Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Ladybird Tuesday - Stamp Collecting

I think that most people collected stamps as children, I know that I dallied with the hobby although I didn't get very far, I do still have my album though! The Ladybird book Stamp Collecting is from Series 633 - Hobbies. I do love this series although I don't own many from it, I did look at Tricks and Magic a few weeks ago. Stamp Collecting was published in 1969 and is one of the earliest books in the series.

Vintage Ladybird book Stamp Collecting

The book begins with an interesting history on the history of stamps, and some fascinating facts. For example, because England was the first country in the world to use stamps, there was no need to put the name of the issuing country on it. The omission of the name of the country has remained a feature of the stamps of Great Britain ever since (or at least until this book was published, that information may be out of date now!).

Stamp Collecting Ladybird book

The book continues by introducing early postage stamps from both Great Britain and the other countries that began to use their own stamps, beginning with Brazil and parts of Switzerland. As more and more countries started to produce stamps, they became more interesting and became illustrations of things like historical events, famous people and industrial or agricultural products. The book takes a look at stamps which fall into different categories, for example ships, animals, music and paintings. It's a nice introduction to collecting stamps based around particular themes. 

Stamp Collecting book

I'm guessing that stamp collecting is still a popular hobby today, although perhaps not as popular as it once was. I'm pretty sure that most schools don't have a stamp club today like they did in 1969, although I expect you could find one around locally. I really liked this book, it inspired me to get my old album out again!

I'm joining in with Ladybird Tuesday at Being Mrs C. You can see all my previous Ladybird Tuesday posts here.

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