It’s National Geography Awareness Week. Geography is one of the first topics we learn about as school children. And it is when we begin to discover that the World we live in is a much larger place than we were previous aware. In school, we learn of distant cultures perhaps with special bias toward differences as an educational tactic. But upon postage stamps we see first the similarities.
While some topics may always remain a bit too taboo for art to adorn a nation’s postage, we see common points of interest like children, national movements toward social change, great leaders, and holiday themes. Of course, we also see diversity in the art of postage stamps. But it is those topics with which we can identify from which we really begin to learn. For example, look in any mushroom topical stamp selection and you’ll likely see species that you’ve never seen before that are indigenous to the stamp’s issuing country. Why do they only survive in location they do? These are the types of questions that begin to entertain and educate the mind. Geography is just one of the many obvious topics one can learn through the World’s most fascinating hobby — Stamp Collecting.