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⭕ Don’t call a coin collector a philatelist. That word is reserved for people who collect stamps. If you’re going to become a philatelist, start saving those old envelopes.

⭕ The phil- at the beginning of philatelist gives you a hint as to its meaning: it means “love” — a Francophile is a person who loves France. The Greek ateleia meant “exemption from payment,” an exemption that was marked by a stamp. So a philatelist is literally a person who “loves stamps.”

⭕ The world of the philatelist is a strange and tiny one. It makes one wonder why someone starts collecting stamps in the first place. Maybe it’s the pretty little pictures. Collecting stamps keeps your mind active and inquisitive, increases your knowledge of places and events, relieves the stress of the day, and offers social opportunities.

⭕ Philately (/fɪˈlætəliː/ fi-LA-tə-lee) is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps.

⭕ Stamp collecting can be a lifetime hobby. It’s fun and educational for all ages and it’s easy to start without a big investment. The study of stamps and postal materials is called philately and collectors are called philatelists.

⭕ To sum up, a philatelist is the activity of collecting and studying postage stamps for enjoyment.


-Explaining his philatelist tendencies, Hoyos says used stamps have a certain mystique because each one has a history.

-But, as every philatelist knows, more stamps will always be welcome.

-He is a philatelist, with a complete collection of 19th century U.S. postage stamps.

Now, of course, if you’re really into it, you’re called a philatelist. Have a nice day.

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