I am officially very excited. Today I received my first Charles A. Brooks engraved stamp in the mail. I first came across the work of Brooks a couple of weeks ago and I instantly fell in love with his style. Charles A. Brooks was an American engraver, who engraved many stamps, mostly vignettes. He worked from 1938 to 1966.
The stamp I received today is the 1938 US Airmail. Charles A. Brooks engraved the vignette of this gorgeous stamp. For the newbies out there, the vignette is the image inside the frame of the stamp, which is often in a different colour.
Let's take a look at the stamp...
The detail of the vignette is stunning.
It is an interesting rendition of the Great Seal of the Untied States. A bald eagle is clutching thirteen arrows and an olive branch. These items symbolize the power of peace and war which is exclusively vested in congress. And the shield bears the stars and stripes of the United States.
I have to say, I can't wait to get more stamps on which this talented engraver worked.
Until next time...
Stay Engraver Crazy!