By Colin Sallee
1. Stamp documentary is nearing its Kickstarter goal
Over the next 19 hours, some avid stamp collectors are asking for your help.
A group of stamp collectors and postage enthusiasts from Chicago have set of goal of $17,000 to help fund the production of their stamp-focused documentary.
Freaks and Errors: A Rare Collection is geared towards putting narratives and images to the culture of stamps, its hidden treasures, and its collectors.
“When we started Freaks and Errors: A Rare Collection, we set out to make a film about a quirky, little known sub-culture,” the Kickstarter page reads. “Armed with three main questions: one, do people still collect stamps? Two, why hasn't anyone ever made a documentary about this 170 year old past time? And three, why did someone just pay 10 million dollars for [the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta]?”
This documentary hopes to add a cutting-edge feel to the culture of stamps and postage that is often interpreted as bland.
As of 2:54 p.m. ET, $15,070 of the $17,000 goal had been pledged.
2. The ‘better half’ cartoon
“Lack of oxygen and weightlessness in space were the two most popular themes for the November cartoon caption contest, which featured the astronaut half of the pair of 1967 5¢ stamps honoring accomplishments in space (Scott 1331).”
3. European Christmas market appears on American postage
The selection of postmarks this week is overwhelmingly Christmas-themed, though the folks in Kitty Hawk, N.C., have two new postmarks recognizing those aviation pioneers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, on Dec. 17.
4. Connect with Linn's Stamp News
5. Hot topics
Have a quick look at three interesting posts from the last few days on Linns.com: