Start assembling a worldwide Christmas songbook on stamps

December 23, 2014 12:53 AM

Great Britain has issued several Christmas-carol stamps, beginning with its first in 1973: a set of six (Scott 709-14) that tell the story of "Good King Wenceslas" in pictures that the 1853 carol provides in verse.


Tasmania and its stamps entice in person and in your album

November 23, 2014 10:43 AM

Stamps take us on a global journey without leaving the comfort of a favorite sofa or chair.


Indulge in time travel with illustrated advertising covers

October 14, 2014 11:31 AM

Stamp collecting is somewhat akin to time travel. Select any stamp or cover from your collection and close observation of it can transport you back into the time period it represents.


What treasures might be undetected in your collections?

December 09, 2013 10:07 AM

Figure 1 illustrates an 1816 stampless cover that was forgotten in an album containing worldwide stampless covers. I had not looked at them for a while, and probably had not looked at many of them very carefully to begin with.


Combine collecting and creativity to make your own album pages

November 12, 2013 10:51 AM

There is expense associated with buying and updating albums, of course, as there is with the pursuit of any hobby.


What the world needs now: Postage stamps that interact with us

October 28, 2013 11:16 AM

Each stamp design asks a trivia question related to South African history, with golden oval of scratch-to-remove ink.


Common sense and good tools keep stamps clean and undamaged

September 23, 2013 11:52 AM

By their nature, stamps are fragile items. A little bit of negligence can cause a lot of heartache — but that is something you can control and avoid.


Italian stamp project teaches language, art and mail methods

September 09, 2013 12:06 AM

One compelling reason for having a worldwide stamp collection is that there will always be something else of interest to collect and to learn about.


Newspaper stamps helped to spread the good (and bad) news

August 26, 2013 04:29 PM

An April 2013 survey conducted by Media and Public Opinion Research Group reported that only 11 percent of Americans get their news by reading a newspaper.


Dream big and collect the impossible with stamps on stamps

August 12, 2013 04:47 PM

If money were no object in acquiring all of the world's most coveted postage stamps, would you want them in your collection?


How to travel at home: see world's national parks on stamps

July 22, 2013 04:54 PM

It is the time of the year when multitudes of Americans get in their cars and head for a national park.


The challenge of finding 'the right stuff' at the stamp show

July 08, 2013 04:59 PM

When you are at a stamp show, it is fun to ask other attendees about new items they have added to their collection.


Tips for building your own philatelic reference library at home

June 24, 2013 05:04 PM

Stamp collecting is a robustly varied hobby, full of highways, byways and tangents by which a single-country collection, for example, can surprisingly veer in other directions and turn into a multiplicity of associated collections.


Hobby has many free opportunities for material and learning

June 10, 2013 05:08 PM

Stamp collectors, in common with most of society, love the word "free." Happily, free stuff is everywhere in our wonderful hobby.


How a single stamp led to a multination African adventure

May 27, 2013 05:14 PM

Stamp collectors are pretty good at geography. If asked where the Faeroe Islands are, we know the correct answer.


Challenge of acknowledgment of receipt stamps is use on cover

May 13, 2013 10:54 AM


Sleuthing skills and books resolve stamp identity problems

April 22, 2013 03:24 PM

Sometimes pages in a collection will have stamps from one country mounted on pages for another. At other times, stamps might be mounted helter-skelter on blank pages. In a recent find, three pages in a collection were labeled "unknown," with dozens of unidentified stamps gracing the pages.


Collecting Too Late and Late Fee stamps and postal history

April 08, 2013 03:40 PM

Imagine the frustration in bygone days when someone arrived late at the post office, wanting to mail an important letter that needed to be dispatched that day.


Collecting the U.S. Constitution on U.S. and worldwide stamps

March 25, 2013 04:25 PM

In 1938 the United States Constitution celebrated its 150th birthday. This iconic, living document serves us well even 225 years after its ratification in 1788.


What languages do the stamps in your collection speak?

March 11, 2013 04:37 PM

Here in the United States we are used to the inscriptions on our stamps being in English.


There is more to stamp collecting than collecting stamps

February 25, 2013 04:56 PM

If you are reading this you are probably a stamp collector. Perhaps you collect the stamps of a single country, such as the United States or Germany. Maybe you collect stamps from all over the world, but limit this collection to a specific time period.


You can trace a nation's genealogy through its postage stamps

February 11, 2013 09:16 AM

Collecting stamps from all over the world seems to be a lost art. Fewer of us tackle the challenge of working on a collection that will never be complete, but those of us who do attempt it experience the joy of delving into global history and geography.


Souvenir sheets sometimes leave more questions than answers

January 28, 2013 09:24 AM

George Bernard Shaw wrote, "England and America are two countries separated by a common language." That humorous observation is often true, and it certainly is so in the world of stamp collecting.


Start the year, learn history with a new stamp collection

January 14, 2013 09:31 AM

Have you ever noticed that stamp collectors have a better grasp of history than most people? There is a good reason for this. Stamps do a fine job of documenting historical events in an engaging and memorable way.
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