insightsEnjoy polar philately on a cold winter's evening
December 15, 2003 03:10 PMIn the Northern Hemisphere, winter begins Dec. 21. For those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon Line, the long-range weather forecasts are pretty dismal. Both the National Weather Service and the Old Farmers Almanacare predicting a long, hard winter.
insightsGrade and condition are crucial to collecting
November 24, 2003 03:46 PMFor collectors who spend significant amounts of money on individual stamps and who hope to eventually sell those stamps for as much as they paid for them or more, no two words are more important than "grade" and "condition."
insightsRegistered mail offers collecting challenge
November 17, 2003 04:09 PMMany classifications of mail besides ordinary first-class and bulk-rate mail are familiar to us today. Express Mail, special delivery, insured mail, special handling and certified mail are all categories of United States mail that provide extra service for additional fees.
insightsStamps document the course of civil wars
November 10, 2003 04:24 PMMerriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines civil war as, "A war between opposing groups of citizens of the same country." Civil wars are known for being especially bitter and bloody, as fellow citizens often subject their opponents to atrocities that a foreign conqueror would eschew.
insightsLocals include government and private stamps
November 03, 2003 04:40 PMIn the parlance of the Scott catalogs, a stamp listed with an "L" prefix is a local postage stamp. The locals listed by Scott are those that were issued, usually officially, by postal authorities for use in a specific region, or a limited postal system or city, but that were not valid for national or international delivery.
insightsCry havoc! Occupation stamps chart wars
October 20, 2003 12:36 AMFew events impede postal communications more than war. It is true that natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, fires, famines, pestilence and storms can and do cause havoc with mail delivery, but often these postal interruptions are over in a matter of weeks or months.
insightsDon't let collecting craziness spoil your fun
September 22, 2003 01:23 PMStamp collectors are generally the salt of the earth. I cannot count the number of times that a collector whom I barely knew went out of his way to assist me in my collecting endeavors, solely for the reason that I, too, collect stamps.
insightsExtra! Extra! Read all about newspaper stamps
September 15, 2003 01:34 PMOne of my daily rituals is padding down the driveway to collect the morning newspaper.
insightsSpecialist societies promote, study and inform
August 25, 2003 02:23 PMAre you looking for a new collecting area? Do you need more information about an area that you already collect? Would you like to make contact with other collectors who are interested in the same collecting areas as you are?
insightsStamp collecting can be just a paper chase
August 18, 2003 02:34 PMEven with today's modern technology, most of the world's postage stamps are still printed on paper, just as they were when they were first developed beginning in the 1830s and later. Yes, there are notable exceptions, such as stamps embossed in three dimensions from Bhutan and stamps printed on gold foil from Tonga.
insightsStamps of free cities offer interest, limited scope
June 23, 2003 04:31 PMIn the 19th and 20th centuries, the ebb and flow of nationalism and imperialism occasionally left islands of one nationality surrounded by seas of another. Sometimes these islands took the form of free or international cities with their own governments and postal systems.
insightsPlebiscite issues make interesting collection
May 26, 2003 08:48 AMDo you like collecting dead countries? Are you tired of the endless proliferation of new issues? Are you interested in history and geography? Are you looking for a collecting area with a limited scope that won't totally deflate your wallet?
insightsWhat else can stamp collectors collect?
April 07, 2003 10:36 AMIt seems like such a logical assumption, but stamp collecting, also called "philately," a word that implies intense activity and study, has such breadth and scope that stamp collectors can collect a wide variety of items besides postage stamps and still consider themselves stamp collectors.
insightsHow to track down the killers on your stamps
March 31, 2003 10:45 AMRevenue loss from the re-use of canceled stamps has always been a major concern of postal administrations. Initially, some postal administrations used postmarks showing the town and date to cancel stamps. Others allowed pen cancellations.
insightsWhat are essays, proofs and specimens?
March 24, 2003 10:55 AMIn the dark recesses of the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, beyond the booklet panes and covers, remote from the carriers and locals, past the postal stationery, past the revenues, yonder of the hunting permit stamps, just past the savings stamps and right after the telegraph stamps, you will find essays, proofs and specimens.
insightsChallenging and affordable Australian KGV
March 03, 2003 01:30 PMThe stamps of Australia offer great opportunities for collectors looking for a subject around which a specialized collection can be formed on a limited budget. I previously wrote about Australia's Map and Kangaroo definitive stamps in the Sept. 16, 2002, Refresher Course.
insightsAnother world: semiofficial airmail stamps
February 24, 2003 01:47 PMFor those whose knowledge of airmail stamps is limited to what is listed in general stamp catalogs such as the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, there is a whole vast world of other airmail stamps waiting to be explored.
insightsYour stamp collection: 'How much is it worth?'
February 03, 2003 03:06 PM"How much is it worth?" The question seems to follow stamp collectors wherever they go.