My grandfather was a big-time philatelist. During the 1960s, when stamp collecting was still a common hobby, he owned a small store which sold collectible American stamps. His passion, however, was always European stamps and to this day his collection from the tiny country Liechtenstein is one of the best anywhere.
Given all that, I have a special place in my heart for a well-designed and thoughtfully used stamp. And as hand-written notes slowly start to disappear (the possibility of a future with no snail mail at all is absolutely horrifying to me), I feel that receiving a pretty note in the mail is all the more exciting and meaningful. Mara's offer of hand-calligraphed valentines mailed with these lovely vintage stamps thus makes me very very happy. I love her stamp combinations, making up mini "narratives", and know that they would look wonderful paired with her beautiful script (which I posted about here).