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Germany Inflation Stamps PDF Print E-mail
During the post-WWI years, the value of the German mark steadily deteriorated, largely as a result of reparations payments and the savage penalties imposed on German trade. Faced with budgetary deficits, governments followed a practice of issuing more money to meet expenses. The result was a runaway inflation more severe than that experienced in any other part of Europe. During 1922, the value of the Mark in US dollars fell from 162 marks to more than 7,000 marks (the pre-1914 relationship had been 4.2 marks to the dollar).

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Modern Day Stamp Collecting PDF Print E-mail
The first postage stamp, the "Penny Black", was issued by Great Britain (United Kingdom) in 1840. Postage stamps were introduced as a means of prepaying for mail delivery. Prior to this innovation, mail was paid for by the addressee when it was delivered or picked up at the post office. Many letters went undelivered because either the addressee would not or could not pay the fee.

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What is topical collecting? PDF Print E-mail
Many collectors find topical stamp collecting as an attractive and enjoyable hobby. Some say its beauty lies in the fact that it gives them freedom to choose the topics they like. Usually, these topics match their profession, interests, sports, or other hobbies. Others say it makes for creativity and originality. They pick new topics or topics rarely explored, conduct a research on these topics and produce novel collections with stories. Thus, for them, topical collecting makes much sense, too. Still others say that the pleasure they derive from collecting topical on a limited budget makes it a delightful endeavor. Indeed, topical collecting offers collectors the opportunity to develop their individuality in an activity that adds joy to living. Today, it ranks as one of the most popular categories in stamp collecting.

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Taking Care of your Stamp Collection PDF Print E-mail
If youre a beginner to the world of stamp collecting, its important to understand the right way to care for your stamps. By caring for your stamps the wrong way, you can damage or even destroy them, and no collector wants that to happen! Here are some tips to help you take care of your collectible stamps and keep them in perfect condition for years to come.

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Rare Stamps PDF Print E-mail
If youre a stamp collector, then there may be stamps of different values in your collection. There are probably rare and valuable stamps that youd like to own. But if youre new to the world of stamp collecting, you may not be aware of the rarest and most valuable stamps. There are lots of them; however here is a list of some of the best:

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Buying Stamps PDF Print E-mail
Are you new to the world of stamp collecting? Stamp collecting is a treasured hobby that people around the world have enjoyed for centuries. If youre just starting out, there are some things you should know before spending your hard-earned money on collectible stamps.

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CIA Invert Stamp PDF Print E-mail
The one-dollar Colonial Rush Lamp and Candle Holder stamp of USA was first printed in 1979. In 1986 one hundred stamps with the inverted brown candleholder were sold to the public. Five of those stamps were presumed to have been used on mail, with the invert error going undetected.

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