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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Tech: Full Motion Stamp

Developed by Dutch design studio Solar (, the stamps use twelve successive original television fragments of the winning races of Ard Schenk in Sapporo (1972) and Yvonne van Gennip in Calgary (1988). The stamps are available for 0,39 euro by order in The Netherlands." Go postal at to order yours.

AKI COMMENT: Our US Postal Service (and the whole US gov't for that matter) has got to start innovating around it's products and services! And that means digging deeper than another Minnie Mouse commemorative stamp or the ol' "let's raise the price on 'em" tactic. Go Netherlands.

Now imagine when kids get ahold of this idea and merge their Photoshop and iMovie Edit with a whole new market of user-created "limited editions" stamp series featuring everything from Tupac shooting gang signs, to Chris Farley doing the humptydance, to Darth Vader using the force will hit the reseller grey market at collectible prices...and the USPS will see little of the new dough (just like they see none of the collectible stamp resell dough as is). Pity the slow bureaucrats who are still brainstorming lame Muppet lick-stamps.

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Jack Yan said...

This is sophisticated stuff. I remember New Zealand doing three-frame ones a while back, and we all thought they were very clever. Now the movement here is toward personalized stamps: send up your photograph and have them back on stamps.
   I have been to a US post office, and while the staff there were nice, the process of sending items is confusing compared to other countries: I bought an envelope and I was told I needed to buy yet another envelope, of a slightly larger size, to put the first one into. (Incidentally, it never arrived.) Someone needs to rethink that: if the USPS thinks this is normal, then it needs to get wise.
   There are countless ways for philately to be innovative. I hope the United States attempts a few of these ideas.