Bat’s Private Post issues 15th anniversary bat stamps
Bat’s Private Post out of Beverly Hills, California, on September 30 issued two new stamps picturing bats in celebration of the operation’s 15th anniversary.
The 5¢ local fee stamp pictures a large-eared bat, while the $1.35 stamp for international letters and postcards pictures a bat with its wings outspread. The illustrations on both stamps are taken from Ernst Haeckel’s 1904 work Kunstformen der Natur.
My seven-year-old loves to ask what my favorite animal is, and I can say with confidence that the bat is not at the top of my list. Nevertheless, I can’t help but admire how nicely the illustrations used on these stamps reproduced at stamp size. The designs are not engraved, but I almost expected to feel the raised lines of intaglio printing when I touched the stamps. They really are very nicely done.