It's interesting how common some stamps are. Examples are stamps picturing American flags or Queen Elizabeth. Entire forests must have been sacrificed to produce some long-running definitives like the low-value stamps of Canada's definitive "War Issue". But some stamp issues seem to exist in such small numbers that a collection might consist of a tiny handful of stamps, or fewer; I think that this stamp is one of the latter:
The stamp pictures (as you can see!) a T-34 Mentor aircraft. The T-34 was a commercial venture by the Beech Aircraft Company to build a military trainer that would interest the military, which was using an old "warbird," the North American T-6/SNJ Texan. The aircraft, including the T-34B variant, was produced over a six-year period (1953-1959), and was purchased by the military services of several countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Japan, and Argentina, as well as civilian agencies. My interest stems from my survival as a passenger of a U.S. Forest Service T-34 in New Mexico in 1962.
I had never been aware of any T-34 stamps until one night at a meeting of my stamps club, the BC Philatelic Society, when a fellow member, June Gibson, presented me with a sheet of Dominican Republic airmail stamps which included one copy of a stamp picturing the airplane. But that's the only such stamp I've ever seen! I have found a stamp-like label, issued by the what appears to be a Mexican TB charity:
It seems that my Beech T-34 stamp collection is complete, along (perhaps) with my Beech T-34 label collection. But I'm in better shape than one of my local stamp collecting friends and his wife. He's a retired pharmacist who would like to collect barber-pole stamps but has never found one! His wife wants to collect stamps picturing sewing thimbles. I believe she has one or two.
How about you? Have you assembled what seems to be a complete collection of only, say, five stamps or less?