1) Stamps Are Fun
By more than 3 to 1 the public chose this portrait to immortalize the legendary Elvis Presley. 1,128,923 votes were cast!
When you collect stamps, you’re in complete control. It’s one corner of the world where whatever you say – goes. Your stamp time is your own, a time to relax, escape the everyday routine, and expand your horizons. And stamp collecting always has something fun to offer... sorting, arranging and mounting your stamps, acquiring new ones, finding out the intriguing stories behind your stamps, exploring the fascinating world of watermarks, secret marks, errors, perforations, and so much
Collecting stamps is challenging and personally satisfying. You’ll experience the thrill of the chase as you finally acquire that special stamp you’ve been looking for and then another and another... Whatever your interest, stamps provide you with an oasis of pleasure in an often hectic world.
2) Stamps Are Affordable
This stamp was issued in 1870, over 130 years ago. Yet it sells for just $1.25 in used condition.
3) Stamps Are History
A historical snapshot – the Landing of Columbus is captured forever on this 1893 stamp from America’s (and the world’s) oldest commermorative series.
Like tiny mirrors, stamps reflect our historical heritage and our heroes, as well as our culture and our achievements. They reflect what we as Americans feel is important, who we honor, what events have shaped our lives and the lives of everyone on this planet. Our accomplishments, hopes and dreams... conquering space, discovering medical cures, preserving our environment, making the world a more peaceful place. U.S. stamps are a tribute to all this.
Stamps are souvenirs of our past – history you can hold in your hands.
4) Stamps Are Travel
The ultimate journey – "One small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind." -Neil Armstrong upon his descent to the surface of the moon, July 20, 1969.
5) Stamps Are Art
Frederic Remington made the old West his specialty, painting and sculpting Native Americans, cowboys, soldiers and horses. Shown above is "The Smoke Signal."
6) Stamps Are Valuable
The Inverted Jenny Error worth $100,000! This one survived the London Blitz of World War II.
7) Stamps Are Important
The issue of the world’s first adhesive postage stamp in England revolutionized the way mail was sent. After May 6, 1840, the cost of sending a letter was paid by the sender instead of collected from the recipient. The price was just one British penny per ounce, rather than being based on distance. This change enabled the common man to communicate much more affordably. Mail volume more than doubled in the year following its issue.
This is the world’s first postage stamp – The Penny Black. Instantly popular with collectors, this stamp shows Queen Victoria at 18. The Queen never allowed any other portrait of herself to be used on a British stamp!
But stamps are important not only because they enable us to communicate through letters; stamps are a statement about who we are as Americans. They are symbols of our struggles and our strengths – of victory in war, progress in peace, and faith in the future.
Best of all, stamps give the gift of a fun, happy and healthy hobby to us and 20 million other Americans.
The Seven Best Reasons to Collect Stamps