Collect the Whole Set

RadioNews_EkkoStamps

During the early days of radio broadcasting, the ability for a radio set to receive distant signals was a source of pride for many listeners, who mailed “reception reports” to broadcasters in hopes of getting a letter in return to verify they’d heard the distant station. To save time, stations took to sending postcards that acknowledged reception. Collecting these QSL cards – named for the 3-letter code that confirmed receipt of a transmission – became popular.

In the mid-1920s, the EKKO stamp company – its name a play on “echo” – provided each station with a postage-like stamp with its call letters; the station could then send their stamp with or as a verification. Avid listeners could hear many stations around the country, and began collecting the stamps; EKKO sold a stamp album to collectors to encourage the hobby. And Radio News, in February of 1925, made EKKO stamps its cover subject.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s