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American scholar donates stamp collection to Mashhad museum in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept. 8 (Mehr News Agency) -- American Katherine Edstrom donated a rare collection of artistic and historical stamps to the Astan-e Qods Razavi Museum's Stamp and Banknote Section in the holy city of Mashhad last week.

Katherine Edstrom who is a faculty member of the Division of Psychology Center in Chicago has collected stamps from over twenty countries, said director of the Stamps and Banknotes Section of the museum Mohammad-Hossein Yazdinejad.

He added that the collection includes stamps from Spain, Germany, Britain, Austria, India, Africa and Kenya; and they bear images of world scientific and cultural figures, musicians, champions, local costumes, animals and green plants.

"The oldest stamp of the collection dates back to 1932 and was published in Germany," Yazdinejad stated.

In the letter attached to the collection, Katherine Edstrom has mentioned that in her recent trip to Iran, she was surprised to see the development of Iran after the Islamic Revolution, and that she loves the art and culture of Iran and was astonished with the grandeur of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), "if I had not taken any photos, I would have thought all those beautiful sites were just a dream."

The Stamp and Banknote Section houses a rich collection of rare stamps from about 160 countries and is visited by a great number of Iranian and foreign pilgrims, tourists, and philatelists.

... Payvand News - 09/08/08 ... --

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