There are lots of things that are collectable now a days, most of the more affordable collectables are described as vintage, or those things that I knew as a child.
Vintage Postage Stamps
On the 1960's collecting postage stamps was a cheap and relatively interesting pass time. What we would now describe as vintage postage stamps were the stamps available at the time. Thing was these stamps came from places that were exotic and unusual to a small town boy. At that time there were major events that were commemorated by countries issuing postage stamps, special stamps, limited edition stamps, now some of these vintage postage stamps have become rare and valuable.
The first man into space was celebrated by postage stamps around the world, though with the cold war and all the United States waited untill the moon landings to celebrate with special, now vintage postage stamps. This 10c air mail stamp is typical of the special edition stamps of the time. Great to see the image of earth rise, or possibly set over the moon. Vintage postage stamps were some times designed by truly artistic and talented people.
Commemorative stamps such as this can become the theme around which your collection is built. But there are many other interesting themes for the stamp collector to investigate. One such could be the postage stamps of the 19th century, unlike vintage postage stamps these earlier stamps will be more scarce, unlikely to be found amongst postage stamp lots, and generaly more expensive. To find a mint example of a 19th century stamp is unlikely but possible with diligence and no small amount of luck. To find a stamp from the 1950's, 1960's or 1970's is easier. Take a look around your grand parents house and even the family home. Maybe there will be a stash of old letters still in their envelopes, a little tip here, if the letters are in grandma's or even mum's underwear drawer and tied with a pink ribbon, try to resist the temptation to read the letters. It can be very disturbing to the young mind to find that dad, grandad or some guy that you have never heard of, has thoughts like that towards mom or grandma. You have been warned! But if the stash of old letters is in the attic, discarded in an old suitcase or shoe box the chances are that reading the letters will not be a problem. Either way it is the stamps on the envelopes that are interesting. Remember that vintage postage stamps that are collectible now were once in every day use.
Where else can you find postage stamps to add to your collection? Take a look at old envelopes that you have kept for the letters in them, old post cards, Christmas cards, special birthday cards, love letters, valentines cards, the list goes on and on. There are many sources of vintage postage stamps, Internet auctions like e-bay, specialist shops, junk shops, approvals and so on, but none is as rewarding as the free source at home.
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