The Philatelic Museum of Oaxaca

25 May 2019  Sat

Museo de Filatelia de Oaxaca is a wonderful philatelic museum in Mexico which is known for its outstanding collection. The permanent exhibition at the museum showcases more than 200,000 stamps which are stored inside large shelves. The world’s most coveted piece of stamp like the Penny Black is also showcased at the exhibition. One shelf contains stamps issued during War, another one is dedicated to commemorative stamps from history. A map shows important stamps from every country of the world. The collection of fluorescent stamps is also very fascinating. Alfredo Harp Helu had initially organised a temporary stamp exhibition to showcase his own collection. He later donated his collection for a permanent exhibition. That’s how Museo de la Filatelia Oaxaca came into existence.

One stamp was issued for a trip by the famed American aviation pioneer and author, Amelia Earhart. It was not sold because the ink had to be bought from the US. A parody stamp was created by philatelists featuring a black cat and the text “Emilia Sin Hearth”, meaning Emilia without Heart.

A collection of baseball player Forrest “Spook” Jacobs, containing stamps related to baseball is another thing to look out for. Seven stamps from the collection are autographed by Babe Ruth. A collection of David Braun contains stamps featuring bridges from around the world.

Another highlight is a series of letters that were written by Frida Kahlo to her doctor Leo Eloesser, explaining the artist’s symptoms. Stamps issued since 1904 to combat Tuberculosis; the first stamp issued in Mexico etc. are also presented here. A section is dedicated to artists who created works of art with postage stamps.

Visit philamart to view and purchase variety of stamps from all over the world.

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