The Grail Code 
The Holy Grail of Stamp Collecting;

Or, Philately Will Get You Nowhere 

A brief break from our search for the historical Arthur to talk about stamp collecting.

I’m not a stamp collector myself. I’m not really much of a collector of anything; I accumulate things like old cameras and shellac records at an alarming rate, but “collecting” implies some sort of ordering principle in the accumulation.

But if you are a serious stamp collector, you probably read Linn’s Stamp News. In the issue dated May 22, 2006, there’s a whole page devoted to the fascinating idea of building a Da Vinci Code topical collection. Rick Miller, the author of the piece, didn’t find the Holy Grail per se on a stamp, but he did assemble an impressive collection of stamps related to things you can read about in the novel.

There are several Da Vinci stamps—a Last Supper from Italy, a Mary Magdalene from Monaco, and a Vitruvian Man from the United Nations, along with a portrait of Da Vinci from France.

You can also find a Tribe of Benjamin stamp from Israel. In the novel, coming from the tribe of Benjamin made Mary Magdalene royalty; I suppose St. Paul must be equally royal for the same reason.

Perhaps the most surprising was a pane of ten stamps from Venezuela commemorating the beatification of Father Josemaria Escriva in 1992. Could you ask for clearer evidence of the power of the vast Opus Dei conspiracy? (Ten years later, Escriva was canonized as a saint—more evidence of the power of the conspiracy, if any were needed.)

The article is on page 48 of the print edition; I don’t think you can get it on line without subscribing. I ought to read Linn’s more often: it almost makes stamp collecting look like fun.

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