Stamp collection is a popular hobby in Vietnam

IN THE NEWS: VietNamNet Bridge


VietNamNet Bridge – Stamp collection is a popular hobby in Vietnam that attracts many people from amateurs such as students and retirees to professionals. They collect used stamps with postmarks or new stamps without postmarks, or both to their liking.


An elderly man identified as Duc in HCMC’s Go Vap District says a lot of people prefer collecting stamps. Anyone can easily possess a collection of their own. However, there are not many collectors having striking stamp collections.

Stamp collection also depends on socio-economic influences. As a result, not a few people have to sell their collections while other collectors on the other hand have a chance to get access to these collections on this account, Duc added.

Another enthusiast named Le Minh Phong says, “I began collecting stamps when I was a child. For the past 10 years, I have frequented news organizations to search for stamps because these places have a lot of letters from readers.”

“I do not actually care about whether they are used or new stamps. I collect all because I have a great passion for this hobby,” says Phong.

Stamp collectors in the city all know veteran collector Do Thanh Kim, a consultant of the Viet Stamp Club. Kim has collected stamps since 1958 and now possesses many inspiring collections. Some have offered to pay him over VND20 million for a collection but to no avail.


vietnam-einstein-postage stamps

Vietnamese stamp commemorating a centenary of Einstein’s birth. This is a very ordinary pin roulette as the teeth holes have lots of remainders still intact and the result is very uneven.

Happy stamping!




USA Rosa Parks ‘forever stamp’ unveiled

Stamp Collecting and Philately In The News


PERTH AMBOY — Joshua Bishop-Mbachu felt inspired to follow in the path of Rosa Parks and other African American leaders after seeing Clarence McKnight’s extensive postage stamp collection of prominent blacks.

“I’m inspired to do much more than I’m doing now,’’ said Bishop-Mbachu, 16, junior class vice president at the Academy for Urban Leadership Charter High School in Perth Amboy.

Mbachu was joined by several classmates and members of Cathedral International Thursday for the Perth Amboy unveiling of the Rosa Parks forever commemorative U.S. postage stamp. The stamp unveiled during a Black History Month celebration at the Alexander Jankowski Community Center is based on a 1950s portrait of Parks. Forever stamps never lose their value as a first class stamp even if the price increases.

“The U.S. Postal Service has paid tribute and featured African American leaders, inventors, educators, scientist, entrepreneurs, entertainers and athletes on stamps for years. We are here today to honor one of the heroes of the civil rights movement, Miss Rosa Parks,” said Priscilla Maney, U.S. Postal Service northern N.J. district manager. “Few acts of civil disobedience did more to change the course of history than the afternoon in 1955 when Miss Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. By staying seated she inspired millions more to stand up,’’ she said.

Parks received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. When she died in 2005 she became the first woman and the second African American to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, D.C., Maney said.

“Her courage and inspirational efforts are why the postal service is proud to honor Miss Parks with a new forever commemorative stamp,’’ said Maney, adding the stamp is the second in a series of three marking milestones in the American Civil Rights Movement. An Emancipation Proclamation commemorative stamp was released last month and a March on Washington stamp will be released later this year.

Read more….





Classic Muscle Cars Featured on US Postage Stamps

Stamp Collecting and Philately In The News


We don’t really know how popular philately still is in the digitally-packed 21 Century, but if you’re into it, you should run to the post office and check out the new Muscle Cars stamps.

Designed by artist Tom Fritz, the new “Muscle Cars” series is released on Friday by the United States Postal Service (USPS) with five classic and desirable high-powered vehicles: 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS and 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.

Who doesn’t want to have all of there cars in their own garage? It’s not much, but at least now you can have them as stamps for your collecting or package shipping pleasure. We’re pretty sure they won’t speed up deliveries, but you might as well give it try…

“Muscle Cars is the third issuance in the America on the Move series. The first issuance in the series, 50s Sporty Cars (2005), was followed by 50s Fins and Chrome (2008). The Muscle Cars stamps are being issued as Forever stamps in self-adhesive sheets of 20 (4 of each design). Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate,” USPS stated on Friday.