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Dead countries spawned or killed by the Russian Civil War

December 29, 2009 02:19 PM

The 20th century saw the coming and going of many countries. Some were born and also died in the 20th century. Those spun off or extinguished in the formation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics can be particularly confusing, if you aren't familiar with the geopolitics of the region.

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Tis the season: Christmas stamps bring holiday cheer to all

December 22, 2008 02:31 PM

The holiday season is here and many of us are decking our halls with boughs of holly. Christmas trees are going up in living rooms and folks are stringing lights on the bushes in their front yards.

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Finding out where the stamps in your collection came from

December 08, 2008 02:41 PM

There are thousands of languages in the world and scores of alphabets or other writing systems in which they are written. It can be tricky to identify stamps when the country of origin is written in an unfamiliar language or alphabet.

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Imposing order on chaos: processing large lots and collections

November 24, 2008 03:47 PM

There is nothing more delightful for a stamp collector than acquiring a whole lot of stamps all at once. The feeling must be akin to that of a pirate opening up a treasure chest full of gold doubloons.

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Stamp collecting basics: stock books, albums and mounts

November 10, 2008 03:56 PM

Most stamp collectors house their collections in albums or stock books. Both have advantages and disadvantages.

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Some stampy tips on how to be a good collection curator

October 27, 2008 04:12 PM

If properly cared for, the stamps and covers in your collection will find their way into the collections of future stamp collectors and postal historians.

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Collecting little bitty stamps can yield great big enjoyment

October 13, 2008 04:22 PM

In contrast, we stamp collectors have it made. If we want a boat — or a dozen boats — we can easily take out a stamp album and find a fleet of them.

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The many different and interesting ways to collect stamps

September 29, 2008 02:06 PM

There are so many different and interesting ways to collect stamps, I can't understand how anyone involved in the hobby could possibly give it up.

Aliens and spaceships offer out-of-this-world collecting

September 22, 2008 02:18 PM

When I saw it in a cover box at a recent stamp show, I simply couldn't resist the airmail cover illustrated in Figure 1. It was mailed March 1, 1947, from Roswell, N.M., to Armin W. Franke, Box 1157, Santa Fe, N.M.

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Souvenir sheets add history and fun to any stamp collection

September 08, 2008 02:26 PM

The Linn's glossary of philatelic terms found online at www.linns.com defines a souvenir sheet as: "A small sheet of stamps, including one value or a set of stamps. A souvenir sheet usually has a wide margin and an inscription describing an event being commemorated. Stamps on a souvenir sheet may be perforated or imperforate."

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Have fun forming a 'Cabinet of Curiosities' stamp collection

August 25, 2008 02:41 PM

There is a book on my shelf titled Cabinet of Curiosities, which is described in its preface as "a cornucopia of unconsidered yet intriguing trifles from many areas of endeavor."

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Free stamp albums spark interest in new collecting areas

August 11, 2008 02:49 PM

All of us are busy these days. Finding time to enjoy our wonderful hobby of stamp collecting is difficult and you might have trouble finding a big block of time in which you can pull your albums off the shelves and work on your collection.

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Inexpensive postal tax stamps offer a collecting challenge

July 28, 2008 02:58 PM

A large percentage of the stamps in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogueare listed at minimum catalog value (20¢). You can acquire many of those stamps for even less than the minimum value.

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I love a parade: forming an Independence Day stamp collection

July 14, 2008 03:10 PM

In the United States, we celebrate the Fourth of July as a national holiday that marks the time, in 1776, when a few British colonies declared their independence from the mother country. The 1869 24¢ Declaration of Independence stamp (Scott 120) shown in Figure 1 commemorates the event.

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Collecting stamps issued for use by international organizations

June 30, 2008 03:21 PM

Most stamp collectors collect by country or region, or topically. There is another option. Beginning in the 20th century, many stamps have been issued for use by international organizations. The League of Nations was one of the first to have stamps issued for its use.

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'Summertime and the livin' is easy' — and so is the stamp hobby

June 23, 2008 04:02 PM

For ancient peoples, keeping track of the passage of the seasons had both religious and practical significance. The ancient stone circle Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England is a huge stone calendar that marks the solstices and equinoxes.

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Collecting stamps from the front to the back of the book

May 26, 2008 01:19 PM

You might have heard the term "back-of-the-book." It refers to the kinds of stamps listed after the regular postage stamps in the Scott standard catalog listings.

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Expositions and fairs make an interesting collecting topic

May 12, 2008 01:38 PM

Those of us who collect what I call "everything that appeals to me" have at least one distinct advantage over specialists. It is pretty easy to find something that qualifies for the collection, and that makes attending a stamp show especially fun. Almost everything in the dealers' stocks has a potential place in the collection.

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Set limits to collect what you like and stay within budget

April 28, 2008 01:45 PM

Stamp collecting is a hobby with nearly infinite possibilities. You can collect by country, topic, time period or issue. You can try to get as many worldwide stamps as possible, or concentrate on only a continent or grouping of countries. You can expand from collecting postage stamps to collecting revenue stamps, telegraph stamps, cinderellas, first-day covers or postal history.

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Unsoakable stamps have you down? Consider other options

April 14, 2008 02:03 PM

Like you, I read the letters on Linn's Readers' Opinions page, and I am annoyed that many new United States self-adhesive stamps cannot be soaked from envelopes.

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Create your own reference collection to find quick answers

March 24, 2008 02:17 PM

It could be almost anything, such as the definition of a seldom-used term, or how to tell the difference between two look-alike stamps. Perhaps you have a mental block about how to tell if a coil is horizontal or vertical.

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Inexpensive stamps and covers can form a local collection

March 10, 2008 02:24 PM

One of my very favorite springtime things to do is jump in the car and go for a ride. You don't have to go far to find something interesting that will eventually remind you of your stamp collection.

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Overprints and surcharges: provisionals have many functions

February 25, 2008 02:33 PM

Recently I found myself staring at a Turkish stamp I had seen thousands of times in mixtures and in my albums. The basic 20-kurush deep blue President Ismet Inonu stamp (Scott 972) is certainly no beauty.

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Love stamps: small pieces of paper can convey big emotions

February 11, 2008 03:16 PM

In 1967 when the Beatles sang "All You Need is Love," some of the world's postal administrations heeded the advice and began issuing love stamps.

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For the ultimate collection, collect stamp collecting on stamps

January 28, 2008 03:26 PM

Because many of the world's greatest stamp rarities are depicted on other stamps, this topic is a good way to have the unaffordable impossible dreams in your stamp album.

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Off on a tangent: fun collections aside from your main interest

January 14, 2008 03:32 PM

Stamp collecting is like that. You can go merrily along collecting one thing exclusively and then suddenly you will read something or find something that catches your eye. You must have it, and so off you go on a tangent.
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