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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Literary Postage Stamps

I have a friend who was an English teacher for 30 years; he is also a philatelist.  It is not surprising therefore, that he is especially interested in postage stamps featuring authors and works of literature.  After a bit of research, I discovered that literary postage stamps are not that rare.

James M. Hutchison has an extensive collection of stamps that feature literary topics, and part of it can be seen at http://faculty.citadel.edu/hutchisson/Pages/Stamps%20Revised.htm.  He states that “Among countries Great Britain by far and away leads the rest in terms of special stamp issues that feature literary topics.” 

If, however, you are interested in American literary postage stamps, why not take this quiz of 30 American postage stamps with a literary theme:  https://www.sporcle.com/games/hatefulmissy/writers-on-us-postage-stamps-picture-click.

If you just want to view some literary postage stamps from around the world, check out https://www.pinterest.ca/threebookends/literary-stamps/?lp=true. 

Of course, postage stamps are often issued after a writer’s death.  See http://lithub.com/17-living-writers-currently-immortalized-on-stamps/ for some living authors who have been immortalized on postage stamps.