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amsd
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Editor, Seal News; contributor, JuicyHeads
31 Jul 2012
01:17:48pm
Sometimes stamps lend themselves to something other than what the designer intended. The recent bonsai set of booklet stamps is a good case in point.

The stamps themselves are attractively designed miniatures, reflecting, in a way, their subjects. It’s stamp design at its best, in my opinion. They come in a foldable booklet of 20, with a portion of the booklet being reserved for a description of the contents.
But it’s the multiple meanings of the word that caught my fancy, and I thought I’d reinforce the word with the back of the booklet, ensuring that sound of the word carried further than the picture.

I colored my envelope to suggest the rising sun, the symbol on the Imperial Japanese battle flag (it is NOT the flag of Japan, but a war-time ensign). It is one of most striking and well-designed ensigns ever.

For my father, to whom this was addressed, the ensign is immediately understood. He served in the Pacific Theatre in the Second World War, a top-turrent gunner on a PB4-Y2 Privateer, the Naval variant of the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. I am posting this today because it's my father's 87th birthday, and seems a fitting tribute. He wouldn't want any really direct fuss.

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The Easter seal further reinforces this primarily because Easter is the Christian metaphor for rising.

And, for a little contrast, I add a cover addressed to my Mom; it has many of the same elements, although none of the war-mongering imagery. Instead, it has a particularly clear spray on heart for "Mom" (these things are usually indistinct blobsImage Not Found).



Both covers were hand cancelled in my town, Red Hook, and both show postal use, Mom's solely with the destination barcoding and my Dad's with both the destination barcode and an upside down machine cancel from the Westchester NY Mail facility (usually mail from Red Hook is routed to the Mid-Hudson facility further north).

David

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03 Aug 2012
02:54:46am
re: US Bonsai stamps on cover

And Red Hook would be a very appropriate cancellation.
During WW II Red Hook and the Erie Basin was a bustling port facility where ships were being repaired and refurbished to fill the ranks of ships in the supply chain for both the Atlantic and Pacific war zones.
But, of course, that refers to the "Red Hook" in Brooklyn, not the peaceful village up the Hudson River where you live David.

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03 Aug 2012
06:12:59am
re: US Bonsai stamps on cover

Right you are, Charlie. My Red Hook has an occasional CG ice breaker or tug, But that pretty much exhausts docking facilities. I used to visit Brooklyn's Red Hook when I lived in that borough, but it was a greatly diminished place then. I understand that there's upward economic pressures there now.

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