Antique Collector - Antique Stamp Collecting


The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840. It pictured a young Queen Victoria, was produced without perforations (imperforate), and consequently had to be cut from the sheet with scissors in order to be used. While unused examples of the "Penny Black" are quite scarce, used examples are common, and may be purchased for reasonable sums, depending upon their condition.
Children and teenagers were early collectors of stamps in the 1860s and 1870s. Many adults dismissed it as a childish pursuit. Little did they know; Stamp collecting is now one of the world's most popular hobbies of all ages.
It is commonplace to hear that the future of stamp collecting is bleak, because of the increasing popularity of e-mail and other electronic forms of communication. However, both the telegraph and the telephone were revolutionary alternatives to physical mail when introduced in the 19th century, yet neither did much to dent the popularity of real stamps on real letters.


Collecting Antique Stamps


1800 Stamps of the World: A Stunning Visual Directory J Mackay
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Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Southwater (23 Feb 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1844763463
ISBN-13: 978-1844763467
Dimensions: 29.4 x 22.8 x 2.2 cm


The Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamp Collecting James Mackay
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This book provides essential information on special items and categories - including first day covers, charity seals, postmarks, flaws and essays. This is the ultimate guide to embarking on the world's most popular hobby. Countless examples of the bizarre and beautiful stamps that have emerged since the very first issue of 1840. Beautifully illustrated.



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Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: IPC Media - Focus Network (25 April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0862962935
ISBN-13: 978-0862962937
Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.6 x 1.2 cm


British Stamp Market Values
by Guy Thomas
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Publisher: Stanley Gibbons Limited (25 April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0852596774
ISBN-13: 978-0852596777
Dimensions: 20.8 x 16 x 1.8 cm


Great Britain Concise Catalogue
by Hugh Jefferies
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Guide to Stamp Collecting
by Janet Klug
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Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Collins (April 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061341398
ISBN-13: 978-0061341397
Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm


The History of the World in Stamps
by Laurent Lemerle
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Laurent Lemerle became a stamp collector after he discovered, in the attic of his family's home, an album that was put together by his father during World War II. Today, he owns over 10,000 stamps published during the 20th century that come from every country in the world. "Stamps of the World" includes the most beautiful pieces in his collection.

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