National Stamp Collecting Month: The Magnifying Glass

Most lists of useful stamp collecting tools include some form of magnifying glass or loupe as essential to the collector. This is the primary tool for examining condition and authenticity of any stamp or philatelic material, particularly when at stamp shows or visiting your local stamp dealer. Philatelic writer Michael Baadke once wrote “though a magnifier doesn’t protect stamps from damage, it can protect you … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Magnifying Glass

National Stamp Collecting Month: The History & Use of Stamp Albums

Today’s stamp is one of the best-known to portray a stamp album. Even more popular may be Scott #C16 issued by the Principality of Monaco in 1947, with its photograph of United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt perusing his stamp albums. That stamp was featured on A Stamp A Day in April 2017; President Roosevelt’s varied stamp-related activities are found in a number of articles on … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The History & Use of Stamp Albums

National Stamp Collecting Month: Starting a Collection – Finding Stamps & Soaking Them

October is National Stamp Collecting Month in the United States and the Philippines and I’ve just been informed that it’s the same in Australia and Canada as well. Do other nations have similar month-long celebrations of our hobby and, if so, which months? Thailand, where I have lived for nearly 14 years, promotes stamp collecting throughout the year but especially on the anniversary of the … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Starting a Collection – Finding Stamps & Soaking Them

National Stamp Collecting Month: The Birth of Collecting & Philately

With the issuance of the world’s first postage stamps, the Penny Black and the Two Penny Blue, in early May 1840, came the birth of the hobby of collecting postage stamps and related objects. However, revenue stamps had been collected since the previous century with John Bourke, Receiver General of Stamp Dues in Ireland often credited as the first collector. In 1774, he assembled a book … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: The Birth of Collecting & Philately

Welcome to National Stamp Collecting Month 2018! – PHILATEC 1964 at Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées Paris

It’s October now, which to philatelists in the United States and the Philippines means that it’s once again National Stamp Collecting Month. The month is also home to International Letter Writing Week and World Post Day as well as national Stamp Days for a number of stamp-issuing entities. The U.S. Postal Service has promoted Stamp Collecting Month with thematic issues and local events since 1981. … Continue reading Welcome to National Stamp Collecting Month 2018! – PHILATEC 1964 at Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées Paris

Monaco #C16 (1947)

Monaco #C16 (1947)

The Principality of Monaco (Principauté de Monaco) is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France’s Alpes-Maritimes département on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 9.9 miles (16 kilometers) from Italy and only 8.1 miles (13 km) northeast of Nice, France. Monaco has a land border of 3.40 miles (5.47 … Continue reading Monaco #C16 (1947)

United States #2198 (1986)

U.S. Postal Service Act of 1792

On February 20, 1792, United States President George Washington signed the Postal Service Act into law. This was a piece of federal legislation that established the United States Post Office Department (1792-1971), the predecessor of the United States Postal Service. It was headed by the Postmaster General. Postmaster General John McLean, in office from 1823 to 1829, was the first to call it the Post Office … Continue reading U.S. Postal Service Act of 1792

Germany [Democratic Republic] #91 (1951)

Germany [Democratic Republic] #91 (1951)

East Germany, formally the German Democratic Republic or GDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), was an Eastern Bloc state during the Cold War period. From 1949 to 1990, it administered the region of Germany that was occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II — the Soviet Occupation Zone of the Potsdam Agreement, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone … Continue reading Germany [Democratic Republic] #91 (1951)