Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Have you ever noticed that the United Nations isn't as prevalent as it once was?  Why is that?

It seems to me that the Fifties and Sixties were the apex for this organization.  The idea of a world where all nations agreed to disagree was a dream that almost seemed possible.  Even the president's speech yesterday seemed to echo this sentiment, saying that a world with free speech for all would be a step in the right direction.

Okay, this is NOT a political platform-type blog.  On to the ephemera! :D

I don't have many UN pieces, but what I do have, I love.  Take these stamps, for example:

I was SO excited when I saw the entire set, intact, at the Fox Valley Antique Mall last year!  You may remember me talking about this set last April, and how excited I was to snag these.  I still haven't used any of them - I'm waiting for the right time and my art work to "speak" to me.  :D

I also squealed with delight when I found this tab-backed pin, also at the FBAM, but in a different booth.  It's so beautiful in its tiny simplicity!  I also want to use this in art work, but again - waiting for the right time (artists, you know what I mean, right?).  :D

Here are some tiny silk flags that I SHOULD be using - I have a lot of them!  You may recall this post I did about flags a year and a half ago (man, that went fast!) - well, included in the packets is the UN flag (see what I mean about it being more prevalent 50 years ago?).  I love using flags in my work and this would be a gorgeous one to use.  There is just something about that beautiful blue with the map of the world and the laurel wreath - it's so optimistic.  

I have a few postage stamps from around the world, mainly from about 1972 - the 25th anniversary of UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund, formerly U.N. International Children's Relief Fund).  How many of you, my readers from the U.S., remember trick-or-treating for UNICEF?  I did, when I was 14.  It was the only trick-or-treating my mom and dad let me do at that age (back in the early 80s, at least in my region, it was sort of an unwritten rule that after a certain age, one didn't go trick-or-treating anymore.  Collecting money for charity was an exception).

Lastly, here is the gem in my M.Sasek collection of books - "This is the U.N.".  If you enjoy mid-century illustration, then you MUST check out M. Sasek's books if you haven't done so already.  Even though these books pre-date me by about 6 years or so, I do not recall them from my childhood.  I became aware of them about 10 years ago, when Anthropologie started selling them in their stores (they no longer carry them).  I snagged some for my nieces, but I also got a bunch for myself.  Most of my copies are new editions, but I do have a few oldies and the U.N. one is one of them.  I got this book for FREE in a white elephant swap during our ATC live trade at the Greendale Public Library a couple years ago.  I was ECSTATIC when I found it - maybe you can see why.  :D  Also, it is out of print (?) so I'm that much more grateful that I own it!

It is my wish that someday, the U.N. becomes more relevant again.  Until then, we all must do our part to ensure we live in a peaceful society.  :)

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