Stamp collecting has been a popular hobby of people of every age group, class and culture, particularly of those interested in arts, geography, history and various cultures of the world. Although stamps are just little pieces of paper with pictures printed on them, they represent history, in one way or the other. The pictures printed on stamps are either of historical places, famous personalities or point towards specific historical events. This makes stamp collecting a tool for learning, in addition to being a fun hobby.
Also, one does not need a large amount of money to collect stamps, like some other collectibles, as most of the stamps are easily available at nominal prices, unless you are looking for the rare ones (that could be expensive).
Stamp Collecting – The Right Way
There is no wrong way when it comes to stamp collecting. This is a hobby that gives you a free hand as there are almost countless ways of stamp collecting. Stamps have represented literally every field and subject over the years, be it famous personalities or different fields such as arts, sports, animals, ships, flowers, cars, space, maps, science, historical places or events. So, no matter what area you are interested in, you can easily get your hands on the stamps related to that.
Other ways of collecting stamps are:
Rather than selecting a specific topic and collecting stamps from all over the world related to that, many people collect stamps that have been issued in a specific country, most often their own. Such people try to collect every stamp that has been issued since the inception of the country, if possible, or since they were born.
People who do not have any specific area or country of interest often go for collecting as many stamps from all over the world as possible, without being concerned about the field they belong to. However, one cannot collect all the stamps that have been issued all over the world as it is both expensive and unrealistic.
A Never Ending Process for Learning
Stamp collecting opens new avenues for learning, regarding a variety of topics. As stamps continue to be issued, you can never get done with getting new information related to historical as well as new topics.
Stamps as a Communication Channel
While it may sound strange, each stamp has been used throughout history at least for once as channel of communication. The U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt (19330 – 1945), used stamps for this purpose during the Great Depression. He knew the power of visual images and therefore, issued new stamps to convey the message of optimism, hope, solidity and strength of the U.S. federal government during that tough period. Roosevelt himself was a stamp collector.
Stamp collecting may sound simple and boring to some people, but it is actually great fun and at the same time, a knowledgeable and relaxing hobby. It is like visiting and learning about the world while sitting in the comfort of your home.