insightsSocial history: reading other people's mail can be a cure for boredom
September 25, 2006 02:26 PMI am always incredulous when someone refers to stamp collecting as "boring." Those who believe that is true obviously are not stamp collectors, nor have they bothered to investigate the appeal of stamp collecting and all that it encompasses.
insightsMentor new collectors so they can get more out of the stamp hobby
September 11, 2006 02:34 PMBeginning stamp collectors have a lot to learn. There is the jargon that is unique to stamp collecting, the acronyms, supplies and where to get them, how to find stamps, and even figuring out what you want and where to find it. It can be overwhelming.
insightsCollecting used postage stamps isn't quite as simple as it might seem
September 04, 2006 02:44 PMOpen the catalog and look at the listings. There are always at least two columns of values. Sometimes there are three or more, but there are always at least two. Of these two, the first column is for stamps that are unused. The second column is for used stamps.
insightsSurfing through your stamp albums similar to surfing the Internet
August 14, 2006 03:05 PMIt is not surprising that I took to the Internet so readily because of my background in computers. I have a longer history of surfing my stamp albums, much like others surf the Internet by clicking from one subject to the next.
insightsStep-by-step method makes it easy to tame difficult collecting areas
April 24, 2006 02:15 PMI would find something that appealed to me and then I would look it up in the appropriate volume of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Some of my grand plans were economically unfeasible. Others seemed too difficult because of minute differences in the stamps.