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Canada
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Posted 01/12/2020   4:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add helder to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
danstamps54, I loved your comments.

I'm starting a Canada collection and read some many tips from your comments.
Thank you for share it with us!
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United States
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Posted 01/12/2020   6:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Walkman82 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Climber Steve,

Good to see another local Denverite (although I'm in Centennial). Agree with your sentiments on gambling and I25, so glad I work only 10 minutes from home in DTC. If you're ever up to meet and trade, let me know. I have several worldwide collections in albums (not my own, just picked them up along the way) that haven't been touched in many years.

Scott
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United States
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Posted 01/14/2020   10:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Scott: just sent you a PM. Steve
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Posted 01/24/2020   01:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add caspian65 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I got hooked around 1979/1980 in 5th grade, I think someone from the Post Office came to our class to talk about stamp collecting. My best friend and I started collecting US in matching Liberty albums. I remember saving our lunch money even into high school to buy stamps on approval. Unfortunately, a slight mishap at home forced me to sell my collection to pay for a damaged item... I was 16 or 17 at the time.

About 5-6 years later I got the itch again and started another collection, sold it in the early 2000's (was laid off from my job), started another one a few years later, sold that one (to pay for overages on home addition/improvement project) and after 7 years am back at it again.

There are 2 main things that attracted me to the hobby. The first was the history and what could be learned from the stamps. It's only because of stamps that I know all the US presidents in order. While I only use National albums now, I really enjoyed the captions in the Liberty album for each stamp.

The second thing that attracts me is the thrill of the hunt/treasure-hunting. My rules for any hobby is that the hobby has to pay for itself. I never spend "family" funds on hobbies. I have another hobby restoring 1960's Mustangs/Shelby's that I do pretty well with... but that's another story. I've gotten lucky several times and bought US Scott 84's that were advertised as 87's or 85B's advertised as 87's. Every once in a while I'll buy a 'lottery ticket' Scott 86... I haven't gotten lucky yet :-)

I think collecting must be in my DNA, my father collects sports cards and other memorabilia. My grandmother (his mother) collected coins. Tried to get my sons interested, got them each a starter Liberty album when they were younger and let them pick through my extras. Kept their attention for about a week. Nobody else in the family is interested so I'm on my own. My old friend had built a nice collection, but unfortunately, his son sold it for quick cash without telling him.

Branched out a couple times to other countries. Put together a complete mint collection of Luxembourg and a nearly complete mint collection of Ireland. Was very interesting and a nice change.

I try to keep things simple for US collecting... I prefer mint unused, but up to Scott 229 can be used. From 230 through the end of WF's can be hinged and only MNH after.

The nice thing about collecting is there are no set rules, do whatever brings you pleasure. Once you're hooked, there's no going back. :-)

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Posted 01/24/2020   10:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I first began collecting in the late 60's when I was a young teen. Back then you could buy bags of stamps at Woolworth's for a dollar. I loved geography and history and stamps tied in well with my interests. I saved babysitting money to buy an album and hinges. I worked on my collection until I joined the Air Force in the mid 70's.

Fast forward; I picked up the hobby again in the late 90's. I have since never looked back.

I collect world wide and consider my collection to be pretty decent. I print my own pages (Steiner) because it fits the way I collect and is cost efficient.

I love all aspects of stamp collecting including the friendships forged with members of my stamp club and through this forum.

I see philately as a hobby I can work on for a long time to come thanks to the great doctors that made sure I can live on. Every day is a new adventure and I take full advantage. Stamp collecting is a big part of my world now and I don't see that changing.

Dianne
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Australia
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Posted 01/24/2020   6:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A lovely commentary, Dianne.
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Posted 01/25/2020   08:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Having a Worldwide Collection is a journey without a end . It is enjoying the journey not the destination .

At 70 years old ,the journey has been a major part of my life ,my wife knows the day I die there will be boxes from stamp auction firms under my desk ,there will be blank album pages sitting on my computer printer , there will be a invoice unpaid from a stamp firm sitting to be paid .
But she will know I enjoyed it all.
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Posted 01/28/2020   08:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
As Thomas Pynchon (born on May 8, 1937, so a contemporary of mine) put it in "The Crying of Lot 49":

"... thousands of little colored windows
into deep vistas of space and time:
savannas teeming with elands and gazelles,
galleons sailing west into the void,
Hitler heads, sunsets, cedars of Lebanon,
allegorical faces that never were,
he could spend hours peering into each one
..."
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United Kingdom
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Posted 01/28/2020   08:22 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Splendid, Florian!
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Israel
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Posted 01/28/2020   4:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My two cents on the issue:

In the emotional level, there's this hoarding urge deriving from the anal period of our/my development (yes, I believe in Freud).
There's also the joy of colors and exotic names of far far places, rooted in childhood memories of Tarzan and Robinson Cruso.

On the intellectual (or intelectualized) level, there's mainly history and the art of the stamps. I didn't know that Fascist Mussolini ended his life as a leader of a communist country, how Fiume came to be and then not to be, and so on#1509;
I enjoy following the faith of territories as they change hands, sometimes gain independence and sometimes lose it.

As you might have guessed, I collect WW, arranging my stamps by my logic and whims, not Scott's or SG's.
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Posted 01/28/2020   5:21 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Eh? Mussolini didn't end his life as the "leader of a communist country", he ended it shot by partisans and strung up outside a garage in Milan.
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Israel
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Posted 01/28/2020   5:35 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
True, but before that, there was a communist territory that the Germans arranged for him, the "Republica Sociale Italiana" (1944).
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Posted 01/28/2020   5:49 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Italian Social Republic was a fascist puppet state - nothing to do with communism or socialism.
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Israel
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Posted 01/28/2020   6:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
True again, but I didn't know Mussolini chose to present his puppet state as socialist until I ran into these stamps.
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Posted 01/28/2020   6:12 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, perhaps in the sense that the Nazis had "Socialist" in their party name!
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