A new complexity for stamp collectors

I remember the days when stamp collecting was simple, well sort of simple. By that I mean that the hobby has always had a technical side. I’m pretty sure that even in the days of Rowland Hill, inventor of postal services and stamps as we know them today, some of the very first collectors were revelling in the fine nuances of stamp and paper production. However, collectors have always been able to sort of pick and choose with much detail what they wanted. Back in the days when I was soaking stamps off world mixtures and sticking them in my dime-store album, most stamps were definitive and neither rates nor designs changed that often. Today things have certainly changed. Continue reading →

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