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Posted 04/17/2009   5:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stamperdude to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I copied this message from a posting on Virtual Stamp Club by Fred at APS. I thoughts it would be helpful for some of our members.

A New Gateway to the Stamp Hobby:
www.learnaboutstamps.com

There's a new Internet destination for beginners, a welcoming doorway for those who wish to explore the world of stamp, postmark, and cover collecting: www.learnaboutstamps.com


The site is a finding guide, a gateway concisely offering links to important information from many different sources via a single unified hub. Think of it as a major metropolitan train station not a destination in itself, but a place where many routes to a vast range of other destinations may be accessed.

Learn About Stamps is a collaborative effort of the American Philatelic Society, the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the Philatelic Foundation, and the United States Postal Service, in cooperation with the American Stamp Dealers Association and many individuals in the philatelic community. It began as a project of the NPM Council of Philatelists.

The table of contents at the Learn About Stamps home page presents seven "chapters," each offering answers to a particular beginner question: What is stamp collecting?; What is postmark and cover collecting?; How can I begin stamp collecting?; How can I obtain stamps for my collection?; How do I find out more about stamp collecting?; What do I need to know when it comes time to dispose of my collection?; and How can I get more involved in stamp collecting?

A single click on any one of these questions instantaneously transports the visitor to a page with links to other websites more than 300 of them, in all that answer the question, as well as providing information on related needs and interests. For example, click on Chapter III ("How can I begin stamp collecting?") and you are presented with a veritable smorgasbord of 146 stamp websites addressing different aspects of that question from how to obtain, identify, arrange, store, and exhibit your stamps, to what tools to acquire and how best to make use of them as a budding collector.
The Learn About Stamps finding guide benefits all participants. For the fledgling philatelist, whether age 8 to 80, it makes it easy to get practical, intelligent answers to questions that frequently frustrate newcomers to the stamp hobby. And for the organizations behind the many different websites to which those questions are directed, including Linn's Stamp News, the APS, the NPM, and many, many others, it brings new visitors who might otherwise never have made the journey.
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Posted 04/17/2009   8:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add kirks to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the link, stamperdude.

I haven't explored all of the site yet, just starting on it.

My only hesitation so far is a statement I noticed on the Terms of Use page, "Links are updated twice a year."

That seems a little extreme -- other than that, I think it's great and obviously has some great sponsors. I'm adding it to my Bookmarks.

KirkS
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Posted 04/17/2009   10:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add laswabbie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice link. Its amazing just how much good information there is these days. When I was starting there was nothing unless you had a mentor or belonged to a club. I remember people using Scotch tape to mount stamps, and in many cases, if there wasn't a picture in the album we wouldn't even know what country it was from.
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Posted 04/18/2009   12:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stefanib123 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, I like it! Its great for people like me. And its nice having a lot of info in one spot. I find tons of stuff on the net, but its better having it all on one site.

Laswabbie, I would never have become a stamp collector if not for the internet, let alone have a clue about what I was doing.

I know people say that email has killed stamp collecting, but wouldn't people like me, that wouldn't have started collecting without the internet, kind of offset that?

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Posted 11/24/2009   3:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Zaro to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Looks like a good place to start, I will check it out more later.
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Posted 01/03/2010   3:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KiwiStamp to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes had a look at this site, not bad and a good place for new collectors to check out. Also many good books out there you just have to find them and not all libraries have a lot but check them out to.
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Posted 01/03/2010   3:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ziggy9 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I don't know how I missed this before. Sounds like a great place to send Scouts!

Richard
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Edited by ziggy9 - 01/03/2010 3:50 pm
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Posted 01/03/2010   4:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Cjd to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for bringing this back to the top, KiwiStamp. This will be well worth adding to a handout for kids.

Collin
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Posted 01/03/2010   5:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add theswedishtiger to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
my stamp site is not listed on it :-(
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Posted 04/06/2011   1:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add artlaunier to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Tiger,

Don't feel too bad. I use your site for reference when I'm on the road and that's a lot. Just having said that, I left a modest donation so you can continue to keep it going. Its a great site, well done, easy to navigate, great documentation.... What else can I say? Oh yeah, I recommend it to all other collectors I meet.
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Posted 08/18/2011   9:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add yin202417 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
thanks .It will help me
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