insightsCancels show your stamps in a new light
December 30, 2003 08:13 PMCancellations and postmarks form a vast area often overlooked by beginners.
insightsHow do you define a complete collection?
December 16, 2002 08:00 PMI am always amazed when a fellow stamp collector tells me he has a complete collection of something.
insightsHoliday gift suggestions for stamp collectors
December 02, 2002 07:39 PMThe holiday season is nearly here and soon most collectors will be thinking about finding gifts for stamp-collecting family and friends. If you've been very good, perhaps you might even receive a philatelic gift yourself.
insightsRevenue stamps pay tax instead of postage
November 11, 2002 07:21 PMSome postage stamp collectors tend to assume that anything that looks like a stamp must be a postage stamp.
insightsMany revenue stamps show payment of taxes
October 28, 2002 07:03 PMRevenue stamps have been much in the news of late with the first auction of stamps from Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum hoard of excess United States revenue stamps and the overturned planned destruction of others.
insightsAussie 'Roo stamps: watermarks, die varieties
September 16, 2002 05:24 PMAustralia's first postage stamps, picturing a map and the likeness of the famous hopping marsupial, are a good choice for collectors seeking a classic series that can be developed into a specialized collection on a reasonable budget.
insightsExotic stamps live at the back of the book
September 09, 2002 05:15 PMTo be listed in the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, or any other postage stamp catalog, a stamp must be issued by a postal authority and pay some type of postal fee or have some connection with the delivery of mail.
insightsUPU coordinates worldwide postal services
June 24, 2002 01:57 PMOn Oct. 9, 1874, representatives of 21 countries signed the Treaty of the General Postal Union in Bern, Switzerland. This was not a treaty that ended a war, but it did end many complicated problems for mail delivery around the world.
insightsState revenues offer wide collecting variety
April 29, 2002 11:24 AMThen state revenue stamp collecting may be for you. So what are state revenue stamps? Well, they include stamps that have been issued by the fifty states, Washington, D.C., and various Indian tribes to generate revenue or to act as receipts for services.
insightsDefining and building a stamp collection
April 22, 2002 11:13 AMIn building a collection, as with a house, you should have a design in mind, so let's consider first designing or defining a collection. Something attracts you to acquire and keep a particular stamp, so in a way, a collection defines itself by expressing your interests and likes.
insightsWorthless stamps can inspire a new collector
March 18, 2002 09:26 AMStart with your pile of envelopes. The first step is to decide which stamps to soak and which stamps to save on cover. This depends on your personal collecting interests and potential value of the stamp or cover, which is a subject for another time.
insightsClubs and societies can enhance collecting
March 04, 2002 08:39 AMf you have never been to a stamp club meeting, you might not know what you are missing. You might also be intimidated about walking into a room full of strangers. Just remember that everyone was once a stranger, and you are only a stranger once.