My International Postage Stamp Collection
In 1960 when I was 5 years old I started collecting stamps. Given I had relatives that either lived or traveled abroad my stamp collection got off to a strong start very quickly. As the years past, however, I eventually lost interest in the collection.
Since I moved to the States in 1976, I often wondered about what happened to my stamp collection. I had assumed my parents had likely thrown or given it away before they moved from England to Australia in the early 80's.
About 10 years ago while visiting my parents in Australia they told me they had kept my stamp collection and had hauled it around with them wherever they moved. What's more, they had continued adding stamps to the collection from letters and packages they'd received over the years.
My dad knew I'd appreciate having the stamps back one day and so had kept it all that time. At the end of that trip they gave me the box containing the stamps to take home with me.
Once home I put the box up on a shelf in a closet and completely forgot all about it until July 2015. That's when I saw the box on the shelf and thought it time to pull it down and look through my collection.
I was amazed at both the number of stamps I had collected as a kid and also just how many my parents had added over the years. As soon as I opened the box the memories began flooding back of me working on my stamp collection on the dining table. I could see myself painstakingly cataloging the stamps and adding them to my books sorted by country.
As I looked through the stamps some of them came from placed that didn't even exist anymore such as CCCP (USSR) and East Germany and others depicted historic events such as the first satellite (Sputnik) sent into orbit and the first person in space (Yuri Gagarin).
After sorting through the stamps and reminiscing I set up a mini photographic studio consisting of my Nikon DSLR camera and macro lens with a light tent and side lighting to photograph, catalog, and collate every stamp in my collection.
In high resolution I was just amazed at how much detail that had gone into producing each stamp. The details really can't be appreciated at their normal size without magnification.
In total without counting duplicates I photographed 721 stamps representing 75 countries and states.
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