Stamp collecting is one of the world's most popular hobbies and has been around since the first postage stamp was produced in 1840. Stamp collecting came about shortly after the world's first stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Great Britain in 1840.
Young people began collecting stamps in the middle 1800s and adults gradually began collecting as well, as more stamps came on the market and more countries began issuing stamps
The hobby is regulated and supported by many websites, shows, catalogs, albums and reference books.
Stamp collection, also called philately, and
the Classification of stamps include:
- Special purpose
- Country of origin
- Theme or thematic
- Special delivery
- Postage due and airmail
- Sheets, coils, booklets
- Condition -- used, unused or mint.
The study of stamps and postal materials is called philately, which comes from the Greek words "philos," meaning friend, and "ateleia," meaning deliverance. Stamp collectors are called philatelists.
Western Australia has produced its own range of state stamps, duty stamps, and a few cinderellas, including the infamous Coolgardie Camel and Cycle express stamps. Western Australia used Australian stamps after federation in 1901.