FAQ-What is the difference between a postmark and a cancellation?

Understanding Cancellation vs Postmark
Understanding Cancellation vs Postmark

The words “cancellation” and “postmark” are often used interchangeably, although strictly speaking this not completely accurate. This article will attempt to explain the actual difference between the two, while not establishing any hard and fast rules. After all, stamp collecting is supposed to be fun!

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Kids Corner-Where do I get my stamps?

Get stamps from envelopes and postcards!
Get stamps from envelopes and postcards!

Lots of famous people have collected stamps. For example: Queen Elizabeth, President Roosevelt and John Lennon! Some of them started collecting stamps when they were very young and by the time they were adults they had a collection worth thousands, sometimes millions of dollars! But they had to start somewhere. Where did they get their stamps? Where can you get your stamps?

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Kids Corner: Important stamp words

Stamp words
Stamp words

Now that you have started collecting stamps, here are some important stamp words that you can learn. Then you can impress everyone with how much you know!!

Adhesive: the glue on the back of a stamp (there are different kinds)

Block:
a set of stamps still attached to each other in the shape of a square or a rectangle (usually in a square of 4 stamps)

Booklet:
a little book of stamps, the cover is usually cardboard

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Kids Corner: What do I do with my stamps?

Have fun collecting stamps!
Have fun collecting stamps!

Now that you have your very own stamp kit, you’ll want to learn how to use it properly.

Your stockbook is a special kind of book to keep your stamps clean and safe. It’s up to you to decide how you want to organize your stamps inside of it. Try to make the arrangement as pretty as possible–you want to show off your best stamps!

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FAQ: What is my stamp worth?

What is my stamp worth?
What is my stamp worth?

The question we get asked the most at Arpin Philately is: What is my stamp worth? Here is a short checklist to help you get going.

1) Begin by auto-evaluating your stamp’s worth. To do this you will need a stamp catalogue. You’ll either want to get the Unitrade Specialized Catalogue for Canadian stamps, the Scott Pocket for U.S. stamps, or a Scott World catalogue for other countries.

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Kids Corner: What country is my stamp from?

Many languages, many countries names.
Many languages, many countries names.

There are many different languages spoken around the world. Often, each country has its own language and alphabet. That can make it hard to know which country your stamp is from. Here is an alphabetical list of some of the more difficult to identify country  names–beside each country name, we have shown you how it will most likely be written on your stamp. Hopefully it will make things easier for all of you out there!

Click here to go the Arpin Philately online store and see all the world stamp packets we have to offer, or click on each country name to go directly to that country’s store page.

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Kids Corner: DIY stamp collecting starter kit for kids

Get kids hooked on stamps!
Get kids hooked on stamps!

Let’s get kids hooked on stamps! In this day and age there are a lot of entertainment options for kids–video games, sports, TV etc. How about collecting stamps? Not only is it fun, but they can learn a lot about art, animals, different cultures, history and a ton of other things. Collecting stamps can also teach a child patience, attention to detail, organizational skills, fine motor skills, and how to stay focused on one thing at a time. But it’s up to us to show them how much fun it can be.

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Kids Corner: Learning about postage stamps!

Learning about postage stamps!
Learning about postage stamps!

So you want to collect stamps? Get ready for lots of fun!
Stamps can be pretty to look at, but they can also help you learn about different countries, music, animals, art and a whole bunch of other things.

What is a stamp? Well, a long time ago in England, when people would receive a letter, they would have to pay for it themselves when it was delivered to their door! Often, the cost of the letter was really high.

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New to Arpin Philately: Kids Corner!

Let's have fun with stamps!
Let’s have fun with stamps!

We’re happy to announce a new feature of our blog at Arpin Philately–Kids Corner!
We’ve developed this new category to help you get kids interested in stamps. It features an information guide for adults on how to build a custom-made starter stamp kit for your child.

Kids Corner will also feature articles explaining stamps and stamp collecting to little ones in simple terms.
Let’s get kids hooked on stamps!

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FAQ-What is a die-cut to shape stamp?

Canada Quarterly Pack
Canada Quarterly Pack

In a previous article we already discussed what a die-cut stamp is (see article: FAQ-What is a die-cut stamp?). Many of you have noticed when shopping for your Quarterly Packs that some stamps are described as «die-cut to shape from Quartely Pack». What does this mean?

Quarterly Packs are prepared by Canada Post as an easy way for collectors to procure all of the stamps issued in a year in tri-monthly installments. A Quarterly Pack contains

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