As I see it, my job here it is NOT to redo what
well but, rather, to add a few
ideas gathered from experience
and to bring together the best that I can find from the multitude of
sources available on the internet or submitted by
'friends'. Please note that most embolded links - in
the word 'others' above (and here)- have a seperate link in each
o - t -
h ... Enjoy! A.J. (and if you know this place my old page is here)
What is Philately?
Well, it's more than 'stamp collecting'.
The term was coined in the 19th century by M.G.
Herpin, a French collector, and as
E. Barrow of
The Philatelic Society of Trinidad and Tobago notes, "The story
of how the name Philately arose has been repeated many times.." but we
find his posted version a bit clearer than most:
Note: "Before the use of adhesive paper stamps, letters were hand stamped or postmarked with ink. Postmarks were the invention of Henry Bishop and were at first called a 'Bishop mark' after the inventor. Bishop marks were first used in 1661 at the London General Post Office. They marked the day and month the letter was mailed."
- Md. Abdur Rahman
"A detailed analysis of,
accompanied by indexes to, the people and things depicted on all 1,355 postage stamps issued by the US Government from 1847 through 1980. ...
Recommended for larger general reference collections in all types of libraries."