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    ► Useful philatelic definitions to know

    Collecting stamp is an open hobby. You can collect stamps like you wish. But you need to learn a few short definitions in order to appreciate this great passion.

    Postal stationery

    A stamp directly printed on a cover or a postcard
    postal stationery collecting

    Miniature sheet

    Miniature stamp sheet : a few stamps on a small sheet
    Miniature stamp sheet

    Stamp sheet

    Stamp sheet, here 10 stamps (soccer world cup France 98)
    stamp sheet collectors

    ATM stamps

    ATM means "Automatic Teller Machine".
    ATM stamp Singapore

    Perfins stamps

    Perfins means perforated stamps.

    Perfins stamp

    Precancels stamps (US)

    With town overprint.

    precancels stamp

    CTO stamps

    CTO means "Canceled To Order". Mostly gum is still present on the back of the stamp.
    CTO stamp


    FDC means "First Day Cover". A stamp is canceled on a special envelop for the first day issue.
    CTO stamp

    Cinderella stamp definition

    Cinderella is non postal stamp, but cinderella stamps can have a good value.
    cinderella stamp

    Stamp block

    Stamp on a sheet or souvenir sheet

    stamp block collecting

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