Our main objective is to convert all General Collectors who come to us As Philatelist
Help further to increase interest in Philately
Preserve and safeguard Indian Philately
Who is a Philatelist
"The Phlatelist with the widest knowledge is the person who is able to accurately calssify within the narrowst limits the largest number of philatelic items"
"The Philatelist learns more and more about less and less until he knows every thing about nothing, While the General Collector learns less and less about more and more until he knows nothing about every thing"
The Ten Commandments of Philately
1. Never buy STAMPS from a dealer without knowing more about them through Books, Periodicals & Catalogues.
2. Spend time on putting your purchases in their respective places.
3. Air your stamps at least once a month, since light and air are both required for the healthy condition of your stamps.
4. Always use blotters for storing your mint stamps and avoid the direct contact of your stamps with either cellophane or P.V.C.
5. Keep mint stamps carefully in tin boxes with blotters and Silica - gel crystals.
6. Use the guidance of the SPECIALISTS before speculating on any odd or new stamps.
7. Do not peel off hinges from your stamps unless you are an expert. It is always better to put the used stamps in water to clean them. Always wash the used stamps, dry them on blotters under a small weight and then mount them in the albums. Remember some old stamps should not be washed in water like all other stamps.
8. Never use chlorine or any chemicals unless you know how to use it. Occasional washing with diluted Hydrogen Peroxide is useful.
9. Remember your stamps can bring you a fortune, only when you care to maintain its condition. It does not matter if it is a mint or used stamp. Maintenance makes the difference.
10. Always try to use good quality accessories
The doís and dontís for stamp collectorís
Those who continue collecting beyond their school days find it an exciting and reliable escape from this hum-drum world of ours. There are few other hobbies so wide open, so full of freedom of development along the lines of your own choice. This can be done only if you have proper guidance and planning.
Listed below are some doís and donítís
1. Now-a-days a worldwide collection is an impossible task. So pick one country or group of countries either political or geographically related. Or you can pick a theme that interests you like history, art, literature, birds, animals and space. Your theme can be anything that you choose.
2. When you buy an album, buy a loose leaf album. With a loose leaf album, blank pages can be inserted for mounting multiples, covers and related material.
3. When you have decided what to collect, there are two things that you should do as soon as possible. The first is to join a local stamp club that welcomes junior members and to meet others interested in the hobby. The senior members will always be ready to answer your basic questions about philately and guide you in the art and science of this hobby. The second is to acquire a catalogue. If this is beyond your means, then make use of the library of your stamp club. Here you will find vast amount of philatelic literature, which will be useful in acquiring knowledge in improving your collection.
4. Attending stamp exhibitions is also very important, because it is here that you might find one or more exhibits in your field of interest. If you are lucky, the exhibitor may be present and you will get a chance of exchanging ideas, where you will learn to know the material better. At most of the stamp exhibitions you will find dealers selling philatelic material, which can be bought at reasonable prices. If you are in doubt, always seek the guidance of a senior collector.
5. Once you start collecting, it becomes necessary to have a check-list. Do list all the material you will need that you are aware of. You will add items as you talk to collectors and visit exhibitions. As you buy, tick off the items you already have as this will save you the problem of buying unnecessary duplicates.
6. Do have a stock-book to store your stamps until you mount them on your album pages.
7. If you think that you would like to exhibit, most stamp clubs have programmes on how to exhibit, or seek out a collector whose style of exhibiting you enjoyed. I am sure they will be only too happy to help you.
8. No matter weather you are an accumulator, a collector, a philatelist or an exhibitor, learn to use the tools of the trade. These include knowing how to read a catalogue, how to handle a stamp tweezer, how to read a perforation gauge and how to use a watermark detector.
Having given importance to the doís, we now come to all the donítís
1. Donít handle stamps with your fingers more often than you can help: Always use tweezers.
2. Donít cut stamps from envelopes before you know the cover has no significance.
3. Donít soak stamps cut from coloured envelopes with others Ė the paper dye might run and ruin hundreds of stamps.
4. Donít mount damaged or dirty stamps in your collection. They spoil the appearance of an album page and are nearly always valueless.
5. Donít use anything but the best hinges you can afford for mounting stamps, particularly unused stamps.
6. Donít mount a stamp until you are sure of its country of origin. Ask a more experienced collector to identify it for you if you cannot do it yourself.
7. Donít try to peel hinges before they are dry. You may damage the stamps or the album page.
8. Donít mount your stamps haphazardly. Arrange them neatly and according to some definite plan.
9. Donít use a catalogue without reading carefully any introductory or explanatory notes.
10. Donít class a stamp as a duplicate until you have checked on every detail of its design, perforation, watermark and paper.
Having read the above doís and donítís you will find that your collection is a joy forever