Imagine receiving a letter from a remote island. Imagine the journey it has ventured to reach the shores of here and now. In what language is the letter? Who is it from? How many years has it been awandering and what adventures has it encountered on its way to us?
There is a saying in German – Vorfreude ist die schönste Freude – anticipation is the most charming joy. Before opening the letter, let’s observe the cover for a moment. The envelope has a postage stamp on it with an accompanying illustration. There is also a stamped circle of date and place, as well as the words First Day of Issue.
And what if there are many of these letters? Which one would we open first? And the last? After all each one of them is unique. Our kind appreciation to Bernette Rodgers for her generous donation of First Day Issues to Los Angeles Public Library, collected by and in kind memory of her mother Beverly Wertheimer.
To see the First Day of Issue covers on display, please visit the International Languages Department. The short video From a Tiny Sprout features a select number of the First Day of Issues in an attempt to unveil some of the hidden secrets of their magical journey.