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Thursday, February 4, 2010
A Million Postage Stamps
The postcard above is a photoshop manipulation but the hundred-year-old story that it commemorates is the real deal. "A Million Postage Stamps," the story of Mrs. Lottie D. Miles of Hudson, Massachusetts, was written around 1900 by W. Irving Bullard for The New England Home Magazine. Click on the pages to enlarge and read.
After her first ten thousand stamps were destroyed by fire, Mrs. Miles labored for 25 years to amass one million stamps. Tied into bundles of 100 stamps each, the collection filled a trunk and a bureau drawer. It was estimated that if the stamps were spread over a surface with edges touching, they would cover nearly 5 acres, or a space one-fifth as large as the Boston Public Garden.
As a child, she did not take much interest in the craze of postage stamp collecting. But her belief that the person who should amass a million canceled stamps would be eligible for a free bed in a government hospital or some "old ladies" home fueled her labor for over twenty-five years.
At the time of her interview, Mrs. Miles intended to continue collecting until she had another million canceled stamps on which she hoped to support herself during her old age.
Another one of Mrs. Miles' fads was to save twine on a large ball (see photo above) which she employed for tying the stamps into bundles. She was quoted as saying: "Some day when I have nothing else to do, I shall start in and take the paper off the back of each stamp, and do them up perfectly clean, so that they will be more compact." I wonder if she achieved her goal.
When I came across this article, I knew I would have to share it with you for Postcard Friendship Friday!