Stamps are essentially little pieces of paper that persons apply to their written messages to prepay the postage from one location to another. Strictly speaking, stamp collectors accumulate and study stamps. But stamp collectors or philatelists have become much more sophisticated, and more advanced collectors are interested in all matters pertaining to stamps, not only their production and types, but also their usages on different types of mail and the reasons why stamps of different denominations were printed and sold when the stamps of a certain issue were contemporary. This means that collectors have become involved with the postal history of a particular stamp series, not just the physical characteristics of the stamps themselves.
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