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National Philatelic Societies

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Today there is only one national philatelic society— the American Philatelic Society. But throughout most of the last century there were three national societies— the APS, the Trans Mississippi Philatelic Association, and the Society of Philatelic Am...
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Encouraging Kids To Collect

Monday, November 6, 2017

Image result for young philatelistsIn all fields there are mantras that people repeat over and over as what would propel them and their organization to the top. In business, the holy grail is exporting to China (you know 1.5 billion people all of whom will soon need your widget), in h...
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Ken Whittle

Friday, November 3, 2017

When I was an annoying teenager helping out at the Apfelbaum stamp store in the 1960s, every Saturday brought in the fascinating Ken Whittle. Ken was the kind of philatelist that you saw a lot of then. Ken was the archetype of the "solitudinous colle...

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US Postage Trickles Downward

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Image result for sheets of us stampsThe Great Recession continues to have serious impact on the nation's employment picture, its housing market and, sorry to report, the market for US discount postage. For the last sixty years stamp collectors have bought and put away hundreds of milli...

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Changes In Postal Technology

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Image result for roman postal servicePhilately has done pretty well maintaining its appeal and relevance even as the technology of how mail has been carried changed significantly over the last 150 years. When stamps were first invented, all mail was carried by foot or by horse. This met...

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The First Official Stamp

Monday, October 30, 2017

Most collectors know the first philatelic story—Genesis of our hobby—the issuance of the Penny Black. Even more interesting is the story of Penny Black's twin sister, the 1840 1 penny Official. Rowland Hill envisioned twin stamps, the Penny Black for...
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The Masters

Friday, October 27, 2017

Every discipline has a set of arcana that must be learned by those coming into the field. But often, new disciples mistake how much needs to be known in order to be pretty competent. In literature, every generation, since they first wrote, has been i...

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Argentina Stamps

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Image result for rare argentina stampsArgentinian stamps should be among the most popular in the world. Philatelic popularity is predicated on three things— the education level of the nation, its wealth, and the natural collecting/object acquisitive nature of the ethnic group that makes ...
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Stamp Price Moves

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The psychology behind price movements is interesting. When something is scarce on the shelves, we all move to buy it. When it is abundant, we all wait. The gold market has been a classic example of this. Philately, too, has had its speculations, pric...
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Another Benefit of Our Hobby

Monday, October 23, 2017

Every age has its greatest fears, and what the early twenty-first Century is most afraid of is boredom. Our world provides constant diversion. Nearly everyone under the age of thirty is perpetually texting and looking at their phone. My TV has over 7...
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