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Stamp Identification Guidelines

At Mystic, we understand getting started in stamp collecting can be a little confusing, but it’s a lot of fun and we’re here to help.

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Want to Create Your Own This Day in History Album?

For your convenience, we’ve collected several useful and affordable supplies to help you create your own customized This Day in History album.

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History of International Stamp Exhibitions in the U.S.

The first international stamp exhibition to be held in the U.S. took place in New York City in 1913.

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What is microprinting?

Microprinting is tiny type added to a stamp’s design. The type is so small, it can’t be read without a magnifying glass or microscope.

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Explore stamp-related videos

Did you know there are hundreds of stamp collecting videos online, including the National Postal Museum’s Maynard Sundman Lectures?

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How to collect seldom-seen formats

Collecting stamp position blocks and pairs is fun and rewarding. The legendary “Farley’s Follies” are a good example.  They offer you the opportunity to own scarce stamps with a neat stamp story!

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Philatelic Glossary

A glossary of terms to help you understand the Stamp Collecting world.

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Great Britain Philately eBooks

Here are some editions of The London Philatelist that were published in England in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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eBooks on Specialized Collections

The Stamped Envelopes, Wrappers and Sheets of the United States by John Kerr Tiffany (1892)  This book gives a summary of stamped envelopes issued by the Post Office Department and lists of varieties by producer printer.

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Discover events in American history – plus the stamps that make them come alive.

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