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About Stamp Collecting

A stamp is a small piece of paper that is glued to the envelope whenever a document or a letter is sent via the post office. This is used both locally and internationally as a fee for the service rendered.



Milwaukee hosts Milcopex Sept. 14-16

Milwaukee Philatelic Society will host Wisconsin's largest stamp show, Milcopex, Sept. 14-16 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee Airport, 6401 S. 13th St., Milwaukee.



An intimate look at the most valuable stamp in the world

When twelve-year-old Louis Vaughan searched through his uncle's abandoned house in British Guiana in 1873, he was just looking for stamps off old family correspondence that he could add to the growing library of his new hobby - stamp collecting. He would unknowingly become the first owner of a rare stamp destined to be the most valuable stamp in the world and whose story is intricately detailed in James Barron's non-fictional work, "The One-Cent Magenta."



World's fair philately: 19th and early 20th centuries

Figure 1. The 1893 Columbian Exposition postage stamp set included 16 denominations, from 1A to $5. The face value of the set was $16.34.



In a digital word stamps retain their currency, say philatelists

In a small building in New Plymouth, Chris Wells' near 50-year career in the stamp collecting and supply industry is evident. Visitors at the Philatelic Distributors' premises are greeted by fresh white walls and minimalist design - until you get a peek out the back at shelves upon shelves of folders, sheets, equipment, and thousands upon thousands of stamps.