans 1903-1975
* W. Eugene Smith 1918-1978
* Paul Strand 1890-1976
* Ansel Adams 1902-1984
* Imogen Cunningham 1883-1976
* Andre Kertesz 1894-1985
* Garry Winogrand 1928-1984
* Minor White 1908-1976
* Man Ray (1890-1976)
* Edward Weston (1886-1958)
Below are a few more example of stamps that are part of a photography topical stamp wantlist. 🙂
Topical Stamp Collecting is definitely a fascinating hobby. No wonder there is more than 20 millions stamp collectors in the USA alone!
Leave a comment below sharing with us which topic(s) you would choose: a sport? a craft? a hobby? your favorite pets? airplanes? or whatever else catches your fancy, and if you are already a topical stamp collector, share your topic(s) with us as well.
PS: In case you missed it, here’s the link again to my Stamp Collecting blog => Discover Topical Stamp Collecting
The set of stamps commemorating the Masters Of American Photography are available in a complete twenty (20) First Day Covers series designed by Mystic Stamp Company.
Great collectibles for Photography lovers as well as Photography topical stamps collectors.
POSTAL COMMEMORATIVE SOCIETY –
Masters of American Photography (2002)
Complete Set of 10 First Day Covers / Cachet depicting Portraits of the Masters of American Photography