It’s comforting to know there is one type of collectible orchid that doesn’t constantly require fertilizer, pesticide, fungicide and water. In fact, there are at least two.
Orchid stamps and orchid badges will be the focal point of Carol Zakahi’s display at the upcoming orchid show this July.
The exhibit will center around a framed arrangement of the US orchid stamps, and the surrounding badge display will be in honor of Bob Deboer, who passed away in 1996.
“It is hard to collect everything,” Carol said, “but I figured a long time ago that if I had the pleasure of becoming really old … I would need another hobby of orchids”
Carol inspired Bob to begin collecting orchid badges after giving him an assortment of pins way back when, and over time his collection began to swell. After Bob passed away, his wife, Verna, donated all his badges to the club in 2000, and that year this “hobby” collection was appraised at over $6000 (and these badges haven’t exactly gotten more common since).
Carol began collecting stamps in general as a child, but her focus shifted specifically to orchid stamps after seeing an article in the American Orchid Society magazine in 1994. That prompted her to join the Australian-based Orchid Stamp International Club, and now her collection includes orchid stamps from all over the world.
“The US prints the ugliest stamps,” Carol said, “usually of persons of fame and fortune. I like the nature stuff on stamps because paying for a little piece of paper gotta be worth it. I also like them as big as can be to make the 45 cents worth it nowdays.”
The United States Postal Service USPS first issued an orchid stamp in 1890, then again in 1904, 1906, 1910, 1914, 1969, 1970, 1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 2001, and 2005.
If any members have orchid stamps or badges/pins they would like to display, please contact Carol.
“It should be interesting to some,” Carol said. “All the time in the world, all the brains in the world, you would never be the master that knows all about orchids but we can at least try our best.”