Stamp collecting, or philately as it's also called, is often a lifelong hobby - many of us started collecting stamps as a child and some of us have added better sets or single stamps to our collections over the years. Of particular interest are the stamps of Great Britain, dating from the first Queen Victoria "Penny Black" of 1840, and also items from the British Commonwealth. With stamps, condition is important and higher prices are commanded when no tears or creases are evident. Modern decimal issues, especially presentation packs are also collectible.
Postcards regularly feature in our auctions, particularly sought-after are cards dating from around 1910 up until the 1940's - these cards often depicted life of that time. War time cards with military themes, and early seaside humour cards are also popular with collectors.
Very rarely does the collecting of ephemera lead to riches, for its nature appeals to nostalgia rather than wealth! It is the memory of long summer days when the world was certain and sure which gives ephemera its appeal, so most artefacts from the past whether - paper or metal - will usually appeal to someone.
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