P.O. Box 744
all year long...
Christmas Philatelic Club
WHAT TO COLLECT?
Christmas Philatelic Interests
Members collect a variety of philatelic items. It is up to the individual collector
to choose what they are especially interested in. Click the links to
find out more about the following examples:
- STAMPS . . . Many members
collect Christmas stamps in a variety of ways . . . used or mint, singly, in blocks,
pairs, booklets, sheets, as souvenir sheets or on covers. Varieties and errors exist on
Christmas issues as well. Christmas stamps are beautiful.
When was the first Christmas stamp issued? Could
Hungary's 1943 Issue be the World's First Christmas Stamp? . . . an article from the
Yule Log of August, 1985. Many collectors believe that Canada's 1898 Map Stamp is the
World's First Christmas stamp. Read George H. Johnston IV's Stamps
of the Season . . . for another look at the tradition of Christmas stamps.
An extensive collection can be made from collecting
the Christmas stamps of just one country, especially if you include all the varieties of
each issue. Here is a list of United States Christmas Issues
For a list of worldwide Christmas Issues, check out
the Christmas Resources page for "Christmas Stamps
of the World" by CPC member Ev Foster.
Members can specialize in collecting a particular
stamp issue. For example, an extensive collection can be made of the United States 1969
'Christmas in Norway, Maine' issue. See Christmas Resources
for information on how you can obtain a copy of CPC member Donne Puckle's study of this issue.
Now available Christmas Stamps List 1991-2007 in PDF format. Thanks to CPC member Pat Prevey for preparing
this list. Download Adobe
Acrobat Reader 9.0
- CHRISTMAS SEALS .
. . are collected by many members. It is a relatively inexpensive way to enjoy Christmas
collecting. Seals like stamps can also be collected in many different formats including
tied on covers. Read the 12 Ways of Christmas Seal Collecting
written by Betsy and Chuck Berry.
United States Christmas Seal
Designers 1907-2004 . . . a list of Christmas Seal artists
Visit the American
Lung Association's Seals Site . You can send a Christmas Seals postcard via e-mail.
Browse the Canadian
Christmas Seal Gallery and see illustrations of seals from 1927 to the present.
- COVERS . . . need not have
a Christmas stamp on them to be collectible by the Christmas philatelist. Some examples of
interesting Christmas covers would include: stampless covers with postmarks dated Dec. 25,
a postage due or other post office marking with a Christmas connection, slogans relating
to Christmas etc. Cover collectors enjoy doing research to find an explanation of the
delivery path and special markings found on covers.
- SILENT NIGHT on
stamps, seals and covers. Quite an extensive collection of material can be amassed on the
theme of the world's most famous Christmas carol. A seasonal
postmark is available from the town of its origin, Oberndorf, Austria.
Visit some web sites devoted to the famous carol: Silent Night Silent Night Web
- METER IMPRESSIONS
. . . with a Christmas theme are a colorful addition to a Christmas collection.
- FIRST DAY COVERS
. . . with various cachets available are collected by a representative number of
collectors. Some members select a favorite Christmas issue and find it quite a challenge
to try to assemble as many different cachets as possible for that one stamp issue. Others
collect all the cachets of a certain artist.
- POSTAL STATIONERY
. . . A wide variety of material is available to the Christmas collector in this field
including airletters and postal cards issued by many countries.
- SANTA CLAUS
REPLY LETTERS . . . many postal entities send replies to children's letters at
Christmas time and these replies are often sought by the Christmas collector. Usually,
Santa's replies come in special envelopes with a distinctive postmark or meter
impression. Canada Post, Australia, Finland, Christkindl are a few of the countries that
send out letters or cards to children.
A THEMATIC PHILATELIC
Since there is a vast amount of Christmas material
available, many Christmas collectors specialize in a particular theme related to
Christmas. Some popular areas of interest are listed here.
St. Nicholas/Santa Claus
Flight into Egypt
As with other philatelic themes, Christmas collecting
can spill over into a collection of non-philatelic items such as the following:
Celebrate Christmas all year long...
Join the Christmas Philatelic Club