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STAMP collecting is the most popular hobby in the world, according to Australia Post.
In Australia alone, there are more than one million stamp collectors and people of all ages love to collect stamps.
There are many reasons why people collect stamps, but the main reason is that it is easy and fun.
People often begin collecting because they like the designs on particular stamps, or because of an interest in a favourite topic, such as sport, animals or space exploration.
Stamp collecting is a great way to learn about other countries and cultures too.
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People also collect stamps because they like to have keepsakes from special events and milestones. Also, some stamps can be rare and very valuable for people lucky enough to find them.
Whatever the reason, stamp collecting is fun and it’s really easy to get started.
People don’t need much to start a collection, just a few stamps and a place to keep and display them.
A stamp collection can be as individual as the owner and the good thing about stamp collecting is that it's not an expensive hobby. All people really need is a stamp album and some stamps.
A stamp album helps people organise and display their collection.
There are many types to choose from, but one of the most popular is a loose-leaf album, with separate sheets in a binder.
The separate sheets help people to organise their album any way they want and people can add new sheets to their collection whenever they need to.
Transparent stamp mounts or stamp hinges are the best way of attaching stamps without damaging them.
Never lick stamps to stick them in an album, and never use glue or tape as it will ruin the stamps.
Stamp tweezers have blunt ends, so they will not damage stamps and a magnifying glass will ensure people see small details.