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As a cataloger for the modern United States postage stamp collection I’ve seen a lot of stamps. In fact, I’ve seen every single stamp issued by the United States, all 4,967 of them! (You can see them all too here). Looking at the collection one thing that strikes me is the difference in design across decades. In the same way you can sometimes tell when a work of art was produced just by looking at it, you can often tell what decade a stamp was made based on the distinctive design. As an example, let’s look at the stamps from... Continue »