Printing Stamps of the World
Cary Collection Presents "Printing Stamps of the World," a collection on loan from Marty Morrissey, '67 RIT School of Printing.
About Mr Morrissey
I grew up in Essex, MA and started printing at 17 years of age at Gloucester Vocational School. Upon graduating I studied at the New England Linotype School in Boston. After working in the trade for three years I enlisted in the U. S. Navy where I worked in offset lithography on board a ship for two years. I entered RIT a year after my departure from the Navy.
After graduating from RIT I took a job in Burlington, VT with the George Little Press, an excellent color in offset lithography house with a full bindery operation. This company was a small and growing establishment and I grew with it for the next 25 years. Eventually after two new owners I decided to move on and did some consulting work in the Burlington area in quality assurance and assisting production management for local art agencies. By the mid-nineties I retired from graphic arts and changed careers becoming a musical performer, which I’m still doing. I never lost my love of graphic arts and printing hence my exhibit of printing postage stamps.
I have been collecting postage stamps since a boy but only seriously got into them after retiring. While casually looking around for a focus, my good friend and former employer, George Little, himself a stamp collector, suggested printing stamps and off I went. In 2007, after just one year of collecting, I entered my first stamp exhibit in a local competition and won best of show. By 2010, my stamp exhibit expanded to two panels or “frames,” and won gold in the Vermont State Stamp Show. Within the next three years I revised the entire exhibit adding a third frame. I entered the American Topical Association show in Rochester in 2013 and won a bronze ribbon. [The ATA is a national philatelic society devoted specifically to topical stamp collecting.] I chose Rochester for my first national stamp show because of my RIT connection and the likelihood of a greater appreciation of the topic of printing as seen through postage stamps.