The Derry Noyes Weather Vane Stamps Monitored Temperatures

 - Sep 18, 2012
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Art director Derry Noyes has teamed up with USPS to create a set of 'Weather Vane' stamps. Weathervane devices were used prior to the spread of barometers in the 17th century to monitor temperatures. The metal pointers, often placed on the tops of buildings, would indicate the direction of the wind.

Noyes' illustrations of a cow, eagle, centaur and two roosters imitate noteworthy U.S.-made weathervanes. These designs form a part of an exhibit on display at Vermont's Shelbourne Museum.

Photographer Sally Andersen-Bruce teamed up with Noyes. Their portrayal of the artifacts help to bring forth 19th century epics regarding the mass-production of weathervanes, critical to factories in Boston and New York. The pieces are moreover essential to contemporary American art collections, making the Weather Vane postage all the more valuable.