Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Antique Boat Stamps Coming To a Post Office Near You

When I was little I had a sticker collection. It drove my mom crazy because I’d buy every cool-looking sticker in the store, but they all just went into my little box because I reasoned they were too precious to be actually stuck on something. Oh, kids.

But the fascination with images on sticky paper continues well into adulthood, except adults call them postage stamps instead of stickers. Those who love stamps and antique boats are in for a treat this Saturday when the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York, hosts the United States Postal Service’s First Day Issue Ceremony of newly designed Vintage Mahogany Speedboat stamps. The stamps feature photographs of four antique speedboats—a 1915 Hutchinson Brothers Launch, a 1931 Gar Wood triple cockpit runabout, a 1939 Hacker-Craft, and a 1954 Chris-Craft Racing Runabout. The ceremony honors the new stamps with historical reflections provided by Anthony S. Mollica, author of Gar Wood Boats: Classics of a Golden Era and American Wooden Runabout. Admission is open to the public and begins at 5 p.m. You can pick up the stamps at your local post office, and add them to your sticker collection.

For more information, see the Vintage Mahogany Speedboat stamps press release.

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