Dear friends of Plazm ~
Many of you know my business partner and creative director Niko Courtelis who returned to Portland from New York a few years ago. But did you know he’s a passionate collector of stamps? An artist and designer in philatelica, he also collects the vintage equipment used to make stamps.
I’m excited to join Niko, our Chief Perforation Officer, in a new venture that revives a lost tradition: the poster stamp. Welcome to The Portland Stamp Company.
At The Portland Stamp Company you can use your own design or we can create a custom stamp for you. All our stamps are printed on lick & stick adhesive paper with traditional pinhole perforations. They can be printed letterpress, high quality digital, or risograph.
Design and print your own custom poster stamps.
Review the options on our new website and drop us an email for a quote. We are happy to help with production, or simply download one of our easy-to-use templates. Costs vary depending on quantity and printing options.
Commemorative poster stamps are artifacts from another time.
These miniature bits of advertising were popular in Europe at the turn of the century. Their appeal, utility, and popularity quickly grew, becoming ubiquitous in the United States in the 1920s. Used on letterhead and envelopes to promote brands, products, and events, these small, ephemeral items provide visually stunning examples of the popular art movements of the time. The iconic work of famed designers such as Lucien Bernhard and Alphonse Mucha can be found on poster stamps.
Niko Courtelis, Chief Perforation Officer
The Portland Stamp Company is honored to announce the appointment of our first CPO, Niko Courtelis. Niko has collected stamps since he was a young boy and has designed official postage stamps for countries including Grenada, Sierra Leone, Tuvalu, and Zambia. He is writing a forthcoming book on Lance Wyman’s stamp designs; a few years ago he did a talk at The Curiosity Club called Stamps Ate My Brain. Beyond stamps, Niko can be found working as a graphic designer, video director, and Creative Director at Plazm Design.