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Anecdotes: The Computer -- A Philatelic Collection Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129713D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-06
Document File: 6 page(s) / 27K

Publishing Venue

Software Patent Institute

Related People

Meriachem Lador: AUTHOR [+2]


PO Box 23477 Jerusalem 91234 Israel

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Copyright ©; 1992 by the American Federation of Information Processing Societies, Inc. Used with permission.

Anecdotes: The Computer -- A Philatelic Collection

Meriachem Lador

PO Box 23477 Jerusalem 91234 Israel

Combining profession and hobby sometimes gives advantages to both. Having a philatelic collection entitled The Computer gives more knowledge and background to the profession, and more interest and fun to the hobby. I will describe the collection and try to emphasize the relationship between the two later, but first some words on what a philatelic collection is.

Philately is concerned with the study of postage stamps and their production, and with everything related to the transportation of an item (generally a letter) from the sender to the destinee from the postal point of view. Thus we collect stamps, cancellations, postal stationary, and so on. A clear distinction should be made between what is collected at home and what is allowed to be exhibited at the organized philatelic exhibitions. At home, one can collect whatever one wishes:

used or new (mint) stamps with all their variations (perforated/unperforated, perforation variations, overprints, color variations, blocks of four, plate blocks, and so on), first-day covers, cancellations (regular, commemorative, meters, machine), souvenir sheets and booklets, postal stationery (postcards, aerograms, envelopes), other material (registration labels, cachets, private issues, and so on).

In most cases philatelists are not interested in who sent the letter to whom. They are interested in the stamps, the cancellations that are on the envelope or post card (and indicate when the letter was sent, from where, when it arrived, and how it was routed to its destination).

There are several branches in philately:

Traditional The collection of stamps from a certain country or a specific stamp issue (or period) of that country. Here the specialization can be in the different printings of the same stamp (in the past the preparation of a new stamp was a difficult task and often led to variations in printings), variations in color, variations in perforation, and so on.

Postal history. This relates to the research of the postal services in a certain place and time, or what we call routes and rates. Included here are cancellations related to the postal services during interim periods (in times of war, in sieged areas) or research topics such as "early post offices in Alaska."

Aerophilately. The collection and study of postage stamps for use on airborne mail -- first flights, zeppelins, cancellations, and so on.

Thematic or topical. The collection and arrangement of stamps by the theme or subject of the design rather than by country (we are telling a story -- examples are collections of penguins, the Blue Danube, various branches of medicine and sport, or the computer). Here we use diverse philatelic material from all periods and f...