An Ebook On Stamp Collecting!
Funny thing about albums.
First, they hold memories – preserve remembrances of
your son’s 10th birthday party somewhere in a busy
downtown restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, the volleyball
tournament on the beach that hot summer day, the
forbidden snap shot of a famous painting in the
museum that you got reprimanded for, security guards
threatening to boot you out of the premises.
That’s probably the first album you pluck out of the
dusty shelves to show to friends – so that you can tell
them how a police officer in Paris gave you that stern,
warning look and all you could say was “oui, monsieur,
Second, this whole thing about albums may have given
rise to a craze called scrap booking. An offshoot most
likely, but who knows how long it will be around. All of
a sudden there are web sites promoting the hobby of
scrap booking. Stores in your neighborhood are setting
up shop selling all things big and small relating to scrap
But albums and stamp collecting?
Now, there’s a classic. It has remained à la mode,
even if it started ages ago, 140 years to be exact.
Stamp collectors have their own specialized albums.
And as seasoned and professional philatelists will say,
“just make sure you have enough pages in your album
to hold a lot of stamps.” Some people have been
known to keep more stamp albums than photo albums
in their attic.
Stamp collecting is a “mature” hobby – not because its
enjoyment is limited to older adults – the shut ins as
we like to call them – who derive much pleasure from
gazing at the flowers and the trees, the fish in the sea,
the airplanes and the towers – not only in their territory
but in places as remote as Papua New Guinea and
Stamp collecting is mature hobby because of its colorful
role in history, because of how it has evolved into a
pastime that has brought joy to millions of people
around the world.
Yet stamp collecting has an innocence all its own.
It’s a hobby that stirs something in each collector – a
longing to visit foreign lands, a keen investigative
sense for print and color errors, a yearning for
friendship, and an intellectual curiosity about what
other collectors are up to or have discovered.
Photographs in an album preserve those Kodak
moments that cannot be re-lived again. They trigger
friendly and humorous conversations among cousins
and aunts and great grandfathers, and they remind
people of what it was like when their hair was curly 10
years ago and not dyed. They bring to mind the tall
and lanky years, the awkwardness of a first kiss and oh
yes – that toga that was worn with so much pride.
But stamps in an album? How about history,
geography, and culture, for starters? How about
friendships that know no barriers or frontiers? How
about an all consuming passion that never ebbs or
This is the beauty of stamp collecting. It opens doors,
it’s the bottomless well of knowledge, and it’s the
pictorial story of a country and its heritage. It’s also
about the story of the men and women who work five
days a week to deliver our mail.
It’s about stamp dealers who wheel and deal and know
all about value and price and rarity. It is or was – once
a upon a time, about you and me.
This ebook will take you on a tour of the joys of stamp
collecting as a hobby, the terms and symbols used by
stamp collectors, the tools you’ll need should you
become a collector one day, and how to get started.
There’s also a section for you on the resources you can
tap to make your hobby as enjoyable and pleasurable
as you want it to be.
And much as we were tempted to include a poem about
stamp collecting, we’re not doing it. Because stamp
collecting is, in itself a poetic endeavor.