Origin of philately
Examples from the Web for philatelist
Historical Examples of philatelist
It may have been an error but it troubled no one but the philatelist.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery
Clifton Armstrong Howes
Some people irreverently style it "the Philatelist's Bible."
This Work is intended to fill a void which has hitherto existed in the Philatelist's Library.
It was satirized and laughed at by all, and a contemporary criticism, which has been reproduced in The Philatelist, vol.
Was it published when you went to Ghana that you were a philatelist?Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Word Origin for 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.