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Posted 03/22/2020   10:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bluejay to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
From my reading of the various sections of SCF, I have definitely come to realize that my philatelic collecting philosophy is far different from the core group of contributors. I have no problem with that, we all need to collect the way that makes us enjoy the hobby. I enjoy reading about and viewing things I don't collect - it's an inexpensive way to enjoy the hobby!

I am primarily a commemorative coin and medal collector. My primary stamp-related interest lies in unaddressed modern commemorative first day and event covers; I also like philatelic-numismatic covers (PNCs). I call these modern issues Philatelic Souvenir Collectibles (PSCs). I liken them to non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) issues within the coin world. PSCs incorporate genuine postage (in coin terms: are legal tender) but they do not enter the postal system for delivery via standard channels (coin parallel: NCLT issues do not circulate within the banking system). They are made specifically for collectors and are handled in such a way as to ensure that collectors receive them in as close to pristine condition as possible.

I prefer my covers to be in 'as new' condition and to feature colorful cachets because I like to use them to help me tell a story and educate folks about (primarily) US history. I have found that covers are easier to pass around among non-collectors vs. individual stamps/plate blocks and that covers with colorful, informative cachets attract and hold attention better. (The fact that they were never mailed doesn't lessen my enjoyment of them one bit!)

I may not collect hardcore postal history or have an extensive stamp collection, but I enjoy what I collect and the history my PSCs sometimes teach me! And that's my personal philosophy!

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Posted 03/24/2020   08:48 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hoosierboy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Morning Bluejay and all,

There is no wrong way to collect stamps or covers or anything else. Collecting is a hobby one undertakes for the sheer enjoyment of the act of collecting. Welcome to this community.
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Posted 12/13/2020   02:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Makondo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I consider myself a meditative philatelist. I meditate with my stamps in the same way people used Yantras or Mandalas. I consider stamps the most perfect element to focus the atention. Thank you
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Posted 12/13/2020   03:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dry Tech to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
No real philosophy here. I collect what I like.

I inherited my stamp collecting addiction/disease from my father and grandad. There is no cure. Just going through their old albums provides me with a connection to both. Obviously something money can't buy.
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Posted 12/24/2020   11:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Quanah to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have been in search of a philosophy or approach to collecting stamps most of my collecting life. As a kid my approach was find stamps and put in book. This worked great for USA but Ww was always a mystery as to the complete list and ultimate book with a spot for all. Citation album worked pretty well and I enjoyed learning about counties that to this day I associate with stamps.

When I went to UAE (Dubai) recently I wanted to go to Ajman because I remembered those crazy dune stamps/stickers. While in Estonia I recalled my Baltic states collection but I digress.

When I revisited stamps as an adult I became interested in how to organize and what to collect. I started with ww to 1970 which was my old collection as kid. Rather than use Big Blue I tried Steiner and organized by major country and geo. This became a hobby unto itself trying to organize all the countries.

I then discovered that the "book" with all the spots for stamps diluted my small collection. My British stamps got spread out over so many pages it became hard to enjoy them. I missed the days of Citation seeing each county on a few pages.

I enjoyed buying ww collections and putting them into my new specialty binders filled with Steiner pages.

I now realize there needs to be boundaries. While I have populated some books there are others filled with blank pages. Trying to build strong collections of French, Spain, Portugal and British colonies is expensive.

I like the Big Blue Blog. Tackling one country at a time has been current approach. Now however had been more challenging for single county eBay buys
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Posted 01/07/2021   2:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ZeWaxSeal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
For me, it's all about learning about cultures, events, and history about other countries.

After all, Highschool only teaches you so much in those textbooks, but leave out the juicy info, specially about countries gaining independence from empires.

Little mantra I take a shot at everyday is learning something new, even if it's relearning something I forgot. (lol)
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Posted 01/07/2021   9:31 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Riccardo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I began collecting over 50 years ago. I have a bedroom converted to my stamp collecting. I find stamp collecting relieves stress from the days work. I purchase a collection from local auction houses which last me about a year to catalogue them all. Sometimes I go off on a tangent to find the history of a place, person or event. When cataloguing a new collection I swap any to one of a better quality. My favourite stamp is the GB 1929 UPC 1 pound mint unhinged which I was fortunate to buy a few years ago. I specialise in GB but spend most of my time with WW. I agree that there is no wrong way to collect. I purchase stamps when I'm overseas ( May not be for a while) These bring back memories of lovely holidays and places. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder
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Posted 01/08/2021   05:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add blcjr to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Haven't gone back to read the whole thread, so I don't know all that has been discussed, but I would describe myself as a "topical" collector. I started out (in 2003) focusing on US airmail and aviation topical stamps and first day covers. Along the way, I added such aspects of "aerophilately" as first first flight and Lindberg covers and selected aspects of US aviation history such as the 1924 Round the World Flight and the 1934 Air Mail Fiasco. I got interested in Hap Arnold's contributions to aviation history and put together a "display" category exhibit illustrating his contributions to aviation history using stamps and covers (as well as photographs) which I've shown twice at Americover. I also have an FDC exhibit of the 65 cent Hap Arnold "Great Americans" stamp.

Working on the Hap Arnold exhibit exposed me to the world of WWII patriotic covers and that has led a new focus on the WWII covers of Victory, VT, and I am presently 2/3s the way through creating an exhibit about these covers. While still topical, this is not very aviation related, and I'm looking forward to finishing this project so I can get back to the more aviation related aspects of my collecting.

For those who might not know, my forum avatar, the 20 cent US Parcel Post stamp, is said to be based on a photograph of Hap Arnold in a Wright Flyer over College Park, MD.
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Posted 01/08/2021   10:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Teaus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I started with a basic US collection, moved to a more advanced version, transitioned to CSA, further transitioned to Kentucky related Civil War material and now expanded by scope to anything with a 19th century Kentucky postmark.

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Posted 01/09/2021   12:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I started decades ago as a WW collector but empty spaces drive INSANE and so I decided to focus. I have built US and Canada collections along with WW by certain era's and sold them off. After a short while I could not restrain myself and am now collecting Russia 1918-1958 and am nearing completion. Will likely expand to earlier Russia and add postal history, proofs/essays and errors. This might be it for me.....ah who am I kidding.
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Posted 02/12/2021   4:55 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pickastory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Horse;
ye have a wicked sense of the world that just
floors me!
Good subject;
My first collecting, baseball cards, comics, lead to this never ending world of pursuits.
My mother had a cousin who was deployed during operation 'deep freeze' (1957? have to look).
I found the penguins and the cachet from the onboard post masters very cool, and history.
later being with the captain who told me about ships recovery I followed up with the NASA ships picking up things.
lots of markings from a small 'issue' of post offices.
now, I like everything....

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Posted 02/12/2021   5:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Pickastory to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hi jr;

I posted a series of photos from the 1920s showing two different planes at a new airfield in Hawaii along with the one taking the photo from the air.
any chance you might be able to id the two planes?
the images are in topical, I'm sorry, I don't how to link yet.

thank you
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Posted 03/03/2021   06:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BobbyT to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just spent the last hour or so reviewing all the posts in this topic - fascinating.

"Magyar Posta" hooked me. I could not understand how that translated as "Hungary."

Like so many others here, history, geography, maps and culture - all that the hobby has which sucked me in. But language, too.

It is great to see so many people collecting all sorts of philatelic materials, including meters, and collecting them in such interesting ways. I will never stop though there have been long stretches since I was 8 and starting out during which I was dormant.

I loved the 1930s poem posted earlier in the topic, and plan to memorize it, as a way of "counting sheep" (and stamps) when I am having difficulty falling to sleep. I have traveled far and wide, to more countries, dead and alive, than I could ever have reached through my collection. I have even fantasized about writing a mystery novel (or short story, even) based in philately - does anyone know if any such story already exists?

And I am very happy I found this community. Since I am just now reaching the 50 posts level, I hope to become ever more involved.
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Posted 03/03/2021   08:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add 22crows to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You will find several stamp-related mystery stories in this thread:

http://goscf.com/t/37411
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Posted 04/30/2021   04:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add STTScott to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Well, for one thing, I get a sense of calm and contentment when leafing thru my collection, which isn't extensive to say the least. It's a relaxation. I got interested in it as an offshoot of collecting coins (and I collected everything I wanted to with those), but I think stamps go way further in learning about history and what makes each stamp unique, as well as the engraver's art. I stick to early 20th century USA issues, between 1900 and the '40s, and certain topics I find personally appealing, like Air Mail, Special Delivery, Expositions, and oddly enough, Proprietary/Private label match company issues, which is a challenge in itself finding them in respectable condition. And last but not least, just window shopping all the online dealers is a nice time suck.

I live on a small island and I work the night shift, so this is a solitary pursuit for me, other than flitting thru the forums.
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Edited by STTScott - 04/30/2021 04:44 am
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