Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ronald L. Dias stamp: The Key to World Peace

When I'm Postcrossing, I use old stamps frequently, to spice things up. This morning, I came across this beautiful 1956 stamp, which has a sentiment we need desperately these days. The blue, 3-cent stamp is U.S. #1085 and was issued on December 15, 1956. According to the Mystic Stamp Company:
"U.S. #1085 honors the importance of children in promoting world peace. Fittingly, the stamp was designed by a school boy. Ronald Dias, a 19-year-old student at Roosevelt High School in Lanikai, Oahu, Hawaii, won a nationwide contest for his design of the stamp.

"The shining key in the design represents the 'Key of Friendship,' used to unlock the 'doors to peace.' The stamp is typically called the 'Children’s Stamp.'"
Dias, by the way, went on to a long career as an artist with Disney after winning the stamp-design contest. He died in 2013 at age 76 and left a lot of great friendships and memories in his wake.

Maybe the United States Postal Service could issue a new version of his "Key to World Peace" stamp. We could kind of use it.

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