Thursday, July 2, 2015

HUMMINGBIRD STAMPS/ Faux Postage Stamps by Eric Whollem/ FANTASY STAMP COVERS



INTERNATIONAL HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS COURIER
Binklish Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp sheet
copyright by the artist

HUMMINGBIRD MAIL

Can hummingbirds deliver the mail? Ask the postmaster of the Vuyana Post Office and the answer is yes.

In Vuyana a small flock of four hummingbirds, each holding a corner of a piece of mail fly in unison.
They are rewarded with half a penny each as pay for each delivery....which is a lot to a hummingbird, who can buy a body's weight of red pollen from the bougainvillea bush for that amount.



HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS MAIL
Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist




INTERNATIONAL HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS
Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist

HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS MAIL
City of the Moon
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist




INTERNATIONAL HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS
Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist



HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS MAIL
Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist



HUMMINGBIRD EXPRESS MAIL
City of the Moon
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

PARAPHILATELIC ART MAIL/ Hummingbird Express Courier Mail by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS from the City of the Moon and Binklish Vuyana



POSTCARD TO EMPEROR BINKEL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist

SCARABEUS BINKEL AND GOVERNOR TOM

Scarabeus Binkel, the Emperor of the Binklish Empire, after being lost for a time in the jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands, came at long last to a curious place called the City of the Moon. Binkel had run low on Parrot Post stamps, so requested more avian express stamp stock from the Governor of Binklish Vuyana. Governor Tom surprised Scarabeus by sending him an assortment of Hummingbird Express Mail stamps. 


LETTER FROM EMPEROR BINKEL
requesting more avian courier stamps from Vuyana
as he had run out of Parrot Post stamps
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist



STAMPS FROM THE CITY OF THE MOON
Terra Expeditionary Force/ Time Traveler Issue
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp sheet
copyright by the artist


POSTCARD TO EMPEROR BINKEL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist


A POSTCARD TO THE GOVERNOR OF VUYANA
from Emperor Binkel
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist


POSTCARD TO EMPEROR BINKEL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist


POSTCARD TO THE GOVERNOR OF VUYANA
from Emperor Binkel
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist


POSTCARD TO EMPEROR BINKEL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist


POSTCARD FROM EMPEROR BINKEL
to the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
paraphilatelic art mail
copyright by the artist

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MICRONATIONAL FLAGS/ Heraldry of the Binklish Empire by Eric Whollem/ Faux Postage Stamps/ A MAP OF SCARABEUS BINKEL'S EXPLORATIONS OF THE BARBARU COAST



FLAG OF EAST MERREMINDE
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist


FLAG OF BARBARU STAJT
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist



FLAG OF BINKLISH VUYANA
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist



STANDARD OF THE FLAGSHIP,
The Flower of June
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist




INLAND REVENUE STAMP OF BINKLISH VUYANA
showing the Flower of June,
Flagship of the Empire
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist


FLAG STAMPS OF THE BINKLISH EMPIRE
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp sheet
copyright by the artist 



MAP OF SCARABEUS BINKEL'S EXPLORATION
of the Barbaru Coast,
location of the Binklish Empire
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist


COAT OF ARMS OF THE BINKLISH EMPIRE
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist

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Monday, June 29, 2015

PARAPHILATELIC ART MAIL/ Parrot Courier Mail from Scarabeus Binkel, Lost in the Jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands by ERIC WHOLLEM/ Faux Postage Stamps


PARROT COURIER MAIL
from Scarabeus Binkel,
lost in the jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist


PARROT COURIER RELAY MAIL
from the Governor of Vuyana
showing his new Samuel Allen Taylor stamps
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist



PARROT COURIER MAIL
from Scarabeus Binkel,
lost in the jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist



PARROT COURIER RELAY MAIL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist



PARROT COURIER MAIL
from Scarabeus Binkel,
lost in the jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist



PARROT COURIER RELAY MAIL
from the Governor of Vuyana
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist



MAP STAMP SHOWING THE ROUTE OF
Scarabeus Binkel
through the jungle after his ship was lost at sea
Binklish Vuyana Post Office
2015
Eric Whollem
faux postage stamp
copyright by the artist



PARROT COURIER MAIL
from Scarabeus Binkel,
lost in the jungles of the Barbaru Hinterlands
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art fantasy cover
copyright by the artist

EFFRODAATI
faux postage stamp from Koodli Kwata Paak
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist



EFFRODAATI
faux postage stamp sheet
from Koodli Kwata Paak
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist

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Friday, June 26, 2015

SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR/ Father of American and Canadian Faux Postage Stamps/ THE HISTORY OF ARTISTAMPS


SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
local post fantasy stamp from Binklish Vuyana
2015
byEric Whollem
cyberstamp edition
copyright by the artist


SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
local post fantasy stamp from Binklish Vuyana
2015
by Eric Whollem
cyberstamp edition
copyright by the artist


SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
Father of American and Canadian Faux Postage Stamps

Not many people have heard of Samuel Allen Taylor (1838-1913), the creator of the first stamp newspaper in America, the Stamp Collector's Record that began in 1864 and ran for forty editions.  He was a pharmacist by profession, but operated a small stamp shop out of the corner of his pharmacy. He is known for having created about 5000 stamps in his lifetime. These range from cheap copies of Confederate stamps to unusual items such as fantasy Canadian College Fund poster stamps, loosely based on British College Fund stamp prototypes. Taylor was from Scotland, but moved to America. During the Civil War he moved to Canada, but returned to America after the war.

Taylor sold many of his stamp fantasies to collectors as album fillers, as even in his day, the cost of stamps in the philatelic marketplace was exorbitant at times. When I was a kid I had a similar set of Confederate stamp reproductions purchased from a modern stamp dealership; and I bought them knowing full well that they were reproductions. A forgery is a stamp created to fool people into thinking it is an original. But in the 19th century, many stamp collectors had strict ideas about stamps. Thus he came to be castigated as a stamp forger.

The Samuel Allen Taylor Society, a group dedicated to the study of Taylor's stamps, recognized that many of Taylor's stamps are 'bogus.' Technically a 'bogus' stamp is a faux stamp created to ostensibly represent an issue of a legitimate stamp issuing post office, whereas a 'forgery' is an exact copy of a stamp intended to deceive either a post office or a stamp collector. Today many artistamps are bogus stamps, or pretend issues from various actual countries, but no one can seriously refer to any such fantasies as 'forgeries.'

Taylor created a faux postage stamp for Paraguay before Paraguay had ever issued a stamp.

And Samuel Allen Taylor even created faux charity stamps...stamps for the non-existant Little Woman's Aid Society. His imagination knew no bounds; and he ventured into many new areas with his phantom issues.

In his day United States postage stamps were absolutely forbidden territory when it came to doing reproductions, as these would have been construed as forgeries for use in the mail. But Taylor liked printing stamps, so he created a range of fantasy take offs on local city dispatch posts, or local courier stamps. These were not forgeries, but either album fillers, or done for fun. He sold them for pennies.
But the strict stamp collectors of his day thought that these were 'forgeries,' as no one  had ever heard of artistamps, or faux postage stamps back in the 1860's.  Today faux postage stamp creators everywhere create local post fantasies. Taylor was ahead of his time.



SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
local post fantasy stamp from Binklish Vuyana
used on a Parrot Relay postcard
2015
by Eric Whollem
cyberstamp edition
copyright by the artist


In the spirit of Taylor's fantasy stamps, I created a take-off on a famous British Guiana stamp, as seen on the postcard above. The Latin text on my stamp is completely absurd. and the stamp is denominated at One Scent postage. This is a modern faux postage stamp, or artistamp. But if I had created this back in the 19th century, like Taylor I would be considered a forger! LOL

I also created a fantasy Binklish Vuyana parrot post stamp, styled along the lines of British Guiana stamps. Scarabeus Binkel, an imaginary figure, was the founder of what I call the Binklish East Merreminde Company. He was a stamp dealer out of his home county, Binkel County. I have many paraphilatelic fantasy stamps based on stories of his philatelic explorations of the Barbaru Coast. LOL



SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
local post fantasy stamp from Binklish Vuyana
2015
by Eric Whollem
cyberstamp edition
copyright by the artist


TAYLOR'S UTAH TERRITORIAL STAMP FANTASIES

One of the most fun editions of faux postage stamps by Taylor were his Utah Territorial stamps. Now Utah never issued any postage stamps, but over the years, like most states, Utah has issued revenue  stamps.

Taylor had the audacity to issue these stamps when Brigham Young was still alive. Brigham Young was the creator of an idea for a Mormon Nation State which he called Deseret. There never have been any Deseret stamps, but Taylor's Utah fantasy stamps did cause a bit of an inconsequential stir back in Utah.

What is interesting to note is that many of Samuel Allen Taylor's Utah Territorial stamps were forged by stamp forgers! There certainly is a bit of irony here.

Taylor created many color varieties of his Utah stamps, and they are attractive editions depicting Brigham Young.




SAMUEL ALLEN TAYLOR
local post fantasy stamp from Binklish Vuyana
2015
by Eric Whollem
cyberstamp edition
copyright by the artist

DOES WIKIPEDIA NEGLECT TAYLOR'S STORY?

If you go today to Wikipedia's article on Artistamps, Taylor's name is not so much as mentioned. Mention is made of Raoul Hausmann, the founder of the Dadaist Movement, who is said to have created a prototypical artistamp in 1919. This was an imperforate photomontage on a postcard. Hausmann was a collage artist, and his collages that feature stamps are historically important when talking about the roots of Mail Art, a modern movement that had it's heyday in the 1970's and 1980's, but with some early examples appearing in the 1960's.

But the Hausmann 'artistamp' just mentioned is nowhere comparable to the handcrafted works of Samuel Allen Taylor, whose faux postage creations of the mid-nineteenth century logically should go down in history as pivotal in the development of artistamps; but perhaps not, if you follow what I have to say below, pardoning my various digressions.

Also I should mention that some beautiful artist stamps were created by artists from the Vienna Secession, years before Hausmann's photo portrait 'stamp.' The Vienna Secession was a group of progressive artists who wanted to break away from the conservative art establishment of that time. In fact early poster stamps were often called 'Art Stamps.' These were popular collectibles. Noteworthy was the Art Stamp Society of the 1920's that produced stamp albums for art stamp collectors. Most poster stamps have been, of course, typically advertisements for products and events, but if you look at some of the stamps of Austrian artist, Bertold Loeffler from 1908 and 1909, it is easy to see that his stamps, are not so commercial as they are motivated by the love of art, which is in the minds of many supposedly the basis of artistamps today.

Wikipedia says that the first full sheet of perforated artistamps was created in 1961. Samuel Allen Taylor's stamps were usually imperforate, but the art stamps of the Vienna Secession were issued in full sheets with perforations many years earlier. This could be seen as another historical glitch in the Wikipedia presentation, which in my opinion needs updating.

But in a sense it is correct not to lump these classic phantom issues with the modern Artistamp movement, as it was inspired by Fluxists and Dadaists whose stamps have little in common with archaic local post fantasy stamps.

It would be a superimposition of an alien philosophy to characterize Taylor's stamps as 'artistamps.' They should best be classified as classic phantom stamps. The term 'phantom was developed by Melville in 1923. Melville theorizes three types of phantoms: fantasy country stamps, bogus stamps, and cinderella stamps. The term cinderella refers to such stamps as revenue stamps, and other non-postal stamps.

One Fluxist told me that he thought the term 'faux postage stamp' does not apply at all to the Artistamp Movement's stamps. He thought the term, 'faux' was perjorative. Thus we see we have opened up an area of many diverse opinions. If faux postage stamps are not artistamps, perhaps classic fantasy country phantoms, or local courier post fantasy stamps are not artistamps, either. And the gorgeous art stamps of the Vienna Secession, though  logically historical predecessors of artist stamps, have absolutely no ideological relationship with Fluxism or Dada, which are anti-art movements.

Duchamp, the famous Dadaist, created great consternation in circles of the art world, when he installed a toilet in an art exhibition. He eventually gave up art and took up chess, it is said. And the modern artistamp creator, Cavellini, well known for his connections to the Mail Art movement, was known to destroy his own art. Towards the end, he exhibited boxes filled with random, unrelated objects.

This anti-art bias is noted in Wikipedia, which remarks in the Artistamp article that it may be 'counterintuitive' to say that anti-art could give birth to 'artiststamps.'  I quote;

 " In 1919, Dadaist Raoul Hausmann affixed a self-portrait postage stamp to a postcard,[1] but given that Dada was determinedly anti-art (at least in theory), calling this an "artist’s stamp" seems almost counterintuitive."

This may be Wikipedia hinting that 'anti-artstamps' might have been a more appropriate term for artistamps.

Yoko Ono was the famous wife of John Lennon. And it is said by many that her joint issue with Mr. Lennon of an album of sounds of a toilet flushing was not the best thing for her Beatle husband's music. She was a Fluxist. She appears today on a variety of Fluxist artistamps.

Not all artistamps today have such extreme anti-art feeling in them as some of the aforementioned examples of Fluxist and Dadaist anti-art. Many of them are charming and colorful. Thus a lot of diversity has arisen within artistamps, depsite the ideologies of that are the basis of the movement.

Many modern faux postage stamp creators refer to their stamps as artistamps, postoids, etc. remarking that there are many theoretical names for their fantasy creations. These stamp creators do not seem worried about ideologies or philatelic theories. But also it could be that they have never studied the history of Dada, etc. We cannot second guess even in a general way the motivations of myriad of stamp creators.

My own portrait stamp of Samuel Allen Taylor is based on a self portrait stamp made by Taylor. Many make much of how the Hausmann stamp was a portrait stamp. But Samuel Allen Taylor included his own portrait on a number of his stamp fantasies back in the 1860's. He is overdue for recognition. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BOOBIE BIRD COURIER SERVICE TRIANGLE STAMPS/ Paraphilatelic Art Mail by Eric Whollem/ FAUX POSTAGE STAMPS/ Fantasy Stamps from Buto and Alaya



BUTO BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
from Alaya to Buto Return Trip
Drizzlebrush Hotel Mail
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist



BUTO'S BOOBIE BIRD COURIER STAMPS

Alaya, a country to the north of the Isle of Buto, was one of the first countries to be serviced by Buto's international airmail service, the Boobie Bird Courier Post. The concept of the Boobie Bird as a mail courier bird originated in Buto.

Alaya and Buto both belong to the Amphoran Postal Union, a group of states that have an agreement much like the Universal Postal Union, familiar to many of us in the Outer World.

These Boobie Courier stamps were printed by the Loyal Order of Hatchmates & Perforation Specialists. The Hatchmate concept relates to the domiciles of the Boobie Birds, who for purposes of postal delivery are trained at Boobie Bird Hatcheries in Buto.



MANCO CAPAC
stamps from Alaya
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp sheet
copyright by the artist

MAP OF AMPHORA
showing Buto and Alaya, etc.
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art
copyright by the artist


BUTO BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
Opened by Mistake in Boobton
from Terraform Analomies to Thaddyous Qwo
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist


BUTO BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE SHEET
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamps
copyright by the artist


BUTO BOOBIE BIRD COURIER SERVICE
Aquagenesis to the Boobton Thought Police
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist


BUTO BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE
full sheet on cover
2015
Eric Whollem
copyright by the artist

MANCO CAPAC
stamp from Alaya
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist



MAP OF ALAYA
a country to the north of the Isle of Buto
2015
Eric Whollem
digital art 
copyright by the artist

MANCO CAPAC
stamp from Alaya
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist

MANCO CAPAC
stamp from Alaya
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist

BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE TRIANGLE STAMP
2015
Eric Whollem
cyberstamp
copyright by the artist


BOOBIE COURIER SERVICE COVER
Openened by Mistake in Boobton cancel
an overweight letter
2015
Eric Whollem
cybermail art
copyright by the artist

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