Is Stamp Collecting Disappearing?

stamps2In the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews sings about the joys of her favorite things, including ‘brown paper packages tied up with string.’ This song often makes viewers nostalgic for simple pleasures in a world of increasing hustle and bustle. Some of these simple pleasures – the act of sending and receiving mail, of taking the time out of one’s day and admiring and collecting stamps – may be disappearing under our noses.


The United States Postal Service is facing very difficult times, due to a variety of factors, and with these hard times our previous joys are being lost. The future of stamp collecting, for instance, relies on, well, STAMPS! And if the USPS is going down, our precious stamps are going with it.


Stamps have been printed commemorating various holidays, charities, and notable figures, and this pastime has been one of prosperity and entertainment for generations. The following infographic, about the potential decline of the U.S. Postal Service, contains a lengthy section on the most popular (and the most valuable) stamps in American history. Take a glance and then imagine a world without the post office, without this hobby. Afterward, if you are like us, you will want to march down to your local post office, letters in hand, and see which stamps are available today!


Life without the United States Postal Service



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Carolyn (Alleycatlane) I hung over my father's shoulder so much when he was working on his stamp collection when I was a child, he finally gave it to me. I still have it and have added to it almost yearly. I'd hate to think the PO may close, but I would think that would make stamp collecting even more desirable and the stamps more valuable. July 2nd, 2013 at 11:13 AM


Easily_Amused Stamp collecting is a dead collectible like Beanie Babies and Hummel Figurines. If you enjoy it, great. However, don't expect your collection to continue rising in value in the future. August 1st, 2013 at 12:01 PM


gamer3900 holy crap!!! I think I have the 3 cent George Washinton... August 17th, 2013 at 9:03 PM


DoubleEnvelopment I use first day postal covers for autographs I get. December 11th, 2013 at 4:10 PM


rbgann1 I have collected stamps since I was a young child. I still collect to this day!! I remember searching through my grandpa's old desk drawers searching for old stamps. I will continue to collect and support the USPS. August 4th, 2014 at 11:46 PM

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