I picked up a copy of RubberStampMadness at Borders today, and the Letter to the Editor section had me sputtering with disbelief. Apparently a previous issue had projects that used postage stamps. It seems the instructions suggested that you cut up these postage stamps to include in a collage. Okay, fine, what could be inflammatory about that? Well, someone got their panties in a wad and actually wrote in saying that people who want to use postage stamps in their art should photocopy them first, so as not to ruin the original stamp, thereby rendering it useless for stamp collectors. Good grief!! We all know the world revolves around philately, right? And RSM actually took this seriously, printed this letter, AND an excerpt of an editorial from a philatelic newsletter agreeing (not surprisingly) with the censure. The philatelic editorial suggested that hobbyists who would like to make such a collage could use pretty wrapping paper instead. BUT HEY! What about all those wrapping paper collectors? Huh? Who's looking out for them?
This is so stupid I could just spit. Who's to say that the art created with these mutilated postage stamps won't someday be more collectible than the stamp itself someday? Get a grip, people. It makes me want to rip up a book and break a vinyl record just to be perverse.