Guide to Collecting Stamps
How to Collect Stamps
We want collecting stamps to reward you with many years of pleasure and relaxation. It all began in 1840 when Great Britain issued the Penny Black, the world’s very first postage stamp. Since that time millions upon millions of hobbyists have experienced the joys of stamp collecting. Kenmore helps bring the FUN of collecting to you by offering hundreds of unusual and affordable stamp offers on this site.
Where to Begin
If you are uncertain how to collect stamps and what stamps to collect, simply follow your heart to what appeals to your curiosity and captures your interest. One way to see a broad variety of material is to receive Stamps-on-Approval. Kenmore will send you colorful, exciting selections for you to conveniently preview in your home on 15-day Free Examination. Click to learn more about receiving
Stamp Collecting Supplies
Compared to many hobbies, are very affordable. Stamps collectors have many storage options to display and protect stamps.
Stamp Collecting Basics
Watch our brief online videos or print out our stamp guide on using stamp hinges, stamp mounts, how to use a perforation gauge and how to detect watermarks.
- Hinge Mounting Stamps
- Using Stamp Mounts
- Using a Perforation Gauge
- Detecting Watermarks
- Stamp Mount Scale opens in a new windowStamp Mount Scale
U.S. Postage Stamp Identifier & Stamp Collecting Types
Get the inside scoop on how to distinguish the valuable from the common varieties with our U.S. Stamp Identifier and discover the various types of U.S. stamps and covers you can collect.
- U.S. Stamp Identifier
- What is a First Day Cover?
- What is an Inaugural Cover?
- What is a Plate Block?
- What are Gum Breaker Bars?
Fascinating stories about some of the world's most desirable and interesting stamps.
- World's First Stamp
- First U.S. Postage Stamp
- World's First Airmail Stamp
- The Inverted Jenny Error
- U.S. Graf Zeppelin Stamps
- Recalled Legends of the West
- Canada Bluenose
- British Guiana 1 cent Magenta
- 1893 Columbian Exposition Issue
- 1898 Trans-Mississippi Issue
- 1901 Pan-American Exposition Issue
- Farley's Follies
- Legends of Hollywood Stamps
- Why I Like Stamp Collecting by Ayn Rand
Foreign Country Indentifier
Find out what country your stamp came from with this handy identifier.
Since the world's first postage stamp appeared in 1840, hundreds and hundreds of countries have been born, undergone name changes or disappeared into history as "Lost Nations".
Kenmore's allows you easily find the country that issued your stamp. Click here to start a new search. Simply key in the characters exactly as they appear on the front of the stamp and press find.
Definitions of many commonly used stamp collecting terms.