Some of the lots I bought are topical; some are just random stamps from places that make me wish I had paid closer attention in Geography class. Thank goodness for the Internet, or I'd have to bust out the encyclopedia to find out about New Hebrides (now called Vanuatu, as you can see on the furthest stamp to the right). Oh, the things you learn from stamps!
It seems to me that stamp design peaked in the 60s and 70s - before that time it was mainly boring heads of state or one-color designs, and after they became too glossy and "showy". I love these stamps, which are still mainly engraved, and have really interesting subject matter. Case in point:
*SWOON* I am in LOVE with these car-history stamps from Ajman State (had to look this up too - it's one of the seven states in the United Arab Emirates)! I recognized some of the car manufacturers, like Renault, Fiat, Mercedes and Peugeot, but others, like the three on the bottom, I have no clue. Can anyone tell me which make of car these are? Oh, and in case you're wondering - YES! I will be making pendants with these awesome, tiny cars. :D
Here are some stamps from other countries, namely Belgian Congo and Sharjah (another UAE state), featuring JFK - does this strike you as odd? The Congo ones are from 1965 and the Sharjah stamps are from 1972 as part of their "Prominent Persons" series. I know he was a beloved president here (or at least revered after his death) but to see one of our presidents on foreign stamps is surprising. Something tells me we're never going to see foreign stamps with George W. Bush on them.. :D
All in all I must have at least 100 stamps from this lot - I'm going to have a lot of fun with these!