Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Stamps for the Memories

My Jim Henson (plus Muppets) stamps arrived yesterday. They're beautiful--10 stamps on the sheet featuring different Muppets, plus one special, eleventh stamp with Jim Henson's image.

According to the Henson Company website, Henson's first show began airing on local television in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago. I can hardly believe that. I was already in fourth grade when Sesame Street began airing, so I didn't learn to read or count via Muppet, but I've been a big fan forever. I loved the Muppet Show, which managed to be funny to both children and adults--a rare feat.

But now that I have my beautiful stamps, I can't bear to use them. Jim Henson died after a brief, but virulent, illness struck him down in 1990. Rumor has it he might have been saved if he'd just taken the time to go to the doctor, but I've heard that may be an urban myth. By all accounts, he wasn't just clever and creative, but kind and humane--sort of a non-green Kermit. Even now--15 years later--it feels like a sock to the gut to think about him and his early death. I tear up at the thought.

I think I'm going to display my stamps on a bookshelf, seen but not sent. I just can't imagine putting Henson onto an envelope and launching him into the unknown. That's not how you treat friends, even the kind you never actually met.

3 Comments:

Blogger David said...

Thanks for the heads up! I didn't know there were Henson stamps out there. I just ordered some from usps.com...and based your post, I got extra -- Some to save, and some to share (on letters) with friends.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

That is SO very cool. I don't think I would use them either. I hadn't realized there were SO many beautiful stamps out there, I wish that I had started collecting as a kid. I may try to encourage my son to do that....

11:08 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I'm like David--I use the USPS website. They have all the stamps in every format (rolls, sheets, etc.), so you're not limited to what's in stock at your local post office. It costs a dollar for delivery, but compared to the hassle of going to the P.O. just for stamps, I happily pay it.

I also got the new Greta Garbo stamps. They're stunning (just like Greta herself), but I don't have any emotional attachment to her, so I think those will actually get some use!

5:25 AM  

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