Fine Philatelists

When we started the Our Dad’s Flag, we knew the children would enjoy sending and receiving mail. We’ve made countless trips to our local U.S. Post Office and had many great deliveries in return (& in support of Our Dad and all the troops of course.) There’s nothing more adorable than watching a child’s expression explode into pure joy when hearing, “You got mail!”

Now That’s a Stamp Collection!

The World’s Largest Ball of Stamps, Boys Town, NE.

But what to do with all of our canceled stamps?! Oh…wait, now we know! Some time ago Our Dad’s Flag visited the world’s largest ball of stamps in Boys Town, Nebraska.  Our thanks to the great folks at Boys Town, especially our host, Karen Gehrki, Boys Town Visitor & Tour Coordinator.  She supplied us with some great pictures and wow – when the kids received the flag back – what great mail! The kids and Our Mom were thrilled! (P.S. – we saved the stamps!)

Our kids respect and are fascinated by any kind of champions of sport, title-holders and other greats of fascinating oddities — whether they make you blink in disbelief or cringe in disgust. Our bookshelves are stocked with titles from Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, and similar texts of US and worldwide travel promoting the unique and unusual. So an Our Dad’s Flag visit to the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps, as cited by Ripley’s Believe it or Not! in 1955, is an honor! Our Dad and the kid’s uncle Tim have always been stamp collectors (more hobbyists than true philatelists) so here’s a shout-out and flag visit in tribute to them as well as all the U.S.  troops serving near and far.  We can’t wait to swing by in person!

As profiled by Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, the ball of stamps consists solely of 4,655,000 canceled postage stamps and is said to be solid, measure 32” in diameter and weigh in at a mere 600 pounds. Imagine the cost of shipping that sphere via Priority Mail!

Heatlh. Healing.  Hope.

Boys Town is truly a phenomenal organization with an even more exceptional history. Founded by Father Edward J. Flanagan, and made even more famous by the 1938 movie Boys Town starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney as the “city for little men” (Nominated for 5 Oscars, Spencer Tracy winning Best Actor and Dore Schary, Eleanore Griffin winning for best original story.) It flourishes today as a home for abused, abandoned and neglected children.

Above and Beyond “Boys”

Boys Town offers treatment for behavioral, emotional, physical and education needs of children and families. For more information on their incredible program please visit

A Final Salute to Boys Town

We can’t sign off from this awesome visit without noting that military service and patriotism is undeniable in the history of Boys Town. Yes, they save children and heal families…but they also have a wonderful, proud history of “boys” and girls becoming true American heroes through their service in the U.S. Armed Services and their magnificent JROTC tradition.  Some of their alumni have died in combat and many more wounded in World War II and beyond. Notable alums are Lloyd Bucher, commanding officer of the U.S.S. Pueblo (the only ship in U.S. history to be captured by North Korea) as well as four known alumni who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.  Boys Town has a Hall of History where these brave souls are immortalized and never forgotten.

Forever Stamps

So with all the hubbub of saving money in Forever Stamps, why not just participate in sending a soldier or any member of the Armed Forces a letter or carepackage? One of our good friends (Editor’s note: Ahem, Lori G.) uses , a great organization who promotes the tag line question, “Want to send your support to a Soldier, but have not idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?”

Next Up…

Wow! We have so much to catch up on. Speaking (or blogging) of special postage stamps and/or their postmarks…the post man came to the door the other day impressed that the mail he was delivering didn’t even need a “proper” return address. Hmmm. Also coming up…a fine day at the races, be it by hoof or by foot. And, there are soo many reasons we love our friends at the National Park Services. Stay tuned.

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4 Responses to Fine Philatelists

  1. Lisa Miller says:

    amazing ….

  2. auntytam says:

    Another great post, and a true learning moment for me. Our Dad’s Flag looks fantastic on World’s Largest Ball of Stamps!

  3. Lorna Rubin says:

    Great story! I had no idea there was a ball of stamps that large. I remember the movie “Boys Town” – a wonderful film!

  4. sschmidtinfredonia says:

    How do you ever make contact with these people and places? It was so interesting to read about Boys Town. It is uplifting to see that there are so many people committed to others who need their help. To comment on another point: I remember my kids always being thrilled with getting something in the mail too. In fact, my fourteen year old just received a package from the magazine “Seventeen” the other day and couldn’t wait to open it. Our post offices need our support; email just doesn’t cut it!

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