Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was not the only president to collect stamps but he was the most avid collector of all US presidents. For him the joy of stamp collecting was a great stress release for the many difficult world problems that he faced during his presidency like The Depression and World War II.
This short video from the Smithsonian talks about his love of collecting but what surprised me was how FDR also influenced the design of several stamps. FDR suggested themes, images, colors, even designs for several issues including Byrd’s Antarctic expedition, Whistler’s famous painting of his mother for Mother’s Day and a bust of Susan B. Anthony to mark an anniversary of women’s suffrage. The issuance of 20 billion “Win the War” stamps—with a design selected by FDR, an eagle’s wings forming a V for victory—turned letter-writing into a patriotic act.
Here is an interesting portion of an industry film from 1955 talking about the joy of stamp collecting. The video is set in New York and features popular stamp stores, collectors and a visit the the Scott’s Catalog office. This older film makes for an interesting look back that shows how collecting has both changed and stayed the same over the past 50 years.
The American Philatelic Society (APS) has posted a new video in its series of how to use their newly designed site… in this video you will learn about setting up an account on the site to access special member only features. It is worth a look
Here is an interesting presentation that can be found on YouTube.
“100 Greatest American Stamps” presented by Janet Klug and Donald Sundman, The Sixth Annual Maynard Sundman Lecture, February 9, 2008, Smithsonian National Postal Museum. The museum’s Maynard Sundman Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a donation by his sons, David and Donald. The Sundman lectures feature talks by authors and expert philatelists on stamps and stamp collecting. Visit: http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/Sundman
Here is a nice stamp collecting supply video — what is “standard” equipment to get started:
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