LEE ANN MARINO’S REVIEW OF PUT A STAMP ON IT!

51hCAQZ51hL.jpgPut A Stamp On It!: Seventy-Seven Sparkling Stories Showcasing How Stamps Have Intercepted Historical Events

By: Herman “Pat” Herst, Jr. and Forward by Kenneth Herst

  •  Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Lee Ann and Veronica’s Publishing (June 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197388
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches

This book has an interesting history. The manuscript was discovered by the late author’s wife one day on a closet shelf, long after the author had died. It contains seventy-seven different stories about stamp collecting, about experiences in the stamp collecting world as a stamp dealer and enthusiast, and about the way that history and stamps often intercepted, even though we might never know otherwise how they were connected. The author reveals the connection between historical events and stamps in several countries, behind wartime and peacetime, and how interests in stamp collecting have brought people together, all over the world, in different times and seasons.

I am personally not real familiar with the ins and outs of stamp collecting, but I am a history nut, so the contents of the book were of interest to me, even though I am not a stamp collector. It was fascinating to hear the warmth, good humor, and insights as the world of stamp interests, histories, and even postal systems and mail have changed from era to era. I also was interested to learn about the interpersonal side of stamp collecting, which the author did well in promoting. When we stereotypically think of stamp dealers or collectors, we tend to assume that they are boring, stodgy people who aren’t interested in much that has to do with life or with dynamics. Herman “Pat” Herst proves this theory wrong, as he interjects real-life stories and situations into his understanding of stamp collecting and history: family incidents, family history, characters who dealt in stamp dealing in the neighborhoods, and a great attention to detail when historical events are told.

Overall, it is obvious to me that the book is a reflection of the true historical gem the author was to the stamp collecting community and to its history. He took deep interest in the hobby and in the business-side of the hobby as well, and this gem of a book reflects five-star purpose in its folksy, memorable, gentle story-telling style.

Book is available at: https://www.amazon.com/Put-Stamp-Seventy-Seven-Showcasing-Intercepted/dp/1940197384/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477421872&sr=8-1&keywords=Herman+Herst+Jr

Autographed copies can be obtained from the author’s son at kenherstbook@cox.net