callmemadam (callmemadam) wrote,

Found in Books 10: The Stamp Packet

Admittedly this was found inside a stamp catalogue.

Most people who collect American stamps would use the Scott catalogue. I don’t collect American stamps; I just happen to have accumulated rather a lot of them. This particular catalogue was picked up years ago in a charity shop. Because each stamp is illustrated in colour, I’ve found it invaluable for sorting out all those late nineteenth/early twentieth century stamps which look so similar and are so different. The USA has issued squillions of stamps and as I say, I’m not really a collector of them. I organize the random selection I have by sorting them into categories: airmail/flags/Christmas & greetings/space and so on. That way, I can fill a page and not waste paper by leaving gaps for stamps I will never get. If I have something like a set e.g. the 1954 Liberty issue, I’ll try to arrange them properly. Those early issues though, phew! One Washington or Franklin stamp can look so like another.

I’ll leave the stamp packet as it is. Far from being stamps for the connoisseur, these two are extremely common so I think they’re a more interesting part of the collection as they are.
Tags: found in books, stamps

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