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APS donates stamps to Holocaust art project

June 13, 2017 09:45 AM

  • Israel issued a 2.20-shekel stamp in 2003 to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (Scott 1514). The American Philatelic Society has donated 500,000 canceled stamps to a Massachusetts school for art projects related to Holocaust education.

By Linn's staff

The American Philatelic Society has donated 500,000 canceled postage stamps to Foxborough Regional Charter School for use in its Holocaust Stamps Project.

The stamps were personally delivered in 16 boxes by APS executive director Scott English, who traveled with them in early May from APS headquarters in Bellefonte, Pa., to the school in Foxborough, Mass., southwest of Boston.

Many stamps donated to the project are being trimmed and shaped to create a planned 18 collages.

“The students spent nearly every day for five months counting, placing and gluing the hundreds of domestic and international stamps to fit the outlined design created especially for them,” the charter school’s website explained about a recently completed collage.

The school has a goal of collecting 11 million stamps, with each stamp intended to honor the lives of “six million Jews and five million other victims [of] intolerance who perished during the Holocaust.”

More than 9.4 million stamps had been collected since the project began in 2009 prior to the APS donation. Stamps have been donated from 40 states and five foreign countries.