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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 07:24

Postage Stamps History

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The first stamp for postal services in the world was created and introduced in the UK, and it was called a Black Penny, having a picture of Queen Victoria on it. It is really an interesting thing, how people come up with stamps and how they were introduced to the public and how postal service could have been without stamps at all.

What Was before the Envelope?

The postal stamp era starts from 1840, the year when the first stamp was released. Before the paper stamps, there were other types, made from cork or wood. There were also special hand-stamps and inks for verification of letter payment and sender. No matter what systems of verification were popular, as they were sent without actual postal stamp on it.

At the beginning of postal service, people didn’t even think about envelopes. Frankly speaking, envelope was considered as only additioinal piece of paper which made the process rather more costy. In order to send a letter, you needed just to seal it so the message within is not seen. The one who receives your letter should pay for it, it is as simple as that. The fees for letters were comparatively high, so lots of people declined the letters coming to them. There were even profound cheating systems in order to fool the postal services. They used to write secret small messafes on the top of the letter, they saw it when they received a letter, and then they declined it. Because such system was too popular, the postal services made sender pay for the message and the era of postage stamps began.

Rowland Hill the Reformator

The postal reform took place because of efforts put by Rowland Hill. He changed the system that the postage fee was paid due to the weight of the mail, rather than its size. He was the one to come up with the first dhesive stamp in 1837, later he was made a knight for this invention. The first stamp – Penny Black – the beginning of stamps era, was firstly issued in UK in 1840. It led to the simplification of the letters’ payment process, as well as gave an ability to prepay letters, and the price was really affordable.

The Dawn of the Stamps

Sir Rowland Hill created the image of the first stamp which one penny worth. As this postage stamp was issued in black, later in history, it became famous all over the world as the Penny Black - first postage stamp ever made.

It was verified for usafe on 6st of May 1840, and two days later it was issued for common use. The first postage stamp in history, the Penny Black, became available to the public on May 8, 1840. It had a picture of Queen Victoria on it. Later the Penny Black two was released as well, with a seconf image of Queen Victoria. It is interesting that first stamps didn’t have perforations, as people didn’t figure it out back then, so they just cut it out with scissors or knives.

By the time Penny Black was released, there had been no use in indicating the country on a stamp, as UK was the one and only country that introduced stamps. Still to that day, UK doesn’t use the name of the country on their stamps, but they have another way of distinction: there always be an image of a reigning person no matter what theme of the stamp is.

As soon as stamps were introduced to UK residents, the postal system experienced a small revolution, as the system was simple and increased the speed of the work. Till the introduction of stamps there were 76 million of stamps send in 1839, which is really hard to compare to 1950 and 350 million and it increased a lot beck then. The popularity of letters lasted till the end of 1990’s, as the Internet messaging took its niche.

The Growth of Collectors

The presence of stamps has led to the growth of stamp collectors and the postage stamps of each country in the world became a subject for enriching the collection. Soon after the familiarizing with adhesive stamps in 1840, people started collecting these items. They couldn’t even imagine that their actions can lead to one of the most widespread hobby in the world. What’s more they couldn’t even imagine that people can get extremely rich because of few rare stamps gathered together.


Philately is the study about stamps, its history, and everyhting connected to postage stamps. Stamp collecting does not mandatory involve the study of stamps. Basically, you might be called a philatelist even though, you didn’t obrain any stamps. Philatelists often just use the scientifical approach and learn stamps that are important to history and are kept in museum, but basically philatelists do not have these stamps for themselves.

Source: stamp-collector.biz

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Friday, 22 February 2019 06:44

How to Get Stamps

There are many ways to get stamps for a collection. Some are free, some are negotiable and some are not. The methods listed here cover the major methods. Each method is discussed in detail in the Buying & Selling Guides Section of this Web site.

Free from incoming Mail: There are many ways to get postage stamps for your collection. The most common method is to ask family, friends and neighbors to save them for you from their incoming mail at work and/or home. Tell them to save the whole envelope since you want to cut off the stamps yourself. This way, you can make certain that the stamp isn’t damaged but one of them trying to peal the stamp off or cut the envelope too close to the stamp.

Besides, if the envelope has an unusual postmark, you may want to save the whole envelope for your collection. It costs them nothing extra and you gain some nice items for your collection.

Definitive stamps will be the bulk of what is collected but unwanted stamps can be accumulated over a period of time and sold or traded as a lot.

If you know someone who works in an office, or some place that receives a lot of mail, especially from others places in the world, ask them to be on the lookout for stamps and save them for you.

My sister used to work for a government office that received mail from all over the world and she would cut the envelope leaving about a 1+ inch margin all the way around the stamp and postmark. She’d wait until she had a few accumulated the give them to me. Make sure they ask their manager if it’s ok. Some organizations and government agencies are very particular about the littlest things, even stamps and postmarks.

Recently, many thousands of letters arrived in the U. S. from Nigeria asking for money. It was found that many of the stamps used on these envelopes were forgeries and they may be a valuable collectible in the future.

It’s taken a while to get my family trained but now I receive regular piles of stamps and can-pop-tabs for charity (Shriner’s Hospitals)

The U.S.P.S.: This may be an obvious choice for new issues. It’s actually not always the most economical way to get them.

Local Stamp Clubs: Trade with or buy from other collectors in your area. This is a good way to get to know other people with similar interests and other local collectors can give you the low-down on local stamp shows and dealers.

Stamp Shows: Stamp shows which have a bourse can also is a good place to look for stamps that you need while meeting dealers and other collectors in the area.

Dealers: These can be a good source of philatelic materials and if the dealer has a good business going may be able to offer a decent selection at a good price. Some dealers will negotiate but most have a higher markup due to the additional overhead cost of running a brick-n-mortar store. Even so you should explore the shops available to you and get to know the people who run them.

Auctions: On and off line. Auctions come in many different types and can be tricky to get the hang of. You need to know what you’re looking for, what is being offered and what the going prices are. To get the feel for auction on or off line you may want to attend and watch a few before joining the action.

Approval Services: This is how many collectors; particularly in rural area got started in collecting. I started getting stamps from H.E. Harris and later from a dealer named Robert Wagner.

Mail Order: There are many good mail order stamp companies which periodically release catalogs or price lists. These are not usually negotiable prices but the bigger companies are consistent and stand behind their products and the quality advertised is fairly reliable.

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 00:00

H.E. Harris

(January 21, 1902 – December 29, 1977) Boston

He was a philatelist and a pioneering stamp dealer who through his company, H.E. Harris & Co., popularized philately for many Americans, especially children. Harris began selling stamps at the age of 14 and eventually built one of the largest stamp businesses in the world.

Harris advertised extensively in popular non-philatelic magazines as well as philatelic journals throughout the world, promoting both himself and the stamp collecting hobby.

Harris used the radio show, "Ivory Stamp Club of the Air," and its popular host "Captain Tim" Healy to promote his business and stamp collecting. He supplied albums and stamps to the millions of listeners, thereby increasing the popularity of stamp collecting to the general public.

Harris also successfully promoted the hobby and his own company through his widely distributed booklets containing stories of famous collectors, famous rare stamps, and stamps with unusual human-interest stories. One of his most popular booklets was his The Stamp Finder, which helped novice and general collectors alike identify unusual stamps.

Over time, Harris's ads, offering a quantity of stamps for a small amount of money (usually ten cents) on condition additional stamps were sent on approval, became ubiquitous in many magazines and comic books. Harris's company, which was based in Boston, sent out millions of informational booklets and stamp approvals, all over the world. While the company was noted for selling low-cost packets of stamps, it also sold rarities as well.

Harris won international applause from the philatelic community for his action in the famous “Thatcher Ferry Bridge” case. His quick action in November 1962 prevented Canal Zone postal officials from flooding the market with deliberate misprints of the October 12, 1962 Canal Zone stamp issued for the opening of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge (now the Bridge of the Americas) over the Panama Canal. Several sheets (of Scott No. 157) were accidently printed with the silver ink, and thus the bridge, missing, and one sheet had reached the hands of a stamp collector. U.S. Postmaster General Day took steps to issue "missing bridge" reprints of the Canal Zone stamp to collectors as he had done in the case of the U.S. Dag Hammerskjold "inverted background" stamp (Scott No. 1204, issued October 23, 1962), flooding the market with the error.

With the APS acting in support, Harris eventually won his law suit against the Canal Zone government in 1965. He prevented it from reprinting the “missing bridge” error; the three sheets in its possession were transferred to government institutions. Harris received the Luff Award in 1966 for Exceptional Contributions to Philately.

Harris was elected posthumously to the American Philatelic Society Hall of Fame in 1979.

Source: coneysstamps.com

Published in Stamp Collectors
Sunday, 12 August 2018 00:00

Clyde Jennings

Clyde Jennings cut his philatelic teeth at the knees of his mother back in the 1920s and by the start of the next decade he was winning awards as a junior philatelic exhibitor at shows in his hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia. This legendary philatelist---whose 80th birthday was celebrated by over 250 of his closest friends at a huge "roast" in Sarasota, Florida---is one of our hobby's most honored. But it is in the field of off-the-cuff humor where Jennings truly shines... for he is certainly philately's most flamboyant character!

Flamboyant? Here is a man who has a closet containing more than 100 colorful sport coats in colors that virtually defy the rainbow. And he's quick to point out that, no matter what color sport coat he may be wearing, he is also simultaneously using the same color of underwear!

Clyde has been knocking us dead for most of the past half century. And he's beloved for a brand of humor that makes him perhaps the most sought after speaker at any philatelic affair. Receiving a letter from him is as much fun as reading the Sunday funnies...and enjoying an evening with him at dinner during a stamp show is more fun than listening to old Jack Benny radio programs. Philately is the greatest jor of his life...and he firmly believes that, without humor, the hobby ain't no fun at all.

But there's a serious side to Clyde, as well...for he has risen to be given the hobby's highest honors---richly deserved because Mr. Jennings is a true expert philatelist. His knowledge of early United States stamps is virtually without peer...and his experience as a championship philatelic exhibitor and respected judge is also almost without match. In 1989, he received the coveted John N. Luff Award from the American Philatelic Society, our pastime's highest honor. And in earlier years he served as president of the venerable Society of Philatelic Americans.

Today, Clyde continues to travel to many major stamp shows, usually accompanied by his loving companion, Frances, and a participant in philatelic activities that would leave a man half his age gasping for breath.

Clyde's great philatelic love is his support of Arizona's Postal History Foundation, an organization that devotes all of its time introducing stamp collecting to kids. In honor of his late wife, Clyde set up the Fran Jenning Memorial Fund, which among other things, helps finance the National Youth Exhibiting Championships.

No one on earth is a more devoted fan of stamp collecting.

Source: Coney Stamps

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Stamp collecting has shaken off its fusty image to become the latest old-fashioned hobby enjoying a surge in popularity.

Young Londoners, artists and famous names are starting collections, and stamp dealers have reported a big rise in sales. Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood are among the collectors.

The Royal Philatelic Society said it had noticed a significant rise in membership, and eBay reports a 30 per cent increase in sales of stamps in the past month. The online retailer says sales of books on the pastime are up 93  per cent in the past week.

Stanley Gibbons, the world's leading stamp dealership, said custom had increased by nearly a quarter in the past year and its membership had grown among young people.

James Swyer, the company's marketing coordinator, said: "A recently circulated project brief to London art colleges saw a surge of interest from budding designers, highlighting the relevance of the hobby in modern culture." Sharapova, 22, has collected stamps since she was a child.

"It is something introduced to me when I was very young," she said. "I have been very lucky over the years to travel to some amazing countries and I always try to collect stamps from every place I go. I am hoping one day that I will be able to hand my collection over to my kids." Collectors said the hobby was following in the footsteps of cheaper pastimes such as knitting, gardening and cupcake-baking, which have both enjoyed a resurgence.

Artist Phillipa England, who uses stamps as part of her work, which she sells online, said: "It's a cheap hobby. People are looking for things that are interesting but affordable, especially during recession. They are going back to old crafts like knitting, crocheting, and stamp collecting's part of that."

Dealers say social networking sites and online retailers have made it easier for collectors to discuss their hobby and to buy and sell.

There are about 50 million stamp collectors worldwide, but very few stamps are worth more than a few pounds.

The Queen's head ... and Shakespeare's too

* 2.5 million people in Britain — 5.4 per cent of the population — collect stamps.

* The world's rarest stamp is the 1c British Guiana of 1856, now valued at more than $1 million (£606,800).

* In 1996 the Treskilling Yellow, from Sweden, sold for $2.5 million.

* In 1964, William Shakespeare became the first person other than royalty to appear on a British stamp.

* The UK is the only country that does not carry its name on stamps.

* The standard monarch stamp, the Machin Definitive, is the most reproduced image in history.

* The biggest selling single special was the Princess Diana memorial issue. Some of the Welsh language presentation packs have sold for hundreds of pounds.

* With an average increase in value of 10 per cent a year — 36.8 per cent last year — stamps are among best investments of the last 100 years, ahead of bonds, silver and gold.

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