My friend Steve “The Philatecstatic” Mields has sent me more “First Issue” envelopes, this time celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects. They are not as funny as the first-issue envelopes of the American Planning Association, with their silly engravings of suits dreaming up ways to uglify the built environment. Yet this sort of thing always raises eyebrows among those who recognize how the celebrated organizations have evolved over time. The packet of envelopes was sent by Steve in a 4×8 inch manila envelope half covered with 15 of the AIA stamps. These had nothing to say about how the AIA has ditched the one form of capital in favor of the other, which may or may not be a capital but is certainly not capital. There is also a 33¢ stamp, popped to the right just below the 3c stamps, of the United Nations with the motto “International Style of Architecture.” Chuckle if you wish.