The 1995 issue of new 32-cent U.S. postage stamps with cherubs on
them attests to the angel craze of the early 1990s. However, there
have been literally thousands of stamps featuring angels, from countries
as diverse as Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the former Soviet Union.
The connection between angels and stamps appears to be that the
principal function of traditional angels is to deliver messages—making
their association with postage stamps a natural one. Because traditional
iconography portrays angels with wings, there would appear to be
an especially appropriate connection between angels and air mail. In
fact, for many years Vatican City issued air mail stamps with classical
paintings of the archangels.