A thousand thankyous!

1923 Germany 1000 mark Punk Philatelist special

1923 Germany 1000 mark Punk Philatelist specialMy website gained its 1000th follower this week! How fabulous! I know, at least half of you are spammers, but it’s still a nice round number to attain.

I’d just like to thank my actual human people readers for your support. This site has already gone larger and more global than I could have hoped in such a short time, and your appreciation and comments inspire me to carry on (even if the output isn’t quite as frequent as I’d like sometimes).

Also, thanks to the Weimar Republic of Germany for issuing a stamp back in 1923 to celebrate my blog reaching the 1000 mark. What amazing foresight.

As you were.

Punk x

Happy (not quite) Valentine’s Day

Love2013Australia Post would never release Valentine’s Day stamps. That would be commercial and crass – something Australia Post would never stand for.

But it just so happens that most years, AP releases love-themed stamps just weeks before Valentine’s Day. How amazingly convenient!

I’m not sure when ‘Love’ became so Australian that it deserved to be featured on our stamps. Asylum seekers on Manus Island would surely think we were playing mind games if a Love stamp turned up on a letter delivered to them as they queued up in the sun to ask permission to apply for the tampon raffle or to not get beaten up by guards that week.

Love2014But of course, these stamps aren’t celebrating an Australian phenomenon; they’re celebrating a worldwide trend among postal administrations to encourage romantics to put some thought into the stamps that will adorn their love letters, while encouraging stamp collectors to put their hands in their pockets and give postal administrations more money. Collectors are used to this by now, but if the gimmick encourages any thoughtful written communication from Romeos and Juliets in this internet age, then it’s all right by me.

Australia isn’t the only country in on this game. I put some other countries’ contributions in a separate post here.

Much as I might be the target demographic, Australia’s Love stamps often leave me cold. I’m over the girly pinks and the constant barrage of roses. (Not in real life, of course. Keep ’em coming.)

They’re also highly susceptible to a scourge infesting modern stamp design, which is WRITING the THEME of the ISSUE in BIG TYPOGRAPHY so that you KNOW what it’s ABOUT.

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Oh! The pink rose means LOVE! I get it now.

So it’s with great delight Continue reading