• harry-houdini-2002-us-stamp
    Dec 31, 2002, 21:37 PM

    2002 U.S. Stamp Program

    Jan. 8, Winter Sports. Four 34¢ self-adhesive stamps showing ski jumping (Scott 3552), snowboarding (3553), ice hockey (3554) and figure skating (3555), pane of 20; SSP; Park City, UT 84060; Linn's, Sept. 10, 2001, page 1; Nov. 19, 2001, page 1; Dec. 31, 2001, page 1; USPS item No. 451840 (pane); 451820 (block of four).

  • united-nations-east-timor-independence-stamp
    Dec 31, 2002, 11:41 AM

    2002 U.N. Stamp Program

    The 2002 U.N. Stamp Program contains information about all of the U.N. products released during 2002, including those honoring East Timor independence and AIDS awareness.

  • canada-2002-world-teachers-day-stamp
    Dec 31, 2002, 11:23 AM

    2002 Canada Stamp Program

    The 2002 Canada Stamp Program contains information about all of the Canadian Postal Service products released during 2002, including those honoring Public Pensions and the Maple Leaf.

  • rc9_1230_big
    Dec 30, 2002, 21:13 PM

    Cancels show your stamps in a new light

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

  • 20021223_rc9_big
    Dec 23, 2002, 21:07 PM

    Americana offers many collecting possibilities

    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.

  • rc6_20021216
    Dec 16, 2002, 21:00 PM

    How do you define a complete collection?

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

  • rc20021209-9
    Dec 9, 2002, 20:47 PM

    Many stamps illustrate Fascist principles

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

  • rc6_20021202_big
    Dec 2, 2002, 20:39 PM

    Holiday gift suggestions for stamp collectors

    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.

  • rc5_20021125_big
    Nov 25, 2002, 20:33 PM

    'Collectible' is in the eyes of the beholder

    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.

  • rc4_1118_big
    Nov 18, 2002, 20:29 PM

    How to buy stamps from postal administrations

    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.

  • rc9_1111
    Nov 11, 2002, 20:21 PM

    Revenue stamps pay tax instead of postage

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

  • rc7_1104_big
    Nov 4, 2002, 20:14 PM

    Determining printing methods can confuse anyone

    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.

  • rc7_102802_big
    Oct 28, 2002, 20:03 PM

    Many revenue stamps show payment of taxes

    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.

  • rc4_102102_big
    Oct 21, 2002, 19:58 PM

    Use Microsoft Word to make your own pages

    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.

  • rc7_101402_big
    Oct 14, 2002, 19:50 PM

    Give modern military postal history a try

    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.

  • rc8_100702_big
    Oct 7, 2002, 19:35 PM

    History comes to life with censored covers

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

  • rc9_0930_big
    Sep 30, 2002, 18:36 PM

    Have airmail stamps fallen victim to success?

    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.

  • 20020923_rc4_big
    Sep 23, 2002, 18:29 PM

    Collect current postmarks at home or on the go

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

  • rc4_0916_big
    Sep 16, 2002, 18:24 PM

    Aussie 'Roo stamps: watermarks, die varieties

    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.

  • rc9_0909
    Sep 9, 2002, 18:15 PM

    Exotic stamps live at the back of the book

    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.

  • rc9_0902_big
    Sep 2, 2002, 18:03 PM

    Put a little humor in your stamp collecting

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

  • rc9_0826
    Aug 26, 2002, 17:49 PM

    New stamp collections can make good scents

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

  • rc5_0819
    Aug 19, 2002, 17:41 PM

    A limited budget can still mean unlimited fun

    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.

  • rc7_0812_big
    Aug 12, 2002, 17:33 PM

    Overprinted Soviet stamps: quest or quagmire?

    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?

  • rc3_0805
    Aug 5, 2002, 17:19 PM

    How to control the clutter in your collection

    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.

  • rc7_0805_big
    Jul 29, 2002, 15:23 PM

    Worldwide one-cover collection a challenge

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

  • rc1_0722_big1
    Jul 22, 2002, 15:17 PM

    Color presents challenge for stamp collectors

    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.

  • rc5_0715_big
    Jul 15, 2002, 15:14 PM

    Souvenir sheets celebrate events — or not

    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.

  • rc9_0708
    Jul 8, 2002, 15:09 PM

    Special stamps served special classes of mail

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

  • rc7_0701
    Jul 1, 2002, 15:03 PM

    How well do you know stamp perforations?

    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.

  • rc5_0624_big
    Jun 24, 2002, 14:57 PM

    UPU coordinates worldwide postal services

    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.

  • rc6_0617_big
    Jun 17, 2002, 14:49 PM

    Naval covers can make or add to collection

    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.

  • rc9_0610
    Jun 10, 2002, 14:44 PM

    The Red Baron flies once more on stamps

    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.

  • rc9_0603
    Jun 3, 2002, 13:45 PM

    Surcharges and overprints make a difference

    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.

  • rc2_0527_big
    May 27, 2002, 13:30 PM

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

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

  • rc8_0520
    May 20, 2002, 13:16 PM

    When good stamps go bad: The space fillers

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

  • rc9_0513
    May 13, 2002, 12:56 PM

    Merry widows, missing virgins, golfing bears

    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.

  • rc6_0506_big
    May 6, 2002, 12:42 PM

    Collecting postmarks and cancellations II

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

  • rc9_0429_big
    Apr 29, 2002, 12:24 PM

    State revenues offer wide collecting variety

    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.

  • rc1_0422_big
    Apr 22, 2002, 12:13 PM

    Defining and building a stamp collection

    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.

  • rc6_0415_big
    Apr 15, 2002, 11:47 AM

    Focusing your collection increases enjoyment

    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.

  • rc1_0408_big
    Apr 8, 2002, 11:18 AM

    Stamps issued for use in foreign countries

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

  • rc6_0401_big
    Apr 1, 2002, 09:52 AM

    Postmarks, cancels offer challenge and fun

    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.

  • rc1_0325_big
    Mar 25, 2002, 09:39 AM

    The APRL is hobby's greatest treasure trove

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

  • rc4_0318_big
    Mar 18, 2002, 09:26 AM

    Worthless stamps can inspire a new collector

    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.

  • rc9_0311_big
    Mar 11, 2002, 08:48 AM

    Back from the dead: resurrected countries

    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."

  • rc5_0304_big
    Mar 4, 2002, 09:39 AM

    Clubs and societies can enhance collecting

    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.

  • rc1_0225_big
    Feb 25, 2002, 09:24 AM

    'Indiana Jones and the Lost Temple of Stampdom' collection

    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.

  • rc6_0218
    Feb 18, 2002, 12:34 PM

    Self-adhesive stamp revolution sweeps world

    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.

  • rc7_0211_big
    Feb 11, 2002, 11:09 AM

    Postal stationery: letter, parcel,pneumatic cards

    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.

  • rc8_0204
    Feb 4, 2002, 10:36 AM

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

    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.

  • rc4_0128_big
    Jan 28, 2002, 10:09 AM

    CTOs offer a viable collecting alternative

    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.

  • rc6_0121
    Jan 21, 2002, 09:48 AM

    Stamp production methods evolved over years

    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.

  • rc7_0114_big
    Jan 14, 2002, 12:04 PM

    Postal stationery offers collecting variety

    Postal stationery provides a wide variety of collecting possibilities. United States postal stationery is listed in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.

  • rc4_0107
    Jan 7, 2002, 11:32 AM

    Must-have tools start beginners off right?

    The equipment that is needed by stamp collectors can be divided into two main categories: that which is absolutely essential and that which is nice to have when a budget allows.