collecting one of the oldest hobbies. The stamp collecting hobby crosses
all borders and genders. There are many hobbies which were founded in
a particular nation only, whereas stamp collecting is universal. Stamp
collecting not only gives enjoyment to the hobbyist but also increases
their knowledge of many historical facts. It is a pastime for old and
stamp collecting hobby is for the people who have a good amount of patience.
Stamp collectors have to collect stamps from different sources. One
main source is from the letters that they receive. I know a diehard
stamp collector who has pen friends from all over the world.
collectors maintain and increase their list of pen friends in order
to get as many diverse stamps as possible. There are no limits to the
number of pen friends. Through the letters of pen friends, the stamp
collector not only gets the stamps of the different countries, but also
learns through the letter themselves of different cultures. It is quite
possible that stamps collected by this method have no significant dollar
value, but in the future, you may hit the jackpot.
someone new to the stamp collecting hobby, there are some good methods
to follow and tools required. Before collecting the different stamps,
buy a good stamp album. This doesn’t necessarily have to be very fancy,
but you want something that is sturdy. You can also make a simple stamp
album yourself. The album alone is not enough for storing the stamps;
buy large quantities of screens to mount the stamps into the album.
Commercial screens are nothing but special types of tape. The other
tools are a pair of tongs, tweezers, magnifying glass etc.
very first lesson for a new stamp collecting hobbyist is how to carefully
remove stamps from envelopes. There are many methods of removing stamps
from envelopes; the fast and simple method is soaking the whole envelope
in water (preferably in warm water), and removing the stamp with the
help of a pair of tongs or tweezers. After removing the stamp from the
envelope, put the wet stamp on blotting or filter paper which absorbs
the water from the stamp. To prevent large stamps from curling after
drying, put a heavy book on the stamps for some time.
stamps are then placed in the stamp album with the use of films. Some
stamp collecting hobbyists store their stamps in special envelopes.
You will want to make sure that your stamps are kept safe while allowing
for expansion of your collection over time.
are other methods of acquiring stamps, such as from the post office
when brand new edition stamps are issued. Due to the limited number,
these stamps are always high in demand. You can always exchange duplicate
stamps with other stamp collectors. Trading the stamps and exchanging
them to get the best collection is one of the most fun parts of the
hobby, so don’t be shy about making some trades.