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Sales Tax & Stamps

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mail and Internet sales have long had an advantage relative to ordinary retail sales in that there was no sales tax charged for interstate sales. Buy a set of zeppelins from your local retailer for a thousand dollars, and it will cost you $60-$80 mor...
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Stamps Had A Great Run In The 1970s

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The 1970s were the halcyon days of philately. The inflation of the Carter years was fierce, and inflation rates for many years topped 10%. Add to this, currency controls in Great Britain had meant that people began to lose faith in money. Remember fo...
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Stampless Covers

Monday, July 24, 2017

Philately is the study and collecting of postage stamps. But mail carriage existed for over a thousand years before the first postage stamp was issued and through the history of our hobby many collectors have ventured back to collect these postal art...
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How Many People Collect Stamps?

Friday, July 21, 2017

Image result for casual stamp collectingIndividual hobbies attract relatively small percentages of the population and always have. Take chess—a cerebral game that attracts many of the same type of people as philately but with significantly more market penetration. The writers at the chess ...
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Three Generations Of Collecting Stamps

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Couple of years back a family brought us a collection that has been in their family for nearly 150 years. The collection had been started by their great-grandfather in 1860, carried on by their grandfather, and then their father who passed away last ...
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One Hundred Years

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Image result for 1913 stampsA century is a long time in history. In 1913, less than 2% of American homes were electrified. Virtually no one had a car; perhaps only a few dozen brave people had flown in planes. There was nearly no surgery; any infection was potentially life thre...
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Three Types of Limited Issue Stamps

Monday, July 17, 2017

 

The relationship between privately produced stamps and those for public use is a complex one, and how these stamps are classified has a tremendous impact on their future philatelic popularity. Thule has existed, at least on maps and in cartographers...
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Philatelists See Red

Friday, July 14, 2017

Stamps of the earlier eras were color coded. The United States first class postage rate stamps of the Nineteenth century were red-brown (the overseas stamps were blue). So were the first class postage stamps of Great Britain, Canada, and Austria. The...
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Collecting With Vision

Thursday, July 13, 2017

 

Fashion is as prominent in philately as it is in clothing or movies. Over the 150 years of our hobby many items that were once popular have lost collector appeal and some areas that were once neglected are now more popular. In the 1930s and 1940s pr...
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Collecting Philatelic Covers In US

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cover collecting is the generic term for collecting stamps on envelopes. It includes two broad categories: Postal historical covers, that is, stamps on envelopes collected to show the stamps as they were used for postal purposes, and Philatelic cover...
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