Our awesome new Managing Editor, Melissa Morgan, wasn’t involved in the online team’s Secret Santa drawing, but I didn’t want her to feel left out. She and I had an email exchange recently about rubber stamps and how much we both like them. That made me think how much she might enjoy the stamp set that Chronicle Books released in support of John M. Carrera’s highly-recommended Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary (which I wrote about here last year). Along with the review copy of the book, Chronicle sent me this set of stamps and I’ve been using and enjoying them ever since.

The original hand-bound, letterpressed edition of John M. Carrea’s Pictorial Webster’s Dictionary (from which the Chronicle edition and these stamps were derived)

The set includes 14 rubber stamp versions of the wooden “cuts” from the Pictorial Dictionary. Flora and fauna themed, it includes a red deer, tiger swallowtail, owlet, hare, mushroom, radish, and a seahorse. The stamps are high-quality and the resulting impressions are very detailed. As you would expect from Chronicle, everything about the product is tasty. The box is handsome and sturdy, each stamped image, common name, and scientific name are printed in the bottom of the box, and the box, plastic lid, and title sleeve are designed to make it easy to keep the stamps stowed and organized. Rubber stamps and stamp sets are surprisingly expensive, so $19 is a great price for this inspiring and fun set.

It’s so great having you on our team, Melissa. Happy holidays to you and yours!

Pictorial Webster’s Stamp Set

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.