Bird stamp

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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[edit]

  1. ^ Esten, Sidney (1941), "Birds on Stamps", Stamps, 35: 20 
  2. ^ a b Koeppel 2006, p. 14.
  3. ^ a b 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. 
  • Bleeker, Sonia (1966), The Golden Book of Bird Stamps 
  • Daly, Kathleen (1955), Bird Stamps 
  • Eriksen, Hanne; Eriksen, Jens (1996), Collect Birds on Stamps, Stanley Gibbons, ISBN 9780852594087 
  • Esten, Sidney (1954), Birds of the World on Stamps, American Topical Association 
  • Bird Stamps of All Countries with a Natural History of Each Bird, Grosset & Dunlap, 1935 
  • The World of Birds on Stamps, Hayes, 1975 
  • Jackson, Christine (1978), Collecting Bird Stamps, ISBN 0854931260 
  • Koeppel, Dan (2006), To See Every Bird on Earth: A Father, a Son, and a Lifelong Obsession, Penguin, ISBN 9781440627033 
  • Lant, Hugh (1975), Bird Stamps of the World Check-List, ISBN 0950476803 
  • Collect Birds on Stamps, Stanley Gibbons, 2002, ISBN 9780852595329 

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