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Toy topical stamps can bring joy to nostalgia-minded stamp collectors

December 25, 2006 01:21 PM

I spent most sunny days swinging on the swing set with local neighbor kids, just like the little girl on the 1948 Netherlands 10¢+5¢ Swinging semipostal stamp (Scott B192) shown in Figure 1.

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Kingdom of Hawaii: be selective to form interesting, affordable collection

December 11, 2006 01:31 PM

Collecting the stamps issued by the Kingdom of Hawaii is a relatively inexpensive way to collect Hawaiian stamps.

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French colonial stamps offer great color, design, subjects and history

November 27, 2006 01:44 PM

I collected stamps as a youth. An adult collector a few doors down also collected stamps. He had what appeared to my young eyes to be a fabulous collection housed in gigantic Minkus albums.

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Quickly fill your album pages by buying stamp remainder collections

November 13, 2006 01:49 PM

The joy of incorporating many new stamps into your albums all at once is almost indescribable. It is truly one of the best experiences in stamp collecting.

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Processing mail in transit: the Railway Mail Service and railway post offices

October 30, 2006 01:55 PM

The carriage of mail by railway predates the first postage stamp. Mail was carried by rail in 1830 on the Manchester and Liverpool Railway in Great Britain.

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Starting a new collection: Hungarian overprints and occupation stamps

October 23, 2006 02:03 PM

It is possible to acquire tens of thousands of postage stamps at nominal expense by buying inexpensive collections.

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Legible penmanship once paramount in handwritten communications

October 09, 2006 02:19 PM

I often write about the appeal of modern stamps with their bright colors, appealing subjects and innovative use of printing technology.

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Social history: reading other people's mail can be a cure for boredom

September 25, 2006 02:26 PM

I am always incredulous when someone refers to stamp collecting as "boring." Those who believe that is true obviously are not stamp collectors, nor have they bothered to investigate the appeal of stamp collecting and all that it encompasses.

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Mentor new collectors so they can get more out of the stamp hobby

September 11, 2006 02:34 PM

Beginning stamp collectors have a lot to learn. There is the jargon that is unique to stamp collecting, the acronyms, supplies and where to get them, how to find stamps, and even figuring out what you want and where to find it. It can be overwhelming.

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Collecting used postage stamps isn't quite as simple as it might seem

September 04, 2006 02:44 PM

Open the catalog and look at the listings. There are always at least two columns of values. Sometimes there are three or more, but there are always at least two. Of these two, the first column is for stamps that are unused. The second column is for used stamps.

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Political changes create dead countries, new countries and new issues

August 28, 2006 02:56 PM

Political changes often manifest themselves in new stamps, overprints, surcharges or changes in country names and currency.

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Surfing through your stamp albums similar to surfing the Internet

August 14, 2006 03:05 PM

It is not surprising that I took to the Internet so readily because of my background in computers. I have a longer history of surfing my stamp albums, much like others surf the Internet by clicking from one subject to the next.

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Unissued stamps enhance a specialized collection or a mini-collection

August 07, 2006 03:19 PM

An unissued stamp is one that was prepared and produced or contracted for by the proper authorities but was never issued.

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To help new collectors get started, first find out what they really want

July 31, 2006 12:56 AM

As a devotee of the world's greatest hobby, any stamp collector should be ready, willing and able to help others find out how great the stamp hobby really is.

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Stylish postage stamp designs trace developments in world of art

July 24, 2006 01:13 PM

Postage stamps pack a lot of wallop for their size. Not only do they carry letters and packages anywhere in the world, they also reflect the place from which they came.

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Have lasting fun: How to create your own stamp album pages for a special collection

July 10, 2006 01:22 PM

In 1941 and 1942, the Vichy government of France issued two sets of 12 semipostal stamps (Scott B117-28 and B135-46) depicting the coats of arms of French cities.

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Have lasting fun: how to create an exhibit and enter it into a show

June 26, 2006 01:29 PM

Have you ever attended a stamp show and spent time looking at the exhibits and wondered how they got there, who they belonged to and how they were created.

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Increase your knowledge and enhance your enjoyment with literature

June 12, 2006 01:40 PM

We stamp collectors are fortunate. Few hobbies generate more articles, books, catalogs and other forms of literature.

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Many pleasures and pitfalls in collecting the whole world 1840 to 1940

May 29, 2006 01:49 PM

I decided to collect the whole world from 1840 to 1940. I did this after attending a local stamp club meeting where I noticed many old and interesting stamps passing across the table each meeting.

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Even the most ordinary stamps can yield extraordinary collecting fun

May 22, 2006 01:57 PM

A few years ago, a friend gave me a box crammed full of common Australian regular-issue (definitive) stamps from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Plan ahead to get the most out of the Washington 2006 world exhibition

May 08, 2006 02:03 PM

An international stamp show is held in the United States once each decade. These jumbo festivals of stamps and philately are much anticipated and long remembered by the collectors who attend.

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Step-by-step method makes it easy to tame difficult collecting areas

April 24, 2006 02:15 PM

I would find something that appealed to me and then I would look it up in the appropriate volume of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Some of my grand plans were economically unfeasible. Others seemed too difficult because of minute differences in the stamps.

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Collecting picture postcards often provides gems of postal history

March 27, 2006 02:22 PM

Collecting picture postcards often provides gems of postal history Many stamp collectors also collect picture post-cards. I think that those who don't collect postcards are missing a lot.
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