Connecticut Poster Stamps

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Tiny Art: Connecticut Poster Stamps
September 27, 2012 - January 12, 2013

Poster stamps, also known as "cinderellas," are posters shrunk to the size of stamps that became popular in the early twentieth century. They are non-denominated, meaning they cannot be used to mail anything, but they were used to advertise businesses and events or to make political statements. First created in Germany around 1907, these brightly-colored advertising labels were designed by both notable artists and anonymous illustrators.

People often stuck them on envelopes, letterheads, invoices, or mail packages, or just collected them for fun. Poster stamps gave almost anyone the opportunity to collect art at a fraction of the price and size of a poster. Visitors will be able to create their own poster stamps and stick them on the wall.