In honour of National Stamp-Collecting Month, I’m going to be sharing, in several parts, a piece I wrote for my old Angelfire site probably around 2005-07, “How to Be the Best Philatelist You Can Be.” The original piece is almost 2,500 words, which I now recognise is a bit too long for most non-scholarly blogs!
These are some photos (out of many more!) of my stamp collection as it was at that writing. Since then, my collection has increased a fair bit. The Israeli stamps in the third-last and penultimate pictures are part of a stash given to me by the rabbi emeritus at my original shul in Massachusetts. He was really excited to discover I share his longtime, passionate hobby of philatelism, and thank God, he’s still alive.