Suitable for all ages and capable of being practiced anytime and anywhere, stamp collecting is a hobby that enjoys wide popularity. Given the extent of its appeal, it should come as no surprise that plenty of powerful nobles and other prominent members of society have passionately pursued stamp collecting over time. Famous stamp collectors from past and present include:
Especially fascinated by foreign stamps, aviation legend Amelia Earhart took delight in collecting mail and stamps. Earhart is one of several famous stamp collectors to also be the subject of special edition collectors’ stamps.
When John Lennon was young, a stamp collecting cousin gifted him a stamp album. It was one of the young Beatles singer’s most prized possessions, and spurred a fascination in stamps and stamp collecting that would last for several years.
Queen Elizabeth II
The long-reigning British monarch has one of the most prolific stamp collections in existence. Generous as she is, the queen has lent stamps from her own personal collection to institutions such as the National Postal Museum for exhibition.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
FDR developed an interest in stamps at a young age. He collected stamps and tended to his stamp collection throughout his entire life, and was photographed many times working on it while president. Often credited with inciting widespread interest in stamp collecting, the publication of FDR’s hobby did coincide with a rise in the number of stamp clubs and stamp club activity throughout the country.
Money, power, and connections may make access to valuable stamps easier, but stamp collecting is a hobby in which anyone with a bit of spare time and cash can indulge. If you live in the Gaithersburg/Washington, D.C. area and are looking to start a stamp collection of your own, check out the inventory at Coins of the Realm in Rockville. To speak with a knowledgeable dealer about our stamps, coins, autographs, and other collector’s items, call (301) 340-1640.