Bird stamp

Since the advent of manned flight, postal services have used birds as a common illustration for air mail stamps.[1]

A bird stamp is a postage stamp that illustrates one or more birds. It is a popular theme in topical stamp collecting.[2]

Birds started appearing on stamps by 1875, when Japan issued a series of three stamps bearing stylized illustrations of the three species Motacilla alba, Accipiter gentilis and bean goose.[3][4] The first United States bird stamp, depicting an eagle with wings outspread, was issued in 1911 to pay the registration fee and were not valid for regular letters.[5] The UK issued its first in honor of "Nature Week" in 1963.[3] As of 2003, over 10,000 bird stamps had been issued around the world.[6]

A prominent collector is Chris Gibbins whose collection of over twelve thousand stamps portrays about three thousand species.[2] Organisations that cover this field include the American Topical Association and The Bird Stamp Society.[7]

References and sources

  1. Esten, Sidney (1941), "Birds on Stamps", Stamps, 35: 20
  2. 1 2 Koeppel 2006, p. 14.
  3. 1 2 Malcolm Ogilvie, "Birds on Stamps", Birds of Britain: The Monthly Web Magazine for Birdwatchers, March 2002.
  4. "1875 Bird definitive stamps of Japan". Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  5. Aeschliman, David H. "US Stamps: Registered & Certified Mail". Stamp-Collecting-World. Retrieved 2015-11-17.
  6. Stanley Gibbons catalog listing for Collect Birds on Stamps 5th Edition Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. "The Bird Stamp Society brings bird stamp collectors together". The Bird Stamp Society. 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-17.

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