DISCOVER THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF AMERICA THROUGH ITS BEAUTIFUL AND DIVERSE POSTAGE STAMPS IN THIS EXUBERANT AND ALWAYS CHARMING HISTORY.
In A History of America in Thirty-six Postage Stamps, Chris West explores America's own rich philatelic history. From George Washington's dour gaze to the charging buffalo of the western frontier and Lindbergh's soaring biplane, American stamps are a vivid window into our country's extraordinary and distinctive past. With the always accessible and spirited West as your guide, discover the remarkable breadth of America's short history through a fresh lens.
On their own, stamps can be curiosities, even artistic marvels; in this book, stamps become a window into the larger sweep of history.
LIBERTY, PROPERTY, AND NO STAMPS!
George III of Great Britain Revenue Stamp, 1765
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA began with a stamp. This one.
There had been, of course, other American beginnings....
Praise for A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
“West Makes a laudable effort to put each stamp in its historical context....The strengths of the book are the anecdotes and pieces of Americana that West sprinkles throughout the text...West is optimistic about the future of the mail, and of stamps. I hope he's right, for the sake of the generations fo collectors to come.” —Buffalo News
“West begins with the Stamp Act of 1765 and marches steadily forward, offering a swift history of the United States with key events illustrated by (or occasioned by) a postage stamp from the era.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Clever, quirky...This is a lovely book. And not just for philatelists.” —The Cleveland Plain Dealer on A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
“West treats each entry more like a riffing conversation than a lecture....And since each chapter is just a handful of pages long, it's easy to jump around and explore, making for diverting and educating reading.” —Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps
“Each classic, lovingly designed stamp is presented in full color, revealing it to be both a work of art and a tantalizing window into the character and spirit of its era.” —The Guardian (London) on A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps