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Dante on Stamps

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Christopher D. Cook, a librarian at the Ohio State University, has curated this impressive collection of postage stamps, stationery, and other postage-related items that feature Dante Alighieri. Visitors can browse this collection by item type, which include not only traditional postage stamps but also "miniature sheets" (which feature multiple related stamps); "first day cover" envelopes; and official postage cancellations. Items in the collection span from the early twentieth century through the present and visitors can peek at items from Italy, the United States, Rwanda, Argentina, and Cambodia. Not surprisingly, the aesthetic styles of these items vary significantly. Each artifact is accompanied by a short description of artist information and details about its release. As a whole, this collection exhibits the wide-ranging influence of Dante throughout time and around the globe. Those interested in exploring further can check out additional resources on both Dante and the history of postage stamps in the References & Links section.
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2016-11-25
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