Your Guide to a Potential U.S. Schoolhouse Postage Stamp!
Here's a thought. Don't you think it's about time we apply to honor our nation's first public schools, our very schoolhouses, on a United States Postage Stamp? Last year I visited the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston, Massachusetts situated on the campus of Regis College. It's one of only two museums in the country dedicated to U.S. postage stamps and collecting. The other and larger museum is The National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.
I asked the very knowledgable docent if he ever remembered a stamp dedicated to "one-room" or "country schools." He was stumped! He had been collecting stamps or curating the museum for decades and has handled millions of stamps. He thought NOT. The existence of such stamps can be researched, but I got sidetracked since my visit and it sits on my To Do list.
Thought for the day....CSAA will be the perfect organization to initiate the process and it's not that complicated! We touched on the subject back in 2019 and then COVID hit (always COVID!). Attached you'll find the CREATING U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS digital guide while we generate interest in such a project with renewed vigor. The process can take almost three years from approval to issuance, so we will exercise patience.
Criteria: America or American related subjects. Subject has significant positive impact on American history, society, culture, or environment. (WOW! That's us!) Widespread national appeal.(Everyone goes to school!)
Interested parties must submit the idea and the narrative on why, but the Postal Service commissions the artists.
Applicants are allowed to submit"samples" in print form, but cannot submit artwork or photos for SPECIFIC consideration as a stamp. CSAA could solicit the best schoolhouse photos of our CSAA members as "samples." A wonderful honor!
Quite an interesting process. Check out the guide below.