Hello and welcome from Italy ..!

Hi, I would first of all like to thank you for visiting my website. Philately is not just about stamp collecting (but much more than that) and in this site I hope you find something of interest and, I hope, of use. Are you a beginner in stamp collecting? This helps. Use of this site is intended for collectors wishing to make contacts and exchange philatelic material with other collectors all over the world. Express your desires clearly and simply, and send your free advertisement to: Roberto Bortolotto, 35043 Monselice, Casella Postale, Italy. roberto88264@yahoo.it

There's a message in every stamp ..! As you can imagine, I do love postage stamps and the feelings they awaken in many people. The surprising diversity of subjects, the use of colour, or the design. I continue to be amazed by how can fit so much beauty into such a small place. I can only applaud the fact that there are still people who take the time in our busy age to wonder at this and to collect postage stamps. Because you can say so much with something small. Because however small, there's a message in every postage stamp.

What is stamp collecting ..?

Collecting stamps is a hobby for people of all ages who are interested in history, geography, art and world cultures. Stamps have been issued from postal services worldwide since 1840. Stamp collecting is one of the world's most popular hobbies.

Why collect stamps ..?

Stamp collecting is fun. It is a hobby that both young and old can do and enjoy. The stamp hobby can be enjoyed on any budget (or no budget at all). Collecting stamps keeps your mind active and inquisitive, increases your knowledge of places and events, and offers social opportunites.

The first postage stamp:

Below, the Penny Black was voted the worlds favourite stamp by collectors. The famous postage stamp has been issued on May 6, 1840, in Great Britain. The Penny Black is not a rare stamp since 286,700 sheets were printed comprising 240 stamps each, for a total of 68,808,000 stamps. An estimated 1.5 million Penny Blacks still exist. The Penny Black was replaced by the Penny Red because the black cancel was hard to see. Great Britain is the only country to not place the name on it.

Did you know ..?  IRC means International Reply Coupon (below, a sample). The coupons are available in most Post Offices except for a few countries. An IRC is exchangeable in any country of the Universal Postal Union for one or more postage stamps representing the minimum postage for an unregistered letter sent by air or priority to a foreign country.

The Webmaster recommends ..!

www.stamp-paradise.com  Stamp Paradise: The Philatelic Reference. Stamp Paradise is a new and real philatelic service promoting postage stamp collecting sites in sections like: stamp collectors by language, philatelic collectors by continent, stamp dealers and stamp experts. Stamp Paradise is a non commercial philatelic site. Stamp Paradise site offers a real service to stamp collectors giving to philately a reliable tool.

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www.tradeonlystamps.com  The No. 1 Stamp Exchange Site with daily updates! The place to be if you want to exchange/swap stamps with other collectors worldwide. Feel free to join The Club and get in contact with stamp collectors around the globe.

www.2-clicks-stamps.com  One of the best philatelic guide & postage stamp directory for stamp collecting hobbyist & collectors.

People to people. Here below your advertisement for free. Please try to send out a letter or note to all who write to you. If you can't or don't wish to write to someone please send them a note to say such, so they don't wait for your letters. Be courteous. The webmaster reserves the right to decline any advertisement without any reason or explanation. Whilst it is distinctly understood that the webmaster cannot accept any responsibility as to the good faith of advertisers.

Italy (Roberto Bortolotto, Casella Postale, 35043 Monselice): Wanted used postage stamps for philately promotion to kids (stamp collecting offers a world of interest). All kinds, on paper, in duplicates, are welcome. This is a permanent appeal. Ask gift-offer. roberto88264@yahoo.it

Pakistan (Imran Khalid, Lahore): Hi, I'm a scout leader and collecting stamps/FDC etc on "scouting" from all around the world. Please, anyone can help me in this regard. In return I can offer mint/used stamps from Pakistan. imranzaaday@hotmail.com (November 2014)

Andorra (Michel Brillet, Chalet Terra Plana, Urb.Resid.Auvinya, AD600 Sant Julia de Loria): Offering philatelic covers from my country Andorra. Looking for special philatelic covers from your country (my topics). If interested, please write first. michaelbrill75@hotmail.com (Nov14)

Switzerland (Fabrizio Zamuner): Looking for philatelic items worldwide on Rock Paintings. Offering the same and other topics from worldwide (especially used stamps). No catalogue exchange, no scans. fabrizio.zamuner@bluewin.ch (November 2014)

France (Hacene Mohamed, 14 Boulevard Maglioli, 20000 Ajaccio): Send me 70 or 100 (or plus) commemorative stamps of Italy, Vatican (2009-2014) for same of France. Other countries welcome, but please write first. ronan33@outlook.fr (November 2014)

United States (Arlene Duvall, 1200 Gray Avenue, Apt.302, Yuba City, California 95991): I am interested in snail mail pals and postcard exchange with friends over 40 (male or female) in Europe, Asia, USA. arlened530@gmail.com (November 2014)

Peru (Cesar Perez Dioses): I'm a high school teacher (53 years old), and I want to exchange stamps, covers, FDCs, postmarks. I will answer all letters. cheche_dx@hotmail.com (Febr15)

India (C.S.Balasubramanianan): I'm an Indian citizen (62 years old), and I'm interested to swap philatelic & numismatic items with friends worldwide. Please write for details. csmanian59@yahoo.com (August 2015)

Suggestions to stamp collecting.

How do you start collecting postage stamps? Where to get used stamps from? It's easy. You can save the stamps from the envelopes & postcards that comes to your place. You can ask your friends and relatives to save the stamps from their mail for you. At work ask someone who sorts the incoming mail to save the stamps from the letters for you. If you work in a big company and they just throw away there letters this will be a huge stamp income for you. Stamps could be left on the envelope and cut off leaving about two cm of paper surrounding the stamp, to prevent damage. Trim the excess from around the stamp, but be careful not to cut the stamp. Never pull the stamps from the paper.

Postage stamps are art & culture ..! Why should young people care about stamps ..? Education, adventure, fun, passion, etc..

What is postal stationery ..?

Postcards, envelopes, aerogrammes, all prepaid with imprinted postage. Unused items should be as fresh as possible, and used items should bear cancellations which are reasonably legible. Postal stationery has become just as specialized as postage stamps. Collectors, in increasing numbers, go for certain countries, topics or specialties. Below, some attractive samples.

Australia 2012 Christmas aerogramme:

Vatican City 2012 aerogramme (Saint Girolamo Miani):

Burma (now Myanmar) aerogramme posted on 1949:

Italy military postcard posted on 1918 (northern Russia, no postage required):

Philatelic publications for free and for stamp enthusiasts. Get more philatelic news, knowledge, and opportunities than available anywhere else. Its usually feature articles about the newest stamps, as well as other news and information. Below, some samples from different countries (write and ask a free subscription).

South Africa: "Setempe" (South African stamp news). The South African Post Office philatelic magazine that's read in more than 110 countries, and issued three or four times a year. Philatelic Services, Private Bag X505, Pretoria 0001. sa.stamps@postoffice.co.za www.postoffice.co.za  www.virtualpostoffice.co.za

Switzerland: "Focus on stamps". The collector's magazine is published four times a year (in different languages). Total print run 160,000 copies. Swiss Post, Stamps & Philately, Viktoriastrasse 21, Berne 3030. stamps@post.ch www.post.ch  www.postshop.ch   

Jersey (Channel Islands, via Great Britain): "Jersey Stamp Bulletin" with information about new stamp issues is published four times a year. Jersey Post, Postal Headquarters, Philatelic Bureau, La Rue Grellier, La Rue des Pres Trading Estate, St Saviour, JE2 7QT. stamps@jerseypost.com www.jerseystamps.com

United States: "USA Philatelic" is an official source of current stamps and stamp products from the U.S. Postal Service. Stamp Fulfillment Services, P.O.Box 219424, Kansas City, MO 64121. www.USPSstamps.com

Australia: The "Stamp Bulletin" is a full colour magazine packed with information about new Australian stamps and about stamp collecting. Six editions each year will keep you up to date with the world of stamps. Australia Post, Philatelic Mail Order Bureau, P.O.Box 9911, Brisbane, Queensland 4001. mailorder@auspost.com.au www.auspost.com.au/stamps

Brazil: "CO-FI Correio Filatélico". Since 1977 the magazine is issued three times a year (in portuguese language). Printed in 25,000 copies. Free advertisements on section "Selo em movimento". Departamento de Filatelia, Edificio Sede dos Correios, 12° Andar, Brasilia - DF 70002-900. revistacofi@correios.com.br www.correios.com.br/filatelia

Faroe Islands (north Atlantic): The "Posta Stamps" magazine is issued four times a year and sent to all customers. The magazine is printed in five languages. Posta Stamps, 100 Torshavn. stamps@posta.fo www.stamps.fo

Ireland: "The Collector" magazine is issued four times a year. Irish Stamps, Philatelic Bureau, Post Office Box 1991, GPO Dublin 1. www.irishstamps.ie

Guernsey (Channel Islands, via Great Britain): "Guernsey Stamps & Collectables Bulletin". Printed three or four times a year. Guernsey Philatelic Bureau, Envoy House, La Vrangue, St Peter Port GY1 5SS. philatelic@guernseypost.com www.guernseystamps.com

Liechtenstein (via Switzerland): "Philatelie Liechtenstein". Quarterly brochure (trilingual) with lots of additional information of each new issue, complete list of postmarks, and much more. Liechtensteinische Post AG, Philately Liechtenstein, Zollstrasse 58, Schaan 9494. briefmarken@post.li www.philatelie.li

Singapore: "Miniature World". Quarterly philatelic bulletin. Singapore Post Limited, Singapore Philatelic Bureau, 10 Eunos Road 8, Singapore Post Centre, Singapore 408600. sinstamp@singpost.com www.singpost.com

Belgium: "Philanews" the magazine for keen stamp collectors. The magazine is issued four or five times a year (in different languages). BPost, Stamps & Philately, E. Walschaertsstraat 1B, Mechelen 2800. philately@bpost.be www.philately.bpost.be

Slovenia: The "Bilten - Bulletin" is issued three or four times a year, and printed in 25,000 copies. Post of Slovenia, Podrocje trzenja, Slomskov trg 10, Maribor 2500. info@posta.si www.posta.si

United Nations (Europe): The journal "Fascination" is issued by the United Nations Postal Administration four times a year (in four different languages). Printed in full colour, it provides collectors and philatelists with all relevant information about new stamp issues and other philatelic products of UNPA. United Nations Postal Administration, Postfach 900, Wien 1400, Austria. UNPA-Europe@unvienna.org www.unstamps.org

Canada: "Details" your source for new Canadian stamps. A quarterly magazine that brings you the background stories and design techniques on new stamp releases. National Philatelic Centre, 75 St Ninian Street, Station 1, Antigonish NS, B2G 2R8. www.canadapost.ca/shop/stamps.jsf

Greenland (via Denmark): "Greenland Collector". The magazine for collectors of Greenland stamps is issued three times a year. Post Greenland, Filatelia, P.O. Box 121, Tasiilaq 3913. stamps@tele.gl www.stamps.gl

The Webmaster recommends ..!

www.stampworld.com  Complete online stamp catalogue worldwide (650,000+ stamps). StampWorld.com is a global development made by people from all over the world. The original idea was developed by a small group of stamp collectors. The results of years of work are now finally online and available to you. StampWorld.com is a place for philatelists and stamp collectors to meet. The intention with StampWorld.com is to make stamp collecting easier.

www.kolektado.com  What is kolektado? Translated from esperanto to english kolektado means collection (collecting). Social network for collectors: stamps, coins, banknotes, postcards, etc.. Hobby brings you a double pleasure when you are among the people with the same interests.

Tribute to Max Stern

Few people in the stamp world are better known than Max Stern, who died on 11 February 2016 in Melbourne (Australia), aged 94. Astonishingly, he was a stamp trader for almost 80 years. Everyone who knew him will have a story to tell. Max was just 13 when his father's gift of an album of printed illustrations of world stamps sparked an interest that shaped the rest of his life. His enthusiasm for promoting the hobby was tenacious. He sold new issues from around the world to most of Australia's stamp traders and collectors, and enjoyed talking to customers about their interests. He attributed his business success to "fast, uncomplicated, efficient and friendly service".

 

Some great gift ideas for travelers ..!

Did you know ..? Experience Trentino, north-east Italy. Unique vacation. The Valley of Fassa enclose an environment unique mountain in the world by the Queen Marmolada, the vast Sella group, up to the Latemar. All this makes this ideal environment to live magical moments in contact with nature. The Dolomites Alpine Guides will be happy to be able to assist and guide with safety and the competence of the mountain made it a way of life. Many thanks to Fabio Giongo (here below) for meeting on July 2015 at Soraga, Val di Fassa, about the excursions in the area. Other details at Fabio Giongo, 38030 Soraga (Tn), Via Troi de Pala 5. Mobile phone +39 335 668 23 69

Check out one of my favourite places in Italy. Holidays by the Trentino region make the perfect break from the city rush. Below, the city of Soraga, Val di Fassa.

Since a few of years the friendly "Hotel de Frònz" is my favourite Hotel at Soraga. Here below, the nice Raluca with unique Tyrolean dress. Ask information about special rates to Hotel de Frònz, 38030 Soraga (Tn), Strada de Pont 35. www.hoteldefronz.it

A special service at Soraga: "Salone Roberto" (Barber Shop) for men only, Piaz De Festil 6, 38030 Soraga (Tn). Mobile phone +39 334 683 57 36

Italy experience. Planning to north-east Italy ..? Veneto region abounds in a number of fascinating places, as Monselice, a little known gem, just south of Padova. When in my area ask a free guided tour, and practice italian language for free. Here below some landscapes about Monselice. Enjoy, and you are welcome ..! Roberto Bortolotto (roberto88264@yahoo.it)

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About me. Hi, greetings, and welcome to my page. Let me introduce about myself. My name is Roberto Bortolotto, and I live in Monselice, just south of Padova, Italy north-east. Arts and entertainment are my passion and I especially love tourism, philately & postal history. I can help with whatever you need regarding my area, as public transportation, language, accomodation, lowest cost, etc.. Learn italian! In Italy, with a local italian, and for free. Thanks for reading and be sure to take advantage of my free service.

Have questions or ideas to better this blog? Thanks for your message, and please use the contact form or my email address (roberto88264@yahoo.it)

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Below, Michelangelo art on 1961 italian postage stamp (as image on my profile).

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