July 29, 2013

Seven Types of Stamp Collections

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No two stamp collections are exactly the same. Seven people who enjoy collecting stamps may have seven different types of stamp collections.

One person may collect stamps for their value. Valuable stamps include those that were printed with errors.

Another collector may be interested in collecting stamps based on where they were issued. One person might focus on stamps from every country in the world. Other collectors may only be interested in stamps from one region (more…)

June 11, 2013

Ways to Acquire Stamps

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If you’ve decided to begin a stamp collection, you’re in good company; more than 40 million people of all ages and nationalities collect stamps today. Although a serious collector may invest a small fortune in this hobby, a novice can start a collection for only the dollars it takes to buy an album, some hinges and a few interesting stamps.

Stamps are everywhere, and finding the ones that appeal to you is part of the fun. The best place to start is by sorting through the mail that is delivered (more…)

June 7, 2013

How to Safely Handle Stamps

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No matter how valuable the stamps you are handling currently are, you will find that you always need to handle them carefully. Stamps are gorgeous pieces of art, and the issue is that when you handle them with your bare hands, there are a number of risks. For example, a single clumsy move can rip a stamp in half or cause it to be lost, while the oils from your hands can actually eat away at the stamp and leave marks.

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June 3, 2013

Stamp Collecting as a Hobby

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In 1840, Great Britain issued the first postage stamp, and people immediately began collecting them. Within 20 years, the hobby of stamp collecting had spread to the rest of Europe, the colonies and the United States; today, over 40 million people around the world participate in this interesting and educational hobby.

Part of the appeal for many is how little it costs to start a collection. All that is really needed to begin is a stamp album, hinges for attaching stamps to the pages, and some stamps. (more…)

May 30, 2013

What Is a Philatelist?

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The technical definition of a philatelist is someone who studies stamps, however it is often used to describe someone who collects stamps. This is not necessarily the correct use of the word, because someone could collect interesting stamps with no desire to study them, and someone else could study stamps for years without ever collecting them.

Someone interested in philately may study the design process of stamps, the different types of papers they are printed on, the method used to print them, or learn to identify different types of (more…)

May 28, 2013

History of Stamp Collecting

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Although not as prolific today as it once was, stamp collecting is still among the most common hobbies. But where did stamp collecting get its start?

The year was 1840. Sir Rowland Hill had been noticing the frankly ridiculous number of letters returned to the post office due to lack of payment. In those days, it was the recipient who was expected to pay for postage. Due to this disturbing trend, Sir Rowland Hill came up with the postage stamp as a (more…)