stamps are just what their name suggests: posters in
the form of postage stamps. Small, colorful, appealing to
all, the first poster stamps to appear are generally credited
to printers from Germany who called them reklame marken.
In the United States, businesses first benefited from poster
stamps, using them for advertising purposes. They were distributed
by the thousands, cost little, and reached a wide audience
easily. Subsequently, they were used to promote expositions,
sporting events, charities, and other activities of public
interest. By 1915, Americans were avid collectors. During
World War II, civil organizations used poster stamps for
patriotic purposes. Prominent artists lent their talents
to designing poster stamps, including Edward Penfield, Maxfield
Parrish and and Rockwell Kent.
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