Stamp collecting has been with us ever since the first postage stamp was produced in 1840.
To this day it continues to have more collectors than any other hobby. The longevity of the hobby is outstanding.
Much has been made of the benefits of collecting stamps from gaining knowledge of the world, through to mental health benefits and financial gain. However, the hobby thrives because of the pleasure that is derived from putting together a reasonable collection of stamps.
President of the Encounter Bay Stamp Club Michael Kovaleff said the beauty of stamp collecting was that one can collect in anyway one likes.
“This can range from putting away any stamp you come across to a reasonable one country collection, a specialised collection of a country or period, a topical or thematic collection, such as birds, fish, space etc.
“The challenges one can set are endless and they do not need to be expensive. Obviously access to stamps is essential,” Michael said.
Michael said the obvious sources are the post office for new issues, stamp dealers and the internet, but the best source is stamp clubs.
“Club auctions and circuit books are a source of very cheap stamps. In addition clubs provide a means of quitting those items which you do not require. Most important of all this is the one place where knowledge of stamps, their value, and help with collecting is freely available - an essential in putting together any reasonable collection so you can gain maximum pleasure and benefit from your stamps,” he said.
As part of Stamp Month, the Encounter Bay Stamp Club will hold an open day to promote the hobby. It will be on October 21, at Carrickalinga House, Victor Harbor from 10am to 2pm. Besides selling/buying stamps, a free appraisal service will be available as well as free packets for children.
There will also be a display of stamps, including the 1d black, along with other high profile items and local postcards, which will include early Victor Harbor and paddle steamers on the Murray. For more information contact Michael on 8552 1983.
The Encounter Bay Stamp Club has 25 members and usually meet in the Old School Building on the first Wednesday of the month and is always looking for new members.