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The picture woman.
The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.
Buy commemorative stamps at the post office, and chances are good they're based on the
photographs of Sally Andersen-Bruce.
"Every once in a while, you get a wave, and I think I have been very fortunate. This
summer has been my wave." RUNS :06
Andersen-Bruce says it's just luck that Jack O'Lanterns, Diwali and Colorful
Celebrations all were issued within a few months.
When taking a photo for a stamp, she says she's looking for an icon.
"I think the most successful are the simplest, so they read immediately, so when you
look at it, the message gets across, and you understand what it's staying" RUNS :10
Andersen-Bruce doesn't come up with the ideas for the photos all by herself.
"There's the art director and the designer, and so they give me input." RUNS :04
The Postal Service also gives her background information and she does research, but
sometimes the photographer sometimes just needs to take a break.
"I actually like to walk, to clear my head, so I've got a big Irish Setter, and I walk
around… and think." RUNS :07
It can take anywhere from years to just a few months for an Andersen-Bruce photo to be
issued as a stamp. The Summer 2016 stamps were faster than usual. Her first took ten
"Generally, it's 1.5 years. That's sort of the norm." RUNS :03
Anything coming up?
"It's going to be, I would say at least a year-and-a-half before you hear from me again
in the stamp community, but I am working on one right now." RUNS :08
We're looking forward to it.
I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
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