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Mail Art has been around for about four decades - and many strange and unusual rubber stamps, stamps, slogans and other pieces of art have been used to improve the items we send through the mail.
Artistamps are the artistic, often humerous, unofficial stamps used in mail art, produced as collectors items or as perforated political or artistic statements. Other terms used to describe such items are faux postage (if you are posh or like French), and cinderella stamps (if you are a stamp collector)
Artistamps were produced in Dry Drayton following the Dry Drayton 2000 Millennium local distinctiveness project. The village post office was lost, but with Dry Drayton postmarks and artistamps local people were able to put their village back on the map.
See our postal links page for other material on artistamps.
The work of American Artist Donald Evans is an inspiration to anyone interested in this field. See The World of Donald Evans, Willy Eisenhart, Abbeville Press, 1994.
An excellent recent publication on Artistamps is Artistamps, by James Warren Felter, Italy, 2000.