PHILATELY AS A HOBBY DEFINATIONS

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PHILATELY AS A HOBBY
By
J ‘FEMIFOLA DUROSOMO
General Manager
Nigeria Philatelic service
DEFINITIONS
Philately can be defined in a number of
ways:
To the General Public
Philately is the hobby of Postage stamp
collecting.
TO THE PHILATELISTS
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Philately is the art and science of
collecting, studying and keeping of
postage stamps and other artifacts of
postal heritage, for pleasure, knowledge
and business.
TO THE ISSUING AUTHORITY
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Philately is the business of producing
and packaging of Philatelic products
that meet the needs and satisfaction of
customers with due compliance to best
practices and international standard.
TO THE STAMP DEALER
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Philately is the business of making
Philatelic products available to
customers at a profit.
What is your own definition of Philately?
WHY PEOPLE ENGAGE IN
PHILATELY
FOUR MAJOR REASONS?
 Knowledge (Information)
 Business (To make money)
 Fun (Pleasure)
 Friendship (Connection, through
networking.
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why do you engage in philately?
AREAS OF STAMP COLLECTING
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General Collector: Collect everything
under the sun.
Thematic Collector : Collect with a
theme or topic informs
AREAS OF STAMP COLLECTING 2
are you a thematic collector?
What do you collect?
 Is it Astronomy? birds? bridges? chemistry?
clocks, explorers, gemstone? medicine?
military? nobel prize? railway? religion? ruby?
space? tennis? football etc.
 Country Collector: Focus on a particular
country as area of collecting.
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AREAS OF STAMP COLLECTING 3
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ARE YOU A COUNTRY COLLECTOR?
Which of the Countries?
Is it Nigeria? Great Britain? USA? The
Americas? Africa.
What do you collect?
WHERE TO COLLECT YOUR PHILATELIC
MATERIALS.
Primary Source
 Philatelic Bureau
 Post-Offices (Designated)
 Philatelic Sales Points
WHERE TO COLLECT YOUR
PHILATELIC MATERIALS. 2
SECONDARY SOURCE
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Philatelic Agents
Stamp Dealers
Stamp Collectors
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR STAMPS AND PHILATELIC
PRODUCTS?
CATEGORIES OF PLAYERS IN
PHILATELY
Stamp Collectors
 Nominal (casual) Collectors
 Serious Collectors
CATEGORIES OF PLAYERS IN PHILATELY
2
Philatelists
These are the real Hobbists. They collect study and
keep.
Academic Collector: (study for information purposes.)
Philatelic traders :Agents, stamp dealers and
consultants (trade in Philatelic Products)
Philatelic Speculators: (speculate in Philatelic market.)
Issuing Authority: (Postal Service)
which category do you belong?
Support Services Provider
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Stamp Designer, Artists
Security Printers
Exhibition Planners
Philatelic Journalists, Writers, Producers
of Philatelic Documentaries and
catalogues.
CLASSES OF PHILATELY
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For the purpose of competitive
exhibition, Philately is categorized into
following classes.
CLASSES OF PHILATELY 2
Traditional Philately
This class is concerned with the native, Production,
Classification and usage of Postage Stamps.
Its basic components include, Postage stamps, initiative sheets
and first day covers. It could also include autograph
works, essays proofs and printers specimen.
Postal History
This is basically the study of Postal rates, Post markings and
mail route.
The Postal historians are mostly concern about Postmarks,
either ordinary and special postmarks, including first day
of issue.
CLASSES OF PHILATELY 3
Postal Stationery
This covers all postal products imprinted with stamps on information that
shows that Postage Stamp is prepaid. Examples are Postcards,
Envelopes, registration envelope and aerogramme.
Thematic Philately
This is stamp collecting with the theme (topic or subject) as the
underlying interest.
Thematic collections accommodate all Philatelic materials resorted to the
topic.
Aero philately
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This are collections that has to do with Aviation developments or
stamps used on mail carried by air, and associate covers/Air mail).
CLASSES OF PHILATELY 4
Astrophilately
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This are postage stamps and covers associated with space
exploration. These include stamps and covers which has rockets
and space flight as its theme.
Maximaphily
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This aspect of Philately consist of Collection of maximum cards.
These are postcards bearing a cancelled stamp. A maximum card
comprises of the card, the postage and the cancellation.
Philatelic Literature
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Philatelic Literature class comprises of collection of all materials
used by collectors to study and understood the theme and
materials related to philately. This also include CD-ROMS,
Bulleting, e.t.c.
CLASSES OF PHILATELY 5
Revenue Stamps
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This class of Philately focused on revenue stamps
Youth Philately
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This class of Philately focus on Youth up to 21years of age. It was
designed to develop youth collecting skill in Philately. They may
participate in any of the classes of Philately noted above.
MOPHILA
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Mophila is a class of stamp collecting that focus on modern postage
Stamps. It is confined on issues of the last fifteen years. Mophila
class dispel the rumour that Philately is the study of old stamps.
Which class of philately do you belong?
ORGANISED PHILATELY
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Philately organization is based on hierarchy. Ranging from Local Philatelic
club to the international Federation of Philately.
Prominence Among The Hierarchy Are The Followings:
CLUBS
Local clubs (geography)
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Specialist clubs (Concentrate on one area with membership world wide)
NATIONAL FEDERATION
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Administrative policy unit on Philately in a country.
CONTINENTAL FEDERATION
Administrative policy unit in a continent. Example:
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Federation of European Philatelic Association (TEPA) for Europe
Federation of Inter-America Federation (FIAF) For North and South America
Federation of inter-Asia Philately (FIAP) for Asia and Australia.
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CONCLUSION
Philately is a discipline. To be a good
philatelist requires a lot of information
studies, Training, and Networking.
These are necessary corollary to self
development in Philately. You may soon
become an expert.
 Keep on collecting
 Keep on studying your collections.
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Keep your collections in a safe and
conducive environment.
Your collections are valuable asset that
may fetch you a fortune.
…………….Thank you for listening.
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