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Quite a number of readers also enjoy collecting radio related stamps and covers, and an interesting website is thatof Bart Lee, San Francisco CA http://www.antiqueradios.com which includes an article on Radio Stamps. The United Fruit Company had one of the earliest radio
networks to connect its Latin American operations and in 1910 they began issuing their own wireless franks, or kind of stamp.

As radio became popular in the early 1920's, the EKKO Stamp Company started up business. They sold a postage like stamp featuring an eagle in the design, plus call letters to many hundreds of new US radio stations, and a similar stamp with a beaver for Canadian Some
stations used their own designs, and WHAS Louisville KY wrote: It gives us great pleasure to send you our Verification Stamp No.1. Incidentally, we have five such stamps, respectively, for each successive report.

There is, of course, no charge for these. We shall be most interested to see you collect the entire series, and wish you luck.

EKKO Stamp 1934 WCKY 'The Voice of Cincinnati', Eric Shackle Collection, NZRDXL Archives
WHAS Verification Stamp No.1, 1934. Eric Shackle Collection,NZRDXL Archives

The eagle design was also used in Cuba. EKKO also issued its own stamp
albums and collectors kits, and today these stamps are regarded as 'cinderella' items by stamp collectors and are highly sought after as collectibles.

We've also come across a similar stamp used by the Tokyo Central Broadcasting Station in mid-1933 as part of a QSL card issued for JOAK. In fact, Japanese radio stations were prolific QSLers in the 1930''s, issuing well designed cards (in English) which made attractive additions to any DX collection of the era.

If you're interested in art and design, you'll also know that 'radio art' has closely followed the trends of the time, with many Art Deco logo designs (and studio buildings for that matter too) in the 1930s, moving into the 'streamlined' look of the late 1940s and early 1950s, and the psychedelic designs of the late 1960s and early 1970s for example. These are reflected in bumper stickers, posters, Top 40 charts, QSL cards, letterheads and station promotional materials.

Some of these can be seen in 'The Art of Radio' in the Radio Heritage Collection at http://www.radiodx.com where you'll also find a growing number of other interesting radio articles (Dec NZ DX Times via DXLD)

Radio Philately Links :
http://www.u-e-f.net/philaradio/ http://www.hard-core-dx.com/index.php?topic=philately Ham Stamps Club http://www.padin.net/