Anyway, it's Saturday evening and time for Sunday Stamps. Our theme this week is fantasy, especially children's fantasy. I have some fun and yes controversial stamps to share with you. First, a scan from the stamp booklet:
"Just before his eleventh birthday, a boy received a letter that would change his life.... and captivate the imaginations of fans for generations."
I am showing 8 of the 20 different stamps in this booklet. The stamps feature images from the series of movies - from the very first (the kids are so young!) to the most recent.
Now for the controversy. There is some talk that these stamps are "un-American." Let me quote from the LA Times:
"Some members of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, which for 56 years has researched and recommended subjects for new stamps, are upset after the Postal Service bypassed that panel in its decision to run 100 million Potter stamps, the Washington Post reports.
“Harry Potter is not American. It’s foreign, and it’s so blatantly commercial it’s off the charts,” said John Hotchner, a former president of the American Philatelic Society, who served on the committee for 12 years until 2010. “The Postal Service knows what will sell, but that’s not what stamps ought to be about. Things that don’t sell so well are part of the American story.”
But after declining revenue as Americans switch to the Internet, the USPS “needs to change its focus toward stamps that are more commercial,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe told the Post."
Oh dear. Well they are issued now and I think they will be popular.
Please join me with your fantastical stamps, of any sort.
Theme next week: No Sunday Stamps, I am taking the week off.
Theme two weeks from now: Olympics stamps, featuring Sochi or any other Games.