Pixelventures – I’m a collector

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Done for Bastet’s Pixelventures (late as usual!) The topic was hobby/how do we pass our time and this is my favourite thing to do –Β  I am a Philatelist (more commonly known as One who collects post stamps!)

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I am walking and I see an envelope, it’s whitenes shining from heaps of cigarette buts, napkins, half chewed lunches, vomit, dirty diapers. Yes, I am going to pick it up and salvage the stamp, why do you even ask! πŸ™‚

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Each stamp for me is like a moment in history, a moment in love, a moment of sadness, lust,spite, anger, a miniature soul and I take great pride in collecting them. I started at year 1999, during the bombardement of Serbia by NATO. It was, among all the sadness and death, a perfect time to start collecting stamps – letters were abounding and while others were soaking words of their loved ones far away, I was asking them could I take their stamps. They would have threw away something that precious!

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The only thing I ever ask from friends going to vacations – STAMPS!

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I don’t plan on abandoning my collecting anytime soon. Hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of it.

The Pixelventures issue can be found HERE

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~ by Oloriel on September 18, 2013.

33 Responses to “Pixelventures – I’m a collector”

  1. Lovely stamp collection! πŸ˜‰

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  3. This is really great. I’ve always wanted to do this, and have started a couple of times but never stuck with it. It’s great that you’re actually doing it. ~ B

  4. I have a stamp collection from my dad, dating from the 1940’s and 50’s. I haven’t collected a lot myself, but I hold on to his for sentimental reasons.

    • This is so touching, thank you for sharing it with me, I think it is lovely that you are keeping his collection and adding to it and I hope you will pass it on further.
      I have seen a man once sitting at the park and selling his for some very cheap money, because he had no one, to gift it to, to teach about it and tell the stories that each stamp carried and it was just very sad 😦

      • That is sad, he must be very lonely. I hope the people who bought his stamps let him tell them his stories, at least. We lose so many important stories from the elderly. I wish I had been smart enough to write down my Grandpa’s and my Dad’s stories before they passed.

      • His stories are safe with me. I, sadly, bough a part of his soul for 10 deutche marks that day – his small stamp collection and his stories. I wanted to know basicly where he got each one of them. That event really made me and taught me to look more deep unto everything.

  5. At first I was surprised but then after you explained why it made such perfect sense.>KB

    • Sometimes it takes just one magical or painfull reason for us to start doing something and having trouble stoping later. As long as the final outcomes and further paths bring us joy, I say Why not πŸ™‚ Thank you for stoping by! πŸ˜€

  6. What a beautiful idea I haven’t received a letter in years, I really think people should write more letters =)

    • That is the saddest part. Most of the post offices here even stopped having letter boxes and are no longer selling stamps. I also wish we were writing letters more.
      I remember I used to have a pen pal, I am seriously tempted now to write her a letter, even tho I ahve no diea if she lives at the same address anymore.

  7. knowing you a little and your artistic background , i can see how stamps would appeal to you keen visual sense. the images are endlessly fascinating. but stamps are the currency of words and memories, it’s completely understandable why you would hold them in such high regard.

    ty Oloriel, for sharing this wonderful collection and a little more about amazing you.

    • I am very glad you could enjoy taking a glimpse at my hobby. There is not many even interested to hear about this nowadays.

      • Oloriel, if it allows me to know you a little better, i’ll always be interested. and besides, i’m a collector of stuuf too, i admire the passion and dedication of fellow collectors.

  8. I love the word philatelist. But that’s because I’m something of a logophile, darling.

  9. Ah, what an incredible hobby to have. I love the way you describe stamps as moments of history, emotions, and miniature souls. I have never given them much thought before, but after reading your post, I see them in a different light. Thank you for sharing with us. πŸ™‚

  10. excellent! I have a magnificent collection of first day covers (the date marked stamps when they are released) that I inheried from my Nana and have collected a great many since. They are nice to have and something nice that I will leave for my children. We get so many new stamps here in the UK, a nice variety. I really loved the recent Dr Who stamps released to celebrate the 50th anniversary. If you e-mail me your address (which will, of course, remain private) I can send you an occasional letter or postcard with whatever stamp is available at the time, pal. My e-mail is kdavisfanclub@aol.com.

  11. I have a variety of collections (I’m a hoarder!), hundreds of films, c.d.s, over a thousand books (I have a wonderful collection of Dragonlance books and products), trading cards, first day covers, bookmarks…hohowhat! I need someone who is discilined to take a load of it away, I can’t get in my garage for all the stuff I collect/hoard! I liked hearing about your collection πŸ™‚

    • I am a hoarder also! πŸ˜€ There is basicly very few things I do not collect and it is mostly because I have nowhere to put them. I also had to leave a lot of stuff behind when moving to my husband, then back again and now, moving to another coutnry again they are telling me I cannot take anything. I am going to wear a winter jacket and hide it all there, aint nobody splitting me and my collections πŸ˜€ I would love to mail you some of the stuff I collected, there is lots of goodies there from napkins, badges, cigar boxed to almost everything:D

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