A year of collecting unused stamps :)

Hey everyone 🙂

It’s been a while since I last wrote – I’ve been travelling a bunch and so it’s been rather hard to keep up the blog. I just wanted to post something today, as it is around this time last year that I started to collect unused stamps from all over the world. I did not expect to be able to collect this many countries over the past year. Now hopefully I will be able to continue to add to my collection next year; as it will get harder and harder to acquire new countries. All of the ones I have so far are because I have traveled to these places or because friends and family have traveled there and have been so kind as to find a local postoffice while on vacation. It’s just so neat to see the stamps in perfect condition, telling a piece of history. I’ll try to upload some more pictures soon. For now, here is my list of countries I have collected so far 🙂

  1. Canada
  2. Australia
  3. Fiji
  4. New Zealand
  5. Belgium
  6. France
  7. South Africa
  8. USA
  9. Thailand
  10. Japan
  11. Hungary
  12. Germany
  13. India
  14. Mexico
  15. Barbados
  16. Jamaica
  17. Azerbaijan
  18. Pakistan
  19. Poland
  20. United Kingdom
  21. Ireland
  22. Czech Republic
  23. Austria
  24. The Netherlands

stamp country #18 Pakistan

27Hello everyone 🙂 I am beyond excited to tell you about my new addition! One of my friends whom I met in Australia but who is originally from Pakistan, sent me some stamps when she was back home. It is so wonderful to add Pakistan to my collection, as the 18th country since I started collecting in June of 2014. I’m so happy to see the continued growth in my collection!

28These definitives from 1994, depicting Jinnah, are my favourites. I love how intricate the stamp is, incorporating design and history.

 

 

I went into a stamp shop the other day, and as I was looking through their selection of mint-unhinged stamps from all different countries, I found that I will not be able to 29purchase from a store to enhance my collection. It just seemed like I was cheating. Ofcourse, this means that it will be a lot harder to acquire stamps fro every country in the world. I will have to depend on my travels as well as the travels of my friends and family, so that each stamp in my collection has a story to tell rather than ‘I bought it in a philately store’.

I wonder which country I will acquire next. Any guesses?

 

stamp country #17 Azerbaijan

As I continue to try and collect mint stamps from all around the world, I have contacted quite a few friends and acquaintances to help me in my quest. I had asked one of my friends who I met in Australia if she could help me acquire Azerbaijan stamps. Her mother came to visit her in Australia, and a few weeks later a package arrived at my doorstep with these beauties inside!

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They were issued after Azerbaijan won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2011, and thus hosted the next Song Contest in 2012. The stamps depict the architectural buildings of Baku. They are beautiful 😀 One more country to add to my collection, I’m so excited!

stamp countries #14, #15, #16

I think I’ve mentioned before that since June 2014 I’ve been collecting mint/unused stamps, and my goal is to get at least one stamp from every country in the world. My personal goal for 2015 is to reach 20 countries, and I’m already almost there! One of my mom’s friends went on a cruise to the carribean, and so I asked her if she could be on the lookout for stamps. She brought me back some beautiful ones!

Country #14 Jamaica

country #14 Jamaica – a 1995 souvenir sheet 

country #15 Barbados ... (the Cayman Islands is a British Territory so it belongs with Britain)

country #15 Barbados … (the Cayman Islands is a British Territory so it belongs with Britain)

country #16 Mexico ... (and a couple of more French stamps)

country #16 Mexico … (and a couple of more French stamps)

It made my day to be able to add a couple of new countries to my stamp-book 🙂 It was also a bit odd, as she was telling me that she had a hard time finding local stamps – most of the stamps she came across were from America – which I guess makes sense if the ship is American. Either way, I’ve been able to add 3 new countries and 1 new territory to my collection. Is there anything you collect, and you have you set yourself goals in  terms of collecting in 2015?

I made a vow – outgoing mail

Hello everyone.
Again, I apologize that it has been such a long time since I last updated my blog. Since then, a lot has happened. I have been job hunting and have now found a position as a post office clerk, which is just the perfect job for me. Anyhow, every day I work I have been quite stricken by how many plain, white envelopes get send. And so now I have taken a vow to (I don’t want to say never, but that is basically the idea) send only letters out which have decorated envelopes. So here go my first two so far. I’m not a very artistic person, but I gave it a try 🙂

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This one is going to my friend Myra in Pakistan. The picture didn’t turn out that great but you get the idea.

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This one is going to one of my highschool friends in the USA. I love the sticker!

Vintage postcards and an addition

Hi everyone! 😀

Christmas is in two days, which means that we are visiting family and getting together to celebrate the holidays. While at my grandma’s house the other day I made some discoveries. I opened a drawer in the attic and found a bunch of vintage postcards. I’e been trying to trace their date, but it does not say on the postcards themselves and I haven’t been able to find anything on the internet just yet. I will certainly keep looking though. 18There were all kinds of postcards; buildings and villages, well known people and animal postcards. They look awesome and I can’t wait to use them.

Grandma always gives my brother and I an envelope filled with stamps, which we then carefully  soak in water so the stamps come off the paper. It’s a fun way to do some brother-sister bonding. Anyway, I have recently (August) started a collection of mint stamps, and I am aiming to get stamps from all over the world. In the envelope she gave us we found unused Hungarian stamps from 1986 depicting a castle, which I immediately claimed. Hungary is now country #11 in the collection 🙂

16HAPPY HOLIDAYS!