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Philately: How to start, maintain and earn from stamp collection
Philately, or in simpler terms, collecting stamps is the most popular and most widespread hobbies in the world. It is often referred to as the king of hobbies. This article tells you what is philately, how to start your own stamp collection, how to maintain the stamp collection successfully, how to gain knowledge from philately and above all, how to earn from collecting stamps.
Philately, or in simpler terms, collecting stamps is the most popular and most widespread hobbies in the world. It is often referred to as the king of hobbies. Philately is loved by people because of many reasons. To know more about this useful hobby, read on.
What is philately?
Philately is simply defined as the process of collecting postal stamps. As a stream of knowledge, the term philately refers to studying about stamps, understanding the historical and cultural context of their origin etc. As a hobby, however, the term refers to having your own stamp collection and being a passionate stamp lover. Most people think that collecting stamps means removing them from the postal cover and pasting them to a notebook. This is definitely not the right way to do stamp collection, whether as a scientific hobby, or for mere pleasure. Philately demands treating stamps with respect, realising their value, studying their context, keeping them safe, and enjoying it. We often wonder why so many people consider philately as a hobby than anything else. The below section provides answer to it.
The advantages of philately
Collecting stamps is the most popular and widely adopted hobby. From children to octogenarians, everyone seems to be fascinated by the sheer magic of stamps. Why is it so? Here are a few reasons why philately is a favourite hobby for many:
Collecting stamps does not cost much.
Philately can provide happiness and enjoyment to anyone, from children to adults. Adults may be fascinated by the variety and importance of the stamps, whereas children love the colourful world of pictures.
We can learn a lot from stamps, especially about the different countries from which stamps originated. This knowledge can be about history, culture, agriculture, industries, monetary system, economy etc of those countries.
Stamp collection is globally recognised, and there is the scope of participating in exhibitions and similar philately competitions.
By carefully treating, maintaining and exchaning the stamps, children learn the lessons of precision and order.
Many does not know it, but philately can be a soruse of income if it is carefully maintained.
Different types and methods of collecting stamps
There are many classifications when it comes to stamp collection. Following are some of them:
Thematic collection refers to the classification of stamps according to the theme mentioned in them. Some stamps are issued to commemorate the festivals. Some feature agricultural and industrial milestones of a country. Another group of stamps portray the famous personalities of a country. Stamps can also be based on themes such as biodiversity, sports, historical milestones etc. Thematic collection deals with classifying and arranging the stamps on the basis of these themes.
A temporal collection refers to the classification of stamps according to the year in which they are issued. Sometimes, stamps are divided on the basis of historical milestones as well. For example, in India, we divide the stamps into pre-Independence era and post-independent era stamps. This also is an example of temporal classification.
A spatial collection of stamps means classifying the stamps according to the country which has issued the stamp. Thus we group the stamps to Indian, U.S, British, German and so on. This type of collection helps to gain the knowledge about a particular country in detail.
How to start collecting stamps?
You may treat stamps with care, unless there is always a chance that they will get damaged and useless. First all, you may ask your friends and acquaintances to give you the stamps that they get through posts. You may not tear the stamp off the envelope. You can soak the envelope in water and after a while, the stamp will come off on its own. Once it comes off, you may carefully pick it up and let it on a paper to dry. When it gets completely dried, you can place them within a stamp album.
How to maintain and grow your stamp collection?
Maintaining and growing the stamp collection is the most difficult work. When you get a few stamps, you can classify them according to the ways mentioned above. You can also classify in many other ways. Once you classify the stamps, you may put it in the album. When your collection grows, you can classify them time to time in this way. There are many ways to grow your collection. You can ask your friends and acquaintances to give you the stamps they get. If you have any friends who get a lot of mail, especially in office, you can request them to collect the stamps and give them to you. If any of your friends have an active stamp collection, you can exchange stamps with them. If you have more than one copy of the same stamp, you can give it to your friend and request him/her to give another stamp in exchange. You can become member in stamp clubs where people interested in philately come together and exchange stamps. You can also become member of online communities. Finally, if you are considering philately as a serious hobby, you can buy stamps as well.
How to learn new things from stamp collection?
You can earn a lot from a stamp. For this, you can easily maintain a stamp catalogue. Whenever you get a new stamp, record its details. Thus you can make a catalogue. A stamp catalogue should contain the year, value, theme, country etc of the stamp. Whenever you encounter something unfamiliar, you can look it up in the internet. You will learn a whole lot of new things from this.
How to earn from philately?
You can earn from philately if you collect rare stamps. Rare stamps include old stamps, stamps which are not available nowadays, the stamps which are not issued any more etc. If you get many of those stamps, you can auction them in internet. Many are interested in buying such stamps. There are exceptionally unique stamps as well. These include stamps with errors and mistake. A stamp with an error is a unique one because they don't have a similar copy anywhere in the world. Such stamps can bring a fortune because often people are willing to pay millions for them. However, collecting error stamps is a mere luck and it will not happen very often.
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