Did you know that postage stamp collecting- even in our digital age- remains one of the most popular collecting hobbies in the world? Stamp collectors- sometimes known as philatelists- still number in the tens of millions, and in rapidly developing nations...
A brief history of how postage stamps came to be, along with an introduction to stamp collecting. Once described as "The World's Greatest Hobby," stamp collecting flourished until the rise of technology in the 1980s. After three decades of decline, the hobby is now enjoying a rebirth.
Get excited bird lovers and stamp collectors, the United States Postal Service has added Montana state bird, the Western Meadowlark, as the most recent addition to the Songbirds Forever Stamp Collection.
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Some think the advent of email spelled doom for stamp collecting. In fact, the Internet has helped the hobby, as stamp collectors now use their computers to connect with other enthusiasts around the world, in ever greater numbers.
Daily Echo LASTING HOBBY: Brian Motteram with some of his stamps Daily Echo The philatelist even has one of the first stamps ever issued – the Penny Black, featuring a picture of the young Queen Victoria, which was introduced on May 1, 1840.
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