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1991 U.S. Definitive Stamps

What are Definitive Stamps?

In its common English usage the word ‘definitive’ implies something as ultimately final…the ‘be-all and end-all’, if you will.  In Stamp Collecting terminology, Definitive might be defined as ‘new standards’ for postage stamp rates.  The philatelic glossary at Arago concisely defines Definitive Stamps as those that are “issued in an indefinite quantity and for an […]

What are Back of the Book stamps?

What are Back of the Book Stamps?

The term “Back of the Book Stamps” generally refers to those stamp issues that have appeared in the back of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue’s country sections.  The catalog itself is released in volumes, each covering a set of stamp issuing nations.  U.S. “back of the book” stamps appear at the end of the […]

January is National Hobby Month

National Hobby Month

January is National Hobby month. Isn’t it telling that we now have to have a national month of awareness to remember to treat ourselves to time spent on activities we love?  If only there were a way to remind you to spend time with it regularly.  Like a good little puppy bringing its ball to […]

Liberty U.S. Stamp Albums

Stamp Album Supplements

During our youth, the end of the year signaled things like exciting new changes and vacation time.  As we grow older the new year begins to mark deadlines and expiration dates.  We certainly hope you find some time to relax and enjoy the finer things in life like your growing stamp collection.  One thing that […]

2016 Australia Christmas Stamps

Modern Stamp Design Techniques

The artistry of postage stamp design has certainly gone through many evolutionary changes over the last two centuries.  What began with mere text and numerals became portraits and reproductions of famous paintings and photographs.  Today we see a wide range of bold artwork and design elements such as holographic imagery and embossed lettering. Of course, […]

christmas island postage stamps

Holidays on Foreign Stamps

In the recent past we’ve talked about Stamp Collecting and its relation to Global Diversity, World Geography, and even Creating Memories.  Perhaps it was with these topics still in mind that I began to research the topic of holidays on Foreign Stamps.  The intention was to research holiday themes on worldwide postage stamps.  I planned to […]

Making Time for Your Stamp Collection

Making Time for Your Collection

If there is a time of year when time is in short supply, it’s during the month of December.  Mail holidays, school closures, crowded stores, inclement weather, and end of the year deadlines all work against any prospects of having some quiet time with your stamp collection.  But you can make time if you pencil […]

Collecting Stamps and Memories for the Holidays

Collecting Stamps and Memories for the Holidays

“Every passion borders on the chaotic, but the collector’s passion borders on the chaos of memories.” – Walter Benjamin The Holidays!  Many will play host to family and friends this holiday season.  And many of the invited will be children.  Above the cacophony of video game consoles and mobile devices, you might hear the distant […]

Stamp Approvals Customers don't receive messy piles of stamps.

Thankful for Our Approval Customers

After a long weekend to reflect, we at Jamestown Stamp Company agree that we are most thankful for our Stamp Approvals Customers.  With hundreds of years of combined experience, our staff is committed to helping each collector build a better stamp collection.  It’s what we do; and we’ve loved doing it since 1939. “stamp approvals customers[…]get […]

Geography and Stamp Collecting

Geography and Stamp Collecting

It’s National Geography Awareness Week.  Geography is one of the first topics we learn about as school children.  And it is then that we begin to discover that the World  is a much larger place than we were previously aware.  In school, we learn of distant cultures perhaps with special bias toward differences as an educational […]