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World’s Largest Ball of Stamps

So imagine yourself back in the 1950’s.  Bobby socks, poodle skirts, leather jackets, and muscle cars were all the rage.  I’m not sure what exactly was going on in Boys Town, Nebraska; but I wonder if the Boys Town Stamp Collecting Club knew they would set a world record when they began making the “World’s Largest Ball of Stamps”.

It was first believed that the center of the stamp ball was started around a pencil stub, but now it is believed that the stamps are wrapped around the core of a golf ball.  It took 2 years for the Club to make the enormous ball.  The giant sphere weighs in at 600 pounds and is a whopping 32 inches in diameter.  It contains 4,655,000 cancelled postage stamps. Each stamp was individually affixed to the ball, layer upon layer.

In 1955, the stamp ball was featured in the newspaper column of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.  The next day, crowds traveled from near and far to view the ball.  From that point forward, the work on the sphere stopped.

One of the fun things about this creation is that it is accessible to the public.  If you want to touch it, it’s right there out in the open.  You should know that you are not allowed to add any stamps to the ball and not take any away either.  A mural of stamps sits behind the giant stamp ball which creates the perfect backdrop. Stamp Collectors old and young can also sort through boxes of loose stamps that are also at the site.

The World’s Largest Ball of Stamps can be seen here or you can see it in person by visiting the Myers Stamp Center, Boys Town, Omaha, Nebraska.

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