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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.
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.
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: