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Washington Bicentennials

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Washington Bicentennial set is over 80 years old. Issued to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the first President's birth, the set was issued on January 1, 1932. It has always been a popular set and has more or less been the breaking p...
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Simplified Philately

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The opinion makers in philately held a serious discussion in the 1930s about what direction they hoped the hobby would go. By 1930 there was already a wide enough body of stamps issued for most countries that collectors were already beginning to lose...
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Aerograms

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


One of the pleasures of modern electronic communication is that it costs nothing per word to move. A short sentence costs the same to send as a dense file— that is, zero. And it doesn't matter how far the recipient is from the sender. An email to nex...
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Ryukyu Islands

Monday, November 20, 2017

ryukyu islands stamps

The Ryukyu Islands are a long archipelago off the main islands of Japan. Settled at an early period, the Ryukyu's independence from Japan is proven by the linguistic difference between the Japanese and Okinawans. Though written with many of the same ...
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1895 Scott Catalog

Friday, November 17, 2017

The 1895 Scott Catalog
The 1895 Scott catalog was a hardbound edition of over 500 pages. The Scott catalog began as J. Walter Scott's price list, and by 1880 had grown into an annual catalog that listed all the stamps of the world that had been issued to that time, whether...
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Mounting Problems

Thursday, November 16, 2017

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, stamp hinges are the worst form of mounts, except all others. Peelable hinges were a revolutionary innovation when they first became commercially available about 1920.  Before that, hinging was done by using some old ...
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What Makes Philately Different

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hobbies come in many types from knitting to horse shoes. Philately is categorized under the broad range of collectible hobbies. But philately is unusual in that it has been a very popular hobby for over 150 years and is still going strong. Most colle...
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Making The Best Use of Space

Monday, November 13, 2017

One constant issue that lifelong philatelists have with their collections and an issue about which their families have much to say is about the amount of space that a stamp collection takes up. For many collectors, a lifetime in philately means they ...

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Phil Ward And First Day Covers

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Image result for phil ward postal coversUS First day Covers began in earnest about 1909 and, more than anything, were the brain child of a young Philadelphia collector named Philip Ward. Ward went on to become a major US collector and dealer (in those days of the turn of the last Century, ...
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Stamp Wholesalers

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Philatelists in earlier generations grew up with a wealth of publications and literature that makes many of today's collectors envious. The Internet has meant that one can read about stamps any time for free, but the quality of what is written has di...
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