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Military 8x10 photo mat frame with vintage patriotic stamps honoring service members

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This mat honors the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with a selection of vintage stamps. These cancelled stamps were produced and used some time in the 1940s through early 1960s. Each stamp has an interesting history that you can read more about at https://arago.si.edu. Both your photo *and* your frame will be a conversation piece!

Each stamp is a miniature work of art. They are carefully preserved using stamp mounts, which are then attached to the back of the mat using tape. Clockwise, from the top left:
- 1957 stamp of the American flag with the words "Long May It Wave" below
- 1945 stamp issued to honor the U.S. Coast Guard
- 1961 stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty
- 1955 stamp honoring the five branches of the Armed Forces Reserve: Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, and Air Force
- 1945 stamp issued to honor the Army's 1944 parade through liberated Paris
- 1945 stamp issued to honor Marines at Iwo Jima

Use this unique mat to frame:
* a picture of a loved one, special event, or special place
* a menu, tickets, other scrapbook item
* a favorite quotation
* a post card, an old letter or a family heirloom
* a special piece of art

This mat would make an excellent gift for military service members and their families, veterans, stamp lovers, historians, graduates, students, teachers, retirees, and more. Give a truly one-of-a-kind birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, housewarming, retirement, or goodbye gift to that special person!

***NOTE: The outside dimensions of this mat are 8x10 inches, to fit into a 8x10 inch frame. The inside opening will fit a 4x6 inch photo.

Options:
- The mat can be placed and shipped in a simple frame for an additional $10. Please select "Mat with frame" in the dropdown box.
- I am happy to do custom orders! If you would like a different variety of military or patriotic stamps, featuring a different time period or different themes, please contact me and I'll see what I can do!

A bit of history: I handpicked these six stamps from a large collection of old stamps and used envelopes ("covers") that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother Winnie. In the years after World War II, Winnie worked for the U.S. State Department and the precursor to USAID. She traveled around the world and saved stamps from her own correspondence as well as those from friends who passed theirs on to her. Hundreds and hundreds of stamps came to us all jumbled up in a large dusty old box, and I spent weeks geeking out over each new find that I pulled out of the chaos. It took a long time to sort through the stamps, categorize them by country and/or theme, and curate the selection of the six stamps you see here. This mat is truly a labor of love.
This mat honors the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with a selection of vintage stamps. These cancelled stamps were produced and used some time in the 1940s through early 1960s. Each stamp has an interesting history that you can read more about at https://arago.si.edu. Both your photo *and* your frame will be a conversation piece!

Each stamp is a miniature work of art. They are carefully preserved using stamp mounts, which are then attached to the back of the mat using tape. Clockwise, from the top left:
- 1957 stamp of the American flag with the words "Long May It Wave" below
- 1945 stamp issued to honor the U.S. Coast Guard
- 1961 stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty
- 1955 stamp honoring the five branches of the Armed Forces Reserve: Marines, Coast Guard, Army, Navy, and Air Force
- 1945 stamp issued to honor the Army's 1944 parade through liberated Paris
- 1945 stamp issued to honor Marines at Iwo Jima

Use this unique mat to frame:
* a picture of a loved one, special event, or special place
* a menu, tickets, other scrapbook item
* a favorite quotation
* a post card, an old letter or a family heirloom
* a special piece of art

This mat would make an excellent gift for military service members and their families, veterans, stamp lovers, historians, graduates, students, teachers, retirees, and more. Give a truly one-of-a-kind birthday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, housewarming, retirement, or goodbye gift to that special person!

***NOTE: The outside dimensions of this mat are 8x10 inches, to fit into a 8x10 inch frame. The inside opening will fit a 4x6 inch photo.

Options:
- The mat can be placed and shipped in a simple frame for an additional $10. Please select "Mat with frame" in the dropdown box.
- I am happy to do custom orders! If you would like a different variety of military or patriotic stamps, featuring a different time period or different themes, please contact me and I'll see what I can do!

A bit of history: I handpicked these six stamps from a large collection of old stamps and used envelopes ("covers") that we inherited from my husband's great-grandmother Winnie. In the years after World War II, Winnie worked for the U.S. State Department and the precursor to USAID. She traveled around the world and saved stamps from her own correspondence as well as those from friends who passed theirs on to her. Hundreds and hundreds of stamps came to us all jumbled up in a large dusty old box, and I spent weeks geeking out over each new find that I pulled out of the chaos. It took a long time to sort through the stamps, categorize them by country and/or theme, and curate the selection of the six stamps you see here. This mat is truly a labor of love.

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Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
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  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Military 8x10 photo mat frame with vintage patriotic stamps honoring service members

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage stamps, stamp mounts, mat frames, tape, glue
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