I spent all of last week scanning and uploading images for material covering the period from 1930-1935. In all, I scanned close to 800 stamps, representing what is probably the most in-depth selection anywhere of this material, nearly all of it mint. This week I am looking forward to getting it all listed and taking our store item count above the 6,000 item mark. That will leave us in striking position to hopefully get all the material from 1935-1937 listed as well. I will be one very happy camper if I can have all our material to the end of King George V listed before we leave for New Brunswick, as the bulk of this material is NH and the kind that is popular with collectors.
All of this handling of 1930's mint stamps has re-awakened in me a desire to begin collecting again. I just love the colours, designs and freshness of the stamps. But there is one problem: I do not want to compete in any way as a collector with my customers. I have to make sure that what I collect is completely different from anything I am currently selling. I also don't want to spend a lot of money on my stamps - at least not for a long time. Why? Because I simply cannot justify it when I am trying to build a new life with Steph.
After much thought, I decided that the time is right to try my hand at United States stamps issued between 1922 and 1971. Apart from the fact that they are attractive, and plentiful, they are very inexpensive. There is very little pretense of these ever being worth any significant amount of money. Collecting material like this completely frees me from any worry about how much I am spending and instead I can enjoy it for what it should be: a hobby - just like going out at the end of the week fora nice dinner. Below are some examples of what stamps from the US during this period look like: