How it all started

Here I am writing my first blog post.. If you told me a few months ago I’ll have a blog about stamps I probably wouldn’t believe it. But let me tell you how I got here.

I was just by chance looking over an old stamp album that belonged to a friend of mine and I saw a stamp illustrating a Romanian¬†folktale with princes and dragons. Even if it was 30 year old, the stamp looked so colorful and alive, you could almost feel the heat of the dragon’s breath.

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And while looking at it I realized for the first time that stamps are more than just a piece of paper with some drawing on it made for sending letters. They are a way of sending a message over time, a way of expressing emotions, a way of showing gratitude towards a person, an invention, an idea, a historical event, a tradition or even life itself, with the planets, mountains, animals, flowers and trees that are all part of it.

And with this thoughts in mind, I’ve decided to start collecting stamps and now I’m writing about them, because they all have a story that it’s worth telling.

6 thoughts on “How it all started

  1. Congratulations on your blog!

    I started my own collection just some months ago. What amazes me is the beauty of some pieces and how it feels like I am peeking on the recent history of our world when I study about the stamp. Please, keep posting.

  2. Hi, Lucas! Thanks for your kind message. I understand what you say about the amazement, I feel the same. It’s like being a child again :)

  3. Welcome to the world of philately. I’m glad you have discovered the real value of stamps and are starting a collection and blog. I”ll be sure to keep reading this one. There’s a huge amount to learn about stamps, how to best store/keep them etc etc. etc. But there’s also a ton of great (and not so great) stuff on the net.

    Check out the forum I moderate, we’re full of fun people with knowledge to spare. Ask questions (don’t let people tell you anything you ask is dumb. It’s not) but mostly, keep having fun.

    All the best
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for your message, I’m glad to see the experienced stamp collectors encourage the beginners like me. I feel like I’m becoming part of a united community.

      I just signed up on your forum and it seems to have lots of interesting posts, I’ll surely go there whenever there’s something I want to find out.

      Thanks again for your help!
      Adina

  4. Welcome to collecting!

    I have accumulated (I am just now entering most into albums) for 60+ years, but had a long hiatus and have no stamps to speak of from 1990 to the present. I used to have pretty good collections of Australia, Germany, Berlin, Scandinavia (all of it!), New Zealand, Switzerland, RSA, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, as well as their predecessor countries and dependencies. But 20 years is a long time to be “out of it.” So, for the last few months I have been making friends and trying to start new exchanges, which once were a big part of my life. It is like coming home, but many of the unspoken but widely accepted rules have changed, some.

    Maybe your blog will cover some of the difficulties of today’s collecting, such as, why is the US Post Office not responding to the needs of collectors to get used stamps OFF the paper? The glue they use is trash compared to that of most other countries. Some others are difficult, but not impossible, and many use a self-stick glue that washes off well. Why doesn’t the USA, when so many of us buy stamps that are NEVER used?

    Anyway, if I can help, let me know.
    Bob

    • Hi Bob!

      Thanks for writing me. 60 year of collecting.. that sounds really impressive. What do you feel about stamps after so many years?

      You were saying that now it’s like coming home for you, but many things have changed. I was wondering what exactly it’s different now?

      About the problems with US Post, did you try to contact them about these issues? Maybe the ones that are responsible don’t realize them. If they don’t take it serious we could try to get organized with other collectors and if we all write them about the same things maybe they will listen. What do you think about this idea? There are a few active groups on Facebook and Google Plus and also some nice forums with lots of stamp collectors, like the one Sarah wrote us about.

      Also here on allnumis.com website there’s a collectors community, it used to be more focused on coins but now the stamps section is also getting organized thanks to Steve, a very experienced stamp collector from UK. Can you please take a look over the catalogs and let us know what you think? It would be very good to have the advice and help of a passionate collector like you.

      By the way, I’m from Romania, if you need any stamps from this area let me know.

      Have a great day!
      Adina

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