Over the holidays, my grandfather gave me some old stamps. He didn't have them in an album, they were mostly in ziploc bags, but I sorted them all out. He said he got them a long time ago from a friend who was postmaster near our small town.
I put them in a stock book according to country and started doing some research about the hobby in general. They aren't in terrible
shape, but not great either. Most of them are acceptable. There are a lot of duplicates.
I discovered I have a stamp store like 10 minutes from my house! I was excited! I went in to buy the stock book and the guy could not have looked more bored. There were piles of stuff everywhere, some of it looked interesting, but honestly I got the feeling I was annoying him.
So now I'm left with what to collect and how to collect it. I wanted to focus on stamps with rainbows, but I have no idea how to put them in albums. I like how album pages look, with the blank areas you fill in, but is there a way to make your own pages with the specific topic you collect?
I've read about Vario and Lightning and Mystic and .... it's all so overwhelming, I wish I could just see samples of what you're all talking about. Might all the different kinds of albums be in a stamp store? Or a show? I think there will be one in April around here.
be the best way to find stamps for such a specific topic?
That Smithsonian album where you collect one from each country looked interesting too. Intimidating as heck, but interesting...
Thanks for any info you can give! I'm working on using the Scott catalogs at my library to identify what I have.