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General Philatelic/Gen. Discussion : The types of stamps I like

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Harvey
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09 Jan 2022
01:57:09pm
I have been trying to figure out how to expand my collection a little bit. I decided to buy what I like. Sounds obvious, but it's quite simple. I really like older engraved stamps. That's how I decided to collect stamps from The Mozambique Company and Nyassa. Lately I decided there is really no need to stick to countries as a whole. A few weeks ago I bought a couple beautiful bird and animal series from Angola, they weren't even engraved but I really liked them. I will cut off at 1955 so they will fit in my first 3 volumes of Big Blue. Today I discovered some beautiful early stuff from Liberia. I decided not to spend huge amounts on this stuff, but why don't we all just start collecting stamps that make us feel good? Sounds like a plan rather that always having to add new countries. There's excellent stuff from several African countries to get. I'm going to keep it unorganized, so rather than look for stuff I'll just wait until it pops up!!
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Speaker
09 Jan 2022
02:54:27pm
re: The types of stamps I like

No argument there. I too like older engraved issues. You might check out Austria from the 40s and 50s; they issued many very finely engraved items, both regular and semi postal. For some reason the engraving lovers seem to overlook them often.

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cdj1122
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09 Jan 2022
11:27:11pm
re: The types of stamps I like

" .... but why don't we all just start collecting stamps that make
us feel good? ...."


Is that a trick question ?
That is exactly what I and several (many ?) others have been saying
when we remind collectors who sometimes appear to be mired in formal
strictures; "It's your hobby, collect what you enjoy." I bet if
someone did a thorough search of this topic alone they could find
those words or similar words in twenty or more comments.
Sure it can be nice to fill in the last open box on a printed album
page, but it is not required to "feel good." And it was only the
last week or two when someone wondered where he, or she, should but
some apparent shade variety since the album had no official box
printed on it. The answer was to add the color variety in a nearby
space or even slip the hinge under the initial stamp halfway. It is
your album and your hobby. As Mark Twain wrote in his famous book
about young Tom Sawyer; "Work is what you have to do."
A hobby is what you want to do and thus should never be allowed to
take on the trappings of work.
If you find a reverse inverted watermarked Wilding with two graphite
lines and feel like it is important, put the hinge on the face and
mount the stamp where it provides the most satisfaction. Just don't
tell the Queen the hunge is stuck to her chin.
Good luck and may all your problems be as easy to solve.
Charlie

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10 Jan 2022
05:46:26am
re: The types of stamps I like

I find the two color engraved issues attractive such as the KGVI and similar QEII pictorials.

But note for some, just filling spaces in an album and the sense of completion makes them feel good.

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Pogopossum
10 Jan 2022
12:05:07pm
re: The types of stamps I like

For years (decades) my wife tolerated my collecting hobby. I too, collect what I like and can afford. When I discovered the engraved stamps of Czeslaw Slania she was especially impressed, and has started collecting his work! It is remarkable stuff. I printed album pages and taught her the basics of the hobby. She got a selection of Slania stamps for Christmas (from Nordfrim). The question is, should I tell her about Martin Morck?

Geoff

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