Stamps... and stamps
Stamp collecting! It's something that WITC always avoids comparisons with when describing Letterboxing.
However, then WITC searched Taw Marsh on the internet whilst researching another post. Taw Marsh was one of the first Dartmoor Letterboxes sited and low and behold, a copy of its stamp was up for sale. For £1.
Also on sale was another envelope with many other original Dartmoor Letterbox stamps printed upon it. Since the postmark is from the late 1970s, this is a piece of Dartmoor heritage. It should not be for sale for £1.75 simply for the value of its Silver Jubilee postage stamp.
Perhaps you saw these items on a well known Stamp Collector's shopping website too.
Please don't misunderstand me. We are not intending to claim these stamps as found on the moor. They are reclaimed for the world of Dartmoor Letterboxing. Rescued from worlds in which they do not belong. Grants Pot, Ducks Pool, Crow Tor... inky words on paper which would have little relevance in households not involved in our little hobby. Here they have meaning and a presence that is worth more than a thousand other finds.
The Queens head in the corner has kept them safe for decades, but it is whats on the envelopes that will ensure their survival now.
No. Dartmoor Letterboxing is nothing like stamp collecting.