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Color + Design: The World's Most Valuable Stamps

Color + Design: The World's Most Valuable Stamps

Since the first self adhesive stamp (the Penny Black, made in 1840 featuring the bust of Queen Victoria) stamp designs have been one of the most highly visible designs in society, one that is particularly important since it represents the nation it comes from.

Today we are featuring some stamps from around the world that you will probably never come across, and if you did you would be quite happy because of their value, along with info about the history of stamp design.

The most common types of stamp designs are Portrait bust, Emblem, Numeric, or Pictorial.

Color & Stamps

Although multi-color printing was always possible, and may be seen on the earliest stamps of Switzerland, the process was slow and expensive, and most stamps were in one or two colors until the 1960s.

World's Most Valuable Stamps

Post Office Mauritius, 1847
It is estimated that fewer than 30 individual copies of these stamps have survived and they are valued at between $600,000 or more depending on the condition of the particular stamp being sold. In 1993 a cover bearing 2 of these stamps sold for a whopping $3.8 million, the highest price ever paid any philatelic item.

Sweden Three Skilling Banco, Yellow Color Error, 1855
The three skilling stamp (yellow color error) was issued in Sweden in 1855. Due to a printing error, this stamp is printed on yellow colored paper (meant for the eight skilling stamp of the same set) instead of the usual green color (used for the three skilling stamp). One copy of the yellow error variety of this stamp was found in 1885 by a young Swedish boy in his grandfather's collection.It is a one-of -a- kind rarity, as no other copies have been discovered to date. In 1996 the stamp was sold to an anonymous collector for $2.3 million at auction.

U.S. Franklin Z-Grill, 1867
This stamp is the rarest of all U.S. stamps, as only 2 copies are known to exist. These stamps depict a portrait of Benjamin Franklin and are embossed with a "Z-Grill" - being a pattern of tiny squares embossed into the paper and visible on the back of the stamps. The purpose of the "Z-Grill" was to permit the canceling ink to be absorbed into the stamp paper thus preventing those who wanted to cheat the post from washing out cancellation marks.The use of "Z-Grills" was not found to be practical and the practice was soon discontinued. An 1868 1 cent "Z-Grill" stamp sold for $930,000 in 1988.

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Color & Design In Sports: The NFL

Color & Design In Sports: The NFL

Here are the current color, logo and uniform designs of all 32 National Football League Teams. Many of the same team colors are used throughout this classic American sports league...

NFL Color Count:

White: 27 teams
Blue: 15 teams
Black: 11 teams
Red: 9 teams
Silver: 7 teams
Green: 4 teams
Gold: 4 teams
Orange: 4 teams
Purple: 2 teams
Brown: 1 team
Burgundy: 1 team
Teal: 1 team
Pewter: 1 team
Aqua: 1 team
Coral: 1 team




Buffalo Bills


Team Colors: Dark Navy, Scarlet Red, Royal Blue, White, Nickel
Mascot: Billy Buffalo
Owner: Ralph Wilson
Head Coach Dick Jauron
Conference Championships: (4) 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
League Chanmpionships: (2) 1964, 1965

Miami Dolphins

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Team Colors: Aqua, Coral, Navy Blue, White
Mascot: T. D.
Owner: H. Wayne Huizenga (50%) and Stephen M. Ross (50%)
Head Coach: Tony Sparano
Conference Championships: (5) 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984
League Championships: (2) 1972 (VII), 1973 (VIII)

New England Patriots

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Team Colors: Nautical Blue, Red, New Century
Mascot: Pat Patriot
Owner: Robert Kraft
Head Coach: Bill Belichick
Conference Championships: (6) 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007
League Championships: (3) 2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX)

New York Jets

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Team Colors: Hunter Green, White
Mascot: named after their relocation close to LaGuardia Airport where you could hear jets roaring overhead.
Owner: Woody Johnson
Head Coach: Eric Mangini
Conference Championships: (0)
League Championships: (1) 1968 (III)

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Vintage Color & Design: Japanese Matchbox Labels

Vintage Color & Design: Japanese Matchbox Labels

Here's some color inspiration by way of 1920 - 1940's Japan in the form of matchbox labels. Thanks to Mariad for sharing her grandfather's wonderful collection in this Flickr set. If you enjoy these Mariad, recommends the book "Matchbox Label Collection 1920s-40s." To see more Japanese matchbox labels check out this link.

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MASHIMA cherry_blossom_label

Mt._Fuji_Matchbox circular_rainbow

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Color & Design In Politics: Campaign Posters

Color & Design In Politics: Campaign Posters

Branding is an important part of any political campaign, but just as we rarely see candidates stray from the politics of their parties... rarely do we see them stray from the red, white and blue palette when branding their campaigns. However, there have been a few that have embraced other colors like yellow, green, black and variations of the standard U.S. blue. Today, we're taking a look at some of the earliest colored political campaign posters, and the posters of those candidates who have strayed from the usual palette.

Early U.S. Campaign Posters: 1844 - 1896

Grand National, Democratic banner 1844
Grand National, Whig banner 1848
Zachary Taylor, the nation's choice... 1847
Grand National, Democratic banner 1852
Grand National Republican banner 1856
Grand National Union banner 1864
National Democratic chart 1876
James A. Garfield & Chester A. Arthur 1880

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20 Colorful Concert Posters

20 Colorful Concert Posters

With a long and colorful history that dates back to the 60's, concert posters have moved far beyond their roots of simply informing people of when a band was playing, into a full scale art movement with shows of their own dedicated to the art.

Here are 20 colorful concert posters from some of my favorite designers and printers in the scene.

Delicious Design League
Delicious Design League
Delicious Design League
Delicious Design League
Delicious Design League
Steve Walters

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Color & Design In Politics: Obama

Color & Design In Politics: Obama

It's no big surprise that the art world tends to favor the left leaning candidate during a campaign, but what might be more surprising about this years election is the sheer number of artists who are rallying around and using their talents to support Barack Obama.

Well known artist like Shepard Fairey, Ron English, and so on... have brought the most attention to the 'Art for Obama' phenomenon, which is documented nicely in this Wall Street Journal Article, but it's not only well known artist showing their support with great design and art. The Obama camp itself brought in 29 pages of great designs in an open submission for their Tees by the People campaign, and Etsy has nearly 2000 items tagged Obama, not to mention the almost 10,000 items on Ebay. Obviously campaigns are big business for everyone, but the outpouring of support by the U.S. art and design community has made this one of the most colorful campaigns in history.

Here are 12 palettes inspired by many of these wonderful prints. By the way, today is the last day to register to vote.


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Vintage Color & Design: Premiere Issues

Vintage Color & Design: Premiere Issues

Another lovely flickr set from Joe Kral inspired this post (the last two can be seen here & here). This time we're taking a look at the premiere issues of some of the best design magazines.


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The Colors of Steven Meisel’s Vogue Patterns

The Colors of Steven Meisel’s Vogue Patterns

*editor's note 7/12/2011 | We didn't include the name or any information about the stylist involved in this shoot, Edward Enninful, who rightfully deserves much credit. Thanks to COLOURlover LIZAR for setting us straight. The original article is still below.

Last year, Vogue Italy asked Steve Meisel, known for his work with both U.S. and Italian Vogue and his collaboration with Madonna in "sex," to do something crazy. I don't know if that was the actual art direction but from the results of the shoot it very well could have been. The idiosyncrasies of Meisel created a complete sensory overload: overlapping colors and patterns scattered randomly across the frame pulled together by models sprawled across wearing similar or complimentary patterns to those underneath them, giving the appearance that they too, are a part of the aberrant fashion quilt. And within these seas of color there are a great number of palette possibilities.

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Vintage Design: European Graphic Design 1950 - 1970

Vintage Design: European Graphic Design 1950 - 1970

I found this great post at DEVKICK with a nice selection of posters and other artwork from the golden ages (1950-1970) of European graphic design. And, of course, great design means great color... check out the inspiring work below, and click over to the original post for more.

Grafix Holtman
Taptoe Delft
Franco Grignani
Almar Mavignier
Jauna Gaita 1

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Fall Colors 2008: CL Vs. Pantone Vs. Nature

Fall Colors 2008: CL Vs. Pantone Vs. Nature

With the official start of fall (September 22nd) quickly approaching, we thought it was time to check out this year's fall color predictions from a few different sources, and watch to see what color actually appear this upcoming season.

So, today were going to take a look at the colors from the Pantone Fashion Color Report fall 2008, the current top colors on COLOURlovers, along with mother nature's picks.

Pantone Color Report fall 2008 vs Current CL Top Colors

They may have been officially decided during fashion week back in February by some of the top designers and Pantone's experts, but we all know that fashion designers are not the only ones picking the colors. Surprises from the streets, pulled from thrift and vintage shops, along with those forgotten colors buried in the back of unorganized closets, and others, pulled from the pile you swore three months ago you were going to donate, all reemerge bringing unexpected colors to the season.

Here at COLOURlovers we decide when fall actually roles around and we can look to see what everyone thinks are the current best colors. And since the fall is technically not here yet, maybe we can assume that the current top CL colors are still a little warm, and we'll see some of these colors cool down while others emerge on top as September 22nd roles around.

"Serving as a wonderful base color, Shady Glade delivers a natural elegance to the fall palette. Taking green in an interesting direction with its true green characteristics, this hue is a departure from greens of seasons past, which have had distinctively yellow undertones."
Nothing says love like the green surgical gloves of a doctor going inside you body holding a very sharp tool.
"Twilight Blue, a twist on a classic navy, shows the transitional aspect of spring segueing into fall."
The perfect color for hiding from any sort of witch on a cold fall night. Just make sure you know which witch is which.
“Blue Iris, a beautifully balanced blue with an undertone of
purple, is a favorite among designers, as it combines the calming aspects of blue with the mystical and spiritual qualities of purple.”
It's close to blue iris, but a little bolder, like if the ball rolled over the blue irises.
“Reds are a steadfast favorite for fall and Aurora Red is no exception. Versatile and universally appealing, this true red adds a splash of energy to the palette.”
It's close to a mix of Aurora Red and Burnt Orange but maybe with a little Barry White, a fireplace and a chilly fall evening thrown in.

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