Has old age finally caught up with me? Have I changed to the point where I would not recognise my current self if was I five years younger? Two years younger? Or, ten years younger? Definitely not from when I was a fighty teen. Maybe I have had my head been turned by a well thought out argument and I am a more open person, reaching self fulfilment on (I believe it was called) Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs? Maybe I am full of poo and needed to inspect myself before I wreck myself?

Either way, I bought my own personal opening of a collection of a low-overhead, highly accessible, part history / part collectibles.

I will never be “A Collector.” Instead, I will scout the deepest parts of the web to forge and find “Inspiration Nuggets.”

I am, unfortunately admitting that I bought some beautiful stamps on eBay. Can I walk you through them…

This is the Emblems of Association Members, a German stamp from 1980. It was designed by Karl Oskar Blase.

I look forward to receiving this, I am unsure of the scale of it so it will be interesting to see how the smaller details show. I am looking forward to holding a piece of design history that cost less than the price of a pint.

Here is another Postal decal (shall I call them “stamps”?).

This beauty is to commemorate the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sofia, German Democratic Republic! These are coming from America, I believe.

Classic design for less than the price of a pint!

And, the above beauties come from the Netherlands!

They are food welfare stamps – from 1970! The designer who came up with them was Ootje Oxenaar. I am unsure if there is much more of his work surviving, but I now have a mission to hunt it down…

These bad boys as from the USSR – they were designed to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of scientific experiments in space.

But, then I stumble across this following job lot….

A complete years worth of collectable-entry-points-in-to-the-physical-history-of-graphic-design. I admit I was only after the middle one, the one from Federal Republic commemorating the Bundesgartenschau in 1977, as designed by Otto Rieger.

So, I have a new passion – I am building a collection of collectable-entry-points-in-to-the-physical-history-of-graphic-design.

I will report back sometime soon – I am unsure of what I have been buying, if I have been conned, or they will arrive. I am just going on the aesthetic appeal. And, I will not tire of that. For the price of three beers in the local, I now have something quite pleasing.


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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