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Land of the Free and Happy Philatelists
Philately, or the study of stamps, is a huge field of study that has captured the attention of many Americans over the years. This fascination with stamps and the history that surrounds them has led to a hobby related to philately, which is collecting stamps.

Lay The Foundation
Before you decide to start housing your stamp collection, you need to do some preplanning. This can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. One of the first things you need to consider is to make sure that your storage location is dry and not subject to extreme temperature swings.

Laying The Proper Foundation
If you have ever built a home, had a house built for you, or watched the construction of any building, you know that site preparation and building a proper foundation are essential to the overall structure. Before the labor on the aesthetic elements of the building begins, considerable attention mus

Learning The Lingo
Like any hobby, stamp collecting has its own lingo. If you are going to be a serious collector, you need to know the lingo. Stamp collecting as a hobby dates back to the 1840s, when the first stamp known as the “Penny Black” was issued by Great Britain.

Locating A great Stamp Dealer
Working with a stamp dealer is not the same as dealing with your local hardware when you decide to purchase some electrical tape or a similar item. A good stamp dealer will take an interest in what stamps you are collecting. He should be keeping an eye on what items that you may be interested in add

Looking Through A Stamp Catalog
Stamps have three basic values: • Catalogue value. • Market value. • Resale value.

Mail Service Slowdown Coming
While this post may be a bit off topic, I believe it is important none the less. The Postal Service has given a tentative estimate of how closing 82 mail-processing plants will slow mail delivery in the future. The Postal Service claims to be able to preserve overnight mail delivery at about 66 perc

Make Stamp Collecting A Family Affair

Making Stamp Collecting Friends Online
No matter how many local stamp clubs exist or how many people may attend the various stamp shows and bourses week to week, stamp collecting is generally a haven for introverts.

Making The Grade
Most postage stamps are nothing more than small fragile pieces of paper. One cannot emphasize the “fragile” nature of stamps enough. While stamps are nearly always printed on high-quality paper which should last for a very long time, a stamp’s longevity can be cut short by improper care.

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