Air Mail Dore

“Him the Almighty Power
Hurled headlong flaming from th’ ethereal sky,
With hideous ruin and combustion, down
To bottomless perdition, there to dwell
In adamantine chains and penal fire,
Who durst defy th’ Omnipotent to arms.”

—  “The Fall of Lucifer” by Gustave Doré, 1866, for John Milton’s Paradise Lost, re-imagined as a Russian air mail stamp

Mail Art, 1898

dentist stamp

From The Englishman Who Posted Himself and Other Curious Objects (2010) by John Tingey, a mailing using a “publicity stamp” as part of the address. The addressee was G. Forster, a dentist who used the stamps to publicize his practice, and also the cousin of Reginald Bray, the above-referenced Englishman who delighted in sending cryptic postcards. At this time, such stamps were also popular in Germany.

Faux Kong


When the film King Kong first appeared in theaters, the studio sent the poster to theater owners in an envelope with faux postage from Skull Island. I’m delighted that one survived long enough to appear on the Internet.