Thursday, May 6, 2010

New Trading Stamps!


I got quite a few wonderful packages in the mail yesterday, but there was one in particular that I was waiting for from Canada - full of Quebecois trading stamps (they're the greyish stamps in the lower left portion of the photo)!

For people like myself who love collecting (and using!) vintage ephemera, I think trading stamps rank right up there in items to collect.  I have always loved them, even though they were pretty much gone by the time I was old enough to know what they were.  I do remember a couple of S&H places around Green Bay, but as far as redemption centers there, I think they were all closed in the 70s.

Here are just a few samples from my collection:




I try and collect from all over the United States but with the addition of these Gold Star stamps, I can now count Canada in the mix! I've seen some Australian stamps online, but I've never seen them for sale. If they ever come up, though, I'm there!  I love the "Tiny Bonds" booklet on the right - it's from 1936 and it was specifically made for a pharmacy right here in Fond du Lac called Huber Bros.  It's one of the jewels in my collection, and I'll never use any of the stamps in my art, because of their rarity (but, never say never).

Here are a few of my artworks that I've made with these stamps (notice that I've ALREADY used the Gold Star stamps in the ATC on the right!):







I've also made others with just one or two stamps - they're so versatile! Anytime I need a small space filled on a collage, I almost always think of these trading stamps first.  Just like postage stamps, they're little works of art in and of themselves.  And because I love anything and everything to do with vintage supermarket and grocery store ephemera (that's a whole 'nother blog entry!), they fill that niche as well.

How about you?  Have you made any art with trading stamps?  I'd love to see - just post the link in the comment box!  :D







2 comments:

  1. HELLO MY NAME IS EZRA WALKER I RECENTLY CAME ACROSS A BOX OF VINTAGE TRADING STAMPS, FROM ABOUT 1910 ERA BURRS DISCOUNT (GAS HOUSE) STAMPS NOBODY SEEMS TO HAVE MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT THEM MAYBE YOU DO PICTRUED ON STAMP TINY RED HOUSE A GAS PUMP AND BIG LETTERS "GAS HOUSE" ANY INFOR OR INTREST E-MAIL EZ182130@MSN.COM

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  2. Hi Ezra - are you on Facebook? I would "like" the Ephemera Society of America's page and then post a photo of this trading stamp with your query. Just a caveat - when posting, it's best not to use all capital letters - you'll be relegated to the spam bin if you do (that's why I just found out about your question!). Thanks for asking! I hope you find your answer - they sound really neat! :D

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