A few days ago I came across a stamp from Cyprus that was created to raise money for a Refugees Fund, being applied on every letter that is being sent. While looking at this it struck me that stamps can be much more then I thought before: a way of helping to make the world a little better.
After some research I’ve found that stamps were used throughout time for social causes in many countries and many ways, from raising awareness campaigns, to encouraging good behaviors or bringing tribute to people who made a difference for the others.
Here are a few examples of stamp campaigns that are trying to achieve this:
Aids Solidarity Campain:
AIDS is major threat to humanity today. Recognizing the need to spread awareness about this fatal disease, countries like India, China, US, Russia, Belarus have released a series of stamps dedicated to this subject.
Alert postage stamp for missing children:
AMBER Alert stamp honors a program dedicated to the rapid recovery of abducted children. This stamp has the purpose of informing even citizen of the AMBER Alert program (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response), to make a difference in the safety of a child.
Rosa Parks Stamp:
For those of you who do not know, Rosa Park was one of the enduring figures of the Civil Rights movement. She refused to cede her seat in the colored section of the Montgomery bus to a white man after the whites-only section filled up. Her defiance and the ensuing black boycott of the city bus system helped the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. rise to national prominence.
I’ve found these stamps impressive but there are many others. Maybe I’ll talk about them in future posts..