Stamp Collecting

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I’ve started a new hobby: Stamp Collecting. I love seeing fun, different stamps on all of the mail I receive and I make an effort to use stamps that I think the recipient might enjoy. I’ve saved stamps for a long time, mostly by color, some by theme, to use them in my zines, artist trading cards, junk journals, and other creative paper hobbies I enjoy.

When we visited the National Postal Museum in 2010, I purchased a stamp album and have been putting my favorite stamps in there, but I didn’t consider myself a collector as I didn’t seek them out or purchase stamps to get a certain one … until now.

My collection of author/book themed stamps

With the lockdowns and being at home so much, I signed up for some newsletters, joined a couple groups, and purchased my first set of used stamps (Zeppelins & Balloons). I also have favorite stamps with Christmas, famous people, cartoons, and a few other select themes. Some stamps don’t fit within a theme but I like them a lot so save them, like the Uncle Sam stamp below.

uncle sam on bicycle stamp

Last summer I purchased three cigar boxes filled with over 9,000 postage stamps – mostly used, but some were new. Over the winter, I sorted them by country while setting aside my favorites and any that fit into my collections.

Some resources I’ve used:

Mystic Stamp Company

American Philatelic Society

Postal History Foundation

National Postal Museum

 

 

 

 

Jackie

Hello! I love all things stationery, papery, epistolary including planners, office supplies, mail, postcards, doodles, desks and organization, postage stamps and mail art.

5 Comments

  1. Mia on January 18, 2021 at 6:54 pm

    You may be interested in the youtube channel, Exploring Stamps. He comes across with such enthusiasm, and humour.

    Next, you’ll be wanting that toilet paper stamp Austria produced!

    • Jackie on January 18, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks for that information! I’ll check it out. Sounds interesting. I think I saw mention somewhere of the toilet paper stamp, probably Twitter which is where I see most things (or Instagram).

    • Jackie on January 19, 2021 at 8:26 pm

      Hi Mia,
      I watched one of his videos yesterday. I forgot I had seen him before when I watched a training video on storing stamps. I hadn’t realized he had a regular channel and was a stamp personality. Thanks again for sharing. I am following him now.

  2. Hester on January 20, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Hi Jackie

    Casual Stamp collecting is fun and they can be used in all sorts of ways.

    Have you thought about Artist Stamps? A whole other area of fun

    Take care

    Hester

    • Jackie on January 25, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      I love artistamps and have tried at my hand at such, but never really happy with the result. Maybe more experimenting is called for. Do you make artistamps?

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