Tigerlilly Quinn: Collecting Stamps

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Collecting Stamps


My granny recently moved into a home. Which probably isn't the most cheery start to a blog post.

For the past few years, (or about ten to be honest) every visit to my grannies house meant a carrier bag or two of things to come away with, that she no longer wanted or were cluttering up her already over filled home. That's an understatement really but I don't want this post to be about that.

Anyway, a while ago my mum asked if she thought Wilf might like to inherit this stamp collection. My siblings had no want for it and I figured if Wilf never wanted to grow into it then I they make wonderful additions to a scrapbook one day. I spent at least half an hour going through some of the stamps in the box in the right of these pictures. There are some really beautiful pieces of art in this collection, my favourites I think are the botanical illustrations.

I love that all these stamps must hold their own story, of letters to my grandparents from my mum on her travels around the world perhaps? Or letters from family in South Africa and America.

It's reminded me also of the decline of the written letter. I used to have pen pals as a child, through a post office club called 'Hola!' I would write to girls my age in Africa wondering what their life was like. Turns out they were as crazy about the Spice girls as I was, and there really weren't many differences in our likes and dislikes (dislikes including school and boys I seem to remember). I still have a few of these letters somewhere I *think* I wonder what they are doing now?


45 comments:

laura redburn said...

i adore stamps, so seeing this has made me rather happy!

Polly Davies said...

I used to have loads of stamps when I was little, my Dad brought me lots back from his trips abroad :) Don't knnow what happened to them though :/

Blue Eyed Night Owl said...

I used to collect stamps with my dad. And I mean properly collect. Soak them off, put the mint ones in an album with those special tweezers, look stuff up in books, the whole shebang. These days I think of them much more as craft supplies either. They're so nice and colorful and you could use them to brighten up anything. But there's still that little collector voice in my head that says "be careful not to use one that's actually worth something", but I just don't know enough about that to actually keep stuff properly apart anymore.

mummyoftwo said...

What a lovely collection to look through!

Kirsty Hornblow said...

What an amazing collection. My mother sends my son a postcard every month and he absolutely loves getting them as receiving lovely post is so rare nowadays. You should choose some of your favourites from the stamp collection and mount them in a frame so you can enjoy them every day, they do look beautiful.

hchclem said...

I used to collect stamps when I was younger thank to my grandad being a post man :) Now I am quite impressed with the £2 coins that are about so I have a few really cool ones of them I am keeping x

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Those stamps are beautiful! Yes, I had pen pals as a child too. Do kids even have those anymore? I loved looking for objects to send my penpals that would tell them a bit about what Trinidad and Tobago was like.

Emily said...

Lovely photos. I used to collect stamps. I used to write letters too. Now handwriting for more than five minutes makes my hand ache. *nostalgic sigh*

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

This is so cool! The flower ones are so pretty xx

Aby Moore said...

They are all so pretty. It is sad that a lot of us do not write letters anymore x
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Anna said...

lovely photos, the stamps are all so bright and vibrant looking! I used to have a stamp collection when I was about 10, i never really kept it up but it was quite fun at the time

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Che Kershaw said...

I LOVE this post! and I LOVE that you have some stamps from South Africa! (I will bring you back some "modern" south african stamps for Wilfs future collection on my next trip home!) My grandfather also used to collect stamps!

Claire said...

Oh these are lovely. I used to collect stamps when I was little. Had scrapbooks full (I also used to make scrapbooks every Christmas of allo our sweet wrappers! Haha!). I too loved having penpals. My sister found her Italian penpal on Facebook. I loved using Airmail envelopes! xxx

Victoria Penrose said...

This is such a lovely collection! Those Nicaragua ones are fantastic! I'm quite jealous!
I have a fascination with pretty stamps but my collection is only a small one - most UK stamps tend to be the boring ones these days, and post from abroad will usually have printed postage instead :-( Luckily all stamps from the Isle of Man are decorative so I have a jar full of those :-)
My Grandpa had quite a big stamp collection that I'll have to see if my Grandma still has :-) x

Modelmum said...

Oh tigerlilly - a lovely collection you have there.
My hubby is a philatelist! This is someone who deals in and collects stamps. He does the rare ones!

Louisa said...

Beautiful stamps!I used to have several penpals. I sometimes get wistful for the days when I would receive a personal hand written letters through the post. There is something so exciting about it that you don't get from a personal e-mail don't you think?

Twinsplustwo said...

Two of my boys love stamps and have recently started collecting. Such a great starting place for learning about Geography and so many other things!

Emma Cantrell said...

These are awesome! I think we have my Grandpa's stamp collection somewhere - I am going to ask my Dad to get it out for me to explore :-)

Jenny Kearney said...

I'm a member of #PostCircle and love to send and receive snail mail :)

Jen Walshaw said...

I have a lot of stamps and often wonder what to do with them. I love receiving mail

Vaichin @Rambling Through Pare said...

That is quite an impressive collection!

Emma Smith said...

I love looking through things like this. Collections are so fascinating!

Helen Actually Mummy said...

Yes! I love my old letters, and going through an elderly relative's letters is so interesting.
I wonder why it is that old people want to give you all their clutter? My Mum sends us home with so much stuff every time we visit!

Sarah Lewis said...

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Jenni said...

This is such a wonderful gift to share with Wilf. I know my son would love seeing all the pictures, especially the animals.
I love getting letters, I have been exchanging them with my American friends since 2008.

Sarah Bailey said...

My uncle used to collect stamps - he passed them onto me when I was a child - I used to love going through them and adding more, I still have the album somewhere you have made me want to dig it out and have another leaf through, I often wondered what the stamp was used for - what did the letter contain. x

bericebaby said...

This reminded me of an episode of Curious George. He hoovered up the stamps by accident thinking he was helping, bless him lol

I never knew people still did this - I never get exciting stamps just the normal plain ones or Christmasy ones.

Thanks for sharing hun :)

Lotte xo
BericeBaby - London Parenting & Lifestyle Blog

Kara said...

I collected dolls from all over the world as a child which used to make me question where they had come from. These will create great memories for you all

Cassie Hayes. said...

My favorite piece is the puppy chair. Way too cute. Perfect for my little one.

Michelle Ordever said...

I am sad at the decline of the written letter! I used to have lots of penpals back in the early 2000s, but then the internet hit us hard and things feel to the wayside as it was quicker to just send an email :(

I do love stamps though, and used to collect them as a kid - still have my book somewhere. Dad used to collect them too - he had a huge sack of stamps that needing sorting out and I used to love rummaging through to look at all the wonderful images.

sharon scott said...

Modern retro sweet

Charlotte said...

I miss real letters so much! So exciting to get post through the door rather than an email! x

Bek B said...

I used to write letters and receive them from friends every week. I remember getting so excited about them, such a shame. Now I get 200 emails a day but hardly any are as special as those letters I used to receive.

Elif said...

Wow this is an incredible collection! I've just recently organized my mothers collection and put all the stamps in a new stamp album I bought and it felt amazing to go through all of them. I even posted about it :) Check it out if you'd like :)

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fritha strickland said...

what a lovely blog you have! I couldn't find the post unfortunately :( still loved checking out your blog all the same :) x

Agata Pokutycka said...

I used to be stamps mad as a child... my parent kept all of them... and we still have them hidden somewhere is a safe spot :-)

Ordinary Cycling Girl said...

You've just brought back lovely memories of writing to my German pen pal when I was younger. I'd forgotten all about the anticipation of waiting to see a letter arrive with a foreign stamp and an airmail sticker on it. :)

Samantha Atherton said...

I love the Tan Barcelona Leather Chair

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I know it is the one you used for your blog post pictures but the white eames chair is actually my fave. I adore it!! Great giveaway xxx

Mummy Glitzer said...

Oh I used to love hand written letters. I keep meaning to get more into writing letters but I've no one to write to really! x

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