Having received a box of stamps from a friend, I have decided to write a little bit about what I find in the box. This idea is similar to the fantastic YouTube channel Exploring Stamps–if you have never seen it, you should definitely check it out–but won’t be as extensive or nearly as well researched.
I haven’t gone through the box, really. I have taken a cursory glance and pulled out a couple of interesting things that I want to share with you.
The first is the 1972-73 Harris Catalog. I love looking through catalogs of models, toys, book clubs and pretty much anything else. Coming across this catalogue was quite awesome. The black and white pages are filled with fantastic adds for collections by country at what seem like fantastic prices now. The book also has individual stamps and small sets as well.
I especially appreciate how inexpensive the accessories (binders, magnifiers, stock books, and tweezers. In retrospect, these cheap prices probably weren’t cheap back then, but considering how much things cost today, they are totally interesting.
The second item is a lovely credit voucher for a Canadian stamp company that lasted until 2017–at least the last of its stock was auctioned off then. From all accounts, at one time, this was a company that mailed out tonnes of stamps every day and employed more than 100 people. Amazing!
The box has many more stories to tell.