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He thought he saw an Albatross
That fluttered round the lamp:
He looked again and found it was
A penny-postage Stamp.
"You'd best be getting home," he said,
"The nights are very damp."

{Lewis Carrol}

The Philatelic Webmasters Organization (PWO)
AJ's Stamp News

Dec. 2016
Siegel Auction Galleries' Inverted Jenny
"The World’s Most Famous Stamp" ( a history )

June 29, 2015
Free: "
Stamp Compare" software, Simon Cronk
The main purpose of this software is to make it easy to perfectly align two images and then "toggle" between them, to manually compare and identify any differences.

October 21, 2014,

JPP Stamps Wiki,

from Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, the creators of Wikipedia.

March 12, 2011, an interesting search engine.

March 2011 the url http://www.philatelicbooks.com/ is up for sale.

Sept. 25, 2009 - GB 1864 1d red - the rare plate 77 - newly discovered cover?

Sept. 23, 2009 - American Indian Culture, by D. J. McAdam, Philatelist - who records it was in the 17th Century that "India first got its modern name. That was more than 200 years after Columbus first began calling the indigenous tribes of North America 'En Dio' ... Over time, this term became 'Indian' in English."

Sept. 10, 2009 - an interview with postal history dealer and philatelic activist Richard Frajola from The Collectors Weekly (link submitted by its author Maribeth Keane)
"... People collect stamps, and then they collect used stamps and they see that they got a cancel from some exotic place, so then they became interested in stamps on covers. ..."

c. 201104 - The Antonius Ra Collection
Over 225 countries for viewing and reference.

Sept. 1, 2009 - Dirk Spennemann's 'Digital Micronesia'. Probably one of the most comprehensive philatelic and historical websites that ties stamps & stamp collecting into the fabric of history. This appears to be a developing work but we suggest you especially see the Stamps and Postal History of the German Marshall Islands.

August, 2009 - Mission to get kids interested in stamps (in New Zealand)

July, 2009 - Philatelic Geography (new url C.201007 )
A developing work...

June 30, 2009 - Could your post office be closing?
As mail volume declines, the US Postal Service could shutter up to 3,200 post offices and retail outlets. Most people say they understand -- unless it's their post office.

The NAZI Scourge:
Postal Evidence of the Holocaust and the Devastation of Europe

Dec. 2008
‘Mauritius’: Philately can be fatal

Nov. 2008
Al Harris of Alabama has some advise on soaking those pesky US self-adhesive stamps...

Found: Oct. 2008
The Current Best Yet!
inter.rs directory! "...about Philately (stamp collecting) Included in this category is information about the acquisition, display, identification, and conservation of these collections." and who lists:

Allexperts - "Volunteer experts answer your questions about stamps for free."

Malte Aronsson's Collector's Target - loaded with resources! -&- his "The Fight Against Illegal Issues"

Collaboration AIJP-PWO

'June 30, 2006' (excerpt):
From: Wolfgang Maassen, President of the AIJP
To: Mr. Manta (President of PWO)

"I am very excited that you – representing your organization – became a member of AIJP given that there are a lot of commonalities between our two groups. ...

We are once again at a turning point in time in which the words usually printed on portable media can now be disseminated, saved, and used any time bodiless and digitally. Thus, as of the last 25 years entirely new possibilities have opened to private users, especially authors and journalists in philately. As the world organization of this target group, recognized by all international organizations of collectors (FIP), commerce (IFSDA) and catalogue publishers (ASCAT), the AIJP represents the interests of authors and journalists in the forum of the World Association for the Development of Philately at the Universal Postal Union." (links added, ajw)

What's New in '08?

Well, it's now Nov./Dec. and I've been surveying Spain and developing a bit of a new concept... ;)
Interesting Sites

The Stamp Collecting Round-Up, Don Schilling

TradeStamps.EU (Drevis Uitterdijk)
Lithuania on world postage stamps
The Legend of Lindbergh
The All World Stamps Catalog - From Stanley Gibbons
John Tollan's Postal History Collecting
Institute for Analytical Philately, Inc.
("Solving Philately's Puzzles through Science")
Postal History of the First Transcontinental Railroad
EXPONET - Virtual Philatelic Exhibitions

Other Resources to Know

postmarkart.com (cool!)

(esp. Auction Info.!)

Richard Frajola's :
PhilaMercury Project (US cover census)


Stamp Websites

eBay - forgeries, fakes, dodgy sellers, scams - the tip of the iceberg!, by:
Sheryll Oswald & SCADS's Fraud Articles

eBay Chat: Stamps

· eBay News Articles

·Internet News Sources

  Stamp Site of the Week

Past 'News' items.
2000 · 2001 on

Preface, Introductions

Exhibits :   ·Special: Believe It Or Not! - updated 3/2012 !

Stamp Issuing Entities- Research
Vietnam · PR China · Canada · Estonia · Europa

Postal Agents & Authorities

World Dealers Directory
· Australia · Canada · India (new) · Italy · New Zealand · South Africa · Spain · UK
Topical Index : Auctions: Public, Online...

U.S. Dealers Directory
CA · FL · NY · TX

Dealer Indexes : Postcards, U.S.

Clubs & Societies : Topical Index
UK , USA: CA · NY, · TX Australia, France
Topical Clubs; e.g. Libraries , Museums, Federations ..

Commercial Directory
· Auctions · Auctioneers
Including: · Auction Agents · Expertizers
· Supplies: Albums & Accessories · Software · Catalogs · Gibbons · Scott
· Books

An Invitation - to join this effort..
Toot-Toot - You said Wha?

What's New?
Add A Listing
© & Contact
External Searches

Visit my friend Glen Stephens! The Best Board online - aj

Note: Clive Levinson
At: theStampWeb
Has: AlbumEasy software
What?: Page design software!
Oh?: Yeah, and it's free!!!

For stamp exchanges

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The World Encyclopedia of Stamps and Stamp Collecting

Fundamentals of Philately - Leon Norman (L.N.) Williams - a foundation work - aj.

The International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Philately - R. Scott Carlton
From a review: "A MUST HAVE REFERENCE ...Extensive philatelic terms are translated into German, Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew, Russian, Polish, Greek, etc. Super for figuring out what stamp inscriptions mean and for determining key words in foreign catalogs. (I use it regularly - aj c.2008)

Note: GeoCities closed at the end of October 2009 and we 'rescued' a few philatelic websites at geocities.comlu.com. Check it out and if you had a stamp related website there and would like add yours then drop us line. (note: another archive is here.)

"The first international Philatelic Exhibition took place at Dresden, Germany in 1870.."

  Basic Collecting

  • Caring for stamps
  • Plastic Philately
  • Perforations
  • Value
  • Tools: Glossaries/Identifiers
  • Terminology
  • Philatelic Markings
  • Reference Materials
  • Menu


    Specialized Collecting
  • Postage vs. Other
  • Stamp Makers
  • e-Postage
  • Cancellations
  • Cinderellas
  • First Day Covers
  • Postal History
  • Post Cards
  • Postal Stationery
  • Indexxx)

    Topical Collecting

  • The Arts
  • The Environment (animals et al.)
  • History
  • Organizations, Peoples & Persons
  • The Polar Regions
  • Religon
  • Stamps On Stamps
  • Space, Science & Tech.
  • Sports
  • Transports (planes, trains..),
  • Other
  • Topical Index

    General Resources
  • Directories & Search Engines
  • Newsgroups, Fourums ..
  • Clubs & Societies:
      USA, .BE, .DK, .NO, .UK, More
  • Stamp Shows
  • Reference Materials,
  • Tools (in frames)
  • The Dealer's Art
  • Title Index

    Acorrding to one pundit there are only 3 countries on Earth not - "NOT' using the metiric system - Myanmar (Burma), Nigeria and the United States of America (go figure...)

    A Few More Books...

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