Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the most popular hobbies among the people of all ages. Stamp Collecting, as a hobby, began at the time when the first postage stamp was issued in 1840s. This activity involves accumulating various philatelic items such as stamps, postmarks and covers etc. Many casual stamp collectors accumulate philately items for one goal, enjoyment and relaxation.
Usually stamp collections are created according to the following points: the historical value, geographical aspects or subjects, and theme which they are interested. Stamp collectors are not only enthusiastic philately lovers they can be also an important source of revenue for some, for Rich its an investment and for those who has black money its best thing to keep their money safe buying rare and expensive stamps.
in 1840 after the issues of Penny black stamp the hobby of stamp collecting began to spread across Europe, the United States of America and rest of the world. People started to collect stamps after the first philatelic item was created. John Edward Gray is considered to be one of the pioneers in the field of philately. As this hobby became quite popular, a great amount of philately literature began to be printed. One of the first well-known publishers was Stanley Gibbons.