You Want a Hobby? Try Collecting Postage Stamps!
Any Way You Like It
I started collecting stamps when I was about 7 years of age. I got started by seeing a couple of ads on matchbooks for both H.E. Harris and Mystic Stamp Company selling stamps. I got a packet of stamps for ten cents. I have lovingly amassed a dozen printed and home made albums up to now, and have purchased a few collections and had others given to me. This is a hobby that you can entertain at your leisure, like rainy or snowy days when you don’t feel like going out, or even let things sit for years.
That’s the beauty of collecting stamps, for it can be done any way that you choose, there is no right or wrong way. It only makes the best sense to do it strictly your way. For example, you could collect only stamps from a specific country, like your birth country. It is one of the best ways to get to know a place, for stamps are and have been issued with maps, famous people, common industries, local foods, any number of things that will enrich your knowledge of the particular country that you choose to collect.
You can also collect specific topics, like paintings, Disney stamps, ships, or flowers, just to name a few. A collection of these types of stamps are called topicals. If you’re a boy scout, you might want to collect stamps related to scouting, and you can even earn a merit badge for that.
You could also collect BOB(back of book) stamps, like revenues, Federal duck stamps, tax stamps, or licensing stamps, to name a few. Some people only want to collect unused or used stamps, and others don’t have a preference.
Do You Need an Album?
When I first got started, I didn’t have an album, as I preferred to have a number of stamps before I even thought about where I was going to house them. My first album was made by H.E. Harris and Company called the Traveler Stamp Album. It was a great beginner’s album, and was illustrated. All I had to do was find the picture of my stamp and mount it in that particular space. There are a few different ways to mount your stamps, like glassine hinges, which is the most inexpensive way. Other ways to do this are with tubes that one cuts down to size to house the stamp, which are made in many different sizes, for example, Crystal Mount. Scott Mounts cost more but are a lot more secure. They look great and the stamp won’t fall out of them.
Eventually, you can even get magazines or newspapers related to collecting stamps, which will give you tips, put you in contact with companies that sell stamps and supplies, and give you the latest news on stamps that have been issued. I have subscribed to Scott Stamp Monthly, as well as Linn’s Stamp News, both wonderful periodicals with a lot of information.
Stamp Shops or Auctions
In your town or city, you could even have a stamp shop or two, and some of them might even host a monthly auction, where you can get stamps at excellent prices. Sometimes, you can even put your extra stamps, unwanted albums, and supplies up for auction, too.
I have found stamp collecting a wonderful hobby that has taught me geography, given me names of famous people that I can read more about, and a host of so many other fascinating topics that will just boggle the mind and keep you on that bountiful quest for knowledge.
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A Good Start
No matter what, think about what you’d like to collect, for you can add to it at any time or change your mind. Above all, have fun with it, and you might even want to start your own stamp club with your friends if you don’t have one nearby. The sky’s the limit.
If you have any questions about collecting stamps or just want some ideas, feel free to contact me, and I will do my best to help you.