insightsA few of my favorite Christmas stamp things
December 20, 2004 09:52 AMThis year a new book was published that rapidly became one of my own favorite things: The Queen's Stamps by Nicholas Courtney. The book's subtitle The Authorized History of the Royal Philatelic Collection gives a really good clue to its contents. The 337-page tome ranks high on my list of the most fascinating philatelic books of all time.
insightsPaquebot mail begins at sea, postmarked on land
December 13, 2004 10:00 AMAt the Vienna conference in 1891, the Universal Postal Union established special handling regulations for mail posted on the high seas aboard ocean-going vessels. The rules were further clarified a the Washington, D.C. conference of the UPU in 1896.
insightsCataloging stamps: an approach for beginners
November 29, 2004 10:25 AMA Taiwanese stamp (Scott 2083) and a Japanese stamp (1337) are shown side by side in Figure 1. When reading horizontal inscriptions, remember that Chinese (including on the stamp of Taiwan) is written from right to left.
insightsAnother way to collect stamps: by service
November 22, 2004 10:38 AMEach way can be broken down into smaller units. For example, if you are a country collector, you might only collect Albania up to 1940 or only the United States Washington-Franklin stamp series, but you are still basically collecting by country.
insightsBuying and sorting stamps in box lots is fun
November 15, 2004 10:47 AMAt a recent meeting of my local stamp club, I succumbed to the irresistible call of the shoebox full of off-paper worldwide stamps, shown in Figure 1. This happy purchase proved to me yet again that I am hopelessly compulsive about stamps.
insightsTopicals: railway stamps and post offices
October 18, 2004 12:58 AMTrains are one of the most popular topical subjects for stamp collectors. Rail fans could keep happily occupied for years with the thousands of topical postage stamps that feature trains, but there is more to collect than postage stamps.<
insightsPostcards offer opportunities for stamp collectors
October 11, 2004 01:06 PMPostcard collecting seems to be increasing in popularity, and a growing number of stamp and postal history collectors are recognizing an affinity between the two hobbies. Evidence of this is the number of stamp shows and bourses that are combining their events with postcard shows and bourses.
insightsStamps incorporate many security features
September 20, 2004 02:02 PMPostage stamps are accountable paper. That means post offices must keep track of them just as they would keep track of cash or other types of securities. Stocks of stamps must be recorded, and sufficient receipts for their sales must be provided.
insightsStamp sleuthing is a skill you can acquire
September 06, 2004 02:22 PMI have become addicted to a television program on the Public Broadcasting System called History Detectives. The premise is simple. An object from the past is shown. It is usually a family heirloom of some sort, with a story and a mystery attached. A historian then tries to find out if the family's story about the object is correct, and he attempts to solve the mystery.
insightsThe frugal collector: dollar-box treasures
August 16, 2004 02:57 PMIt is amazing what a couple of dollars will buy at a stamp show. I attended one recently and decided to look for interesting items that didn't cost more than $2. At first it looked like this was going to be a problem. I was looking at items that would immediately fit into my collections, but they were priced well above my self-imposed limit.
insightsPolo and pigsticking: feudatory states stamps
July 26, 2004 03:45 PMDo you like exotic stamps? Are you looking for a new classic collecting area that will give you a break from the seemingly endless proliferation of new issues? Are you looking for a collecting area that is finite, yet has plenty of room for specialization?
insightsHave some fun with a funny stamp collection
July 05, 2004 04:29 PMStamp collecting is supposed to be fun, but there are times when it ought to be more obvious. It seems as if some collectors get unnecessarily exercised about the subjects of new stamp issues, the sales policies of the United States Postal Service, the cost of supplies, the decisions made by hobby leaders or sundry other complaints.
insightsLearn basics from Australian States stamps
June 07, 2004 01:52 PMAustralia has an interesting postal history. The country's foundation, much like that of the United States, is based on states, six British colonies that federated on Jan. 1, 1901. The date is not philatelically significant because postage stamps inscribed "Australia," were not issued until 1913.
insightsHoly hobby dilemma, Batman: Illegal stamps!
May 24, 2004 02:43 PMAt the forefront in this crusade against illegal stamps and abusive stamp issues are the International Federation of Philately (FIP), the World Association for the Development of Philately (WADP) and Albertino de Figueiredo, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of Afinsa Group.
insightsTake preemptive action to save your collection
May 17, 2004 02:50 PMMost of the calamities that befall stamp collections can be avoided if you take preemptive action. Arguably the most common damage that can occur to a stamp is also the easiest to avoid. Stamps are fairly fragile bits of paper that get bent and creased very easily.
insightsUse stamps to connect with other interests
May 03, 2004 03:06 PMOne of the most surprising aspects of collecting stamps is that you can almost always find connections to other hobbies and interests you might have. Stamp collecting is such a broad field that branching off into something else is not only possible, it is probably inevitable.
insightsBritish stamp denominations: £, 1/-, d and p
April 26, 2004 03:24 PMThroughout most of the past, human beings have primarily counted by tens and by twelves.
insightsHawaii issued stamps as kingdom and republic
March 08, 2004 04:31 PMYou think you have exhausted the collecting possibilities for United States stamps. You've reached the point in your collection where you are only adding one or two older items a year, and the new issues just don't interest you or they are too easy to acquire.
insightsUse FDCs to introduce kids to collecting
February 16, 2004 01:19 PMStamp collecting is a great family hobby, but getting kids interested can be tricky.
insightsAlphabet soup: Scott catalog prefixes and suffixes
January 26, 2004 01:53 PM"You can't tell the players without a program!" the stadium hawkers used to shout as they strode up and down the stairs between the rows of seats. That saying applies in spades to stamp collecting, which is what keeps postage stamp catalog publishers in business.
insightsMyriad possibilities to postmark collecting
January 19, 2004 02:08 PMIn October 2003, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of the new Margie Pfund Postmark Museum in Bellevue, Ohio. The museum, the crown jewel of the Post Mark Collectors Club, is an incomparable resource for anyone involved with state or hometown postal history.