Post by coastwatcher on Jun 16, 2019 13:30:45 GMT -5
I was curious as to when those of you who have a cut-off date end your collections. My cut-off date is 2000 for all of my collections except for the British Virgin Islands, which goes to the present. Some of my collections have a natural cut-off date, such as the British Solomon Islands when they became independent or Rhodesia when it became Zimbabwe.
I chose 2000 for several reasons. First, self adhesive stamps, which I hate with a passion, were starting to become more plentiful by this time. Also, I figured that stamps were 160 years old by then and I’d never run out of something to collect. The biggest reason, though, is the plethora of irrelevant new issues being released by the world’s postal administrations. The US has turned into the new Grenada when it comes to stamp issues and I wonder if they have not secretly signed an agreement with the philatelic agency Stamperija. Relevant stamps seem to be few and far between. We only issued two stamps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and none for the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Occasionally the US will issue a stamp that interests me and I will pick it up, but rarely. These I just put into a stock book as my US albums end with 1999.
My cutoff started off at 1940. I had always been interested in WWII history since I was young. So I decided to bump it to 1945. Then I picked up a collection that had Scott Internationals to 1955 and was pretty decent in the 1950s, so I extended my WW collection to 1955. WWII history got into my mind again, so I bumped it to 1965 (the year Winston Churchill died and International Cooperation Year -- hands on stamps, huh kacyds).
Then I made some trips to Asia in the 1970s and 1980s, so bumped it to 1984, because I figure anything after that, Big Brother would be watching.
50th Anniversary of WWII kicked it to 1995. Then the millenium issues kicked it to 2000.
Looking for the next excuse to kick the cutoff date further down. Can't use Liberty Bells as excuse -- kacyds already took that.
I think I need a maximum cutoff year for my cutoff year!!!
Post by guyana1230 on Jun 16, 2019 16:35:03 GMT -5
My cut-off dates vary greatly from country to country. Russia only goes up to the removal of the Czar. GB mint cuts off at 2004 just because they got too expensive, used up to date (reluctantly). Guyana no cut-off for anything even remotely connected to Guyana. Each year I decide to end USA but then get more stamps come in and carry on. Greece to 1973. Netherlands ends in 2000 and so it goes different for each country for a variety of reasons.
As a kid, I collected everything from everywhere all in a Harris Worldwide album. Then I stopped collecting to go to college, get married and raise two sons. Fast forward to about 10 years ago when I started back in collecting, I mainly focused on US stamps to present. That got boring pretty fast and have added to that.
Now I collect, besides US, GB to present, Canada to present, and pretty much everything else up to 1970 or so.
When I returned to collecting I thought I would collect a few countries (instead of 1 country) and form collections from 1900 to the year 2000 ie 100 years of a country. I have no worries starting at 1900 but cutting off I find hard and keep getting interested in more and more countries - so i am a bit of a hopeless case
Already suffering from a bad case of collection creep as I am currently collecting Used only - Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Western Europe, and Scandinavia, from 1900 to date. Oh and I am interested in Artists and Art on stamps ... Trying to avoid becoming a WW collector.
I don't collect anything that has not been issued, yet.
Like khj, I once had a 1940 cutoff date, then extended it to 1950, to catch the first issues of the new post-war countries and governments. Then extended it again, to include newly independent crown colonies. Then, when I got hung up on the line-engraved issues of Austria, the Scandinavian countries, and others, which have been produced on up to the current day, I eliminated all time constraints. I decided that, with the ease with which one can create a custom album comprising only the pages for which you have stamps, it is much more satisfying for me to collect only the stamps that truly interest me, rather than setting an arbitrary (or even logical) time period and slavishly filling pre-determined spaces.
Post by zepherusbane on Jun 17, 2019 13:39:20 GMT -5
I do not have a cut off date.
However, all my albums have quite varied ending dates depending on what year they end, so I have lots of collections where everything older than a particular year ends up in a glassine or on a vario page. I also won't try to fill in gaps for years without album pages usually.
For countries I haven't printed or purchased pages for, I just hoard all the stamps until I start to fill more than a couple of glassines. Then I'll usually print Steiner pages or I create my own pages (more of my collections are ln self-printed Stiener pages than homemade).
When it comes down to it, I guess I'll collect and just just about anything and put it in an album but I find myself more interested in stamps before, oh I guess the turn of the 21st century. Anything after 2000 has really got to catch my eye. Though, I have considered doing one of the former Soviet-states-turned-country like Belarus or Lithuania or Georgia or something like that.
Post by mourningdoves on Jul 1, 2019 21:02:37 GMT -5
Austria: To 2000. Belgium: I know I stopped even trying to keep up with all their stamps at some point, but I'm not sure when that was. Bulgaria: To the present; I still subscribe to new issues. Not all, or even most, of their recent stamps are that great, but it's still probably my best collection. Cameroun: Probably into the 1970s. Canada: Haven't decided yet, probably to 1990 or so. My accumulation is still a mess, and when I started making Vario tags early this year, I tried to make some sense out of the early varieties and it made my brains crawl out of my ears. Costa Rica: To the present; I still get new issues. Their new issues are limited to a couple of eye-candy sheets a year, but they're pretty cheap and I like the ecological themes. Finland: To 1990. France: To 1993, in time to see them through the Revolution bicentennial. There were too many stamps after that, and I actively dislike their recent greeting-card-style holiday issues. I will scarf up definitives when I see them. Germany: To the present, though I don't subscribe to new issues; I buy mixtures now and then to keep up with their attractive but too-frequent offerings. Fortunately, Germans still send a lot of mail. Greece: To 1980; I'm still deciding whether to play catch-up and/or subscribe to their new issues. I probably will once spare time is easier to find. Italy: To 2000. The issuing policy got out of control after that, though the quality is still there. Netherlands: To 1980. I don't care much for the edgy (I'd say nihilistic) designs that have predominated since then. Nigeria: To the present, though they hardly issue stamps any more. Norway: Almost to the present, though I'm becoming disenchanted with the new style they've adopted in recent years. Poland: Pretty much the same methods as for Germany. And their postmarks still have city/town CDS's! Romania: I stopped my recent foray at 1946, and I expect I'll leave it that way except for definitive series and the occasional art stamps. Serbia: I still get new issues, but I've not done very much to fill in the blanks that populate the early 2000s.
USA: I still accumulate my own country's stamps, but I realized that I got mad at the USPS in the late 1980s and early 1990s because the Musicians series was amateurishly designed and printed on crappy paper to boot, and didn't even begin to do justice to people like John Coltrane & Charles Ives. And I'm not sure I ever totally trusted the USPS design committees after that. Not that I hold grudges or anything. In recent years, the artistic quality just hasn't been there more often than not, and many of the themes are too anodyne even for this old softie. When something good comes out, I buy 3 or 4 sheets and use them on all my letters and bills just to make a point. I probably went through a dozen sheets of Martín Ramírez a few years back - what beautiful visions! - and the Bioluminescent Life stamps have been getting it done for me more recently.
I have to agree with Phil, It is only just recently that the US stamps have started to come up to par once again. The Latest 150th anniversary of the joining of the transcontinental railway stamps are a shining example of what the US can produce if they were not so lazy.
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