Personal web log of Donovan Burns Gentleman Haruspex. Resident of Salt Lake, Utah (and sometimes Las Vegas). Concerns mostly humor, science, photography, and art matters. My original work can be found here: latest & earliest.
So me and my mom have started collecting old letter press stamps, mostly stuff from like 1880 to 1920’s. Recently she got a package in the mail from England with 60+ small stamps, and we’re both oohing and aahing at all the art nouveau while looking through them, and I see a swastika and my thought process goes “heh, look it’s an old tyme swastika, no it seems to be in the wrong direction” — “what? is that nazi? must be from the thirties” — “1944? fuck that, I’m tossing this” — “wait, this is from England! Maybe it’s from the stamp counterfeiting they did”. I think we should get it looked at and see if it’s ‘real’ or not, but I’m not sure where to do that.
So my conundrum is:
I don’t want me or my mom keeping this because well, it’s fucking nazi shithead crap
Don’t want to sell it because I don’t want to propagate the nazi market, and have it fall into the wrong hands
Don’t want to throw it away because it’s an antique
I don’t want to keep touching it because it probably has lead in it. I doubt nazi-shitheads had any safety standards.
So my solution is to put it in the back of a dark cupboard and pretend it’s not there.