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Re: Postage stamps as historical representations

The stamps of Vatican City lend themselves to studying historical events and art history. They also interest me in a study of semiotics of Vatican, post revolution Iran and Israeli stamps. My efforts in this comparison are tentative at best.
Michael Lamothe
Stamp/cover collector
Montgomery Alabama
mblamothe1@yahoo.com

Re: Postage stamps as historical representations

This book might be of interest as a model:
https://www.amazon.com/Miniature-Messages-Semiotics-Politics-American/dp...
(It was reviewed on one of the H-Net lists). I suspect that there are others that approach philatelic material from more of a historian, rather than an antiquarian, viewpoint

Thomas J MacMaster,
History dept, Morehouse College
Atlanta

Re: Postage stamps as historical representations

I do use postage stamps in exhibits and powerpoint presentations, however several months ago I created a program for a local history group titled "What Was The Post Office Thinking?" which covered design errors in stamps. One of the issues are stamps that show historical events that are wrong. Sometimes these are simply reprints from paintings that are wrong historically.