I'm going to try something for a while and see if it gets annoying. There's a load of stuff back there in the Ace Jet Archive. I love going through it every now and then. Like these superb Dutch stamps. Well worth re-visiting. Well, I think so anyway.
I don't know if anyone remembers but a while back Michael Russem from the Kat Ran Press in Cambridge, Massachusetts, sent me the rather marvellous Eric Gill, Notes on Postage Stamps that revealed (well, OK, maybe just hinted at) Gill's fundamentally bad attitude to the commissions presented to him.
Michael's done it again. This time sending Postage Stamps by AIGA Medalists. It's a fascinating review of some of the most interesting winners from the last hundred years or so. It includes such luminaries as Lucian Bernhard, Dwiggins, Lester Beall, a collaborative set involving Herb Lubalin, Josef Albers, Armin Hofman, a stunner from Thomas Geismar, my personal favourite from Herbert Bayer…the list goes on…Chermayeff, Glaser, Bass.
I stumbled across The Salvage Press the other day. Lovely work…
The Salvage Press is devoted to preserving, promoting and pursuing excellence in design, typography & letterpress printing. It is the name under which artist & designer Jamie Murphy produces his letterpress printed books and broadsides.
Sorry. I can't remember what these are for. Nature or seasons or something. Who knows.
Update: Special thanks to Aleks in NL for addressing my ignorance. He says, "These are the Dutch 'Kinderpostzegels' from 1971. The designs (earth, water, air, sun and moon) are made by Babs van Wely." And sent a link to this.
Apologies. That title is most likely shocking French. I do, after all, "Speak French like crap". Or so I was told (as you may already know) quite fairly, by a barman in Paris. He offered me a hard boiled egg. Which I politely turned down. Oeuf.
(I've got a stamp thing going on at the moment. Lots more to come).
Say what you like about the former Soviet Union. Whatever you think of Stalin's "socialist island", the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany, their invasion of eastern Poland and occupation of the Baltic countries; regardless of how you feel about the annexations in the Estonian and Latvian Republics, the attempted invasion of Finland or the 1940 Ultimatum in Bukovina and the Hertz region of Romania; the later, so called, puppet regimes in Eastern and Central Europe, the Red Army looting of Hungary, the Berlin blockade, Tito-Stalin Split and what-not and so-forth; you can't devy, they didn't half make some lovely stamps.