OK, this is a few days later than I had planned, but oh well! This last week of summer before the kids start school is crazy…
Here are some pics of the BOXES of OLD letter stamps that I purchased recently at an estate sale. Some of the sets are complete, and some are just missing a few letters. I think that they are so gorgeous, and I love thinking about how they were used. The family owned a portrait studio (I also have old glass negatives!) in Downtown Detroit in the ’30’s and ’40’s, plus another retail business. Whoever was into using these stamps accumulated a lot of them.
He or She was very interested in any kind of printing, as I also found 2 boxes full of woodblock-mounted metal stamps, some copper. Some were made from photos, others look like they were ads. I don’t think they had a newspaper, but who knows. The sale also had lots of hand-carved block-stamps, but they were a bit pricey for me. Worth every penny, I’m sure, as a dealer bought all of them at once, but too much for me. I think I’ve used my estate sale budget for the year on this sale!!
I put a light layer of babypowder on the blocked stamps, so you could see the images. They would be so gorgeous on display, or just think of all of the creative ways you could alter them!
Lastly, here’s beautiful set of antique carving tools. Most were made by Ezra Bowman and Co., Lancaster, PA, patented March 12, 1889. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try to clean them up or let whoever buys them give it a try. I haven’t carved any kind of block since college, but I couldn’t leave them!