You know what month it is, so this is the perfect time to celebrate stamps, our ambassadors of art, culture, and people.
Phil A. Telic, the American Philatelic Society’s wisest and most senior member (APS member No. 1886) offers some great advice to embrace philately.
“No matter what you collect — your hometown’s postal history, holidays on stamps, classic U.S. issues, or freaks and oddities — it’s personal,” Phil A. Telic says. “But that makes it all the more fun and worthwhile to share with others.”
And, there are so many ways and places you can share the hobby during National Stamp Collecting Month, which the U.S. Postal Service first proclaimed in 1981.
Phil A. Telic suggests these easy activities:
• Bring a potential collector to a stamp show or stamp club.
• You can arrange meetings or make presentations at schools or community and senior centers.
• You can share mini-exhibits at post offices or libraries. A recent e-mail from the APS told you how one of our members is encouraging chapters to present a Harry Potter philatelic exhibit at theaters or libraries.
• How about handing out stamps or collecting brochures at local events, hotels, or at Halloween?
• “No matter what you collect, please let your passion for stamp collecting speak for itself,” says the wise one, Phil A. Telic.
Need some inspiration? Check out this month’s edition of The American Philatelist, where you will find articles that inspire the stamp collector within. The cover story, “The Culture of Stamps,” by Thomas Broadhead reflects on the importance of stamps via an essay written by an Austrian architect, artist, and stamp designer. Award-winning philatelist Cheryl Ganz writes how important it is for those making a presentation — museums, stamp exhibits, individuals — to connect to people. And Tom Horn writes about how one stamp collector offered guidance and inspiration to a young collector.
If you need some extra help and tips, we have those for you at the APS website. Our handbook, National Stamp Collecting Month, created by Phil A. Telic for the APS Membership Committee, will provide you with more ideas to celebrate National Stamp Collecting Month.