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Collecting – Philately@Hobbeez Club

The Philately@Hobbeez Club has access to over 3 million stamps from 153 countries in the world.

The Club conducts an annual contest for children, who are encouraged to

a)     Share their collection over the net – the best 10 collections receive certificates.

b)     Annotate any one stamp of their choice – the best 10 annotations receive prizes.

The Club has closely worked with local Philately Associations to enlist the support of volunteers who are philatelists willing to share their knowledge and passion with students.

The Club has pioneered the use of specially designed stamp albums to enable children to collect stamps, display them and annotate them when they do their research.  These albums are hugely popular with the student community.

PHILATELY helps a child in two ways: one, it helps the child to concentrate and increases the attention span. Two, it helps the student to learn several lessons from each stamp – it could be a lesson in history or a module in geography or any other aspect that is in the stamp.

The Club has access to a vast library of books on philately. The essence of the books is shared with the student community through volunteers from the local community.

Student members are encouraged to select any 10 stamps of their choice and then annotate them.  These annotations are shared among students, with the intent of improving upon them.

The Club encourages each school to set up a Philately Club in the school, usually under the jurisdiction of the School Librarian. Children are encouraged to collect stamps and once or twice a year, they are encouraged to share details of their collections with their peers.

In a typical such school program in Tampa (Florida), 145 school children who were philatelists had an average collection of 5,400 stamps but each child was able to see and appreciate over 700,000 stamps. Doubles are exchanged.

In an interesting variation, children are encouraged to design their own stamps – the laws in some countries allow you to design your own stamp. This teaches children to think out of the box. The Club maintains, arguably, one of the world’s largest collection of stamps – over 23 million and growing.

The PHILATELY@Hobbeez Club has two broad groupings:

1)     One based on countries

2)     Two based on themes – for instance, one philatelist specializes in stamps related to World War II. Another focuses on nature themes. Yet another showcases animals that are likely to be extinct.

The list of themes keeps growing!

In India:

Membership Fee for the READING@Hobbeez Club:

Annual: Rs 1,990

Lifetime: Rs 9,990

(fee likely to be revised, based on rupee value vis-à-vis the US Dollar)

If you are interested, please send an email to rose@hobbeez.com

In USA:

Membership Fee for the READING@Hobbeez Club:

Annual: $ 40

Lifetime: $ 200

If you are interested, please send an email to rose@hobbeez.com