I am a philatelist, and so when I was at the Rockville, MD post office today buying two books of stamps, I picked up one of their new philately catalogs.

It looks like there are some very beautiful and meaningful stamps coming out soon. Too bad I don't have any money to buy some with!

The nice thing about stamp collecting is that you don't need a lot of money though, you can start with canceled stamps from envelopes you or your family and friends (with their permission!) receive in the mail, which are free.

I used to save stamps from envelopes by tearing off the corner of the envelope, setting it aside, and once I had a whole bunch of them stocked up, I would soak them off all together. Its been such a long time since I've done this, I'm not even sure if the same process works for the new "sticker" style stamps. I'll have to give it a try and find out - hope so!

Once the stamps are soaked off and separated from the envelope paper, then need to dry. I used paper towels for that, kind of like with bacon. Then I'd mount the stamps in my books with those little hinges.

It might sound boring to some but I find it quite enjoyable. You might too!

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