Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Philately or Philotely

Most stamp collectors are perhaps familiar with the term philately.  Right at the start, when stamp collecting as a hobby was picking up, there were actually all sorts of terms used.  The term philately was actually invented by a French stamp collector named Herpin.  He used the term in a French magazine and the term stuck with the public and became the widely used term to describe stamp collecting.

The origin of this term comes from the Greek expression philo (I love) and atelos(exempt from tax).  There was actually some discussion and debate on whether the correct term used should have been philotely instead since the name for the hobby was composed of the Greek philo and teli (taxes) and its explanation would be 'love of taxes' or love of stamps used for payment of postage.  But by then, the widely accepted term was already being used all over the world so the term "philately" has remained ever since.


WanderVogel said...

Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) and Singapore Post (SingPost) cordially invite you for a media conference to announce the launch of Singapore's first ever legal tender co-operative stamps to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012. Please find the attached invite for programme details.

For your easy reference, following are the media conference details;


Date: Wed 30 May 2012
Time: 12:00pm to 2pm (Lunch will be served at 12:00pm; event proper at 1:00pm)
Place: Boardroom of SNCF, SLF Building #12-02, 510 Thomson Road, S298135

Please feel free to contact us should you’ve any queries or require additional information.

Indra Gurung
T: 6551-5435

Singapore National Co-operative Federation
Marcus Loh

Anonymous said...


I've got some boxes of used old stamps from my parents. Can you advise if I can sell these, and if so, how/where?

Please email me at


Anonymous said...

Damien wrote:

Hi all I've got boxes of stamps from my grandfathers time. Some pre war... Contact me at

Anonymous said...


I have stamps pre-war from Asia, Europe, UK and Africa.

You know anyone who may be interested in them?

Email me at

Anonymous said...

Hi, I've read the you've got a couple of posts/recommendation of places to buy stamps. Would it be possible to recommend some places to sell stamps as well?

Like some of the commeters here, I too would like to get my stamps appraised. Thank you

tan said...

Are you still interested in Singapore /Malaysia stamps? I have quite a bit- some are first day covers ( from 1967 onwards) and some are mint stamps for both Singapore and Malaysia. Also some straits settlements and UPC stamps. Alternatively if you are no longer interested, do you know where one can sell them? Contact me at


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