Patterns from the past [Stamps]

My obsession with old prints whether money or stamps has reached as far as my boss’s ears who works in the States. One day at work I received a parcel from the other office, filled to the top with envelopes of different sizes, postcards, posters… all from around 1960-80 when east Germany was still a thing.

Many of the letters were Erstagsbriefe, which means ‘first day letters’ – printed envelopes with specialty stamps that were produced for collectors and subscriptions. They are not terribly valuable as most of them were never used to send actual post.

Equipped with a scanner and some spare time on a wintery weekends with illustrator running warm, these are some work in progress…

Screenshot of Illustrator with vectorised houses based of east German stamps from 1960s

Most of these buildings are facades from Leipzig. The three images on the bottom row are scans of stamps.

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