Historic Postal Stamps & Stamp Collecting Films on DVD
Old USPS Picture Stamps US Postage Stamp Collection (1957)
In this video, you’ll hear about the market value of the “Inverted Jenny” being 4,000$….Nowadays it has reached a market value of very close to 1,000,000$. Yep, no typo here, one million dollar. 🙂
The Story Behind Stamps (1957) DVD Edition
An episode from a TV series titled World Through Stamps: The
Stories Behind Postage Stamps which aired in the 1950s.
Narrated by well-known CBS newsman Robert Trout, this 13-minute program
starts off talking about early attempts at long distance flights before
World War I.
It then goes into about how the U.S. government was only one that would
bankroll airplanes and developed the first airmail routes in 1918. They
also show an example of the first airmail stamp, along with the
infamous “upside down Jenny” stamp, which they quote as being worth
$4000. The story moves to the barnstormers who bought up surplus Jennys.
This and more than 60,000 other “ephemeral” (advertising, educational,
industrial, and amateur) films were archived by Rick Prelinger in New
York City beginning in 1993. In 2002, the film collection was
acquired by the Library
of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
To visit the Prelinger Archive, click here.
Source: The Stamp Collecting Round Up
This rare piece of history is a great documentation of aviation history as told through stamps. Terrific historical documentation of older stamps. This is a one-of-a-kind educational compilation.
- Actors: Robert Trout
- Directors: Thomas Craven
- Producers: Craven Film Corporation
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Quality Information Publishers, Inc.
- Run Time: 13 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B000J2YBQ8
- Publication Date : 2006
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Odd, but interesting. Great moments in aviation history as told through postage stamps.
Source: Philatelic Database
The History of Aviation Told Through Postage Stamps (1953)
The film was produced in 1953, apparently as part of a series, and features broadcast reporter Robert Trout as a host (and Groucho Marx lookalike). He explains that Lindbergh’s historic flight radically shifted the public perception of aviation. Before it, airplanes were considered to be “fit only for freight — and fools.”
This whimsical short film combines historic postage stamps and amazing archival footage to tell the story of early aviation, culminating in Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh began his career as a U.S. Air Mail pilot, flying a route between Chicago and St. Louis. When he completed his transatlantic flight, countries around the world printed stamps in celebration.
Source: The Atlantic
1. Reviewer: Spuzz
5.00 out of 5 stars
September 25, 2005
Subject: Yay Lindbergh!
Totally fun overview of the history of airplanes, told, yes, through stamps! My God! What a great idea! I LOVED this film! The film uses both archival clips and the stamps to weave our way through history. The narrator seems to love this idea too. Its quite obvious that this was a series, and I would like to see more of this pleaaaaaaaaase!! (Hint Hint Rick!) This is a MUST see on this site!
2. Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf
3.00 out of 5 stars
July 29, 2005
Subject: Extreme stamp collecting!
This film appears to be a syndicated 15 minute TV show from 1953 about the stories on stamps. This episode is called “New Horizons For Old” and covers primarily Lindbergh’s flight across the Atlantic in 1927.
The piece starts off talking about early attempts at long distance flights before World War I. It also talks about how the US government was only one that would bankroll airplanes and developed the first airmail routes in 1918. They also show an example of the first airmail stamp, along with the infamous “upside down Jenny” stamp, which they quote as being worth $4000 (and now worth several million). The story moves to the barnstormers who bought up surplus Jennys. This ties back into Lindberg, who got his start on this circuit before finally flying mail.
The piece is illustrated with many examples of period newsreels of planes. There is also discussion of the other people that attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1926 and why Lindbergh called his plane “The Spirit of St. Louis”.
Overall, a decent overview of the historic flight and some good footage of early airplanes. However, it’s fairly average in the end.
NEW HORIZONS FOR OLD By Alan Stern
Pan over CUs of various airmail stamps:
CU 1949 airmail stamp commemorating 45th anniversary of Wright Brothers flight
French stamp commorating July 25, 1908 Bleriot flight across English channel
VS old Bleriot plane taking off
VS old World War I-vintage planes, not clearly identified
VS World War I combat in air and anti-aircraft fire from ground
May 16, 1919: US Navy seaplane taking off from Newfoundland (NC4); one lands at Azores; two lost
CU New York Times page about trip
VS New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street ca. 1919
CU first airmail stamp Ð 24 cents of Curtiss Jenny in flight
CU inverted center stamp
VS Jenny flying, air-to-air
Spectators on ground looking up to sky, ostensibly watching air show
VS airshow activities
CU finger pointing at book, looking for specific passage; then specific passage outlined in The Spirit of St. Louis, by Charles A. Lindbergh
CU Lt. Commander Richard E. Byrd
Capt. Charles Nungesser
Clarence Chamberlin and Bert AcostaÕs plane
VS CUs other aviators
LS ByrdÕs plane crashing at Teterboro airport
Wreck of DavisÕs plane
NY Times headlines about loss of Nungesser and Coli
CU Charles Lindbergh in helmet, goggles and leather flying jacket
Spirit of St. Louis being rolled to airport
Lindbergh suiting up for flight, does final interviews
Lindbergh gets into Spirit of St. Louis
Lindbergh takes off from New York, very heavily loaded; finally wheels up (May 20, 1927)
Aerial over Rhode Island and Cape Cod
LS ocean waves (VS)
Coast of Nova Scotia
Wing against sky, over ocean
Rocky coast of Newfoundland
Clouds; fog enters frame from right
Night sky illuminated by moon
Lightning in night sky
Clouds seen from above
Flyby fishing boats on ocean
Coast of Ireland from air
Flying over England, buildings on coast
Night shot of Place de la Concorde
Night shot, people milling around airfield and running to plane
Nighttime mob (good)
Running figures on field
CU smiling Lindbergh in Paris
VS commemorative stamps honoring Lindbergh, issued by various nations
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