Stamps in Love

Per Gustafson

As the postcard craze spread across the world in the early 1900s, numerous innovative ideas emerged about the design and use of postcards. One idea was to use the stamps on the cards for sending secret messages, and to print postcards with ”keys” to such messages. These ”stamp language” cards show postage stamps in different positions associated with different messages, usually about love and affection. This exhibit shows the variety of stamp language cards that were in use in Europe before WWI. The exhibit is shown as a pdf file. (Version Ienecopia 2019)


An earlier version of the exhibit, shown at the virtual exhibition Ruhrvia 2017, is available at the ”Exponate Online” site of the German Philatelic Association. Link to the exhibit at Ruhrvia 2017.