Going Postal

Going Postal

You may recall that in the spring I acquired several envelopes of vintage postage stamps once belonging to my great grandfather and I was casting about, trying to figure out what to do with them.

In the interim, my dad found some more of them in a filing cabinet, and now I have lots.

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It took me a good hour to sort them from his weird Scottish code to something that I could understand.

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And now I’m going to show you two things I did with them.  I’m sure I’ll do more in the future.

The first idea I had was to enlarge two of the stamps I liked very much.  To do this, I took a close-up photo of each using my macro lens and some bright light.  I was originally going to scan them instead, but I found they lost a lot of their depth that way.

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This is my improvised light box: a bright window, a white sheet of board, and a clean surface.

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I touched up the images to improve the contrast and remove imperfections. I love the sheer size of my new computer screen for doing this. No more sticking my nose to the screen!

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After alterations:

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So here are the two I want to blow up. The mountain goat:

Mountain Goat 1956

And Expo 67.  You can see that by taking a photo instead of scanning you can pick up the slightly raised red ink on the expo67 and the 5.

Expo 67

Then I had the Pie take the images to our university’s printing services and he came home with these nice big printouts.  I bought a special pair of scrapbooking scissors at Michael’s that resembles the edges of a postage stamp, so I cut out the stamp image to look like a giant stamp.

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Then I simply inserted it in a photo frame of the appropriate size and shape.

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This extra one is for Rusty, because he’s an ice maker (and does curling ice), so I thought he would like it.  Three stacked one on top of the other I think makes the colour contrasts stand out nicely.

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The other thing I did involved a stamp series, which I simply placed in a collage on black paper (for contrast) and inserted in the frame.

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This is actually two series together, both of Queen Elizabeth, both representing certain elements of Canadian culture and industry.

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For added interest, I did a little research on each stamp (Collections Canada has a comprehensive list) and printed out the information to accompany each framed picture.

Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

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