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The pages on this site are intended to offer information and links to resources for various topics related to stamps. The broader categories can be found at the menu on the left-hand side of the page, and explanations of the categories are as follows:

  • A postage stamp is evidence of pre-paying a fee for postal services. Usually a small paper rectangle which is attached to an envelope, signifying that the person sending the letter or package has paid for delivery, it is the most popular alternative to using a prepaid-postage envelope.

  • Philately is the study of postage stamps. This includes the design, production, and uses of stamps after they are issued. Although many equate it with stamp collecting, it is a distinct activity. For instance, philatelists will study extremely rare stamps without expecting to own copies of them, whether because of cost, or because the sole survivors are in museums. Conversely, a stamp collector may choose to acquire and arrange the little pictures without being much troubled about their origin or usage. But in practice, a basic knowledge of philately will save the collector from spending 50 dollars for a stamp that is really worth only 20 cents!

  • Rubber stamps are used to print images on a surface and can be made out of vulcanized rubber. Commercially available rubber stamps fall into two categories: stamps for use in the office and stamps used for decorating objects or as children's toys. Rubber stamps for business are custom-made, showing an address, a corporate logo or something similar, and they are bought readily. They often have movable parts that allow the user to adjust the date or the word the stamp says. They are still often used to date incoming mail, memos and similar items.

  • Stamping is a craft in which some type of ink made of dye or pigment is applied to an image or pattern that has been carved, molded, or vulcanized, onto a sheet of rubber. The rubber is often mounted onto a more stable object such as a wood or an acrylic block produce a more solid instrument. The ink coated rubberstamp is then pressed onto any type of media such that the colored image has now been transferred to the media. The medium is generally some type of fabric or paper. Other media used are: wood, metal, glass, plastic, rock.

  • A seal is an impression, usually in wax or embossed on the paper itself, or other item attached to a legal instrument used to authenticate it in place of, or in addition to, a signature. Seals of this nature were applied directly to the face of the document or attached to the document by cords or chains. This helped maintain authenticity by not allowing the reuse of the seal. If a forger tried to remove the seal in the first case, it would break. In the second case, although the forger could remove the seal intact by ripping the cords from the paper, he'd still have to separate the cords to attach it to another document, which would destroy the seal as well. Most governments still attach seals to letters patent. While many instruments required seals for validity (i.e. the deed or covenant) it is rather uncomon for private citizens to use seals anymore.

  • A notary public is an officer who can administer and give oaths, and perform certain other acts varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

  • A coin is generally a piece of hard material, traditionally metal and usually in the shape of a disc, which is used as a form of money. With banknotes, coins make up the cash forms of all modern money systems. Coins are used for lower valued units, notes for the higher values.

  • Numismatics is the scientific study of money and its history in all its varied forms. While numismatists are often characterized as studying coins, the discipline also includes the study of medals, medallions and tokens (also referred to as Exonumia). Checks, bank notes, paper money, Scripophily and credit cards are also often subjects of numismatistic interest. Early money used by primitive people is referred to as Odd and Curious. Alternatively, coin collecting by itself is the hobby of collecting coins.

  • The Food Stamp Program is a program that provides food to low income people living in the United States. Benefits are distributed by the individual states but the program is administered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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