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Absolute Beginner here

Postby Mrs.Popty » Thu Apr 02, 2020 12:08 pm

Hello! Pryn da as we say in Llamedos (Wales). I've collected a few Discworld stamps here and there. But I thought it would be fun to start collecting them properly. I don't want to print out yearbook pages and try to collect every issue. That way lies madness I reckon! But goodness, one has to get through the current embuggerance somehow! I've always liked Cinderella stamps, I've even made a few myself.

So I wondered, does anyone have any kind advice for a complete beginner? I thought I'd just get a nice A4 notebook and some stamp mounts. Having been a collector of ordinary stamps in my youth, I know one shouldn't use hinges on mint stamps. Would that be the thing, d'you think?

Diolch yn fawr for all help!

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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby steeljam » Thu Apr 02, 2020 02:15 pm

Croeso.
Welcome to the forum.

You are right about not trying to collect everything. See here for one good reason. Mainly as the cost given were the sales price. Now you would have to pay a premium.
I suggest you pick a topic, such as a region, or a stamp topic such as a guild. You can see some of the option on the Discworld Stamp Catalogue in the Galleries section.

Any hard cover book* with good paper pages is suitable, they don't need to be acid-free or library quality. As far as mounting them I use the Stamp Mount strips which can be purchased from many vendors. Example. You can get various heights and then cut the strip to suit the stamp width.

*Soft covers can bend and crease the stamps.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Mrs.Popty » Thu Apr 02, 2020 02:52 pm

Ooof! I had to have a nice cup of tea and a lie down after reading that StanleyHowler page. Goodness! I could buy a dragon for that much! And I think Mr. Popty would have a thing or two to say, and throw, if I tried. Thank you for the warning!

I think I'd quite like to concentrate on ladies of Discworld. Even including those hard working ladies in the Seamstress' Guild. Thank you for your advice and I think I'll do just that.

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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Frank the Younger » Thu Apr 02, 2020 08:03 pm

Get a stamp stock book, they come in all sorts of sizes. I use A5 ones from Stanley Gibbons.
https://www.stanleygibbons.com/products/stanley-gibbons-stockbooks
Not the cheapest in the world but they work.

Or you could read my ideas :oops: in this topic http://forum.discworldemporium.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=23201
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Squigglyx » Thu Apr 02, 2020 08:11 pm

HI and welcome.

I print the pages out from SteelJams catalogue (http://www.discworldstampcatalogue.co.uk/) and the use stamp mounts to add the appropriate stamp, place in a punched pocket envelope and then in an A4 binder.
Works brilliantly for me.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby phalarope » Thu Apr 02, 2020 08:15 pm

Croeso, Croeso! PM me your snail mail address and I will send you a little packet to get you started. Ladies of the Disc, brilliant!!* :thumbl: :thumbl:

*scurries off to create exhibit pages, mwahahaha!
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Kelshandra » Sat Apr 04, 2020 02:29 am

phalarope wrote:Croeso, Croeso! PM me your snail mail address and I will send you a little packet to get you started. Ladies of the Disc, brilliant!!* :thumbl: :thumbl:

*scurries off to create exhibit pages, mwahahaha!

Hmm, what stamps would you have? Would it be those with a female theme (eg Seamstresses) or those that feature women (The 5 and 10P morporkia spring to mind as I putter around in catalogue mode). I could see having fun with both ideas.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby phalarope » Sat Apr 04, 2020 05:48 pm

Coming immediately to mind . . .

Susan Sto Helit
Lady Alice Venturi
Lady Sybil Vimes
Queen Magrat
Boodaxe & Ironhammer
Ella
Blodwen

And there are the female deities:
Anoia
Patina
Summer Lady

There are probably others.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby steeljam » Sat Apr 04, 2020 07:38 pm

Prompted by this discussion I am looking at adding new entries to the keywords, such as female, deity, geography. Any other suggestions?
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby phalarope » Sat Apr 04, 2020 07:47 pm

buildings (architecture)
transportation
food
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Kelshandra » Sun Apr 05, 2020 08:04 pm

Shield (or crest)
Wizards
Wildlife (or fauna)
Flora
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby steeljam » Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:06 pm

Right. Themes is in Beta.
Stamps can appear in a number of different themes. Up to 4 in some cases.
Scroll down then check out the various Themes.
Questions:
- Is Morporkia a deity?
- Should I class Vetinari as a Character?
- Is Female the right term?
- Have I missed a Theme? Are there Themes I have missed?
etc
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby Kelshandra » Fri Apr 24, 2020 05:11 am

steeljam wrote:Right. Themes is in Beta.
Stamps can appear in a number of different themes. Up to 4 in some cases.
Scroll down then check out the various Themes.
Questions:
- Is Morporkia a deity?

No? I'm not 100% on my British history stuff but I didn't think Britanica was a deity at any point and Morporkia is a clear analogue. Ooh, but we could have a theme for 'Anthropomorphic personification' and I think she'd go there.
steeljam wrote:- Should I class Vetinari as a Character?

Do we think of themes from a roundworld perspective or as a Discworld collector perspective. If the former, then yes. If the later then no, he'd be a real person on par with the Queen or some other real person stuck on a stamp.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby steeljam » Fri Apr 24, 2020 12:01 pm

Kelshandra wrote:
steeljam wrote:Right. Themes is in Beta.
Stamps can appear in a number of different themes. Up to 4 in some cases.
Scroll down then check out the various Themes.
Questions:
- Is Morporkia a deity?

No? I'm not 100% on my British history stuff but I didn't think Britanica was a deity at any point and Morporkia is a clear analogue. Ooh, but we could have a theme for 'Anthropomorphic personification' and I think she'd go there.
steeljam wrote:- Should I class Vetinari as a Character?

Do we think of themes from a roundworld perspective or as a Discworld collector perspective. If the former, then yes. If the later then no, he'd be a real person on par with the Queen or some other real person stuck on a stamp.

I like the Anthropomorphic Personality - Morporkia and Death.
I think I will move Vetinari to his own theme.
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Re: Absolute Beginner here

Postby phalarope » Fri Apr 24, 2020 04:26 pm

I agree with Kel. As a RW philatelist I collect DW stamps as if I live on the Disc. So Vetinari is a person, not a character.


(would love to see a stamp for Pteppic, nudge, nudge, Mr Apprentice)
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