- 19/10/23 10:10:00 AM
Here are some thoughts on how to enhance a collection.
A printed album is great, well laid out and systematically organised. You can see at a glance which stamps are still needed, and a pleasure when the album is complete. The only thing is, some-one else has organised it all, and there is no room for freedom and creativity. Added extras in the margins look out of place, untidy.
How to advance? Click below and read the article.
- 02/09/23 05:04:00 AM
As a collection of regular stamps nears completion, the last few gaps appear to be increasingly hard to complete. A few cheap but elusive stamps seem impossible to find (so why are they cheaply catalogued?); rarities available in Swiss auctions are beyond the normal budget.
Be patient, wait for an opportune moment, but what to do meanwhile?
Many collectors look for an interesting way to move sideways.
Here are some suggestions (Read more by clicking below):
- 25/06/23 08:14:00 AM
A vast flat land of forests and lakes, book-ended by Sweden and Russia,Finland has throughout history been dominated by it neighbours. Originally Finnish stamps showed a strong Russian influence, but from 1917 and new-found independence, Finnish stamps showed a strong national character. See below for more....
- 15/03/23 04:31:00 AM
FOCUS ON NORTH BORNEO
The race for colonies in distant tropical lands grew in the later 1800s. One adventurer, Alfred Dent, purchased leases in North Borneo in the 1870s from the Sultan of Brunei & Sulu and set up the North Borneo Chartered Company with a royal charter to develop the territory. Many collectors today may remember childhood days of being entranced by exotic scenes on stamps from North Borneo, which encouraged their hobby. For the story, click on "read more" below.
- 14/02/23 01:21:00 AM
In 1850 Austria issued her first stamps, which became classics. At that time her Empire stretched over half of Europe, but over next century, so much was to change. All is recorded on stamps and postal history. (Read more, see below)
- 21/11/22 10:48:00 AM
The purpose of SPECIMEN overprints is to remove postal validity from a stamp, but to retain it as an example in official records.
Some were kept by the printer as a record of true intended colour, to ensure future printings were colour accurate. Eventually archives were "leaked", or sold off when a major printer (e.g. De La Rue, or American Bank Note Co) ceased trading. Once neglected, these are now highly collectable, for various reasons - see the article below.
- 05/09/22 10:00:00 AM
Livingstone and Stanley were explorers in a general sense, but single-minded in their efforts to find a source of the Nile. Collectors too can be single-minded in a quest for completion, or allow a philatelic project to offer diversions and tributaries, bringing extra pleasures and experience. For an example involving collectors of Belgium, read on below....
- 23/07/22 04:48:00 AM
Pastures new are always tempting. The grass is greener on the other side, even in chilly Iceland. There comes a moment when every collector considers starting a new collection.
- 23/07/22 03:53:00 AM
Since 1066, the Brits have always had a connection with France.
French food, wine, Brigitte Bardot, all well loved aspects of our nearest neighbour. As for De Gaulle, maybe more problematic.
- 06/04/22 11:45:00 AM
Infinity is a strange concept. Without end, boundless, larger than any number.
How does this relate to stamp collecting?
- 22/02/22 01:09:00 AM
After the American Revolution, those who remained loyal to the British Crown were encouraged to resettle in Canada. "The Loyalists....were the very cream of the population of the Thirteen Colonies. They represented in very large measure the learning, the piety, the gentle birth, the wealth and good citizenship of the British race in America, as well as its devotion to law and order, British institutions, and the unity of the Empire." (Henry Coyne, writing in 1904).
- 23/01/22 10:00:00 AM
Siberia in January can be very cold, it is true. A temperature of minus 153 degrees F was recorded in Oymyakon in 1933, not a good holiday destination then (Stalin's purges) or even now. However, Russia is definitely HOT in terms of demand for their stamps. Why? (see main article in "READ MORE")
- 22/01/22 06:59:00 AM
It's not just about the increasing number of pages, a new binder in matching make or style can accommodate that problem. Easy!
It's more about what happens when the collection of basic stamps is approaching completion. Source of supply and affordability become more important problems for the last few gaps. This is actually an exciting time, because new possibilities emerge.....
- 10/12/21 08:39:00 AM
In the old days, some collectors kept dealers at arm's length.
Well, times have changed. "No Man is an Island" (wrote John Donne).
Your best friend is a dealer. You are reading his web page. Consider this as an opening door. Step inside.....
- 18/10/21 08:28:00 AM
Some collectors choose printed one-country albums, others develop personal layouts on plain pages. Does what they collect influence their choice of album type?
- 27/09/21 12:48:00 PM
Duplicates are not just duplicates....
- 23/08/21 10:23:00 AM
How many collections do you have? And why?
- 07/01/21 07:56:00 AM
The urge to complete is hard-wired into the brains of men.
- 28/08/20 06:38:00 AM
Covid has decimated tourism and travel. But, philately offers an alternative voyage, not only across continents, but back through the time of our parents and grandparents.
- 17/06/20 12:07:00 PM
When is a shade not a shade, and what is a changeling?