Though he started philately as a hobby during his school days and collected many stamps, lack of penpals plus adequate finances prevented him from pursuing it vigorously.
In an effort to popularise philately , the bureau has made provisions for a thematic display of stamps of members of the club.
However, he rues that the increased denomination of stamps has now made philately an expensive proposition.
A keen coin and stamp collector as well as a dealer in rare stamps and ancient coins, he avers that philately has become a rich-man's hobby.
The number of commemorative stamps issued has increased rapidly since World War II, in response to the improvements in printing techniques that have allowed greater variety of design, and to the growth of philately as a hobby.
Recognising that many deserving names and items have yet to be commemorated philatelically , postal authorities are urged to address these deficits.
Many philatelists have recorded history through their exhibits on such topics as ‘national leaders, birds, animals, sports, occupation, currency and important events.’
Not just students but any enthusiast would find the web site full of philatelic information provided by the Postal Department.
Stamp collectors, known as philatelists , often specialize in certain areas one of which is ‘covers’, the actual envelope and stamp.
Selvedge is the extra blank paper that surrounds a pane of stamps and is considered an art form by philatelists .