Stamp collecting has been taking place since 1840 and with various stamp clubs across the country it begs the question why people still love to collect stamps and derive so much pleasure from the hobby?

Britain has often been described as a nation of hobbyists and stamp collecting is right up there in terms of popularity. As hobbies go, stamp collecting is relatively inexpensive.


Stamp collecting has been taking place since 1840 and with various stamp clubs across the country it begs the question why people still love to collect stamps and derive so much pleasure from the hobby?

Britain has often been described as a nation of hobbyists and stamp collecting is right up there in terms of popularity. As hobbies go, stamp collecting is relatively inexpensive. Yes there are some rare jewels out there in the world of stamps but for your average stamp collector, these are not likely to fall into their possession so the pleasure is derived from other aspects.

People of all ages collect stamps and they form a part of social and political history. For many avid collectors stamps represent a depiction of historical events, people and places. The pleasure is in finding out about the history of the stamp, what it depicts and what it tells you about that time.

A Wide Range Of Stamp Genres

Stamp collectors can either be generalists and collect varieties from a wide range of genres or they can specialise in particular areas such as different countries, times in history, special issues, particular topics such as sport or animals. There are numerous possibilities when it comes to stamp collecting and that’s why so many people find it so enjoyable

The actual process of collecting and displaying the stamps in different albums and sharing your knowledge and collection with other enthusiasts is also part of the pleasure. Stamp collectors will often tell you that collecting, arranging and displaying stamps is a very therapeutic task which allows them to take time out from the stresses of normal life and take pleasure in a hobby where there is order and control.

Without getting too much into the psychology of collecting, people collect stamps simply because they love it. With so many different countries, genres and topics to take an interest in, it’s a hobby which is easy to start and inexpensive to pursue.