Beginner's Guide To Stamp CollectingThrough stamp collecting, one discovers educational information about sports, science, history, arts, currency, animals, rituals and customs of different countries and their people. The hobby of collecting stamps, also recognized as philately, is among the world’s most interesting and popular hobbies. Collectors find them attractive and fascinating at the same time educational.
Some collect traditional stamps or “by the country” and others collect topical stamps which are stamps by design and some collect copies of only one kind of stamp (specialist), and there are some who collect stamps from all parts of the world or all types of stamps that they can find (worldwide). It all really depends on one’s interests. For example, when one is fascinated with boats, one can collect stamps of boats and ships. Or any theme that interests you.
There are a lot of stamp collectors that specializes in collecting presently existing “commemoratives” as their past time. Commemoratives are special stamps which are released for a restricted time by the “post office”. They generally commemorate or celebrate special events or people, such as artists, wild life, antiques, and many others.
A beginner philatelist or collector can start collecting stamps that arrives on the mail. To take off a stamp the envelope, cautiously rip the envelope away surrounding the stamp, careful that the stamp is well preserved. Then soak it in warm water and the piece of the envelope that is attached to it will just turn loose and allow you to carefully lift out the stamp with the use of tongs. On a piece of absorbent paper, set the stamp and set down a thick book over it when dry so that to flatten it.
As a hobby, collecting stamps requires neatness and precision. Place the flattened and dried stamp in your album with hinges, or store it inside small “glassine envelopes” designed for stamp collecting.