نشأة هواية جمع الطوابع
بدأت هواية جمع الطوابع بطريقة طريفة جدا عندما أعلنت سيدة شابة في جريدة التايمز اللندنية عام 1841 عن رغبتها في أن تكسو جدران حجرتها بطوابع بريدية مختومة وبعد نشر هذا الأعلان أهتم الجميع من كل أنحاء العالم بهذه الفكرة وبدأوا يجمعوا الطوابع الملصقة على المظاريف التي يمتلكونها وأنهالت الرسائل البريدة التي تحتوي على الطوابع من جميع أنحاء العالم على هذه السيدة التي بدأت تجمع الطوابع الموجودة بداخل هذه الرسائل بالإضافة إلى تجميعها للطوابع الملصقة على المظاريف من الخارج وتمكنت من جمع كمية كبيرة من الطوابع مكنتها من أن تكسو جميع جدران غرفتها بالطوابع ومن هنا نشأت الهواية التي انتقلت إلى جميع أنحاء العالم .
Postage stamp collecting began at the same time that stamps were first issued by their country, and by 1860 thousands of collectors and stamp dealers were appearing around the world as this new study and hobby spread across Europe, European colonies, the United States and other parts of the world.
The first postage stamp, the Penny Black, was issued by Britain in 1840 and pictured a young Queen Victoria. It was produced without perforations (imperforate) and consequently had to be cut from the sheet with scissors in order to be used. While unused examples of the "Penny Black" are quite scarce, used examples are quite common,
People started to collect stamps almost straight away, one of the earliest and most notable was John Edward Gray. In 1862 Gray stated that he "began to collect postage stamps shortly after the system was established and before it had become a rage".
As the hobby and study of stamps began to grow stamp albums and stamp related literature began to surface and by the early 1880s publishers like Stanley Gibbons made a business out of this advent.
Children and teenagers were early collectors of stamps in the 1860s and 1870s. Many adults dismissed it as a childish pursuit but later many of those same collectors, as adults, began to systematically study the available postage stamps and publish books about them. Some stamps, such as the triangular issues of the Cape of Good Hope, have become legendary. .
Stamp collecting is less popular a hobby today than it was in the early 20th century, but today it is estimated that about 25 million people enjoy the hobby in the United States, while worldwide the estimated numbers of stamp collectors is around 200 million. Tens of thousands of stamp dealers supply them with stamps along with stamp albums, catalogues and other publications. There are also thousands of stamp (philatelic) clubs and organizations that provide them with the history and other aspects of stamps. Today, though the number of collectors is somewhat less, stamp collecting is still one of the world's most popular indoor hobbies