Philately is the study of stamps and postal history, as well as other postage related items. It also refers to the collection, appreciation and research activities on stamps and other philatelic products. Philately involves more then just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps (but rather accumulation). It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps. For instance, the stamps being studied may be very rare, or reside only in museums. Here is a great book on the subject.
Also, if you are serious about philately and stamp collecting as a hobby, you will need the Scott 2018 Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. This is Volume 1, for United States. The catalog is essential for pricing stamps. I know its a bit expensive, but you do not have to buy the same year for all the volumes. I have a Volume 5, for Russia and area, and it’s from 2000. And my Volume 1 is from 2015. I know I do not have the last 17 years of the Russian stamps in the catalog, but its only 17 years. In philatelic times, its nothing but a finger snap.
Almost all of the philatelists are stamp collectors.
Not all the stamp collectors are philatelists.
See also: Tools of the Trade
It has not been that long since I finished my writing class, and my desire to practice the skill of writing has not abandoned me. With this journal I hope to improve my own writing skills, and hopefully, provide some interesting or at least entertaining reading material.
What I am going to write about? First off, Poker! I am absolutely hooked on the game, and in my quest to become a professional poker player, I will devote a lot of time and attention to studying and perfecting my game. I will start out by discussing some general game issues, and follow with a review and analysis of nearby casinos and card rooms. I will also discuss home games and how they are different from the raked game in a commercial poker room. I wanted to devote a whole section of my blog to promote the game of poker, both live and online, so expect a lot of links and promotions. Please do me a favor and click on some of those links, it will make me feel like I have done something productive.
Coming next : The Early Days, Lawrenceburg, Cincinnati, Columbus, Toledo, Cleveland, Louisville, Hammond (East Chicago), Pittsburgh.
I need to get a giant wall map. And a dry erase board for my brainstorms. If you are feeling extra giving this holiday season, please make my WISH come true.