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Free first-day covers, album pages, more out there for stamp enthusiasts

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Let’s be honest: We all like to get something for nothing, and “free” is certainly a most welcome word in the world of stamps. And we stamp collectors are lucky, because there are many great free things available to enhance our collecting. You might be shaking your head in disbelief, but bear with me and I’m sure you will enjoy some of the free things mentioned here.

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Stamps made personal for family and friends can be entertaining for all

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

There are a multitude of inexpensive ways to collect stamps and to make the hobby a fun, family activity. One good way to start getting the family involved is to use stamps to celebrate each person’s birthday.

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Map out a plan for a productive stamp collector’s winter

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Pamper yourself this winter by blocking out some time every week to attend to your collection. Schedule the tasks you have been setting aside and then make a firm commitment to get them done.

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Worth a second look: doing double takes at your stamps is a good habit

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Sometimes we collectors just don’t pay enough attention to our stamps. We acquire a stamp, we look at it long enough to find a place for it in our albums, and then we move on to the next stamp without giving a second glance to the stamp we just mounted.

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Simple science makes yellow stamps easy to see

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

It might seem like magic, but viewing certain stamps with the use of simple transparent color filters can make it easier to see the stamp design and read hidden details of postmarks.

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Advertising covers document an Ohio city’s growth and development

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

Around the middle of the 19th century, merchants, businesses and manufacturers began using specially printed mailing envelopes as a means of promoting their businesses and products. As commerce and industry thrived, more of these advertising covers appeared. Luckily for 21st-century collectors, recipients of those 19th- and 20th-century advertising covers sometimes saved them.

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Be a wise consumer when buying stamps and covers

August 19, 2016 12:54 PM

It’s important to have a plan when considering whether or not to purchase a stamp or cover. Ask yourself: Is the perceived value of the item worth the cost to add it to your collection?

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Love travels by mail for Valentine’s Day

December 29, 2016 09:15 PM

The origins of valentines allegedly lie in the late Middle Ages, in the form of handwritten romantic poems exchanged by lovers.

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I like this unusual stamp, but is it an error, freak, oddity, variety or what?

August 19, 2015 12:19 AM

Let’s face it. We are human beings, and as such, sometimes we make mistakes, and that’s not usually good. But, one odd thing about stamp collecting is that collectors clamor for mistakes. Who wouldn’t want a globally famous Inverted Jenny airmail stamp?

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The world’s stamps for social awareness are postal calls to action

June 12, 2015 01:13 PM

Stamps represent a great deal of responsibility and effort. Put a United States forever stamp on an envelope, place it in the mailbox and off it goes to its destination.

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Is it a postmark or a cancellation? It’s collectible either way

June 01, 2015 04:21 PM

The words “postmark” and “cancel” often are used interchangeably.

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Often seen on stamps, the ITU celebrates 150 years

May 18, 2015 04:20 PM

Stamps exist to facilitate communication, so an organization dedicated to the advancement of international communication is a natural subject.

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Do secrets hide in your collection of stamps and covers?

May 04, 2015 05:20 PM

Stamps, envelopes, and letters contained within the envelopes sometimes hold secrets.

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What to look for when you're looking for stamps

April 20, 2015 04:20 PM

The two stamps pictured together here are common stamps issued by Finland in 1967.

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Methods to acquire more stamps for your collection

April 06, 2015 04:20 PM

How you add new stamps to your collection is determined by what you actually collect.

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Is your stamp collection all caught up on its Zzzzzzs?

March 23, 2015 04:19 PM

The last few pages of stamp listings in Vol. 6 of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue contain the stamp-issuing countries beginning with the letter "Z."

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Making new stamps from old with overprints and surcharges

February 23, 2015 04:19 PM

"Overprint" is a term used to describe stamps that have additional printing added on top of the original image on the stamps.

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Love is in the air and on postage stamps used on the mail

January 26, 2015 04:19 PM

In January 1973, the United States Postal Service issued the first U.S. Love stamp.

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Auctions offer an opportunity to obtain great stamps and covers

January 12, 2015 04:18 PM

Public auctions of stamps and covers take place nearly every week in the United States, and in cities all around the world.
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