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US city art, urban art, 11x14 photo mat featuring vintage U.S. postage stamps

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Have you spent time traveling or living in many famous cities in the United States? Are you a fan of urban life? This distinctive 11x14 mat will frame your favorite 5x7 photo or souvenir with 12 colorful stamps featuring 12 different U.S. city names. These stamps are known as "precancels" because they were canceled with the name of the city and state before they were mailed. These stamps were produced in the first half of the 20th century. It's fun to collect stamps with the many different names of the cities where these stamps were precancelled -- allowing you to own a little piece of history and geography! Both your photo *and* your frame will be a conversation piece. To learn more about precancelled stamps, check out http://www.precancels.com/.

Each stamp is a miniature work of art. The stamps are carefully preserved using stamp mounts, which are then attached to the back of the mat using tape. Clockwise, from the top left:
- Philadelphia, PA
- New York, NY
- Baltimore, MD
- Saint Paul, MN
- Washington, DC
- Boston, MA
- Tampa, FL
- Houston, TX
- Brooklyn, NY
- Chicago, IL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Hollywood, CA

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 urban dwellers, stamp lovers, travelers, historians, geographers, international visitors, graduates, students, newlyweds, service members, 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 11x14 inches, to fit into a 11x14 inch frame. The inside opening will fit a 5x7 inch photo.

Options:
- The mat can be placed and shipped in a simple 11x14 frame for an additional $10. See photo. Please select "Mat with frame" in the dropdown box.
- I am happy to do custom orders! If you would like a different variety of city 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. These 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 -- love of travel, love of history, and love of design.
Have you spent time traveling or living in many famous cities in the United States? Are you a fan of urban life? This distinctive 11x14 mat will frame your favorite 5x7 photo or souvenir with 12 colorful stamps featuring 12 different U.S. city names. These stamps are known as "precancels" because they were canceled with the name of the city and state before they were mailed. These stamps were produced in the first half of the 20th century. It's fun to collect stamps with the many different names of the cities where these stamps were precancelled -- allowing you to own a little piece of history and geography! Both your photo *and* your frame will be a conversation piece. To learn more about precancelled stamps, check out http://www.precancels.com/.

Each stamp is a miniature work of art. The stamps are carefully preserved using stamp mounts, which are then attached to the back of the mat using tape. Clockwise, from the top left:
- Philadelphia, PA
- New York, NY
- Baltimore, MD
- Saint Paul, MN
- Washington, DC
- Boston, MA
- Tampa, FL
- Houston, TX
- Brooklyn, NY
- Chicago, IL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Hollywood, CA

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 urban dwellers, stamp lovers, travelers, historians, geographers, international visitors, graduates, students, newlyweds, service members, 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 11x14 inches, to fit into a 11x14 inch frame. The inside opening will fit a 5x7 inch photo.

Options:
- The mat can be placed and shipped in a simple 11x14 frame for an additional $10. See photo. Please select "Mat with frame" in the dropdown box.
- I am happy to do custom orders! If you would like a different variety of city 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. These 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 -- love of travel, love of history, and love of design.

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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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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
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US city art, urban art, 11x14 photo mat featuring vintage U.S. postage stamps

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  • Materials: vintage stamps, photo mat frame, stamp mounts, glue, tape
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