Another wandering post:
New collectors should spend some time roaming the internet looking at the vast array of philatelic possibilities. If you live near a club or philatelic museum, go visit. If not, get on line. There are literally thousands of sites to explore, and search engines are getting pretty good at digging them out.
Go to some of the major auction sites and look at some really stunning rarities. Here's one I like http://www.cherrystoneauctions.com/gallery.asp
( And no, I don't think Aunt Jeannie's album has any of them in it
To the thought at hand:
I know there are "X"- billions of stamps that have been produced and used throughout stamps history, billions lost through time and billions (maybe
) soaked off cover to be put in collections.
While we can't undo the past:
I hope we will spend a bit more time with the stamps on covers that come our way. Even if you are not interested in collecting covers, take the time to see what you have before you make the final decision. For one thing, even ordinary stamps look nice on cover.
How about if these ordinary stamps were off cover, what part of the story or historical view would we have lost.
What could they have told us about their to and from journey.
O.K. then, you're not interested in history, how about turning pennies into dollars:
Scott 605 - 15Â¢ off cover. $15 on cover used as 3rd class mail.
But you have a space in your album for this stamp you want to fill. I'll bet someone will be happy to trade you one like it for that cover (plus a few more).
Not to beat a dead horse, but if you could take your choice, what do you think it would be.
Our stamps are historical , every one was made with a story behind it,when we look at them we should try and find out what that was, however you find it.
You say you only like "bug" stamps. That's o.k., there are probably as many stamps about and collectors of, who like them, and plenty of them are on this board.
Good! Enjoy them for all that they can teach and show you.
Many times even a simple thing can have an amazing story when you pull that thread:
The message side talks about this years upcoming Kearsarge veterans meeting, this being the 42ed anniversary.
But, you may say, they're only stamps and postmarks and envelopes we're collecting, not real
history. Maybe; but wait until the first time you go behind that door, and see the history and humanity that ties us to what we are holding:
You may have the stamp, they are fairly common; even the postmark "Dresden", a major German city with hundreds of years of history and culture.
Post mark: Dresden 1946 (Russian zone):
Google it, get a book, find out for yourself what the world was doing at that time. (I don't think schools teach it anymore
Or this one. I don't know how it makes you feel, But every time I read it , it stops me cold, and I contemplate all the sacrifices people and our families made before us.
All for now, but I do not wish to leave on a somber note, so I give you this:
One very dull cover.
Except for this:
I don't even want to know what they would do if he owed them $10
None of what I've shown is expensive or rare. And even if I sell all the stamps I have, I could not buy even one of Cherrystones rarities. But, they are mine, I like them & I do believe I think I'll keep them.
To steal two motto's for collectors:
The first on how to treat our stamps:Hippocratic oath (paraphrased) - "First, do no harm".
The second on how to enjoy our stamps:Nike's "Just do it".
My best to all here,
"I don't have a lot - But I like what I got"