Stamps of the World:About

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Stamps of the World Wiki has been created to allow information about philately to be freely available to collectors. With this fascinating hobby knowledge is key and often information is difficult to come by. By allowing users to update the pages within the site we hope to have an encyclopedia of stamps and collecting in one searchable database.

Our first major task was to start listing the sets that have been issued from around the world. These are the 'Set Pages' - A single page for each set showing basic philatelic information and images for every stamp in the set. The amount of pages that have been created and images uploaded can always be seen on the front page. These have been added as new issues are made or when users have seen gaps in the initial set up. Adding relevent categories to a set is one of the most important tasks of the wiki as it starts to link everything in.

Currently Site Stats - 27,548 articles containing 377,758 images.

Once we had the base catalog created there has beeen an effort to elaborate on the sets to allow the site to be used as a research tool. So to include other 'set' options like Varieties found in the 'stamp set'. Including other formats such as First Day Covers, Presentation Packs, Maxi Cards, Miniature Sheets.

Pages can also be linked to other resources for further reading such as Wikipedia.

Other sections like;

  • Queen Victoria Line Engraved has an ongoing Project to allow users to allocate their plated stamps to the correct plate.
  • Postmarks area is a great place to start using your covers in order to illustrate the time-line history of Postmark usage within a town the pages are normally started off and as a few more images get added they are sorted into their postal period timeline. This is also the place to add Branch Offices, Railway cancels, etc etc
  • The Engravers & Designers sections of the wiki allow users to build up a collection of pages by Designers and/or Engravers simply by tagging the Category onto a 'Set Page'

IF YOU have any questions you would like to ask about the wiki why don't you drop them on the discussion tab at top right of this page.

Why get involved ? Once you place a piece of information on the site it is here to stay for everyone to see. The information can only grow - and a site like this will never be complete. Dealers and Part Time sellers can link their sales to specific pages on the Stamp Wiki to give users all the information they need about their purchases.

Welcome to the Stamp Wiki and we appreciate your contribution to this free stamp resource.

Happy Stamping.