Postage stamps and their collection: a practical guide to philately for all collectors.
Like the lady said to the stamp collector, philately will get you everywhere.
Every new phase of recreation from playgrounds to philately presently has its countrywide association.
He had planned many greater things to do for philately, but these the stamp world will lose through his early death.
Here is a problem which the next convert to philately may undertake to solve.
philately embraces the whole earth and likewise the whole earth is sometimes embraced within the limits of a postage stamp.
It is impossible to estimate the injury resulting to philately.
philately, fi-lat′e-li, n. the study and collection of postage and revenue stamps and labels (also Timbrophily, Timbrology).
The rule among collectors to-day is to take up some special portion of philately, and to direct all their efforts to that portion.
Strictly speaking, the so-called "officially sealed stamps" are not stamps, as that term is technically employed in philately.
"stamp-collecting," 1865, from French philatélie, coined by French stamp collector Georges Herpin (in "Le Collectionneur de Timbres-poste," Nov. 15, 1864), from Greek phil- "loving" (see philo-) + ateleia "exemption from tax," the closest word Herpin could find in ancient Greek to the concept of "postage stamp" (from a- "without" + telos "tax;" see toll (n.)). A reminder of the original function of postage stamps, now often forgotten: the cost of letter-carrying formerly was paid by the recipient; stamps indicated it had been pre-paid by the sender, thus the letters were "carriage-free."
It is a pity that for one of the most popular scientific pursuits one of the least popularly intelligible names should have been found. [Fowler]Related: Philatelic; philatelism; philatelist.