Cancels show your stamps in a new light

December 30, 2003 08:13 PM

Cancellations and postmarks form a vast area often overlooked by beginners.


Americana offers many collecting possibilities

December 23, 2002 08:07 PM

Maybe you have a collection of United States stamps, and you want to branch out to some worldwide material but don't know where to begin.


How do you define a complete collection?

December 16, 2002 08:00 PM

I am always amazed when a fellow stamp collector tells me he has a complete collection of something.


Many stamps illustrate Fascist principles

December 09, 2002 07:47 PM

The 20th century was wracked by the emergence of two totalitarian ideologies that, while completely antithetical, were mirror images of each other.


Holiday gift suggestions for stamp collectors

December 02, 2002 07:39 PM

The 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.


'Collectible' is in the eyes of the beholder

November 25, 2002 07:33 PM

Mint stamps, used stamps, CTOs, postal history, event covers, first-day covers, bull's-eye cancels, pictorial cancels, topical stamps — the list of possible collecting areas could probably fill this page.


How to buy stamps from postal administrations

November 18, 2002 07:29 PM

With the advent of worldwide acceptance of credit cards, it is now much easier to buy stamps directly from postal administrations than it was even five or 10 years ago.


Revenue stamps pay tax instead of postage

November 11, 2002 07:21 PM

Some postage stamp collectors tend to assume that anything that looks like a stamp must be a postage stamp.


Determining printing methods can confuse anyone

November 04, 2002 07:14 PM

When it comes to printing processes, stamp collectors and printers often use the same words to describe completely different things or different words to describe the same things.


Many revenue stamps show payment of taxes

October 28, 2002 07:03 PM

Revenue 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.


Use Microsoft Word to make your own pages

October 21, 2002 06:58 PM

Even ignoring business applications, using a computer can enhance your enjoyment of the hobby in hundreds of ways. This article will focus on just one of the ways to use a home computer in stamp collecting.


Give modern military postal history a try

October 14, 2002 06:50 PM

United States military postal history, including covers mailed to and from field, fleet and Army post offices (collectively called military post offices, or MPOs) and military bases, is a popular collecting area.


History comes to life with censored covers

October 07, 2002 06:35 PM

During times of war or civil strife, mail is often opened and read by postal, government or military authorities.


Have airmail stamps fallen victim to success?

September 30, 2002 05:36 PM

Airmail stamps, once a staple of new issues, today are mostly part of a bygone era, having fallen victim to the general success of aviation.


Collect current postmarks at home or on the go

September 23, 2002 05:29 PM

In the world of stamp collecting, a wide variety of opinions exists concerning the collecting of postmarks.


Aussie 'Roo stamps: watermarks, die varieties

September 16, 2002 05:24 PM

Australia'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.


Exotic stamps live at the back of the book

September 09, 2002 05:15 PM

To 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.


Put a little humor in your stamp collecting

September 02, 2002 05:03 PM

Collecting stamps with a humorous theme might make an enjoyable respite from more serious philatelic pursuits.


New stamp collections can make good scents

August 26, 2002 04:49 PM

People begin collecting stamps for various reasons, and they continue to collect for even more reasons, some displaying individuality.


A limited budget can still mean unlimited fun

August 19, 2002 04:41 PM

Wouldn't it be fantastic if all the stamps we wanted for our collections were within our financial means? If it were so, I would have an album in which every Hawaiian space was filled, including the Missionaries.


Overprinted Soviet stamps: quest or quagmire?

August 12, 2002 04:33 PM

The stamp world is awash in a bewildering array of overprinted stamps of the late and unlamented Soviet Union. What is a collector to make of them?


How to control the clutter in your collection

August 05, 2002 04:19 PM

When the closet can no longer contain another thing and when the materials stored therein are no longer accessible, it is time to ruthlessly prune the tangle into a manageable assemblage.


Worldwide one-cover collection a challenge

July 29, 2002 02:23 PM

If you are looking around for a new collecting area to explore, consider starting a one-cover collection of every country in the world.


Color presents challenge for stamp collectors

July 22, 2002 02:17 PM

One of the basic ways that collectors identify stamps is by their colors or hues. Yet correct identification of a given stamp's color and shade can be a major challenge for stamp collectors.


Souvenir sheets celebrate events — or not

July 15, 2002 02:14 PM

Some collectors interpret a souvenir sheet strictly to mean a pane of stamps, usually smaller than a regular pane, with text in the selvage to celebrate a particular event such as a stamp show.


Special stamps served special classes of mail

July 08, 2002 02:09 PM

Broadly speaking, there are two types of stamps issued for special classes of mail: newspaper stamps and parcel post stamps.


How well do you know stamp perforations?

July 01, 2002 02:03 PM

The world's first postage stamps, the black 1-penny and blue 2d stamps issued by Great Britain in May 1840, Scott 1 and 2, were printed in separate sheets of 240. Individual stamps had to be cut from a sheet with scissors.


UPU coordinates worldwide postal services

June 24, 2002 01:57 PM

On 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.


Naval covers can make or add to collection

June 17, 2002 01:49 PM

United States naval covers are envelopes (or cards) that have been postmarked or mailed from a U.S. Navy ship. Originally, naval covers were only letters or postcards from sailors with the postmark of the ship's post office.


The Red Baron flies once more on stamps

June 10, 2002 01:44 PM

Postage stamp collections can be broadly divided into three categories: worldwide, by country or area, and by topic. Some collectors may have collections in all three categories.


Surcharges and overprints make a difference

June 03, 2002 12:45 AM

You might think that the stamps shown in Figure 1 are identical. That is not the case. Surcharges and overprints are subject to the same sorts of printing quirks, errors, flaws and varieties as stamps without overprints.


U.S. press sheets: 1907, Farley and the present

May 27, 2002 12:30 AM

People think of stamps as tiny bits of paper. They have to think again when it comes to uncut press sheets.


When good stamps go bad: The space fillers

May 20, 2002 12:16 AM

Almost without exception, catalog value applies only to well-centered, fresh, clean, faultless stamp examples.


Merry widows, missing virgins, golfing bears

May 13, 2002 11:56 AM

For example, the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 1-penny black Queen Victoria definitive stamp, Great Britain Scott 1, is usually referred to simply as the Penny Black.


Collecting postmarks and cancellations II

May 06, 2002 11:42 AM

In more recent years, many postal administrations have found postmarks to be a lucrative source of revenue in the form of saleable advertising space.


State revenues offer wide collecting variety

April 29, 2002 11:24 AM

Then 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.


Defining and building a stamp collection

April 22, 2002 11:13 AM

In 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.


Focusing your collection increases enjoyment

April 15, 2002 10:47 AM

Many collectors choose to collect based on what can be seen on a map. They collect the stamps or covers from a specific country or geographic area.


Stamps issued for use in foreign countries

April 08, 2002 10:18 AM

Ostensibly, this was necessitated by the lack of an adequate native postal system for delivery of foreign mail.


Postmarks, cancels offer challenge and fun

April 01, 2002 09:52 AM

Along the way, post offices mark the postage stamps with cancellations, defacing them so that they cannot be used to pay for postal services again.


The APRL is hobby's greatest treasure trove

March 25, 2002 09:39 AM

The APRL is the largest nongovernmental philatelic library in the world. Unlike many such entities, it is a public library.


Worthless stamps can inspire a new collector

March 18, 2002 09:26 AM

Start 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.


Back from the dead: resurrected countries

March 11, 2002 08:48 AM

Les Harding in Dead Countries of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries defines a dead country as "a place, not necessarily a sovereign country, that once issued postage stamps, but now no longer does so."


Clubs and societies can enhance collecting

March 04, 2002 08:39 AM

f 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.


'Indiana Jones and the Lost Temple of Stampdom' collection

February 25, 2002 08:24 AM

This doesn't mean, however, that the stamp hobby lacks its own Lost Ark, King Tut's treasure, Holy Grail, Hope Diamond or Star of India.


Self-adhesive stamp revolution sweeps world

February 18, 2002 11:34 AM

The African nation followed this issue with a strikingly similar one three months later honoring John F. Kennedy. It was more than five years before another country issued self-adhesives.


Postal stationery: letter, parcel,pneumatic cards

February 11, 2002 10:09 AM

Postal cards are postal stationery items printed on card stock. The address side of the card usually bears the stamp design, and the message is written on the back.


Back-of-the-book: Special-purpose stamps

February 04, 2002 09:36 AM

Italy was the first country to issue an airmail stamp –– on May 16, 1917, when Italian postal authorities overprinted a 25-centesimo express delivery stamp for use on experimental airmail flights between Rome and Turin.


CTOs offer a viable collecting alternative

January 28, 2002 09:09 AM

CTO stamps differ from postally used stamps in that they have not done postal duty by carrying mail. Most have not even been placed on an envelope, and they still bear their full, original gum (adhesive) on the back.


Stamp production methods evolved over years

January 21, 2002 08:48 AM

Today's stamps are printed using a variety of printers, methods, inks and papers. Some varieties are apparent by simply looking, while others require closer inspection to determine the variations.
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