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"There are two forms of science: physics and stamp collecting."
Sir Ernest Rutherford 1871 - 1937
(1908 Nobel Prize in chemistry)
(from Ross Taylor's Musings and ramblings)

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  1. Stamps FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
    One of the oldest documents on the subject on the internet & this seems to be {to have been} the only known remaining copy online! (there were other mirror sites but all are dead now - aj.)
    NOTE: c.201201 : We've spoken to Bjourn Munch (original host to the link above) who wouldn't mind it reposted (if it's "marked as 'historic'" - it will be - aj).
    &: c.201408 it is now on the 'Stamps FAQ' link above. aj.

  2. | Stamp Collecting (c.201603 via

  3. including: Postal Forgeries in Two World Wars, C.I.A. : Home: Library: Center for the Study of Intelligence: Studies Archive Indexes: vol4no3. html

  4. A Certain Look at Philately, c.2001: Luis Eugnio Ferreira (a free ebook in English & Portuguese; cc)
    "A certain look at philately is basically a compilation of the notes I have been making over the past thirty years, sporadic work with several magazines and philatelic periodicals (some of which no longer exist), concerning some of the pertinent issues of the philatelic phenomenon. Above all, what I have aimed to do is support the idea that philately is essentially a powerful aid to History.

    I also maintain that the stamp, apart from its postal function as a corollary of the organisation proposed by Rowland Hill, has also functioned as one of the fundamental elements in affirming the sovereignty of modern States, and there are numerous examples that uphold this idea. . . "

  5. Introduction to Stamp Collecting, By Jim Watson
    From 'A Brief History'
    "Mr. Rowland Hill, a retired schoolteacher, proposed an overhaul of the entire {English} postal system. His proposal was to end the franking privilege; to establish uniform rates, regardless of distance but dependent on weight; and to require the prepayment of postage or to collect double rates on mail sent collect. His conclusions were based on an analysis of the high cost of bookkeeping and other administrative overhead for the collect-on-delivery system. Actual delivery costs were only a small fraction of the total cost of running the post office. His proposals led to revolutionary postal reform.

    "The adhesive postage stamp was created to signify the prepayment of postage by attaching it to the mail. The stamps were then cancelled by defacing them with an inked hand stamp to prevent re-use.The first stamps are called the Penny Black. Since postage stamps had the aura of a security or currency, the first stamps were printed by the firm of Perkins, Bacon & Perch, who were bank-note engravers. The scrolled engraving and the use of letters in the corners of the stamp were intended to make forgery difficult. The first stamps were sold on May 6, 1840, and were successful almost immediately.

    "At the same time, stationery imprinted with stamps was also sold. The first were ornate envelopes and wrappers (used to wrap items like newspapers). Such items are called "Mulreadies" after their designer, William Mulready. The Mulreadies did not meet with the success that greeted the adhesive stamps and were soon discontinued "

  6. (cc)
    I Inherited a Stamp Collection...
    How is a postage stamp made?
    Where to Learn More
    Types of stamps
    Earliest Postmark Associated with Franking
    Early Stamps of Mexico
    Errors Caused in Printing
    Mistakes on Stamps
    Postage Stamps and the Cold War
    'Specimen' and 'Cancelled' Stamps
    Stamp Clubs
    Stamps of French West Africa
    Stamps of Southern Arabia
    The Colour of a Stamp
    Thematic Collections
    The Wide World of Stamps
    Who are the Stamp Experts?
    Postage stamps and postal history of Argentina
    Ceres Series (France)
    Ceres Series (Portugal)
    Stamp catalog
    Michel catalog
    Stanley Gibbons
    Scott catalogue
    Philatelic literature
    Postage stamp
    Sheet of stamps
    Coil stamp
    Postage stamp booklet
    Postage stamp separation
    Revenue stamp
    Philatelic fakes and forgeries
    Mauritius "Post Office"
    Cinderella stamp (cf.)
    Azad Hind stamps (cf.)
    Hotel post
    Poster stamp
    Artistamp (cf.)
    Imprinted stamp
    Cancellation (mail)
    Basel Dove
    British Guiana 1c magenta
    Christmas stamp
    Commemorative stamp
    Definitive stamp
    Holiday stamp
    Invert error
    Inverted Jenny
    Treskilling Yellow
    Z Grill
    Gronchi Rosa
    Inverted Head 4 Annas
    Local post
    Postage stamps and postal history of Malaysia
    Uganda Cowries
    Scinde Dawk
    Postage stamps and postal history of Great Britain
    Hawaiian Missionaries
    Postal stationery
    Pen cancel
    Stamp hinge
    Postage stamp gum
    Postage stamps and postal history of Germany
    Postage stamps and postal history of Russia
    Postage stamps and postal history of China
    Postage stamps and postal history of Korea
    Postage stamps and postal history of the United States
    Postage stamps and postal history of Italy
    Postage stamps and postal history of India
    First Stamp auction in London
    First stamp dealer
    Brief History of Stamp Auctions in America
    Robert A. Siegel - Philatelic Auctions
    Robert P. Alexander
    Stanley Bryan Ashbrook
    Leo August
    Food Stamps On-Line

  7. Wikepedia: The Universal Postal Union
    "Prior to the establishment of the UPU, each country had to prepare a separate postal treaty with other nations it wished to carry international mail to or from. To simplify the complexity of this system, the United States called for an International Postal Congress in 1863. This led Heinrich von Stephan, Royal Prussian and later German Minister for Posts, to found the Universal Postal Union."

  8. JPP Stamps Wiki
    From : Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, the creators of Wikipedia.

  9. The Evolution of Mail and Postage Stamps, Tom Fortunato (was) '404' c.201501; mailed Tom.; he replied and url is new.

  10. Wikipedia's Philately Portal

  11. Wikipedia: The Postage Stamp

  12. Wikicollecting: the community for collectors (from Antiques to Stamps et al)

  13. StampsOfTheWorld (a Wiki idea)
    "This project is a mammoth task and would not be where it is without the contributions of stamp collectors and dealers around the world."

  14. "Stamp Collecting Begins Here", 'AskPhil'
    "..provided as a service to offer general answers to questions about stamp collecting... The Collectors Club of Chicago is the sponsor of this site..." (Not affilated to APS or any other group). When you can't find one, "Answers will be provided by the webmaster, assisted by the CCC membership and an occasional outside expert... Turnaround time is expected to be very rapid, at least for most questions submitted... In addition to questions submitted directly to AskPhil, we will be responding to questions sent to The Postal History Foundation of Tucson, Arizona, the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library of Dallas, Texas, and The Smithsonian Libraries of Washington, DC. "

    Sponsored by and "in cooperation with the American Stamp Dealer Association, the Philatelic Foundation, the United States Postal Service, and many individuals in the philatelic community..." it "was developed by the American Philatelic Society and the (U.S.) National Postal Museum as a resource for persons who want to know more about the hobby of stamp collecting. Links were selected in the hope that they could provide answers to specific questions that an entry-level collector may have about the stamp hobby."

  16. The Ultimate Guide to Stamp Collecting
    (Basic beginners information; contributed by "Coby" Crane as he searched for info to interest his sons c.2012)

  17. The American Philatelic Society's Hall of Fame - Biographies:
    Honoring "deceased philatelists who have made outstanding contributions to philately."

  18. Philatelists by country,

  19. Postal systems by country, Wikipedia

  20. Philatelic Digital Library Project
    (22 works c.2010) "...conceived to work closely to ... the Project Gutenberg to create, organize and preserve a philatelic literature collection."

  21. Issuu
    ..the leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, catalogs, and newspapers. Millions of people have uploaded their best publications to create beautiful digital editions. When will we see yours? (literally 100's of philatelic & stamp collecting documents; magazines, auction catalogs etc. - aj c.2011)

  22. The World of Stamps
    - The Antonius Ra Collection, Mitch Ward (Alt. URL)
    "Over 150 countries for viewing and reference." (c.2009)
    "Over 225 countries for viewing and reference." (c.2011)
    "..around 240 countries . . . " via email from Mitch c.2012.01.14
    "Over 300 countries ... " (c.2015)

  23. Jim's Stamp Album, Jim Griffith

  24. Poppe's Stamp Encyclopedia, Guido T. & Philippe Poppe, .ph
    Commercial website featuring a 'Stamp Encyclopedia', "It is our aim to show and document all stamps ever made. This Encyclopedia shows all stamps we have in stock and also the ones we had. " (had over 700,000 images c.200910, 800,000 c.201008 - ed.)

  25. Colnect, Connecting Collectors - Stamps: Showing 334 Countries, 233,562 Stamps (c.2012.03.14)
    Also features Postcard, Banknotes, Coins, Bottle Caps, Tea Bags . . .
    In all, "31,853 Collectors / 202 Countries
    Colnect provides a comprehensive collectibles catalog.
    Colnect allows you to easily manage your Personal Collection. (see the video)
    The catalog is a wiki created by contributing collectors on Colnect. . .You can help."
    Their About page explains how they match 'wants' with 'haves'.
    Premium membership is given to members who either actively help on Colnect or to members who pay for it.
    If you are already supporting Colnect, as an editor or translator, ...your premium membership (is) for free.
    (4 to 6 Euros a month depending on length of plan: monthly, 6 months, 12 months . . .)
    (Available in 50 Languages)
    WhoIS: Registrant: "Amir Wald" (no contact data) ; "owns about 5 other domains"

  26. Postal - John R. Tollan

    "... a global guide to postal information; features postage rates, post codes, stamps, philately and postal authorities around the world.
    The is a part of a growing family of web sites in the 4040INFO Network, developed, owned and operated by 3DotsPlus."

  28. Stuart Rossiter Trust, UK (x)
    "Postal History publishing, and sale of books, sponsorship of authors and postal history research, through grants, guidance and support - are the main objectives of the Stuart Rossiter Trust. The trust is a Registered Charity Number 292076."

  29. Institute for Analytical Philately, Inc.
    PO Box 751833, Las Vegas, NV 89136-1833
    Tel: +1.877.213.2387, Fax: +1.888.400.5351
    [email protected]
    "Solving Philately's Puzzles through Science"
    "With an effective date of 11 Dec 2009, the IRS has determined that IAP is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the (United States) Internal Revenue Code. ...

    "Because one of the most important aspects of research is the dissemination of results, all philatelists receiving grants from IAP are required to publish in widely circulated journals of record, both scientific and philatelic.

    "As a virtual organization, our Web Site is dedicated to providing all philatelic students with announcements of new scientific research in philately and an archive of research in our Reference Library." (cites to 'journals of record'; see 'Projects' - aj c.201010)

  30. Stamp Domain - Jan Kosniowski (jpkos @, .uk
    A good philatelic resource covering many nations and topics.

  31. Penny Black, Before The - E and R Shanahan

  32. Penny Black, Before the - Ken Lawrence '404'
    Penny Black Revisited, Before The - Ken Lawrence
    both now at Toke Norby's website (c.2009)

  33. The One Penny Postage Stamps of Great Britain 1848-1864, Tim Burgess
    aka: The Penny Red (& Black)

  34. Revenue Reverend, Andrew McClellan (Sec.: The Revenue Society {of GB} - cf.)
    Welcome to my website! This is where I record my observations about revenue stamps and documents. Some of my research has previously been published in The Revenue Journal, The Malayan Philatelist, The Pakistan Study Circle Newsletter and Gibbons Stamp Monthly. This website was started in November 2009 and I have worked on it every month or so since then. There is a What's new section on this page so that you can check my progress.

    What's new?
    January 2015
    Federated Malay States: J44, J54, J60, J68/9, J81/3, J87/91 added; new printing details for Judicial and Revenue issues

  35. First Issues Collector Club
    President: Bob Sylvester (c.2009)
    13 Idlewood Pl., River Ridge, LA, 70123-1525
    Is attempting to "create a catalog of stamp issuing entities, past and present, with detailed information on the very first issue or issues emitted by those entities." (and a good job of it! - ed.)

    Elyse, Saul, and Arturo continue their un-relenting quest for the Lunersee stamps. Clues arriving in cryptic envelopes have
    expanded their search interests to include other priceless artifacts stolen during WWII. The Amber Room, an invaluable treasure stolen from Russia by the Nazis, tops Elyse's list. After completing a philatelic cruise, the trio evades a deadly crash scenario initiated by a sinister driver on a European highway. Another attempt upon their lives occurs on the shores of Lake Lunersee. The adventures continue ...

  • Philatelic Geography (cc)
    a developing work.. but what a work! (c.2009)
    old: '404' c.20090916.

  • 19th Century Post
    ...a mourning cover & miscellany collection (Postal Cards & folded letters)

  • Scout Local Posts, SOSSI
    & The Scout Stamp Collecting Merit Badge

  • MQ Magazine: Masons on Stamps, John Kernick - Issue #9, April 2004. (ref.; see pg. 15 c.201503)
    "... There were clubs associated with this theme in other countries, but never in the UK until the formation of the Masonic Philatelic Club, the brainchild of Trevor Fray of St. John’s Lodge No. 70 in Plymouth.

    In 1974 Trevor, whose interests were the stamps of Great Britain and the colonies, was asked by the Plymouth Philatelic Society to give a display at one of their meetings.

    He decided to show just one of his interests, the stamps of Tristan da Cunha. As an addition to the stamps, and to add more interest to his exhibits, he contacted Jennifer Tombs, the designer of the set of stamps issued the previous year to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the return of the islanders, who had been forced to leave the island in 1963 due to a volcanic eruption.

    She agreed, but requested a favour in return, and asked that, at his display, he mention the Guild of St. Gabriel, a society for those interested in the theme of religion on stamps.

    Trevor agreed to do this, and at the same time mentioned that he did not collect any theme, but if he ever did so it would be on Freemasonry. Not only did Jennifer send him the designs he asked for, but also included a first day cover of a French stamp, issued in 1973, to commemorate the bi-centenary of the Grand Orient, the first stamp that he had seen referring to Freemasonry. . ."

  • D.J. McAdam's Resources:
    Cite: Philatelic Terminology & Basic advice

  • Map Resource Center - George Alevizos, .us-CA
    With philately in view!
    old: '404' c.2009

  • Margie Pfund Memorial Post Mark Museum and Research Library
    Sponsored by the Post Mark Collectors Club and located near Bellevue, Ohio USA in the Historic Lyme Village, the "Museum's holdings make up the largest single collection in the world, grouping over a million different postal history items."

  • A Custom Guide for Kids and Adults: Stamp Collecting and Philately!
    Lots of links!

  • Worldwide Links - Dave Joll, .nz

  • Fabio Alarici's Stamp Resources
    Especially Philatelic Bureaus and stamp catalogues.

  • PhilaGuide, by W. J. Bongers

  • Lee's Illustrated Stamp Listopedia
    Reference guide for finding useful and interesting philatelic information on the web.

  • Alexa: Stamps
    A modified version of the Open Directory Project: Stamps.

  • Google Groups : rec.collecting.stamps.discuss

  • Google Groups : rec.collecting.stamps.marketplace

  • Google Groups : alt.collecting.stamps

    What a concept: "10,0000 old stamps":

    And here's one that will really 'blow you mind' - aj (;->)
      @ Africa @

    1. East Africa's Postal History - Menno-Jan Kraak, .nl
      (currently only data on Zanzibar c.2009) '404' c.2009

    2. African-American Philatelic Experience - Sanford L. Byrd '404' c.2009 (passed away in 2002 but preserved above)

    3. Congo Flags on Stamps - Joan-Francs Blanc


    4. Paquebot Marks of Africa, the Mediterranean Countries and Their IslandsPaquebot Marks of Africa, the Mediterranean Countries and Their Islands - by Edwin Drechsel- PB, Robson Lowe 1981
      The Americas

      @ North America @

    1. National Postal Museum, Washington, DC, USA
      Although resources 'focus on the postal history and philately of the United States, the collections are international in scope. Europe, North America and Australia are particularly well represented.'


    2. Encyclopaedia of British Empire Postage Stamps,1639-1952 - The Americas, Robson Lowe Ltd 1973
      @ Latin America (Middle/South) @

    1. Latin American Philately - Joseph Hahn, .us
      And his Blog
      old: '404' c.200910

    2. Latin American Philately - Brian Moorhouse, .uk

    3. Directorio Latinoamerica Filatelica (Latin America Philatelic Directory)
      oh well, is now (c.200910) '404'


    4. Encyclopaedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, 1639-1952: Bermuda and British Honduras v.5, Robson Lowe Ltd 1973
      See Also:

    5. Latin American Philatelic Society
      P.O. Box 6420, Hinton, AB T7V 1X7, Canada
    6. Mesoamerican Archeology Study Unit
      Cite: Topicals : History

    7. Spanish Main, The (A Society for Latin America Collectors), uk-CA
      @ Asia @

    1. Philately from China and other Asian countries - Austrian Consult AG, Dr. Friedrich Zettl, .at
      Dr. Friedrich Zettl
      Holzmeistergasse 13/1/8
      A - 1210 Wien AUSTRIA
      Tel: + 43 1 922 33 35
      Fax: + 43 1 922 33 35
      e-mail [email protected] '404' c.2009 (now just commercial but specialized in the Far East)

      See Also:
      DMOZ - Collecting..By_Region/Asia (In Japanense & English)
      @ Europe @

    1. (by Philweb ; Italy)
      "European stamps and postal history discussion forums. (in English!)

    2. European stamps [EN] - Bart Van Acker, @ [PWO], .be

    3. Philately in the European Union - Sjoerd Jager, .nl

    4. Europa-CEPT - Zoran Ilic, .de

    5. Europa CEPT - Erwan Keraval, .fr

    6. Maurice E. Estoppey (Expertization: European classics) .ch

    7. National Postal Museum, USA
      Although resources 'focus on the postal history and philately of the United States, the collections are international in scope. Europe, North America and Australia are particularly well represented.'

      See Also: Europa

      Northern Europe: Scandinavia ...

    8. NordicBaltic Stamps - Jan Prygoda, .us
      Nordic Countries and Baltic States: Discussion and News List

    9. German and Scandinavian Stamp Site (Jurgen v. Schmeling Briefmarkenversand, .de)

    10. Herber, Paul (Scandinavia ; hosts societies etc), .uk-__ '404' c.2009; enquirey sent.


    11. Paquebot Marks of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden - by Edwin Drechsel- PB, P Lowe 1977
      Central Europe

    12. German and Scandinavian Stamp Site - Jurgen v. Schmeling Briefmarkenversand, .de

    13. Central/Eastern Europe and CIS Philatelic Resources - Tan Wee Cheng, .sg ; '404' c.2001? '404' c.2009

      Eastern Europe

    14. Postal History of the Baltic Area - Jan Kaptein, .nl
      old: (forwards c.2009)

    15. Philatelists Group: The Baltic Area - Jan Kaptein, .nl '404' (check above)

    16. Baltic States - Constantine K. Kliory, .lt

    17. Baltic States Philatelic Page - Steve Kowalski, .us

    18. Baltic States - Revenue Stamps - Bill McDonald (dealer)
      P.O. Box 1287. Coupeville, WA 98239-1287, [email protected] '404' c.2009

    19. NordicBaltic Stamps - Jan Prygoda, .us
      Nordic Countries and Baltic States: Discussion and News List

    20. East Europe Philatelics - Peter van Esch, .nl
      old: '404' c.2009

    21. Estonian, Lativian or Lithuanian philatelic and postal history mailing list:
      [email protected] (c.2004, 2012)
      Very good links to Baltic states philately!

    22. Bill Apsit's Latvian Philately (c.2005)

      In the Past . . .

    23. Baltic Revenue Stamp Project - Steve Fernie '404' '404' c.2009

    24. Eastern Europe Supplier - Karol Fercak, .sk
      [email protected] '404' c.2009

    25. Central/Eastern Europe and CIS Philatelic Resources - Tan Wee Cheng, .sg ; '404' c.2001?

      See Also : USSR, Russia . .

      SouthEastern Europe

    26. Sarajevo Postcard - Tan Wee Cheng, .sg '404' c.2009

    27. Amel's Stamps (Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia) ; 5/2002 '404' c.2009
      Western Europe Including: Channel Islands, British Isles ...

    28. Peter's Stamps New Issues listings for GB, IOM, Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney
      [email protected]

    29. Herm Island Offers Her Samps
      @ The Middle East @ 

    1. British Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia - Wikepedia
      Including: Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and Qatar

    2. British Post Offices in the Turkish Empire (aka: British Levant) - Wikipedia

    3. British Occupation Issues : Middle East Forces (MEF) 1942-1947 - Wikipedia

    4. The Stamps of the Ottoman Empire; Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iraq - Zaher Kanafani, Lebanon

    5. Middle East Stamps - Andrew Gondocz's Oh My Gosh!, .ca

    6. Tughra Net - Chuck Maki, .us
      Ottoman Empire et al

    7. Arab Gulf Yemen Stamp Group - a Yahoo club

    8. Ottoman & Near East Philatelic Society (ONEPS) More...
      25 Black Latch Ln, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

    9. Arab Gateway Collectors' Page
      'arab area' societies

    10. Emirates Phialtelic Association (EPA)

    11. Palestine Philatelic Society (PPS)

      @ Antarctica / South Atlantic @
      (aka: South Pacific and Polar Regions)

    1. Our Polar Philately page - .here

    2. Polar Post Svalbard - Mthias Bjerrang - Svalbard
      Cite: Topicals: Polar Regions

    3. Polar Philately Mailing List Website - M. de Jong, .nl
      Cite: Topicals: Polar Regions

    4. Stamps and Postal History of the German Marshall Islands - Dirk H.R. Spennemann (.au)
      cited in 'Authors' and 'Articles' & 'Marshall Islands' here

    5. New Zealand and Pacific Island Stamps - Paul Leighton, .nz

    6. Australia and the South Pacific Stamps -
      Charlestown Stamps

    7. The Postal History of Adelie Land - M Bacher (FR)
      Cite: Topicals :Polar Regions

    8. South Seas Correspondence Club, Philippines
      Cite: Topicals : Introductions

      See Also: Dealers : Topical : Antacrtica

      In the past . . .
      Philately in Australasia - Alan Arnold '404' c.2009

      @ United Nations @

    1. World Forum Philatelist Homepage - Greg Galletti, .us
      UN Specialist ; market statistics, online museum, auctions, retail, club ..

      @ Universal Postal Union @

    1. UPU Specimen Stamps - Robert Buxton

    2. UPU Catalogue - New Edtion - Peter van der Heijden, .nl
      ISBN 90-806147-1-8
      Last update on Oct. 19, 2006. SALE!! Now 10 euros OFF (That's approx. US$ 13.50).
      old: '404' c.2009 but preserved!

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