Jan/Feb 2019 edition
Issue #3 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
Tiny, But unique and very collectible!
Many people are unfamiliar with these exquisite gems known as poster stamps: non-denominated stamps, not used for postage, but created to advertise a product or event. In many cases, these stamps (generally, but not always perforated) are miniatures of actual posters. At the height of their popularity, in the days before radio and television, they were a powerful advertising tool.
Poster stamps with many topics first appeared on the scene in the late 1800s, primarily to advertise exhibitions. The 1900 “Paris Exposition” ushered in a golden era for this particular form of advertising label. According to available information; in these early years, more than 100,000 different images were produced in Germany alone. U.S. manufacturers of many diverse products, as well as European businesses, had some of the era’s most gifted graphic designers and poster artists create wonderful images. Many later issued to coincide with the 1915 “Pan-Pacific International Exposition” held in San Francisco.