Shells on Postage Stamps bridges with Shell Collecting at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Florida, USA

Shells on Stamps – A New Youth Stamp Collecting Study Program

Shells on postage stamps by Karl Emmerich

Shells on Postage stamps by Karl Emmerich -Topical Philatelic Publishers; 1st edition (1980)


American Philatelic Society member Dan Pattison, retired educator/administrator is teaming up with Diane Thomas, educator and program specialist at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum to design a new youth program to teach how to start a collection of shells on stamps.

The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum is a nonprofit organization located on Sanibel Island, Florida totally devoted to the study of shells  & mollusks. The museum is hoping that collectors of shells on stamps will collaborate by donating stamps that could be used to create a new exhibit inside the shell museum.

Donations of shells on stamps or questions should be sent to Diane Thomas, c/o The Bailey-Mathews Shell Museum,
P.O. Box 1580, Sanibel, FL 33957-1580.

‘Come Out of Your Shell at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum’…   ;-)

Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Island, Florida

These programs will cover information on how to begin a stamp collection using shells on stamps as a thematic example.

An economic, historical and cultural study will occur, including both stamps and shells and their uses over the years in different societies, from the Florida Calusa Indians, who used shells for tools and ustensils, to the African natives who collected cowries and used them for money.

Shell jewelry and crafts, the scientific role that mollusks and shells play in the food chain and ocean ecology may be included.

Source:  Topical Postline - Topical Time,  May-June 2010, Vol 61, No3 – ATA (American Topical Association)

Mozambique - Shells - 1980

Mozambique - Shells - 1980 - Set of 6 stamps

For those interested in conchology as well ,  is a great website.  They have 19,847 shown species online and have more than 100,000 shells available for purchase.

And guess what?

They provide a topical checklist, with stamp images from worldwide countries depicting shells, sorted by country, theme, and year.

WOW..truly a stamp collector paradise!

Hong Kong Shells

Hong Kong - Shells - 1997



Collect Shells on Stamps by R.T. Walker -Stanley Gibbons Limited (November 24, 1995) Hong Kong - Shells - 1997

Shells on-stamps of the world - Arakawa

Shells on Stamps of the World a Bilingual Illustrated Catalog of Mollusca on Postage Stamps by Kohman Y. Arakawa -Biological Society of Nagasaki Prefecture (1979)

Domfil Sealife and Shells On stamps

Sealife and Shells on stamps - Domfil Catalogue, Spain

Happy collecting!

Talk soon,


Your Topical Stamp Collecting Queen ;-)


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