National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

This is the final stamp collecting-themed article for October’s National Stamp Collecting Month this year (tomorrow’s post will be about Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”). I thought it would be appropriate to take a look at a place where collectors and others interested in stamps and postal history can go every day of the year. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit the Smithsonian’s … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: U.S. National Postal Museum

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: Stamp Tongs

There are a number of tools used by stamp collectors and philatelists. Aside from the stamps themselves, I would argue that the most essential item needed by a collector would be a good pair of stamp tongs —  the “tweezers” used to handle postage stamps. The jaws of stamp tongs are smooth in contrast to the striated jaws of the type of tweezers one might use … Continue reading National Stamp Collecting Month: Stamp Tongs

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

Soaking Stamps (or, ASAD Laziness)

It’s Friday night at the end of a very long week (with six to eight hours of work tomorrow as well) and, quite frankly, I am exhausted. I started off the week with two days at one of Phuket’s largest schools (it’s still overcrowded despite the construction of a brand-new 7-floor building year) in order to test individual students in kindergarten classes. It’s the end … Continue reading Soaking Stamps (or, ASAD Laziness)

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Philatelist

Happy Birthday, FDR. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York, is in my personal Top 5 of favorite U.S. presidents (others on that list include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy). While he had numerous accomplishments during his 12-year and 42-day administration, what interests me most about Franklin D. Roosevelt is his philatelic activities. Not … Continue reading President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Philatelist