Better Collections are Built by Those Sharing the Hobby
By John Finch
Stamp Collecting Organizations
Meet others who share your interest through collector's clubs and organizations. It is easy to find clubs online or listed in magazines and stamp newspapers like Linn's Stamp News. The biggest club in the U.S. is The American Philatelic Society. While they have many chapters, you may want to start out with a local group, which may have meeting information in your town paper or available at your library. If your interest is in international collecting, the Internet will point you to websites featuring your area of interest.
Drawn Together by Stamp Collecting
People start collecting for many reasons, and often start alone. But soon enough they find that there are others who share their interests within the hobby and are naturally drawn into a group of like-minded stamp collectors. There are many ways to make stamp collecting part of an active social life, whether it is attending a stamp show, being part of a first day cover ceremony, chatting on an Internet stamp collecting forum, or even hanging around the local stamp shop, just talking stamps.
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