The box of stamps my father gave me has been emptied out on my dining room table for several weeks now. Every so often, I stop and have a little random sort through the various piles, looking at all these vintage treasures. There is no order to any of this, I'm just drawn to the papers and the images, and the slightly worn and faded colours. Of course, as I've already mentioned, the paper patterns on the inside of the envelopes are of just as much interest to me as the stamps. Yesterday I found these two airmail patterns - aren't they wonderful?
These are just an example of some of the styles I'm coming across. I suspect there are at least a thousand stamps in the box, with 1940 being the earliest postmark I've come across so far.
I've not yet got around to doing anything more creative with these beauties than admire them. I think I may do some small collages, and I have another idea too which I will share when I've tried it out.