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Armand Rousso
06-03-2008, 02:38 PM
Philately Extends Life: By Armand Rousso

Philately belongs to every person who has ever mailed a letter or admired a beautifully crafted postage stamp. I entered the world of stamp collecting as a young boy at the age of twelve, and several decades later my passion burns as bright as ever. The purpose of this article is to describe the reasons why philately should live, grow and expand throughout the world. This message is for those who have not yet experienced the passions of the art of stamp collecting, and to showcase the intellectual and practical benefits of this wonderful activity. Everyone is welcome into the world of philately, and there are no barriers to entry.


Philately is the perfect word for stamp lovers. Philately was created in 1864 from two words “Philein” meaning “To Love” and “Ateliea” meaning Tax Exemption. Loving stamps is in fact a way of living in a cultural world constantly in motion and with expanding boundaries. Philately is also a way to learn more about the outside world and ourselves, and “as we learn, we also grow,” said Alessandra Coderoni the author’s wife and philteliste as well.

WHY COLLECT STAMPS?

To the children I would answer that stamps can teach history, geography and culture in an entertaining way. Philately can also stimulate the brain, exercise the memory and improve concentration and focus. These beautiful tiny vignettes can transport collectors into the world’s largest museum where they can discover historical events, lives of famous people and secrets of the arts.

Stamps will teach children the importance of details and research. They are also a catalyst to create great friendships that can last a lifetime. For a child to discover the charm of a stamp and learn his country’s fascinating history is a great experience, and the knowledge gained stays with them throughout adulthood.

To the adults I would suggest that philately can work exceptionally well as a diversion when confronted with the stresses of our professional life. With philately, one can build a historical and financial asset that can appreciate in value over the years. Philately can stimulate creativity, especially concerning vacation places which may otherwise seem to lack interest or excitement.

For the elderly, when the time of retirement approaches there is often an emptiness that philately can fulfill. Philately also provides a way to keep abreast of current events, as well as friends and a reason to socialize, allowing us to keep in touch with the world. To be passionate with something new can be converted to positive energy which strengthens the soul and builds resistance against physical diseases, melancholy or depression.

I shall conclude with the words of two lovers of philately, the first man, compels great admiration because of the dimensions of his work, and thus I refer to the words of Arthur Maury in the conclusion of his text “To Collectors” (Arthur Maury, Timbres-postes album du collectioneur – Published by Maison Arthur Maury, 1904) “Care, Patience and Perseverance”.

As the second lover of philately, your humble author passionately believes “Philately Extends Life”.

Armand Rousso

0103media
06-03-2008, 02:43 PM
What ?????????????????????????

Peter
06-03-2008, 03:06 PM
......................and the follow up book.............Trainspotting improves your sex life' :D

Tip Top
06-03-2008, 03:13 PM
And so well written!!:pc:

candles by lisa
06-03-2008, 03:17 PM
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............. sorry fell asleep half way through reading that!!!

indri
06-03-2008, 03:25 PM
I did stamp collecting once.... I was about 10 and I can't say it particularly did anything amazing to my life!
:sleep:

nattynetty
06-03-2008, 04:37 PM
I did stamp collecting once.... I was about 10 and I can't say it particularly did anything amazing to my life!
:sleep:

Aha you say that at the moment Indri but what you don't realise is that you'll now live to be 110 all because of it :D

creativeclare
06-03-2008, 05:35 PM
Bet it cures insomnia too!

candles by lisa
06-03-2008, 06:15 PM
And here's me thinking Philately will get you nowhere - or is my spelling really bad again!!!

ilovecrafts
06-03-2008, 07:49 PM
maybe Swirly can get some definite advice about flattening those stamps!!:D

goldy1
06-03-2008, 08:02 PM
And here's me thinking Philately will get you nowhere - or is my spelling really bad again!!!
Far from it it got this guy a long way ;)


A visionary and entrepreneur, Rousso was one of the first people in history to truly grasp the power of the Internet. In the mid-1980’s, when the Internet was virtually an unknown entity, Rousso started what is widely regarded as the first e-commerce company: The International Stamp Exchange. The foresight of this project is truly remarkable, paving the way for online marketplaces, and showing the World how the power of technology and the Internet can change the way people conduct commerce and access information. Thus kick starting platforms for internet selling. Thank you Armand Rousso. :D

Focus on Life
06-03-2008, 08:03 PM
D'ya think he "posted" to the wrong thread? :mf:

Shaz x

Sprinkles
07-03-2008, 12:47 AM
I hope this person isn't sat next to me at my next craft fair! :sleep:

candles by lisa
07-03-2008, 07:46 AM
D'ya think he "posted" to the wrong thread? :mf:

Shaz x

http://209.85.12.227/11824/177/emo/14803.gif (javascript:emoticon(':hys:'))

Hehe.

Lisa

Rodeo Lady
07-03-2008, 08:02 AM
I hope this person isn't sat next to me at my next craft fair! :sleep:

Sprinkles.

Your O.K it's always me they end up next too :mf::mf::mf::mf:

Cheers Janice

candles by lisa
07-03-2008, 08:09 AM
Sprinkles.

Your O.K it's always me they end up next too :mf::mf::mf::mf:

Cheers Janice


Oi - do you mean me?????? Just wait until the Rodeo!!!

Hehe.

Lisa

:mf::mf:

Rodeo Lady
07-03-2008, 08:17 AM
NO NO NO .......Lisa I swear this guy lives and works in Edinburgh and I stopped doing a Craft fair cos of him.. The people running the fair had complaints about him and because I didn't know any better they put me beside him. I was fed up listening to him moaning.
I said to him politely that I was there to work and "guess the rest.".

Janice x

candles by lisa
07-03-2008, 08:21 AM
NO NO NO .......Lisa I swear this guy lives and works in Edinburgh and I stopped doing a Craft fair cos of him.. The people running the fair had complaints about him and because I didn't know any better they put me beside him. I was fed up listening to him moaning.
I said to him politely that I was there to work and "guess the rest.".

Janice x


That's okay then Janice - your safe!!!

Hehe only kidding we have too much of a laugh - cause we aren't selling anything we need to do something!!!

Cheers.

Lisa

:mf:

indri
07-03-2008, 08:38 AM
Aha you say that at the moment Indri but what you don't realise is that you'll now live to be 110 all because of it :D

But will I still be able to do some philately??! I might be all arthritic and unable to do any.... and that worries me http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/images/smilies/aug/melodrama.gif

Littlegems_cm
07-03-2008, 09:13 AM
Ermm, great...thanks for that...... zzzzz