insightsChristmas customs, stamp collecting and children go together
December 24, 2007 04:07 PMAs in many recent years, the stores were ablaze with Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Shelves and racks groaned under the weight of goods vying to be taken home, wrapped and given to delighted (or bewildered) friends and family members.
insightsThe evolution of franking: different ways to indicate postage was paid
October 29, 2007 11:31 AMMerriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, defines the noun frank as, "1a: the signature of the sender on a piece of franked mail serving in place of a postage stamp" and "b: a mark or stamp on a piece of mail indicating postage paid."
insightsConfessions of a happy hinger: how to use stamp hinges to mount stamps
October 08, 2007 11:45 AMIt was easier to be a stamp collector 25 years ago. If you needed hinges to affix stamps into an album, you just went to your local F.W. Woolworth variety store and bought a pack of 1,000 peelable hinges, which would set you back only 25¢.
insightsTo heighten enjoyment, plan new stamp collecting projects step by step
September 24, 2007 11:51 AMNew projects can be daunting, even if they are hobby related. Sometimes we just pick the wrong projects, but most often we simply bite off more than we can comfortably chew. The cure for that problem is to take smaller bites.
insightsCataloging stamps requires a perforation gauge and watermark fluid
August 27, 2007 12:18 AMBeing able to correctly identify stamps is an essential skill for any stamp collector. This includes stamps a collector already has and those on a want list. Basic identification skills enable a collector to properly place stamps in an album, prepare want lists and buy stamps with the confidence that what is being paid for is exactly what is received
insightsStamp-selling tips: choose a method that suits your stamps and your goals
August 13, 2007 12:25 AMPerhaps your collecting interests have changed, or perhaps you bought a large lot or a collection that contains stamps that do not fit into your collection. Maybe you acquired many duplicates. Possibly you just ran out of space.
insightsDon't pass a cover up just because it's scruffy — it might tell a good story
July 23, 2007 01:26 PMSometimes in stamp and cover collecting, scruffy is good.Some collectors seek stamps and covers in perfect, pristine condition. Others assess each item and acquire those that interest them, regardless of condition.
insightsOrganizing and mounting your collection: beyond printed album page
June 25, 2007 02:03 PMMost stamp collectors use printed stamp albums to house their collections. I use a combination of printed stamp albums, self-made pages, albums for special collections, stock books and cover albums. This might sound somewhat jumbled, but it suits me just fine.
insightsSoaker's remorse: here's what to check before ripping a stamp from its cove
May 28, 2007 02:43 PMHow many interesting, valuable or historically significant old folded letters or envelopes with stamps and postmarks (known as "covers" to stamp collectors) do you suppose have been destroyed by people who did not know what they were doing?
insightsTopical collecting: music hath charms to soothe the savage collector
May 14, 2007 02:54 PMMany of the world's most famous singers appear on stamps, from classical and opera to folk, blues, pop, rock and any other genre. The evolution of singing would make a great topic for a stamp collection.
insightsStamp terminology: sheets, panes, souvenir sheets and miniature sheets
April 30, 2007 03:09 PMOne of the most misunderstood and misused terms in stamp collecting is "sheet of stamps." In common parlance, what collectors and noncollectors alike often refer to as a sheet of stamps is in fact a pane of stamps.
April 23, 2007 03:17 PMYou can buy stamps from vendors in Australia, India, Singapore or Brazil with just a click of your computer's mouse. You can pay for those purchases just as easily. Within a week, or maybe a little longer for orders coming from overseas, you have a new treasure for your collection.
insightsPostal administrations use technology to protect revenue, speed mail
February 12, 2007 04:18 PMSince 1840, postal services have looked for new ideas to protect revenue and improve mail handling. A quick flip through a worldwide stamp album will uncover many of these innovations that reflect the technology of the day.
insightsCollecting covers: in period, proper use, single use and related terms
January 29, 2007 04:27 PMAlmost without exception, what was being offered were up-rated, out-of-period uses priced at or near the Scott values for postal stationery used in-period in the ScottSpecialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.
insightsMake a stamp calendar for a fun and inexpensive New Year's project
January 22, 2007 04:37 PMAt this time of year many collectors are busy transferring doctor appointments, birthdays to remember, stamp shows to go to, and other dates of significance from scraps of paper to a new 2007 wall calendar.