Old Us Postage Stamps

Written by Amy Hall
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Old U.S. postage stamps are considered collectibles by anyone involved with philately. Stamp collecting dates back to the inception of the very first stamp, issued in Great Britain in 1840. Since that time, people who collect stamps do so for many reasons that extend far beyond monetary gains. Old stamps commemorate people, places, and events that have had a profound impact on America, as well as other nations.

Collecting old U.S. postage stamps can also be considered an educational experience, as they come with their own story, their own place in history, if you will. There is something about the tattered edges of an old stamp that has perhaps sailed across oceans at one time or another that is mysterious and intriguing. When you look at a stamp collector's album, with row after row of old U.S. postage stamps, you cannot help but wonder who was the first person to place those stamps on envelopes and drop them in the mail.

You might wonder who was the recipient of that card or letter, where that person lived, and what the letter contained. Old stamps are history, and they tell personal stories that go well beyond the picture on the stamp. An old stamp in your collection may have been affixed to a letter from the army, telling a distraught mother and father that their son would be coming home safely from war. Likewise, that letter could have been carrying bad news, about a young man who would not be returning home from war.

Hold onto Your Old U.S. Postage Stamps

As you can see, old postage stamps have value not only for their monetary worth but also for what they represent. In today's day and age, we often take for granted that we can just drop a letter or bill in the mail that will make it across the country in three days in one piece. Over a hundred years ago, people from around the world had such a deep appreciation for stamps because they allowed them a means of communicating with others far away. Old stamps are a reminder to us just how far we have come.


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