Postal History Boutique


Postal History Boutique

Celebrate national postal history through mail art exchanges embracing stamps, postcards, envelopes, stickers, postboxes and whatever else anyone comes up with. Managed by Valentine Mark Herman.


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Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2020

Discussion Forum

Leap Year : : 29 February 2016

Started by Keith S. Chambers. Last reply by Heleen de Vaan Jun 22, 2016. 19 Replies

It only happens twenty-five times in each century, that odd day on the calendar, 29 February. What a great opportunity to sneak in some postal history to your mail art this year.At the end of this…Continue

FIVE: Postal History Boutique Special July Mailing

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) Jul 26, 2011. 123 Replies

Bonjour boys and girls! Angie and Snooky told us yesterday that:"This year July has 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This apparently happens once every 823 years."I propose that we celebrate it…Continue

Stop stealing the UK's postboxes (and making them into mailboxes, too)!!

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by Valentine Mark Herman Jun 28, 2011. 2 Replies

From today's UK Daily Telegraph Postboxes stolen and sold on eBay for thousandsBritains world-famous red Victorian postboxes are being stolen by criminals who sell them abroad for thousands of pounds…Continue

A postal experiment

Started by Valentine Mark Herman. Last reply by John Tingey Jun 21, 2011. 2 Replies

In the very early days of the postal system -- and going way back before postage stamps were introduced (in the UK in 1840 -- addresses were very simple, or even non -existent (and of course there…Continue

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Comment by Keith S. Chambers on March 6, 2017 at 7:21am

Cayman Islands, 1938. King George VI gives a weary stare at this dorado fish. Silly, maybe not; strange, near so.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 2, 2017 at 9:52pm

Not exactly "Silly Stamps", but there are these old BLUE George Washington US postage stamps that were "ugly stamps" as the printing/inking made him look as if he had the plague or something, with blotchy face and cheeks...

it was quickly corrected by "cleaning" to a light skin surface:

Comment by Valentine Mark Herman on March 2, 2017 at 6:43pm

SILLY STAMPS – an appeal

This is an appeal for 'SILLY STAMPS'.

What, you might well ask, is a 'Silly Stamp'?

A 'Silly Stamp' is an officially issued postage stamp that, when you look at it, makes you think, "This is silly!''

And then, ''What on earth is going on here? What could its designers have possibly been thinking when they came up with this image?"

"And, given that postage stamps (like coins, banknotes, flags, etc) are important vehicles for promotong national images and messages, what were the responsible (sic) postal authorities smoking and/or drinking when they approved this stamp?''

Some examples of 'Silly Stamps' that I have come across on my philatelic travels can be seen on my web-site   Go to 'Stamp Art', then to 'Silly Stamps'.

I am collecting further examples of 'Silly Stamps' for an alt-philatelic exhibition that I will hold end 2017/start2018.

If you have any 'Silly Stamps'  -- preferably in an unused or very good condition -- please can you send them to me (with or without a caption):

Val Herman,

1 Rue de la Vieille Fontaine,

F-11130 Sigean,


All contributions will be acknowledged...and gratefully received.

Thank you! Merci!


Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 18, 2016 at 10:07am

more US Holiday postage stamps:

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 18, 2016 at 10:05am

From Toni Hanner:

Remembering US Holiday postage stamps :-)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 17, 2016 at 5:41pm

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 17, 2016 at 5:40pm

From Pat Landon:

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on October 13, 2016 at 2:53pm

Well, this group (started by Valentine,

continued by Angie, encouraged by Keith's Leap Year)

could possibly have a "selvage" project?

Yes, this group was a lot about the postage stamps,

now how about the "leftovers"?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 11, 2016 at 9:16am

Angie? Where is Angie and Snooky?

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on March 10, 2016 at 3:21pm


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