I would like to thank all visitors to the site who wrote valuable suggestions and comments on my Coin collection.
The site now has new pages of Currency Notes and Stamps to showcase the collection of my family members.
World Banknotes are collected by my son-in-laws Shah Rokh Nanavatti and Faisal Qureshi.
Indian currency is collected by my daughters Rahat Nanavatti and Sabahat Qureshi.
Postage Stamps, topical thematic stamps, FDC, NPC, Miniature Sheets, Postal stationery etc. are collected by my son Ashfaque and grand-daughter Afrin and grand-sons Adil and Zain.(Aiden)
I hope you will appreciate their collection and will write your comments. Thank you in advance.
Collecting stamps is a hobby for people of all ages who are interested in history, geography, art and world cultures. Stamps have been issued from postal services from all over the world since 1840. Every subject you can imagine has been depicted on colorful stamps. Stamp collecting is not the same as philately, which is the study of stamps. A philatelist may, but does not have to, collect stamps. Many casual stamp collectors accumulate stamps for sheer enjoyment and relaxation without worrying about the tiny details. The creation of a large or comprehensive collection, however, may require some philatelic knowledge. Postage stamps are often collected for their historical value and geographical aspects and they are also collected for the many different subjects that have been depicted on them, ranging from ships, horses, and birds to Kings, Queens and Presidents
Brief History of Stamp Collecting
The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840 and pictured a young Queen Victoria.
Children and teenagers were early collectors of stamps in the 1860s and 1870s. Many adults dismissed it as a childish pursuit but later many of those same collectors, as adults, began to systematically study the available postage stamps and publish books about them.
Several European monarchs were keen stamp collectors, including King George V of the United Kingdom and King Carol II of Romania. King George V possessed one of the most valuable stamp collections in the world and became President of the Royal Philatelic Society. His collection was passed on to Queen Elizabeth II who, while not a serious philatelist, has a collection of British and Commonwealth first day covers which she started in 1952.
Topical stamp collecting
Many collectors choose to organize their philatelic collection on the theme of the stamps, covers, or postmarks. Popular topical themes are animals, dogs, cats, butterflies, birds, flowers, art, sports, Olympics, maps, Disney, scouting, space, ships, Americana (topics relating to the US), stamps on stamps, famous people, chess, Chinese new year, and many others.
This includes government-issued postal cards, aerograms, letter card, wrappers, envelopes, etc., that have an imprinted stamp.
First day covers (FDCs)
Are envelopes with stamps attached and canceled on the first day that the stamp was issued. Most modern FDCs bear designs, called “cachets”, related to the theme of the stamp issued.