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Stamp Prices and the Dollar

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Image result for CurrencyUntil 1970 the stamp market in the United States was mostly determined by the domestic market alone. Virtually all stamps, both US and Foreign, that were sold in this country were sold to domestic buyers. International travel was unusual and expensiv...

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Mint United States

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Image result for 1930 post officeTraditionally, most collectors of United States stamps have collected in a similar fashion. They collected the stamps after 1930 mint and in Very Fine NH condition. From 1900-1930 they collected mint as well but usually were content with hinged stamp...

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The Kobans of Japan

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

One of the more unknown and interesting areas to collect is the Koban issues of Japan. Unlike the first two Japanese issues which have been extensively forged (actually faked #1-8 of Japan are about ten times more common than the genuine, and forgeri...
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Boxes of Stamps

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Image result for pile of stampsUntil about 1970 the vast majority of stamp collectors were world wide collectors. They often concentrated (mostly in this country in American and Canadian stamps) but the large majority of collectors in that generation maintained world wide collecti...

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Classic Norway

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Image result for NorwayThe first two issues of Norway have always held great interest among serious philatelists. The First stamp, an imperf, is one of the most popular in philately. It was printed widely apart so nearly always comes with large margins. It is plateable, me...
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Care of Stamp Collections

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Image result for lighthouse stamp albumMost collectors take good care of their stamps, at least while they are actively collecting. Albums that are in your office or library are usually kept on the living floors of your house, and they are subject to the same temperatures and humidity tha...

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George VI

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Image result for George VIThere are six different Monarchs of Great Britain who have ruled since stamps were issued. Five of them have left a very prominent philatelic footprint (Edward VIII was king for a bit less than a year and made no impact on stamp collecting). Certainl...

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Philately and Charity

Monday, May 7th, 2018

Image result for pro juventuteMany collectors choose what they collect so as to both maximize their philatelic pleasure and, at the same time benefit the charitable and political groups that they are interested in. This kind of collecting and stamp issuance has a long tradition. ...
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Hiram Deats Library

Friday, May 4th, 2018

AboImage result for Hiram Deats libraryut forty years ago (as one of the first stamp tasks I was involved in professionally), we consulted with the Philadelphia Library over their philatelic collection. Philadelphia had been the recipient of the Hiram Deats library which was donated to...

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Newspapers

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Image result for first us newspaperCollectors of United States stamps are accustomed to thinking that, when postal patrons of the Nineteenth Century wanted to mail newspapers, they used specially prepared Newspaper stamps. This was the case in the United States, a country that in the ...
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