Why collect stamps?
Stamp collecting has been going on for over 150 years and, having had a spell in the doldrums, is now enjoying a massive revival.
A lot of people collected when they were young, put their collections away and started again later in life when they have a bit of spare time and want to do something which not only keeps the brain active, but can be very social as well as creative.
Starting a collection is easy but can go to any level of complexity, it is down to you. You may decide to collect by theme of what is depicted on a stamp - such as birds, ships, healthcare or
bridges, anything you like. This is called thematics, building your collection around a subject that interests you.
Others adopt a more traditional approach, collecting by country or a time period for the country, such as Great Britian’s George V. Sometimes a real specialist will stick to just one issue such as Queen Victoria penny blacks or Queen Elizabeth Machins.
Then there is postal history which concerns itself with rates
TRANSPORT: is a popular theme
and routes which sounds dull but how about collecting letters carried exclusively by camels, or by submarine, or fired in a rocket or carried by balloon? Even solders’ letters from various battles – if we don’t keep them, who will?
It really is up to you, as is the amount you are going to spend on your new hobby. Some
BIG TICKET: £1m stamp
collections have cost millions, others just a few pounds. Stories of stamps being sold for big money will always hit the headlines, but go along to a few local stamp fairs - there is a list here or Stampex in Islington, London, and have a rummage around the dealers’ stock.
It is a bit like going to a car boot sale – if know what you are looking for there are treasures just waiting for you to pick them up.
Association of Philatelic Societies’ website for your local society. You are sure to receive a warm welcome and get plenty of help – after all, we were all beginners at one time.