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Postage stamps show so many beautiful images and forms, and I love books and libraries. So it seemed like a good idea to become a topical stamp collector, starting with books and libraries, perhaps later adding other topics of interest.

It was fun to go scouting for stamps about books and libraries. But I was surprised to find that it was also educational. I'd had no idea of the wide international scope of libraries, with many stamps coming from countries we think of as "third world," not just from the advantaged west. And my imagination was also enriched by discovering the infinity of ways in which books could be drawn, painted, or otherwise represented. And written about...an article about "bibliophilately" by George Eberhart (who invented the word) includes at least 10 active authors and bloggers who can help to enrich one's knowledge of this esoteric branch of topical stamp collecting.

Some of the blogs and articles display many examples of stamps, but I didn't find any that were exhaustive. Thus it seems a worthwhile contribution to add my own collection of over 1,500 stamps from 56 countries for web viewing.

- Justine, the stamp collector

Justine's Stamps is a digital version of a personal stamp collection. The site was built to make Justine's collection more accessible for personal and research purposes. To learn how the stamps are digitized and managed on the site, please see Technical Notes. Descriptive information is provided to enrich the viewing, and, unless otherwise credited, is taken from the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, or from private correspondence with philatelic librarians/experts. Comments and questions are welcome.

- Amy, the digital librarian

References

Eberhart, G. M. (1982). Biblio-Philately: Libraries and Librarians on World Postage Stamps. American Libraries, 13(6), 382-386.

Technical Notes about this Site

Details about the digitization and metadata of the stamp collection.

Access and Use of Digital Images and Collection Record Data in Justine's Stamps

The mission of Justine's Stamps is to provide access to a private stamp collection for personal, educational and non-commercial purposes.

Some of the stamps on Justine's Stamps are in the public domain and others are protected by third party rights, such as copyright, trademark, and rights of publicity.

This website contain some copyrighted material reproduced with permission. There are some stamps not yet authorized by the copyright owner. The stamps issued in U.S.A. constitute a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Law. If you wish to use this copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use,' you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. If you are a copyright owner and wish to have your material removed or credited differently, please contact the site's administrator for immediate assistance.

Anyone wishing to use any text, digital images or other electronic files found on Justine's Stamps for commercial use or publication must first request permission from Amy Rogers.