Design Inspiration – Postage Stamps

In this paperless day and age it’s nice to receive an envelope with an interesting stamp. The U.S. postal service has been doing a good job recently of putting out well-designed stamps in hope of attracting letter posters. Personally I don’t write anything much more than thank-you notes these days, but I like to use a card and stamp that is a little out of the ordinary. So I’m always on the lookout for nice stationery and stamps.

The newly released “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” series falls into the “interesting” stamp category. The “Forever” stamps highlight some of the most influential designers of the 20th century and their work.

My favorites are the colorful and sleek Fiesta pitchers designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead, followed by the Raymond Loewy’s bullet shaped pencil sharpener. Henry Dreyfuss’ 302 Bell telephone is pretty cool and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Greta Von Nessen’s “Anywhere” lamp.

The stamps were issued last week and there were only a few sheets available when I snagged one just after their release. At the slow pace in which I use stamps, it’s a good thing these will last through the next postage rate hike!

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One comment on “Design Inspiration – Postage Stamps

  1. Wende’s avatarWende on said:

    Maybe the stamps could be used for a children’s car quiz too. I bet a lot of them have never seen or thought about a typewriter before.

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