is one of the largest hobbies found all over the world.
People of any age can be seen working side by side on their
Trading with another
collector is always a fun way to get new exciting stamps. I think of
stamps as small works of art that anyone can afford. I always save
extra copies of the stamps I find to trade or give to another
collector. Every envelope that comes in your mail box has a stamp
that you can add to your collection. Ask your friends and relatives
to save their stamps for you, in no time you will have a fun
collection. I often have many stamps to give to children, send me an
email with your address and I
will send you a package to add to your collection (FREE). I will not
end your name to anyone, I simply want to be another source for
children to get free stamps and to encourage everyone to start
collecting at any age. I collect US Classics, they are stamps from
early United States postal use, before 1920, some can be purchased
from dealers for under a dollar, now that's cool antiques affordable
for most anyone. Take time to search the internet for stamps, when
you see one that you like save it on your computer and build what is
called a virtual stamp collection, their great way to enjoy
even the most rare and valuable stamps for no cost, my virtual
collection is composed of my favorite stamp, I am even writing a
book about this stamp. I have a free sample of the book on the
internet ready for you to
download and start reading right now. Let me know what
you think of the book, I love to here from other collectors.
J.P. Cohen is my name and
I am a Philatelist (stamp collector). I am writing a book
about one stamp, the 1851 3˘ Washington
issue. It's the 3˘ stamp from
the second set of official US Stamps to be printed and used for
mail. It was needed because the Post Office lowered the price from 5˘
to encourage more people to use the mail, they had to pay in advance
of sending the letter to get the new discounted rate. Boy did it
work! Today everyone pays in advance of sending mail, and the rate
is no longer going down.
- The second US stamp was printed
in 1847, it was Black on white paper, and had Washington's
image. The cost was 10 cents.
- The first US stamp was also from
1847 and it was brown on white paper, with Ben Franklin's image
for 5 cents retail cost.
- Ben Franklin was the country's
first postmaster and was honored by appearing on the first US
postage stamp in 1847.
- Stamp collecting is called
- Someone who collects stamps is
called a Philatelist.
- Today, stamps are used in almost
are pictures of the first two US stamps.
In the US,
Patrons and postal officials alike recognized the need for the
government to issue stamps. They that could be used throughout the
country and worldwide for proof of payment when sending mail. Great
Brittan had already started using stamps in their ail. The US was
able to barrow what Britain had already learned about using postage
stamps. The Congressional Act of March 3, 1847 governed the issuance
for the first US postage stamps. They sent out for bids and Rawdon,
Wright, Hatch & Edson, a banknote engraving firm, they were one of
many who replied by crating and forwarding an essay (trial designs)
for consideration. The first United States general issue of postage
stamp contract was awarded to Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson and they
started work on printing them almost instantly. Franklin was
thereafter honored on more than 130, postage stamps. In 2006 the
United States Postal Service honored Franklin’s 300 th birthday with
a block of four stamps illustrating his various roles as printer,
scientist, postmaster, and statesman.
Benjamin Franklin stamp club:
US POSTAL SERVICE,
sponsored a club that every child could join to learn about
stamp collecting. An organization for children, and FREE. Well you
can guess what happened to The Ben Franklin stamp club, it became
very popular until the Postal service without much warring abandoned
the whole project.
Benjamin Franklin Stamp Club
was assumed to be
too costly for their sponsorship, well now the historic Philadelphia
Post Office, also bearing the Benjamin Franklin name is closing in a
round of budget cuts. It seems the Postal service is leaving history
and children behind. Hopefully the hobby will try to pick up these
two worthwhile efforts and restore them soon. I would certainly like
to help on that type of project. Bellow are two booklets that they
offered, if you an find them, a worth getting. I hope to acquire
them and offer them for download one day, I wrote to the postal
service asking for their permission, hopefully they will reply and
allow the distribution, it would cost them a dime and would keep all
their credits and copyrights intact. (cross your fingers on the US
Postal Service (USPS) and the Ben Franklin stamp club and it'
possible internet future.9)
Franklin stamp club coloring book
A great book for children to learn about stamps.
Franklin Stamp Club activity guide:
A guide for Benjamin Franklin Stamp Club leaders