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Stamp collecting & Kids

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Stamp collecting is one of the largest hobbies found all over the world. People of any age can be seen working side by side on their collections.

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.

Fun Stamp Facts:

  • 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 Philately.
  • Someone who collects stamps is called a Philatelist.
  • Today, stamps are used in almost every country.


Above 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. The now-defunct 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)

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Benjamin Franklin stamp club coloring book

     A great book for children to learn about stamps.


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The Benjamin Franklin Stamp Club activity guide:

       A guide for Benjamin Franklin Stamp Club leaders



Safe Links: Stamp Collecting and Philately for Kids


 JPCohen - 3˘ 1851 stamp project: We continue Dr. Chase's work on the 1851 3˘ Washington stamp; offering a fresh look at this important US postal issue. This is perhaps the most collected US stamp ever issued. Currently we have over 3000 reference items in my personal research library, with a goal is to make them reviewable here at this site. We have two plate reconstructions in progress plate 2 and 3. If you have any singles from these plates contact us today, we would like to consider an acquisition or your gift in kind. UPDATE! You can now download a free sample copy of our book, before its even published!

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