You can see my collecting interests below my signature, where I have always left them. I changed them a bit from time to time. I also collect a few of each of what I call "Philatelic Anomalies" like different postmarks, perfins that spell actual words, sock-on-the-nose stamps, Canadian Cinderellas - and there are probably others.
Collecting Australia, New Zealand, Channel Islands, Canada, U.S., St-Pierre et Miquelon, Faroe Islands Topical - Seahorses, Paleophilately, Machins (limited), kingfishers, trees, horoscope & zodiac, O`Higgins (Chile), Lake Baikal.
Here goes... National Collections United States of America Canada Poland Liechtenstein Japan
Regional Collections Latin America Scandinavia
US Topicals Non-Denominated US Postage (1975-2007) Chris Calle Designed Louisiana New Mexico Texas National Parks Love & Special Occasions Christmas Weapons Liberty Bell Statue of Liberty Old Glory
WW Topical Baseball Football (the American kind) U.S. Bicentennial Ships & Watercraft Nudes & Pinups
Areas of Particular Interest U.S. Farley Era U.S. Overrun Countries U.S. Presidential Series (Prexies) Commemorative Postmarks First Day U.S. Covers (1940-1989)
Things I Can't Seem to Resist Depression Era and earlier covers with contents intact Kiloware
What I'm not collecting... YET Germany... in one form or another France Iceland Dispensing with "Latin America" and concentrating on the six Central American nations (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama)
U.S. Space Achievements on U.S. stamps U.S. - Olympics on U.S. Stamps
Current Most Coveted Items
US Sc #1
US Sc #241
Bringing my U.S. collection current ... yeah, I also like modern and recent stuff
I'm sure I forgot something but that pretty well sums it up.
Besides stamps I collect the front news section of the newspaper for major events in my lifetime and I'm also a photography enthusiast.
My main area of interest is Germany and all related areas 1849-present. I collect many other countries on a more casual basis, but the German area is the only one where I am actively and purposefully working toward completion. The German Area, as most collect it, encompasses Germany itself, states, colonies, foreign offices, Danzig, Saar, Memel, Plebiscites (Upper Silesia, Allenstein, et. al), German occupied territories, post-war Allied occupation of Germany, Berlin, DDR, Soviet Zone, local issues, feldpost, etc. It is a vast and complex area, encompassing dozens of "dead countries", for those interested in such things. Germany has only been a single stamp issuing entity since 1990. At every other period of its history prior to that, there were generally 3 or more (sometimes many more) stamp issuing entities counted as part of German Philately.
Other countries I collect via mixtures, packets and kiloware. I have pages printed for the list of countries below. If they're on the list, I save the stamps, if they're not, they get put back into circulation via eBay or trades.
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Japan - through present day or close to it.
UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Liechtenstein, Italy, Vatican, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore - through about 2000, maybe 2005 in a couple cases (GB Machins through the present). The introduction of the Euro is where I quit for some of them. Others I just quit when I filled a 2" binder - which usually happened to be around 2000-ish. I looked ahead at following years, and at 20 or more Steiner pages a year in some cases, I just decided I wouldn't try to even bother trying to keep up.
Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary - through the fall of communism
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - pre 1940 only
Main collecting focus is Germany and all related areas, also casually collecting Scandinavia, Western Europe, Japan and others.
Thank you steve712 for reminding us about the multiple issuing entities in Germany. By way of illustration, I would like to show a few Berlin stamps. For many years they passed by me unnoticed. Now I watch carefully in every kilo batch and snag them when they show up. Here are two with regular stamps added for comparison, the only difference being the added word BERLIN.
Yes, the different German areas are a feature, not a bug of German philately. The scope of the entire area is vast, but most of it is divided into very neat and clear slices that one can choose to collect (or not). While a complete collection of the entire German area could never be completed (especially as listed by Michel), many of these slices can be completed - or very nearly so - without undue effort or breaking the bank. Even Germany Proper (1872-present), has several clear divisions consisting of a few hundred stamps or less, nearly all of which are affordable and accessible.
I use Steiner pages and have my German collection organized into 14 binders of as follows. They're in rough chronological order, with a few exceptions. I tried to follow clear historical breaks as much as possible. I have notes about how complete my collection is in each of these areas - keep in mind that's as listed by Scott. Michel lists many more varieties than Scott does, many of which can be very hard to find and very expensive. I own a Michel catalog, but I collect by Scott, mostly because Steiner is organized by Scott.
In Vario F (1") binders:
I. States (Altdeutschland) - I have very little here except the more common later issues of Bavaria and Wurttemberg
II. Empire 1872-1918 - including colonies, foreign offices, and WWI occupations of France, Belgium, Poland, and Eastern Command - Mostly complete for Germany Proper (basically except some pretty expensive ones), but have very little of the colonies and offices so far.
III. Weimar Republic 1919-1933 - includes all the inflation issues and the first airmails and semi-postals - mostly complete, mostly missing the overprinted Zeppelin issues, which are pretty expensive, along with a handful of others.
IV. Danzig, Memel, Allenstein, Marienwerder, Schleswig, Upper Silesia - basically the German areas in the East that weren't part of Germany during the interwar period. - Probably 50% or so complete in this one. There aren't many outrageously expensive items in these areas, but there are a *lot* of stamps that retail at several dollars and up, so the aggregate expense of completion is still fairly significant.
V. Saar 1920 - 1958. I have this volume organized different than Scott. There were really 3 different entities issuing Saar stamps - the French occupation of 1920-1934, again the French from 1947-1956 and then under German administration from 1957-59. I have the album pages organized accordingly, with back of the book issues from each era located with that era's regular issues. About 75% complete.
VI. Third Reich (Germany Proper only) - I'm missing only the Nothilfe sheet (B58/Block 2) to complete this area. That space is going to be empty for awhile, since even faulty copies go for several hundred dollars or more.
VII. WWII German Occupied Territories. I'm complete for occupation of Poland (Generalgouvernement) and Czechoslovakia (Bohemia & Moravia), which are easy, relatively speaking. I have very few stamps from other occupied areas, many of which are both expensive and prone to fakes and forgeries.
VIII. Postwar occupation zones (Allied and Russian) 1945-49. Probably my favorite area currently. There were so many different stamp issuing entities during this time it's hard to keep them all straight. There are many common, cheap stamps, but there are also some pretty scarce and expensive ones, too. I'm probably 50-60% complete for these.
IX. west Berlin - complete except for most of the first, overprinted issues (1-34) and the earlest semi-postals (9NB1-7). I hope to have this complete within the next 6-12 months, with the probable exception of the first Berlin souvenir sheet, Scott 9NB3a, Michel Block 1.
In Vario G (2") binders: I. Germany (Federal Republic) 1949-1990 (unification) - My collection is 100% complete for this section, including regular issues, semi-postals and airmails.
II. Germany 1991-2001 (end of Deutsche Mark) - I think I'm missing just 2 or 3 stamps before this one is complete. Will probably get those within the next month or two. They're not expensive, I just never think about them that much.
III. Germany 2002-present (Euro-denominated issues) - Still need 141 stamps. I don't buy new issues and prefer to get them from kiloware, but I'll probably have to buy mint copies of some issues because they just plain never, ever show up in kiloware, even big lots.
IV. DDR 1949-1970 - Probably 10-20% complete. Have only been working on DDR if I happen to spot really good deals or if they turn up in a packet.
V. DDR 1971-1990 - Probably 30% complete. Same story as above. Will probably be working on DDR more over the next year. Except for a handful of issues before about 1955, most DDR stamps are pretty cheap, so eventual completion (or close to it) shouldn't be too big of a problem.
Now, within few years I will probably be down to nothing but the most expensive and hard to find items. What then? Well, I'm not exactly sure. I may decide I want to specialize further in Germany (for which the opportunities are endless) or switch gears to another collecting area. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it, but there are 3 options floating around in my head: Scandinavia, Worldwide 1840-1940 (on Steiner pages), or Europe and Middle East 1914-1949. That era of history, with its dramatic upheavals and multiple re-drawings of the map, has always been one of my favorite areas to study and one of my favorite philatelic eras as well. At any rate, I don't foresee myself getting tired of collecting stamps anytime soon, so I know I'll find something!
Main collecting focus is Germany and all related areas, also casually collecting Scandinavia, Western Europe, Japan and others.
Has anything changed until today, in what I posted here in 2013? No, I still stand by it. Why? Because of the key expression "whatever else", which is all-encompassing. I don't exclude a priori anything, without even seeing them. Any country, any theme...they all have a chance to catch my interest, after I see them. From all I find interesting to see, only some are interesting to own, especially becauseof the added cost.
"May I say it again: I prefer Wild Mammals on maximum cards, but I collect and create whatever else I find interesting, if and when I can afford it. "
Those that occupy my primary focus these days are my A Stamp From Everywhere collection which I should actually call Sets from Everywhere as I always seem to obtain more than just a single stamp! So, I've once again become a General Worldwide Collector without a cut-off date (I used to stop at the end of 1965, the date of my birth but there have been too many great stamps issued in the past 50 years to ignore!!).
I've collected Thailand since moving to the Kingdom some 10 years ago. I even design stamps and postal markings for my own local post here in Phuket. Sometimes, my interest in the region causes me to add items from neighboring countries such as French Indochina/Cambodia and Straits Settlements/Malaya/Malaysia/Singapore. Have yet to add anything from Laos or Myanmar, however (British Burma does interest me).
Other countries collected for years include Falkland Islands, Pitcairn Islands, and Great Britain. Add in an ever-increasing interest in the British Commonwealth (particularly prior to the 1920s), and recent forays into German States and occupations. Recently, I have become enamored with British Aden and French Algeria -- stamps and stationery. And there are the Channel Islands -- especially Jersey but Guernsey and Alderney also interest me (as do local issues by Sark, Herm and Jethou).
I also seem to be returning to the good ole U.S.A. as a collecting area of interest. Mint and used general issues, airmail, BOB, administrations, etc. Some postal history from my old neck of the woods, namely Kansas, New Mexico, Texas, etc.
Topical interests include Education on Stamps, Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers, Sherlock Holmes, Mark Twain and Charles Dickens, Stamps Collecting as portrayed on stamps, FDR, etc.
I also have an interest in Paquebot covers and FDC's that bear stamps and pictorial cancellations within one of my topical interests (see above).
Postcards have always been an interest and I love to collect those from the places I collect stamps from. Love to receive them in the mail as well and have been a member of Postcrossing for nine years.
Finally, there are a few local posts that I collect because the background (not to mention the stamps) are interesting. Chief amongst these is Lundy Island.
Nah, I don't collect much...
Currently focusing on obtaining A Stamp From Everywhere and several area collections including Aden Colony, French Algeria, certain German States, Lundy Island local post carrier labels, Pitcairn Islands, and Thailand. Topical interests include Pioneers of American Aviation (particularly Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers), Education on Stamps, Stamp Collecting on Stamps. Design stamps & postal markings for my own local post in Phuket, Thailand. And I write about it all on my blog...
Post by oldtriguy1960 on Jan 21, 2016 16:19:39 GMT -5
My collecting interests are: USA mint/used Varieties of the great American Series USA PNC singles W/W Airmails (mostly pre 1950, but some countries like Ireland go past 1960)
I'd like to get some USA Confederate stamps or facsimiles (I'm in Mississippi so I guess that figures) I do have quite a bit of GB Machins that I have mostly sorted by the Adminware site criteria. I just haven't decided if I'm going to keep them and put in a homemade album or trade them all away.
Currently I collect US used only...including meters, computer vended...as long as it was used to move the mail, I collect it.
I also collect DDR and Berlin, having spent time in both areas. These two have been recent additions to my collecting interest. I am also considering occupational stamps...Russian, French, Allied...but haven't decided yet.
Also, I am currently accumulating a quantity of the German Notopfer stamp, the Blue Flea, and once I figure out what all the different varieties of the stamp as listed in Michel are, I'll design pages and include that stamp in my list of interests.
This is updated from a previous list as I've added a few things, done away with a few things and generally can't make up my mind outside of the US. I had a really nice start to an Australia collection (thanks in large part to the wonderful folks here at Stamp Bears) but I handed it over in its entirety to my ex-wife when she showed a genuine interest in starting a stamp collection. Her interest remains and I save all things Australia I run across for her. She's spent more time with it than I would have. Primary Collection(s) United States of America
Secondary Collection(s) Austria Canada Germany Liechtenstein Poland UK Machins US Canal Zone
Regional though collected loosely Latin America Pacific Rim Scandinavia
Topical Collections (US) Alaska America at War Chris Calle Engraved/Designed Christmas Louisiana Love & Special Occasions NASA & US Space Program National Parks New Mexico Nondenominated US Postage Star Spangled Banner Texas Weapons on US Stamps
Topical Collections (WW) American Bicentennial Baseball, Basketball & Football* Nudes & Pinups Ships & Watercraft *-American style football
I hesitate to use the word "collect" for US covers but for lack of a better word I collect them as well. I have found a recent interest in First Flight covers but have decided to confine those to Louisiana only. Covers to me for the most part are interesting items to be added to my general US collection - I put the covers on speedrille pages using corner mounts and add them to my album.
USA is housed in three H.E. Harris Liberty 2-Post 3-1/2" binders using H.E. Harris Liberty pre-printed pages and H.E. Harris speedrille blank pages.
Canada, Liechtenstein, Poland and US Canal Zone are housed in 3-ring binders from Office Depot and self-printed pages as provided by stampalbums.com. I laser printed the pages on 67 pound card stock also from Office Depot.
US Nondenominated is housed in a 3-ring binder and printed on 67 pound card stock. The pages I've created from scratch using Microsoft Publisher.
US Bicentennial is spread across 7 albums of various sorts (5 of which are covers only). I have no idea how this collection will eventually be housed but it's sitting tight for the time being.
Every other topical collection is housed in Vario pages and binders. These too I have no idea how they'll end up being housed but for now I'm content to gather stock, tuck it into a Vario page and move along.
We won't go into the 14 pounds of as yet unsorted worldwide kiloware or the 500-2000 worldwide stamps I pick up almost on a monthly basis and toss into the mix of unsorted kiloware. The resoning behind all the kiloware is simple though a bit goofy. One of these days I'm going to be retired and may not have the resources available to acquire philatelic material that I have now and if that's the case I want to make sure I have something at least close to a lifetime worth of sorting to be done and virtually limitless possibilities for different types of collections and collecting.
Bottom line, folks, is this... Is it a stamp? Yes. I want it. Something tells me I'm not alone in all of this.
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