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Congo Free State Created Bicolored Stamps
From 1185 to 1908, the Congo Free State was a corporate state owned by the Belgian King Leopold II. The king was the sole shareholder and chairman of the Association Internationale Africaine, a dummy corporation with no direct connection to the Belgian government.

Council Of Hobby Proposed
Mark Reasoner, president of the American Stamp Dealerís Association, is proposing the creation of a standing council of 11 hobby leaders and representatives. The purpose of the proposed council has three goals to accomplish: recruit Internet-only collectors and dealers into organized philately, recr

Cozying Up To A Postal Clerk
No matter how you start collecting stamps you are going to have to venture out further to find new specimens for your collection. Once you have exhausted your own mail and whatever your friends, neighbors, and relatives save for you, you will need to think a bit out-of-the-box.

Creating Collection Boundaries
If you are collecting flags on stamps, you can easily pick out the red-white-and-blue U.S. flag. The U.S. has issued dozens of stamps depicting our glorious flag. As such, anytime you see a U.S. stamp with the familiar symbol, you will likely add this stamp to your collection. Most U.S. stamps depic

Dealing With Stamp Dealers
Working with a stamp dealer is not the same as going down to your local hardware store to buy a screwdriver. A good stamp dealer will take an interest in what you are collecting.

Detecting Forged Stamps
If you donít know which stamps in your collection are subject to forging, you may not realize that you may have any fakes in your collection until you decide to sell off your collection. Once a fake is spotted in your collection, your whole collection will come under a greater scrutiny.

Dictators On Stamps Of The World.
A dictator is defined as a ruler with total power over a country. The term originated from the ancient Romans. During the Roman Republic circa 509=27 B.C., a dictator wan an extraordinary magistrate appointed by the senate in times of emergency. Roman dictators were given absolute power for a limite

Difference between A Stampís Condition And Grade
In essence stamps are nothing more than small pieces of paper. One can not emphasize the fragile nature of stamps enough.

Different Types Of Stamps
For many years, stamps have been a significant part of manís history. In fact, it has been known as the single most motivating force for people to infuse history into the modern world of information technology. This goes to show that in spite of the various gadgets and mechanisms that we have been a

Do You Need Stamp Expertizing?
Stamp expertizing is needed when a stamp cover looks too good to be true, when an unlisted error is "discovered" for an old stamp, and when the stamp issue has a history of being subjected to a lot of fakery. Underlying these reasons are two others: you don't have the experience to authenticate a st

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