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What I collect.

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Machin Man

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Location: Houston, Texas pending eye surgery

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:02 pm    Post subject: What I collect. Reply with quote

The first and only general rule of philately is;
" ... Collect what you want, the way you want to !!! ..."

Many stampers love pristine stamps.
Others are enthralled by postally used.
Blocks, sheets, booklets, mini-sheets, CTOs, covers with cachets and covers addressed and actually passing through the regular mails all have their adherents, not to mention various and sundry combinations of the aforementioned.

World wide, specific countries, or groups of countries as well as every immaginable topic and range of years are also ways the stampers organise their little pretties.

I personally like postally used worldwide and only exclude certain issues that would be black blotted if there were still a "Black Blot Program."

I do like long definitives series, such as the never ending Machins, the Post Horns and other Scandanavian definitives, French Mariannas and Sabines, Republic of China from 1912-1950, Furusatos, Exportas and even the very interesting shade varieties of the Francisco Franco issues.

I prefer stamps with either cancels that do not unduly interfere with the principle elements of the stamp's design or circular date cancels where the origin and complete date can be determined especially "socked on the nose" examples.

Then there are some topics such as Birds, Ships of all ages, Lighthouses and other Nautical themes, National and Provincial Flags as well as well defined scenes both of the places I have visited over the years and some places I'll never see in person.

I almost despise the spray on cancellations that several countries have adopted that are essentially illegible tracks of blurry ink spots and avoid then as soon as a decent replacement can be found. many of them remind me of a photo of a heard of gazelles or something racing across a trackless desert as viewed from low space orbit that was in the national geographic a few years ago.

I like covers that tell a story or I can weave a story about especially naval vessels and merchant ships that took part in WW II and US Coast Guard related covers from the many far flung bases that were maintained about the Pacific and Arctic for so many years.

My interests are wide and quite eclectic. That is one of the wonders of the hobby.

But it all comes down to the First Rule of Philately; " ... Collect what you want, the way you want to !!! ..."
" .... You may think you understood what you thought I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you think you heard is not what I thought I meant. .... "
Charlie Jensen
Lecanto, Florida
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi this all sounds very interesting. i have come across a few good postmarked stamps since i i am liking at the minute is a kgv australian head stamp, well a couple really but one in general as it is cancelled with the word casino and the other more funnier seems to read the end of the word *anker so a great curio post mark for the collection really , but the casino one has me stumped...i carnt even makeout the date or wether it is a date there seems to be an un natural sequence in the numbering and lettering,
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